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Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics

At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, 33 athletics events were contested, 24 for men and 9 for women. Three events made their Olympic debut at these Games: women's 200 metres, women's long jump and women's shot put. There were a total number of 745 participating athletes from 53 countries.

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Medal summaryEdit

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Harrison Dillard
  United States
10.3 Barney Ewell
  United States
10.4 Lloyd LaBeach
  Panama
10.6
200 metres
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Mel Patton
  United States
21.1 Barney Ewell
  United States
21.1 Lloyd LaBeach
  Panama
21.2
400 metres
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Arthur Wint
  Jamaica
46.2 Herb McKenley
  Jamaica
46.4 Mal Whitfield
  United States
46.8
800 metres
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Mal Whitfield
  United States
1:49.2 Arthur Wint
  Jamaica
1:49.5 Marcel Hansenne
  France
1:49.8
1500 metres
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Henry Eriksson
  Sweden
3:49.8 Lennart Strand
  Sweden
3:50.4 Wim Slijkhuis
  Netherlands
3:50.4
5000 metres
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Gaston Reiff
  Belgium
14:17.6 Emil Zátopek
  Czechoslovakia
14:17.8 Wim Slijkhuis
  Netherlands
14:26.8
10,000 metres
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Emil Zátopek
  Czechoslovakia
29:59.6 Alain Mimoun
  France
30:47.4 Bertil Albertsson
  Sweden
30:53.6
110 metres hurdles
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William Porter
  United States
13.9 Clyde Scott
  United States
14.1 Craig Dixon
  United States
14.1
400 metres hurdles
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Roy Cochran
  United States
51.1 Duncan White
  Ceylon
51.8 Rune Larsson
  Sweden
52.2
3000 metres steeplechase
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Tore Sjöstrand
  Sweden
9:04.6 Erik Elmsäter
  Sweden
9:08.2 Göte Hagström
  Sweden
9:11.8
4 × 100 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Barney Ewell
Lorenzo Wright
Harrison Dillard
Mel Patton
40.6   Great Britain (GBR)
Alastair McCorquodale
John Gregory
Ken Jones
Jack Archer
41.3   Italy (ITA)
Michele Tito
Enrico Perucconi
Carlo Monti
Antonio Siddi
41.5
4 × 400 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Roy Cochran
Cliff Bourland
Arthur Harnden
Mal Whitfield
3:10.4   France (FRA)
Jean Kerebel
Francis Schewetta
Robert Chef D'Hotel
Jacques Lunis
3:14.8   Sweden (SWE)
Kurt Lundquist
Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt
Folke Alnevik
Rune Larsson
3:16.0
Marathon
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Delfo Cabrera
  Argentina
2:34:51.6 Tom Richards
  Great Britain
2:35:07.6 Etienne Gailly
  Belgium
2:35:33.6
10 kilometres walk
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John Mikaelsson
  Sweden
45:13.2 Ingemar Johansson
  Sweden
45:43.8 Fritz Schwab
  Switzerland
46:00.2
50 kilometres walk
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John Ljunggren
  Sweden
4:41:52 Gaston Godel
  Switzerland
4:48:17 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson
  Great Britain
4:48:31
High jump
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John Winter
  Australia
1.98 m Bjorn Paulson
  Norway
1.95 m George Stanich
  United States
1.95 m
Pole vault
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Guinn Smith
  United States
4.30 m Erkki Kataja
  Finland
4.20 m Robert Richards
  United States
4.20 m
Long jump
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Willie Steele
  United States
7.825 m Theo Bruce
  Australia
7.55 m Herbert Douglas
  United States
7.54 m
Triple jump
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Arne Åhman
  Sweden
15.40 m George Avery
  Australia
15.36 m Ruhi Sarialp
  Turkey
15.02 m
Shot put
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Wilbur Thompson
  United States
17.12 m Jim Delaney
  United States
16.68 m Jim Fuchs
  United States
16.42 m
Discus throw
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Adolfo Consolini
  Italy
52.78 m Giuseppe Tosi
  Italy
51.78 m Fortune Gordien
  United States
50.77 m
Hammer throw
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Imre Németh
  Hungary
56.07 m Ivan Gubijan
  Yugoslavia
54.27 m Robert Bennett
  United States
53.73 m
Javelin throw
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Tapio Rautavaara
  Finland
69.77 m Steve Seymour
  United States
67.56 m József Várszegi
  Hungary
67.03 m
Decathlon
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Bob Mathias
  United States
7139 Ignace Heinrich
  France
6974 Floyd Simmons
  United States
6950

