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400 metres, Men

Date2 – 3 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants50 from 20 countries

The world record had been set in May 1928 by American Emerson “Bud” Spencer with 47.0, but he did not make the US team for the open 400 when he only finished fifth at the 1928 AAU/Olympic Trial 400. The US Olympic Trials had been won by Ray Barbuti. The two semi-finals in Amsterdam were won by Jimmy Ball (CAN) and Joachim Büchner (GER). In the final, Barbuti was out the fastest, leading by five metres off the final curve. He hung on to win, though barely, with Ball getting the silver medal, and Büchner the bronze.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1499Ray BarbutiUSA49.8 (1 h6)48.8 (1 h2)48.8 (2 h1)47.8 (1)Gold
2646Jimmy BallCAN55.8 (1 h8)49.2 (1 h3)48.6 (1 h1)48.0 (2)Silver
3702Jochen BüchnerGER50.2 (1 h5)48.6 (1 h6)48.6 (1 h2)48.2 (3)Bronze
4483John RinkelGBR50.2 (1 h4)– (2 h4)49.1 (3 h2)48.4 (4)
5742Harry StorzGER50.6 (1 h7)49.4 (1 h4)49.0 (3 h1)48.8 (5)
6554Hermon PhillipsUSA49.4 (1 h1)49.6 (1 h1)49.1 (2 h2)49.0 (6)
4 h1 r3/44László BarsiHUN55.6 (1 h10)– (2 h6)49.2 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4669Alex WilsonCAN49.9 (2 h11)– (2 h2)49.2 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4298Harry BroosNED– (2 h7)– (2 h5)49.9 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/472René FégerFRA51.4 (1 h12)– (2 h3)49.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/477Georges KrotoffFRA50.5 (2 h3)– (2 h1)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4650Phil EdwardsCAN49.8 (1 h3)49.2 (1 h5)50.2 (6 h2)
3 h1 r2/4458Billy GreenGBR– (2 h12)– (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/4732Otto NeumannGER50.6 (1 h14)– (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/4561Euil SniderUSA50.4 (1 h2)– (3 h3)
3 h4 r2/476Joseph JacksonFRA50.6 (2 h15)– (3 h4)
3 h5 r2/4379Johann BartlTCH– (2 h4)– (3 h5)
3 h6 r2/4466Roger Leigh-WoodGBR– (2 h8)– (3 h6)
4 h1 r2/4743Reinhold SchmidtGER50.0 (1 h15)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/465Georges DupontFRA– (2 h1)– (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4307Andries HoogerwerfNED– (2 h5)– (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4624François PrinsenBEL– (2 h2)– (4 h4)
4 h5 r2/4875Joe TierneyUSA49.8 (1 h11)– (4 h5)
4 h6 r2/4322Adje PaulenNED– (2 h13)– (4 h6)
5 h1 r2/4206James HallIND– (2 h9)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4174Jesús MorailaMEX1:00.0 (1 h9)– (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4407Hermann GeißlerAUT50.2 (1 h13)– (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4173José Lucílo IturbeMEX– (2 h10)– (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/4216Sean LavanIRL– (2 h6)– (5 h5)
5 h6 r2/4659Fred MacbethCAN– (2 h14)– (5 h6)
3 h1 r1/4425Zygmunt WeissPOL50.8 (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/4393Jaroslav VykoupilTCH– (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/4618Émile LangenraedtBEL– (3 h4)
3 h6 r1/4692Louis LundgrenDEN– (3 h6)
3 h7 r1/4373Joaquín MiquelESP– (3 h7)
3 h11 r1/4417Klemens BiniakowskiPOL50.8 (3 h11)
3 h12 r1/4687José Vicente SalinasCHI– (3 h12)
3 h13 r1/429László MagdicsHUN– (3 h13)
3 h14 r1/4600Charles StuartAUS– (3 h14)
3 h15 r1/4460John HanlonGBR– (3 h15)
4 h1 r1/4293Rinus van den BergeNED– (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/4421Stefan KostrzewskiPOL52.2 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/4426Feliks ŻuberPOL52.6 (4 h4)
4 h6 r1/441Jenő SzalayHUN– (4 h6)
4 h13 r1/4143Vasilios StavrinosGRE– (4 h13)
4 h14 r1/417Mór GerőHUN– (4 h14)
4 h15 r1/4170Alfonso GarcíaMEX– (4 h15)
5 h1 r1/4177Víctor VillaseñorMEX– (5 h1)
5 h6 r1/4683Alex HannigCHI– (5 h6)
5 h13 r1/4163Fritz EyschenLUX– (5 h13)
DNS382E. HerdaniTCH– (DNS h2)
DNS286Howard KinsmanRSA– (DNS h2)
DNS207S. Abdul HamidIND– (DNS h2)
DNS138Antonios MangosGRE– (DNS h3)
DNS848Björn KugelbergSWE– (DNS h4)
DNS287Billie LeggRSA– (DNS h5)
DNS810Erkka WilénFIN– (DNS h5)
DNS226Guido CominottoITA– (DNS h5)
DNS140Nikolaos PapanikolaouGRE– (DNS h7)
DNS787Arvo LindroosFIN– (DNS h7)
DNS249Iwao AizawaJPN– (DNS h8)
DNS188Hjalle JohannesenNOR– (DNS h8)
DNS396Ömer Besim KoşalayTUR– (DNS h8)
DNS193Fritz Krogh NielsenNOR– (DNS h9)
DNS434António DiasPOR– (DNS h9)
DNS283Aubrey Burton-DurhamRSA– (DNS h9)
DNS380Ladislav DostálTCH– (DNS h10)
DNS628Émile VerckenBEL– (DNS h10)
DNS272Paul MartinSUI– (DNS h10)
DNS161G. ArnoldyLUX– (DNS h11)
DNS865Bertil von WachenfeldtSWE– (DNS h11)
DNS795Jukka MatilainenFIN– (DNS h12)
DNS828Marijan KrajačićYUG– (DNS h12)
DNS137Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE– (DNS h14)
DNS225Giacomo CarliniITA– (DNS h15)

