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Individual Cross County at Olympics


Not a part of the Olympic track and field events any more, the Individual Cross County was a regular event in three of the early editions of modern Olympics. The once popular event was included at the 1912, 1920 and 1924 Summer Games. Although, the Individual Cross County does not feature in the Olympics nowadays, it is still a game of reckoning. The annual USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Program witnesses the participation of thousands of athletes from different countries.

The Event at the Olympics

The Individual Cross County at Olympics was included thrice in the history of the Summer Games. The results are given below:

  • 1912, Stockholm - Held on July 15th, 1912, the event was won by Hannes Kolehmainen of Finland. The silver medal was won by Hjalmar Andersoon of Sweden and the bronze medal went to his compatriot John Eke.
  • 1920, Antwerp - Legendary athlete, Paavo Nurmi of Finland, clinched the top spot, Sweden's Eric Backman won the silver and another Finnish Heikki Liimatainen picked up the bronze medal.
  • 1924, Paris - Paavo Nurmi's domination continued as he won the gold medal once again. His countryman Ville Ritola picked up the silver and American Earl Johnson secured the third spot.

    The Olympic appearance of the Individual Cross County event ended with the culmination of 1924 Olympics.

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