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
10.3 Ralph Metcalfe
 United States
10.3 Arthur Jonath
 Germany
10.4
200 metres
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Eddie Tolan
 United States
21.2 George Simpson
 United States
21.4 Ralph Metcalfe
 United States
21.5
400 metres
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Bill Carr
 United States
46.2 Ben Eastman
 United States
46.4 Alex Wilson
 Canada
47.4
800 metres
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Tommy Hampson
 Great Britain
1:49.8 Alex Wilson
 Canada
1:49.9 Phil Edwards
 Canada
1:51.5
1500 metres
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Luigi Beccali
 Italy
3:51.2 Jerry Cornes
 Great Britain
3:52.6 Phil Edwards
 Canada
3:52.8
5000 metres
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Lauri Lehtinen
 Finland
14:30.0 Ralph Hill
 United States
14:30.0 Lauri Virtanen
 Finland
14:44.0
10,000 metres
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Janusz Kusociński
 Poland
30:11.4 Volmari Iso-Hollo
 Finland
30:12.6 Lauri Virtanen
 Finland
30:35.0
110 metres hurdles
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George Saling
 United States
14.6 Percy Beard
 United States
14.7 Donald Finlay
 Great Britain
14.8
400 metres hurdles
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Bob Tisdall
 Ireland
51.8 Glenn Hardin
 United States
51.9 Morgan Taylor
 United States
52.0
3000 metres steeplechase
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Volmari Iso-Hollo
 Finland
10:33.4 Thomas Evenson
 Great Britain
10:46.0 Joe McCluskey
 United States
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
2:31:36 Sam Ferris
 Great Britain
2:31:55 Armas Toivonen
 Finland
2:32:12
50 kilometres walk
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Tommy Green
 Great Britain
4:50:10 Jānis Daliņš
 Latvia
4:57:20 Ugo Frigerio
 Italy
4:59:06
Long jump
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Ed Gordon
 United States
7.64 m Lambert Redd
 United States
7.60 m Chuhei Nambu
 Japan
7.45 m
Triple jump
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Chuhei Nambu
 Japan
15.72 m Erik Svensson
 Sweden
15.32 m Kenkichi Oshima
 Japan
15.12 m
High jump
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Duncan McNaughton
 Canada
1.97 m Bob Van Osdel
 United States
1.97 m Simeon Toribio
 Philippines
1.97 m
Pole vault
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Bill Miller
 United States
4.315 m Shuhei Nishida
 Japan
4.30 m George Jefferson
 United States
4.20 m
Shot put
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Leo Sexton
 United States
16.00 m Harlow Rothert
 United States
15.67 m František Douda
 Czechoslovakia
15.61 m
Discus throw
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John Anderson
 United States
49.49 m Henri LaBorde
 United States
48.47 m Paul Winter
 France
47.85 m
Javelin throw
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Matti Järvinen
 Finland
72.71 m Matti Sippala
 Finland
69.80 m Eino Penttilä
 Finland
68.70 m
Hammer throw
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Pat O'Callaghan
 Ireland
53.92 m Ville Pörhölä
 Finland
52.27 m Peter Zaremba
 United States
50.33 m
Decathlon
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James Bausch
 United States
8462.23 Akilles Järvinen
 Finland
8292.48 Wolrad Eberle
 Germany
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
11.9 Hilda Strike
 Canada
11.9 Wilhelmina von Bremen
 United States
12.0
80 metres hurdles
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Babe Didrikson
 United States
11.7 Evelyne Hall
 United States
11.7 Marjorie Clark
 South Africa
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
1.65 m Babe Didrikson
 United States
1.65 m Eva Dawes
 Canada
1.60 m
Discus throw
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Lillian Copeland
 United States
40.58 m Ruth Osburn
 United States
40.12 m Jadwiga Wajs
 Poland
38.74 m
Javelin throw
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Babe Didrikson
 United States
43.68 m Ellen Braumüller
 Germany
43.49 m Tilly Fleischer
 Germany
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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