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Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

The men's 1500 metres event at the 1952 Olympics took place between July 24 and July 26.[1]

Men's 1500 metres
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
DatesJuly 24 (heats)
July 25 (semifinals)
July 26 (final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Josy Barthel
 Luxembourg
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bob McMillen
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Werner Lueg
 Germany
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Video on YouTube amateur film

The early leaders of the final were Audun Boysen followed by Warren Druetzler. Towards the end of the first lap, Werner Lueg began to move up to take the lead, with Rolf Lamers on his shoulder to place a wall to control the pack. Patrick El Mabrouk was next in line but unable to get by. On the third lap Lamers was unable to maintain the pace as Josy Barthel and Roger Bannister exchanging elbows with El Mabrouk lined up behind Leug. With 300 metres to go, Leug accelerated, opening up a 5-metre gap down the backstretch but through the final turn, Leug was unable to hold the pace allowing Barthel to catch back up. Bob McMillen moved up from eighth place to catch the group of leaders at the head of the final straight. Barthel went around Leug and sprinted to victory. McMillen ran the long way around El Mabrouk and Bannister and was chasing Barthel down the straight. Leug maintained his gap on Bannister and El Mabrouk, but looked helplessly as McMillen sprinted past, but he didn't have enough race left to catch Barthel, finishing half a metre behind but also being credited with the same time, a new Olympic record.

To date, this is the only Olympic gold medal won by a Luxembourger, though Luxembourg-born Michel Théato is credited for winning the 1900 Marathon for France.

Contents

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The first round was held on July 24. The fastest four runners in each heat advanced to the final round.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Josy Barthel   Luxembourg 3:51.6
2 Günter Dohrow   Germany 3:51.8
3 Ingvar Ericsson   Sweden 3:52.0
4 Don MacMillan   Australia 3:52.0
5 Sándor Iharos   Hungary 3:56.0
6 Mieczysław Długoborski   Poland 3:57.8
7 Filemón Camacho   Venezuela 4:18.0
8 Pierre Gillet   France 4:26.6
9 Hans Harting   Netherlands DNF

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Warren Druetzler   United States 3:51.4
2 Sture Landqvist   Sweden 3:52.2
3 Stanislav Jungwirth   Czechoslovakia 3:52.4
4 Mihail Velsvebel   Soviet Union 3:52.6
5 Aulis Pystynen   Finland 3:53.0
6 Len Eyre   Great Britain 3:53.2
7 Fred Lüthi   Switzerland 3:56.4
8 Turhan Göker   Turkey 4:00.6

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Olle Åberg   Sweden 3:51.0
2 Denis Johansson   Finland 3:51.2
3 Rolf Lamers   Germany 3:52.4
4 Bill Parnell   Canada 3:53.4
5 Fritz Prossinag   Austria 3:54.2
6 Athol Jennings   South Africa 3:55.4
7 Daniel Janssens   Belgium 3:55.8
8 Cahit Önel   Turkey 3:58.4
Willem Slijkhuis   Netherlands DNF

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Patrick El Mabrouk   France 3:55.8
2 Bob McMillen   United States 3:55.8
3 Roger Bannister   Great Britain 3:56.0
4 Vilmos Tölgyesi   Hungary 3:56.0
5 John Landy   Australia 3:57.0
6 Andrija Otenhajmer   Yugoslavia 4:57.8
7 Maurice Marshall   New Zealand 4:01.0
8 Nikolay Kuchurin   Soviet Union 4:03.6
9 Vasilios Mavroidis   Greece 4:07.8

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Hoskins   New Zealand 3:56.2
2 Frans Herman   Belgium 3:56.2
3 Bill Nankeville   Great Britain 3:56.4
4 Mykola Belokurov   Soviet Union 3:56.4
5 Urpo Vähäranta   Finland 3:56.8
6 Javier Montez   United States 3:58.2
7 Stefan Lewandowski   Poland 4:00.8

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Werner Lueg   Germany 3:52.0
2 Václav Čevona   Czechoslovakia 3:53.4
3 Audun Boysen   Norway 3:55.0
4 John Ross   Canada 3:55.2
5 Jean Vernier   France 3:56.8
6 Edmund Potrzebowski   Poland 3:56.8
7 Sándor Garay   Hungary 4:01.2
8 Ekrem Koçak   Turkey 4:01.4
9 William Fahmy Hanna   Egypt 4:11.2
10 Satid Leangtanom   Thailand 4:32.6

SemifinalsEdit

The fastest six runners in each heat advanced to the final round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Denis Johansson   Finland 3:49.4
2 Werner Lueg   Germany 3:49.8
3 Don MacMillan   Australia 3:50.8
4 Warren Druetzler   United States 3:50.8
5 Patrick El Mabrouk   France 3:51.0
6 Audun Boysen   Norway 3:51.0
7 Václav Čevona   Czechoslovakia 3:51.4
8 Sture Landqvist   Sweden 3:51.4
9 Bill Nankeville   Great Britain 3:52.0
10 Bill Parnell   Canada 3:52.4
11 Mihail Velsvebel   Soviet Union 3:52.6
12 George Hoskins   New Zealand 3:53.0

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Josy Barthel   Luxembourg 3:50.4
2 Olle Åberg   Sweden 3:50.6
3 Ingvar Ericsson   Sweden 3:50.6
4 Bob McMillen   United States 3:50.6
5 Roger Bannister   Great Britain 3:50.6
6 Rolf Lamers   Germany 3:50.8
7 Stanislav Jungwirth   Czechoslovakia 3:51.0
8 Vilmos Tölgyesi   Hungary 3:53.2
9 Frans Herman   Belgium 3:53.8
10 Günter Dohrow   Germany 3:55.2
11 Nikolay Belokurov   Soviet Union 3:55.6
12 John Ross   Canada 4:00.6

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Josy Barthel   Luxembourg 3:45.2 OR
  Bob McMillen   United States 3:45.2
  Werner Lueg   Germany 3:45.4
4 Roger Bannister   Great Britain 3:46.0
5 Patrick El Mabrouk   France 3:46.0
6 Rolf Lamers   Germany 3:46.8
7 Olle Åberg   Sweden 3:47.0
8 Ingvar Ericsson   Sweden 3:47.6
9 Don MacMillan   Australia 3:49.6
10 Denis Johansson   Finland 3:49.8
11 Audun Boysen   Norway 3:51.4
12 Warren Druetzler   United States 3:56.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Games: Men's 1500 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 28 October 2017.