Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

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Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Dates August 15–16
Competitors 19 from 9 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
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Athletics at the
1920 Summer Olympics
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The men's 400 metres hurdles event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Sunday, August 15, 1920 and on Monday, August 16, 1920.

19 runners from 9 nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 54.2 United States John Norton Pasadena (USA) June 26, 1920
Olympic Record 55.0 United States Charles Bacon London (GBR) July 22, 1908

Frank Loomis set a new world record with 54.0 seconds in the final.

Results[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Quarterfinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  August Desch (USA) 57.6 Q
2  Erik Wilén (FIN) 58.4 Q
3  George Gray (GBR) 58.8
4  František Marek (TCH)

Quarterfinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Wilfrid Kent-Hughes (AUS) 57.2 Q
2  Gösta Bladin (SWE) 57.7 Q
3  František Kiehlmann (TCH) 59.9
 Marcel Jarrety (FRA) DNF
 Adriaan "Attie" van Heerden (RSA) DNF

Quarterfinal 3

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  John Norton (USA) 57.6 Q
2  Edward Wheller (GBR) 58.4 Q
3  Georg Lindström (SWE) 59.1
4  Albert Lucas (FRA)

Quarterfinal 4

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Carl-Axel Christiernsson (SWE) 56.4 Q
2  Charles Daggs (USA) 56.7 Q
3  Julius Wickholm (FIN) 57.9
 Omer Smet (BEL) DNF

Quarterfinal 5

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Frank Loomis (USA) 55.8 Q
2  Géo André (FRA) 55.9 Q

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  August Desch (USA) 55.4 Q
2  Géo André (FRA) 55.5 Q
3  John Norton (USA) 56.2 Q
4  Gösta Bladin (SWE) 56.5
5  Wilfrid Kent-Hughes (AUS) 56.9

Semifinal 2

Place Athlete Time Qual.
1  Frank Loomis (USA) 55.4 Q
2  Carl-Axel Christiernsson (SWE) 55.7 Q
3  Charles Daggs (USA) 55.8 Q
4  Edward Wheller (GBR)
5  Erik Wilén (FIN)

Final[edit]

The final was held on Monday, August 16, 1920.

Place Athlete Time
1  Frank Loomis (USA) 54.0 WR
2  John Norton (USA) 54.6
3  August Desch (USA) 54.7
4  Géo André (FRA) 54.8
5  Carl-Axel Christiernsson (SWE) 55.4
6  Charles Daggs (USA) 55.7

References[edit]

  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report.  (French)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich". Retrieved 16 August 2007.  (Polish)