Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's decathlon

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Men's decathlon
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Venue Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Dates 25–26 July
Competitors 28 from 16 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
«1948 1956»
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

The Men's decathlon at the 1952 Summer Olympics took place on 25 and 26 July, at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Bob Mathias from the United States repeated his performances from the previous games by winning the gold medal and setting new world and Olympic records. It was the second time the United States Olympic team earned all three medals in the event, the first one being in the 1936 Olympic Games.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record United States Bob Mathias (USA) 7287 points Tulare, United States 30 June 1950
Olympic record  Glenn Morris (USA) 7254 points Berlin, Germany 8 August 1936

At the end of the competition the following world and Olympic records were set:

Date Event Athlete Points OR WR
26 July Final  Bob Mathias (USA) 7887 OR WR

Results[edit]

Note: All scores are based on the tables used in 1952.

100m[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Milt Campbell United States 10.78 1034
2 Carlos Vera Chile 11.28 870
3 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 11.49 768
4 Bob Adams Canada 11.95 650

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Friedel Schirmer Germany 11.68 678
2 Pat Leane Australia 11.82 623
3 Georges Breitman France 13.70 254

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 11.56 768
2 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 11.59 768
3 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 12.22 572

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 11.45 869
2 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 11.66 707
3 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 11.70 678
4 Max Wehrli Switzerland 11.93 650

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Floyd Simmons United States 11.52 737
2 Hugues Frayer France 11.61 707
3 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 11.72 678

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Olli Reikko United States 11.43 800
2 Fotios Kosmas France 11.53 737
3 Hernán Figueroa Chile 11.73 678
4 Reinaldo Oliver Yugoslavia 11.89 623

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 11.53 768
2 Pyotr Kozhevnikov Soviet Union 11.60 768

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Bob Mathias United States 11.08 948
2 Sepp Hipp Germany 11.46 768
3 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 11.54 737

Heat 9

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Ignace Heinrich France 11.61 737
2 Eeles Landström Finland 12.10 597

Long Jump[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Ignace Heinrich France 7.10 818
2 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 7.09 815
2 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 7.09 815
4 Floyd Simmons United States 7.06 804
4 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 7.06 804
6 Bob Mathias United States 6.98 779
7 Carlos Vera Chile 6.96 773
8 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 6.90 755
9 Sepp Hipp Germany 6.85 740
10 Hugues Frayer France 6.80 725
11 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 6.76 713
12 Milt Campbell United States 6.74 707
13 Eeles Landström Finland 6.70 695
14 Olli Reikko United States 6.66 684
15 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 6.64 678
16 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 6.52 645
17 Max Wehrli Switzerland 6.48 635
18 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 6.47 632
19 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 6.44 624
20 Hernán Figueroa Chile 6.38 608
21 Friedel Schirmer Germany 6.37 605
21 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 6.37 605
23 Bob Adams Canada 6.22 567
24 Fotios Kosmas France 6.20 562
25 Reinaldo Oliver Yugoslavia 6.15 550
26 Pyotr Kozhevnikov Soviet Union 5.80 466
27 Georges Breitman France 5.43 385
28 Pat Leane Australia 5.22 341

Shot Put[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Bob Mathias United States 15.30 912
2 Milt Campbell United States 13.89 759
3 Sepp Hipp Germany 13.26 696
4 Floyd Simmons United States 13.18 688
5 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 12.97 669
6 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 12.90 663
7 Hernán Figueroa Chile 12.87 660
8 Ignace Heinrich France 12.83 656
9 Max Wehrli Switzerland 12.73 647
10 Friedel Schirmer Germany 12.69 644
11 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 12.62 637
12 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 12.40 618
13 Hugues Frayer France 12.36 614
14 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 12.19 599
15 Bob Adams Canada 12.01 582
16 Olli Reikko Finland 11.85 568
17 Eeles Landström Finland 11.75 560
18 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 11.71 556
19 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 11.66 552
20 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 11.61 548
21 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 11.56 544
22 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 11.20 516
23 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico 10.22 437
24 Carlos Vera Chile 9.52 387
25 Georges Breitman France 9.28 369

