Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the X Olympiad
Venue Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Dates August 4 (heats and quarterfinals)
August 5 (semifinals and final)
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1928 1936»
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

The men's 400 metres sprint event at the 1932 Olympic Games took place on August 4 and August 5 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Six heats were held; the fastest three runners advanced to the Quarterfinal Round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Adolf Metzner Germany 50.4
2 Seikan Oki Japan 50.5
3 Alex Wilson Canada 50.5
4 Kell Areskoug Sweden 50.7

Heat Two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ben Eastman United States 49.0
2 Jochen Büchner Germany 49.3
3 Hjalle Johannesen Norway 49.5
4 Carlos de Anda Mexico 49.8

Heat Three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Börje Strandvall Finland 49.8
2 Jimmy Ball Canada 50.0
3 Iwao Masuda Japan 50.1
4 Sten Pettersson Sweden 50.2

Heat Four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Bill Carr United States 48.8
2 George Golding Australia 49.0
3 Crew Stoneley Great Britain 49.1
4 Walter Nehb Germany 49.4
5 Khristos Mantikas Greece 49.6
6 Manuel Álvarez Mexico 49.9

Heat Five

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Felix Rinner Austria 49.2
2 Godfrey Rampling Great Britain 49.5
3 Willie Walters South Africa 49.8
4 Stuart Black New Zealand 49.9
5 Seiken Cho Japan 50.0

Heat Six

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 James Gordon United States 50.6
2 Ray Lewis Canada 50.7
3 Domingos Puglisi Brazil 50.8
4 Richard Arguello Mexico 50.9

Quarterfinals[edit]

Three heats were held; the four fastest runners in each heat advanced to the Semifinal Round.

Heat One

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Bill Carr United States 48.4
2 Willie Walter South Africa 48.5
3 George Golding Australia 48.6
4 Alex Wilson Canada 49.6
5 Domingos Puglisi Brazil 50.1
6 Iwao Masuda Japan

Heat Two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 James Gordon United States 48.6
2 Godfrey Rampling Great Britain 48.8
3 Jochen Büchner Germany 48.9
4 Jimmy Ball Canada 49.3
5 Hjalle Johannesen Norway 49.4
6 Seikan Oki Japan

Heat Three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ben Eastman United States 48.8
2 Felix Rinner Austria 48.9
3 Börje Strandvall Finland 49.0
4 Crew Stoneley Great Britain 49.1
5 Ray Lewis Canada 49.1
6 Adolf Metzner Germany 49.2

Semifinals[edit]

Two heats were held; the fastest three runners advanced to the Final Round.

Heat One

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Bill Carr United States 47.2 OR
2 Alex Wilson Canada 47.8
3 George Golding Australia 48.0
4 Godfrey Rampling Great Britain 48.0
5 Felix Rinner Austria 48.8
6 Jochen Büchner Germany 49.2

Heat Two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ben Eastman United States 47.6
2 Willie Walters South Africa 48.2
3 James Gordon United States 48.2
4 Börje Strandvall Finland 48.4
5 Crew Stoneley Great Britain 48.6
6 Jimmy Ball Canada 49.0

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st Bill Carr United States 46.28 WR
2nd Ben Eastman United States 46.50
3rd Alex Wilson Canada 47.4
4 Willie Walters South Africa 48.2
5 James Gordon United States 48.2
6 George Golding Australia 48.8

Key: OR = Olympic record; WR = world record

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