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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 10 kilometres Walk

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 7, 1948

Gold: SWE John Mikaelsson
Silver: SWE Ingemar Johansson
Bronze: SUI Fritz Schwab
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The favorite was Werner Hardmo (SWE), who had set over 25 world walking records in the past few years, over various distances. But his countryman John Mikaelsson broke the Olympic record in the heats with 45:03.0. In the final, Hardmo was disqualified and Mikaelsson won easily.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Mikaelsson 34 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Ingemar Johansson 24 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Fritz Schwab 28 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 Jim Morris 33 Great Britain GBR
5 Harry Churcher 37 Great Britain GBR
6 Émile Maggi 40 France FRA
7 Ron West 34 Great Britain GBR
8 Gianni Corsaro 23 Italy ITA
9 Pino Dordoni 22 Italy ITA
AC Werner Hardmo 31 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r1/2 Kaare Hammer 30 Norway NOR
6 h2 r1/2 Louis Courron 34 France FRA
7 h1 r1/2 George Knott 37 Australia AUS
AC h1 r1/2 Kallie Reyneke 26 South Africa RSA
AC h1 r1/2 Ernest Weber 40 United States USA
AC h1 r1/2 Fred Sharaga 38 United States USA
AC h2 r1/2 Louis Chevalier 27 France FRA
AC h2 r1/2 Sadhu Singh India IND
AC h2 r1/2 Henry Laskau 31 United States USA