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Decathlon, Men

Date29 – 30 November 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants15 from 8 countries
FormatScoring by 1950 point tables.

With Bob Mathias retired, the top two Americans were Milt Campbell and Rafer Johnson. Campbell had won the silver medal in 1952 and won the 1953 AAU Championship. Johnson began contesting the decathlon in 1954, broke the world record and won the Pan-American Games in 1955, and won the 1956 AAU/Olympic Trials, with Campbell second. But at Melbourne, Johnson was slightly injured, with a bad knee. But Campbell would have been difficult to beat, even if Johnson was at his best, as he won the gold medal by 350 points. Johnson later commented, “I lost to a good man.” The bronze medal went to the Soviet decathlete, Vasily Kuznetsov, who had won the 1954 European Championships.

PosNrAthleteNOCPointsPoints (1985 Auto Tables)100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
1294Milt CampbellUSA7937761410.87.3314.761.8948.814.044.983.4057.084:50.6GoldOR
2295Rafer JohnsonUSA7587745710.97.3414.481.8349.315.142.173.9060.274:54.2Silver
3297Vasily KuznetsovURS7465733711.27.0414.491.7550.214.944.333.9565.134:53.8Bronze
4299Uno PaluURS6930705511.56.6513.391.8950.815.440.383.6061.594:35.6
5238Martin LauerGER6853691411.16.8312.861.8348.214.739.383.1050.664:43.8
6290Walter MeierGER6773692911.36.8012.991.8649.316.137.593.7047.974:20.6
7289Torbjörn LasseniusFIN6565680611.86.6213.451.7050.815.941.363.8059.334:36.2
8288Yang C. K.TPE6521673611.26.9011.561.9551.315.033.923.3057.885:00.8
9285Pat LeaneAUS6427672311.46.7913.261.8651.016.438.863.5058.834:56.8
10284John CannAUS6278656710.96.5712.181.7049.315.638.762.7057.894:49.2
11283Ian BruceAUS6025643111.76.6212.301.8351.315.936.623.4051.384:50.4
12510Nadjmeddin FarabiIRI5103573312.16.2511.311.7052.317.428.733.3041.234:24.8
AC296Bob RichardsUSA11.76.3912.521.7552.316.837.774.4544.09DNF
AC298Yury KutenkoURS11.66.6414.4650.515.847.574.10DNF
AC286Walter HerssensBEL11.86.5611.121.80DNF
DNS291Georgios RoubanisGRE
DNS293Reinaldo OliverPUR
DNS287Wu Chun-TsaiTPE