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Encyclopedia > 1948 Summer Olympics
Games of the XIV Olympiad

[[Image:{{{Logo}}}|{{{Size}}}px|center|Games of the XIV Olympiad]]

Host city London, England
Nations participating 59
Athletes participating 4,099
(3,714 men, 385 women)
Events 136 in 17 sports
Opening ceremony July 29, 1948
Closing ceremony August 14, 1948
Officially opened by HM King George VI
Athlete's Oath Don Finlay
Judge's Oath -
Olympic Torch John Mark
Stadium Wembley Stadium

The Games of the XIV Olympiad were held in 1948 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. After a hiatus of 12 years caused by the outbreak of World War II, these were the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. The 1940 games had been scheduled for Tokyo, and later Helsinki as WWII started; no plans were made to hold games in 1944. The Houses of Parliament and the clock tower containing Big Ben Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK... July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... August 14 is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (227th in leap years), with 139 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor) (14 December 1895–6 February 1952) was the third British monarch of the House of Windsor, reigning from 11 December 1936 until his death. ... The Olympic Oath is taken by an athlete and a judge at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. ... The Olympic Oath is taken by an athlete and a judge at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. ... The Olympic Flame at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics The Olympic Flame or Olympic Fire is a symbol of the Olympic Games. ... Mark is depicted in iconography with a winged lion Mark, on a 16th century Russian gospel Mark the Evangelist (Markus) (1st century) is traditionally believed to be the author of the Gospel of Mark, drawing much of his material from Peter. ... The Olympic Stadium is the name usually given to the big centrepiece sports arena of the Summer Olympic Games. ... Old Wembley Stadium (1923-2000) Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, which is currently being rebuilt. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Old Wembley Stadium (1923-2000) Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, which is currently being rebuilt. ... The Houses of Parliament and the clock tower containing Big Ben Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths {{{notes}}} World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a military conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945. ... The Games of the XI Olympiad were held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... View of Tokyos Shibuya district Long a symbol of Tokyo, the Nijubashi Bridge at the Imperial Palace. ... Province Southern Finland Region Uusimaa Sub-region Helsinki City manager Jussi Pajunen Official languages Finnish, Swedish Area  - total  - land ranked 342nd 185. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths {{{notes}}} World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a military conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945. ...

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Highlights

  • With World War II in recent memory, Germany and Japan were not invited to the Games.
  • Fanny Blankers-Koen was the star of the Games, winning four gold medals on the track.
  • Ilona Elek (Hungary) and Jan Brzak (Czechoslovakia) successfully defended their Olympic titles they had won 12 years earlier.
  • In field hockey, India and Pakistan first participated as independent nations, and the homeland of the sport, Great Britain, played the triple Olympic champions from India for the first time and lost.
  • For the first time, Olympic diplomas were awarded to the six highest placed athletes.
  • In a dramatic finish in the marathon, Belgian Étienne Gailly entered the stadium first, but was so physically drained that he could barely walk around the track. Two men passed him before he finally crossed the line.
  • Duncan White of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) won the first medal for his country, a silver, in the 400 meter hurdles.
  • Harold Sakata, who won a silver medal in weightlifting, later went on to portray Oddjob in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
  • Sweden, led by the Gre-No-Li trio, beat Yugoslavia 3-1 in the final to win the football tournament.

Fanny Blankers-Koen speeding towards the gold medal in the final of the 80 m hurdles event at the 1948 Summer Olympics. ... Ilona Elek-Schacherer (May 17, 1907 - July 24, 1988) was a Hungarian Olympic fencer. ... Jan Brzak was a Czechoslovak canoeist who won the gold medal in canoeing at 1936 and 1948 Summer Olympics. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a popular sport for men and women in many countries around the world. ... Duncan White Duncan White (March 1, 1917 – 1999) was the first Sri Lankan athlete to win a medal for his country in an Olympic event. ... Toshiyuki Harold Sakata (July 1, 1920- July 29, 1982) was a film actor most famous for his role as the villain Oddjob in the James Bond film Goldfinger. ... Weightlifting is a sport where competitors attempt to lift heavy weights mounted on steel bars, the execution of which is a combination of power and technique. ... Oddjob is a henchman to the villain Auric Goldfinger in the James Bond film and novel, Goldfinger. ... The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond, also known as 007 (pronounced double-oh seven), is a fictional British spy created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. ... 2002 Penguin Books paperback edition Goldfinger, published in 1959, is the seventh James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. ... Gre-No-Li is a contraction of the names of three Swedish footballers: Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm. ... First International Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Yugoslavia (Antwerp, Belgium; 28 August 1920) Last International Netherlands 2 - 0 Yugoslavia (Amsterdam, Netherlands; 25 March 1992) Largest win Yugoslavia 10 - 1 India (Helsinki, Finland; 15 July 1952) Yugoslavia 9 - 0 Zaire (Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 18 June 1974) Worst defeat Czechoslovakia 7 - 0 Yugoslavia (Antwerp, Belgium... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

  • Hockey
  • Modern Pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Yachting

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Medal count

Top medal-collecting nations:
(for the full table, see 1948 Summer Olympics medal count) This is the full table of the medal count of the Great Britain in London. ...


Note that these Olympic Games were the first time that the host nation did not win enough medals to be included in the top 10 medal winners.

1948 Summer Olympics medal count
Pos Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 38 27 19 84
2 Sweden 16 11 17 44
3 France 10 6 13 29
4 Hungary 10 5 12 27
5 Italy 8 11 8 27
6 Finland 8 7 5 20
7 Turkey 6 4 2 12
8 Czechoslovakia 6 2 3 11
9 Switzerland 5 10 5 20
10 Denmark 5 7 8 20

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See also

The International Olympic Committee is an organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, created by Pierre de Coubertin on June 23 1894 to reinstate the Ancient Olympic Games held in Greece between 776 BC to 396 AD. Its membership is 202 National Olympic Committees. ... The International Olympic Committee (IOC) allocates three-letter country codes to all National Olympic Committees and other groups competing in the Olympic Games. ...

External links

  • IOC Site on 1948 Summer Olympics


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