London 1948 United Kingdom 29th July- 14th August

  • Host Nation UK
  • Sports 17
  • Duration 29th July- 14th August
  • Competition Venues 27
  • Competing Athletes 4104
  • Competing Nations 59
DAYS SINCE London 1948
24,478 DAYS

About the Games

After a twelve year absence caused by World War II, the Olympic Games, Games of the XIV Olympiad, returned to London in 1948. The second time the city had hosted the games. The London Games were the first to be shown on home television and starting blocks for athletes in sprint races were introduced for the first time.

The London Games attracted a record 59 nations and Fanny Blankers-Koen was the star. She won four gold medals on the track, the 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles and 4x100m relay and remains the only woman to do so at an Olympics. Czech athlete Emil Zatopek won the 10,000m gold medal and would later establish himself as one of the top distance runners in Olympic history.