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Greece at the 1952 Summer Olympics

Greece ● 26 October 2017
 

The Summer Olympic Games in 1952 took place in the capital of Finland, Elsinki. They are officially known as the Games of the XV Olympiad. According to the International Olympic Committee, Elsinki had been selected to host the Summer Olympics in 1940, but these Games were cancelled due to the Second World War. Elsinki is until today the northernmost city, which has organised Summer Olympic Games.

This sports event was very interesting because in this year Soviet Union, Indonesia, Israel, China, Thailand and Saarland made their Olympic debut. Germany and Japan were invited after their ban in Olympic Games of 1948, but the German Democratic Republic was absent. Moreover, in the Summer Olympics in Elsinki, were broken the most world records until the Olympic Games of 2008 in Beijing. USA won the most medals (76), and at the second place was Soviet Union with 71 medals. However, the biggest surprise was Hungary, a country of only 9 million inhabitants, which won 42 medals! Legend of these Olympics was the athlete of Czechoslovakia, Emil Zatopek, who won 3 gold medals in the 5.000, 10.000 and the Marathon, although he had never run Marathon before.

The Summer Olympics in 1952 featured 17 sports: Aquatics (diving, swimming, water polo), Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling (road and track), Equestrian (dressage, eventing and show jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Gymnastics, Rowing, Modern Pentathlon, Shooting, Sailing, Weightlifting and Wrestling (freestyle, Greco-Roman). Handballs and Pesapallo were demonstration sports.


According to the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Greece participated in 7 sports (shooting, basketball, athletics, wrestling, sailing, football and rowing) with 48 athletes, all men, in the 1952 Summer Olympics. Greece sends athletes in every Summer Olympics since 1896. In Elsinki Olympics, Greece didn't win any medal. Flag bearer of the Olympic team was Nikolaos Syllas.

The highlights of the Greek competition in Olympic Games of Helsinki take place in the sports events of shooting, basketball, football and athletics.

In shooting, participated 6 shooters: Konstantinos Mylonas and Angelos Papadimas in 25 meters pistol, Georgios Stathis in 50 meters pistol, Athanasios Aravositas in rifle, prone, Ioannis Koutsis and Panagiotis Linardakis in trap.

In basketball, the men's team lost to Hungary twice but defeated Israel, and it has been excluded from the second round.

In football, the Greek team lost in the match to Denmark (2-1), and the Greek goalkeeper (Nikos Pentzaropoulos) created a legend thanks to its amazing performance that saved Greece from a humiliating defeat.

In athletics, Nikolaos Syllas in discus throw had one of his best performances and won the 9th place.


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