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Fanny Blankers-Koen
  Netherlands
11.9 Dorothy Manley
  Great Britain
12.2 Shirley Strickland
  Australia
12.2
200 metres
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Fanny Blankers-Koen
  Netherlands
24.4 Audrey Williamson
  Great Britain
25.1 Audrey Patterson
  United States
25.2
80 metres hurdles
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Fanny Blankers-Koen
  Netherlands
11.2 Maureen Gardner
  Great Britain
11.2 Shirley Strickland
  Australia
11.4
4 × 100 metres relay
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  Netherlands (NED)
Xenia Stad-de Jong
Netty Witziers-Timmer
Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs
Fanny Blankers-Koen
47.5   Australia (AUS)
Shirley Strickland
June Maston
Betty McKinnon
Joyce King
47.6   Canada (CAN)
Viola Myers
Nancy MacKay
Diane Foster
Patricia Jones
47.8
High jump
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Alice Coachman
  United States
1.68 m Dorothy Tyler
  Great Britain
1.68 m Micheline Ostermeyer
  France
1.61 m
Long jump
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Olga Gyarmati
  Hungary
5.695 m Noemí Simonetto
  Argentina
5.60 m Ann-Britt Leyman
  Sweden
5.575 m
Shot put
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Micheline Ostermeyer
  France
13.75 m Amelia Piccinini
  Italy
13.09 m Ine Schäffer
  Austria
13.08 m
Discus throw
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Micheline Ostermeyer
  France
41.92 m Edera Cordiale
  Italy
41.17 m Jacqueline Mazeas
  France
40.47 m
Javelin throw
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Herma Bauma
  Austria
45.57 m Kaisa Parviainen
  Finland
43.79 m Lily Carlstedt
  Denmark
42.08 m

Records brokenEdit

14 new Olympic records were set in the athletics events. No new world records were set.

Men's Olympic recordsEdit

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
800 metres 2 August Final Mal Whitfield   United States 1:49.2
5000 metres 2 August Final Gaston Reiff   Belgium 14:17.6
10,000 metres 30 July Final Emil Zátopek   Czechoslovakia 29:59.6
110 metres hurdles 4 August Final William Porter   United States 13.9
400 metres hurdles 31 July Final Roy Cochran   United States 51.1
10 kilometres walk 7 August Final John Mikaelsson   Sweden 45:13.2
Shot put 3 August Final Wilbur Thompson   United States 17.12 m
Discus throw 2 August Final Adolfo Consolini   Italy 52.78 m

Women's Olympic recordsEdit

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
200 metres 6 August Final Fanny Blankers-Koen   Netherlands 24.4
80 metres hurdles 4 August Final Fanny Blankers-Koen
Maureen Gardner
  Netherlands
  Great Britain
11.2
High jump 7 August Final Alice Coachman
Dorothy Tyler
  United States
  Great Britain
1.68 m
Long jump 4 August Final Olga Gyarmati   Hungary 5.695 m
Shot put 4 August Final Micheline Ostermeyer   France 13.75 m
Javelin throw 31 July Final Herma Bauma   Austria 45.57 m

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States1251027
2  Sweden53513
3  Netherlands4026
4  France2338
5  Hungary2013
6  Australia1326
7  Italy1315
8  Finland1203
  Jamaica1203
10  Argentina1102
  Czechoslovakia1102
12  Austria1012
  Belgium1012
14  Great Britain0617
15  Switzerland0112
16  Ceylon0101
  Norway0101
  Yugoslavia0101
19  Panama0022
20  Canada0011
  Denmark0011
  Turkey0011
Totals (22 nations)33333399


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