MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES - 1948 London Olympiad

The Games of the XIV Olympiad, held in London, in the historic Wembley Stadium, were opened by the king George VI and for the first time were broadcating on home television. Germany , Japan ant The Soviet Union were absent. Karen Hoff, from Denmark, won the decathlon only four months after taking up the sport, becoming the youngest athlete in Olympic history to win a men’s athletics event. Ilona Elek of Hungary in women’s foil fencing and Jan Brzak of Czechoslovakia in the canoeing Canadian pairs 1,000m. Fanny Blankers-Koen, from The Netherlands, won four gold medals: the 100m dash, the 80m hurdles, the 200m and the 4x100m relay. Karoly Takacs, from the Hungarian team, who lost his arm in 1936, when a grenade shattered his right hand, learned to shoot with the other hand

and earned an Olympic gold medal in the rapid-fire pistol event. Micheline Ostermeyer, a concert pianist from France, won the shot put and the discus throw.
Despite the bad weather during the Olympic Games, the Wembley Stadium was always full for every event and the spectators were very enthusiastic, giving their best.



Opening date:
29th July 1948

Closing date:
14th August 1948

Nations: 59
Sports: 17
Events: 136
Athletes: 4 104
Men: 3 714

Candidate cities: Baltimore, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Minneapolis,Philadelphia