The placement resulted from the addition of the places reached, so it was a place number evaluation. The ranking was then based on the lowest sums. The 19 athletes initially started in three competitions: long jump , javelin throw and 200-meter run . Those on the first 15 places qualified for the fourth discipline, the discus throw . The now best seven athletes were approved for the final 1,500-meter run .
The Olympic victory went to the Finn Eero Lehtonen, who clearly had the lowest place figure ahead of the American Everett Bradley and his compatriot Hugo Lahtinen.
There was a tie between Hugo Lahtinen and Robert LeGendre as well as between Helge Løvland and Brutus Hamilton. In order to determine the placements - and thus the bronze medal winner in the case of Lahtinen / LeGendre - the results achieved by the athletes were calculated using points from the decathlon point system. Curiously, based on this calculation, the Norwegian Helge Løvland would not only have been the best among the four, but would have won the gold medal. However, this rating was only used between Lahtinen and LeGendre in third place and between Løvland and Hamilton in fifth place. The rule to use the placements achieved in the individual disciplines as the main criterion for the ranking was a bit questionable. The application of the valid point table for the all-around competition would have resulted in a completely different order. But that was the case with previous games and here too. The pentathlon was - in 1924 - only once on the Olympic program.
The Estonian Aleksander Klumberg, winner of the javelin throw, fails just 8th after the fourth round
Helge Løvland, Norwegian flag bearer and five days later Olympic champion in the decathlon, finished fifth
Jonni Myyrä (FIN), who was Olympic champion in the javelin throw the day before, did not compete after the first discipline.
Ekkehard zur Megede , The History of Olympic Athletics, Volume 1: 1896–1936, Verlag Bartels & Wernitz KG, Berlin, 2nd edition 1970, p. 149