Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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Athletics at the
1952 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 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, 33 athletics events were contested, 24 for men and 9 for women. There were a total number of 963 participating athletes from 57 countries.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Lindy Remigino
United States (USA)
10.4  Herb McKenley
Jamaica (JAM)
10.4  McDonald Bailey
Great Britain (GBR)
10.4
200 metres
details
 Andy Stanfield
United States (USA)
20.7  Thane Baker
United States (USA)
20.8  James Gathers
United States (USA)
20.8
400 metres
details
 George Rhoden
Jamaica (JAM)
45.9  Herb McKenley
Jamaica (JAM)
45.9  Ollie Matson
United States (USA)
46.8
800 metres
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 Mal Whitfield
United States (USA)
1:49.2  Arthur Wint
Jamaica (JAM)
1:49.4  Heinz Ulzheimer
Germany (GER)
1:49.7
1500 metres
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 Josy Barthel
Luxembourg (LUX)
3:45.2  Bob McMillen
United States (USA)
3:45.2  Werner Lueg
Germany (GER)
3:45.4
5000 metres
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 Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
14:06.6  Alain Mimoun
France (FRA)
14:07.4  Herbert Schade
Germany (GER)
14:08.6
10,000 metres
details
 Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
29:17.0  Alain Mimoun
France (FRA)
29:32.8  Aleksandr Anufriyev
Soviet Union (URS)
29:48.2
110 metres hurdles
details
 Harrison Dillard
United States (USA)
13.7  Jack Davis
United States (USA)
13.7  Arthur Barnard
United States (USA)
14.1
400 metres hurdles
details
 Charles Moore
United States (USA)
50.8  Yuriy Lituyev
Soviet Union (URS)
51.3  John Holland
New Zealand (NZL)
52.2
3000 metres steeplechase
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 Horace Ashenfelter
United States (USA)
8:45.4  Vladimir Kazantsev
Soviet Union (URS)
8:51.6  John Disley
Great Britain (GBR)
8:51.8
4 × 100 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Dean Smith
Harrison Dillard
Lindy Remigino
Andy Stanfield
40.1  Soviet Union (URS)
Boris Tokarev
Levan Kalyayev
Levan Sanadze
Vladimir Sukharev
40.3  Hungary (HUN)
László Zarándi
Géza Varasdi
György Csányi
Béla Goldoványi
40.5
4 × 400 metres relay
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 Jamaica (JAM)
Arthur Wint
Leslie Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
3:03.9  United States (USA)
Ollie Matson
Gerrard Cole
Charles Moore
Mal Whitfield
3:04.0  Germany (GER)
Günter Steines
Hans Geister
Heinz Ulzheimer
Karl-Friedrich Haas
3:06.6
Marathon
details
 Emil Zátopek
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
2:23:03  Reinaldo Gorno
Argentina (ARG)
2:25:35  Gustaf Jansson
Sweden (SWE)
2:26:07
10 kilometres walk
details
 John Mikaelsson
Sweden (SWE)
45:02.8  Fritz Schwab
Switzerland (SUI)
45:41.0  Bruno Junk
Soviet Union (URS)
45:41.0
50 kilometres walk
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 Giuseppe Dordoni
Italy (ITA)
4:28:07.8  Josef Doležal
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
4:30:17.8  Antal Róka
Hungary (HUN)
4:31:27.2
Long jump
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 Jerome Biffle
United States (USA)
7.57 m  Meredith Gourdine
United States (USA)
7.53 m  Ödön Földessy
Hungary (HUN)
7.30 m
Triple jump
details
 Adhemar da Silva
Brazil (BRA)
16.22 m  Leonid Shcherbakov
Soviet Union (URS)
15.98 m  Arnoldo Devonish
Venezuela (VEN)
15.52 m
High jump
details
 Walt Davis
United States (USA)
2.04 m  Ken Wiesner
United States (USA)
2.01 m  José da Conceição
Brazil (BRA)
1.98 m
Pole vault
details
 Bob Richards
United States (USA)
4.55 m  Don Laz
United States (USA)
4.50 m  Ragnar Lundberg
Sweden (SWE)
4.40 m
Shot put
details
 Parry O'Brien
United States (USA)
17.41 m  Darrow Hooper
United States (USA)
17.39 m  Jim Fuchs
United States (USA)
17.06 m
Discus throw
details
 Sim Iness
United States (USA)
55.03 m  Adolfo Consolini
Italy (ITA)
53.78 m  James Dillion
United States (USA)
53.28 m
Javelin throw
details
 Cy Young
United States (USA)
73.78 m  Bill Miller
United States (USA)
72.46 m  Toivo Hyytiäinen
Finland (FIN)
71.89 m
Hammer throw
details
 József Csermák
Hungary (HUN)
60.34 m  Karl Storch
Germany (GER)
58.86 m  Imre Németh
Hungary (HUN)
57.74 m
Decathlon
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 Bob Mathias
United States (USA)
7,887 pts  Milt Campbell
United States (USA)
6,975 pts  Floyd Simmons
United States (USA)
6,788 pts

