Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres

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Men's 100 metres
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
Venue Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne, Australia
Dates 23 November (heats, quarterfinals)
24 November 1956 (semifinals, final)
Competitors 65 from 32 nations
Winning time 10.5 seconds
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Bobby Morrow  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Thane Baker  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Hec Hogan  Australia
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The men's 100 metres sprint event at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 23 and 24 November.[1] The final was won by American Bobby Morrow. The competition took place in strong winds, with the final run into an approximately 5 m/s (11 mph) headwind.

In lane 4, Bobby Morrow was out fast, sandwiched by his teammates Thane Baker in lane 6 and Ira Murchison in lane 1. Morrow just ran away from the field. Baker edged ahead of Murchison to get silver. Running before an Australian crowd, Hec Hogan came from behind to nip Murchison at the line. While Morrow had almost two metres on Baker, the hand timing of the day gave them the same time of 10.5. An early fully automatic timing system showed the separation to be .15 of a second and that Baker had effectively the same time as Hogan, .02 ahead of Murchison.

Results[edit]

Final[edit]

The final was run into a negative 5.5m/s wind.

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (automatic)
1st, gold medalist(s) Bobby Morrow  United States 10.5 10.62
2nd, silver medalist(s) Thane Baker  United States 10.5 10.77
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Hec Hogan  Australia 10.6 10.77
4 Ira Murchison  United States 10.6 10.79
5 Manfred Germar  United Team of Germany 10.7 10.86
6 Mike Agostini  Trinidad and Tobago 10.7 10.88

Preliminaries[edit]

Heats[edit]

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

  Advance on placement

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ira Murchison  United States 10.67
2 Jan Jarzembowski  Poland 10.95
3 Hilmar Þorbjörnsson  Iceland 11.12
4 Mario Colarossi  Italy 11.14
5 René Ahumada  Mexico 11.26
6 Raja bin Ngah Ali  Malaya 11.41

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mike Agostini  Trinidad and Tobago 10.98
2 Luigi Gnocchi  Italy 11.01
3 Titus Erinle  Nigeria 11.09
4 Jorge de Barros  Brazil 11.15
5 Vanchak Voradilok  Thailand 11.78
6 Roba Negousse  Ethiopia 12.07

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Maurice Rae  New Zealand 10.84
2 Abdul Khaliq  Pakistan 10.97
3 Manfred Steinbach  United Team of Germany 10.99
4 Rafael Romero  Venezuela 11.14
5 Evaristo Iglesias  Cuba 11.50

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ben Nduga  Uganda 10.88
2 Ken Box  Great Britain 10.96
3 Kyohei Ushio  Japan 11.09
4 Kesavan Soon  Singapore 11.35
5 Jack Parrington  Canada 11.62

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Marian Foik  Poland 10.88
2 Boris Tokarev  Soviet Union 11.09
3 Franco Galbiati  Italy 11.13
4 Tom Robinson  Bahamas 11.30
5 Jalal Gozal  Indonesia 11.45
6 James Roberts  Liberia 11.45

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Manfred Germar  United Team of Germany 10.91
2 Ray Land  Australia 11.05
3 Keith Gardner  Jamaica 11.22
4 Alain David  France 11.24
5 Emmanuel Putu  Liberia 11.44
6 Beyene Legesse  Ethiopia 11.94

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Leonid Bartenev  Soviet Union 10.93
2 Béla Goldoványi  Hungary 11.02
3 Clive Bonas  Venezuela 11.17
4 Gavin Carragher  Australia 11.36
5 Thomas Obi  Nigeria 11.47
6 Bjørn Nilsen  Norway 11.58

Heat eight

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Hec Hogan  Australia 10.72
2 René Bonino  France 10.96
3 Géza Varasdi  Hungary 11.00
4 Akira Kiyofuji  Japan 11.00

Heat nine

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Thane Baker  United States 10.93
2 Edmund Turton  Trinidad and Tobago 11.38
3 Sinnayah Karuppiah Jarabalan  Malaya 11.56
4 Tan Eng Yoon  Singapore 11.63

Heat ten

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Stan Levenson  Canada 10.94
2 Heinz Fütterer  United Team of Germany 11.10
3 João Pires Sobrinho  Brazil 11.14
4 Joe Goddard  Trinidad and Tobago 11.19
5 Oliver Hunter  Guyana 11.22
6 Ghulam Raziq  Pakistan 11.26

Heat eleven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Edward Ajado  Nigeria 11.01
2 Roy Sandstrom  Great Britain 11.05
3 Dick Harding  Canada 11.20
4 Muhammad Sharif Butt  Pakistan 11.26
5 Abebe Hailou  Ethiopia 11.54
6 Sneh Wongchaoom  Thailand 11.95

Heat twelve

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Bobby Morrow  United States 10.90
2 Yuriy Konovalov  Soviet Union 11.04
3 David Segal  Great Britain 11.19
4 Paiboon Vacharapan  Thailand 11.27
5 Lee Kah Fook  Malaya 11.84

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 Bobby Morrow  United States 10.55 =OR
2 Mike Agostini  Trinidad and Tobago 10.75
3 Maurice Rae  New Zealand 10.78
4 Béla Goldoványi  Hungary 10.95
5 Heinz Fütterer  United Team of Germany 10.99
6 Ray Land  Australia 11.15

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ira Murchison  United States 10.55 =OR
2 Abdul Khaliq  Pakistan 10.78
3 Yuriy Konovalov  Soviet Union 10.93
4 Luigi Gnocchi  Italy 10.96
5 Edmund Turton  Trinidad and Tobago 11.37
6 Ben Nduga  Uganda 12.95

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Hec Hogan  Australia 10.78
2 Boris Tokarev  Soviet Union 10.87
3 Stan Levenson  Canada 10.93
4 Jan Jarzembowski  Poland 10.98
5 Edward Ajado  Nigeria 11.02
6 Ken Box  Great Britain 11.45

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Thane Baker  United States 10.62
2 Manfred Germar  Germany 10.80
3 Marian Foik  Poland 10.83
4 Leonid Bartenev  Soviet Union 10.84
5 René Bonino  France 10.96
6 Roy Sandstrom  Great Britain 11.03

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 Ira Murchison  United States 10.79
2 Mike Agostini  Trinidad and Tobago 10.79
3 Manfred Germar  United Team of Germany 10.85
4 Abdul Khaliq  Pakistan 10.93
5 Stan Levenson  Canada 10.94
6 Yuriy Konovalov  Soviet Union 11.11

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Bobby Morrow  United States 10.52 =OR
2 Thane Baker  United States 10.61
3 Hec Hogan  Australia 10.62
4 Maurice Rae  New Zealand 10.68
5 Marian Foik  Poland 10.84
6 Boris Tokarev  Soviet Union 10.91

Key: =OR = Equalled Olympic record; DQ = Disqualified

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's 100 metres". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 June 2017.