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
1st, gold medalist(s) Josy Barthel
 Luxembourg
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bob McMillen
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Werner Lueg
 Germany
← 1948
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Athletics at the
1952 Summer Olympics
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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

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 Jean 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

References[edit]