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10,000 metres, Men

Date30 July 1948 — 18:00
StatusOlympic
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants27 from 15 countries
FormatFinal only.
Olympic Record 30:11.4 / Janusz Kusociński POL / 31 July 1932

The favorite was Finland’s Viljo Heino, winner of the 1946 European Championship and the world record holder. But he was expected to be challenged by Czechoslovakia’s Emil Zátopek. Heino took the early pace, with Zátopek taking over at 3K. Heino briefly regained the lead, only to see Zátopek push ahead and break Heino’s spirit, as he dropped out on shortly after 6K. Zátopek eventually won by almost 48 seconds, lapping all but the silver (Alain Mimoun of France) and bronze (Bertil Albertsson of Sweden) medalists. Fourth-place finisher Martin Stokken (NOR) competed in the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics in cross-country skiing.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1203Emil ZátopekTCH29:59.629:59.8GoldOR
2209Alain MimounFRA30:47.4Silver
3225Bertil AlbertssonSWE30:53.6Bronze
4221Martin StokkenNOR30:58.6
5247Severt DennolfSWE31:05.0
6240Abdullah Ben SaïdFRA31:07.8
7243Stan CoxGBR31:08.0
8244Jim PetersGBR31:16.0
9239Salomon KönönenFIN
10249Eddie O'TooleUSA
11250Fred WiltUSA
AC200Ricardo BraloARGTNK
AC234Eusebio GuiñezARGTNK
AC220Jakob KjersemNORTNK
AC216Jef LatasterNEDTNK
AC202Luo WenaoCHNTNK
AC242Steve McCookeGBRTNK
AC222Constantino Miranda JustoESPTNK
AC219Harry NelsonNZLTNK
AC241André ParisFRATNK
AC228Manny RamjohnTTOTNK
AC223Gregorio RojoESPTNK
AC236Paddy FaheyIRLDNF
AC238Viljo HeinoFINDNF
AC237Evert HeinströmFINDNF
AC235Robert EveraertBELDNF
AC248Herman GoffbergUSADNF
DNS246Ham Kee-YongKOR
DNS233Delfo CabreraARG
DNS215Vasilios MavrapostolosGRE
DNS245Jenő SzilágyiHUN
DNS217Sim Bok-SeokKOR

Splits

1000 m2:55.6Viljo Heino
2000 m5:52Viljo Heino
3000 m8:51Viljo Heino
4000 m11:52Emil Zátopek
5000 m14:57Viljo Heino
6000 m