Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's decathlon

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Men's decathlon
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Venue Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Dates 25–26 July
Competitors 28 from 16 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Bob Mathias  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Milt Campbell  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Floyd Simmons  United States
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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 decathlon at the 1952 Summer Olympics took place on 25 and 26 July, at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Bob Mathias from the United States repeated his performances from the previous games by winning the gold medal and setting new world and Olympic records. It was the second time the United States Olympic team earned all three medals in the event, the first one being in the 1936 Olympic Games.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record United States Bob Mathias (USA) 7287 points Tulare, United States 30 June 1950
Olympic record  Glenn Morris (USA) 7254 points Berlin, Germany 8 August 1936

At the end of the competition the following world and Olympic records were set:

Date Event Athlete Points OR WR
26 July Final  Bob Mathias (USA) 7887 OR WR

Results[edit]

Note: All scores are based on the tables used in 1952.

100m[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Milt Campbell  United States 10.78 1034
2 Carlos Vera  Chile 11.28 870
3 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 11.49 768
4 Bob Adams  Canada 11.95 650

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 11.68 678
2 Pat Leane  Australia 11.82 623
3 Georges Breitman  France 13.70 254

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 11.56 768
2 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 11.59 768
3 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 12.22 572

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 11.45 869
2 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 11.66 707
3 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 11.70 678
4 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 11.93 650

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Floyd Simmons  United States 11.52 737
2 Hugues Frayer  France 11.61 707
3 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 11.72 678

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Olli Reikko  Finland 11.43 800
2 Fotios Kosmas  Greece 11.53 737
3 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 11.73 678
4 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 11.89 623

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 11.53 768
2 Pyotr Kozhevnikov  Soviet Union 11.60 768

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Bob Mathias  United States 11.08 948
2 Sepp Hipp  Germany 11.46 768
3 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 11.54 737

Heat 9

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Ignace Heinrich  France 11.61 737
2 Eeles Landström  Finland 12.10 597

Long Jump[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Ignace Heinrich  France 7.10 818
2 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 7.09 815
2 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 7.09 815
4 Floyd Simmons  United States 7.06 804
4 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 7.06 804
6 Bob Mathias  United States 6.98 779
7 Carlos Vera  Chile 6.96 773
8 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 6.90 755
9 Sepp Hipp  Germany 6.85 740
10 Hugues Frayer  France 6.80 725
11 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 6.76 713
12 Milt Campbell  United States 6.74 707
13 Eeles Landström  Finland 6.70 695
14 Olli Reikko  Finland 6.66 684
15 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 6.64 678
16 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 6.52 645
17 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 6.48 635
18 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 6.47 632
19 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 6.44 624
20 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 6.38 608
21 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 6.37 605
21 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 6.37 605
23 Bob Adams  Canada 6.22 567
24 Fotios Kosmas  Greece 6.20 562
25 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 6.15 550
26 Pyotr Kozhevnikov  Soviet Union 5.80 466
27 Georges Breitman  France 5.43 385
28 Pat Leane  Australia 5.22 341

Shot Put[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Bob Mathias  United States 15.30 912
2 Milt Campbell  United States 13.89 759
3 Sepp Hipp  Germany 13.26 696
4 Floyd Simmons  United States 13.18 688
5 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 12.97 669
6 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 12.90 663
7 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 12.87 660
8 Ignace Heinrich  France 12.83 656
9 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 12.73 647
10 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 12.69 644
11 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 12.62 637
12 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 12.40 618
13 Hugues Frayer  France 12.36 614
14 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 12.19 599
15 Bob Adams  Canada 12.01 582
16 Olli Reikko  Finland 11.85 568
17 Eeles Landström  Finland 11.75 560
18 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 11.71 556
19 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 11.66 552
20 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 11.61 548
21 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 11.56 544
22 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 11.20 516
23 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 10.22 437
24 Carlos Vera  Chile 9.52 387
25 Georges Breitman  France 9.28 369

