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5 Runners Break the 1500 Meter Olympic Record in Stockholm

Abel Kiviat is an American runner competing in the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. He recently broke the world’s record for the 1500 meter.


The men’s 1500 meter is a hotly contested meet. Kiviat held the world’s record at 3:55.8. The Olympic record is 4:03.4.

On July 10, 1912 the final for the men’s 1500 meter were run and was being called “the greatest race ever run”. Arnold Jackson of Great Britain set a new Olympic record of 3:56.8 and won the gold 0.1 second ahead of Kiviat who came in 2nd. This was such an intense race that the first 5 finishers all broke the Olympic record!

Arnold Jackson winning the Men’s 1500 meter at the Stockholm 1912 Summer Olympic Games.
July 10, 1912


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