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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 5, 1948

Gold: SWE Tore Sjöstrand
Silver: SWE Erik Elmsäter
Bronze: SWE Göte Hagström


[Erik Elmsäter] (SWE) had set world bests in 1943 and 1944, becoming the first man to better nine minutes in 1944, running 8:59.6 in Stockholm. He had finished second at the 1946 European Championships to France’s [Raphaël Pujazon], with Swedish teammate [Tore Sjöstrand] in third place. In 1948, Sjöstrand led the year list going into the Olympics with 9:02.0. In the final, Pujazon dropped out early, as Elmsäter, Sjöstrand, and their teammate [Göte Hagström] ran a team race early. Elmsäter and Sjöstrand were too strong for Hagström, however, who dropped off the pace. He would have to finish strongly to get the bronze medal for the Swedish sweep. Sjöstrand won the gold medal by outkicking Elmsäter over the last lap.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tore Sjöstrand 26 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Erik Elmsäter 28 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Göte Hagström 29 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Alexis Guyodo 26 France FRA
5 Pentti Siltaloppi 30 Finland FIN
6 Petar Å egedin 21 Yugoslavia YUG
7 Browning Ross 24 United States USA
8 Constantino Miranda 23 Spain ESP
9 Robert Everaert 24 Belgium BEL
10 Aarne Kainlauri 33 Finland FIN
11 Roger Chesneau 23 France FRA
AC Raphaël Pujazon 30 France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Đorđe Stefanović 26 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h2 r1/2 Alf Olesen 27 Denmark DEN
5 h3 r1/2 Cahit Önel 20 Turkey TUR
6 h1 r1/2 John Doms 23 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r1/2 Lucien Theys 21 Belgium BEL
6 h3 r1/2 Whitey Overton 19 United States USA
7 h1 r1/2 Peter Curry 27 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r1/2 Mustafa Özcan Turkey TUR
7 h3 r1/2 Rene Howell 31 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r1/2 Bob McMillen 20 United States USA
8 h2 r1/2 Paavo Toivari 31 Finland FIN
8 h3 r1/2 Paul Frieden 23 Luxembourg LUX
9 h1 r1/2 Vasilios Mavrapostolos 32 Greece GRE
9 h2 r1/2 Geoffrey Tudor 24 Great Britain GBR