Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Venue Empire Stadium
Dates August 4 (heats and quarterfinals)
August 5 (semifinals and final)
Competitors 6 known from 3 known nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1936 1952»
Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
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
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
10 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The men's 400 metres sprint event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between August 4 and August 5. The final was won by Jamaican Arthur Wint coming from almost 10 meters back to catch teammate and world record holder Herb McKenley.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The fastest two runners in each of the twelve heats advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jimmy Reardon Ireland 48.4
2 Marko Račič Yugoslavia 50.5
3 Chen Yinglang China 50.9
4 Georgios Karageorgos Greece 54.5

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley Jamaica 48.4
2 Rune Larsson Sweden 49.2
3 Ferenc Bánhalmi Hungary 49.6
4 Jaime Aparicio Colombia 50.8
5 Guillermo Evans Argentina 51.8

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Zvonko Sabolović Yugoslavia 49.9
2 Kurt Lundquist Sweden 50.0
3 Antonio Pocoví Argentina 50.7
4 Mario Rosas Colombia 51.4
5 L. Hasso Iraq 56.8

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Rhoden Jamaica 48.4
2 Dennis Shore South Africa 49.0
3 Oskar Hardmeier Switzerland 49.2
4 Angel García Cuba 50.2
5 Bill Ramsay Australia 50.3

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jacques Lunis France 49.3
2 Folke Alnevik Sweden 50.2
3 Carlos Monges Mexico 50.9

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Dave Bolen United States 50.1
2 John Bartram Australia 50.8
3 Hazzard Dill Bermuda 53.0

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Les Lewis Great Britain 48.9
2 Bjørn Vade Norway 49.6
3 Ernie McCullough Canada 49.9
4 Walter Keller Switzerland 50.3
5 Runar Holmberg Finland 50.6

Heat eight

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mal Whitfield United States 48.3
2 Bill Roberts Great Britain 48.9
3 Don McFarlane Canada 49.5
4 Olavi Talja Finland 50.4
5 Max Trepp Switzerland 50.9

Heat nine

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint Jamaica 47.7
2 Francis Schewetta France 48.9
3 John De Saram Ceylon 51.2
4 Tauno Suvanto Finland 51.5
5 Doğan Acarbay Turkey 53.0

Heat ten

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Morris Curotta Australia 49.1
2 Rosalvo Ramos Brazil 49.2
3 Raymond Crapet France 49.4
4 Kemal Horulu Turkey 51.5

Heat eleven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Guida United States 49.0
2 Derek Pugh Great Britain 49.3
3 Gustavo Ehlers Chile 49.5
4 Stefanos Petrakis Greece 54.5

Heat twelve

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herman Kunnen Belgium 50.0
2 Bob McFarlane Canada 50.6
3 Reynir Sigurðsson Iceland 51.4
4 Jaime Itlmann Chile 51.5
5 Stylianos Stratakos Greece 52.8

Quarterfinals[edit]

The fastest three runners in each of the four heats advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mal Whitfield United States 48.0
2 George Rhoden Jamaica 48.6
3 Rosalvo Ramos Brazil 48.7
4 Les Lewis Great Britain 49.2
5 Zvonko Sabolović Yugoslavia 49.5
6 Folke Alnevik Sweden 50.6

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint Jamaica 47.7
2 Morris Curotta Australia 48.4
3 Dennis Shore South Africa 48.5
4 Bill Roberts Great Britain 48.6
5 Bjørn Vade Norway 49.7

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley Jamaica 48.0
2 George Guida United States 48.0
3 Rune Larsson Sweden 48.8
4 John Bartram Australia 49.9
5 Francis Schewetta France 49.9
6 Marko Račič Yugoslavia 52.1

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Dave Bolen United States 48.0
2 Jimmy Reardon Jacques Lunis Ireland 48.3
3 Bob McFarlane Canada 48.4
4 Kurt Lundquist Sweden 48.4
5 Derek Pugh Great Britain 48.8
6 Jacques Lunis France 48.9

Semifinals[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Arthur Wint Jamaica 46.2 =OR
2 Herb McKenley Jamaica 46.4
3 Mal Whitfield United States 46.9
4 Dave Bolen United States 47.2
5 Morris Curotta Australia 47.9
6 George Guida United States 50.2

Key: =OR = Equalled Olympic record

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