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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 10 kilometres Walk

Athletics at the 1952 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952

Gold: SWE John Mikaelsson
Silver: SUI Fritz Schwab
Bronze: URS Bruno Junk

Summary

In the heats seven walkers were disqualified but the judging was felt to be arbitrary and inconsistent. The heats were won by the Estonian [Bruno Junk] (URS) and [George Coleman] (GBR), with defending champion [John Mikaelsson] trailing Junk in the first heat. But Mikaelsson prevailed easily in the final. The race for the medals came down to Junk and the bronze medalist from 1948, [Fritz Schwab] (SUI). And a race it was, as both athletes were clearly running on the final straight. But neither was disqualified, Junk edging Schwab for the silver medal. Because of the difficulty judging a relatively short walk, this was the last time the event was contested at the Olympics and it was replaced in 1956 by a 20 km. walk.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Mikaelsson 38 Sweden SWE Gold OR
2 Fritz Schwab 32 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Bruno Junk 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Louis Chevalier 31 France FRA
5 George Coleman 35 Great Britain GBR
6 Ivan Yarmysh Soviet Union URS
7 Émile Maggi 44 France FRA
8 Bruno Fait 28 Italy ITA
9 Gabriel Reymond 29 Switzerland SUI
10 Don Keane 21 Australia AUS
AC Lars Hindmar 30 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r1/2 Josef Doležal 31 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h1 r1/2 Arne Börjesson 27 Sweden SWE
7 h2 r1/2 Telemaco Arcangeli 29 Italy ITA
8 h1 r1/2 Kaare Hammer 34 Norway NOR
8 h2 r1/2 Ragnar Olsen 38 Norway NOR
9 h1 r1/2 Ragnvald Thunestvedt 26 Denmark DEN
9 h2 r1/2 Price King 27 United States USA
AC h1 r1/2 Roland Hardy 26 Great Britain GBR
AC h1 r1/2 Allah Ditta 21 Pakistan PAK
AC h1 r1/2 Henry Laskau 35 United States USA
AC h2 r1/2 Lawrence Allen 31 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r1/2 Pēteris Zeltiņš 38 Soviet Union URS