XIV Olympic Games


LONDON 1948

Games of the XIV Olympiad


The 1948 London Games were the first to be shown on home television, although very few people in Great Britain actually owned sets. A women's canoeing event was held for the first time - and won by Karen Hoff of Denmark . 17-year-old American Bob Mathias won the decathlon only four months after taking up the sport. He is the youngest athlete in Olympic history to win a men's athletics event. Two athletes who were Olympic champions in 1936 managed to defend their titles twelve years later. They were Ilona Elek of Hungary in women's foil fencing and Jan Brzak of Czechoslovakia in the canoeing Canadian pairs 1,000m. Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands was the world record holder in six events, but, according to the rules of the day, was only allowed to enter four. She won all four: the 100m dash, the 80m hurdles, the 200m and the 4x100m relay. Concert pianist Micheline Ostermeyer of France won both the shot put and the discus throw. Karoly Takacs was a member of the Hungarian world champion pistol shooting team in 1938 when a grenade shattered his right hand - his pistol hand. Takacs taught himself to shoot with his left hand and, ten years later, he won an Olympic gold medal in the rapid-fire pistol event.


Participating Nations

59

Participants

4,104 athletes (390 women, 3,714 men)

Events

136

The top three winners were: United States of America, Sweden and France


Medal Tally of 14th Olympic Games

Rank.
Nation
Medals
Gold
  Silver
Bronze
Total
1
United States of America
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
11
Netherlands
5
2
9
16
12
Great Britain
3
14
6
23
13
Argentina
3
3
1
7
14
Australia
2
6
5
13
15
Belgium
2
2
3
7
16
Egypt
2
2
1
5
17
Mexico
2
1
2
5
18
South Africa
2
1
1
4
19
Norway
1
3
3
7
20
Jamaica
1
2
0
3
21
Austria
1
0
3
4
22
India
1
0
0
1
22
Peru
1
0
0
1
24
Yugoslavia
0
2
0
2
25
Canada
0
1
2
3
=26
Portugal
0
1
1
2
=26
Uruguay
0
1
1
2
=28
Cuba
0
1
0
1
=28
Spain
0
1
0
1
=28
Sri Lanka
0
1
0
1
=28
Trinidad and Tobago
0
1
0
1
=32
Korea
0
0
2
2
=32
Panama
0
0
2
2
=34
Brazil
0
0
1
1
=34
Islamic Republic of Iran
0
0
1
1
=34
Poland
0
0
1
1
=34
Puerto Rico
0
0
1
1
Total
138
135
138
411