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10,000 metres, Men

Date20 July 1952 — 18:00
StatusOlympic
LocationHelsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Participants33 from 21 countries
FormatFinal only.

By 1952 the prohibitive favorite in the 10K was the defending champion, Emil Zátopek. He was the world record holder whose best time was 20 seconds better than the next best time, and he had also won the 1950 European Championships. In the race he took the lead after six laps and pushed the pace, dropping all but five other runners quickly. By 6 km. only Alain Mimoun (FRA/ALG) was still with him but he was dropped by 8K. Zátopek won easily, by 15 seconds over Mimoun, who won his second consecutive silver in the event. This began Zátopek’s miracle distance triple at the 1952 Olympics, winning the 5K, 10K, and marathon. This was his 30th consecutive win over 10,000 metres, and he would eventually win 38 in a row from 1948-54.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1903Emil ZátopekTCH29:17.0GoldOR
2607Alain MimounFRA29:32.8Silver
3425Aleksandr AnufriyevURS29:48.2Bronze
4788Hannu PostiFIN29:51.4
5184Frank SandoGBR29:51.8
6681Valter NyströmSWE29:54.8
7182Gordon PirieGBR30:04.2
8183Fred NorrisGBR30:09.8
9428Ivan PozhidayevURS30:13.4
10506Martin StokkenNOR30:22.2
11426Nikifor PopovURS30:24.2
12679Bertil AlbertssonSWE30:34.6
13678Bertil KarlssonSWE30:35.8
14942Béla JuhászHUN30:39.6
15920Osman CoşgülTUR30:42.4
16785Väinö KoskelaFIN30:43.0
17611Ould Lamine AbdallahFRA30:53.0
18325Franjo MihalićYUG30:53.2
19787Hugo NiskanenFIN30:59.6
20994Curt StoneUSA31:02.6
21997Fred WiltUSA31:04.0
2246Marcel VandewattyneBEL31:15.8
2376Raúl InostrozaCHI31:28.6
24873Thyge ThøgersenDEN31:47.8
25610Ahmed LabidiFRA31:52.2
26158Kristján JóhannssonISL32:00.0
27277Helmuth PerzAUT32:13.2
28110Bill KeithRSA32:32.4
2944Alphonse VandenrydtBEL33:13.4
30529Abdul RashidPAK33:50.4
31124Luis VelásquezGUA35:34.0
32979Trần Văn LýVNM37:33.0
AC23Les PerryAUSDNF
DNS874Rikard GreenfortDEN
DNS98Antonio AmorósESP
DNS99José CollESP
DNS571Jan SzwargotPOL
DNS902Milan ŠvajgrTCH
DNS324Domeniko CetinićYUG
DNS5Delfo CabreraARG
DNS7Corsino FernándezARG
DNS6Reinaldo GornoARG
DNS740Herbert SchadeGER
DNS377Vasilios MavrapostolosGRE
DNS123Doroteo FloresGUA
DNS941József KovácsHUN
DNS306Osamu InoueJPN
DNS402Paul FriedenLUX
DNS109Syd LuytRSA
DNS852Hans FrischknechtSUI
DNS998Horace AshenfelterUSA

Splits

1000 m2:52Aleksandr Anufriyev
2000 m5:51Aleksandr Anufriyev
3000 m8:48Emil Zátopek
4000 m11:45.6Emil Zátopek
5000 m14:43.4Emil Zátopek
6000 m17:39.2Emil Zátopek
7000 m20:34.0Emil Zátopek
8000 m23:31.0Emil Zátopek
9000 m25:53.6Emil Zátopek