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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 31, 1948
Date Finished: July 31, 1948

Gold: USA Willie Steele
Silver: AUS Bill Bruce
Bronze: USA Herb Douglas


[Willie Steele] was the best long jumper of the post-War years and was favored in 1948. He had won the 1946-47 AAU title and the 1948 Olympic Trials. At the trials he had a near foul on a jump of 8.17 (26-9¾), which would have bettered [Jesse Owens]' world record. In London, Steele had an injured ankle and took only two jumps. But both were good enough to win the gold medal. The fifth-place finisher was [Adegboyega, Prince Adedoyin] who was Nigerian, but represented Great Britain as Nigeria did not yet have a recognized National Olympic Committee.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Willie Steele 25 United States USA Gold OR
2 Bill Bruce 24 Australia AUS Silver
3 Herb Douglas 26 United States USA Bronze
4 Lorenzo Wright 21 United States USA
5 Adegboyega, Prince Adedoyin 25 Great Britain GBR
6 Georges Damitio 24 France FRA
7 Harry Whittle 26 Great Britain GBR
8 Felix Würth 24 Austria AUT
9 Harry Askew 30 Great Britain GBR
10 Enrique Kistenmacher 25 Argentina ARG
11 Edward Adamczyk 26 Poland POL
11 QR Baldev Singh India IND
13 QR Jean Studer 33 Switzerland SUI
14 QR Finnbjörn Þorvaldsson 24 Iceland ISL
15 QR Jaroslav Fikejz 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
16 QR Álvaro Dias 25 Portugal POR
17 QR Kyros Marinis Greece GRE
18 QR Kim Won-Gwon 29 South Korea KOR
19 QR Charles Thompson Guyana GUY
20 QR Jorge Aguirre Mexico MEX
AC QR Gallage Peiris Sri Lanka SRI