Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's decathlon

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Men's decathlon
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground
Date November 29–30
Competitors 15 from 8 nations
Winning points 7937
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Milt Campbell  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Rafer Johnson  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Vasili Kuznetsov  Soviet Union
← 1952
1960 →

The Men's decathlon competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 29–30.

Competition format[edit]

The decathlon consists of ten track and field events, with a points system that awards higher scores for better results in each of the ten components. The athletes all compete in one competition with no elimination rounds.

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Rafer Johnson (USA) 7985 Kingsburg, United States June 11, 1955
Olympic record  Bob Mathias (USA) 7887 Helsinki, Finland July 26, 1952

Schedule[edit]

All times are local

Date Time Round
Thursday, November 29, 1956 10:00
11:00
14:15
16:00
18:30
100 metres
Long Jump
Shot Put
High Jump
400 metres
Friday, November 30, 1956 09:00
10:00
13:15
16:15
18:30
110 metres hurdles
Discus Throw
Pole Vault
Javelin Throw
1500 metres

Overall results[edit]

Key
  The highest mark recorded in each event is highlighted in yellow
Rank Athlete Overall points 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110 m H DT PV JT 1500 m
1st, gold medalist(s)  Campbell, MiltMilt Campbell (USA) 7937 990
10.8 s
898
7.33 m
850
14.76 m
886
1.89 m
940
48.8 s
1124
14.0 s
775
44.98 m
476
3.40 m
668
57.08 m
330
4:50.6 min
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Johnson, RaferRafer Johnson (USA) 7587 948
10.9 s
902
7.34 m
819
14.48 m
806
1.83 m
900
49.3 s
788
15.1 s
688
42.17 m
695
3.90 m
738
60.27 m
303
4:54.2 min
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Kuznetsov, VasiliVasili Kuznetsov (URS) 7465 834
11.2 s
798
7.04 m
820
14.49 m
711
1.75 m
828
50.2 s
840
14.9 s
754
44.33 m
720
3.95 m
854
65.13 m
306
4:53.8 min
4  Palu, UnoUno Palu (URS) 6930 737
11.5 s
681
6.65 m
709
13.39 m
886
1.89 m
786
50.8 s
716
15.4 s
637
40.38 m
556
3.60 m
768
61.59 m
454
4:35.6 min
5  Lauer, MartinMartin Lauer (EUA) 6853 870
11.1 s
734
6.83 m
659
12.86 m
806
1.83 m
995
48.2 s
894
14.7 s
609
39.38 m
364
3.10 m
540
50.66 m
382
4:43.8 min
6  Meier, WalterWalter Meier (EUA) 6773 800
11.3 s
725
6.80 m
671
12.99 m
845
1.86 m
900
49.3 s
575
16.1 s
562
37.59 m
596
3.70 m
492
47.97 m
607
4:20.6 min
7  Lassenius, TorbjörnTorbjörn Lassenius (FIN) 6565 650
11.8 s
672
6.62 m
715
13.45 m
656
1.70 m
786
50.8 s
612
15.9 s
664
41.36 m
645
3.80 m
717
59.33 m
448
4:36.2 min
8  Yang Chuan-kwang (ROC) 6521 834
11.2 s
755
6.90 m
544
11.56 m
976
1.95 m
751
51.3 s
813
15.0 s
469
33.92 m
438
3.30 m
685
57.88 m
256
5:00.8 min
9  Leane, PatPat Leane (AUS) 6427 768
11.4 s
722
6.79 m
696
13.26 m
845
1.86 m
772
51.0 s
523
16.4 s
595
38.86 m
516
3.50 m
706
58.83 m
284
4:56.8 min
10  Cann, JohnJohn Cann (AUS) 6278 948
10.9 s
659
6.57 m
598
12.18 m
656
1.70 m
900
49.3 s
673
15.6 s
592
38.76 m
226
2.70 m
686
57.89 m
340
4:49.2 min
11  Bruce, IanIan Bruce (AUS) 6025 678
11.7 s
672
6.62 m
609
12.30 m
806
1.83 m
751
51.3 s
612
15.9 s
536
36.62 m
476
3.40 m
554
51.38 m
331
4:50.4 min
12  Farabi, NadjmeddinNadjmeddin Farabi (IRI) 5103 572
12.1 s
575
6.25 m
524
11.31 m
656
1.70 m
684
52.3 s
372
17.4 s
347
28.73 m
438
3.30 m
375
41.23 m
560
4:24.8 min
N/A  Richards, BobBob Richards (USA) DNF 678
11.7 s
610
6.39 m
628
12.52 m
711
1.75 m
684
52.3 s
458
16.8 s
566
37.77 m
1023
4.45 m
423
44.09 m
DNS
N/A  Kutenko, YuriyYuriy Kutenko (URS) DNF 707
11.6 s
678
6.64 m
817
14.46 m
NM 807
50.5 s
632
15.8 s
861
47.57 m
795
4.10 m
DNS DNS
N/A  Herssens, WalterWalter Herssens (BEL) DNF 650
11.8 s
656
6.56 m
509
11.12 m
770
1.80 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS

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