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1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden - Men's Cross-Country Individual



Host City: Stockholm, Sweden Format: circa 12,000 metres. Two laps with a start and finish inthe Olympic Stadium. The runners ran ¼ lap in the Stadium, returned to the Stadium later and ran anotehr ½ lap, and eventually finished with ¾ lap inside the Stadium.
Date Started: July 15, 1912
Date Finished: July 15, 1912
(Competitors: 46; Countries: 10)
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Overview by IAAF  1912_olympic_stadium2.jpg
Sweden and Britain loaded the event entering 12 runners for the host nation and nine British runners, with the top three runners from each nation scoring. The team race turned out to be the closest battle imaginable, as Sweden won gold by just one point from Finland, but the smaller nation went home with the individual gold medal, as Kolehmainen added to his tally of two titles, with a victory by more than half a minute over Andersson and Eke. The course started in the stadium and then went out to a 4000m loop, covered twice before the runners returned to the stadium.
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This was the first time that a cross-country event was held on the Olympic program, although it would also be conducted in 1920 and 1924. The course was not reveale to the participants prior to the start, but was marked just before the race began with red ribbons. It was very hilly, through the forest with steep inclines and descents, and many natural obstacles. The British and Continental runners were not used to this kind of terrain and the race was dominated by the Swedes and Finns.
The international cross-country championship had been won 1911 by Jean Bouin, who would also win in 1912-1913. But Hannes Kolehmainen had already won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at Stockholm, and when he elected to run the cross-country, he had to be favored. Kolehmainen won easily by over 30 seconds. Two Swedes, Hjalmar Andersson and John Eke, won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Bouin ran in this race, but did not finish.
Cross-Country Individual Men Final 15 July
Hannes Kolehmainen, Hjalmar Andersson, John Eke 1912.jpg
Hannes Kolehmainen, Hjalmar Andersson and John Eke
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.11.6 Hannes Kolehmainen Finland FIN 22
2 45.44.8 Hjalmar Andersson Sweden SWE 22
3 46.37.6 John Eke Sweden SWE 26
4 46.54.8 Lauri Eskola Finland FIN 25
5 47.07.7 Josef Ternström Sweden SWE 23
6 47.23.4 Albin Stenroos Finland FIN 23
7 47.32.0 Ville Kyrönen Finland FIN 21
8 47.33.5 Len Richardson South Africa RSA 30
9 47.37.4 Brynolf Larsson Sweden SWE 26
10 47.40.0 Johan Sundkvist Sweden SWE 22
11 48.03.0 Viljam Johansson Finland FIN 25
12 48.12.0 Harry Hellawell United States USA 23
13 48.45.4 Klas Lundström Sweden SWE 23
14 49.06.4 Lauritz Christiansen Denmark DEN 19
15 49.18.2 Frederick Hibbins Great Britain GBR 22
16 49.53.7 Ernest Glover Great Britain GBR 21
17 50.15.8 Bror Fock Sweden SWE 24
18 50.28.0 Thomas Humphreys Great Britain GBR 21
19 50.40.8 Olaf Hovdenak Norway NOR 20
20 51.16.2 Parelius Finnerud Norway NOR 23
21 51.26.8 Gustaf Carlén Sweden SWE 21
22 51.47.4 Johannes Andersen Norway NOR 23
23 53.00.8 Viggo Pedersen Denmark DEN 23
24 53.51.4 Louis Scott United States USA 22
25 54.08.0 Väinö Heikkilä Finland FIN 24
26 54.24.9 Gerhard Topp Denmark DEN 19
27 54.40.6 Gregor Vietz Germany GER 21
28 55.27.0 Steen Rasmussen Denmark DEN 23
AC DNF Emmerich Rath Austria AUT 28
AC DNF Holger Baden Denmark DEN 20
AC DNF Fritz Danild Denmark DEN 18
AC DNF Karl Julius Jensen Denmark DEN 24
AC DNF Efraim Harju Finland FIN 22
AC DNF Aarne Lindholm Finland FIN 23
AC DNF Jean Bouin France FRA 23
AC DNF William Cottrill Great Britain GBR 23
AC DNF William Scott Great Britain GBR 26
AC DNF Nils Dahl Norway NOR 29
AC DNF Edvin Hellgren Sweden SWE 23
AC DNF John Klintberg Sweden SWE 27
AC DNF Axel Lindahl Sweden SWE 26
AC DNF Henrik Nordström Sweden SWE 21
AC DNF George Bonhag United States USA 30
AC DNF Tell Berna United States USA 20
AC DNF William Kramer United States USA 28




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