Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres

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Men's 100 metres
at the Games of the X Olympiad
Venue Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Dates July 31, 1932 (heats, quarterfinals)
August 1, 1932 (semifinals, final)
Winning time 10.3 seconds
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Germany
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1932 Summer Olympics
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The men's 100 metres sprint event at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, United States, were held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 31 and August 1. The photo finish final was won by American Eddie Tolan in a world record equalling time of 10.38 seconds. Teammate Ralph Metcalfe won the silver and was credited with the same time as Tolan.[1] Defending Olympic champion and world record holder Percy Williams of Canada did not advance past the semifinals.

Results[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Eddie Tolan United States 10.38 EWR
2 Ralph Metcalfe United States 10.38 EWR
3 Arthur Jonath Germany 10.50
4 George Simpson United States 10.53
5 Danie Joubert South Africa 10.60
6 Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan 10.79

Key: EWR = Equalled world record; names in blue qualified for next round; OR=Olympic record; EOR= Equalled Olympic record

Note that the runners were judged to have finished the race when they had crossed the line. In 1933, the rules were changed such that the runners finished the race when they reached the line. Had the current rules been in effect then Metcalfe would have been the winner. Melcalfe reached the finish line first, but Tolan, a shorter man,[2] crossed the line first.[3][4]

Records[edit]

These are the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record 10.3 Canada Percy Williams Toronto (CAN) August 9, 1930
Olympic Record 10.6 United States Donald Lippincott Stockholm (SWE) July 6, 1912
10.6 United States Charlie Paddock Antwerp (BEL) August 16, 1920
10.6 United Kingdom Harold Abrahams Paris (FRA) July 6/7 1924
10.6 United States Robert McAllister Amsterdam (NED) July 29/30 1928
10.6 Canada Percy Williams Amsterdam (NED) July 30, 1928
10.6 South Africa Willie Legg Amsterdam (NED) July 30, 1928

Arthur Jonath equalled the standing Olympic record with 10.6 in the third heat of the first round. Eddie Tolan set a new Olympic record with 10.4 in the first heat of the quarterfinals, and equalled the world record of 10.3 in the final along with Ralph Metcalfe.

Preliminaries[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Eddie Tolan United States 10.9
2 José de Almeida Brazil 11.0
3 Fernando Ortíz Mexico 11.2
4 André Théard Haiti 11.4
5 António Rodrigues Portugal 11.5
DNF Fred Reid Great Britain

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Simpson United States 10.9
2 Ernie Page Great Britain 11.1
3 Andrej Engel Czechoslovakia 11.2
4 Bunoo Sutton India 11.4
5 Liu Changchun Taiwan China 11.5

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Jonath Germany 10.6 EOR
2 Allan Elliot New Zealand 10.8
3 Izuo Anno Japan 10.9
4 Ronald Vernieux India 11.0
5 Samuel Giacosa Argentina 11.1

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Carlos Bianchi Argentina 10.8
2 Helmut Körnig Germany 11.0
3 Percy Williams Canada 11.1
4 Jesús Moraila Mexico 11.2

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Metcalfe United States 11.0
2 Bert Pearson Canada 11.1
3 Angelos Lambrou Greece 11.3
4 Fernando Ramírez Mexico 11.4

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Danie Joubert South Africa 11.0
2 Harold Wright Canada 11.2
3 Ernst Geerling Germany 11.3
4 Ricardo Guimarães Brazil 11.4

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan 10.9
2 Chris Berger Netherlands 11.1
3 Héctor Berra Argentina 11.2
4 Stanley Fuller Great Britain 11.3
5 Mario Marques Brazil 11.5

Quarterfinals[edit]

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Eddie Tolan United States 10.53 OR
2 Carlos Bianchi Argentina 10.5
3 Percy Williams Canada 10.7
4 Chris Berger Netherlands 10.7
5 Fernando Ortíz Mexico 11.0

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Simpson United States 10.74
2 Harold Wright Canada 10.9
3 Helmut Körnig Germany 11.0
4 Andrej Engel Czechoslovakia 11.1

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Metcalfe United States 10.77
2 Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan 10.8
3 Allan Elliot New Zealand 10.9
4 Ernie Page Great Britain 10.9
5 Ernst Geerling Germany 11.1

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Jonath Germany 10.68
2 Danie Joubert South Africa 10.6
3 Bert Pearson Canada 10.7
4 José de Almeida Brazil 10.8
5 Izuo Anno Japan 10.9

Semifinals[edit]

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Eddie Tolan United States 10.81
2 Danie Joubert South Africa 10.81
3 Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan 10.83
4 Percy Williams Canada 10.91
5 Allan Elliot New Zealand 11.0
6 Helmut Körnig Germany 11.2

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Metcalfe United States 10.65
2 George Simpson United States 10.70
3 Arthur Jonath Germany 10.71
4 Carlos Bianchi Argentina 10.73
5 Bert Pearson Canada 10.95
6 Harold Wright Canada 11.1

Key: EWR = Equalled world record; names in blue qualified for next round; OR=Olympic record; EOR= Equalled Olympic record; DNF = did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tolan wins by two inches in Olympic 100 meters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. August 2, 1932. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Friends and rivals". Milwaukee Journal. World Wide photo. August 3, 1932. p. 3, part 2. 
  3. ^ Wolf, Bob (July 26, 1984). "Olympic blunder". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3, part 3. 
  4. ^ Rice, Grantland (August 2, 1932). "Tolan-Metcalfe race greatest in Olympic history, says Rice". Milwaukee Journal. NANA. p. 4, part 2. 

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