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Helsinki 1952 - Key Facts

ESPN staff
October 12, 2011
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Marjorie Jackson set a new world record time of 23.4s in winning the 200m © PA Photos
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Dates
July 19 - August 3

Other candidate cities
Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Amsterdam, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Athens, Lausanne, Stockholm

Participants
4,955 (519 women)

Participating nations
69

Sports
17

Events
149

Medals given out
459

IOC president
Sigfrid Edstrom (Sweden)

Games declared open by
Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish president

Last relay bearer of the Olympic torch
Paavo Nurmi

Olympic flame lit by
Hannes Kolehmainen (runner)

Olympic oath read by
Heikki Savolainen (gymnast)

Accredited journalists
1,848

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