Diploma from EMIL ZATOPEK, Czechoslovakia, 1st place, 10.000 m
|Description:||Paavo Nurmi`s monument in front of a Dorian column, inscribed "XV Olympiad Helsinki 1952", award legend below.|
|Size:||35 x 50 cm|
|Design by:||IOC President Edström and
Organizing Committee President von Frenckel
|Signed by:||Rolf Christianson|
The judges in a competition for the diploma, which closed on Sept. 15th 1951, found none of the designs submitted sufficiently dignified. The five prize-winners were invited to submit new designs. Of these the one by the artist Rolf Christianson was judged to be the best, and it also won the aproval of the Organising Committee. The diplomas were printed in Finnish and Swedish. Swedes, Danes, Norwegians and members of Finland`s Swedish-speaking population received diplomas with text in Swedish, all other Finnish diplomas. Diplomas were awarded to the six best in each event. The number printed was 1800, and they were forwarded to the respective National Olympic Committees at the end of 1952.
(Source document: Official Report 1952, page 111)