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Cross Country Skiing at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games:

Men's 18 kilometres

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Host City: Oslo, Norway
Venue(s): Holmenkollen Cross Country Centre, Oslo
Date Started: February 18, 1952
Date Finished: February 18, 1952

Gold: NOR Hallgeir Brenden
Silver: FIN Tapio Mäkelä
Bronze: FIN Paavo Lonkila

Summary

After their triple Olympic victory in 1948, the Swedes continued to dominate the event, taking the first five places at Holmenkollen in 1949 and the first two places at the first World Championships after World War II, at Lake Placid in 1950. But the Finns and Norwegians slowly began to regain their former strength. In 1951 the Finns fought bravely against the Swedes in Holmenkollen, Paavo Lonkila winning and Eero Kolehmainen finishing third. Norway’s best card seemed to be the 23-year-old Hallgeir Brenden, who won his first national championships 1951 and impressed to win both the 18 km. and 30 km. at the national championship in January 1952, just before the opening of the Oslo Games.

The event was hold under excellent snow conditions, and at the halfway point the Finn Tapio Mäkelä was in the lead, 10 seconds ahead of Lonkila, Brenden and Nils Karlsson, and another 5 seconds down to Norwegian Martin Stokken, and the favorite in Nordic Combined, Heikki Hasu. Stokken, the 19th starter, took an early lead, but a few minutes later Mäkelä finished 49 seconds faster. Spurred on by an enthusiastic home crowd, Brenden finished his race with excellent speed and bettered Mäkelä’s time by 35 seconds. The home crowd then waited nervously for Lonkila and Hasu. The two Finns could not match Brenden’s finishing speed, and it ended with a close battle for the bronze medal, Lonkila finishing four seconds ahead of Hasu. The Swedes had a disappointing day. Karlsson faded to fifth place in the last part of the race, his team-mates placing seventh, ninth, and 13th, far below expectations. Brenden had secured Norway’s first cross country gold since 1928 in only his third real season as a competitive skiier.

