Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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Men's 10,000 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates July 30 (final)
1st, gold medalist(s) Emil Zátopek
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alain Mimoun
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bertil Albertsson
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Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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Track events
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4×100 m relay men women
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The men's 10,000 metres event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place July 30. The final was won by Emil Zátopek.


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

World record  Viljo Heino (FIN) 29:35.4 Helsinki, Finland 25 August 1944
Olympic record  Janusz Kusociński (POL) 30:11.4 Los Angeles, United States 31 July 1932

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
30 July Final  Emil Zátopek (TCH) 29:59.6 OR


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

Date Time
Friday, 30 July 1948 18:00 Final



Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Emil Zátopek  Czechoslovakia 29:59.6 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alain Mimoun  France 30:47.4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bertil Albertsson  Sweden 30:53.6
4 Martin Stokken  Norway 30:58.6
5 Severt Dennolf  Sweden 31:05.0
6 Abdullah Ben Saïd  France 31:07.8
7 Stan Cox  Great Britain 31:08.0
8 Jim Peters  Great Britain 31:16.0
9 Salomon Könönen  Finland
10 Eddie O'Toole  United States
11 Fred Wilt  United States
Ricardo Bralo  Argentina NP
Eusebio Guiñez  Argentina NP
Jakob Kjersem  Norway NP
Jef Lataster  Netherlands NP
Luo Wenao  Republic of China NP
Steve McCooke  Great Britain NP
Constantino Miranda  Spain NP
Harry Nelson  New Zealand NP
André Paris  France NP
Manny Ramjohn  Trinidad and Tobago NP
Gregorio Rojo  Spain NP
Paddy Fahy  Ireland DNF
Viljo Heino  Finland DNF
Evert Heinström  Finland DNF
Robert Everaert  Belgium DNF
Herman Goffberg  United States DNF

Key: DNF = Did not finish, NP = Not placed, OR = Olympic record