High Jump[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 1.94 960
2 Floyd Simmons United States 1.92 930
3 Bob Mathias United States 1.90 900
4 Ignace Heinrich France 1.88 872
5 Milt Campbell United States 1.85 832
5 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 1.85 832
7 Friedel Schirmer Germany 1.80 770
8 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 1.75 711
8 Sepp Hipp Germany 1.75 711
8 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 1.75 711
8 Eeles Landström Finland 1.75 711
8 Bob Adams Canada 1.75 711
8 Carlos Vera Chile 1.75 711
14 Olli Reikko Finland 1.70 656
14 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 1.70 656
14 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico 1.70 656
14 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 1.70 656
18 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 1.65 605
18 Hugues Frayer France 1.65 605
18 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 1.65 605
18 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 1.65 605
22 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 1.60 555
22 Hernán Figueroa Chile 1.60 555
22 Max Wehrli Switzerland 1.60 555
25 Georges Breitman France 1.50 464

400m[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Bob Mathias United States 50.2 828
2 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 52.8 654
3 Max Wehrli Switzerland 54.7 545

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 51.2 758
2 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 51.3 751
3 Hugues Frayer France 51.3 751
4 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico 53.4 618

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Hernán Figueroa Chile 52.8 654
2 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 54.3 565

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Milt Campbell United States 50.9 779
2 Sepp Hipp Germany 51.3 751
3 Bob Adams Canada 55.2 520

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Olli Reikko Finland 50.3 821
2 Ignace Heinrich France 51.0 772
3 Floyd Simmons United States 51.1 765

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Friedel Schirmer Germany 50.5 807
2 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 53.0 642
3 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 53.1 636

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 52.6 666
2 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 52.7 660
3 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 53.9 588

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 51.2 758
2 Eeles Landström Finland 56.7 445
3 Georges Breitman France 1:03.9 189

110m Hurdles[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Friedel Schirmer Germany 16.0 593
2 Bob Adams Canada 16.6 489

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Ignace Heinrich France 16.0 593
2 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 16.6 489
3 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico 16.7 473
4 Eeles Landström Finland 17.1 413

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Hugues Frayer France 15.4 716
2 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 15.8 632
3 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 15.8 632
4 Olli Reikko Finland 18.8 208

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Milt Campbell United States 14.5 953
2 Floyd Simmons United States 15.0 813
3 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 15.8 632
4 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 16.3 540

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Sepp Hipp Germany 16.1 575
2 Hernán Figueroa Chile 16.4 523

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 16.1 575
2 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 16.4 523

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Bob Mathias United States 14.7 894
2 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 15.7 652

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 16.0 593
2 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 16.4 523
3 Max Wehrli Switzerland 16.4 523

Discus Throw[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Bob Mathias United States 46.89 838
2 Sepp Hipp Germany 45.84 802
3 Bob Adams Canada 42.45 696
4 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 41.04 656
5 Milt Campbell United States 40.50 640
6 Hugues Frayer France 40.02 627
7 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 39.53 613
8 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 39.30 607
9 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 38.55 587
10 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 38.23 578
11 Hernán Figueroa Chile 38.08 574
12 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 38.04 573
13 Floyd Simmons United States 37.77 566
14 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 37.20 552
15 Friedel Schirmer Germany 37.01 547
16 Max Wehrli Switzerland 36.81 541
17 Eeles Landström Finland 34.51 483
18 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 34.27 477
19 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 34.21 476
20 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 32.98 446
21 Olli Reikko Finland 30.72 392
22 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico 29.95 374

Pole Vault[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Eeles Landström Finland 4.20 855
2 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 4.10 795
3 Bob Mathias United States 4.00 745
4 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 3.80 645
4 Max Wehrli Switzerland 3.80 645
6 Bob Adams Canada 3.70 596
7 Floyd Simmons United States 3.60 556
7 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 3.60 556
9 Sepp Hipp Germany 3.50 516
9 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 3.50 516
9 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 3.50 516
9 Friedel Schirmer Germany 3.50 516
9 Olli Reikko Finland 3.50 516
9 Hernán Figueroa Chile 3.50 516
9 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico 3.50 516
16 Hugues Frayer France 3.40 476
16 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 3.40 476
16 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 3.40 476
16 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 3.40 476
16 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 3.40 476
21 Milt Campbell United States 3.30 438
22 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 3.00 328

