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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


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


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