Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's decathlon

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Men's decathlon
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates August 5 & August 6
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Bob Mathias  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ignace Heinrich  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Floyd Simmons  United States
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Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
Olympic Athletics.png
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 decathlon event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between August 5 & August 6. Bob Mathias of the United States won with a points total of 7139.

Competition format[edit]

The decathlon consists of ten track and field events, with a points system that awards higher scores for better results in each of the ten components. The athletes all compete in one competition with no elimination rounds.

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 5 August 1948 10:30
11:30
15:00
16:00
17:30
100 metres
Long jump
Shot put
High jump
400 metres
Friday, 6 August 1948 10:30
11:30
14:30
16:30
18:30
110 metres hurdles
Discus throw
Pole vault
Javelin throw
1500 metres

Records[edit]

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

World record
Olympic record
 Glenn Morris (USA) 7900 Berlin, Germany 8 August 1936

Overall results[edit]

Key
  The highest mark recorded in each event is highlighted in yellow
Key: DNS Did not start DNF Did not finish
Rank Athlete Overall points 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110 m H DT PV JT 1500 m
1st, gold medalist(s)  Mathias, BobBob Mathias (USA) 7139 787
11.2 s
703
6.615 m
719
13.04 m
859
1.86 m
780
51.7 s
818
15.7 s
769
44.0 m
692
3.5 m
593
50.32 m
354
5:11.0 min
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Heinrich, IgnaceIgnace Heinrich (FRA) 6974 787
11.3 s
775
6.615 m
701
13.04 m
859
1.86 m
785
51.6 s
833
15.6 s
739
40.94 m
575
3.2 m
430
40.98 m
517
4:43.8 min
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Simmons, FloydFloyd Simmons (USA) 6950 787
11.2 s
731
6.725 m
696
12.8 m
859
1.86 m
770
51.9 s
896
15.2 s
509
32.73 m
652
3.4 m
624
51.99 m
426
4:58.0 min
4  Kistenmacher, EnriqueEnrique Kistenmacher (ARG) 6929 872
10.9 s
825
7.080 m
684
12.67 m
671
1.70 m
845
50.5 s
736
16.3 s
744
41.11 m
575
3.2 m
499
45.06 m
478
4:49.6 min
5  Andersson, ErikErik Andersson (SWE) 6877 686
11.6 s
698
6.595 m
683
12.66 m
727
1.75 m
765
52.0 s
790
15.9 s
599
36.07 m
733
3.6 m
607
51.04 m
589
4:34.0 min
6  Mullins, PeterPeter Mullins (AUS) 6739 787
11.2 s
711
6.645 m
691
12.75 m
822
1.83 m
706
53.2 s
896
15.2 s
541
33.94 m
652
3.4 m
612
51.32 m
321
5:17.6 min
7  Eriksson, PerPer Eriksson (SWE) 6731 618
11.9 s
751
6.80 m
617
11.96 m
786
1.80 m
740
52.5 s
749
16.2 s
567
34.91 m
613
3.3 m
715
56.7 m
575
4:35.8 min
8  Mondschein, IrvingIrving Mondschein (USA) 6715 760
11.3 s
754
6.810 m
690
12.74 m
822
1.83 m
785
51.6 s
698
16.6 s
674
38.74 m
692
3.5 m
363
36.81 m
477
4:49.8 min
9  Adamczyk, EdwardEdward Adamczyk (POL) 6712 662
11.7 s
825
7.08 m
735
13.2 m
727
1.75 m
740
52.5 s
804
15.8 s
685
39.11 m
652
3.4 m
476
43.7 m
406
5:01.4 min
10  Holmvang, GodtfredGodtfred Holmvang (NOR) 6663 576
12.1 s
739
6.75 m
637
12.17 m
671
1.7 m
720
52.9 s
723
16.4 s
656
38.11 m
652
3.4 m
656
53.66 m
633
4:28.6 min
11  Stavem, PertPert Stavem (NOR) 6552 597
12.0 s
726
6.705 m
805
13.89 m
786
1.8 m
585
56.0 s
723
16.4 s
743
41.06 m
575
3.2 m
639
52.79 m
373
5:07.4 min
12  Clausen, ÖrnÖrn Clausen (ISL) 6444 814
11.1 s
686
6.545 m
703
12.87 m
786
1.8 m
639
54.7 s
776
16.0 s
