Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

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Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates August 3 (heats)
August 4 (semifinals, final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) William Porter
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Clyde Scott
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Craig Dixon
 United States
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Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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The men's 110 metres hurdles event at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games took place August 3 and August 4. The final was won by American William Porter. Porter's compatriots, Clyde Scott and Craig Dixon took 2nd and 3rd place.

With the absence of the best American hurdler Harrison Dillard, who did not qualify to the Olympics in the hurdles but did win gold in his secondary event, the 100 metres, the three Americans William Porter, Clyde Scott and Craig Dixon were headlong over the rest of the field. From the start to finish they ran almost neck to neck, with the others some five yards behind. In the finish, Porter gained a clear win with Scott beating Dixon by inches for second place.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Forrest Towns (USA) 13.7 s Oslo, Norway 27 August 1936
Olympic record 14.1 s Berlin, Germany 6 August 1936

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
4 August Final  William Porter (USA) 13.9 s OR


Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

Date Time
Tuesday, 3 August 1948 15:45 Round 1
Wednesday, 4 August 1948 15:15
17:00
Semifinals
Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The first round was held on August 3. The two fastest runners from each heat qualified to the semifinals.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 William Porter  United States 14.3
2 Pol Braekman  Belgium 15.2
3 Mario Recordón  Chile 15.3
4 Ray Barkway  Great Britain 15.3
5 Erdal Barkay  Turkey

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Clyde Scott  United States 14.8
2 Hugues Frayer  France 15.5
3 Börje Rendin  Sweden 15.5
4 Lazaros Petropoulakis  Greece

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Alberto Triulzi  Argentina 14.6
2 Peter Gardner  Australia 14.6
3 Manuel Suárez  Spain 15.9
4 Joe Birrell  Great Britain
5 Petros Krosfilit-Omiros  Greece

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jim Vickers  India 14.7
2 Håkan Lidman  Sweden 14.7
3 Julio Sabater  Puerto Rico 15.3
4 Jan Zwaan  Netherlands 15.4
5 Charles Green  Australia 15.4

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 André Marie  France 14.4
2 Olivier Bernard  Switzerland 14.9
3 Sydney Foster  Jamaica 15.2
4 Don Finlay  Great Britain DNF

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Craig Dixon  United States 14.2
2 Ray Weinberg  Australia 15.0
3 Gilbert Omnès  France 15.2
4 Hernán Alzamora  Peru
5 Mazar Ul-Haq Khan  Pakistan

Semifinals[edit]

The semifinals were held on August 4. The three fastest runners advanced to the final.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Craig Dixon  United States 14.2
2 Peter Gardner  Australia 14.5
3 Håkan Lidman  Sweden 14.6
4 Pol Braekman  Belgium
5 Olivier Bernard  France
6 André Marie  France DNF

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 William Porter  United States 14.1
2 Clyde Scott  United States 14.2
3 Alberto Triulzi  Argentina 14.6
4 Jim Vickers  India
5 Ray Weinberg  Australia
6 Hugues Frayer  France

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) William Porter  United States 13.9 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Clyde Scott  United States 14.1
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Craig Dixon  United States 14.1
4 Alberto Triulzi  Argentina 14.6
5 Peter Gardner  Australia 14.7 Est
6 Håkan Lidman  Sweden 14.8 Est

Key: Est = Time is an estimate, OR = Olympic record

References[edit]