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 →

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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