Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics

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Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics on a German stamp
Athletics at the
1936 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 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, 29 athletics events were contested, 23 for men and 6 for women. The program of events was unchanged from the previous Games. There was a total of 776 participants from 43 countries competing.

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Jesse Owens
 United States
10.3 Ralph Metcalfe
 United States
10.4 Tinus Osendarp
 Netherlands
10.5
200 metres
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Jesse Owens
 United States
20.7 Mack Robinson
 United States
21.1 Tinus Osendarp
 Netherlands
21.3
400 metres
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Archie Williams
 United States
46.5 Godfrey Brown
 Great Britain
46.7 James LuValle
 United States
46.8
800 metres
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John Woodruff
 United States
1:52.9 Mario Lanzi
 Italy
1:53.3 Phil Edwards
 Canada
1:53.6
1500 metres
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Jack Lovelock
 New Zealand
3:47.8 Glenn Cunningham
 United States
3:48.4 Luigi Beccali
 Italy
3:49.2
5000 metres
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Gunnar Höckert
 Finland
14:22.2 Lauri Lehtinen
 Finland
14:25.8 Henry Jonsson
 Sweden
14:29.0
10,000 metres
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Ilmari Salminen
 Finland
30:15.4 Arvo Askola
 Finland
30:15.6 Volmari Iso-Hollo
 Finland
30:20.2
110 metres hurdles
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Forrest Towns
 United States
14.2 Don Finlay
 Great Britain
14.4 Fritz Pollard
 United States
14.4
400 metres hurdles
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Glenn Hardin
 United States
52.4 John Loaring
 Canada
52.7 Miguel White
 Philippines
52.8
3000 metres steeplechase
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Volmari Iso-Hollo
 Finland
9:03.8 Kaarlo Tuominen
 Finland
9:06.8 Alfred Dompert
 Germany
9:07.2
4 × 100 meters relay
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 United States (USA)
Jesse Owens
Ralph Metcalfe
Foy Draper
Frank Wykoff
39.8  Italy (ITA)
Orazio Mariani
Gianni Caldana
Elio Ragni
Tullio Gonnelli
41.1  Germany (GER)
Wilhelm Leichum
Erich Borchmeyer
Erwin Gillmeister
Gerd Hornberger
41.2
4 × 400 meters relay
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 Great Britain (GBR)
Freddie Wolff
Godfrey Rampling
Bill Roberts
Godfrey Brown
3:09.0  United States (USA)
Harold Cagle
Robert Young
Edward O’Brien
Alfred Fitch
3:11.0  Germany (GER)
Helmut Hamann
Friedrich Von Stülpnagel
Harry Voigt
Rudolf Harbig
3:11.8
Marathon
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 Son Kitei (JPN)[1] 2:29:19.2  Ernest Harper (GBR) 2:31:23.2  Nan Shoryu (JPN)[1] 2:31:42.0
50 kilometres walk
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Harold Whitlock
 Great Britain
4:30:41.4 Arthur Tell Schwab
 Switzerland
4:32:09.2 Adalberts Bubenko
 Latvia
4:32:42.2
Long jump
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Jesse Owens
 United States
8.06 m Luz Long
 Germany
7.87 m Naoto Tajima
 Japan
7.74 m
Triple jump
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Naoto Tajima
 Japan
16.00 m Masao Harada
 Japan
15.66 m Jack Metcalfe
 Australia
15.50 m
High jump
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Cornelius Johnson
 United States
2.03 m Dave Albritton
 United States
2.00 m Delos Thurber
 United States
2.00 m
Pole vault
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Earle Meadows
 United States
4.35 m Shuhei Nishida
 Japan
4.25 m Sueo Ōe
 Japan
4.25 m
Shot put
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Hans Woellke
 Germany
16.20 m Sulo Bärlund
 Finland
16.12 m Gerhard Stöck
 Germany
15.66 m
Discus throw
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Ken Carpenter
 United States
50.48 m Gordon Dunn
 United States
49.36 m Giorgio Oberweger
 Italy
49.23 m
Javelin throw
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Gerhard Stöck
 Germany
71.84 m Yrjo Nikkanen
 Finland
70.77 m Kalervo Toivonen
 Finland
70.72 m
Hammer throw
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Karl Hein
 Germany
56.49 m Erwin Blask
 Germany
55.04 m Fred Warngård
 Sweden
54.83 m
Decathlon
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Glenn Morris
 United States
7900 Bob Clark
 United States
7601 Jack Parker
 United States
7275

