Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

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Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground
Date November 23–24
Competitors 28 from 18 nations
Winning time 50.1
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
«1952 1960»
Athletics at the
1956 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
20 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 hurdles competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia took place on November 23–24 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Competition format[edit]

The men's 400m hurdles competition started with six heats, where the fastest two from each heat qualified to one of the two semifinals groups. The three fastest runners from each semifinals group advanced to the final.

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Glenn Davis (USA) 49.5 Los Angeles, United States June 29, 1956
Olympic record  Charles Moore (USA) 50.8 Helsinki, Finland July 21, 1952

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Name Country Result
1 Glenn Davis United States 51.3
2 David Lean Australia 51.4
3 Keiji Ogushi Japan 53.2
4 Ovidio de Jesús Puerto Rico 54.0
5 Pablo Somblingo Philippines 54.5

Heat 2

Rank Name Country Result
1 Eddie Southern United States 51.3
2 Harry Kane Great Britain 51.8
3 Geoff Goodacre Australia 52.5
4 Kalim Khawaja Ghani Pakistan 55.1
5 Jagdev Singh India 55.2

Heat 3

Rank Name Country Result
1 Josh Culbreath United States 50.9
2 Guy Cury France 51.6
3 Jaime Aparicio Colombia 52.0
4 Tom Farrell Great Britain 52.7
5 Muhammad Yaqub Pakistan 53.1
6 Tsai Cheng-Fu Chinese Taipei 54.6

Heat 4

Rank Name Country Result
1 Ross Parker Australia 53.5
2 Ioannis Kambadelis Greece 53.7
3 Amadeo Francis Puerto Rico 54.3

Heat 5

Rank Name Country Result
1 Yuriy Lituyev Soviet Union 51.6
2 Gert Potgieter South Africa 52.0
3 Ossi Mildh Finland 52.1
4 Alexandre Yankoff France 53.1
5 Marcel Lambrechts Belgium 54.0

Heat 6

Rank Name Country Result
1 Anatoly Yulin Soviet Union 52.1
2 Ilie Savel Romania 52.2
3 Bob Shaw Great Britain 52.5
4 Ulisses dos Santos Brazil 53.8

Semifinals[edit]

Group 1

Rank Name Country Result
1 Eddie Southern United States 50.1 OR
2 Glenn Davis United States 50.7
3 Gert Potgieter South Africa 51.3
4 Guy Cury France 51.5
5 Anatoly Yulin Soviet Union 51.7
6 Ross Parker Australia 52.6

Group 2

Rank Name Country Result
1 Josh Culbreath United States 50.9
2 David Lean Australia 51.4
3 Yuriy Lituyev Soviet Union 51.8
4 Ilie Savel Romania 52.0
5 Harry Kane Great Britain 52.7
6 Ioannis Kambadelis Greece 53.8

Final[edit]

Rank Name Country Result
1st Glenn Davis United States 50.1
2nd Eddie Southern United States 50.8
3rd Josh Culbreath United States 51.6
4 Yuriy Lituyev Soviet Union 51.7
5 David Lean Australia 51.8
6 Gert Potgieter South Africa 56.0

References[edit]