Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
|Venue||Start and finish at Wembley Stadium|
|Competitors||41 from 21 nations|
|Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
|80 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men|
|10 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The men's marathon event at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games took place August 7. The final was won by Delfo Cabrera. Reminiscent of Dorando Pietri's final-lap ordeal when the Olympics were held in the same city 40 years earlier, Belgian Etienne 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)
|Saturday, 7 August 1948||15:00||Final|
Key: DNF = Did not finish
- 1948 Summer Olympics results: Men's marathon, from http://www.sports-reference.com/; retrieved 2010-09-05.
- Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad, The (1948). The Official Report of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. LA84 Foundation. Retrieved 7 September 2016.