Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Venue Wembley Stadium
Dates July 30 (heats)
July 31 (semifinals)
August 2 (final)
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1936 1952»
Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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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

The men's 800 metres event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place July 30, July 31 and August 2. The final was won by American Mal Whitfield.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The first four in each heat qualified for the Semi-finals.[1]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1 France Marcel Hansenne 1:54.6
2 Great Britain John Parlett 1:55.0
2 Australia Ramsay, J. 1:55.0
4 Switzerland Volkmer, K. 1:55.3
5 Argentina Torres, A. 1:56.7
6 South Korea Lee, Yun Suk 2:01.4
- Egypt Khedr, R. Also competed

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1 United States Herb Barten 1:55.6
2 New Zealand Harris, D. 1:56.6
2 Great Britain White, C. 1:56.6
4 Belgium Rosier, R. 1:56.7
5 Greece Mavroidis, B. 1:57.4
6 Peru Mongrut Munoz, A. 1:58.7
- Denmark Christensen, H. Also competed
- Turkey Onel,C. Also competed

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1 Denmark Niels Holst-Sørensen 1:54.2
1 Norway Vade, B. 1:54.2
3 United States Bob Chambers 1:54.3
4 Belgium Brys, J. 1:55.4
4 Iceland Jonsson, O. 1:55.4
6 Canada Parnell, C. 1:55.7
- Great Britain Adarraga Elizaran, J. Also competed

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1 Jamaica Arthur Wint 1:53.9
2 Netherlands de Ruyter, F. 1:54.4
3 Luxembourg Barthel, J. 1:54.8
4 Czechoslovakia Winter, V. 1:55.1
5 Canada Henniger, E. 1 55.4
6 Trinidad and Tobago Tull, W. 1:55.7
- Great Britain Dincturk, S. Also competed

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1 Sweden Ljunggren, O. 1:56.1
2 France Robert Chef d’Hôtel 1:56.2
3 Switzerland Streuli, H. 1:56.5
4 Great Britain Tarraway, H. 1:56.6
4 Argentina Avalos, A. 1:56.6
6 Turkey Ishman, R. 2:01.1
- Greece Karageorgos, G. Also competed

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1 United States Mal Whitfield 1:52.8
2 Sweden Ingvar Bengtsson 1 52.9
3 Canada Hutchins, J. 1:55.5
4 France Mayordome, G. 1:55.7
5 Greece Stratakos, S. 2:02.2

Semifinals[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st Mal Whitfield United States 1:49.2 OR
2nd Arthur Wint Jamaica 1:49.5
3rd Marcel Hansenne France 1:49.8
4 Herb Barten United States 1:50.1
5 Ingvar Bengtsson Sweden 1:50.5
6 Bob Chambers United States 1:52.1
7 Robert Chef d’Hôtel France 1:53.0
8 John Parlett Great Britain 1:53.4
9 Niels Holst-Sørensen Denmark 1:54.0

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. LONDON: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. 1948. p. 248. Retrieved 24 February 2015.