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Art Competitions at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Mixed Literature, Lyric Works

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Date Started: July 29, 1948
Date Finished: August 14, 1948

Gold: FIN Aale Tynni
Silver: RSA Ernst Van Heerden
Bronze: FRA Gilbert Prouteau


There is no known list of entrants for the 1948 literature competitions, although it is known that Austria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay sent a total of 44 entries. However, with few exceptions, only the prize winners are known in each category.

[Aale Tynni] continued the high rate of success for Finnish artists at the Olympics. Only nine Finns have entered Olympic art competitions, but five of them won a medal, and two more received an honorable mention. Her work “Hellaan laakeri” (Laurel of Hellas), had earlier won a poetry contest at the Finnish Sports Games of 1947. Her performance is notable, as she is the only woman to win an Olympic art competition. The silver medal for [Ernst Van Heerden] is also remarkable as he is – as far as we’ve been able to trace – the first openly gay Olympic medal winner.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Aale Tynni 34 Finland FIN Gold Hellaan laakeri
2 Ernst Van Heerden 32 South Africa RSA Silver Six Poems
3 Gilbert Prouteau 31 France FRA Bronze Rythme du Stade
HM Heikki Asunta 44 Finland FIN Endure and Win
HM Eleuter Iwaszkiewicz 54 Poland POL Olympic Odes
HM Walter Roberts Great Britain GBR Greetings to the Olympians
AC Giorgio Caproni 36 Italy ITA Le biciclette
AC Michele Caballo Galleano Italy ITA I cinque cerchi
AC Benoît Bickel 47 Switzerland SUI
AC Ferdinand Schell 48 Switzerland SUI
AC Ernest Bory 42 Switzerland SUI