Australia at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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Australia at the Olympic Games

Flag of Australia
IOC code  AUS
NOC Australian Olympic Committee
Website www.olympics.com.au
At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 75 (66 men, 9 women) in 11 sports
Flag bearer Les McKay (water polo)
Medals
Rank: 14
Gold
2
Silver
6
Bronze
5
Total
13
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
* with New Zealand as Australasia
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Australia competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. 75 competitors, 66 men and 9 women, took part in 52 events in 11 sports.[1] Australian athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Winter, JohnJohn Winter Athletics High Jump 30 July
 Gold Wood, MervynMervyn Wood Rowing Single sculls 09 August
 Silver Bruce, TheoTheo Bruce Athletics Long Jump 31 July
 Silver Avery, GeorgeGeorge Avery Athletics Triple Jump 03 August
 Silver King, JoyceJoyce King
Maston, JuneJune Maston
McKinnon, BettyBetty McKinnon
Strickland, ShirleyShirley Strickland
Athletics 4x100m relay 07 August
 Silver Marshall, JohnJohn Marshall Swimming 1500m freestyle 07 August
 Silver Lyons, BeatriceBeatrice Lyons Swimming 200m breaststroke 03 August
 Silver Garrard, DickDick Garrard Wrestling Welterweight 31 July
 Bronze Strickland, ShirleyShirley Strickland Athletics 100m 02 August
 Bronze Strickland, ShirleyShirley Strickland Athletics 80m hurdles 04 August
 Bronze Marshall, JohnJohn Marshall Swimming 400m freestyle 04 August
 Bronze Davies, Judy-JoyJudy-Joy Davies Swimming 100m backstroke 05 August
 Bronze Armstrong, JimJim Armstrong Wrestling Heavyweight 31 July

Athletics[edit]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
  • NP = Not placed


Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
John Bartram 100 m 10.8 2 Q 10.6 3 Q 4 Did not advance
John Treloar 10.5 1 Q 10.5 2 Q 4 Did not advance
Morris Curotta 10.7 1 Q 10.8 3 Q 6 Did not advance
John Treloar 200 m 21.7 1 Q 21.5 2 Q 6 Did not advance
Morris Curotta 400 m 49.1 1 Q 48.4 2 Q 47.2 2 Q 47.9 5
John Bartram 50.8 2 Q 49.9 4 Did not advance
Bill Ramsey 50.3 5 Did not advance
800 m 1:55.0 3 Q N/A 1:54.9 5 Did not advance
Peter Gardner 110 m hurdles 14.6 2 Q N/A 14.5 2 Q 14.7 5
Ray Weinberg 15.0 2 Q N/A 5 Did not advance
Charles Green 15.4 5 N/A Did not advance
George Knott 10 km walk 7 N/A Did not advance
Theo Bruce
John Bartram
Morris Curotta
John Treloar
4x100 m relay 41.5 3 N/A Did not advance
Men
Field Events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Theo Bruce Long Jump 7.22 4 Q 7.55 2nd
John Winter High Jump 1.87 Q 1.98 1st
George Avery Triple Jump 15.33 1 Q 15.36 2nd
Les McKeand 14.55 11 Q 14.53 7


Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Peter Mullins Result 11.2 6.64 12.75 1.83 53.2 15.2 33.94 3.40 51.32 5:17.6 6739 6
Points 787 711 691 822 706 896 541 652 612 321


Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Shirley Strickland 100 m 12.4 1 Q 12.4 2 Q 12.2 3rd
Joyce King 13.1 4 Did not advance
Betty McKinnon 12.7 3 Did not advance
Shirley Strickland 200 m 25.8 2 Q 24.9 1 Q 25.3 3rd
Joyce King 25.9 1 Q 6 Did not advance
Betty McKinnon 25.9 1 Q 7 Did not advance
Shirley Strickland 80 m Hurdles 11.9 2 Q 11.7 1 Q 11.4 3rd
Shirley Strickland
June Maston
Betty McKinnon
Joyce King
4x100 m relay 48.0 2 Q N/A 47.6 2nd


Women
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Judy Canty long jump 5.29 11 Q 5.38 7
June Maston 5.06 22 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Ronald Gower Flyweight  Bondi (HUN)
W PTS
 Martinez (ESP)
L PTS
Did not advance
Jimmy Carruthers Bantamweight  Daigle (CAN)
W DQ2
 Parés (ARG)
W PTS
 Csik (HUN)
L W/O
Did not advance
Laurie Birks Featherweight  Tammelin (FIN)
W PTS
 Seo B (KOR)
L KO2
Did not advance
Billy Barber Lightweight  Vissers (BEL)
L PTS
Did not advance
Billy Boyce Welterweight Bye  Roller (LUX)
W PTS
 Du Preez (RSA)
L PTS
Did not advance
Graham Higham Middleweight  Garcia (ARG)
L PTS
Did not advance
Adrian Holmes Light heavyweight bye  El-Minabawi (EGY)
W KO2
 O'Hagan (IRL)
W PTS
 Scott (GBR)
L PTS
3rd/4th place
 Cia (ARG)
L RSC-3
4

Cycling[edit]

Six cyclists, all men, represented Australia in 1948.

Road races

Individual times added to together for team race, 3 times needed for team event.

Cyclist Event Final
Result Rank
Jack Hoobin Road race 5:18:18.2 7
Russell Mockridge Road race 5:39:54.6 26
Ken Caves Road race Did not finish
Jim Nestor Road race Did not finish
Jack Hoobin
Russell Mockridge
Ken Caves
Jim Nestor
Team road race Did not finish
Track

Ranks given are within the heat.

