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Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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.

Medal summary

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
 Lindy Remigino
United States (USA)
10.4 10.4 10.4
200 metres
20.7 20.8 20.8
400 metres
45.9 45.9 46.8
800 metres
1:49.2 1:49.4 1:49.7
1500 metres
3:45.2 3:45.2 3:45.4
5000 metres
14:06.6 14:07.4 14:08.6
10,000 metres
29:17.0 29:32.8 29:48.2
110 metres hurdles
13.7 13.7 14.1
400 metres hurdles
50.8 51.3 52.2
3000 metres steeplechase
8:45.4 8:51.6 8:51.8
4 × 100 metres relay
 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

Arthur Wint
Leslie Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
3:03.9
Ollie Matson
Gerrard Cole
Charles Moore
Mal Whitfield
3:04.0
Günter Steines
Hans Geister
Heinz Ulzheimer
Karl-Friedrich Haas
3:06.6
Marathon
2:23:03 2:25:35 2:26:07
10 kilometres walk
45:02.8 45:41.0 45:41.0
50 kilometres walk
4:28:07.8 4:30:17.8 4:31:27.2
Long jump
7.57 m 7.53 m 7.30 m
Triple jump
16.22 m 15.98 m 15.52 m
High jump
2.04 m 2.01 m 1.98 m
Pole vault
4.55 m 4.50 m 4.40 m
Shot put
17.41 m 17.39 m 17.06 m
Discus throw
55.03 m 53.78 m 53.28 m
Javelin throw
73.78 m 72.46 m 71.89 m
Hammer throw
60.34 m 58.86 m 57.74 m
Decathlon
7,887 pts 6,975 pts 6,788 pts

Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
11.5 11.8 11.9
200 metres
23.7 24.2 24.2
80 metres hurdles
10.9 11.1 11.1
4 × 100 metres relay

Mae Faggs
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
Catherine Hardy
45.9
Ursula Knab
Maria Sander
Helga Klein
Marga Petersen
45.9
Sylvia Cheeseman
June Foulds
Jean Desforges
Heather Armitage
46.2
Long jump
6.24 m 6.14 m 5.92 m
High jump
1.67 m 1.65 m 1.63 m
Shot put
15.28 m 14.57 m 14.50 m
Discus throw
51.42 m 47.08 m 46.29 m
Javelin throw
50.47 m 50.01 m 49.76 m

Records broken

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 records

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
400 metres July 25 Final George Rhoden
Herb McKenley
45.9 s OR
1500 metres July 26 Final Josy Barthel
Bob McMillen

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
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
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 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 records

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 table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 15 10 6 31
2 4 1 0 5
3 3 0 1 4
4 2 8 7 17
5 2 3 0 5
6 1 1 0 2
1 1 0 2
8 1 0 4 5
9 1 0 2 3
10 1 0 1 2
1 0 1 2
12 1 0 0 1
13 0 3 5 8
14 0 2 0 2
15 0 1 4 5
16 0 1 0 1
0 1 0 1
0 1 0 1
19 0 0 1 1
0 0 1 1

Participating nations

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.

References

  • 1952 Summer Olympics results: athletics, from http://www.sports-reference.com/ retrieved 2010-11-08.
  • International Olympic Committee results database
  • Athletics Australia
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