Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

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Men's marathon
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Venue Start and finish at Wembley Stadium
Dates August 7
Competitors 41 from 21 nations
Winning time 2:34:51.6
1st, gold medalist(s) Delfo Cabrera
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tom Richards
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Étienne Gailly
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Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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The men's marathon event at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games took place August 7. The race was won by Delfo Cabrera.[1] Reminiscent of Dorando Pietri's final-lap ordeal when the Olympics were held in the same city 40 years earlier, Belgian Étienne Gailly entered the London stadium in first place, but was exhausted and running very slowly. He was passed first by Cabrera, then by Briton Tom Richards, but managed to hold on for the bronze medal. South African Johannes Coleman, who finished 4th in this race, had placed 6th in the last Olympic marathon in Berlin twelve years earlier.


Prior to this event, the existing Olympic record stood as follows.

Olympic record  Son Kitei (JPN) 2:29:19.2 Berlin, Germany 9 August 1936


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 7 August 1948 15:00 Final


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Delfo Cabrera  Argentina 2:34:51.6
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tom Richards  Great Britain 2:35:07.6
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Étienne Gailly  Belgium 2:35:33.6
4 Johannes Coleman  South Africa 2:36:06.0
5 Eusebio Guiñez  Argentina 2:36:36.0
6 Syd Luyt  South Africa 2:38:11.0
7 Gustav Östling  Sweden 2:38:40.6
8 John Systad  Norway 2:38:41.0
9 Alberto Sensini  Argentina 2:39:30.0
10 Henning Larsen  Denmark 2:41:22.0
11 Viljo Heino  Finland 2:41:32.0
12 Anders Melin  Sweden 2:42:20.0
13 Jussi Kurikkala  Finland 2:42:48.0
14 Ted Vogel  United States 2:45:27.0
15 Enrique Inostroza  Chile 2:47:48.0
16 Lloyd Evans  Canada 2:48:07.0
17 Gérard Côté  Canada 2:48:31.0
18 Stylianos Kyriakides  Greece 2:49:00.0
19 József Kiss  Hungary 2:50:20.0
20 Şevki Koru  Turkey 2:51:07.0
21 Johnny Kelley  United States 2:51:56.0
22 Kaspar Schiesser  Switzerland 2:52:09.0
23 Walter Fedorick  Canada 2:52:12.0
24 Ollie Manninen  United States 2:56:49.0
25 Hong Jong-o  South Korea 2:56:54.0
26 Paddy Mulvihill  Ireland 2:57:35.0
27 Suh Yun-Bok  South Korea 2:59:36.0
28 Sven Håkansson  Sweden 3:00:09.0
29 Jakob Jutz  Switzerland 3:03:55.0
30 Stan Jones  Great Britain 3:09:16.0
Salvatore Constantino  Italy DNF
Pierre Cousin  France DNF
Hans Frischknecht  Switzerland DNF
Mikko Hietanen  Finland DNF
Jack Holden  Great Britain DNF
René Josset  France DNF
Luo Wenao  China DNF
Arsène Piesset  France DNF
Athanasios Ragazos  Greece DNF
Chhota Singh  India DNF
Choi Yun-Chil  South Korea DNF

Key: DNF = Did not finish


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's Marathon". Retrieved 30 April 2017. 

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