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Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the V Olympiad

The finish: Kolehmainen on the way to pass Bouin who is still in the lead.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Dates July 9 (semifinals)
July 10 (final)
Competitors 31 from 11 nations
Gold medal    Finland
Silver medal    France
Bronze medal    Great Britain
Athletics at the
1912 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
110 m hurdles men
4×100 m relay men
4×400 m relay men
3000 m team race men
10 km walk men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Standing long jump men
Standing high jump men
Shot put men
Discus throw men
Hammer throw men
Javelin throw men
2-hand shot put men
2-hand discus men
2-hand javelin men
Combined events
Pentathlon men
Decathlon men
Cross-country events
Individual men
Team men

The men's 5000 metres was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the debut of the event, which along with the 10000 metre event replaced the 5 mile race held at the 1908 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Tuesday, July 9, 1912 and on Wednesday, July 10, 1912.

Thirty-one long distance runners from eleven nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 14:59.0(*) Alfred Shrubb Glasgow (GBR) June 13, 1904
Olympic Record - none - -

(*) unofficial

Jean Bouin broke it by finishing in 15:05.0. Unsurprisingly, that record stood only until the next race—Hannes Kolehmainen won the final at 14:36.6 as both he and Bouin (just behind Kolehmainen, at 14:36.7) surpassed the best time of the semifinals. This record became the first official world record for the 5000 metres.



All semi-finals were held on Tuesday, July 9, 1912.

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1 (USA) 15:22.6 OR QF
2  Alex Decoteau (CAN) 15:24.2 QF
3  Frederick Hibbins (GBR) 15:27.6 QF
4 (ANZ) 15:56.8
 Klas Lundström (SWE) Did not finish

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Louis Scott (USA) 15:23.5 QF
2  Joe Keeper (CAN) 15:28.9 QF
3 (GBR) 15:29.0 QF
4  Bror Modigh (SWE) 16:07.1
 Eddie Fitzgerald (USA) Did not finish
 Martin Persson (SWE) Did not finish
 Charles Ruffell (GBR) Did not finish

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Mauritz Carlsson (SWE) 15:34.6 QF
2  Ernest Glover (GBR) 16:09.1 QF
3  Cyril Porter (GBR) 16:23.4 QF
4  Mikhail Nikolsky (RUS) 17:21.7
 Aarne Lindholm (FIN) Did not finish
 Garnett Wikoff (USA) Did not finish

Semifinal 4

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) 15:38.9 QF
2  Henrik Nordström (SWE) 15:49.1 QF
3  Tell Berna (USA) 15:53.3 QF
4 (GBR)
 Gregor Vietz (GER) Did not finish

Semifinal 5

The start of the final.
The upcoming winner Hannes Kolehmainen in the lead with Jean Bouin behind.
Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Jean Bouin (FRA) 15:05.0 OR QF
2  Thorild Olsson (SWE) 15:25.2 QF
3  Viljam Johansson (FIN) 15:31.4 QF
 Gaston Heuet (FRA) Did not finish
 Wallace McCurdy (USA) Did not finish
 Alfonso Orlando (ITA) Did not finish
 Alfonso Sánchez (CHI) Did not finish
 Arnold Treble (GBR) Did not finish


The final was held on Wednesday, July 10, 1912.

Place Athlete Time
1  Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN) 14:36.6 WR
2  Jean Bouin (FRA) 14:36.7
3 (GBR) 15:07.6
4 (USA) 15:09.8
5  Tell Berna (USA) 15:10.0
6  Alex Decoteau (CAN)
7  Mauritz Carlsson (SWE) 15:18.6
8-11  Frederick Hibbins (GBR)
 Joe Keeper (CAN)
 Cyril Porter (GBR)
 Louis Scott (USA)
 Ernest Glover (GBR) Did not start
 Viljam Johansson (FIN) Did not start
 Henrik Nordström (SWE) Did not start
 Thorild Olsson (SWE) Did not start


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