Hannes Kolehmainen’s Olympic gold medal from Stockholm 1912
Hannes Kolehmainen won three gold medals at the Stockholm Olympic Games of 1912: in 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres and the cross-country race. His most famous victory came in the 5,000-metre final, where he beat France’s Jean Bouin after a tight duel with a world record time of 14:36.6.
The Olympic gold medals of 1912 were the last ones made of solid gold; at all subsequent Games gilded silver has been used. The medal is 33 mm in diameter and weighs 30 g. The obverse, designed by Bertram Mackennal originally for the 1908 London Games, depicts two female figures holding a laurel wreath above a young victorious athlete. The reverse, designed by Erik Lindberg, features a herald and a statue of the Swedish gymnastics educator Per Henrik Ling.