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.
Great Britain came 12th overall in the medal table.