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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 5,000 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 22, 1952
Date Finished: July 24, 1952

Gold: TCH Emil Zátopek
Silver: FRA Alain Mimoun
Bronze: GER Herbert Schade


The favorite was the 1948 silver medalist, [Emil Zátopek]. He had already won the 10K and was also the 1950 European Champion at this distance, having doubled at 5K/10K at that meet. The final was full of action with Zátopek setting the early pace but he four other runners stayed in contact with him until the final laps – [Alain Mimoun] (FRA/ALG), [Herbert Schade] (FRG), [Gordon Pirie] (GBR), and [Chris Chataway] (GBR). Pirie was broken at about 4,500 metres, with the other four reaching the bell lap together. Chataway then took the lead, followed by Schade and Mimoun. Zátopek made a furious rush on the final curve and took the lead back. Chataway was wasted and stepped on the curve coming to the home stretch and fell. He would get up and finish fifth, passed also by Pirie. Zátopek was not challenged on the straight, with Mimoun holding on for the silver medal ahead of Schade. Zátopek’s wife, [Dana Zátopkova], won the women’s javelin gold medal later in the afternoon. Zátopek himself would return a few days later to win the marathon, completing an unmatched Olympic distance triple. Chataway is also well known as one of the two pacers (with [Chris Brasher]) who helped [Roger Bannister] break the 4-minute mile barrier in 1954. He would also set a world record in the 5,000 in 1954. Mimoun’s silver was the third time he had finished second to Zátopek in an Olympic distance final – 1948 10K, and both 1948 5 and 10K. He would return to win the marathon in 1956 at Melbourne.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Emil Zátopek 29 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold OR
2 Alain Mimoun 31 France FRA Silver
3 Herbert Schade 30 Germany GER Bronze
4 Gordon Pirie 21 Great Britain GBR
5 Chris Chataway 21 Great Britain GBR
6 Les Perry 29 Australia AUS
7 Ernő Béres 23 Hungary HUN
8 Åke Andersson 26 Sweden SWE
9 Bertil Albertsson 30 Sweden SWE
10 Aleksandr Anufriyev 26 Soviet Union URS
11 Alan Parker 24 Great Britain GBR
12 Ilmari Taipale 24 Finland FIN
13 Eero Tuomaala 25 Finland FIN
14 Lucien Theys 25 Belgium BEL
AC Gaston Reiff 31 Belgium BEL
6 h1 r1/2 Nikifor Popov 41 Soviet Union URS
6 h2 r1/2 Ivan Semyonov 28 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r1/2 Ib Planck 22 Denmark DEN
7 h1 r1/2 Charlie Capozzoli 21 United States USA
7 h2 r1/2 Alojzy Graj 22 Poland POL
7 h3 r1/2 Martin Stokken 29 Norway NOR
8 h1 r1/2 August Sutter 25 Switzerland SUI
8 h2 r1/2 Osman Coşgül 24 Turkey TUR
8 h3 r1/2 Curt Stone 29 United States USA
9 h1 r1/2 Øistein Saksvik 27 Norway NOR
9 h2 r1/2 Bertil Karlsson 32 Sweden SWE
9 h3 r1/2 Jean Schlegel 26 France FRA
10 h1 r1/2 John Landy 22 Australia AUS
10 h2 r1/2 Pierre Page 25 Switzerland SUI
10 h3 r1/2 Kurt Rötzer 31 Austria AUT
11 h1 r1/2 Helmuth Perz 28 Austria AUT
11 h2 r1/2 Ali Baghbanbashi 27 Iran IRI
11 h3 r1/2 Väinö Koskela 31 Finland FIN
12 h1 r1/2 Osamu Inoue 19 Japan JPN
12 h2 r1/2 Ben Ahmed Abdelkrim 20 France FRA
12 h3 r1/2 Velimir Ilić 26 Yugoslavia YUG
13 h1 r1/2 Stevan Pavlović 26 Yugoslavia YUG
13 h2 r1/2 Wes Santee 20 United States USA
13 h3 r1/2 Paul Frieden 27 Luxembourg LUX
14 h1 r1/2 József Kovács 26 Hungary HUN
14 h2 r1/2 Zdravko Ceraj 31 Yugoslavia YUG
14 h3 r1/2 Kristján Jóhannsson 22 Iceland ISL
15 h3 r1/2 Alphonse Vandenrydt 25 Belgium BEL
AC h2 r1/2 Rich Ferguson 20 Canada CAN
AC h3 r1/2 George Hoskins 23 New Zealand NZL