Denmark at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Denmark competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. 162 competitors, 144 men and 18 women, took part in 83 events in 17 sports.[1]

Denmark at the
1948 Summer Olympics
Flag of Denmark.svg
IOC codeDEN
NOCNational Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark
Websitewww.dif.dk (in Danish and English)
in London
Competitors162 in 17 sports
Flag bearerVagn Loft
Medals
Ranked 10th
Gold
5
Silver
7
Bronze
8
Total
20
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Gold Greta Andersen Swimming Women's 100 m freestyle 2 August
  Gold Karen Harup Swimming Women's 100 m backstroke 5 August
  Gold Carl-Ebbe Andersen
Tage Henriksen
Finn Pedersen
Rowing Men's coxed pair 9 August
  Gold Karen Hoff Canoeing Women's K-1 500 m 12 August
  Gold Paul Elvstrøm Sailing Men's Firefly 12 August
  Silver Eva Riise
Greta Andersen
Fritze Carstensen-Nathansen
Karen Harup
Swimming Women's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay 6 August
  Silver Karen Harup Swimming Women's 400 m freestyle 7 August
  Silver Aage Larsen
Ebbe Parsner
Rowing Men's doubles sculls 9 August
  Silver Ib Storm Larsen
Helge Schrøder
Helge Halkjær
Aksel Hansen
Rowing Men's coxless fours 9 August
  Silver Johan Andersen Canoeing Men's K-1 1000 m 12 August
  Silver Ejvind Hansen
Jacob Jensen
Canoeing Men's K-2 1000 m 12 August
  Silver Karen Lachmann Fencing Women's foil individual 2 August
  Bronze Lily Carlstedt Athletics Women's javelin throw 31 July
  Bronze Christian Hansen Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman welterweight 6 August
  Bronze Birte Christoffersen Diving Women's 10 m platform 6 August
  Bronze Axel Schandorff Cycling Men's Sprint 9 August
  Bronze Børge Nielsen
Jørgen Olsen
Harry Knudsen
Erik Larsen
Henry Larsen
Rowing Men's coxed four 9 August
  Bronze Klaus Baess
Ole Berntsen
William Berntsen
Sailing Men's Dragon 12 August
  Bronze Svend Vad Boxing Men's Lightweight 13 August
  Bronze Knud Bastrup-Birk
Hans Colberg
Edvin Hansen
John Hansen
Jørgen W. Hansen
Karl Aage Hansen
Erik Kuld Jensen
Ivan Jensen
Ove Jensen
Viggo Jensen
Per Knudsen
Knud Lundberg
Eigil Nielsen
Knud Børge Overgaard
Poul Petersen
Axel Pilmark
Johannes Pløger
Carl Aage Præst
Holger Seebach
Erling Sørensen
Jørgen Leschly Sørensen
Dion Ørnvold
Football Men's Team Competition 13 August

AthleticsEdit

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Herluf Christensen 800 metres DNF Did not advance
Niels Holst-Sørensen 1:54.2 1 Q 1:52.4 3 Q 1:54.0 9
Erik Jørgensen 1500 metres 3:54.2 2 Q N/A 3:54.5 8
Henning Larsen Marathon N/A 2:41:22.0 10
Ingvard Nielsen 1500 metres 4:01.7 7 Did not advance
Alf Olesen 3000 m steeplechase 9:33.6 5 Did not advance
Aage Poulsen 5000 metres DNF N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Poul Cederquist Hammer throw 48.16 15 Did not advance
Svend Aage Frederiksen 51.35 4 Q 50.07 10
Preben Larsen Triple jump 14.520 14 q 14.830 4
Women
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Bente Bergendorff 100 metres 12.6 2 Q NT 4 Did not advance
Birthe Nielsen 12.9 2 Q 12.5 3 Did not advance
Grethe Lovsø Nielsen 12.6 1 Q 12.7 3 Did not advance
Bente Bergendorff
Grethe Lovsø Nielsen
Birthe Nielsen
Hilde Nissen
4 × 100 m relay 48.1 2 Q N/A 48.2 5
Field events
Athlete Event Final
Distance Position
Lily Carlstedt-Kelsby Javelin throw 42.08  
Anne Iversen High jump 1.50 9

