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Decathlon, Men

Date25 – 26 July 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationHelsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Participants28 from 16 countries
FormatScoring by 1950 point tables.

Though Bob Mathias had been the upset winner in 1948, by 1952 he was dominant in the decathlon and a heavy favorite. He was now undefeated in nine career decathlons, and had set world records in 1950 and at the 1952 AAU/Olympic Trials. The US team also included the 1948 bronze medalist, Floyd “Chunk” Simmons, and an 18-year-old high schooler, Milt Campbell, who finished second at the Olympic Trials in his first career decathlon. The Americans swept the medals, with Campbell second and Simmons repeating his bronze medal effort. But the 1952 Olympic decathlon was simply a coronation for Mathias, who became the first man to defend the decathlon gold medal. In the process he broke his own world record, and defeated Campbell by over 900 points. He effectively retired after Helsinki, although he returned in 1956 to win a military decathlon, ending his career undefeated in 11 competitions. Mathias was also a star football player at Stanford, competing in the Rose Bowl. He later had a brief Hollywood career and then served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

PosNrAthleteNOCPointsPoints (1985 Auto Tables)100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
11039Bob MathiasUSA7887758910.96.9815.301.9050.214.746.894.0059.214:50.8GoldWR
21040Milt CampbellUSA6975698610.76.7413.891.8550.914.540.503.3054.545:07.2Silver
31041Floyd SimmonsUSA6788694811.57.0613.181.9251.115.037.773.6054.694:53.4Bronze
4468Vladimir VolkovURS6674690211.47.0912.621.7551.215.838.043.8056.684:33.2
5749Sepp HippGER6449674311.46.8513.261.7551.316.145.843.5054.144:57.2
6708Göran WidenfeltSWE6388667911.46.7611.611.9451.316.139.533.5049.364:38.6
7707Kjell TånnanderSWE6308661611.46.9012.971.8552.615.839.303.5052.794:57.2
8752Friedel SchirmerGER6118651311.76.3712.691.8050.516.037.013.5054.004:47.6
9206Geoff ElliottGBR6044639211.46.4412.401.7553.015.734.214.1049.565:03.6
10467Sergey KuznetsovURS5937636211.47.0911.711.6552.816.441.043.6043.194:42.0
11636Hugues FrayerFRA5772620811.66.8012.361.6551.315.440.023.4041.315:14.4
12977Brígido IriarteVEN5770628411.67.0611.661.6053.116.638.233.4055.554:49.8
13824Olli ReikkoFIN5725619811.36.6611.851.7050.318.830.723.5051.414:28.0
14826Eeles LandströmFIN5694614712.06.7011.751.7556.717.134.514.2057.615:01.0
15340Oto RebulaYUG5648617811.76.6412.901.6554.316.038.553.4051.395:01.8
16558Fernando FernandesPOR5604613211.56.5211.201.7051.215.834.273.0043.554:37.0
1785Hernán FigueroaCHI5592612611.76.3812.871.6052.816.438.083.5051.224:58.2
18865Max WehrliSUI5561607511.86.4812.731.6054.716.436.813.8051.084:58.6
19359Bob AdamsCAN5530604911.86.2212.011.7555.216.642.453.7044.834:57.0
20548Héctor RománPUR5264588411.76.4711.561.6552.716.432.983.4049.805:14.4
21550Reynaldo OliverPUR5228585911.96.1510.221.7053.416.729.953.5056.684:51.8
AC825Erkki HautamäkiFIN12.16.3712.191.7053.916.337.203.4053.57DNF
AC635Ignace HeinrichFRA11.57.1012.831.8851.016.0DNF
AC82Carlos VeraCHI11.16.969.521.75DNF
AC630Georges BreitmanFRA13.85.439.281.501:03.9DNF
AC379Fotios KosmasGRE11.56.20DNF
AC466Pyotr KozhevnikovURS11.45.80DNF
AC28Pat LeaneAUS11.95.22DNF
DNS19Ray WeinbergAUS
DNS78Edmundo OhacoCHI
DNS383Georgios RoubanisGRE
DNS164Örn ClausenISL
DNS966Hércules AzcuneURU