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1948 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain (July 26, 1948 to August 14, 1948)
Opening Ceremony: July 29, 1948 (opened by King George VI)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: John Mark
Taker of the Olympic Oath: Don Finlay (athlete)
Closing Ceremony: August 14, 1948
Events: 152 in 21 sports

Participants: 4,373 (3,933 men and 440 women) from 59 countries
Youngest Participant: ITA Licia Macchini (12 years, 34 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Archibald Craig (61 years, 134 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): FIN Veikko Huhtanen (5 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (84 medals)

Overview

As in 1920, the IOC decided that it was necessary to resurrect the Olympic Movement at the earliest scheduled time. Thus, although England had been ravaged by Hitler’s raids, the Games of the XIVth Olympiad were awarded to London in 1948. In spite of years of difficulties caused by rationing of food, clothes and other essential materials, the English organizing committee did an outstanding job.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 38 27 19 84
2 Sweden 17 11 18 46
3 France 11 6 15 32
4 Italy 9 12 10 31
5 Hungary 10 5 13 28
6 Great Britain 4 16 7 27
7 Finland 10 8 6 24
8 Switzerland 5 12 6 23
9 Denmark 5 8 9 22
10 Netherlands 5 2 9 16
11 Australia 2 6 5 13
12 Turkey 6 4 2 12
13 Czechoslovakia 6 2 3 11
14 Austria 2 2 4 8
15 Argentina 3 3 1 7
16 Belgium 2 2 3 7
17 Norway 1 3 3 7
18 South Africa 2 2 2 6
19 Egypt 2 2 1 5
20 Mexico 2 1 2 5
21 Canada 0 2 2 4
22 Jamaica 1 2 0 3
23 Poland 1 0 1 2
24 Yugoslavia 0 2 0 2
25 Portugal 0 1 1 2
26 Uruguay 0 1 1 2
27 South Korea 0 0 2 2
28 Panama 0 0 2 2
29 India 1 0 0 1
30 Peru 1 0 0 1
31 Cuba 0 1 0 1
32 Trinidad and Tobago 0 1 0 1
33 Sri Lanka 0 1 0 1
34 Spain 0 1 0 1
35 Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
36 Iran 0 0 1 1
37 Brazil 0 0 1 1
38 Ireland 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Veikko Huhtanen (FIN) 3 1 1 5
2 Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED) 4 0 0 4
3 Paavo Aaltonen (FIN) 3 0 1 4
4 Ann Curtis (USA) 2 1 0 3
5 Jimmy McLane (USA) 2 1 0 3
6 Humberto Mariles (MEX) 2 0 1 3
7 Micheline Ostermeyer (FRA) 2 0 1 3
8 Mal Whitfield (USA) 2 0 1 3
9 Frank Henry (USA) 1 2 0 3
10 Michael Reusch (SUI) 1 2 0 3
11 Karen Margrethe Harup (DEN) 1 2 0 3
12 Barney Ewell (USA) 1 2 0 3
13 Sepp Stalder (SUI) 1 1 1 3
14 Ferenc Pataki (HUN) 1 0 2 3
15 Walter Lehmann (SUI) 0 3 0 3
16 Edoardo Mangiarotti (ITA) 0 2 1 3
17 János Mogyorósi-Klencs (HUN) 0 1 2 3
18 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty (AUS) 0 1 2 3
19 Gert Fredriksson (SWE) 2 0 0 2
20 Jéhan de Buhan (FRA) 2 0 0 2
21 Aladár Gerevich (HUN) 2 0 0 2
22 Heikki Savolainen (FIN) 2 0 0 2
23 Vicki Draves (USA) 2 0 0 2
24 Wally Ris (USA) 2 0 0 2
25 Bill Smith (USA) 2 0 0 2
26 Roy Cochran (USA) 2 0 0 2
27 Harrison Dillard (USA) 2 0 0 2
28 Mel Patton (USA) 2 0 0 2
29 Steve Lysak (USA) 1 1 0 2
30 Steve Macknowski (USA) 1 1 0 2
31 André Jousseaumé (FRA) 1 1 0 2
32 Earl Thomson (USA) 1 1 0 2
33 Rubén Uriza (MEX) 1 1 0 2
34 Christian d'Oriola (FRA) 1 1 0 2
35 Gino Cantone (ITA) 1 1 0 2
36 Olavi Rove (FIN) 1 1 0 2
37 Karl Frei (SUI) 1 1 0 2
38 Greta Andersen (DEN) 1 1 0 2
39 Bruce Harlan (USA) 1 1 0 2
40 Arthur Wint (JAM) 1 1 0 2
41 Emil Zátopek (TCH) 1 1 0 2
42 José Beyaert (FRA) 1 0 1 2
43 Jacques Dupont (FRA) 1 0 1 2
44 Lode Wouters (BEL) 1 0 1 2
45 Pál Kovács (HUN) 1 0 1 2
46 Sammy Lee (USA) 1 0 1 2
47 Reg Harris (GBR) 0 2 0 2
48 Renzo Nostini (ITA) 0 2 0 2
49 Vincenzo Pinton (ITA) 0 2 0 2
50 Robert Selfelt (SWE) 0 1 1 2
51 Christian Kipfer (SUI) 0 1 1 2
52 John Marshall (AUS) 0 1 1 2
53 Géza Kádas (HUN) 0 1 1 2
54 György Mitró (HUN) 0 1 1 2
55 Patsy Elsener (USA) 0 1 1 2
56 Alex Walter Diggelmann (SUI) 0 1 1 2
57 Ture Axelsson (FIN) 0 0 2 2
58 Nils Björklöf (FIN) 0 0 2 2
59 Georges Dransart (FRA) 0 0 2 2
60 Georges Gandil (FRA) 0 0 2 2
61 Tommy Godwin (GBR) 0 0 2 2
62 Zdeněk Růžička (TCH) 0 0 2 2
63 Marie-Louise Linssen-Vaessen (NED) 0 0 2 2
64 Wim Slijkhuis (NED) 0 0 2 2
65 Lloyd LaBeach (PAN) 0 0 2 2
66 Rune Larsson (SWE) 0 0 2 2

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