BoxingEdit

Men
Athlete Event 1 Round 2 Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Erik Thastum Bantamweight   Olavi Ouvinen (FIN)
L PTS
Did not advance
Svend Aage Sørensen Featherweight   Pedro Garcia (PER)
L PTS
Did not advance
Svend Wad Lightweight   Gene Raymond (IND)
W PTS
  Alberto Boullossa (URU)
W PTS
  Maxie McCullagh (IRL)
W PTS
  Gerald Dreyer (RSA)
L PTS
  Wallace Smith (USA)
W WO
 
Christian Kristensen Welterweight   Max Shacklady (GBR)
L KO-3
Did not advance
Martin Hansen Middleweight   Evert Johanson (NOR)
W KO-1
  Aimé-Joseph Escudie (FRA)
L PTS
Did not advance
Erik Jensen Light Heavyweight   Chuck Spieser (USA)
L PTS
Did not advance

CanoeingEdit

SprintEdit

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechages Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Johan Frederik Kobberup K-1 1000 m 4:40.9 1 Q N/A 4:39.9  
Knud Ditlevsen K-1 10000 m N/A 51:54.2 4
Ejvind Hansen
Bernhard Jensen
K-2 1000 m NT 1 Q N/A 4:07.5  
Alfred Christensen
Finn Rasmussen
K-2 10000 m N/A 47:17.5 4
Women
Athlete Event Heats Repechages Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Karen Hoff K-1 500 m 2:32.2 1 Q N/A 2:31.9  

CyclingEdit

Eleven cyclists, all men, represented Denmark in 1948.

Road
Athlete Event Time Rank
Knud Andersen Men's road race 5:39:57.2 28
Børge Saxil Nielsen DNF
Kristian Pedersen 5:39:57.2 27
Rudolf Rasmussen DNF
Kristian Pedersen
Knud Andersen
Børge Saxil Nielsen
Rudolf Rasmussen
Team road race DNF

TrackEdit

1000m time trial
Athlete Event Time Rank
Axel Schandorff Men's 1000m time trial 1:15.5 5
Men's Sprint
Athlete Event Heats Repechage 1 Round 2 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank
Axel Schandorff Men's sprint   Bazzano (AUS)
W 1:49.8
BYE   Welt (AUT)
W 1:49.6
  Heid (USA)
W 2:0
  Ghella (ITA)
L 0-2
  Bazzano (AUS)
W 2-0
 
Men's Tandem
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Opposition
Time
Speed (km/h)
Rank
Hans Andresen
Evan Klamer
Tandem   Van Schill
De Pauw (BEL)
W 4:53.6
BYE   Faye
Dron (FRA)
L 0-2
Did not advance 5
Pursuit
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Opposition
Time
Rank
Max Jørgensen
Børge Gissel
Børge Mortensen
Benny Schnoor
Team pursuit N/A   Australia (AUS)
W 5:04.1 Q
  Great Britain (GBR)
L 5:05.6
Did not advance 5

DivingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Final
Points Rank
Thomas Christiansen 3 m springboard 114.59 8
10m platform 105.22 6
Women
Athlete Event Final
Points Rank
Inge Beeken 10m platform 59.54 8
Birte Christoffersen 3 m springboard 87.12 9
10m platform 66.04  

EquestrianEdit

EventingEdit

Athlete Horse Event Dressage Cross-country Jumping Total
Final
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Erik Carlsen Esja Individual 113.00 14 69 44 11 0 44 5 44 5
Kai Aage Krarup Rollo 114.00 16 63 51 15 14 65 14 65 14
Niels Mikkelsen St. Hans 108.00 8 78 30 5 DSQ Did not finish
Erik Carlsen
Kai Aage Krarup
Niels Mikkelsen
See above Team 335 4 210 125 1 AC AC AC Did not finish

Show jumpingEdit

Athlete Horse Event Final
Penalties Rank
Otto Mønsted Acthon Please Individual DNF
Jeppe Johannes Ladegaard-Mikkelsen Atom DNF
Torben Tryde Attila DNF
Otto Mønsted Acthon
Jeppe Johannes Ladegaard-Mikkelsen
Torben Tryde
See above Team DNF

FencingEdit

15 fencers, 12 men and 3 women, represented Denmark in 1948.

