Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Athletics men's 400 metre final2.JPG
Reidpath winning gold with Braun in the foreground.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Dates July 12 (heats, semifinals)
July 13 (final)
Competitors 49 from 16 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    United States
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The men's 400 metres was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Friday, July 12, 1912 and on Saturday, July 13, 1912.

Forty-nine runners from 16 nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 47.8(*) United States Maxie Long New York (USA) September 29, 1900
Olympic Record 48.4(**) United Kingdom Wyndham Halswelle London (GBR) July 22, 1908

(*) unofficial 440 yards (= 402.34 m)

(**) This track was 536.45 metres=13 mile in circumference.

The Olympic record of 48.4 seconds, set at the previous Olympics, fell in the final. Charles Reidpath broke the record with a 48.2 second performance. Hanns Braun also broke the old record and Edward Lindberg tied it, en route to silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

All heats were held on Friday, July 12, 1912.

Heat 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  James Rosenberger (USA) 50.6 QS
2  Charles Poulenard (FRA) 50.7 QS
3  Wladyslaw Ponurski (AUT)
4  Claude Ross (ANZ)

Heat 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Ernest Haley (GBR) 1:06.6 QS
2  Mel Sheppard (USA) 1:06.6 QS

Heat 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Hanns Braun (GER) 50.6 QS
2  Ted Meredith (USA) QS
3  Armando Cortesão (POR)

Heat 4

Heat 4:Paul Zerling leads Yahiko Mishima.
Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Paul Zerling (SWE) 55.4 QS
2  Yahiko Mishima (JPN) 55.5 QS

Heat 5

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Charles Lelong (FRA) 50.2 QS
2  Donnell Young (USA) 50.4 QS
3  István Déván (HUN)
4  Gustav Möller (SWE)

Heat 6

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Knut Stenborg (SWE) 1:01.6 QS

Heat 7

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Carroll Haff (USA) 50.4 QS
2  Emilio Lunghi (ITA) 50.5 QS
3  Max Herrmann (GER)

Heat 8

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Frigyes Wiesner (HUN) 50.8 QS
2  John Dahlin (SWE) 51.0 QS
3  Georges Malfait (FRA)

Heat 9

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Eric Lindholm (SWE) 51.4 QS
2  Jacob Pedersen (NOR) 51.6 QS
3  Hermann Burkowitz (GER) 51.7
4  Václav Labík (BOH)

Heat 10

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Edward Lindberg (USA) 50.6 QS
2  James Soutter (GBR) QS
3  Franco Giongo (ITA)

Heat 11

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Clarence Edmundson (USA) 50.2 QS
2  Ernest Henley (GBR) QS
3  Mel Brock (CAN)
4  Pyotr Gaevski (RUS)

Heat 12

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  George Nicol (GBR) 50.0 QS
2  Ira Davenport (USA) QS
3  Thomas Gallon (CAN)
4  Erich Lehmann (GER)
5  Georges Rolot (FRA)
6  Ödön Bodor (HUN)

Heat 13

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Julius Person (GER) 55.4 QS
2  Joseph Wells (GBR) 1:01.2 QS

Heat 14

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Cyril Seedhouse (GBR) 51.5 QS
2  Ervin Szerelemhegyi (HUN) QS
 Alexander Pedersen (NOR) Disqualified

Heat 15

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  George Patching (RSA) 51.1 QS
2  Charles Reidpath (USA) 51.2 QS
3  Heinrich Wenseler (GER)
4  Alan Patterson (GBR)
5  Robert Schurrer (FRA)

Semifinals[edit]

The start of one of the semifinals.

All semi-finals were held on Friday, July 12, 1912.

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Charles Reidpath (USA) 48.7 QF
2  Clarence Edmundson (USA)
3  George Nicol (GBR)
4  Frigyes Wiesner (HUN)
5  Charles Poulenard (FRA)
 John Dahlin (SWE) Did not start

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Edward Lindberg (USA) 48.9 QF
2  Eric Lindholm (SWE) 50.2
3  Charles Lelong (FRA)
 Julius Person (GER) Did not finish
 Cyril Seedhouse (GBR) Did not finish
 Joseph Wells (GBR) Did not finish

Semifinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Ted Meredith (USA) 48.8 QF
2  Mel Sheppard (USA) 48.9
3  George Patching (RSA) 50.5
4  Knut Stenborg (SWE) 50.5
5  Jacob Pedersen (NOR)
6  Ernest Henley (GBR)

Semifinal 4

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Carroll Haff (USA) 49.7 QF
2  Emilio Lunghi (ITA)
3  Ervin Szerelemhegyi (HUN)
 Ernest Haley (GBR) Did not finish
 James Rosenberger (USA) Did not finish
 Yahiko Mishima (JPN) Did not start

Semifinal 5

Charles Reidpath (second from left) beats Hanns Braun (second from right) in the final.
Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Hanns Braun (GER) 49.2 QF
2  Ira Davenport (USA)
3  James Soutter (GBR)
4  Paul Zerling (SWE)
 Donnell Young (USA) Disqualified

Final[edit]

The final was held on Saturday, July 13, 1912.

Place Athlete Time
1  Charles Reidpath (USA) 48.2 OR
2  Hanns Braun (GER) 48.3
3  Edward Lindberg (USA) 48.4
4  Ted Meredith (USA) 49.2
5  Carroll Haff (USA) 49.5

References[edit]

  • sports-reference.com
  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich". Retrieved 27 August 2006.  (Polish)