Both Stokken and Brenden were also excellent track athletes, Stokken finishing fourth in the 10000 m at the London Games in 1948. He ended his track career after the 1952 Helsinki Olympics having won 19 national titles in long-distance and cross-country running to fully concentrate on cross-country skiing. Brenden was the first Norwegian to break the 9-minute barrier in the 3000 metre steeplechase and was twice national champion in that event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Hallgeir Brenden 23 Norway NOR Gold 1-01:34 27:00 =2
2 Tapio Mäkelä 25 Finland FIN Silver 1-02:09 26:50 1
3 Paavo Lonkila 29 Finland FIN Bronze 1-02:20 27:00 =2
4 Heikki Hasu 25 Finland FIN 1-02:24 27:05 =5
5 Nils Karlsson 34 Sweden SWE 1-02:56 27:00 =2
6 Martin Stokken 29 Norway NOR 1-03:00 27:05 =5
7 Nils Täpp 34 Sweden SWE 1-03:35 27:40 =9
8 Tauno Sipilä 30 Finland FIN 1-03:40 27:30 7
9 Gunnar Östberg 29 Sweden SWE 1-03:44 27:35 8
10 Toivo Oikarinen 27 Finland FIN 1-04:07 27:40 =9
11 Magnar Estenstad 27 Norway NOR 1-04:26 28:00 =12
12 Mikal Kirkholt 31 Norway NOR 1-04:53 27:50 11
13 Enar Josefsson 35 Sweden SWE 1-05:10 28:15 =14
14 Paavo Korhonen 23 Finland FIN 1-05:30 28:00 =12
15 Simon Slåttvik 34 Norway NOR 1-05:40 28:15 =14
16 Aulis Sipponen 23 Finland FIN 1-06:03 28:30 =16
17 Ottar Gjermundshaug 27 Norway NOR 1-06:13 28:30 =16
18 René Mandrillon 23 France FRA 1-06:48 29:00 =19
19 Federico De Florian 30 Italy ITA 1-06:54 28:50 18
20 Per Gjelten 24 Norway NOR 1-07:40 29:40 =23
21 Eeti Nieminen 24 Finland FIN 1-08:24 29:30 22
22 Kenichi Yamamoto 29 Japan JPN 1-08:49 29:55 27
23 Sepp Schneeberger 32 Austria AUT 1-09:12 29:50 =25
24T Arrigo Delladio 23 Italy ITA 1-09:17 30:00 =28
24T Gérard Perrier 24 France FRA 1-09:17 30:05 =30
26 Alfons Supersaxo 25 Switzerland SUI 1-09:38 30:20 =32
27 Sverre Stenersen 25 Norway NOR 1-09:44 29:50 =25
28 Hias Noichl 31 Austria AUT 1-09:48 30:00 =28
29 Vlastimil Melich 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-10:09 30:20 =32
30 Alfred Kronig 23 Switzerland SUI 1-10:12 30:30 =36
31 Hans Eder 24 Austria AUT 1-10:13 30:05 =30
32 Gunnar Pétursson 21 Iceland ISL 1-10:30 30:30 =36
33 Jacques Perrier 22 France FRA 1-10:33 29:40 =23
34 Giacomo Mosele 26 Italy ITA 1-10:36 30:30 =36
35 Walter Lötscher 28 Switzerland SUI 1-10:45 30:20 =32
36 Ottavio Compagnoni 25 Italy ITA 1-10:50 29:20 21
37 Sepp Schnyder 29 Switzerland SUI 1-10:51 30:35 =40
38 Alfredo Prucker 25 Italy ITA 1-10:56 30:50 46
39 Constantin Enache 23 Romania ROU 1-11:00 30:40 =42
40 Ebeneser Þórarinsson 19 Iceland ISL 1-11:10 30:30 =36
41 Tadeusz Kwapień 28 Poland POL 1-11:40 30:40 =42
42 Boris Stoev 25 Bulgaria BUL 1-11:46 30:25 35
43T Theodore Farwell, Jr. 21 United States USA 1-11:54 30:55 =47
43T Friedrich Krischan 31 Austria AUT 1-11:54 30:40 =42
45 Jón Kristjánsson 31 Iceland ISL 1-12:05 31:00 49
46 Karl Bricker 28 Switzerland SUI 1-12:19 30:55 =47
47 Vladimír Šimůnek 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-12:34 31:10 =51
48 Oskar Schulz 28 Austria AUT 1-12:37 30:40 =42
49 Vasil Gruev 25 Bulgaria BUL 1-12:43 32:00 =59
50 Ivan Staykov 25 Bulgaria BUL 1-12:47 31:10 =51
51 Leopold Kohl 21 Austria AUT 1-13:10 31:50 =57
52 Claude Richer 22 Canada CAN 1-13:17 31:30 54
53 Pál Sajgó 29 Hungary HUN 1-13:25 31:45 56
54 Heinz Hauser 31 Germany GER 1-13:30 32:30 =65
55 Oddur Pétursson 20 Iceland ISL 1-13:35 31:05 50
56 Erik Elmsäter 32 Sweden SWE 1-13:46 31:40 55
57 Wendell Broomhall 32 United States USA 1-14:06 31:20 53
58 Lars-Erik Efverström 26 Sweden SWE 1-14:19 31:50 =57
59 Alois Harrer 25 Germany GER 1-14:23 32:05 =61
60 Petar Nikolov 29 Bulgaria BUL 1-14:35 32:05 =61
61T Ryoichi Fujisawa 24 Japan JPN 1-14:41 33:00 =69
61T Moise Crăciun 24 Romania ROU 1-14:41 32:40 =67
63 Florea Lepădatu 25 Romania ROU 1-15:42 32:30 =65
64 Rudi Kopp 26 Germany GER 1-15:53 32:00 =59
65 Albert Mohr 22 Germany GER 1-16:32 32:40 =67
66 Tom Jacobs 25 United States USA 1-16:43 33:00 =69
67 John Burton 28 United States USA 1-16:47 33:00 =69
68 Cornel Nicolae Crăciun 26 Romania ROU 1-17:11 34:00 74
69 Sepp Schiffner 21 Austria AUT 1-17:31 32:05 =61
70 Jacques Carbonneau 23 Canada CAN 1-17:37 33:30 72
71 George Hovland, Jr. 25 United States USA 1-18:05 33:40 73
72 Robert Pidacks 23 United States USA 1-18:25 34:10 75
73 John Caldwell 23 United States USA 1-25:42 36:20 76
74 Bruce Haslingden Australia AUS 1-29:58 38:10 77
75 Cedric Sloane 36 Australia AUS 1-32:39 40:20 78
AC Štefan Kovalčík 30 Czechoslovakia TCH 30:35 =40 DNF
AC Benoît Carrara 25 France FRA 29:00 =19 DNF
AC Helmut Böck 21 Germany GER 32:20 64 DNF
AC Hubert Egger 24 Germany GER DNF
AC Peter Radacher 21 Austria AUT DNF