Cyclist Event First round First repechage Quarterfinals Second repechage Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Charlie Bazzano Sprint 2 14.1 1 Q 14.3 1 Q Directly advanced 2 4
Jorge Sobrevila Time trial n/a 1:15.7 6
Sid Patterson
Jim Nestor
Jack Hoobin
Russell Mockridge
Team pursuit 5:06.5 2 q n/a 5:07.7 2 Did not advance

Diving[edit]

Diver Event Final
Result Rank
David Norris 3m springboard 109.67 16

Rowing[edit]

Ranks given are within the heat.

Rower Event First round Repechage Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Merv Wood Single sculls 7:25.9 1 Q n/a 8:08.5 1 Q 7:24.4 1st
Spencer Grace
Ted Bromley
Coxless pairs 7:26.8 2 r 7:28.4 1 Q 7:54.5 2 Did not advance
Wal Lambert
Hugh Lambie
Colin Douglas-Smith
Jack Webster
Tom Darcy
Coxed fours 7:04.3 2 r 7:07.1 2 Did not advance

Sailing[edit]

Rank Helmsman Crew Class Race I Race II Race III Race IV Race V Race VI Race VII Total
Points
[2]
Total
-1
[3]
Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points
18 Robert Edward French Firefly 18 168 11 382 19 144 16 219 9 469 12 344 10 423 2149 2005
7 Jock Sturrock Leslie A. Fenton Star DNF [4] 0 4 729 15 155 6 553 10 331 4 729 1 1331 3828 3828

Shooting[edit]

Shooter Event Final
Score Rank
Reginald Parker 300 m rifle 3 positions 926 30
Emilio Menghini 856 32
John Wise 852 33
Claude Platt 50 m rifle, prone 584 46
Neville Holt 584 47
Leo Dove 578 55

Swimming[edit]

Ranks given are within the heat.

Men
Swimmer Event Heats Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Bruce Bourke 100 m freestyle 59.1 2 Q 1:00.0 5 Did not advance
Warren Boyd 1:00.4 3 q 1:01.1 8 Did not advance
Bruce Bourke 100 m backstroke 1:11.3 1 Q 1:11.4 8 Did not advance
John Davies 200 m breaststroke 2:48.3 2 Q 2:44.8 4 Q 2:43.7 4
Kevin Hallett 3:02.0 7 Did not advance
John Marshall 400 m freestyle 4:51.4 2 Q 4:50.0 2 Q 4:47.4 3rd
Garrick Agnew 5:06.1 4 Did not advance
John Marshall 1500 m freestyle 20:01.1 1 Q 19:53.8 1 Q 19:31.3 2nd
Garrick Agnew 21:40.1 6 Did not advance


Women
Swimmer Event Heats Semifinals Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Marjorie McQuade 100 m freestyle 1:08.5 3 Q 1:09.6 6 Did not advance
Denise Spencer 1:10.0 3 Did not advance
Judy-Joy Davies 100 m backstroke 1:16.4 1 Q 1:17.8 2 Q 1:16.7 3rd
Nancy Lyons 200 m breaststroke 3:02.9 1 Q 3:00.9 1 Q 2:57.7 2nd
Denise Spencer 400 m freestyle 5:40.9 4 Q 5:35.6 6 Did not advance

Water polo[edit]

This was the first time Australia had entered the water polo competition.

Men's Team Competition

Head coach:

No. Pos. Player DoB Age Caps Club Tournament
games
Tournament
goals
Ben Dalley March 15, 1916 32  ? Australia Balmain Water Polo Club 2  ?
Jack King August 23, 1910 37  ? 1  ?
Eric Johnston February 24, 1914 34  ? Australia Balmain Water Polo Club 2  ?
Les McKay May 27, 1917 31  ? 1  ?
Leon Ferguson June 19, 1923 25  ? Australia Bondi ASC 1  ?
Arthur Burge August 24, 1917 31  ? Australia Drummoyne Water Polo Club 2  ?
Herman Doerner 1914  ? Australia Bondi ASC 2  ?
Colin French November 20, 1916 31  ? 1  ?
Roger Cornforth January 19, 1919 29  ? 1  ?
Jack Ferguson April 12, 1922 26  ? Australia Bondi ASC 1  ?


Group D

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Italy Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Australia
1.  Italy (ITA) 2 1 1 0 13 4 3 X 4:4 9:0
2.  Yugoslavia (YUG) 2 1 1 0 16 7 3 4:4 X 12:3
3.  Australia (AUS) 2 0 0 2 3 21 0 0:9 3:12 X

Weightlifting[edit]

Lifter Event Final
Kg Rank
Keith Caple Bantamweight 272.5 9
Ray Magee Heavyweight 357.5 12

Wrestling[edit]

Men's Freestyle
Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Bert Harris Flyweight  Jhadav (IND)
L 0-3
 Raisi (IRI)
L Fall
Did not advance 10
Dick Garrard Welterweight  Angst (SUI)
W 3-0
 Sóvári (HUN)
W 2-1
 Bhargava (IND)
W Fall
 Leclerc (FRA)
W Fall
 Merrill (USA)
L 1-2
Bye  Doğu (TUR)
L Fall
2nd
Bruce Arthur Middleweight  Candemir (TUR)
L Fall
 Roy (IND)
W Fall
 Brand (USA)
L Fall
Did not advance 9
Jim Armstrong Heavyweight  Oberlander (GBR)
W 3-0
 Bóbis (HUN)
L Fall
 Hutton (USA)
W Retired
 Esen (TUR)
W Fall
n/a  Antonsson (SWE)
L Fall
3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia at the 1948 London Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  2. ^ The 1948 Olympic scoring system was used.
  3. ^ Total after applying discard.
  4. ^ Mark hit.