| Athletics at the|
1948 Summer Olympics
|80 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men|
|10 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
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.
|100 metres|| Harrison Dillard |
|10.3|| Barney Ewell |
|10.4|| Lloyd LaBeach |
|200 metres|| Mel Patton |
|21.1|| Barney Ewell |
|21.1|| Lloyd LaBeach |
|400 metres|| Arthur Wint |
|46.2|| Herb McKenley |
|46.4|| Mal Whitfield |
|800 metres|| Mal Whitfield |
|1:49.2|| Arthur Wint |
|1:49.5|| Marcel Hansenne |
|1500 metres|| Henry Eriksson |
|3:49.8|| Lennart Strand |
|3:50.4|| Wim Slijkhuis |
|5000 metres|| Gaston Reiff |
|14:17.6|| Emil Zátopek |
|14:17.8|| Wim Slijkhuis |
|10,000 metres|| Emil Zátopek |
|29:59.6|| Alain Mimoun |
|30:47.4|| Bertil Albertsson |
|110 metres hurdles|| William Porter |
|13.9|| Clyde Scott |
|14.1|| Craig Dixon |
|400 metres hurdles|| Roy Cochran |
|51.1|| Duncan White |
|51.8|| Rune Larsson |
|3000 metres steeplechase|| Tore Sjöstrand |
|9:04.6|| Erik Elmsäter |
|9:08.2|| Göte Hagström |
|4 × 100 metres relay|| United States (USA)|
|40.6|| Great Britain (GBR)|
|41.3|| Italy (ITA)|
|4 × 400 metres relay|| United States (USA)|
|3:10.4|| France (FRA)|
Robert Chef D'Hotel
|3:14.8|| Sweden (SWE)|
|Marathon|| Delfo Cabrera |
|2:34:51.6|| Tom Richards |
|2:35:07.6|| Etienne Gailly |
|10 kilometres walk|| John Mikaelsson |
|45:13.2|| Ingemar Johansson |
|45:43.8|| Fritz Schwab |
|50 kilometres walk|| John Ljunggren |
|4:41:52|| Gaston Godel |
|4:48:17|| Tebbs Lloyd Johnson |
|High jump|| John Winter |
|1.98 m|| Bjørn Paulson |
|1.95 m|| George Stanich |
|Pole vault|| Guinn Smith |
|4.30 m|| Erkki Kataja |
|4.20 m|| Robert Richards |
|Long jump|| Willie Steele |
|7.825 m|| Theo Bruce |
|7.55 m|| Herbert Douglas |
|Triple jump|| Arne Åhman |
|15.40 m|| George Avery |
|15.36 m|| Ruhi Sarialp |
|Shot put|| Wilbur Thompson |
|17.12 m|| Jim Delaney |
|16.68 m|| Jim Fuchs |
|Discus throw|| Adolfo Consolini |
|52.78 m|| Giuseppe Tosi |
|51.78 m|| Fortune Gordien |
|Hammer throw|| Imre Németh |
|56.07 m|| Ivan Gubijan |
|54.27 m|| Robert Bennett |
|Javelin throw|| Tapio Rautavaara |
|69.77 m|| Steve Seymour |
|67.56 m|| József Várszegi |
|Decathlon|| Bob Mathias |
|7139|| Ignace Heinrich |
|6974|| Floyd Simmons |
|100 metres|| Fanny Blankers-Koen |
|11.9|| Dorothy Manley |
|12.2|| Shirley Strickland |
|200 metres|| Fanny Blankers-Koen |
|24.4|| Audrey Williamson |
|25.1|| Audrey Patterson |
|80 metres hurdles|| Fanny Blankers-Koen |
|11.2|| Maureen Gardner |
|11.2|| Shirley Strickland |
|4 × 100 metres relay|| Netherlands (NED)|
Xenia Stad-de Jong
Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs
|47.5|| Australia (AUS)|
|47.6|| Canada (CAN)|
|High jump|| Alice Coachman |
|1.68 m|| Dorothy Tyler |
|1.68 m|| Micheline Ostermeyer |
|Long jump|| Olga Gyarmati |
|5.695 m|| Noemí Simonetto |
|5.60 m|| Ann-Britt Leyman |
|Shot put|| Micheline Ostermeyer |
|13.75 m|| Amelia Piccinini |
|13.09 m|| Ine Schäffer |
|Discus throw|| Micheline Ostermeyer |
|41.92 m|| Edera Cordiale |
|41.17 m|| Jacqueline Mazeas |
|Javelin throw|| Herma Bauma |
|45.57 m|| Kaisa Parviainen |
|43.79 m|| Lily Carlstedt |
14 new Olympic records were set in the athletics events. No new world records were set.
|800 metres||2 August||Final||Mal Whitfield||United States||1:49.2|
|5000 metres||2 August||Final||Gaston Reiff||Belgium||14:17.6|
|10,000 metres||30 July||Final||Emil Zátopek||Czechoslovakia||29:59.6|
|110 metres hurdles||4 August||Final||William Porter||United States||13.9|
|400 metres hurdles||31 July||Final||Roy Cochran||United States||51.1|
|10 kilometres walk||7 August||Final||John Mikaelsson||Sweden||45:13.2|
|Shot put||3 August||Final||Wilbur Thompson||United States||17.12 m|
|Discus throw||2 August||Final||Adolfo Consolini||Italy||52.78 m|
|200 metres||6 August||Final||Fanny Blankers-Koen||Netherlands||24.4|
|80 metres hurdles||4 August||Final|| Fanny Blankers-Koen |
| Netherlands |
|High jump||7 August||Final|| Alice Coachman |
| United States |
|Long jump||4 August||Final||Olga Gyarmati||Hungary||5.695 m|
|Shot put||4 August||Final||Micheline Ostermeyer||France||13.75 m|
|Javelin throw||31 July||Final||Herma Bauma||Austria||45.57 m|
|Totals (22 nations)||33||33||33||99|
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