Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
The finish of the mens 400 metres at the Olympic Games, London, 1948. (7649947722).jpg
The finish of the men's 400 metres final
Venue Empire Stadium
Dates August 4 (heats and quarterfinals)
August 5 (semifinals and final)
Competitors 6 known from 3 known nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Arthur Wint
 Jamaica
2nd, silver medalist(s) Herb McKenley
 Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mal Whitfield
 United States
← 1936
1952 →

The men's 400 metres sprint event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between August 4 and August 5. The final was won by Jamaican Arthur Wint coming from almost 10 meters back to catch teammate and world record holder Herb McKenley.[1]

Records[edit]

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

World Record  Rudolf Harbig (GER) 46.0 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 12 August 1939
Olympic Record  Bill Carr (USA) 46.2 Los Angeles, United States 5 August 1932

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 4 August 1948 15:30
17:15
Round 1
Round 2
Thursday, 5 August 1948 15:00
16:45
Semifinals
Finals

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The fastest two runners in each of the twelve heats advanced to Round 2.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jimmy Reardon  Ireland 48.4
2 Marko Račič  Yugoslavia 50.5
3 Chen Yinglang  Republic of China 50.9
4 Georgios Karageorgos  Greece 54.5

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley  Jamaica 48.4
2 Rune Larsson  Sweden 49.2
3 Ferenc Bánhalmi  Hungary 49.6
4 Jaime Aparicio  Colombia 50.8
5 Guillermo Evans  Argentina 51.8

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Zvonko Sabolović  Yugoslavia 49.9
2 Kurt Lundquist  Sweden 50.0
3 Antonio Pocovi  Argentina 50.7
4 Mario Rosas  Colombia 51.4
5 L. Hasso  Iraq 56.8

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Rhoden  Jamaica 48.4
2 Dennis Shore  South Africa 49.0
3 Oskar Hardmeier  Switzerland 49.2
4 Angel García  Cuba 50.2
5 Bill Ramsay  Australia 50.3

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jacques Lunis  France 49.3
2 Folke Alnevik  Sweden 50.2
3 Carlos Monges  Mexico 50.9

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Dave Bolen  United States 50.1
2 John Bartram  Australia 50.8
3 Hazzard Dill  Bermuda 53.0

Heat 7

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Leslie Lewis  Great Britain 48.9
2 Bjørn Vade  Norway 49.6
3 Ernie McCullough  Canada 49.9
4 Walter Keller  Switzerland 50.3
5 Runar Holmberg  Finland 50.6

Heat 8

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mal Whitfield  United States 48.3
2 Bill Roberts  Great Britain 48.9
3 Don McFarlane  Canada 49.5
4 Olavi Talja  Finland 50.4
5 Max Trepp  Switzerland 50.9

Heat 9

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint  Jamaica 47.7
2 Francis Schewetta  France 48.9
3 John De Saram  Ceylon 51.2
4 Tauno Suvanto  Finland 51.5
5 Doğan Acarbay  Turkey 53.0

Heat 10

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Morris Curotta  Australia 49.1
2 Rosalvo Ramos  Brazil 49.2
3 Raymond Crapet  France 49.4
4 Kemal Horulu  Turkey 51.5

Heat 11

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Guida  United States 49.0
2 Derek Pugh  Great Britain 49.3
3 Gustavo Ehlers  Chile 49.5
4 Stefanos Petrakis  Greece 54.5

Heat 12

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herman Kunnen  Belgium 50.0
2 Bob McFarlane  Canada 50.6
3 Reynir Sigurðsson  Iceland 51.4
4 Jaime Hitelman  Chile 51.5
5 Stylianos Stratakos  Greece 52.8

Round 2[edit]

The fastest three runners in each of the four heats advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mal Whitfield  United States 48.0
2 George Rhoden  Jamaica 48.6
3 Rosalvo Ramos  Brazil 48.7
4 Leslie Lewis  Great Britain 49.2
5 Zvonko Sabolović  Yugoslavia 49.5
6 Folke Alnevik  Sweden 50.6

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint  Jamaica 47.7
2 Morris Curotta  Australia 48.4
3 Dennis Shore  South Africa 48.5
4 Bill Roberts  Great Britain 48.6
5 Bjørn Vade  Norway 49.7

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley  Jamaica 48.0
2 George Guida  United States 48.0
3 Rune Larsson  Sweden 48.8
4 John Bartram  Australia 49.9
5 Francis Schewetta  France 49.9
6 Marko Račič  Yugoslavia 52.1

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Dave Bolen  United States 48.0
2 Jimmy Reardon  Ireland 48.3
3 Bob McFarlane  Canada 48.4
4 Kurt Lundquist  Sweden 48.4
5 Derek Pugh  Great Britain 48.8
6 Jacques Lunis  France 48.9

Semifinals[edit]

The fastest three runners in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Arthur Wint  Jamaica 46.3
2 Morris Curotta  Australia 47.2
3 Mal Whitfield  United States 47.4
4 George Rhoden  Jamaica 47.7
5 Jimmy Reardon  Ireland 47.8
6

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Herb McKenley  Jamaica 47.3
2 Dave Bolen  United States 47.9
3 George Guida  United States 48.3
4 Dennis Shore  South Africa 48.8
5 Rosalvo Ramos  Brazil 49.1
6 Bob McFarlane  Canada 51.7

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Arthur Wint  Jamaica 46.2 =OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Herb McKenley  Jamaica 46.4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mal Whitfield  United States 46.9
4 Dave Bolen  United States 47.2
5 Morris Curotta  Australia 47.9
6 George Guida  United States 50.2

Key: =OR = Equalled Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's 400 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 

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