Men's foil
Men's team foil
Men's épée
Men's team épée
Men's sabre
Women's foil

Field hockeyEdit

Group stageEdit

The first of each group and also the second of Group C qualified for the Semi-finals.

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Pakistan 4 4 0 0 20 3 +17 8 Semi-finals
2   Netherlands 4 3 0 1 11 8 +3 6
3   Belgium 4 2 0 2 6 8 −2 4
4   France 4 0 1 3 4 9 −5 1
5   Denmark 4 0 1 3 4 17 −13 1
31 July 1948
Denmark   2–2   France
2 August 1948
Netherlands   4–1   Denmark
3 August 1948
Pakistan   9–0   Denmark
5 August 1948
Belgium   2–1   Denmark

FootballEdit

First roundEdit

Denmark  3–1 (aet)  Egypt
K. Hansen   82'   95'
Pløger   119' (pen.)
Report El Guindy   83'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Stanley Boardman (Great Britain)

Quarter-finalsEdit

Denmark  5–3  Italy
John Hansen   30'53'74'82'
Pløger   84'
Report Cavigioli   49'
Caprile   67'
Pernigo   81'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: William Ling (Great Britain)

Semi-finalsEdit

Sweden  4–2  Denmark
Carlsson   18'   42'
Rosén   31'   37'
Report Seebach   3'
John Hansen   77'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Stanley Boardman (Great Britain)

Bronze medal matchEdit

Great Britain  3–5  Denmark
Aitken   5'
Hardisty   33'
Amor   63' (pen.)
Report Præst   12'49'
John Hansen   16'77'
J. Sørensen   41'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)

GymnasticsEdit

RowingEdit

Denmark had 25 male rowers participate in six out of seven rowing events in 1948.[2]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Aage Larsen
Ebbe Parsner
Double sculls 6:50.1 1 Q BYE N/A 7:48.3 1 Q 6:55.3  
Søren Jensen
Jørn Snogdahl
Coxless pair 7:28.3 3 R 7:26.4 1 Q N/A 7:54.3 2 Did not advance 4
Carl-Ebbe Andersen
Tage Henriksen
Finn Pedersen
Coxed pair 7:51.7 2 Q 7:51.2 1 Q N/A 8:12.7 1 Q 8:00.5  
Aksel Bonde
Helge Halkjær
Helge Muxoll Schrøder
Ib Storm Larsen
Coxless four 6:40.5 2 R 6:35.1 1 Q N/A 7:13.8 1 Q 6:43.5  
Erik Larsen
Henry Larsen
Ib Olsen
Børge Raahauge Nielsen
Harry Knudsen
Coxed four 6:52.5 1 Q BYE 7:21.3 1 Q 7:31.3 1 Q 6:58.6  
Jarl Emcken
Børge Hougaard
Poul Korup
Holger Larsen
Ib Nielsen
Niels Rasmussen
Gerhardt Sørensen
Niels Wamberg
Charles Willumsen
Eights 6:17.6 3 R 6:09.4 2 Did not advance 8

SailingEdit

Open
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Paul Elvstrøm Firefly DNF 6 3 11 5 1 1 5543  
Johan Rathje
Naalli Petersen
Swallow 8 7 1 9 10 7 12 2935 5
William Berntsen
Klaus Baess
Ole Berntsen
Dragon 3 4 3 5 2 5 2 4223  
Troels la Cour
Bruno Clausen
Svend Iversen
René la Cour
Hans Sørensen
A. Eiermann
Eyvin Schiøttz
6 Metre 10 5 4 11 10 10 8 1648 10

ShootingEdit

Seven shooters represented Denmark in 1948.