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Marjorie Jackson
Australia (AUS)
11.5  Daphne Hasenjager
South Africa (RSA)
11.8  Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
Australia (AUS)
11.9
200 metres
details
 Marjorie Jackson
Australia (AUS)
23.7  Bertha Brouwer
Netherlands (NED)
24.2  Nadezhda Khnykina-Dvalishvili
Soviet Union (URS)
24.2
80 metres hurdles
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 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
Australia (AUS)
10.9  Mariya Golubnichaya
Soviet Union (URS)
11.1  Maria Sander
Germany (GER)
11.1
4 × 100 metres relay
details
 United States (USA)
Mae Faggs
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
Catherine Hardy
45.9  Germany (GER)
Ursula Knab
Maria Sander
Helga Klein
Marga Petersen
45.9  Great Britain (GBR)
Sylvia Cheeseman
June Foulds
Jean Desforges
Heather Armitage
46.2
Long jump
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 Yvette Williams
New Zealand (NZL)
6.24 m  Aleksandra Chudina
Soviet Union (URS)
6.14 m  Shirley Cawley
Great Britain (GBR)
5.92 m
High jump
details
 Esther Brand
South Africa (RSA)
1.67 m  Sheila Lerwill
Great Britain (GBR)
1.65 m  Aleksandra Chudina
Soviet Union (URS)
1.63 m
Shot put
details
 Galina Zybina
Soviet Union (URS)
15.28 m  Marianne Werner
Germany (GER)
14.57 m  Klavdia Tochonova
Soviet Union (URS)
14.50 m
Discus throw
details
 Nina Romashkova
Soviet Union (URS)
51.42 m  Elizaveta Bagryantseva
Soviet Union (URS)
47.08 m  Nina Dumbadze
Soviet Union (URS)
46.29 m
Javelin throw
details
 Dana Zátopková
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
50.47 m  Aleksandra Chudina
Soviet Union (URS)
50.01 m  Yelena Gorchakova
Soviet Union (URS)
49.76 m

Records broken[edit]

During the 1952 Summer Olympic Games, 26 new Olympic records and 8 new world records were set in the athletics events.

Men's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
400 metres July 25 Final George Rhoden
Herb McKenley
Jamaica 45.9 s OR
1500 metres July 26 Final Josy Barthel
Bob McMillen
Luxembourg
United States
3:45.2 OR
5000 metres July 24 Final Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 14:06.6 OR
10,000 metres July 20 Final Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 29:17.0 OR
110 metres hurdles July 24 Final Harrison Dillard
Jack Davis
United States 13.7 s OR
400 metres hurdles July 21 Final Charles Moore United States 50.8 s OR
3000 metres steeplechase July 25 Final Horace Ashenfelter United States 8:45.4 s OR
4 x 400 metres relay July 27 Final Les Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
Arthur Wint
Jamaica 3:03.9 OR WR
10 kilometres walk July 27 Final John Mikaelsson Sweden 45:02.8 OR
50 kilometres walk July 21 Final Giuseppe Dordoni Italy 4:28:07.8 OR
Marathon July 27 Final Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 2:23:03.2 OR
High jump July 20 Final Walt Davis United States 2.04 m OR
Pole vault July 22 Final Bob Richards United States 4.55 m OR
Triple jump July 23 Final Adhemar da Silva Brazil 16.22 m OR WR
Shot put July 21 Final Parry O'Brien United States 17.41 m OR
Discus throw July 22 Final Sim Iness United States 55.03 m OR
Javelin throw July 24 Final Cy Young United States 73.78 m OR
Hammer throw July 24 Final József Csermák Hungary 60.34 m OR WR
Decathlon July 26 Final Bob Mathias United States 7887 pts OR WR

Women's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
200 metres July 26 Semifinal Marjorie Jackson Australia 23.4 s OR WR
80 metres hurdles July 24 Final Shirley Strickland de la Hunty Australia 10.9 s OR WR
4 x 100 metres relay July 27 Final Mae Faggs
Catherine Hardy
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
United States 45.9 s OR WR
Long jump July 23 Final Yvette Williams New Zealand 6.24 m OR
Shot put July 26 Final Galina Zybina Soviet Union 15.28 m OR WR
Discus throw July 20 Final Nina Romashkova Soviet Union 51.42 m OR
Javelin throw July 24 Final Dana Zátopková Czechoslovakia 50.47 m OR

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 15 10 6 31
2  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 4 1 0 5
3  Australia (AUS) 3 0 1 4
4  Soviet Union (URS) 2 8 7 17
5  Jamaica (JAM) 2 3 0 5
6  Italy (ITA) 1 1 0 2
 South Africa (RSA) 1 1 0 2
8  Hungary (HUN) 1 0 4 5
9  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 2 3
10  Brazil (BRA) 1 0 1 2
 New Zealand (NZL) 1 0 1 2
12  Luxembourg (LUX) 1 0 0 1
13  Germany (GER) 0 3 5 8
14  France (FRA) 0 2 0 2
15  Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 4 5
16  Argentina (ARG) 0 1 0 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 1 0 1
 Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 0 1
19  Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
 Venezuela (VEN) 0 0 1 1

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 57 nations participated in the different Athletics events at the 1952 Summer Olympics. Numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of athletes representing each nation.

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