Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

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Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground
Dates November 27 (heats and quarterfinals)
November 28 (semifinals and final)
Competitors 24 from 32 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Lee Calhoun
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jack Davis
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Joel Shankle
 United States
← 1952
1960 →
Video on YouTube Official Video @45:55

These are the official results of the Men's 110m Hurdles event at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. There were a total number of 24 athletes. The event took place on 27 and 28 November 1956.[1]

Jack Davis came into the Olympics with the world record, having run 13.4 in a qualifying heat at the national championships a week before the Olympic trials. That was 5 months earlier. Here the three Americans were the class of the field, all three running the semi-final in 14.0, almost half a second faster than any other competitor.

In the final, Lee Calhoun in lane 2 got the edge, leading by half a meter by the third hurdle. Davis, across the track in lane 5, could only keep pace but couldn't make up the gap. He gave his best effort to lean at the tape but was clearly beaten by Calhoun. Four metres back, Joel Shankle completed the American sweep, three metres ahead of Martin Lauer. Almost three years later, Lauer would get Davis' world record. Calhoun would equal it a year after that, in the season leading up to his repeating as Olympic Champion in 1960 leading another American sweep over Lauer.

Final classification[edit]

Med 1.png  Lee Calhoun (USA) 14.1 14.0 13.5
Med 2.png  Jack Davis (USA) 14.0 14.0 13.5
Med 3.png  Joel Shankle (USA) 14.0 14.0 14.1
4.  Martin Lauer (EUA) 14.2 14.4 14.5
5.  Stanko Lorger (YUG) 14.6 14.6 14.5
6.  Boris Stolyarov (URS) 14.3 14.5 14.6
 Bert Steines (EUA) 14.3 14.5 DNQ
 Ghulam Raziq (PAK) 14.5 14.6 DNQ
 Evaristo Iglesias (CUB) 14.3 14.6 DNQ
 Jean-Claude Bernard (FRA) 14.7 14.6 DNQ
 Edmond Roudnitska (FRA) 14.3 14.9 DNQ
 Danie Burger (RSA) 14.4 15.0 DNQ
 Anatoly Mikhailov (URS) 14.5 DNQ DNQ
 Peter Hildreth (GBR) 14.5 DNQ DNQ
 Eamonn Kinsella (IRL) 14.6 DNQ DNQ
 Keith Gardner (JAM) 14.6 DNQ DNQ
 James Joyce (AUS) 14.7 DNQ DNQ
 Kenneth Doubleday (AUS) 14.8 DNQ DNQ
 Jack Parker (GBR) 14.8 DNQ DNQ
 John Chittick (AUS) 14.9 DNQ DNQ
 Ioannis Kambadelis (GRE) 15.1 DNQ DNQ
 Sri Chand Ram (IND) 15.2 DNQ DNQ
 Guillermo Zapata (COL) 15.3 DNQ DNQ
 Kalim Khawaja Ghani (PAK) 16.1 DNQ DNQ


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's 110 metres Hurdles". Retrieved 17 September 2017.

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