Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
|Venue||Start and finish at Wembley Stadium|
|Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
|80 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men|
|10 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The men's marathon event at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games took place August 7. The final was won by Delfo Cabrera. Reminiscent of Dorando Pietri's final-lap ordeal when the Olympics were held in the same city 40 years earlier, Belgian Etienne Gailly entered the London stadium in first place, but was exhausted and running very slowly. He was passed first by Cabrera, then by Briton Tom Richards, but managed to hold on for the bronze medal. South African Johannes Coleman, who finished 4th in this race, had placed 6th in the last Olympic marathon in Berlin twelve years earlier.
Key: DNF = Did not finish
- 1948 Summer Olympics results: Men's marathon, from http://www.sports-reference.com/; retrieved 2010-09-05.