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Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics

Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics on a Finnish stamp

At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, 33 athletics events were contested, 24 for men and 9 for women. There were a total number of 963 participating athletes from 57 countries.

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Medal summaryEdit

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Lindy Remigino
  United States
10.4 Herb McKenley
  Jamaica
10.4 McDonald Bailey
  Great Britain
10.4
200 metres
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Andy Stanfield
  United States
20.7 Thane Baker
  United States
20.8 James Gathers
  United States
20.8
400 metres
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George Rhoden
  Jamaica
45.9 Herb McKenley
  Jamaica
45.9 Ollie Matson
  United States
46.8
800 metres
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Mal Whitfield
  United States
1:49.2 Arthur Wint
  Jamaica
1:49.4 Heinz Ulzheimer
  Germany
1:49.7
1500 metres
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Josy Barthel
  Luxembourg
3:45.2 Bob McMillen
  United States
3:45.2 Werner Lueg
  Germany
3:45.4
5000 metres
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Emil Zátopek
  Czechoslovakia
14:06.6 Alain Mimoun
  France
14:07.4 Herbert Schade
  Germany
14:08.6
10,000 metres
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Emil Zátopek
  Czechoslovakia
29:17.0 Alain Mimoun
  France
29:32.8 Aleksandr Anufriyev
  Soviet Union
29:48.2
110 metres hurdles
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Harrison Dillard
  United States
13.7 Jack Davis
  United States
13.7 Arthur Barnard
  United States
14.1
400 metres hurdles
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Charles Moore
  United States
50.8 Yuriy Lituyev
  Soviet Union
51.3 John Holland
  New Zealand
52.2
3000 metres steeplechase
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Horace Ashenfelter
  United States
8:45.4 Vladimir Kazantsev
  Soviet Union
8:51.6 John Disley
  Great Britain
8:51.8
4 × 100 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Dean Smith
Harrison Dillard
Lindy Remigino
Andy Stanfield
40.1   Soviet Union (URS)
Boris Tokarev
Levan Kalyayev
Levan Sanadze
Vladimir Sukharev
40.3   Hungary (HUN)
László Zarándi
Géza Varasdi
György Csányi
Béla Goldoványi
40.5
4 × 400 metres relay
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  Jamaica (JAM)
Arthur Wint
Leslie Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
3:03.9   United States (USA)
Ollie Matson
Gene Cole
Charles Moore
Mal Whitfield
3:04.0   Germany (GER)
Günter Steines
Hans Geister
Heinz Ulzheimer
Karl-Friedrich Haas
3:06.6
Marathon
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Emil Zátopek
  Czechoslovakia
2:23:03 Reinaldo Gorno
  Argentina
2:25:35 Gustaf Jansson
  Sweden
2:26:07
10 kilometres walk
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John Mikaelsson
  Sweden
45:02.8 Fritz Schwab
  Switzerland
45:41.0 Bruno Junk
  Soviet Union
45:41.0
50 kilometres walk
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Giuseppe Dordoni
  Italy
4:28:07.8 Josef Doležal
  Czechoslovakia
4:30:17.8 Antal Róka
  Hungary
4:31:27.2
High jump
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Walt Davis
  United States
2.04 m Ken Wiesner
  United States
2.01 m José da Conceição
  Brazil
1.98 m
Pole vault
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Bob Richards
  United States
4.55 m Don Laz
  United States
4.50 m Ragnar Lundberg
  Sweden
4.40 m
Long jump
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Jerome Biffle
  United States
7.57 m Meredith Gourdine
  United States
7.53 m Ödön Földessy
  Hungary
7.30 m
Triple jump
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Adhemar da Silva
  Brazil
16.22 m Leonid Shcherbakov
  Soviet Union
15.98 m Asnoldo Devonish
  Venezuela
15.52 m
Shot put
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Parry O'Brien
  United States
17.41 m Darrow Hooper
  United States
17.39 m Jim Fuchs
  United States
17.06 m
Discus throw
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Sim Iness
  United States
55.03 m Adolfo Consolini
  Italy
53.78 m James Dillion
  United States
53.28 m
Hammer throw
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József Csermák
  Hungary
60.34 m Karl Storch
  Germany
58.86 m Imre Németh
  Hungary
57.74 m
Javelin throw
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Cy Young
  United States
73.78 m Bill Miller
  United States
72.46 m Toivo Hyytiäinen
  Finland
71.89 m
Decathlon
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Bob Mathias
  United States
7,887 pts Milt Campbell
  United States
6,975 pts Floyd Simmons
  United States
6,788 pts

