Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
10 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, 33 athletics events were contested, 24 for men and 9 for women. Three events made their Olympic debut at these Games: women's 200 metres, women's long jump and women's shot put. There were a total number of 745 participating athletes from 53 countries.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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 Harrison Dillard
United States (USA)
10.3  Barney Ewell
United States (USA)
10.4  Lloyd LaBeach
Panama (PAN)
10.6
200 metres
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 Mel Patton
United States (USA)
21.1  Barney Ewell
United States (USA)
21.1  Lloyd LaBeach
Panama (PAN)
21.2
400 metres
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 Arthur Wint
Jamaica (JAM)
46.2  Herb McKenley
Jamaica (JAM)
46.4  Mal Whitfield
United States (USA)
46.8
800 metres
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 Mal Whitfield
United States (USA)
1:49.2  Arthur Wint
Jamaica (JAM)
1:49.5  Marcel Hansenne
France (FRA)
1:49.8
1500 metres
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 Henry Eriksson
Sweden (SWE)
3:49.8  Lennart Strand
Sweden (SWE)
3:50.4  Wim Slijkhuis
Netherlands (NED)
3:50.4
5000 metres
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 Gaston Reiff
Belgium (BEL)
14:17.6  Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
14:17.8  Wim Slijkhuis
Netherlands (NED)
14:26.8
10,000 metres
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 Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
29:59.6  Alain Mimoun
France (FRA)
30:47.4  Bertil Albertsson
Sweden (SWE)
30:53.6
110 metres hurdles
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 William Porter
United States (USA)
13.9  Clyde Scott
United States (USA)
14.1  Craig Dixon
United States (USA)
14.1
400 metres hurdles
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 Roy Cochran
United States (USA)
51.1  Duncan White
Ceylon (CEY)
51.8  Rune Larsson
Sweden (SWE)
52.2
3000 metres steeplechase
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 Tore Sjöstrand
Sweden (SWE)
9:04.6  Erik Elmsäter
Sweden (SWE)
9:08.2  Göte Hagström
Sweden (SWE)
9:11.8
4 × 100 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Barney Ewell
Lorenzo Wright
Harrison Dillard
Mel Patton
40.6  Great Britain (GBR)
Alastair McCorquodale
John Gregory
Kenneth Jones
John Archer
41.3  Italy (ITA)
Michele Tito
Enrico Perucconi
Carlo Monti
Antonio Siddi
41.5
4 × 400 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Roy Cochran
Cliff Bourland
Arthur Harnden
Mal Whitfield
3:10.4  France (FRA)
Jean Kerebel
Francis Schewetta
Robert Chef D'Hotel
Jacques Lunis
3:14.8  Sweden (SWE)
Kurt Lundquist
Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt
Folke Alnevik
Rune Larsson
3:16.0
Marathon
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 Delfo Cabrera
Argentina (ARG)
2:34:51.6  Tom Richards
Great Britain (GBR)
2:35:07.6  Etienne Gailly
Belgium (BEL)
2:35:33.6
10 kilometres walk
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 John Mikaelsson
Sweden (SWE)
45:13.2  Ingemar Johansson
Sweden (SWE)
45:43.8  Fritz Schwab
Switzerland (SUI)
46:00.2
50 kilometres walk
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 John Ljunggren
Sweden (SWE)
4:41:52  Gaston Godel
Switzerland (SUI)
4:48:17  Tebbs Lloyd Johnson
Great Britain (GBR)
4:48:31
Long jump
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 Willie Steele
United States (USA)
7.825 m  Theo Bruce
Australia (AUS)
7.55 m  Herbert Douglas
United States (USA)
7.54 m
Triple jump
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 Arne Åhman
Sweden (SWE)
15.40 m  George Avery
Australia (AUS)
15.36 m  Ruhi Sarialp
Turkey (TUR)
15.02 m
High jump
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 John Winter
Australia (AUS)
1.98 m  Bjorn Paulson
Norway (NOR)
1.95 m  George Stanich
United States (USA)
1.95 m
Pole vault
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 Guinn Smith
United States (USA)
4.30 m  Erkki Kataja
Finland (FIN)
4.20 m  Robert Richards
United States (USA)
4.20 m
Shot put
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 Wilbur Thompson
United States (USA)
17.12 m  Jim Delaney
United States (USA)
16.68 m  Jim Fuchs
United States (USA)
16.42 m
Discus throw
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 Adolfo Consolini
Italy (ITA)
52.78 m  Giuseppe Tosi
Italy (ITA)
51.78 m  Fortune Gordien
United States (USA)
50.77 m
Javelin throw
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 Tapio Rautavaara
Finland (FIN)
69.77 m  Steve Seymour
United States (USA)
67.56 m  József Várszegi
Hungary (HUN)
67.03 m
Hammer throw
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 Imre Nemeth
Hungary (HUN)
56.07 m  Ivan Gubijan
Yugoslavia (YUG)
54.27 m  Robert Bennett
United States (USA)
53.73 m
Decathlon
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 Bob Mathias
United States (USA)
7139  Ignace Heinrich
France (FRA)
6974  Floyd Simmons
United States (USA)
6950

