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Men's 10 kilometres Walk

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 7, 1948

Gold: SWE John Mikaelsson
Silver: SWE Ingemar Johansson
Bronze: SUI Fritz Schwab


The favorite was [Werner Hardmo] (SWE), who had set over 25 world walking records in the past few years, over various distances. But his countryman [John Mikaelsson] broke the Olympic record in the heats with 45:03.0. In the final, Hardmo was disqualified and Mikaelsson won easily.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Mikaelsson 34 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Ingemar Johansson 24 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Fritz Schwab 28 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 Jim Morris 33 Great Britain GBR
5 Harry Churcher 37 Great Britain GBR
6 Émile Maggi 40 France FRA
7 Ron West 34 Great Britain GBR
8 Gianni Corsaro 23 Italy ITA
9 Pino Dordoni 22 Italy ITA
AC Werner Hardmo 31 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r1/2 Kaare Hammer 30 Norway NOR
6 h2 r1/2 Louis Courron 34 France FRA
7 h1 r1/2 George Knott 37 Australia AUS
AC h1 r1/2 Kallie Reyneke 26 South Africa RSA
AC h1 r1/2 Ernest Weber 40 United States USA
AC h1 r1/2 Fred Sharaga 38 United States USA
AC h2 r1/2 Louis Chevalier 27 France FRA
AC h2 r1/2 Sadhu Singh India IND
AC h2 r1/2 Henry Laskau 31 United States USA