Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics

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Athletics at the
1956 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
20 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 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, 33 athletics events were contested, 24 for men and 9 for women. There were a total number of 720 participating athletes from 61 countries.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Bobby Morrow
United States (USA)
10.5  Thane Baker
United States (USA)
10.5  Hector Hogan
Australia (AUS)
10.6
200 metres
details
 Bobby Morrow
United States (USA)
20.6
(OR)
 Andy Stanfield
United States (USA)
20.7  Thane Baker
United States (USA)
20.9
400 metres
details
 Charles Jenkins
United States (USA)
46.7  Karl-Friedrich Haas
Germany (EUA)
46.8  Voitto Hellstén
Finland (FIN)
47.0
 Ardalion Ignatyev
Soviet Union (URS)
47.0
800 metres
details
 Tom Courtney
United States (USA)
1:47.7
(OR)
 Derek Johnson
Great Britain (GBR)
1:47.8  Audun Boysen
Norway (NOR)
1:48.1
1500 metres
details
 Ron Delany
Ireland (IRL)
3:41.2
(OR)
 Klaus Richtzenhain
Germany (EUA)
3:42.0  John Landy
Australia (AUS)
3:42.0
5000 metres
details
 Vladimir Kuts
Soviet Union (URS)
13:39.6
(OR)
 Gordon Pirie
Great Britain (GBR)
13:50.6  Derek Ibbotson
Great Britain (GBR)
13:54.4
10,000 metres
details
 Vladimir Kuts
Soviet Union (URS)
28:45.6
(OR)
 József Kovács
Hungary (HUN)
28:52.4  Allan Lawrence
Australia (AUS)
28:53.6
110 metres hurdles
details
 Lee Calhoun
United States (USA)
13.5
(OR)
 Jack Davis
United States (USA)
13.5
(OR)
 Joel Shankle
United States (USA)
14.1
400 metres hurdles
details
 Glenn Davis
United States (USA)
50.1
(=OR)
 Eddie Southern
United States (USA)
50.8  Joshua Culbreath
United States (USA)
51.6
3000 metres steeplechase
details
 Chris Brasher
Great Britain (GBR)
8:41.2
(OR)
 Sándor Rozsnyói
Hungary (HUN)
8:43.6  Ernst Larsen
Norway (NOR)
8:44.0
4 × 100 metres relay
details
 United States (USA)
Thane Baker
Leamon King
Bobby Morrow
Ira Murchison
39.5
(WR)
 Soviet Union (URS)
Leonid Bartenev
Yuriy Konovalov
Vladimir Sukharev
Boris Tokarev
39.8  Germany (EUA)
Heinz Fütterer
Manfred Germar
Lothar Knörzer
Leonhard Pohl
40.3
4 × 400 metres relay
details
 United States (USA)
Tom Courtney
Charles Jenkins
Lou Jones
Jesse Mashburn
3:04.8  Australia (AUS)
Graham Gipson
Kevan Gosper
Leon Gregory
David Lean
3:06.2  Great Britain (GBR)
Peter Higgins
Derek Johnson
John Salisbury
Michael Wheeler
3:07.2
Marathon
details
 Alain Mimoun
France (FRA)
2:25:00  Franjo Mihalić
Yugoslavia (YUG)
2:26:32  Veikko Karvonen
Finland (FIN)
2:27:47
20 kilometres walk
details
 Leonid Spirin
Soviet Union (URS)
1:31:27.4  Antanas Mikenas
Soviet Union (URS)
1:32:03.0  Bruno Junk
Soviet Union (URS)
1:32:12.0
50 kilometres walk
details
 Norman Read
New Zealand (NZL)
4:30:42.8  Yevgeniy Maskinskov
Soviet Union (URS)
4:32:57.0  John Ljunggren
Sweden (SWE)
4:35:02.0
Long jump
details
 Greg Bell
United States (USA)
7.83 m  John Bennett
United States (USA)
7.68 m  Jorma Valkama
Finland (FIN)
7.48 m
Triple jump
details
 Adhemar da Silva
Brazil (BRA)
16.35 m
(OR)
 Vilhjálmur Einarsson
Iceland (ISL)
16.26 m  Vitold Kreer
Soviet Union (URS)
16.02 m
High jump
details
 Charles Dumas
United States (USA)
2.12 m
(OR)
 Chilla Porter
Australia (AUS)
2.10 m  Igor Kashkarov
Soviet Union (URS)
2.08 m
Pole vault
details
 Bob Richards
United States (USA)
4.56 m
(OR)
 Bob Gutowski
United States (USA)
4.53 m  Georgios Roubanis
Greece (GRE)
4.50 m
Shot put
details
 Parry O'Brien
United States (USA)
18.57 m
(OR)
 Bill Nieder
United States (USA)
18.18 m  Jiří Skobla
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
17.65 m
Discus throw
details
 Al Oerter
United States (USA)
56.36 m
(OR)
 Fortune Gordien
United States (USA)
54.81 m  Desmond Koch
United States (USA)
54.40 m
Javelin throw
details
 Egil Danielsen
Norway (NOR)
85.71 m
(WR)
 Janusz Sidło
Poland (POL)
79.98 m  Viktor Tsybulenko
Soviet Union (URS)
79.50 m
Hammer throw
details
 Harold Connolly
United States (USA)
63.19 m
(OR)
 Mikhail Krivonosov
Soviet Union (URS)
63.03 m  Anatoli Samotsvetov
Soviet Union (URS)
62.56 m
Decathlon
details
 Milt Campbell
United States (USA)
7937
(OR)
 Rafer Johnson
United States (USA)
7587  Vasili Kuznetsov
Soviet Union (URS)
7465

