Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics

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Los Angeles Olympic Stadium
Athletics at the
1932 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m steeple men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

At the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, 29 athletics events were contested, 23 for men and 6 for women. It was the first time the 50 kilometres race walk appeared in the men's athletics at the Games. This was only the second time women's events in athletics were included in the Olympic Games program and the first time that women competed in the javelin throw at the Olympics. There was a total of 386 participants from 34 countries competing.

Paavo Nurmi from Finland was suspended one week before the Games by the IAAF for accepting payments in excess of his expenses for an exhibition tour (i.e. for "professionalism").

The athletics events took place at Los Angeles Olympic Stadium, now the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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 Eddie Tolan
United States (USA)
10.3  Ralph Metcalfe
United States (USA)
10.3  Arthur Jonath
Germany (GER)
10.4
200 metres
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 Eddie Tolan
United States (USA)
21.2  George Simpson
United States (USA)
21.4  Ralph Metcalfe
United States (USA)
21.5
400 metres
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 Bill Carr
United States (USA)
46.2  Ben Eastman
United States (USA)
46.4  Alex Wilson
Canada (CAN)
47.4
800 metres
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 Tommy Hampson
Great Britain (GBR)
1:49.8  Alex Wilson
Canada (CAN)
1:49.9  Phil Edwards
Canada (CAN)
1:51.5
1500 metres
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 Luigi Beccali
Italy (ITA)
3:51.2  Jerry Cornes
Great Britain (GBR)
3:52.6  Phil Edwards
Canada (CAN)
3:52.8
5000 metres
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 Lauri Lehtinen
Finland (FIN)
14:30.0  Ralph Hill
United States (USA)
14:30.0  Lauri Virtanen
Finland (FIN)
14:44.0
10,000 metres
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 Janusz Kusociński
Poland (POL)
30:11.4  Volmari Iso-Hollo
Finland (FIN)
30:12.6  Lauri Virtanen
Finland (FIN)
30:35.0
110 metres hurdles
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 George Saling
United States (USA)
14.6  Percy Beard
United States (USA)
14.7  Donald Finlay
Great Britain (GBR)
14.8
400 metres hurdles
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 Bob Tisdall
Ireland (IRL)
51.8  Glenn Hardin
United States (USA)
51.9  Morgan Taylor
United States (USA)
52.0
3000 metres steeplechase
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 Volmari Iso-Hollo
Finland (FIN)
10:33.4  Thomas Evenson
Great Britain (GBR)
10:46.0  Joe McCluskey
United States (USA)
10:46.2
4 × 100 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Bob Kiesel
Hector Dyer
Emmett Toppino
Frank Wykoff
40.0  Germany (GER)
Friedrich Hendrix
Erich Borchmeyer
Arthur Jonath
Helmut Körnig
40.9  Italy (ITA)
Giuseppe Castelli
Gabriele Salviati
Ruggero Maregatti
Edgardo Toetti
41.2
4 × 400 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Ivan Fuqua
Edgar Ablowich
Karl Warner
Bill Carr
3:08.2  Great Britain (GBR)
Crew Stoneley
Tommy Hampson
David Burghley
Godfrey Rampling
3:11.2  Canada (CAN)
James Ball
Ray Lewis
Phil Edwards
Alex Wilson
3:12.8
Marathon
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 Juan Carlos Zabala
Argentina (ARG)
2:31:36  Sam Ferris
Great Britain (GBR)
2:31:55  Armas Toivonen
Finland (FIN)
2:32:12
50 kilometres walk
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 Tommy Green
Great Britain (GBR)
4:50:10  Jānis Daliņš
Latvia (LAT)
4:57:20  Ugo Frigerio
Italy (ITA)
4:59:06
Long jump
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 Ed Gordon
United States (USA)
7.64 m  Lambert Redd
United States (USA)
7.60 m  Chuhei Nambu
Japan (JPN)
7.45 m
Triple jump
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 Chuhei Nambu
Japan (JPN)
15.72 m  Erik Svensson
Sweden (SWE)
15.32 m  Kenkichi Oshima
Japan (JPN)
15.12 m
High jump
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 Duncan McNaughton
Canada (CAN)
1.97 m  Bob Van Osdel
United States (USA)
1.97 m  Simeon Toribio
Philippines (PHI)
1.97 m
Pole vault
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 Bill Miller
United States (USA)
4.315 m  Shuhei Nishida
Japan (JPN)
4.30 m  George Jefferson
United States (USA)
4.20 m
Shot put
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 Leo Sexton
United States (USA)
16.00 m  Harlow Rothert
United States (USA)
15.67 m  František Douda
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
15.61 m
Discus throw
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 John Anderson
United States (USA)
49.49 m  Henri LaBorde
United States (USA)
48.47 m  Paul Winter
France (FRA)
47.85 m
Javelin throw
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 Matti Järvinen
Finland (FIN)
72.71 m  Matti Sippala
Finland (FIN)
69.80 m  Eino Penttilä
Finland (FIN)
68.70 m
Hammer throw
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 Pat O'Callaghan
Ireland (IRL)
53.92 m  Ville Pörhölä
Finland (FIN)
52.27 m  Peter Zaremba
United States (USA)
50.33 m
Decathlon
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 James Bausch
United States (USA)
8462.23  Akilles Järvinen
Finland (FIN)
8292.48  Wolrad Eberle
Germany (GER)
8030.80
  1. ^ 460 metres over distance owing to error by lap-counting official.

