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3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men

Date3 – 5 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants26 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 9:03.8 WR / Volmari Iso-Hollo FIN / 8 August 1936

Erik Elmsäter (SWE) had set world bests in 1943 and 1944, becoming the first man to better nine minutes in 1944, running 8:59.6 in Stockholm. He had finished second at the 1946 European Championships to France’s Raphaël Pujazon, with Swedish teammate Tore Sjöstrand in third place. In 1948, Sjöstrand led the year list going into the Olympics with 9:02.0. In the final, Pujazon dropped out early, as Elmsäter, Sjöstrand, and their teammate Göte Hagström ran a team race early. Elmsäter and Sjöstrand were too strong for Hagström, however, who dropped off the pace. He would have to finish strongly to get the bronze medal for the Swedish sweep. Sjöstrand won the gold medal by outkicking Elmsäter over the last lap.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1357Tore SjöstrandSWE9:21.0 (1 h3)9:04.6 (1)Gold
2355Erik ElmsäterSWE9:15.0 (1 h1)9:08.2 (2)Silver
3356Göte HagströmSWE9:22.6 (2 h2)9:11.8 (3)Bronze
4358Alexis GuyodoFRA9:17.2 (2 h1)9:13.6 (4)
5345Pentti SiltaloppiFIN9:22.4 (3 h1)9:19.6 (5)
6361Petar ŠegedinYUG9:25.0 (3 h2)9:20.4 (6)
7359Browning RossUSA9:30.4 (4 h2)9:24.1 (7)
8222Constantino Miranda JustoESP9:24.2 (4 h1)9:26.6 (8)
9235Robert EveraertBEL9:26.4 (3 h3)9:28.2 (9)
10344Aarne KainlauriFIN9:25.8 (2 h3)9:29.0 (10)
11347Roger ChesneauFRA9:27.6 (4 h3)9:30.2 (11)
AC349Raphaël PujazonFRA9:20.8 (1 h2)– (AC)
5 h1 r1/2362Đorđe StefanovićYUG9:39.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2343Alf OlesenDEN9:33.6 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2171Cahit ÖnelTUR9:28.4 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/2341John DomsBEL9:41.8 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2342Lucien TheysBEL9:37.4 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2360Whitey OvertonUSA10:14.4 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/2351Peter CurryGBR– (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/2229Mustafa ÖzcanTUR9:38.4est (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2350Rene HowellGBR– (7 h3)
8 h1 r1/2348Bob McMillenUSA– (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2346Paavo ToivariFIN– (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/2354Paul FriedenLUX– (8 h3)
9 h1 r1/2215Vasilios MavrapostolosGRE– (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2352Geoffrey TudorGBR– (9 h2)
DNS353László JeszenszkyHUN– (DNS h3)
DNS245Jenő SzilágyiHUN– (DNS h2)
DNS189Wim SlijkhuisNED– (DNS h3)

Round One (3 August 1948 — 16:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Erik ElmsäterSWE9:15.09:14.6Q
23Alexis GuyodoFRA9:17.2Q
32Pentti SiltaloppiFIN9:22.4Q
47Constantino Miranda JustoESP9:24.2Q
58Đorđe StefanovićYUG9:39.6
69John DomsBEL9:41.8
75Peter CurryGBR
84Bob McMillenUSA
96Vasilios MavrapostolosGRE

Heat Two

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Raphaël PujazonFRA9:20.89:20.8Q
22Göte HagströmSWE9:22.6Q
39Petar ŠegedinYUG9:25.0Q
44Browning RossUSA9:30.4Q
53Alf OlesenDEN9:33.6
610Lucien TheysBEL9:37.4
78Mustafa ÖzcanTUR9:38.4est
85Paavo ToivariFIN
96Geoffrey TudorGBR
DNS7Jenő SzilágyiHUN

Heat Three

PosOrdAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Tore SjöstrandSWE9:21.09:21.1Q
22Aarne KainlauriFIN9:25.8Q
310Robert EveraertBEL9:26.4Q
44Roger ChesneauFRA9:27.6Q
58Cahit ÖnelTUR9:28.4
69Whitey OvertonUSA10:14.4
76Rene HowellGBR
87Paul FriedenLUX
DNS3László JeszenszkyHUN
DNS5Wim SlijkhuisNED

Final (5 August 1948 — 16:15)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1357Tore SjöstrandSWE9:04.69:04.6
2355Erik ElmsäterSWE9:08.29:08.41
3356Göte HagströmSWE9:11.89:12.14
4358Alexis GuyodoFRA9:13.69:13.52
5345Pentti SiltaloppiFIN9:19.69:19.99
6361Petar ŠegedinYUG9:20.49:20.68
7359Browning RossUSA9:24.19:24.02
8222Constantino Miranda JustoESP9:26.69:26.60
9235Robert EveraertBEL9:28.29:28.64
10344Aarne KainlauriFIN9:29.09:31.49
11347Roger ChesneauFRA9:30.29:32.05
AC349Raphaël PujazonFRADNF