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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 Fanny Blankers-Koen
Netherlands (NED)
11.9  Dorothy Manley
Great Britain (GBR)
12.2  Shirley Strickland
Australia (AUS)
12.2
200 metres
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 Fanny Blankers-Koen
Netherlands (NED)
24.4  Audrey Williamson
Great Britain (GBR)
25.1  Audrey Patterson
United States (USA)
25.2
80 metres hurdles
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 Fanny Blankers-Koen
Netherlands (NED)
11.2  Maureen Gardner
Great Britain (GBR)
11.2  Shirley Strickland
Australia (AUS)
11.4
4 × 100 metres relay
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 Netherlands (NED)
Xenia Stad-de Jong
Netty Witziers-Timmer
Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs
Fanny Blankers-Koen
47.5  Australia (AUS)
Shirley Strickland
June Maston
Betty McKinnon
Joyce King
47.6  Canada (CAN)
Viola Myers
Nancy MacKay
Diane Foster
Patricia Jones
47.8
Long jump
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 Olga Gyarmati
Hungary (HUN)
5.695 m  Noemí Simonetto de Portela
Argentina (ARG)
5.60 m  Ann-Britt Leyman
Sweden (SWE)
5.575 m
High jump
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 Alice Coachman
United States (USA)
1.68 m  Dorothy Tyler
Great Britain (GBR)
1.68 m  Micheline Ostermeyer
France (FRA)
1.61 m
Shot put
details
 Micheline Ostermeyer
France (FRA)
13.75 m  Amelia Piccinini
Italy (ITA)
13.09 m  Ine Schäffer
Austria (AUT)
13.08 m
Discus throw
details
 Micheline Ostermeyer
France (FRA)
41.92 m  Edera Cordiale
Italy (ITA)
41.17 m  Jacqueline Mazeas
France (FRA)
40.47 m
Javelin throw
details
 Herma Bauma
Austria (AUT)
45.57 m  Kaisa Parviainen
Finland (FIN)
43.79 m  Lily Carlstedt
Denmark (DEN)
42.08 m

Records broken[edit]

14 new Olympic records were set in the athletics events. No new world records were set.

Men's Olympic records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
800 metres 2 August Final Mal Whitfield United States 1:49.2
5000 metres 2 August Final Gaston Reiff Belgium 14:17.6
10,000 metres 30 July Final Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 29:59.6
110 metres hurdles 4 August Final William Porter United States 13.9
400 metres hurdles 31 July Final Roy Cochran United States 51.1
10 kilometres walk 7 August Final John Mikaelsson Sweden 45:13.2
Shot put 3 August Final Wilbur Thompson United States 17.12 m
Discus throw 2 August Final Adolfo Consolini Italy 52.78 m

Women's Olympic records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
200 metres 6 August Final Fanny Blankers-Koen Netherlands 24.4
80 metres hurdles 4 August Final Fanny Blankers-Koen
Maureen Gardner
Netherlands
Great Britain
11.2
High jump 7 August Final Alice Coachman
Dorothy Tyler
United States
Great Britain
1.68 m
Long jump 4 August Final Olga Gyarmati Hungary 5.695 m
Shot put 4 August Final Micheline Ostermeyer France 13.75 m
Javelin throw 31 July Final Herma Bauma Austria 45.57 m

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 12 5 10 27
2 Sweden 5 3 5 13
3 Netherlands 4 0 2 6
4 France 2 3 3 8
5 Hungary 2 0 1 3
6 Australia 1 3 2 6
7 Italy 1 3 1 5
8 Finland 1 2 0 3
Jamaica 1 2 0 3
10 Argentina 1 1 0 2
Czechoslovakia 1 1 0 2
12 Austria 1 0 1 2
Belgium 1 0 1 2
14 Great Britain 0 6 1 7
15 Switzerland 0 1 1 2
16 Ceylon 0 1 0 1
Norway 0 1 0 1
Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
19 Panama 0 0 2 2
20 Canada 0 0 1 1
Denmark 0 0 1 1
Turkey 0 0 1 1

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°33′20″N 0°16′47″W / 51.5556°N 0.2797°W / 51.5556; -0.2797