Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 5000 metres

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Men's 5000 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
DatesJuly 31 (heats)
August 2 (final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Gaston Reiff
 Belgium
2nd, silver medalist(s) Emil Zátopek
 Czechoslovakia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Willem Slijkhuis
 Netherlands
← 1936
1952 →

The men's 5000 metres event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place July 31 and August 2. The final was won by Gaston Reiff of Belgium.[1]

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Gunder Hägg (SWE) 13:58.2 Gothenburg, Sweden 20 September 1942
Olympic record  Gunnar Höckert (FIN) 14:22.2 Berlin, Germany 7 August 1936

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
2 August Final  Gaston Reiff (BEL) 14:17.6 OR


Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

Date Time
Saturday, 31 July 1948 16:00 Round 1
Monday, 2 August 1948 17:00 Final


Results[edit]

The first four runners from each heat qualified to the final.

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  Sweden Evert Nyberg 14:58.2
2  Finland Väinö Koskela 14:58.3
2  United States Curt Stone 14:58.6
4  Belgium Marcel Vandewattyne 15:14.0
5  France Jacques Vernier 15:29.8
6  New Zealand Harold Nelson 15:34.4
7  Netherlands Jef Lataster 15:39.0
8  Great Britain Jack Braughton
9  Canada Cliff Salmond 16:05.0
10  Trinidad and Tobago Manny Ramjohn
-  Denmark Aage Poulsen DNF
-  Ireland John Joe Barry DNF

Heat 2

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  Sweden Erik Ahldén 14:34.2
2  Czechoslovakia Emil Zátopek 14:34.4
2  Finland Väinö Mäkelä 14:45.8
4  Norway Martin Stokken 15:04.4
5  France Maurice Pouzieux 15:09.8
6  Spain Gregorio Rojo 15:19.0
7  Great Britain Bill Lucas
8  China Luo Wenao
9  Greece Vasilios Mavrapostolos
10  South Korea Sim Bok-seok
-  Turkey Mustafa Özcan DNF
-  United States Clarence Robison DNF

Heat 3

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  Netherlands Willem Slijkhuis 15:06.8
2  Belgium Gaston Reiff 15:07.0
2  Sweden Bertil Albertsson 15:07.8
4  Finland Helge Perälä 15:07.8
5  United States Jerry Thompson 15:08.4
6  France Alain Mimoun 15:11.2
7  Great Britain Alec Olney
8  Mexico Martín Alarcón
9  Switzerland Ernst Günther

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Gaston Reiff  Belgium 14:17.6 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Emil Zátopek  Czechoslovakia 14:17.8
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Willem Slijkhuis  Netherlands 14:26.8
4 Erik Ahldén  Sweden 14:28.6
5 Bertil Albertsson  Sweden 14:39.0
6 Curt Stone  United States 14:39.4
7 Väinö Koskela  Finland 14:41.0
8 Väinö Mäkelä  Finland 14:43.0
9 Marcel Vandewattyne  Belgium
10 Martin Stokken  Norway
11 Helge Perälä  Finland
Evert Nyberg  Sweden DNF

Key: DNF = Did not finish, OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1948 London Games: Men's 5000 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 6 November 2017.

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