Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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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.

Medal summary[edit | edit source]

Men[edit | edit source]

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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Barney Ewell
 United States
21.1 Lloyd LaBeach
 Panama
21.2 Mel Patton
 United States
21.2
400 metres
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Arthur Wint
 Jamaica
45.8 George Guida
 United States
46.3 Dave Bolen
 United States
46.4
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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Emil Zátopek
 Czechoslovakia
14:18.2 Gaston Reiff
 Belgium
14:18.9 Bertil Albertsson
 Sweden
14:26.2
10,000 metres
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Emil Zátopek
 Czechoslovakia
30:04.5 Alain Mimoun
 France
30:47.4 Martin Stokken
 Norway
30:50.6
110 metres hurdles
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Craig Dixon
 United States
13.9 William Porter
 United States
14.1 Peter Gardner
 Australia
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  Italy (ITA)
Michele Tito
Enrico Perucconi
Carlo Monti
Antonio Siddi
41.5  Great Britain (GBR)
Alastair McCorquodale
John Gregory
Ken Jones
Jack Archer
41.3
4 × 400 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Roy Cochran
Cliff Bourland
Arthur Harnden
Mal Whitfield
3:10.4  Italy (ITA)
Ottavio Missoni
Luigi Paterlini
Gianni Rocca
Antonio Siddi
3:14.8  Jamaica (JAM)
Leslie Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
Arthur Wint
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 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson
 Great Britain
4:46:57 Gaston Godel
 Switzerland
4:48:17
High jump
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Bjørn Paulson
 Norway
1.96 m Dwight Eddleman
 United States
1.94 m John Winter
 Australia
1.94 m
Pole vault
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Erkki Kataja
 Finland
4.25 m Guinn Smith
 United States
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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George Avery
 Australia
15.44 m Arne Åhman
 Sweden
15.40 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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Ivar Ramstad
 Norway
52.78 m Giuseppe Tosi
 Italy
51.78 m Ferenc Klics
 Hungary
50.77 m
Hammer throw
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Imre Németh
 Hungary
56.07 m Bo Ericsson
 Sweden
54.27 m IVan Gubijan
 Yugoslavia
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

Women[edit | edit source]

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
24.7 Shilrey Strickland
 Australia
25.2 Margaret Walker
 Great Britain
25.3
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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 Great Britain (GBR)
Maureen Gardner
Dorothy Manley
Muriel Pletts
Margaret Walker
47.9  Netherlands (NED)
Xenia Stad-de Jong
Netty Witziers-Timmer
Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs
Fanny Blankers-Koen
48.2  United States (USA)
Nell Jackson
Theresa Manuel
Mickey Paterson
Mabel Walker
48.2
High jump
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Dorothy Tyler
 Great Britain
1.70 m Alice Coachman
 United States
1.68 m Vinton Beckett
 Jamaica
1.58 m
Long jump
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Olga Gyarmati
 Hungary
5.695 m Yvonne Chabot-Curtet
 France
5.64 m Kathleen Russell
 Jamaica
5.615 m
Shot put
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Micheline Ostermeyer
 France
13.75 m Jaroslava Komárková
 Czechoslovakia
13.11 m Amelia Piccinini
 Italy
13.09 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 Ans Koning
 Netherlands
42.00 m

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