High Jump[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 1.94 960
2 Floyd Simmons  United States 1.92 930
3 Bob Mathias  United States 1.90 900
4 Ignace Heinrich  France 1.88 872
5 Milt Campbell  United States 1.85 832
5 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 1.85 832
7 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 1.80 770
8 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 1.75 711
8 Sepp Hipp  Germany 1.75 711
8 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 1.75 711
8 Eeles Landström  Finland 1.75 711
8 Bob Adams  Canada 1.75 711
8 Carlos Vera  Chile 1.75 711
14 Olli Reikko  Finland 1.70 656
14 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 1.70 656
14 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 1.70 656
14 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 1.70 656
18 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 1.65 605
18 Hugues Frayer  France 1.65 605
18 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 1.65 605
18 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 1.65 605
22 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 1.60 555
22 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 1.60 555
22 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 1.60 555
25 Georges Breitman  France 1.50 464

400m[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Bob Mathias  United States 50.2 828
2 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 52.8 654
3 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 54.7 545

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 51.2 758
2 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 51.3 751
3 Hugues Frayer  France 51.3 751
4 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 53.4 618

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 52.8 654
2 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 54.3 565

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Milt Campbell  United States 50.9 779
2 Sepp Hipp  Germany 51.3 751
3 Bob Adams  Canada 55.2 520

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Olli Reikko  Finland 50.3 821
2 Ignace Heinrich  France 51.0 772
3 Floyd Simmons  United States 51.1 765

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 50.5 807
2 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 53.0 642
3 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 53.1 636

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 52.6 666
2 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 52.7 660
3 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 53.9 588

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 51.2 758
2 Eeles Landström  Finland 56.7 445
3 Georges Breitman  France 1:03.9 189

110m Hurdles[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 16.0 593
2 Bob Adams  Canada 16.6 489

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Ignace Heinrich  France 16.0 593
2 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 16.6 489
3 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 16.7 473
4 Eeles Landström  Finland 17.1 413

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Hugues Frayer  France 15.4 716
2 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 15.8 632
3 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 15.8 632
4 Olli Reikko  Finland 18.8 208

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Milt Campbell  United States 14.5 953
2 Floyd Simmons  United States 15.0 813
3 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 15.8 632
4 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 16.3 540

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Sepp Hipp  Germany 16.1 575
2 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 16.4 523

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 16.1 575
2 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 16.4 523

Heat 7

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Bob Mathias  United States 14.7 894
2 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 15.7 652

Heat 8

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 16.0 593
2 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 16.4 523
3 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 16.4 523

Discus Throw[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Bob Mathias  United States 46.89 838
2 Sepp Hipp  Germany 45.84 802
3 Bob Adams  Canada 42.45 696
4 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 41.04 656
5 Milt Campbell  United States 40.50 640
6 Hugues Frayer  France 40.02 627
7 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 39.53 613
8 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 39.30 607
9 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 38.55 587
10 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 38.23 578
11 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 38.08 574
12 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 38.04 573
13 Floyd Simmons  United States 37.77 566
14 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 37.20 552
15 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 37.01 547
16 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 36.81 541
17 Eeles Landström  Finland 34.51 483
18 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 34.27 477
19 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 34.21 476
20 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 32.98 446
21 Olli Reikko  Finland 30.72 392
22 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 29.95 374

Pole Vault[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Eeles Landström  Finland 4.20 855
2 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 4.10 795
3 Bob Mathias  United States 4.00 745
4 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 3.80 645
4 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 3.80 645
6 Bob Adams  Canada 3.70 596
7 Floyd Simmons  United States 3.60 556
7 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 3.60 556
9 Sepp Hipp  Germany 3.50 516
9 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 3.50 516
9 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 3.50 516
9 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 3.50 516
9 Olli Reikko  Finland 3.50 516
9 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 3.50 516
9 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 3.50 516
16 Hugues Frayer  France 3.40 476
16 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 3.40 476
16 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 3.40 476
16 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 3.40 476
16 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 3.40 476
21 Milt Campbell  United States 3.30 438
22 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 3.00 328

Javelin Throw[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Distance Points
1 Bob Mathias  United States 59.21 715
2 Eeles Landström  Finland 57.61 680
3 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 56.68 660
4 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 56.68 660
5 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 55.55 637
6 Floyd Simmons  United States 54.69 620
7 Milt Campbell  United States 54.54 617
8 Sepp Hipp  Germany 54.14 609
9 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 54.00 606
10 Erkki Hautamäki  Finland 53.57 597
11 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 52.79 582
12 Olli Reikko  Finland 51.41 554
13 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 51.39 554
14 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 51.22 550
15 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 51.08 548
16 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 49.80 525
17 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 49.56 520
18 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 49.36 517
19 Bob Adams  Canada 44.83 436
20 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 43.55 414
21 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 43.19 408
22 Hugues Frayer  France 41.31 376