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Marjorie Jackson
  Australia
11.5 Daphne Hasenjager
  South Africa
11.8 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
  Australia
11.9
200 metres
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Marjorie Jackson
  Australia
23.7 Bertha Brouwer
  Netherlands
24.2 Nadezhda Khnykina-Dvalishvili
  Soviet Union
24.2
80 metres hurdles
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Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
  Australia
10.9 Mariya Golubnichaya
  Soviet Union
11.1 Maria Sander
  Germany
11.1
4 × 100 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Mae Faggs
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
Catherine Hardy
45.9   Germany (GER)
Ursula Knab
Maria Sander
Helga Klein
Marga Petersen
45.9   Great Britain (GBR)
Sylvia Cheeseman
June Foulds
Jean Desforges
Heather Armitage
46.2
High jump
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Esther Brand
  South Africa
1.67 m Sheila Lerwill
  Great Britain
1.65 m Aleksandra Chudina
  Soviet Union
1.63 m
Long jump
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Yvette Williams
  New Zealand
6.24 m Aleksandra Chudina
  Soviet Union
6.14 m Shirley Cawley
  Great Britain
5.92 m
Shot put
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Galina Zybina
  Soviet Union
15.28 m Marianne Werner
  Germany
14.57 m Klavdia Tochonova
  Soviet Union
14.50 m
Discus throw
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Nina Romashkova
  Soviet Union
51.42 m Elizaveta Bagryantseva
  Soviet Union
47.08 m Nina Dumbadze
  Soviet Union
46.29 m
Javelin throw
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Dana Zátopková
  Czechoslovakia
50.47 m Aleksandra Chudina
  Soviet Union
50.01 m Yelena Gorchakova
  Soviet Union
49.76 m

Records brokenEdit

During the 1952 Summer Olympic Games, 26 new Olympic records and 8 new world records were set in the athletics events.

Men's Olympic and world recordsEdit

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
400 metres July 25 Final George Rhoden
Herb McKenley
  Jamaica 45.9 s OR
1500 metres July 26 Final Josy Barthel
Bob McMillen
  Luxembourg
  United States
3:45.2 OR
5000 metres July 24 Final Emil Zátopek   Czechoslovakia 14:06.6 OR
10,000 metres July 20 Final Emil Zátopek   Czechoslovakia 29:17.0 OR
110 metres hurdles July 24 Final Harrison Dillard
Jack Davis
  United States 13.7 s OR
400 metres hurdles July 21 Final Charles Moore   United States 50.8 s OR
3000 metres steeplechase July 25 Final Horace Ashenfelter   United States 8:45.4 s OR
4 x 400 metres relay July 27 Final Les Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
Arthur Wint
  Jamaica 3:03.9 OR WR
10 kilometres walk July 27 Final John Mikaelsson   Sweden 45:02.8 OR
50 kilometres walk July 21 Final Giuseppe Dordoni   Italy 4:28:07.8 OR
Marathon July 27 Final Emil Zátopek   Czechoslovakia 2:23:03.2 OR WR
High jump July 20 Final Walt Davis   United States 2.04 m OR
Pole vault July 22 Final Bob Richards   United States 4.55 m OR
Triple jump July 23 Final Adhemar da Silva   Brazil 16.22 m OR WR
Shot put July 21 Final Parry O'Brien   United States 17.41 m OR
Discus throw July 22 Final Sim Iness   United States 55.03 m OR
Javelin throw July 24 Final Cy Young   United States 73.78 m OR
Hammer throw July 24 Final József Csermák   Hungary 60.34 m OR WR
Decathlon July 26 Final Bob Mathias   United States 7887 pts OR WR

Women's Olympic and world recordsEdit

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
200 metres July 26 Semifinal Marjorie Jackson   Australia 23.4 s OR WR
80 metres hurdles July 24 Final Shirley Strickland de la Hunty   Australia 10.9 s OR WR
4 x 100 metres relay July 27 Final Mae Faggs
Catherine Hardy
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
  United States 45.9 s OR WR
Long jump July 23 Final Yvette Williams   New Zealand 6.24 m OR
Shot put July 26 Final Galina Zybina   Soviet Union 15.28 m OR WR
Discus throw July 20 Final Nina Romashkova   Soviet Union 51.42 m OR
Javelin throw July 24 Final Dana Zátopková   Czechoslovakia 50.47 m OR

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA)1510631
2  Czechoslovakia (TCH)4105
3  Australia (AUS)3014
4  Soviet Union (URS)28717
5  Jamaica (JAM)2305
6  Italy (ITA)1102
  South Africa (RSA)1102
8  Hungary (HUN)1045
9  Sweden (SWE)1023
10  Brazil (BRA)1012
  New Zealand (NZL)1012
12  Luxembourg (LUX)1001
13  Germany (GER)0358
14  France (FRA)0202
15  Great Britain (GBR)0145
16  Argentina (ARG)0101
  Netherlands (NED)0101
  Switzerland (SUI)0101
19  Finland (FIN)0011
  Venezuela (VEN)0011
Totals (20 nations)33333399


Participating nationsEdit

A total of 57 nations participated in the different Athletics events at the 1952 Summer Olympics. Numbers in parenthesis indicate the number of athletes representing each nation.

ReferencesEdit