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
 Betty Cuthbert
Australia (AUS)
11.5  Christa Stubnick
Germany (EUA)
11.7  Marlene Matthews
Australia (AUS)
11.7
200 metres
details
 Betty Cuthbert
Australia (AUS)
23.4
(=OR)
 Christa Stubnick
Germany (EUA)
23.7  Marlene Matthews
Australia (AUS)
23.8
80 metres hurdles
details
 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
Australia (AUS)
10.7
(OR)
 Gisela Köhler
Germany (EUA)
10.9  Norma Thrower
Australia (AUS)
11.0
4 × 100 metres relay
details
 Australia (AUS)
Norma Croker
Betty Cuthbert
Fleur Mellor
Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
44.5
(WR)
 Great Britain (GBR)
Heather Armitage
Anne Pashley
June Paul
Jean Scrivens
44.7  United States (USA)
Isabelle Daniels
Mae Faggs
Margaret Matthews
Wilma Rudolph
44.9
Long jump
details
 Elżbieta Krzesińska
Poland (POL)
6.35 m
(=WR)
 Willye White
United States (USA)
6.09 m  Nadezhda Dvalishvili
Soviet Union (URS)
6.07 m
High jump
details
 Mildred McDaniel
United States (USA)
1.76 m
(WR)
 Thelma Hopkins
Great Britain (GBR)
1.67 m none awarded
 Mariya Pisareva
Soviet Union (URS)
1.67 m
Shot put
details
 Tamara Tyshkevich
Soviet Union (URS)
16.59 m
(OR)
 Galina Zybina
Soviet Union (URS)
16.53 m  Marianne Werner
Germany (EUA)
15.61 m
Discus throw
details
 Olga Fikotová
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
53.69 m
(OR)
 Irina Beglyakova
Soviet Union (URS)
52.54 m  Nina Ponomaryova
Soviet Union (URS)
52.02 m
Javelin throw
details
 Inese Yaunzeme
Soviet Union (URS)
53.86 m
(OR)
 Marlene Ahrens
Chile (CHI)
50.38 m  Nadezhda Konyayeva
Soviet Union (URS)
50.28 m

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 16 10 5 31
2 Soviet Union 5 7 10 22
3 Australia 4 2 6 12
4 Great Britain 1 4 2 7
5 Poland 1 1 0 2
6 Norway 1 0 2 3
7 Czechoslovakia 1 0 1 2
8 Brazil 1 0 0 1
France 1 0 0 1
Ireland 1 0 0 1
New Zealand 1 0 0 1
12 Germany 0 5 2 7
13 Hungary 0 2 0 2
14 Chile 0 1 0 1
Iceland 0 1 0 1
Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
17 Finland 0 0 3 3
18 Greece 0 0 1 1
Sweden 0 0 1 1

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