606
36.34 m
575
3.2 m
484
44.16 m
375
5:00.7 min
13  Mäkelä, YrjöYrjö Mäkelä (FIN) 6421 618
11.9 s
603
6.20 m
725
13.10 m
786
1.8 m
656
54.3 s
597
17.5 s
600
36.12 m
575
3.2 m
835
62.55 m
426
4:58.0 min
14  Sprécher, PierrePierre Sprécher (FRA) 6401 618
11.9 s
646
6.38 m
641
12.22 m
563
1.6 m
775
51.8 s
686
16.7 s
625
37.02 m
501
3.0 m
757
58.79 m
589
4:34.0 min
15  Tånnander, KjellKjell Tånnander (SWE) 6325 686
11.6 s
695
6.58 m
668
12.5 m
859
1.86 m
647
54.5 s
723
16.4 s
610
36.5 m
575
3.2 m
475
43.65 m
387
5:04.8 min
16  Kuźmicki, WacławWacław Kuźmicki (POL) 6153 597
12.0 s
690
6.565 m
652
12.34 m
671
1.7 m
656
54.3 s
587
17.6 s
655
38.06 m
575
3.2 m
539
47.34 m
531
4:41.8 min
17  Sonck, HannesHannes Sonck (FIN) 6142 618
11.9 s
728
6.715 m
605
11.83 m
7227
1.75 m
618
55.2 s
674
16.8 s
561
34.71 m
652
3.4 m
555
48.24 m
404
5:01.8 min
18  Marčelja, DavorinDavorin Marčelja (YUG) 6141 576
12.1 s
568
6.05 m
638
12.19 m
671
1.7 m
652
54.4 s
597
17.5 s
695
39.44 m
613
3.3 m
688
55.34 m
443
4:55.2 min
19  Gerutto, WitoldWitold Gerutto (POL) 6106 576
12.1 s
534
5.905 m
871
14.53 m
671
1.7 m
610
55.4 s
651
17.0 s
765
41.8 m
501
3.0 m
607
51.06 m
320
5:17.8 min
20  Figueroa, HernánHernán Figueroa (CHI) 6026 686
11.6 s
651
6.405 m
520
10.87 m
859
1.86 m
730
52.7 s
640
17.1 s
614
36.62 m
575
3.2 m
387
38.31 m
364
5:09.0 min
20  Azcune, HérculesHércules Azcune (URU) 6026 686
11.6 s
656
6.425 m
637
12.17 m
671
1.7 m
656
54.3 s
710
16.5 s
515
32.98 m
652
3.4 m
465
43.05 m
378
5:06.4 min
22  Crétaine, JacquesJacques Crétaine (FRA) 5829 686
11.6 s
656
6.425 m
512
10.78 m
616
1.65 m
635
54.8 s
618
17.3 s
679
38.9 m
652
3.4 m
469
43.26 m
306
5:20.8 min
23  Nussbaum, FritzFritz Nussbaum (SUI) 5808 618
11.9 s
637
6.345 m
533
11.02 m
563
1.6 m
687
53.6 s
710
16.5 s
530
33.54 m
613
3.3 m
518
46.13 m
399
5:02.6 min
24  Recordón, MarioMario Recordón (CHI) 5730 640
11.8 s
575
6.085 m
571
11.45 m
671
1.7 m
674
53.9 s
804
15.8 s
536
33.77 m
431
2.8 m
383
38.06 m
445
4:54.8 min
25  Fournier, LionelLionel Fournier (CAN) 5590 686
11.6 s
678
6.510 m
482
10.42 m
616
1.65 m
647
54.5 s
607
17.4 s
498
32.31 m
575
3.2 m
454
42.39 m
347
5:12.4 min
26  Dayer, AlbertAlbert Dayer (BEL) 5586 597
12.0 s
516
5.825 m
663
12.45 m
616
1.65 m
543
57.1 s
422
19.5 s
757
41.54 m
501
3.0 m
564
48.71 m
407
5:01.2 min
27  Gerber, OskarOskar Gerber (SUI) 5558 618
11.9 s
547
5.96 m
585
11.61 m
563
1.6 m
635
54.8 s
674
16.8 s
551
34.32 m
575
3.2 m
455
42.44 m
355
5:10.8 min
28  Moukhtar, SayedSayed Moukhtar (EGY) 5031 640
11.8 s
448
5.51 m
533
11.02 m
462
1.5 m
635
54.8 s
557
17.9 s
612
36.54 m
285
2.35 m
491
44.59 m
368
5:08.4 min
N/A  Singh, BaldevBaldev Singh (IND) DNF 640
11.8 s
708
6.63 m
451
10.05 m
671
1.7 m
543
57.1 s
762
16.1 s
430
29.63 m
DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Seger, JosefJosef Seger (LIE) DNF 536
12.3 s
543
5.945 m
398
9.4 m
616
1.65 m
597
55.7 s
485
18.7 s
404
28.6 m
DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Julve, EduardoEduardo Julve (PER) DNF 686
11.6 s
716
6.665 m
718
13.03 m
616
1.65 m
692
53.5 s
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Rebula, OtoOto Rebula (YUG) DNF 686
11.6 s
683
6.53 m
580
11.55 m
563
1.6 m
614
55.3 s
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Kremer, RenéRené Kremer (LUX) DNF 710
11.5 s
615
6.255 m
591
11.67 m
563
1.6 m
566
56.5 s
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Büchel, GebhardGebhard Büchel (LIE) DNF 464
12.7 s
457
5.55 m
477
10.36 m
368
1.4 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Scheurer, ArminArmin Scheurer (SUI) DNF 499
12.5 s
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

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