Round One (2 August 1928 — 14:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
15Hermon PhillipsUSA49.4Q
23Georges DupontFRAQ
32Zygmunt WeissPOL50.8
44Rinus van den BergeNED
51Víctor VillaseñorMEX

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
15Euil SniderUSA50.4Q
22François PrinsenBELQ
DNS1E. HerdaniTCH
DNS3Howard KinsmanRSA
DNS4S. Abdul HamidIND

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12Phil EdwardsCAN49.8Q
23Georges KrotoffFRA50.5Q
34Jaroslav VykoupilTCH
41Stefan KostrzewskiPOL52.2
DNS5Antonios MangosGRE

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
15John RinkelGBR50.2Q
23Johann BartlTCHQ
34Émile LangenraedtBEL
42Feliks ŻuberPOL52.6
DNS1Björn KugelbergSWE

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
11Jochen BüchnerGER50.2Q
24Andries HoogerwerfNEDQ
DNS2Billie LeggRSA
DNS3Erkka WilénFIN
DNS5Guido CominottoITA

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
15Ray BarbutiUSA49.8Q
21Sean LavanIRLQ
32Louis LundgrenDEN
44Jenő SzalayHUN
53Alex HannigCHI

Heat Seven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12Harry StorzGER50.6Q
25Harry BroosNEDQ
31Joaquín MiquelESP
DNS3Nikolaos PapanikolaouGRE
DNS4Arvo LindroosFIN

Heat Eight

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
14Jimmy BallCAN55.8Q
22Roger Leigh-WoodGBRQ
DNS1Iwao AizawaJPN
DNS3Hjalle JohannesenNOR
DNS5Ömer Besim KoşalayTUR

Heat Nine

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
11Jesús MorailaMEX1:00.0Q
25James HallINDQ
DNS2Fritz Krogh NielsenNOR
DNS3António DiasPOR
DNS4Aubrey Burton-DurhamRSA

Heat Ten

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12László BarsiHUN55.6Q
21José Lucílo IturbeMEXQ
DNS3Ladislav DostálTCH
DNS4Émile VerckenBEL
DNS5Paul MartinSUI

Heat Eleven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
15Joe TierneyUSA49.8Q
24Alex WilsonCAN49.9Q
33Klemens BiniakowskiPOL50.8
DNS1G. ArnoldyLUX
DNS2Bertil von WachenfeldtSWE

Heat Twelve

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12René FégerFRA51.4Q
25Billy GreenGBRQ
31José Vicente SalinasCHI
DNS3Jukka MatilainenFIN
DNS4Marijan KrajačićYUG

Heat Thirteen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
12Hermann GeißlerAUT50.2Q
25Adje PaulenNEDQ
33László MagdicsHUN
44Vasilios StavrinosGRE
51Fritz EyschenLUX

Heat Fourteen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
13Otto NeumannGER50.6Q
21Fred MacbethCANQ
35Charles StuartAUS
42Mór GerőHUN
DNS4Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE

Heat Fifteen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
13Reinhold SchmidtGER50.0Q
22Joseph JacksonFRA50.6Q
35John HanlonGBR
41Alfonso GarcíaMEX
DNS4Giacomo CarliniITA

Quarter-Finals (2 August 1928 — 16:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1554Hermon PhillipsUSA49.6Q
277Georges KrotoffFRAQ
3458Billy GreenGBR
4743Reinhold SchmidtGER
5206James HallIND

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1499Ray BarbutiUSA48.8Q
2669Alex WilsonCANQ
3732Otto NeumannGER
465Georges DupontFRA
5174Jesús MorailaMEX

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1646Jimmy BallCAN49.2Q
272René FégerFRAQ
3561Euil SniderUSA
4307Andries HoogerwerfNED
5407Hermann GeißlerAUT

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1742Harry StorzGER49.4Q
2483John RinkelGBRQ
376Joseph JacksonFRA
4624François PrinsenBEL
5173José Lucílo IturbeMEX

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1650Phil EdwardsCAN49.2Q
2298Harry BroosNEDQ
3379Johann BartlTCH
4875Joe TierneyUSA
5216Sean LavanIRL

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1702Jochen BüchnerGER48.6Q
24László BarsiHUNQ
3466Roger Leigh-WoodGBR
4322Adje PaulenNED
5659Fred MacbethCAN

Semi-Finals (3 August 1928 — 14:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1646Jimmy BallCAN48.6Q
2499Ray BarbutiUSA48.8Q
3742Harry StorzGER49.0Q
44László BarsiHUN49.2
5298Harry BroosNED49.9
677Georges KrotoffFRA

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1702Jochen BüchnerGER48.6Q
2554Hermon PhillipsUSA49.1Q
3483John RinkelGBR49.1Q
4669Alex WilsonCAN49.2
572René FégerFRA49.6
6650Phil EdwardsCAN50.2

Final (3 August 1928 — 16:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
11Ray BarbutiUSA47.8
25Jimmy BallCAN48.0
33Jochen BüchnerGER48.2
42John RinkelGBR48.4
54Harry StorzGER48.8
66Hermon PhillipsUSA49.0