Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

The men's 5000 metres event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Tuesday, August 2, 1932, and on Friday, August 5, 1932.[1]

Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the X Olympiad
VenueLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
DatesAugust 2 and August 5
Competitors18 from 11 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Lauri Lehtinen
 Finland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ralph Hill
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lasse Virtanen
 Finland
← 1928
1936 →

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record 14:17.0   Lauri Lehtinen Helsinki (FIN) June 19, 1932
Olympic Record 14:31.2   Paavo Nurmi Paris (FRA) July 10, 1924

In the final Lauri Lehtinen set a new Olympic record with 14:30.0 minutes.

ResultsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Both semi-finals were held on Tuesday, August 2, 1932, and started at 4:45 p.m.

The best seven finishers of every heat qualified for the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1   Ralph Hill (USA) 14:59.6 Q
2   Lauri Lehtinen (FIN) 15:05.5 Q
3   Jean-Gunnar Lindgren (SWE) 15:06.0 Q
4   Lauri Virtanen (FIN) 15:06.4 Q
5   Billy Savidan (NZL) 15:08.2 Q
6   Alex Hillhouse (AUS) 15:14.0 Q
7   Daniel Dean (USA) 15:19.6 Q
8   George Bailey (GBR)
9   Masamichi Kitamoto (JPN)
10   Juan Morales (MEX) DNF

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1   Alec Burns (GBR) 15:25.8 Q
2   Paul Rekers (USA) 15:34.6 Q
3   Erik Pettersson (SWE) 15:36.4 Q
4   Roger Rochard (FRA) 15:37.8 Q
5   Scotty Rankine (CAN) 15:39.6 Q
6   Max Syring (GER) 15:48.5 Q
7   Shoichiro Takenaka (JPN) 15:56.0 Q
8   Valentín González (MEX) 16:00.0

FinalEdit

The final was held on Friday, August 5, 1932, and started at 3:15 p.m.

In a controversial move Lehtinen blocked Hill when he tried to pass Lehtinen on the final straight. Both runners broke the Olympic record but Lehtinen finished 30 cm in front.

Place Athlete Time
    Lauri Lehtinen (FIN) 14:30.0 OR
    Ralph Hill (USA) 14:30.0
    Lauri Virtanen (FIN) 14:44.0
4   Billy Savidan (NZL) 14:49.6
5   Jean-Gunnar Lindgren (SWE) 14:54:7
6   Max Syring (GER) 14:59.0
7   Alec Burns (GBR) 15:04.4
8   Daniel Dean (USA) 15:08.5
9   Erik Pettersson (SWE) 15:13.4
10   Alex Hillhouse (AUS) 15:15.0
11   Scotty Rankine (CAN) 15:24.0
12   Shoichiro Takenaka (JPN) 17:20.0
  Paul Rekers (USA) DNF
  Roger Rochard (FRA) DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Games: Men's 5000 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 5 November 2017.

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