Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates July 31 (heats)
August 2 (final)
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1936 1952»
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
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

The men's 5000 metres event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place July 31 and August 2. The final was won by Belgian Gaston Reiff.




Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st Gaston Reiff Belgium 14:17.6 OR
2nd Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 14:17.8
3rd Wim Slijkhuis Netherlands 14:26.8
4 Erik Ahldén Sweden 14:28.6
5 Bertil Albertsson Sweden 14:39.0
6 Curt Stone United States 14:39.4
7 Väinö Koskela Finland 14:41.0
8 Väinö Mäkelä Finland 14:43.0
9 Marcel Vandewattyne Belgium
10 Martin Stokken Norway
11 Helge Perälä Finland
Evert Nyberg Sweden DNF

Key: DNF = Did not finish, OR = Olympic record