1948 Summer Olympics

Games of the XIV Olympiad, in London, Great Britain

The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were held at London in the United Kingdom.[2]

Games of the XIV Olympiad
Host cityLondon, England, United Kingdom
Athletes4,104 (3,714 men, 390 women)
Events136 in 17 sports (23 disciplines)
Opening29 July
Closing14 August
Opened by
StadiumWembley Stadium
Berlin 1936
London 1944
Helsinki 1952
St. Moritz 1948 Oslo 1952
Delfo Cabrera became notable when he won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1948 games

These were the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, because no Games were held during World War II.

In part, the games were thought to be a success because the Organizing Committee did not go into debt. The final financial report showed a ₤29,000 profit.[3]

Participating nations


A total of 59 nations sent athletes to compete at the London Games.[4]



Countries at the 1948 Olympics
  1. 1.0 1.1 "Factsheet – Opening Ceremony of the Games f the Olympiad" (PDF) (Press release). International Olympic Committee. 13 September 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. Sports Reference.com (SR/Olympics), "1948 London Summer Games" Archived 2020-04-28 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-7-23.
  3. Zarnowski, C. Frank. "A Look at Olympic Costs," Archived 2018-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Citius, Altius, Fortius (US). Summer 1992, Vol. 1, Issue 1, p. 22 [7 of 14 PDF]; retrieved 2012-7-24.
  4. Taking part in the games for the first time were British Guiana (now Guyana), Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Korea, Lebanon, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

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