Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics on a Finnish stamp

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.

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Medal summary

Men

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 metres
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Lindy Remigino
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
10.4 Herb McKenley
Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica
10.4 McDonald Bailey
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
10.4
200 metres
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Andy Stanfield
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
20.7 Thane Baker
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
20.8 James Gathers
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
20.8
400 metres
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George Rhoden
Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica
45.9 Herb McKenley
Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica
45.9 Ollie Matson
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
46.8
800 metres
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Mal Whitfield
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
1:49.2 Arthur Wint
Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica
1:49.4 Heinz Ulzheimer
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1:49.7
1500 metres
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Josy Barthel
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg
3:45.2 Bob McMillen
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
3:45.2 Werner Lueg
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
3:45.4
5000 metres
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Emil Zátopek
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
14:06.6 Alain Mimoun
Flag of France.svg  France
14:07.4 Herbert Schade
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
14:08.6
10,000 metres
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Emil Zátopek
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
29:17.0 Alain Mimoun
Flag of France.svg  France
29:32.8 Aleksandr Anufriyev
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
29:48.2
110 metres hurdles
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Harrison Dillard
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
13.7 Jack Davis
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
13.7 Arthur Barnard
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
14.1
400 metres hurdles
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Charles Moore
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
50.8 Yuriy Lituyev
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
51.3 John Holland
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
52.2
3000 metres steeplechase
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Horace Ashenfelter
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
8:45.4 Vladimir Kazantsev
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
8:51.6 John Disley
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
8:51.8
4 × 100 metres relay
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US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)
Dean Smith
Harrison Dillard
Lindy Remigino
Andy Stanfield
40.1Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union  (URS)
Boris Tokarev
Levan Kalyayev
Levan Sanadze
Vladimir Sukharev
40.3Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary  (HUN)
László Zarándi
Géza Varasdi
György Csányi
Béla Goldoványi
40.5
4 × 400 metres relay
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Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica  (JAM)
Arthur Wint
Leslie Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
3:03.9US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)
Ollie Matson
Gene Cole
Charles Moore
Mal Whitfield
3:04.0Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)
Günter Steines
Hans Geister
Heinz Ulzheimer
Karl-Friedrich Haas
3:06.6
Marathon
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Emil Zátopek
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
2:23:03 Reinaldo Gorno
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
2:25:35 Gustaf Jansson
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
2:26:07
10 kilometres walk
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John Mikaelsson
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
45:02.8 Fritz Schwab
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
45:41.0 Bruno Junk
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
45:41.0
50 kilometres walk
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Giuseppe Dordoni
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
4:28:07.8 Josef Doležal
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
4:30:17.8 Antal Róka
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary
4:31:27.2
High jump
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Walt Davis
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
2.04 m Ken Wiesner
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
2.01 m José da Conceição
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil
1.98 m
Pole vault
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Bob Richards
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
4.55 m Don Laz
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
4.50 m Ragnar Lundberg
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
4.40 m
Long jump
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Jerome Biffle
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
7.57 m Meredith Gourdine
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
7.53 m Ödön Földessy
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary
7.30 m
Triple jump
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Adhemar da Silva
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil
16.22 m Leonid Shcherbakov
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
15.98 m Asnoldo Devonish
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Venezuela
15.52 m
Shot put
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Parry O'Brien
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
17.41 m Darrow Hooper
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
17.39 m Jim Fuchs
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
17.06 m
Discus throw
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Sim Iness
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
55.03 m Adolfo Consolini
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
53.78 m James Dillion
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
53.28 m
Hammer throw
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József Csermák
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary
60.34 m Karl Storch
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
58.86 m Imre Németh
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary
57.74 m
Javelin throw
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Cy Young
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
73.78 m Bill Miller
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
72.46 m Toivo Hyytiäinen
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
71.89 m
Decathlon
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Bob Mathias
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
7,887 pts Milt Campbell
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
6,975 pts Floyd Simmons
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
6,788 pts

