Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates July 24 (heats and quarterfinals)
July 25 (semifinals and final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) George Rhoden
 Jamaica
2nd, silver medalist(s) Herb McKenley
 Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ollie Matson
 United States
← 1948
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Athletics at the
1952 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
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
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
10 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The men's 400 metres sprint event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place between July 24 and July 25.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

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

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Karl-Friedrich Haas  Germany 47.58
2 Leslie Lewis  Great Britain 47.95
3 Edwin Carr, Jr.  Australia 48.23
4 Zoltán Adamik  Hungary 48.70
5 Evelio Planas  Cuba 49.44
6 Abdul Rehman  Pakistan 51.47

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ardalion Ignatyev  Soviet Union 48.22
2 Rolf Back  Finland 48.58
3 Rupert Blöch  Austria 49.82
4 Gérard Rasquin  Luxembourg 50.12
5 John Anderton  South Africa 50.35
6 Pongamat Amatayakul  Thailand 53.23

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint  Jamaica 47.42
2 Jack Carroll  Canada 48.05
3 Egon Solymossy  Hungary 49.32
4 Josef Steger  Switzerland 49.35
5 Jaakko Suikkari  Finland 50.92
6 Aurang Zeb  Pakistan 51.25

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt  Sweden 48.57
2 Terry Higgins  Great Britain 48.77
3 Junkichi Matoba  Japan 49.57
4 Vasilios Sillis  Greece 49.79
5 Doğan Acarbay  Turkey 50.83
6 Ivan Jacob  India 51.48

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley  Jamaica 48.09
2 Louis van Biljon  South Africa 48.31
3 Roger Moens  Belgium 48.71
4 Ferenc Bánhalmi  Hungary 49.55
5 Arie Gill-Glick  Israel 50.27
6 Ernst von Gunten  Switzerland 50.88
- Tage Ekfeldt  Sweden DQ

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mal Whitfield  United States 48.68
2 Guillermo Gutiérrez  Venezuela 48.82
3 Gianni Rocca  Italy 49.51
4 Gösta Brännström  Sweden 50.32
5 Javier Souza  Mexico 50.47
6 Emin Doybak  Turkey 51.34
7 Fernando Casimiro  Portugal 52.33

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jacques Degats  France 48.60
2 Morris Curotta  Australia 48.87
3 Vincenzo Lombardo  Italy 49.53
4 Rudolf Haidegger  Austria 50.01
5 Albert Lowagie  Belgium 50.26

Heat eight

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Hans Geister  Germany 47.99
2 Yves Camus  France 48.06
3 Milan Filo  Czechoslovakia 48.91
4 Guðmundur Lárusson  Iceland 49.81
5 Sompop Svadanandana  Thailand 53.68
6 Jeremias Stokes  Guatemala 53.81

Heat nine

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Gene Cole  United States 48.44
2 Alan Dick  Great Britain 48.84
3 Edmunds Pīlāgs  Soviet Union 49.29
4 Angel García  Cuba 49.34
5 Antoine Uyterhoeven  Belgium 50.21
6 Jean Hamilius  Luxembourg 50.75

Heat ten

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Rhoden  Jamaica 48.28
2 Gerard Mach  Poland 48.64
3 Paul Dolan  Ireland 48.81
4 Jean-Pierre Goudeau  France 48.94
5 Doug Clement  Canada 50.19

Heat eleven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 James Lavery  Canada 48.47
2 Yuriy Lituyev  Soviet Union 49.01
3 Frank Rivera  Puerto Rico 49.48
4 Antonio Siddi  Italy 51.03

Heat twelve

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ollie Matson  United States 48.17
2 Hans Ernst Schneider  Switzerland 48.86
3 Argemiro Roque  Brazil 49.05
4 Schalk Booysen  South Africa 49.17
5 Jiří David  Czechoslovakia 49.23
6 Fred Hammer  Luxembourg 49.90
7 Ossi Mildh  Finland 50.36

Quarterfinals[edit]

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

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint  Jamaica 46.98
2 James Lavery  Canada 47.67
3 Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt  Sweden 48.08
4 Guillermo Gutiérrez  Venezuela 48.75
5 Leslie Lewis  Great Britain 49.09
6 Hans Ernst Schneider  Switzerland 49.32

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Rhoden  Jamaica 47.24
2 Ollie Matson  United States 47.53
3 Karl-Friedrich Haas  Germany 47.66
4 Morris Curotta  Australia 48.86
5 Rolf Back  Finland 51.53

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mal Whitfield  United States 47.74
2 Hans Geister  Germany 47.81
3 Jack Carroll  Canada 47.82
4 Louis van Biljon  South Africa 48.63
5 Jacques Degats  France 48.90
6 Alan Dick  Great Britain 49.20

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley  Jamaica 47.56
2 Gene Cole  United States 47.88
3 Ardalion Ignatyev  Soviet Union 48.25
4 Yves Camus  France 48.43
5 Terry Higgins  Great Britain 49.22

Semifinals[edit]

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

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint  Jamaica 46.38
2 Karl-Friedrich Haas  Germany 46.56
3 Mal Whitfield  United States 46.64
4 Gene Cole  United States 46.94
5 Ardalion Ignatyev  Soviet Union 47.49
6 James Lavery  Canada 47.83

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley  Jamaica 46.53
2 George Rhoden  Jamaica 46.61
3 Ollie Matson  United States 46.99
4 Hans Geister  Germany 47.00
5 Jack Carroll  Canada 47.61

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) George Rhoden  Jamaica 46.09 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Herb McKenley  Jamaica 46.20
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ollie Matson  United States 46.94
4 Karl-Friedrich Haas  Germany 47.22
5 Arthur Wint  Jamaica 47.24
6 Mal Whitfield  United States 47.30

Key: OR = Olympic record; DQ = Disqualified

References[edit]