Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics on a Finnish stamp
Athletics at the
1952 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

At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, 33 athletics events were contested, 24 for men and 9 for women. There were a total number of 963 participating athletes from 57 countries.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
details
Lindy Remigino
 United States
10.4 Herb McKenley
 Jamaica
10.4 McDonald Bailey
 Great Britain
10.4
200 metres
details
Andy Stanfield
 United States
20.7 Thane Baker
 United States
20.8 James Gathers
 United States
20.8
400 metres
details
George Rhoden
 Jamaica
45.9 Herb McKenley
 Jamaica
45.9 Ollie Matson
 United States
46.8
800 metres
details
Mal Whitfield
 United States
1:49.2 Arthur Wint
 Jamaica
1:49.4 Heinz Ulzheimer
 Germany
1:49.7
1500 metres
details
Josy Barthel
 Luxembourg
3:45.2 Bob McMillen
 United States
3:45.2 Werner Lueg
 Germany
3:45.4
5000 metres
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Emil Zátopek
 Czechoslovakia
14:06.6 Alain Mimoun
 France
14:07.4 Herbert Schade
 Germany
14:08.6
10,000 metres
details
Emil Zátopek
 Czechoslovakia
29:17.0 Alain Mimoun
 France
29:32.8 Aleksandr Anufriyev
 Soviet Union
29:48.2
110 metres hurdles
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Harrison Dillard
 United States
13.7 Jack Davis
 United States
13.7 Arthur Barnard
 United States
14.1
400 metres hurdles
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Charles Moore
 United States
50.8 Yuriy Lituyev
 Soviet Union
51.3 John Holland
 New Zealand
52.2
3000 metres steeplechase
details
Horace Ashenfelter
 United States
8:45.4 Vladimir Kazantsev
 Soviet Union
8:51.6 John Disley
 Great Britain
8:51.8
4 × 100 metres relay
details
 United States (USA)
Dean Smith
Harrison Dillard
Lindy Remigino
Andy Stanfield
40.1  Soviet Union (URS)
Boris Tokarev
Levan Kalyayev
Levan Sanadze
Vladimir Sukharev
40.3  Hungary (HUN)
László Zarándi
Géza Varasdi
György Csányi
Béla Goldoványi
40.5
4 × 400 metres relay
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 Jamaica (JAM)
Arthur Wint
Leslie Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
3:03.9  United States (USA)
Ollie Matson
Gerrard Cole
Charles Moore
Mal Whitfield
3:04.0  Germany (GER)
Günter Steines
Hans Geister
Heinz Ulzheimer
Karl-Friedrich Haas
3:06.6
Marathon
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Emil Zátopek
 Czechoslovakia
2:23:03 Reinaldo Gorno
 Argentina
2:25:35 Gustaf Jansson
 Sweden
2:26:07
10 kilometres walk
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John Mikaelsson
 Sweden
45:02.8 Fritz Schwab
 Switzerland
45:41.0 Bruno Junk
 Soviet Union
45:41.0
50 kilometres walk
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Giuseppe Dordoni
 Italy
4:28:07.8 Josef Doležal
 Czechoslovakia
4:30:17.8 Antal Róka
 Hungary
4:31:27.2
Long jump
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Jerome Biffle
 United States
7.57 m Meredith Gourdine
 United States
7.53 m Ödön Földessy
 Hungary
7.30 m
Triple jump
details
Adhemar da Silva
 Brazil
16.22 m Leonid Shcherbakov
 Soviet Union
15.98 m Arnoldo Devonish
 Venezuela
15.52 m
High jump
details
Walt Davis
 United States
2.04 m Ken Wiesner
 United States
2.01 m José da Conceição
 Brazil
1.98 m
Pole vault
details
Bob Richards
 United States
4.55 m Don Laz
 United States
4.50 m Ragnar Lundberg
 Sweden
4.40 m
Shot put
details
Parry O'Brien
 United States
17.41 m Darrow Hooper
 United States
17.39 m Jim Fuchs
 United States
17.06 m
Discus throw
details
Sim Iness
 United States
55.03 m Adolfo Consolini
 Italy
53.78 m James Dillion
 United States
53.28 m
Javelin throw
details
Cy Young
 United States
73.78 m Bill Miller
 United States
72.46 m Toivo Hyytiäinen
 Finland
71.89 m
Hammer throw
details
József Csermák
 Hungary
60.34 m Karl Storch
 Germany
58.86 m Imre Németh
 Hungary
57.74 m
Decathlon
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Bob Mathias
 United States
7,887 pts Milt Campbell
 United States
6,975 pts Floyd Simmons
 United States
6,788 pts