Women

EventGoldSilverBronze
100 metres
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Marjorie Jackson
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
11.5 Daphne Hasenjager
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa
11.8 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
11.9
200 metres
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Marjorie Jackson
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
23.7 Bertha Brouwer
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
24.2 Nadezhda Khnykina-Dvalishvili
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
24.2
80 metres hurdles
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Shirley Strickland de la Hunty
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
10.9 Mariya Golubnichaya
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
11.1 Maria Sander
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
11.1
4 × 100 metres relay
details
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)
Mae Faggs
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
Catherine Hardy
45.9Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)
Ursula Knab
Maria Sander
Helga Klein
Marga Petersen
45.9Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)
Sylvia Cheeseman
June Foulds
Jean Desforges
Heather Armitage
46.2
High jump
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Esther Brand
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa
1.67 m Sheila Lerwill
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
1.65 m Aleksandra Chudina
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
1.63 m
Long jump
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Yvette Williams
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
6.24 m Aleksandra Chudina
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
6.14 m Shirley Cawley
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
5.92 m
Shot put
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Galina Zybina
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
15.28 m Marianne Werner
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
14.57 m Klavdia Tochonova
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
14.50 m
Discus throw
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Nina Romashkova
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
51.42 m Elizaveta Bagryantseva
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
47.08 m Nina Dumbadze
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
46.29 m
Javelin throw
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Dana Zátopková
Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia
50.47 m Aleksandra Chudina
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
50.01 m Yelena Gorchakova
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
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

EventDateRoundNameNationalityResultORWR
400 metres July 25Final George Rhoden
Herb McKenley
Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica 45.9 sOR
1500 metres July 26Final Josy Barthel
Bob McMillen
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
3:45.2OR
5000 metres July 24Final Emil Zátopek Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 14:06.6OR
10,000 metres July 20Final Emil Zátopek Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 29:17.0OR
110 metres hurdles July 24Final Harrison Dillard
Jack Davis
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 13.7 sOR
400 metres hurdles July 21Final Charles Moore US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 50.8 sOR
3000 metres steeplechase July 25Final Horace Ashenfelter US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 8:45.4 sOR
4 x 400 metres relay July 27Final Les Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
Arthur Wint
Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica 3:03.9ORWR
10 kilometres walk July 27Final John Mikaelsson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 45:02.8OR
50 kilometres walk July 21Final Giuseppe Dordoni Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4:28:07.8OR
Marathon July 27Final Emil Zátopek Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 2:23:03.2ORWR
High jump July 20Final Walt Davis US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 2.04 mOR
Pole vault July 22Final Bob Richards US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 4.55 mOR
Triple jump July 23Final Adhemar da Silva Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 16.22 mORWR
Shot put July 21Final Parry O'Brien US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 17.41 mOR
Discus throw July 22Final Sim Iness US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 55.03 mOR
Javelin throw July 24Final Cy Young US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 73.78 mOR
Hammer throw July 24Final József Csermák Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary 60.34 mORWR
Decathlon July 26Final Bob Mathias US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 7887 ptsORWR

Women's Olympic and world records

EventDateRoundNameNationalityResultORWR
200 metres July 26Semifinal Marjorie Jackson Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 23.4 sORWR
80 metres hurdles July 24Final Shirley Strickland de la Hunty Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 10.9 sORWR
4 x 100 metres relay July 27Final Mae Faggs
Catherine Hardy
Barbara Jones
Janet Moreau
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 45.9 sORWR
Long jump July 23Final Yvette Williams Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 6.24 mOR
Shot put July 26Final Galina Zybina Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 15.28 mORWR
Discus throw July 20Final Nina Romashkova Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 51.42 mOR
Javelin throw July 24Final Dana Zátopková Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia 50.47 mOR

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1US flag 48 stars.svg  United States  (USA)1510631
2Flag of Czechoslovakia.svg  Czechoslovakia  (TCH)4105
3Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)3014
4Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union  (URS)28717
5Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica  (JAM)2305
6Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1102
Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa  (RSA)1102
8Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary  (HUN)1045
9Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)1023
10Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil  (BRA)1012
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)1012
12Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg  (LUX)1001
13Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)0358
14Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)0202
15Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)0145
16Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)0101
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)0101
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)0101
19Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)0011
Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Venezuela  (VEN)0011
Totals (20 nations)33333399

Participating nations

A total of 57 nations participated in the different Athletics events at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

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