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Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's marathon

The men's marathon event at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games took place August 7. The race was won by Delfo Cabrera.[1] Reminiscent of Dorando Pietri's final-lap ordeal when the Olympics were held in the same city 40 years earlier, Belgian Étienne Gailly entered the London stadium in first place, but was exhausted and running very slowly. He was passed first by Cabrera, then by Briton Tom Richards, but managed to hold on for the bronze medal. South African Johannes Coleman, who finished 4th in this race, had placed 6th in the last Olympic marathon in Berlin twelve years earlier.

Men's marathon
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Delfo Cabrera, Final de la Maratón de los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres (07-08-1948).jpg
Delfo Cabrera crossing the finish line
VenueStart and finish at Wembley Stadium
DatesAugust 7
Competitors41 from 21 nations
Winning time2:34:51.6
1st, gold medalist(s) Delfo Cabrera
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tom Richards
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Étienne Gailly
← 1936
1952 →


Prior to this event, the existing Olympic record stood as follows.

Olympic record   Son Kitei (JPN) 2:29:19.2 Berlin, Germany 9 August 1936


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 7 August 1948 15:00 Final


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Delfo Cabrera   Argentina 2:34:51.6
  Tom Richards   Great Britain 2:35:07.6
  Étienne Gailly   Belgium 2:35:33.6
4 Johannes Coleman   South Africa 2:36:06.0
5 Eusebio Guiñez   Argentina 2:36:36.0
6 Syd Luyt   South Africa 2:38:11.0
7 Gustav Östling   Sweden 2:38:40.6
8 John Systad   Norway 2:38:41.0
9 Alberto Sensini   Argentina 2:39:30.0
10 Henning Larsen   Denmark 2:41:22.0
11 Viljo Heino   Finland 2:41:32.0
12 Anders Melin   Sweden 2:42:20.0
13 Jussi Kurikkala   Finland 2:42:48.0
14 Ted Vogel   United States 2:45:27.0
15 Enrique Inostroza   Chile 2:47:48.0
16 Lloyd Evans   Canada 2:48:07.0
17 Gérard Côté   Canada 2:48:31.0
18 Stylianos Kyriakides   Greece 2:49:00.0
19 József Kiss   Hungary 2:50:20.0
20 Şevki Koru   Turkey 2:51:07.0
21 Johnny Kelley   United States 2:51:56.0
22 Kaspar Schiesser   Switzerland 2:52:09.0
23 Walter Fedorick   Canada 2:52:12.0
24 Ollie Manninen   United States 2:56:49.0
25 Hong Jong-o   South Korea 2:56:54.0
26 Paddy Mulvihill   Ireland 2:57:35.0
27 Suh Yun-bok   South Korea 2:59:36.0
28 Sven Håkansson   Sweden 3:00:09.0
29 Jakob Jutz   Switzerland 3:03:55.0
30 Stan Jones   Great Britain 3:09:16.0
Salvatore Constantino   Italy DNF
Pierre Cousin   France DNF
Hans Frischknecht   Switzerland DNF
Mikko Hietanen   Finland DNF
Jack Holden   Great Britain DNF
René Josset   France DNF
Lou Wen-ngau   Republic of China DNF
Arsène Piesset   France DNF
Athanasios Ragazos   Greece DNF
Chhota Singh   India DNF
Choi Yun-chil   South Korea DNF

Key: DNF = Did not finish


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's Marathon". Retrieved 30 April 2017.

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