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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 Stanisława Walasiewicz
Poland (POL)
11.9  Hilda Strike
Canada (CAN)
11.9  Wilhelmina von Bremen
United States (USA)
12.0
80 metres hurdles
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 Babe Didrikson
United States (USA)
11.7  Evelyne Hall
United States (USA)
11.7  Marjorie Clark
South Africa (RSA)
11.8
4 × 100 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Mary Carew
Evelyn Furtsch
Annette Rogers
Wilhelmina von Bremen
47.0  Canada (CAN)
Mary Frizzel
Mildred Fizzell
Lillian Palmer
Hilda Strike
47.0  Great Britain (GBR)
Nellie Halstead
Eileen Hiscock
Gwendoline Porter
Violet Webb
47.6
High jump
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 Jean Shiley
United States (USA)
1.65 m  Babe Didrikson
United States (USA)
1.65 m  Eva Dawes
Canada (CAN)
1.60 m
Discus throw
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 Lillian Copeland
United States (USA)
40.58 m  Ruth Osburn
United States (USA)
40.12 m  Jadwiga Wajs
Poland (POL)
38.74 m
Javelin throw
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 Babe Didrikson
United States (USA)
43.68 m  Ellen Braumüller
Germany (GER)
43.49 m  Tilly Fleischer
Germany (GER)
43.00 m

Record broken[edit]

Of the 29 events competed new Olympic records were set in all but three: men's long jump, high jump and hammer throw. World records were set in 10 events.

Men's world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
400 metres 5 August Final Bill Carr United States 46.2
800 metres 2 August Final Tommy Hampson Great Britain 1:49.8
4 × 100 metres relay 7 August Final Bob Kiesel
Hector Dyer
Emmett Toppino
Frank Wykoff
United States 40.0
4 × 400 metres relay 7 August Final Ivan Fuqua
Edgar Ablowich
Karl Warner
Bill Carr
United States 3:08.2
Triple jump 4 August Final Chuhei Nambu Japan 15.72 m
Decathlon 6 August Final James Bausch United States 8462.235

Women's world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
100 metres 1 August Heats Stanisława Walasiewicz Poland 11.9
80 metres hurdles 4 August Final Babe Didrikson United States 11.7
Evelyne Hall United States
4 × 100 metres relay 7 August Final Mary Carew
Evelyn Furtsch
Annette Rogers
Wilhelmina von Bremen
United States 47.0
Mary Frizzel
Mildred Fizzell
Lillian Palmer
Hilda Strike
Canada
High jump 7 August Final Jean Shiley United States 1.65 m
Babe Didrikson United States

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 16 13 6 35
2  Finland (FIN) 3 4 4 11
3  Great Britain (GBR) 2 4 2 8
4  Poland (POL) 2 0 1 3
5  Ireland (IRL) 2 0 0 2
6  Canada (CAN) 1 3 5 9
7  Japan (JPN) 1 1 2 4
8  Italy (ITA) 1 0 2 3
9  Argentina (ARG) 1 0 0 1
10  Germany (GER) 0 2 3 5
11  Sweden (SWE) 0 1 0 1
 Latvia (LAT) 0 1 0 1
13  Philippines (PHI) 0 0 1 1
 France (FRA) 0 0 1 1
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) 0 0 1 1
 South Africa (RSA) 0 0 1 1

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