Javelin Throw[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Bob Mathias United States 59.21 715
2 Eeles Landström Finland 57.61 680
3 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 56.68 660
4 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico 56.68 660
5 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 55.55 637
6 Floyd Simmons United States 54.69 620
7 Milt Campbell United States 54.54 617
8 Sepp Hipp Germany 54.14 609
9 Friedel Schirmer Germany 54.00 606
10 Erkki Hautamäki Finland 53.57 597
11 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 52.79 582
12 Olli Reikko Finland 51.41 554
13 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 51.39 554
14 Hernán Figueroa Chile 51.22 550
15 Max Wehrli Switzerland 51.08 548
16 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 49.80 525
17 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 49.56 520
18 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 49.36 517
19 Bob Adams Canada 44.83 436
20 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 43.55 414
21 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 43.19 408
22 Hugues Frayer France 41.31 376

1500m[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Olli Reikko Finland 4:28.0 526
2 Fernando Fernandes Portugal 4:37.0 441
3 Göran Widenfelt Sweden 4:38.6 427
4 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico 4:51.8 321
5 Bob Adams Canada 4:57.0 283
6 Max Wehrli Switzerland 4:58.6 272

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Vladimir Volkov Soviet Union 4:33.2 475
2 Kjell Tånnander Sweden 4:57.2 281
3 Eeles Landström Finland 5:01.0 255
4 Hugues Frayer France 5:14.4 175
5 Héctor Román Puerto Rico 5:14.4 175

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Sergey Kuznetsov Soviet Union 4:42.0 396
2 Friedel Schirmer Germany 4:47.6 352
3 Brígido Iriarte Venezuela 4:49.8 336
4 Bob Mathias United States 4:50.8 328
5 Floyd Simmons United States 4:53.4 309

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Sepp Hipp Germany 4:57.2 281
2 Hernán Figueroa Chile 4:58.2 274
3 Oto Rebula Yugoslavia 5:01.8 249
4 Geoff Elliott Great Britain 5:03.6 238
5 Milt Campbell United States 5:07.2 216

Final standings[edit]

Standings after Event 10

Pos Athlete Total
Points
100m LJ SP HJ 400m 110m H DT PV JT 1500m
1st  Bob Mathias (USA) 7,887 WR 948 779 912 900 828 894 838 745 715 328
2nd  Milt Campbell (USA) 6,975 1,034 707 759 832 779 953 640 438 617 216
3rd  Floyd Simmons (USA) 6,788 737 804 688 930 765 813 566 556 620 309
4  Vladimir Volkov (URS) 6,674 768 815 637 711 758 632 573 645 660 475
5  Sepp Hipp (GER) 6,449 768 740 696 711 751 575 802 516 609 281
6  Göran Widenfelt (SWE) 6,388 768 713 548 960 751 575 613 516 517 427
7  Kjell Tånnander (SWE) 6,308 768 755 669 832 666 632 607 516 582 281
8  Friedel Schirmer (GER) 6,118 678 605 644 770 807 593 547 516 606 352
9  Geoff Elliott (GBR) 6,044 768 624 618 711 642 652 476 795 520 238
10  Sergey Kuznetsov (URS) 5,937 768 815 556 605 654 523 656 556 408 396
11  Hugues Frayer (FRA) 5,772 707 725 614 605 751 716 627 476 376 175
12  Brígido Iriarte (VEN) 5,770 707 804 552 555 636 489 578 476 637 336
13  Olli Reikko (FIN) 5,725 800 684 568 656 821 208 392 516 554 526
14  Eeles Landström (FIN) 5,694 597 695 560 711 445 413 483 855 680 255
15  Oto Rebula (YUG) 5,648 678 678 663 605 565 593 587 476 554 249
16  Fernando Fernandes (POR) 5,604 737 645 516 656 758 632 477 328 414 441
17  Hernán Figueroa (CHI) 5,592 678 608 660 555 654 523 574 516 550 274
18  Max Wehrli (SUI) 5,561 650 635 647 555 545 523 541 645 548 272
19  Bob Adams (CAN) 5,530 650 567 582 711 520 489 696 596 436 283
20  Héctor Román (PUR) 5,264 678 632 544 605 660 523 446 476 525 175
21  Reinaldo Oliver (PUR) 5,228 623 550 437 656 618 473 374 516 660 321
 Erkki Hautamäki (FIN) DNF 572 605 599 656 588 540 552 476 597
 Ignace Heinrich (FRA) DNF 737 818 656 872 772 593
 Georges Breitman (FRA) DNF 254 385 369 464 189
 Carlos Vera (CHI) DNF 870 773 387 711
 Fotios Kosmas (GRE) DNF 737 562
 Pyotr Kozhevnikov (URS) DNF 768 446
 Pat Leane (AUS) DNF 623 341

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