Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates August 4 (heats)
August 6 (final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Henry Eriksson
 Sweden
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lennart Strand
 Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Willem Slijkhuis
 Netherlands
1936
1952
Athletics at the
1948 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 1500 metres event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place August 4 and August 6. The final was won by Swede Henry Eriksson.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Gunder Hägg (SWE) 3:43.0 Gothenburg, Sweden 7 July 1944
Olympic record  Jack Lovelock (NZL) 3:47.8 Berlin, Germany 6 August 1936

Schedule[edit]

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

Date Time
Wednesday, 4 August 1948 16:30 Round 1
Friday, 6 August 1948 17:00 Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  Sweden Lennart Strand 3:54.2
2  Denmark Erik Jørgensen 3:54.2
3  United States Don Gehrmann 3:54.8
4  Netherlands Frits de Ruijter 3:55.2
5  Finland Olavi Luoto 3:58.0
6  France Henri Klein 3:59.8
7  Turkey Cahit Önel 4:00.0
8  Ireland John Joe Barry 4:00.5
9  Canada Cliff Salmond 4:16.2
-  Peru Antero Mongrut Also competed

Heat 2

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  Netherlands Willem Slijkhuis 3:52.4
2  Czechoslovakia Václav Čevona 3:53.0
3  Finland Denis Johansson 3:54.0
4  Canada Jack Hutchins 3:54.4
5  Great Britain Doug Wilson 3:54.8
6  United States Clem Eischen 4:00.2
7  Greece Vasilios Mavroidis
8  Spain Juan Adarraga 4:03.7
-  Trinidad and Tobago Wilfred Tull Also competed

Heat 3

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  Sweden Henry Eriksson 3:53.8
2  Great Britain Bill Nankeville 3:55.8
3  Luxembourg Josy Barthel 3:56.4
4  France Jean Vernier 3:57.6
5  Argentina Melchor Palmeiro 4:01.6
6  Iceland Óskar Jónsson 4:03.2
7  Turkey Riza Maksut İşman
-  Canada Bill Parnell DNF

Heat 4

Rank Country Athletes Time (hand)
1  Sweden Gösta Bergkvist 3:51.8
2  France Marcel Hansenne 3:52.8
3  Hungary Sándor Garay 3:53.0
4  United States Roland Sink 3:53.2
5  Norway Kaare Vefling 3:54.6
6  Great Britain Richard Morris 3:55.8
7  Denmark Ingvard Nielsen 4:01.7
8  Switzerland Karl-Heinz Hubler 4:03.0
9  South Korea Lee Yun-seok

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Henry Eriksson  Sweden 3:49.8
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lennart Strand  Sweden 3:50.4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Willem Slijkhuis  Netherlands 3:50.4
4 Václav Čevona  Czechoslovakia 3:51.2
5 Gösta Bergkvist  Sweden 3:52.2
6 Bill Nankeville  Great Britain 3:52.6
7 Don Gehrmann  United States 3:54.4
8 Erik Jørgensen  Denmark 3:54.5
9 Sándor Garay  Hungary 3:56.1
10 Josy Barthel  Luxembourg 3:56.9
11 Denis Johansson  Finland
12 Marcel Hansenne  France 4:02.0

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