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)
Competitors 33 from 17 nations
Winning time 10.3 seconds
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Eddie Tolan  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ralph Metcalfe  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Arthur Jonath  Germany
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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.[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.[2] 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
1st, gold medalist(s) Eddie Tolan  United States 10.3

EWR

2nd, silver medalist(s) Ralph Metcalfe  United States 10.3 EWR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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,[3] crossed the line first.[4][5]

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 Wilfred 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]

  Advance on placement

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. ^ "Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's 100 metres". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Tolan wins by two inches in Olympic 100 meters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. August 2, 1932. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Friends and rivals". Milwaukee Journal. World Wide photo. August 3, 1932. p. 3, part 2. 
  4. ^ Wolf, Bob (July 26, 1984). "Olympic blunder". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3, part 3. 
  5. ^ 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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