Jamaica at the 1952 Summer Olympics

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Jamaica at the
1952 Summer Olympics
Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg
IOC code JAM
NOC Jamaica Olympic Association
Website www.joa.org.jm
in Helsinki
Medals
Ranked 13th
Gold
2
Silver
3
Bronze
0
Total
5
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
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Jamaica competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.

Contents

Medalists

Gold

Silver

Results and competitors by event

Athletics

Men's 100 metres

  • First Round 10.7
  • First Round 10.5
  • Semifinals 10.4
  • Final 10.4 (→ Silver medal.svg Silver Medal)

Cycling

Track Competition

Men's 1.000m Time Trial

  • Final 1:17.2 (→ 20th place)

Men's 1.000m Sprint Scratch Race

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