Men
Athlete Event Final
Score Rank
Børge Christensen Men's 50 metre rifle prone 585 42
Axel Lerche Men's 25 metre pistol 540 31
Gregers Münter 498 51
Gustaf Nielsen Men's 300 metre rifle three positions 1057 19
Men's 50 metre rifle prone 595 11
Erik Sætter-Lassen 588 32
Uffe Schultz Larsen Men's 300 metre rifle three positions 1047 21
Charles Villholth Men's 25 metre pistol 523 41

SwimmingEdit

Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Greta Andersen 100 metre freestroke 1:07.0 3 Q 1:05.9 1 Q 1:06.3  
400 metre freestroke DNF 19 Did not advance
Fritze Carstensen 100 metre freestroke 1:06.5 1 Q 1:07.5 2 Q 1:09.1 8
400 metre freestroke 5:29.4 3 Q 5:29.5 5 Q 5:29.4 7
Jytte Hansen 200 metre breaststroke 3:09.1 2 Q 3:05.5 3 Q 3:08.1 8
Karen Margrethe Harup 100 metre freestroke 1:08.4 8 Q 1:08.7 8 q 1:08.1 4
400 metre freestroke 5:31.7 7 Q 5:25.7 OR 1 Q 5:21.2  
100 metre backstroke 1:15.6 1 Q 1:15.5 OR 1 Q 1:14.4 OR  
Eva Arndt-Riise
Karen Margrethe Harup
Greta Andersen
Fritze Carstensen

Elvi Svendsen
4 x 100 metre freestyle 4:33.5 1 Q N/A 4:29.6  

WeightliftingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Military Press Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Johan Runge 60 kg 95 4 90 12 120 8 305 7
Jørgen Fryd Petersen 67.5 kg 90 14 97.5 10 127.5 9 315 10
Jørgen Moritzen 75 kg 87.5 22 95 17 DNS DNF
Niels Petersen +82.5 kg 115 9 112.5 7 155 5 382.5 6

WrestlingEdit

Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Elimination pool Final round
Round 1
Result
Round 2
Result
Round 3
Result
Round 4
Result
Round 5
Result
Final round
Result
Rank
Svend Aage Thomsen −52 kg   Pietro Lombardi (ITA)
L 0–3
  Kenan Olcay (TUR)
L 0-3
Did not advance 11
Kolle Lejserowitz −57 kg   Mahmoud Hassan (EGY)
L 1-2
  Reidar Merli (NOR)
L 0–0 P
Did not advance 11
Abraham Kurland −67 kg   Alfred Jauch (SUI)
W RET
  Charif Damage (LIB)
L 0–3
  Gustav Freij (SWE)
L 2-1
Did not advance 9
Henrik Hansen −73 kg   Kemal Munir (EGY)
W F
  Gösta Andersson (SWE)
L 0–3
  Bjørn Cook (NOR)
W 3-0
  Josef Schmidt (AUT)
W F
  Miklós Szilvási (HUN)
L F
Did not advance  
Erling Stuer Lauridsen −87 kg   Ibrahim Mahgoub (LIB)
W 3-0
  Peter Enzinger (AUT)
W F
  Karl-Erik Nilsson (SWE)
L 0-3
  Kelpo Gröndahl (FIN)
L F
Did not advance 6

Art competitionsEdit

Athlete Event Category Title Rank
Josef Petersen Literature Epic works "The Olympic Champion"  
Erling Brene Music Choral and orchestral "Vigeur"  
Knud Nellemose Sculpture Statues "Young Man with Discus", "Head of a Boxer" NM
Medals and plaques "Group of Wrestlers", "Football Players" NM

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Denmark at the 1948 London Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Denmark Rowing at the 1948 London Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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