Hannes KOLEHMAINEN

Finland FIN

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Stockholm 1912
  • Year of Birth
    1889
Olympic Results

Biography

Hannes KOLEHMAINEN

5,000m in under 15 minutes

At the 1912 Olympic Games, he won the 5,000m, the 10,000m and the individual cross-country race, in which he also won a silver medal in the team event. In his 5,000m victory he broke the world record and was the first person to run the distance under 15 minutes. He also set a world record for 3,000m in a heat of the team event.

World records for 25km and 30km

The cancellation of the 1916 Games undoubtedly prevented Kölehmainen from winning more Olympic honours at track events. However, he turned to the roads, having run his first marathon in 1907. Kölehmainen finished 4th in the 1917 Boston Marathon, and in 1920 at Antwerp, he won the gold medal in the marathon. He later set world records over both 25km and 30km.

Lighting the Cauldron

At the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Kölehmainen was chosen to light the Olympic Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, after receiving the Olympic Flame from Paavo Nurmi, who carried the flame into the stadium.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Paris 1924

#DNF
Marathon
Marathon Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Antwerp 1920

#DNS
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
G
Marathon
Marathon Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Stockholm 1912

G
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Athletics
#2 h1 r1/2
3,000 metres, Team
3,000 metres, Team Athletics
G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Athletics
G
Cross-Country, Individual
Cross-Country, Individual Athletics
S
Cross-Country, Team
Cross-Country, Team Athletics

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