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Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: July 30, 1948
Format: Final only.

Gold: TCH Emil Zátopek
Silver: FRA Alain Mimoun
Bronze: SWE Bertil Albertsson


The favorite was Finland’s [Viljo Heino], winner of the 1946 European Championship and the world record holder. But he was expected to be challenged by Czechoslovakia’s [Emil Zátopek]. Heino took the early pace, with Zátopek taking over at 3K. Heino briefly regained the lead, only to see Zátopek push ahead and break Heino’s spirit, as he dropped out on shortly after 6K. Zátopek eventually won by almost 48 seconds, lapping all but the silver ([Alain Mimoun] of France) and bronze ([Bertil Albertsson] of Sweden) medalists. Fourth-place finisher [Martin Stokken] (NOR) competed in the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics in cross-country skiing.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T(H) T(A 1/10)
1 Emil Zátopek 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 29:59.6 29:59.8 OR
2 Alain Mimoun 27 France FRA Silver 30:47.4
3 Bertil Albertsson 26 Sweden SWE Bronze 30:53.6
4 Martin Stokken 25 Norway NOR 30:58.6
5 Severt Dennolf 28 Sweden SWE 31:05.0
6 Abdullah Ben Saïd 23 France FRA 31:07.8
7 Stan Cox 30 Great Britain GBR 31:08.0
8 Jim Peters 29 Great Britain GBR 31:16.0
9 Salomon Könönen 32 Finland FIN no time
10 Eddie O'Toole 27 United States USA no time
11 Fred Wilt 27 United States USA no time
AC Ricardo Bralo 31 Argentina ARG NP
AC Eusebio Guiñez 41 Argentina ARG NP
AC Jakob Kjersem 22 Norway NOR NP
AC Jef Lataster 25 Netherlands NED NP
AC Luo Wenao China CHN NP
AC Steve McCooke 29 Great Britain GBR NP
AC Constantino Miranda 23 Spain ESP NP
AC Harry Nelson 25 New Zealand NZL NP
AC André Paris 22 France FRA NP
AC Manny Ramjohn 31 Trinidad and Tobago TTO NP
AC Gregorio Rojo 28 Spain ESP NP
AC Paddy Fahey 24 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Viljo Heino 34 Finland FIN DNF
AC Evert Heinström 35 Finland FIN DNF
AC Robert Everaert 24 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Herman Goffberg 27 United States USA DNF