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Helen Stephens
 United States
11.5 Stanisława Walasiewicz
 Poland
11.7 Käthe Krauß
 Germany
11.9
80 metres hurdles
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Trebisonda Valla
 Italy
11.7 Anni Steuer
 Germany
11.7 Betty Taylor
 Canada
11.7
4 × 100 metres relay
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 United States (USA)
Harriet Bland
Annette Rogers
Betty Robinson
Helen Stephens
46.9  Great Britain (GBR)
Eileen Hiscock
Violet Olney
Audrey Brown
Barbara Burke
47.6  Canada (CAN)
Dorothy Brookshaw
Mildred Dolson
Hilda Cameron
Aileen Meagher
47.8
High jump
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Ibolya Csák
 Hungary
1.60 m Dorothy Odam
 Great Britain
1.60 m Elfriede Kaun
 Germany
1.60 m
Discus throw
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Gisela Mauermayer
 Germany
47.63 m Jadwiga Wajsówna
 Poland
46.22 m Paula Mollenhauer
 Germany
39.80 m
Javelin throw
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Tilly Fleischer
 Germany
45.18 m Luise Krüger
 Germany
43.29 m Maria Kwaśniewska
 Poland
41.80 m

Records broken[edit]

20 new Olympic records and 6 new world records were set in the athletics events.

Men's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
200 metres 5 August Final Jesse Owens United States 20.7 OR
1500 metres 6 August Final Jack Lovelock New Zealand 3:47.8 OR WR
5000 metres 7 August Final Gunnar Höckert Finland 14:22.2 OR
110 metres hurdles 6 August Semi-final Forrest Towns United States 14.1 OR WR
3000 metres steeplechase 8 August Final Volmari Iso-Hollo Finland 9:03.8 OR [2]
4 × 100 metres relay 9 August Final Jesse Owens
Ralph Metcalfe
Foy Draper
Frank Wykoff
United States 39.8 OR WR
Marathon 9 August Final Son Kitei Japan 2:29:19.2 OR
50 kilometres walk 5 August Final Harold Whitlock Great Britain 4:30:41.4 OR
Long jump 4 August Final Jesse Owens United States 8.06 m OR[3]
Triple jump 6 August Final Naoto Tajima Japan 16.00 m OR WR
High jump 2 August Final Cornelius Johnson United States 2.03 m OR
Pole vault 5 August Final Earle Meadows United States 4.35 m OR
Shot put 2 August Final Hans Woellke United States 16.20 m OR
Discus throw 5 August Final Ken Carpenter United States 50.48 m OR
Hammer throw 3 August Final Karl Hein Germany 56.49 m OR
Decathlon 8 August Final Glenn Morris United States 7900 OR WR

Women's Olympic and world records[edit]

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result OR WR
80 metres hurdles 5 August Semi-final Trebisonda Valla Italy 11.6 OR[3]
4 × 100 metres relay 8 August Heats Emmy Albus
Käthe Krauß
Marie Dollinger
Ilse Dörffeldt
Germany 46.4 OR WR
Discus throw 4 August Final Gisela Mauermayer Germany 47.63 m OR
Javelin throw 2 August Final Tilly Fleischer Germany 45.18 m OR

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 14 7 4 25
2  Germany (GER) 5 4 7 16
3  Finland (FIN) 3 5 2 10
4  Great Britain (GBR) 2 5 0 7
5  Japan (JPN) [1] 2 2 3 7
6  Italy (ITA) 1 2 2 5
7  Hungary (HUN) 1 0 0 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 1 0 0 1
9  Poland (POL) 0 2 1 3
10  Canada (CAN) 0 1 3 4
11  Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 0 1
12  Netherlands (NED) 0 0 2 2
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 2 2
14  Philippines (PHI) 0 0 1 1
 Latvia (LAT) 0 0 1 1
 Australia (AUS) 0 0 1 1

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Both Sohn Kee-chung (Son Kitei) and Nam Sung-yong (Nan Shoryu) were from Korea. The IOC credits both medals to Japan due to Korea being a Japanese colony at the time. All Korean Olympians during the Japanese colonial rule could only participate in the Games as a representative of Japan and Japan required them to use the Japanese forms of their names. However, some sources still refer to Son Kitei as the first Korean to win an Olympic marathon.
  2. ^ Was a "world best" time as world records were not yet recognised for the event.
  3. ^ a b Wind-aided mark recognised as Olympic record.

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