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1948 Olympic Games London, Great Britain - Men's 10 km Walk

 

 

Host City: London, Great Britain Format: Top five in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 7, 1948
(Competitors: 19; Countries: 10)
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Overview by IAAF  1948_olympic_stadium.jpg
Mikaelsson set an Olympic record of 45:03.0 in the first heat, with Morris second in 45:10.4 ahead of Maggi (45:44.2) and Dordoni (46:25.8), all of whom were faster than Churcher, winner of the second heat in 46:26.4. Both Churcher and Werner Hardmo (SWE), many time world record setter, were cautioned. The final was held after the track had been badly slowed by heavy rain, and Mikaelsson dominated proceedings, winning by just over 100m from teammate Johansson, who overtook the British pair in the second half of the race. Hardmo was disqualified, while Schwab, son of 1936 50Km silver medallist Arthur, also finished quickly to win the bronze medal.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The favorite was Werner Hardmo (SWE), who had set over 25 world walking records in the past few years, over various distances. But his countryman John Mikaelsson broke the Olympic record in the heats with 45:03.0. In the final, Hardmo was disqualified and Mikaelsson won easily.
 
 
Results
10 km Walk Men Final 7 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.13.2 John Mikaelsson Sweden SWE 34 45.13.1
2 45.43.8 Ingemar Johansson Sweden SWE 24
3 46.00.2 Fritz Schwab Switzerland SUI 28
4 46.04.0 Jim Morris Great Britain GBR 33
5 47.28.0 Harry Churcher Great Britain GBR 37
6 47.02.8 Émile Maggi France FRA 40
7 Ron West Great Britain GBR 34
8 Gianni Corsaro Italy ITA 23
9 Pino Dordoni Italy ITA 22
AC DQ Werner Hardmo Sweden SWE 31
10 km Walk Men Round One Heat One 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.03.0 Q John Mikaelsson Sweden SWE 34 OR
2 45.10.4 Q Jim Morris Great Britain GBR 33
3 45.44.4 Q Émile Maggi France FRA 40
4 46.25.8 Q Pino Dordoni Italy ITA 22
5 46.44.2 Q Ingemar Johansson Sweden SWE 24
6 46.48.6 Kaare Hammer Norway NOR 30
7 George Knott Australia AUS 37
AC DQ Ernest Weber United States USA 40
AC DQ Kallie Reyneke South Africa RSA 26
AC DQ Fred Sharaga United States USA 38
10 km Walk Men Round One Heat Two 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46.26.4 Q Harry Churcher Great Britain GBR 37
2 46.38.0 Q Fritz Schwab Switzerland SUI 28
3 47.11.6 Q Ron West Great Britain GBR 34
4 47.26.8 Q Gianni Corsaro Italy ITA 23
5 47.34.8 Q Werner Hardmo Sweden SWE 31
6 48.13.0 Louis Courron France FRA 34
AC DQ Henry Laskau United States USA 31
AC DQ Louis Chevalier France FRA 27
AC DQ Sadhu Singh India IND
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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