1500m[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Olli Reikko  Finland 4:28.0 526
2 Fernando Fernandes  Portugal 4:37.0 441
3 Göran Widenfelt  Sweden 4:38.6 427
4 Reinaldo Oliver  Puerto Rico 4:51.8 321
5 Bob Adams  Canada 4:57.0 283
6 Max Wehrli  Switzerland 4:58.6 272

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Vladimir Volkov  Soviet Union 4:33.2 475
2 Kjell Tånnander  Sweden 4:57.2 281
3 Eeles Landström  Finland 5:01.0 255
4 Hugues Frayer  France 5:14.4 175
5 Héctor Román  Puerto Rico 5:14.4 175

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Sergey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 4:42.0 396
2 Friedel Schirmer  Germany 4:47.6 352
3 Brígido Iriarte  Venezuela 4:49.8 336
4 Bob Mathias  United States 4:50.8 328
5 Floyd Simmons  United States 4:53.4 309

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Points
1 Sepp Hipp  Germany 4:57.2 281
2 Hernán Figueroa  Chile 4:58.2 274
3 Oto Rebula  Yugoslavia 5:01.8 249
4 Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 5:03.6 238
5 Milt Campbell  United States 5:07.2 216

Final standings[edit]

Standings after Event 10

Pos Athlete Total
Points
100m LJ SP HJ 400m 110m H DT PV JT 1500m
1st, gold medalist(s)  Bob Mathias (USA) 7,887 WR 948 779 912 900 828 894 838 745 715 328
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Milt Campbell (USA) 6,975 1,034 707 759 832 779 953 640 438 617 216
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Floyd Simmons (USA) 6,788 737 804 688 930 765 813 566 556 620 309
4  Vladimir Volkov (URS) 6,674 768 815 637 711 758 632 573 645 660 475
5  Sepp Hipp (GER) 6,449 768 740 696 711 751 575 802 516 609 281
6  Göran Widenfelt (SWE) 6,388 768 713 548 960 751 575 613 516 517 427
7  Kjell Tånnander (SWE) 6,308 768 755 669 832 666 632 607 516 582 281
8  Friedel Schirmer (GER) 6,118 678 605 644 770 807 593 547 516 606 352
9  Geoff Elliott (GBR) 6,044 768 624 618 711 642 652 476 795 520 238
10  Sergey Kuznetsov (URS) 5,937 768 815 556 605 654 523 656 556 408 396
11  Hugues Frayer (FRA) 5,772 707 725 614 605 751 716 627 476 376 175
12  Brígido Iriarte (VEN) 5,770 707 804 552 555 636 489 578 476 637 336
13  Olli Reikko (FIN) 5,725 800 684 568 656 821 208 392 516 554 526
14  Eeles Landström (FIN) 5,694 597 695 560 711 445 413 483 855 680 255
15  Oto Rebula (YUG) 5,648 678 678 663 605 565 593 587 476 554 249
16  Fernando Fernandes (POR) 5,604 737 645 516 656 758 632 477 328 414 441
17  Hernán Figueroa (CHI) 5,592 678 608 660 555 654 523 574 516 550 274
18  Max Wehrli (SUI) 5,561 650 635 647 555 545 523 541 645 548 272
19  Bob Adams (CAN) 5,530 650 567 582 711 520 489 696 596 436 283
20  Héctor Román (PUR) 5,264 678 632 544 605 660 523 446 476 525 175
21  Reinaldo Oliver (PUR) 5,228 623 550 437 656 618 473 374 516 660 321
 Erkki Hautamäki (FIN) DNF 572 605 599 656 588 540 552 476 597
 Ignace Heinrich (FRA) DNF 737 818 656 872 772 593
 Georges Breitman (FRA) DNF 254 385 369 464 189
 Carlos Vera (CHI) DNF 870 773 387 711
 Fotios Kosmas (GRE) DNF 737 562
 Pyotr Kozhevnikov (URS) DNF 768 446
 Pat Leane (AUS) DNF 623 341

References[edit]