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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 20, 1952
Format: Final only.

Gold: TCH Emil Zátopek
Silver: FRA Alain Mimoun
Bronze: URS Aleksandr Anufriyev

Summary

By 1952 the prohibitive favorite in the 10K was the defending champion, Emil Zátopek. He was the world record holder whose best time was 20 seconds better than the next best time, and he had also won the 1950 European Championships. In the race he took the lead after six laps and pushed the pace, dropping all but five other runners quickly. By 6 km. only Alain Mimoun (FRA/ALG) was still with him but he was dropped by 8K. Zátopek won easily, by 15 seconds over Mimoun, who won his second consecutive silver in the event. This began Zátopek’s miracle distance triple at the 1952 Olympics, winning the 5K, 10K, and marathon. This was his 30th consecutive win over 10,000 metres, and he would eventually win 38 in a row from 1948-54.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(H)
1 Emil Zátopek 29 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 29:17.0 OR
2 Alain Mimoun 31 France FRA Silver 29:32.8
3 Aleksandr Anufriyev 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze 29:48.2
4 Hannu Posti 26 Finland FIN 29:51.4
5 Frank Sando 21 Great Britain GBR 29:51.8
6 Valter Nyström 36 Sweden SWE 29:54.8
7 Gordon Pirie 21 Great Britain GBR 30:04.2
8 Fred Norris 30 Great Britain GBR 30:09.8
9 Ivan Pozhidayev 32 Soviet Union URS 30:13.4
10 Martin Stokken 29 Norway NOR 30:22.2
11 Nikifor Popov 41 Soviet Union URS 30:24.2
12 Bertil Albertsson 30 Sweden SWE 30:34.6
13 Bertil Karlsson 32 Sweden SWE 30:35.8
14 Béla Juhász 31 Hungary HUN 30:39.6
15 Osman Coşgül 24 Turkey TUR 30:42.4
16 Väinö Koskela 31 Finland FIN 30:43.0
17 Ould Lamine Abdallah France FRA 30:53.0
18 Franjo Mihalić 32 Yugoslavia YUG 30:53.2
19 Hugo Niskanen 31 Finland FIN 30:59.6
20 Curt Stone 29 United States USA 31:02.6
21 Fred Wilt 31 United States USA 31:04.0
22 Marcel Vandewattyne 28 Belgium BEL 31:15.8
23 Raúl Inostroza 30 Chile CHI 31:28.6
24 Thyge Thøgersen 25 Denmark DEN 31:47.8
25 Ahmed Ben Labidi 29 France FRA 31:52.2
26 Kristján Jóhannsson 22 Iceland ISL 32:00.0
27 Helmuth Perz 28 Austria AUT 32:13.2
28 Bill Keith 26 South Africa RSA 32:32.4
29 Alphonse Vandenrydt 25 Belgium BEL 33:13.4
30 Abdul Rashid 24 Pakistan PAK 33:50.4
31 Luis Velásquez 32 Guatemala GUA 35:34.0
32 Trần Văn Lý 25 South Vietnam VNM 37:33.0
AC Les Perry 29 Australia AUS DNF