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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's Decathlon

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: Scoring by 1950 point tables.
Date Started: November 29, 1956  
Date Finished: November 30, 1956  
(Competitors: 15; Countries: 9)  
    Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF    1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Johnson, the world record holder, was favourite to win, but to the knee injury he suffered before the Games was added an abdominal muscle pull in the long jump. Campbell produced a superlative effort, and had he not had a poor pole vault might well have broken Johnson’s record of 7985. On the first day Campbell drew gradually away from Johnson with superior marks in the high jump and 400m to lead with 4564 compared with Johnson’s 4375. Lauer (4064) trailed in third ahead of Kuznetsov (3991). The 110m hurdles was the decisive event as Campbell ran a superb 14.0, despite almost shattering the fourth hurdle. His time was seven tenths faster than that of Lauer, who was fourth in the individual 110m hurdles final, . The 336 points gained on Johnson’s 15.1 was almost all of Campbell’s final winning margin of 350. As he felt himself flagging in the final event, Campbell found himself picked up by the encouragement of 11th placed Ian Bruce, who ran with him over the last 400m, exhorting him to sprint at the finish. It was a typical piece of sportsmanship in an event which encourages humanity through shared suffering.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
With Bob Mathias retired, the top two Americans were Milt Campbell and Rafer Johnson. Campbell had won the silver medal in 1952 and won the 1953 AAU Championship. Johnson began contesting the decathlon in 1954, broke the world record and won the Pan-American Games in 1955, and won the 1956 AAU/Olympic Trials, with Campbell second. But at Melbourne, Johnson was slightly injured, with a bad knee. But Campbell would have been difficult to beat, even if Johnson was at his best, as he won the gold medal by 350 points. Johnson later commented, “I lost to a good man.” The bronze medal went to the Soviet decathlete, Vasily Kuznetsov, who had won the 1954 European Championships.
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Rafer Johnson (USA) 7985 Kingsburg, United States June 11, 1955
Olympic record  Bob Mathias (USA) 7887 Helsinki, Finland July 26, 1952
 
        Results          
   
Decathlon Men     Final 30 November        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age   Notes
1 7937     Milt Campbell United States USA 22 OR  
2 7587     Rafer Johnson United States USA 21    
3 7465     Vasily Kuznetsov Soviet Union URS 24    
4 6930     Uno Palu Soviet Union URS 23    
5 6853     Martin Lauer Germany GER 19    
6 6773     Walter Meier Germany GER 29    
7 6565     Torbjörn Lassenius Finland FIN 25    
8 6521     Yang C. K. Chinese Taipei TPE 23    
9 6427     Pat Leane Australia AUS 26    
10 6278     John Cann Australia AUS 18    
11 6025     Ian Bruce Australia AUS 21    
12 5103     Nadjmeddin Farabi Iran IRI      
AC DNF     Bob Richards United States USA 30    
AC DNF     Yuriy Kutenko Soviet Union URS 24    
AC DNF     Walter Herssens Belgium BEL 26    

 Detailed Results

 
Rank Athlete Overall points 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110 m H DT PV JT 1500 m
1st  Milt Campbell (USA) 7937 990
10.8 s
898
7.33 m
850
14.76 m
886
1.89 m
940
48.8 s
1124
14.0 s
775
44.98 m
476
3.40 m
668
57.08 m
330
4:50.6 min
2nd  Rafer Johnson (USA) 7587 948
10.9 s
902
7.34 m
819
14.48 m
806
1.83 m
900
49.3 s
788
15.1 s
688
42.17 m
695
3.90 m
738
60.27 m
303
4:54.2 min
3rd  Vasili Kuznetsov (URS) 7465 834
11.2 s
798
7.04 m
820
14.49 m
711
1.75 m
828
50.2 s
840
14.9 s
754
44.33 m
720
3.95 m
854
65.13 m
306
4:53.8 min
4  Uno Palu (URS) 6930 737
11.5 s
681
6.65 m
709
13.39 m
886
1.89 m
786
50.8 s
716
15.4 s
637
40.38 m
556
3.60 m
768
61.59 m
454
4:35.6 min
5  Martin Lauer (GER) 6853 870
11.1 s
734
6.83 m
659
12.86 m
806
1.83 m
995
48.2 s
894
14.7 s
609
39.38 m
364
3.10 m
540
50.66 m
382
4:43.8 min
6  Walter Meier (GER) 6773 800
11.3 s
725
6.80 m
671
12.99 m
845
1.86 m
900
49.3 s
575
16.1 s
562
37.59 m
596
3.70 m
492
47.97 m
607
4:20.6 min
7  Torbjörn Lassenius (FIN) 6565 650
11.8 s
672
6.62 m
715
13.45 m
656
1.70 m
786
50.8 s
612
15.9 s
664
41.36 m
645
3.80 m
717
59.33 m
448
4:36.2 min
8  Yang Chuan-kwang (ROC) 6521 834
11.2 s
755
6.90 m
544
11.56 m
976
1.95 m
751
51.3 s
813
15.0 s
469
33.92 m
438
3.30 m
685
57.88 m
256
5:00.8 min
9  Pat Leane (AUS) 6427 768
11.4 s
722
6.79 m
696
13.26 m
845
1.86 m
772
51.0 s
523
16.4 s
595
38.86 m
516
3.50 m
706
58.83 m
284
4:56.8 min
10  John Cann (AUS) 6278 948
10.9 s
659
6.57 m
598
12.18 m
656
1.70 m
900
49.3 s
673
15.6 s
592
38.76 m
226
2.70 m
686
57.89 m
340
4:49.2 min
11  Ian Bruce (AUS) 6025 678
11.7 s
672
6.62 m
609
12.30 m
806
1.83 m
751
51.3 s
612
15.9 s
536
36.62 m
476
3.40 m
554
51.38 m
331
4:50.4 min
12  Nadjmeddin Farabi (IRI) 5103 572
12.1 s
575
6.25 m
524
11.31 m
656
1.70 m
684
52.3 s
372
17.4 s
347
28.73 m
438
3.30 m
375
41.23 m
560
4:24.8 min
N/A  Bob Richards (USA) DNF 678
11.7 s
610
6.39 m
628
12.52 m
711
1.75 m
684
52.3 s
458
16.8 s
566
37.77 m
1023
4.45 m
423
44.09 m
DNS
N/A  Yuriy Kutenko (URS) DNF 707
11.6 s
678
6.64 m
817
14.46 m
NM 807
50.5 s
632
15.8 s
861
47.57 m
795
4.10 m
DNS DNS
N/A  Walter Herssens (BEL) DNF 650
11.8 s
656
6.56 m
509
11.12 m
770
1.80 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
 
 
 

 

 

 

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