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London 1948 - Key Facts

ESPN staff
October 12, 2011
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Ibrahim Shams showed his class as he took gold in the the lightweight event © PA Photos
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Dates
July 29 - August 14

Other candidate cities
Baltimore, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia

Participants
4,104 (390 women)

Participating nations
59

Sports
17

Events
136

Medals given out
413

IOC president
Sigfrid Edstrom (Sweden)

Games officially opened by
George VI

Last relay bearer of the Olympic torch
John Mark (athletics)

Olympic flame lit by
John Mark (athletics)

Olympic oath read by
Commander Donald Finlay (athletics)

TV rights
1000 guineas (3000 dollars)

Accredited journalists
1364

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