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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 22, 1952

Gold: USA Mal Whitfield
Silver: JAM Arthur Wint
Bronze: GER Heinz Ulzheimer

Summary

The defending champion was [Mal Whitfield] (USA). He had been world ranked #1 by Track & Field News in 1948-50, and would also be in 1952-53. The 800 final in Helsinki was almost a Xerox of the 1948 London final. The leaders were Whitfield and [Arthur Wint] (JAM), with Whitfield holding off Wint by 0.2 seconds at the finish.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mal Whitfield 27 United States USA Gold
2 Arthur Wint 32 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Heinz Ulzheimer 26 Germany GER Bronze
4 Gunnar Nielsen 24 Denmark DEN
5 Albert Webster 27 Great Britain GBR
6 Günther Steines 23 Germany GER
7 Reggie Pearman 28 United States USA
8 Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt 23 Sweden SWE
9 Hans Ring 24 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/3 Audun Boysen 23 Norway NOR
4 h2 r2/3 John Barnes 22 United States USA
4 h3 r2/3 Jack Hutchins 26 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/3 Urban Cleve 21 Germany GER
5 h2 r2/3 Tom White 34 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r2/3 Edmund Potrzebowski 26 Poland POL
6 h1 r2/3 Bill Parnell 24 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Ludvík Liška 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h3 r2/3 Sohan Singh 22 India IND
7 h1 r2/3 Petro Chevhun 26 Soviet Union URS
7 h2 r2/3 Gennady Modoy 29 Soviet Union URS
7 h3 r2/3 Jenő Bakos 23 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r2/3 Don MacMillan 24 Australia AUS
8 h3 r2/3 Frank Evans 27 Great Britain GBR
1 h8 r1/3 Patrick El Mabrouk 23 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Maurice Marshall 25 New Zealand NZL
4 h2 r1/3 Olavi Talja 27 Finland FIN
4 h3 r1/3 Roman Korban 25 Poland POL
4 h4 r1/3 Louis Desmet 22 Belgium BEL
4 h5 r1/3 Oscar Soetewey 27 Belgium BEL
4 h6 r1/3 John Ross 20 Canada CAN
4 h7 r1/3 Ekrem Koçak 21 Turkey TUR
4 h8 r1/3 Yoshitaka Muroya 22 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/3 Johannes Baumgartner 24 Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r1/3 Turhan Göker 22 Turkey TUR
5 h3 r1/3 Alam Zeb 21 Pakistan PAK
5 h4 r1/3 René Djian 25 France FRA
5 h5 r1/3 Georgy Ivakin 23 Soviet Union URS
5 h6 r1/3 Argemiro Roque 28 Brazil BRA
5 h7 r1/3 Filemón Camacho 25 Venezuela VEN
5 h8 r1/3 Fred Lüthi 22 Switzerland SUI
6 h1 r1/3 Mohamed Sanni-Thomas 24 Ghana GHA
6 h2 r1/3 Evelio Planas 22 Cuba CUB
6 h3 r1/3 Vasilios Mavroidis 25 Greece GRE
6 h5 r1/3 Frank Rivera 24 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h6 r1/3 Lucien Demuynck 20 Belgium BEL
6 h7 r1/3 Arie Gill-Glick 22 Israel ISR
6 h8 r1/3 Erkki Rönnholm 28 Finland FIN
7 h5 r1/3 Víctorio Solares 20 Guatemala GUA
7 h6 r1/3 Boonpak Kwancharoen 24 Thailand THA
7 h8 r1/3 Guðmundur Lárusson 26 Iceland ISL