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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 23, 1952
Date Finished: July 25, 1952

Gold: USA Horace Ashenfelter
Silver: URS Vladimir Kazantsev
Bronze: GBR John Disley


In 1951 and 1952 Soviet [Vladimir Kazantsev] had twice set world best times and was favored. The heats were very fast with five runners breaking nine minutes. The third heat was won by American [Horace Ashenfelter] in a very quick 8:51.2. In the final Kazantsev and his teammate, [Mikhail Saltykov] pulled away early and led by 20 metres with 700 metres remaining. But Ashenfelter and Britain’s [John Disley] then closed hard and caught Kazantsev on the last lap, as Saltykov dropped off the pace. Ashenfelter took the lead on the final curve over the water jump, and pulled away to an easy victory in world record time. With the US-Soviet Cold War battle at the Olympics, much was made in the American media of the fact that Ashenfelter was an FBI agent who had chased down a Soviet runner.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Horace Ashenfelter 29 United States USA Gold WR
2 Vladimir Kazantsev 29 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 John Disley 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Olavi Rinteenpää 27 Finland FIN
5 Curt Söderberg 25 Sweden SWE
6 Günter Heßelmann 26 Germany GER
7 Mikhail Saltykov Soviet Union URS
8 Helmut Gude 26 Germany GER
9 József Apró 31 Hungary HUN
10 Cahit Önel 24 Turkey TUR
11 Chris Brasher 23 Great Britain GBR
12 Gunnar Karlsson-Tjörnebo 25 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Jindřich Roudný 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h2 r1/2 Fyodor Marulin 26 Soviet Union URS
5 h3 r1/2 Urho Julin 23 Finland FIN
6 h1 r1/2 Kauko Lusenius 33 Finland FIN
6 h2 r1/2 Ali Baghbanbashi 27 Iran IRI
6 h3 r1/2 László Jeszenszky 25 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r1/2 Ken Johnson 23 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r1/2 Jan Kielas 36 Poland POL
7 h3 r1/2 André Paris 26 France FRA
8 h1 r1/2 Drago Å tritof 28 Yugoslavia YUG
8 h2 r1/2 André Lebrun 24 France FRA
8 h3 r1/2 Robert Schoonjans 26 Belgium BEL
9 h1 r1/2 Victor Firea 29 Romania ROU
9 h2 r1/2 Susumu Takahashi 31 Japan JPN
9 h3 r1/2 Petar Å egedin 25 Yugoslavia YUG
10 h1 r1/2 Guillermo Solá 23 Chile CHI
10 h2 r1/2 Božidar Đurašković 27 Yugoslavia YUG
11 h1 r1/2 Pierre Prat 22 France FRA
11 h2 r1/2 Eric Nilsson 25 Sweden SWE
12 h1 r1/2 Gulzara Singh Mann 28 India IND
12 h2 r1/2 Browning Ross 28 United States USA
AC h1 r1/2 Bill Ashenfelter 27 United States USA
AC h3 r1/2 Víctorio Solares 20 Guatemala GUA