1948 United States Olympic Trials (track and field)

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1948 United States Men's Olympic Trials
Host city Evanston, Illinois, United States
Date(s) July 9-10
Main stadium Ryan Field
Level Senior
Type Outdoor

The Men's portion of the 1948 United States Olympic Trials for track and field were held at Dyche Stadium on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Organized by Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the two-day competition lasted from July 9 and 10.

The results of the event determined qualification for the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London.[1][2]

1948 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials results[edit]

Men[edit]

Dyche Stadium hosted the 1948 men's competition
Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres Barney Ewell 10.2/10.33 Mel Patton 10.3/10.45 Harrison Dillard 10.4/10.50
200 Meters Mel Patton 20.7 =AR Barney Ewell 20.7 =AR Cliff Bourland 21.0
400 Meters Mal Whitfield 46.6/46.77 Dave Bolen 47.0/47.15 George Guida 47.2/47.35
800 Meters Mal Whitfield 1:50.6 Herb Barten 1:50.7 Robert Chambers 1:51.4
1500 Meters Don Gehrmann 3:52.2/41 Clem Eischen 3:52.5/62 Roland Sink 3:52.5/66
3000 Meters Steeplechase Bob McMillen 9:18.7 Browning Ross 9:21.0 Whitey Overton 9:28.4
5000 Meters Curt Stone 14:40.7 Jerry Thompson 14:41.2 Clarence Robison 14:44.2
10000 Meters Eddie O'Toole 32:29.7 Fred Wilt 32:31.0 Herman Goffberg 33:10.0
50 Kilometer Walk Ernest Crosbie 5:04:30 Adolf Weinacker 5:05:46 John Deni 5:05:48
110 Meters Hurdles William Porter 13.9/13.90 Craig Dixon 14.1/14.11 Clyde Scott 14.2/14.18
400 Meters Hurdles Roy Cochran 51.7/51.83 Dick Ault 51.8/51.96 Jeff Kirk 51.9/52.00
High Jump Vern McGrew 6'8 1/4” (2.038) George Stanich 6'8 1/4” (2.038) Dwight Eddleman 6'7 1/4” (2.013)
Pole Vault Boo Morcom 14'8 1/8" (4.47) Guinn Smith 14'8 1/8" (4.47) Bob Richards 14'6 1/8" (4.42)
Long Jump Willie Steele 26’2” (7.97) * Herb Douglas 25’3” (7.69) Lorenzo Wright 25'0 1/4” (7.62) *
Triple Jump Bill Albans 48'11 1/2” (14.92) Erkki Koutonen 48'11 1/2” (14.92) Bob Beckus 48'1 3/4” (14.67)
Shot Put Jim Delaney 55'1 3/4” (16.81) Wilbur Thompson 54'11 7/8” (16.76) Jim Fuchs 54'8 3/8” (16.67)
Discus Throw Fortune Gordien 166’2” (50.64) * Vic Frank 165'10 3/4” (50.56) William Burton 163’9” 3/4 (49.93) *
Hammer Throw Bob Bennett 177'8 1/2” (54.16) Henry Dreyer 173'4 3/4" (52.84) Sam Felton 171'3 3/4" (52.21)
Javelin Throw Martin Biles 225’9” (68.81) Bob Likens 222'3 1/2” (67.75) Steve Seymour 218’9” (66.68)

Women[edit]

The women's Olympic Trials was conducted on July 12 as a single day event in Providence, Rhode Island. It was considered horribly organized, or at least the women athletes were not accorded the same respect as the men in the sense that they had to conduct heats, semi-finals and finals all in the same day. Audrey Patterson ran five races that day to qualify in two events. Lillian Young ran three races and long jumped.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 Meters Mabel Walker 12.3 Audrey Patterson 12.4 Lillian Young 12.6
200 Meters Audrey Patterson 25.3 Nell Jackson 25.8 Mae Faggs 25.9
80 Meters Hurdles Bernice Robinson 12.4 Nancy Phillips 12.4 Theresa Manuel 12.6
High Jump Alice Coachman 5'4 3/4” (1.644) Bernice Robinson 5'1 3/4” (1.568) Emma Reed 5'0 3/4” (1.543)
Long Jump Emma Reed 18'4 5/8” (5.60) Lillian Young 17’9” 3/8 (5.42) Nancy Phillips 17’5” (5.31)
Shot Put Frances Kaszubski 38'8 1/4" (11.79) Dorothy Dodson 38'4 1/2" (11.70) Ramona Harris 37'3 3/4" (11.38)
Discus Throw Frances Kaszubski 122'6 1/2” (37.33) Dorothy Dodson 113'11” (34.31) Pauline Ruppeldt 104'10 3/4 (31.96)
Javelin Throw Dorothy Dodson 140’4” (42.76) Theresa Manuel 115’0” (34.64) Bessie Leick 102’6” (31.24)

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