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Marjorie Jackson
 Australia
11.5 Daphne Hasenjager
 South Africa
11.8 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
 Australia
11.9
200 metres
details
Marjorie Jackson
 Australia
23.7 Bertha Brouwer
 Netherlands
24.2 Nadezhda Khnykina-Dvalishvili
 Soviet Union
24.2
80 metres hurdles
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Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
 Australia
10.9 Mariya Golubnichaya
 Soviet Union
11.1 Maria Sander
 Germany
11.1
4 × 100 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Mae Faggs
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
Catherine Hardy
45.9  Germany (GER)
Ursula Knab
Maria Sander
Helga Klein
Marga Petersen
45.9  Great Britain (GBR)
Sylvia Cheeseman
June Foulds
Jean Desforges
Heather Armitage
46.2
Long jump
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Yvette Williams
 New Zealand
6.24 m Aleksandra Chudina
 Soviet Union
6.14 m Shirley Cawley
 Great Britain
5.92 m
High jump
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Esther Brand
 South Africa
1.67 m Sheila Lerwill
 Great Britain
1.65 m Aleksandra Chudina
 Soviet Union
1.63 m
Shot put
details
Galina Zybina
 Soviet Union
15.28 m Marianne Werner
 Germany
14.57 m Klavdia Tochonova
 Soviet Union
14.50 m
Discus throw
details
Nina Romashkova
 Soviet Union
51.42 m Elizaveta Bagryantseva
 Soviet Union
47.08 m Nina Dumbadze
 Soviet Union
46.29 m
Javelin throw
details
Dana Zátopková
 Czechoslovakia
50.47 m Aleksandra Chudina
 Soviet Union
50.01 m Yelena Gorchakova
 Soviet Union
49.76 m

Records broken[edit]

During the 1952 Summer Olympic Games, 26 new Olympic records and 8 new world records were set in the athletics events.

Men's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
400 metres July 25 Final George Rhoden
Herb McKenley
Jamaica 45.9 s OR
1500 metres July 26 Final Josy Barthel
Bob McMillen
Luxembourg
United States
3:45.2 OR
5000 metres July 24 Final Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 14:06.6 OR
10,000 metres July 20 Final Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 29:17.0 OR
110 metres hurdles July 24 Final Harrison Dillard
Jack Davis
United States 13.7 s OR
400 metres hurdles July 21 Final Charles Moore United States 50.8 s OR
3000 metres steeplechase July 25 Final Horace Ashenfelter United States 8:45.4 s OR
4 x 400 metres relay July 27 Final Les Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
Arthur Wint
Jamaica 3:03.9 OR WR
10 kilometres walk July 27 Final John Mikaelsson Sweden 45:02.8 OR
50 kilometres walk July 21 Final Giuseppe Dordoni Italy 4:28:07.8 OR
Marathon July 27 Final Emil Zátopek Czechoslovakia 2:23:03.2 OR WR
High jump July 20 Final Walt Davis United States 2.04 m OR
Pole vault July 22 Final Bob Richards United States 4.55 m OR
Triple jump July 23 Final Adhemar da Silva Brazil 16.22 m OR WR
Shot put July 21 Final Parry O'Brien United States 17.41 m OR
Discus throw July 22 Final Sim Iness United States 55.03 m OR
Javelin throw July 24 Final Cy Young United States 73.78 m OR
Hammer throw July 24 Final József Csermák Hungary 60.34 m OR WR
Decathlon July 26 Final Bob Mathias United States 7887 pts OR WR

Women's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
200 metres July 26 Semifinal Marjorie Jackson Australia 23.4 s OR WR
80 metres hurdles July 24 Final Shirley Strickland de la Hunty Australia 10.9 s OR WR
4 x 100 metres relay July 27 Final Mae Faggs
Catherine Hardy
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
United States 45.9 s OR WR
Long jump July 23 Final Yvette Williams New Zealand 6.24 m OR
Shot put July 26 Final Galina Zybina Soviet Union 15.28 m OR WR
Discus throw July 20 Final Nina Romashkova Soviet Union 51.42 m OR
Javelin throw July 24 Final Dana Zátopková Czechoslovakia 50.47 m OR

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 15 10 6 31
2  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 4 1 0 5
3  Australia (AUS) 3 0 1 4
4  Soviet Union (URS) 2 8 7 17
5  Jamaica (JAM) 2 3 0 5
6  Italy (ITA) 1 1 0 2
 South Africa (RSA) 1 1 0 2
8  Hungary (HUN) 1 0 4 5
9  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 2 3
10  Brazil (BRA) 1 0 1 2
 New Zealand (NZL) 1 0 1 2
12  Luxembourg (LUX) 1 0 0 1
13  Germany (GER) 0 3 5 8
14  France (FRA) 0 2 0 2
15  Great Britain (GBR) 0 1 4 5
16  Argentina (ARG) 0 1 0 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 1 0 1
 Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 0 1
19  Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
 Venezuela (VEN) 0 0 1 1

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 57 nations participated in the different Athletics events at the 1952 Summer Olympics. Numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of athletes representing each nation.

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