Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Dates July 24 (heats)
July 25 (semifinals)
July 26 (final)
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1948 1956»
Athletics at the
1952 Summer Olympics
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The men's 1500 metres event at the 1952 Olympics took place between July 24 and July 26.

The early leaders of the final were Audun Boysen followed by Warren Druetzler. Towards the end of the first lap, Werner Lueg began to move up to take the lead, with Rolf Lamers on his shoulder to place a wall to control the pack. Patrick El Mabrouk was next in line but unable to get by. On the third lap Lamers was unable to maintain the pace as Josy Barthel and Roger Bannister exchanging elbows with El Mabrouk lined up behind Leug. With 300 metres to go, Leug accelerated, opening up a 5-metre gap down the backstretch but through the final turn, Leug was unable to hold the pace allowing Barthel to catch back up. Bob McMillen moved up from eighth place to catch the group of leaders at the head of the final straight. Barthel went around Leug and sprinted to victory. McMillen ran the long way around El Mabrouk and Bannister and was chasing Barthel down the straight. Leug maintained his gap on Bannister and El Mabrouk, but looked helplessly as McMillen sprinted past, but he didn't have enough race left to catch Barthel, finishing half a metre behind but being credited with the same time, the new Olympic record.

To date, this was the only Olympic gold medal won by a Luxembourger, though Luxembourg born Michel Théato is credited for winning the 1900 Marathon for France.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The first round was held on July 24. The fastest four runners in each heat advanced to the final round.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Josy Barthel Luxembourg 3:51.6
2 Günter Dohrow Germany 3:51.8
3 Ingvar Ericsson Sweden 3:52.0
4 Don MacMillan Australia 3:52.0
5 Sándor Iharos Hungary 3:56.0
6 Mieczysław Długoborski Poland 3:57.8
7 Filemón Camacho Venezuela 4:18.0
8 Pierre Gillet France 4:26.6
9 Hans Harting Netherlands DNF

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Warren Druetzler United States 3:51.4
2 Sture Landqvist Sweden 3:52.2
3 Stanislav Jungwirth Czechoslovakia 3:52.4
4 Mihail Velsvebel Soviet Union 3:52.6
5 Aulis Pystynen Finland 3:53.0
6 Len Eyre Great Britain 3:53.2
7 Fred Lüthi Switzerland 3:56.4
8 Turhan Göker Turkey 4:00.6

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Olle Åberg Sweden 3:51.0
2 Denis Johansson Finland 3:51.2
3 Rolf Lamers Germany 3:52.4
4 Bill Parnell Canada 3:53.4
5 Fritz Prossinag Austria 3:54.2
6 Athol Jennings South Africa 3:55.4
7 Daniel Janssens Belgium 3:55.8
8 Cahit Önel Turkey 3:58.4
Willem Slijkhuis Netherlands DNF

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Patrick El Mabrouk France 3:55.8
2 Bob McMillen United States 3:55.8
3 Roger Bannister Great Britain 3:56.0
4 Vilmos Tölgyesi Hungary 3:56.0
5 John Landy Australia 3:57.0
6 Andrija Otenhajmer Yugoslavia 4:57.8
7 Maurice Marshall New Zealand 4:01.0
8 Nikolay Kuchurin Soviet Union 4:03.6
9 Vasilios Mavroidis Greece 4:07.8

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Hoskins New Zealand 3:56.2
2 Frans Herman Belgium 3:56.2
3 Bill Nankeville Great Britain 3:56.4
4 Mykola Belokurov Soviet Union 3:56.4
5 Urpo Vähäranta Finland 3:56.8
6 Javier Montez United States 3:58.2
7 Stefan Lewandowski Poland 4:00.8

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Werner Lueg Germany 3:52.0
2 Václav Čevona Czechoslovakia 3:53.4
3 Audun Boysen Norway 3:55.0
4 John Ross Canada 3:55.2
5 Vean Vernier France 3:56.8
6 Edmund Potrzebowski Poland 3:56.8
7 Sándor Garay Hungary 4:01.2
8 Ekrem Koçak Turkey 4:01.4
9 William Fahmy Hanna Egypt 4:11.2
10 Stit Leangtanom Thailand 4:32.6

Semifinals[edit]

The fastest six runners in each heat advanced to the final round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Denis Johansson Finland 3:49.4
2 Werner Lueg Germany 3:49.8
3 Don MacMillan Australia 3:50.8
4 Warren Druetzler United States 3:50.8
5 Patrick El Mabrouk France 3:51.0
6 Audun Boysen Norway 3:51.0
7 Václav Čevona Czechoslovakia 3:51.4
8 Sture Landqvist Sweden 3:51.4
9 Bill Nankeville Great Britain 3:52.0
10 Bill Parnell Canada 3:52.4
11 Mihail Velsvebel Soviet Union 3:52.6
12 George Hoskins New Zealand 3:53.0

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Josy Barthel Luxembourg 3:50.4
2 Olle Åberg Sweden 3:50.6
3 Ingvar Ericsson Sweden 3:50.6
4 Bob McMillen United States 3:50.6
5 Roger Bannister Great Britain 3:50.6
6 Rolf Lamers Germany 3:50.8
7 Stanislav Jungwirth Czechoslovakia 3:51.0
8 Vilmos Tölgyesi Hungary 3:53.2
9 Frans Herman Belgium 3:53.8
10 Günter Dohrow Germany 3:55.2
11 Nikolay Belokurov Soviet Union 3:55.6
12 John Ross Canada 4:00.6

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Josy Barthel Luxembourg 3:45.2 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bob McMillen United States 3:45.2
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Werner Lueg Germany 3:45.4
4 Roger Bannister Great Britain 3:46.0
5 Patrick El Mabrouk France 3:46.0
6 Rolf Lamers Germany 3:46.8
7 Olle Åberg Sweden 3:47.0
8 Ingvar Ericsson Sweden 3:47.6
9 Don MacMillan Australia 3:49.6
10 Denis Johansson Finland 3:49.8
11 Audun Boysen Norway 3:51.4
12 Warren Druetzler United States 3:56.0

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