1948 Summer Olympics / Athletics - 1500 m (men)
|discipline||1500 meter run|
|Attendees||36 athletes from 23 countries|
|Competition location||Wembley Stadium|
|Competition phase||August 4, 1948 (preliminary)
August 6, 1948 (final)
The men's 1,500-meter race at the 1948 Olympic Games in London was held at Wembley Stadium on August 4 and 6, 1948 . 36 athletes took part.
The Olympic champion was the Swede Henry Eriksson in front of his compatriot Lennart Strand . Willem Slijkhuis from the Netherlands won bronze .
- World record : 3: 43.0 min - Gunder Hägg ( Sweden ), Gothenburg , July 7, 1944 / Lennart Strand (Sweden), Malmö , July 15, 1947
- Olympic record : 3: 47.8 min - Jack Lovelock ( New Zealand ), Berlin final , August 6, 1936
Conducting the competition
The runners competed in four heats on August 4th. The three best runners from each qualify for the final on August 6th.
Note: The qualified athletes are highlighted in light blue.
August 4, 1948, 4.30 p.m.
Not all times have been recorded.
|1||Lennart Beach||Sweden||3: 54.2 min|
|2||Erik Jørgensen||Denmark||3: 54.2 min|
|3||Donald Gehrmann||United States||3: 54.8 min|
|4th||Frits de Ruijter||Netherlands||3: 55.2 min|
|5||Olavi Luoto||Finland||3: 58.0 min|
|6th||Henri Klein||France||3: 59.8 min|
|7th||Cahit oil||Turkey||k. A.|
|8th||John Joe Barry||Ireland||k. A.|
|9||Cliff Salmond||Canada||k. A.|
|1||Willem Slijkhuis||Netherlands||3: 52.4 min|
|2||Václav Čevona||Czechoslovakia||3: 53.0 min|
|3||Denis Johansson||Finland||3: 54.0 min|
|4th||Jack Hutchins||Canada||3: 54.4 min|
|5||Douglas Wilson||Great Britain||3: 54.8 min|
|6th||Clem Eischen||United States||4: 00.2 min|
|7th||Vasilios Mavroidis||Greece||k. A.|
|8th||Juan Adarraga||Spain||k. A.|
|DNF||Wilfred Tull||Trinidad and Tobago|
|1||Henry Eriksson||Sweden||3: 53.8 min|
|2||Bill Nankeville||Great Britain||3: 55.8 min|
|3||Josy Barthel||Luxembourg||3: 56.4 min|
|4th||Jean Vernier||France||3: 57.6 min|
|5||Melchor Palmeiro||Argentina||4.01.6 min|
|6th||Óskar Jónsson||Iceland||4: 03.2 min|
|7th||Rıza Maksut İşman||Turkey||k. A.|
|1||Gosta Bergkvist||Sweden||3: 51.8 min|
|2||Marcel Hansenne||France||3: 52.8 min|
|3||Sándor Garay||Hungary||3: 53.0 min|
|4th||Roland Sink||United States||3: 53.2 min|
|5||Kaare Vefling||Norway||3: 54.6 min|
|6th||Richard Morris||Great Britain||3: 55.8 min|
|7th||Ingvard Nielsen||Denmark||k. A.|
|8th||Karl-Heinz Hubler||Switzerland||k. A.|
|9||Lee Yun-Seok||South Korea||k. A.|
|1||Henry Eriksson||Sweden||3: 49.8 min|
|2||Lennart Beach||Sweden||3: 50.4 min|
|3||Willem Slijkhuis||Netherlands||3: 50.4 min|
|4th||Václav Čevona||Czechoslovakia||3: 51.2 min|
|5||Gosta Bergkvist||Sweden||3: 52.2 min|
|6th||Bill Nankeville||Great Britain||3: 52.6 min|
|7th||Sándor Garay||Hungary||3: 54.4 min|
|8th||Donald Gehrmann||United States||3: 54.5 min|
|9||Erik Jørgensen||Denmark||3: 56.1 min|
|10||Josy Barthel||Luxembourg||3: 56.9 min|
|11||Marcel Hansenne||France||4: 02.0 min|
|12||Denis Johansson||Finland||k. A.|
August 6, 1948, 5 p.m.
The Swedes Arne Andersson and Gunder Hägg had run top times in the 1940s, but both had violated the amateur law and were therefore not allowed to start at the Olympic Games.
In London , the Swede Lennart Strand was now the clear favorite. He was the reigning European champion in 1946 and co-owner of the world record . The race was run during a cold rain shower. The Frenchman Marcel Hansenne, third over 800 meters , started furiously and completed the first lap in 58.3 seconds. But Hansenne tackled too quickly and was overtaken by the three Swedes at the end of the second lap. Henry Eriksson now took the lead, followed by the beach. When he picked up the sprint, Eriksson countered effortlessly and crossed the finish line first. Third was the storming Willem Slijkhuis, who was still trying to pass the beach, but he pushed again and jostled the Dutchman slightly. Slijkhuis stumbled a little, but reached the goal.
In the period that followed, there were long discussions about positions 7 to 12. This is how the German sports journalist Volker Kluge came up with the order 7th Garay, 8th Jørgensen, 9th Barthel, 10th Gehrmann, 11th Hansenne, 12th Johansson in his book Summer Olympics: The Chronicle II . Clever colleague Ekkehard zur Megede led in his work The Modern Olympic Century. 1896-1996. Track and Field Athletics in the following order: 7th Jørgensen, 8th Gehrmann, 9th Johansson, 10th Barthel, 11th Hansenne, 12th Garay. The British statistics expert Richard Hymans analyzed film recordings and photographs of the race and came to the following result.
Henry Eriksson achieved the first Swedish Olympic victory over 1500 meters.
Willem Slijkhuis won the first Dutch medal in this discipline.
- Ekkehard zur Megede , The History of Olympic Athletics, Volume 2: 1948–1968, Verlag Bartels & Wernitz KG, Berlin, 1st edition 1969, pp. 21f
- SportsReference 1500m , accessed August 19, 2017
- Official report , page 249, engl. (PDF), accessed on August 19, 2017
- ↑ IAAF Statistics Handbook, Berlin 2009 page 549 ( Memento from June 29, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
- ↑ Ekkehard zur Megede , The History of Olympic Athletics, Volume 2: 1948-1968, Verlag Bartels & Wernitz KG, Berlin, 1st edition 1969, p. 22
- ^ Official report "Athletic Timetable" page 241
- ^ Official report "Athletic Timetable" , page 241, engl. (PDF)
- ↑ SportsReference , engl.