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1952 Olympic Games Helsinki, Finland - Men's 10 km Walk

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Top six in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952
(Competitors: 23; Countries: 12; Finalists: 12)
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Overview by IAAF  1952_olympic_stadium.jpg
British official Jack Crump, writing in the British Olympic report, noted that “the standard of judging and the basis on which decisions to caution or disqualify competitors were made, were neither consistent nor impartial.” Junk won the first heat in 45:05.8 from Mikaelsson (45:10.0), while Coleman won the second heat by over half a minute in 46:12.4. Coleman led for the first quarter of the final, but Mikaelsson then took over, and the Briton dropped back. Mikaelsson won by 150m from Schwab, who edged Junk by 0.02 after both men were clearly running in the last 50m. The inconsistencies of judging and competing meant that the m event would be replaced woth a 20 Kilometres road walk in 1956
Summary by Sports-reference.com
In the heats seven walkers were disqualified but the judging was felt to be arbitrary and inconsistent. The heats were won by the Estonian Bruno Junk (URS) and George Coleman (GBR), with defending champion John Mikaelsson trailing Junk in the first heat. But Mikaelsson prevailed easily in the final. The race for the medals came down to Junk and the bronze medalist from 1948, Fritz Schwab (SUI). And a race it was, as both athletes were clearly running on the final straight. But neither was disqualified, Junk edging Schwab for the silver medal. Because of the difficulty judging a relatively short walk, this was the last time the event was contested at the Olympics and it was replaced in 1956 by a 20 km. walk.
 
 
Results
10 km Walk Men Final 27 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.02.8 John Mikaelsson Sweden SWE 38 OR 45.02.85
2 45.41.0 Fritz Schwab Switzerland SUI 32 45.41.03
3 45.41.0 Bruno Junk Soviet Union URS 22 45.41.05
4 45.50.4 Louis Chevalier France FRA 31 45.50.28
5 46.06.8 George Coleman Great Britain GBR 35 46.06.69
6 46.07.0 Ivan Yarmysh Soviet Union URS 46.07.07
7 46.08.0 Émile Maggi France FRA 44 46.08.16
8 46.25.6 Bruno Fait Italy ITA 28
9 46.38.6 Gabriel Reymond Switzerland SUI 29
10 47.37.0 Don Keane Australia AUS 21
AC DQ Lars Hindmar Sweden SWE 30
10 km Walk Men Round One Heat One 24 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.05.8 Q Bruno Junk Soviet Union URS 22
2 45.10.0 Q John Mikaelsson Sweden SWE 38
3 45.58.0 Q Louis Chevalier France FRA 31
4 46.35.2 Q Gabriel Reymond Switzerland SUI 29
5 46.55.2 Q Don Keane Australia AUS 21
6 47.26.0 Q Ivan Yarmysh Soviet Union URS
7 47.32.4 Arne Börjesson Sweden SWE 27
8 49.08.4 Kaare Hammer Norway NOR 34
9 50.42.8 Ragnvald Thunestvedt Denmark DEN 26
AC DQ Allah Ditta Pakistan PAK 21
AC DQ Henry Laskau United States USA 35
AC DQ Roland Hardy Great Britain GBR 26
10 km Walk Men Round One Heat Two 24 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46.12.4 Q George Coleman Great Britain GBR 35
2 46.47.8 Q Émile Maggi France FRA 44
3 47.06.0 Q Lars Hindmar Sweden SWE 30
4 47.06.0 Q Fritz Schwab Switzerland SUI 32
5 47.06.2 Q Josef Doležal Czechoslovakia TCH 31
6 47.23.4 Q Bruno Fait Italy ITA 28
7 48.00.2 Telemaco Arcangeli Italy ITA 29
8 49.03.8 Ragnar Olsen Norway NOR 38
9 51.08.6 Price King United States USA 27
AC DQ Lawrence Allen Great Britain GBR 31
AC DQ Pēteris Zeltiņš Soviet Union URS 38
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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