Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres

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Men's 100 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Venue Wembley Stadium
London, England
Dates 30 July 1948 (heats, quarterfinals)
31 July 1948 (semifinals, final)
Competitors 63 from 33 nations
Winning time 10.3 seconds
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Panama
1936 1952
Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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The men's 100 metres sprint event at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England, we held at Wembley Stadium on 30 and 31 July. The final was won by American Harrison Dillard, in a photo finish. This was the first time a photo finish camera was used at an Olympic Games.[1]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Jesse Owens (USA) 10.2 s Chicago, United States 20 June 1936
 Harold Davis (USA) Compton, United States 6 June 1941
Olympic record  Jesse Owens (USA) 10.3 s Berlin, Germany 2 August 1936

Schedule[edit]

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

Date Time
Friday, 30 July 1948 15:00
17:30
Round 1
Round 2
Saturday, 31 July 1948 14:30
15:45
Semifinals
Finals

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The fastest two runners in each of the twelve heats advanced to the second round.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Barney Ewell United States 10.5
2 Alastair McCorquodale Great Britain 10.5
3 Leslie Laing Jamaica 11.0
4 Angel García Cuba
5 Nestor Jacono Malta

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mel Patton United States 10.6
2 Ivan Hausen Brazil 10.9
3 Jim O'Brien Canada 10.9
4 Fernando Lapuente Argentina
5 Hector Gosset Belgium
6 Guillermo Rodríguez Mexico

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Lloyd La Beach Panama 10.7
2 Béla Goldoványi Hungary 11.0
3 Frank Mahoney Bermuda 11.8

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Juan López Uruguay 10.5
2 Ken Jones Great Britain 10.6
3 Jan Meijer Netherlands 11.0
4 Máximo Reyes Peru
5 Finnbjörn Þorvaldsson Iceland

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Harrison Dillard United States 10.4
2 Aroldo da Silva Brazil 10.6
3 Peter Bloch Norway 11.1
4 Pol Braekman Belgium

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 McDonald Bailey Great Britain 10.5
2 Haukur Clausen Iceland 11.0
3 Abram van Heerden South Africa 11.1
4 Carlos Silva Chile
5 Bernabe Lovina Philippines
6 Stanley Lines Bermuda

Heat 7

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 John Treloar Australia 10.5
2 René Valmy France 10.8
3 György Csányi Hungary 11.1
4 Carlos Isaac Argentina
5 Sayed Moukhtar Egypt
6 Ali Salman Iraq

Heat 8

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Rafael Fortún Cuba 10.7
2 John Bartram Australia 10.8
3 Basil McKenzie Jamaica 10.8
4 Hélio da Silva Brazil
5 Jo Zwaan Netherlands

Heat 9

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Morris Curotta Australia 10.7
2 Gerardo Bönnhoff Argentina 10.8
3 Raúl Mazorra Cuba 11.1
4 Örn Clausen Iceland
5 Raşit Öztaş Turkey
- Perry Johnson Bermuda DQ

Heat 10

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Lewis Trinidad and Tobago 10.8
2 Ted Haggis Canada 10.9
3 Walter Pérez Uruguay 11.0
4 Santiago Ferrando Peru
5 Stefanos Petrakis Greece

Heat 11

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Isidoor Van De Wiele Belgium 10.8
2 António Morais Portugal 10.9
3 Alberto Labarthe Chile 11.0
4 Muhammad Sharif Butt Pakistan
5 Charles Thompson British Guiana

Heat 12

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mario Fayos Uruguay 11.0
2 Eric Prabhakar India 11.0
3 László Bartha Hungary 11.1
4 Jan Kleyn Netherlands
5 Kemal Aksur Turkey
6 Maung Sein Pe Burma
- Étienne Bally France DNF

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 Harrison Dillard United States 10.4
2 Juan López Uruguay 10.6
3 Ken Jones Great Britain 10.7
4 Ivan Hausen Brazil
5 Ted Haggis Canada
6 António Morais Portugal

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Barney Ewell United States 10.5
2 McDonald Bailey Great Britain 10.6
3 Morris Curotta Australia 10.8
4 George Lewis Trinidad and Tobago
5 Béla Goldoványi Hungary
6 Haukur Clausen Iceland

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mel Patton United States 10.4
2 Alastair McCorquodale Great Britain 10.5
3 John Bartram Australia 10.6
4 René Valmy France
5 Mario Fayos Uruguay
6 Isidoor Van De Wiele Belgium

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Lloyd La Beach Panama 10.5
2 John Treloar Australia 10.5
3 Rafael Fortún Cuba 10.6
4 Aroldo da Silva Brazil
5 Gerardo Bönnhoff Argentina
6 Eric Prabhakar India


Semifinals[edit]

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

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Harrison Dillard United States 10.5
2 Barney Ewell United States 10.5
3 Alastair McCorquodale Great Britain 10.7
4 John Bartram Australia
5 Juan López Uruguay
6 Morris Curotta Australia

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mel Patton United States 10.4
2 Lloyd LaBeach Panama 10.5
3 McDonald Bailey Great Britain 10.6
4 John Treloar Australia
5 Rafael Fortún Cuba
6 Ken Jones Great Britain

Key: =OR = Equalled Olympic record; DNF = Did not finish; DQ = Disqualified

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Harrison Dillard United States 10.3 =OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Barney Ewell United States 10.4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lloyd LaBeach Panama 10.6
4 Alastair McCorquodale Great Britain
5 Mel Patton United States
6 McDonald Bailey Great Britain

Key: =OR = Equalled Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Peter (24 July 2012). "London's three Olympic Games compared", BBC News.

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