| Event type

100 metres, Men

Date31 July – 1 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants33 from 17 countries

Early in 1932, the top sprinter was Ralph Metcalfe of the US. He won the sprint double at the NCAA Championship, and then won the US Olympic Trials, defeating Eddie Tolan, who had been the top sprinter in the US in 1929-31. The final was an intercontinental one, with three Americans, George Simpson joining Metcalfe and Tolan, Arthur Jonath of Germany, Danie Joubert of South Africa, and the first Asian to make an Olympic final, Takayoshi Yoshioka of Japan. Yoshioka was a very fast starter and he opened in the lead. But he was quickly caught by Tolan at 30 metres, who led until he was caught by Metcalfe at about 80 metres. At the tape there was little to choose between them, and even the electric timer gave them both the same time of 10.38, but Tolan was chosen as the gold medalist, with Metcalfe second, and Jonath getting the bronze.

Despite the electric timing, mistakes could still happen in this era. In the first semi-final, Tolan was declared the victor over Joubert, with both timed in 10.81, and Yoshioka third in 10.83. But film of the race, available on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjMcr_elhd4 as of September 2013), clearly shows that Yoshioka won, with Joubert second, and Tolan third. It did not matter in the final outcome, however, as all three qualified for the final.

1461Eddie TolanUSA10.9 (1 h1)10.4 (1 h1)10.7 (1 h1)10.3 (1)Gold
2445Ralph MetcalfeUSA11.0 (1 h5)10.7 (1 h3)10.6 (1 h2)10.3 (2)Silver
3168Arthur JonathGER10.6 (1 h3)10.5 (1 h4)10.7 (3 h2)10.4 (3)Bronze
4458George SimpsonUSA10.9 (1 h2)10.7 (1 h2)10.7 (2 h2)10.5 (4)
5374Danie JoubertRSA11.0 (1 h6)10.6 (2 h4)10.8 (2 h1)10.6 (5)
6305Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.9 (1 h7)10.8 (2 h3)10.8 (3 h1)10.8 (6)
4 h1 r3/481Percy WilliamsCAN11.1 (3 h4)10.7 (3 h1)10.8 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/42Carlos BianchiARG10.8 (1 h4)10.5 (2 h1)10.7 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4351Allan ElliotNZL10.8 (2 h3)10.9 (3 h3)11.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/475Bert PearsonCAN11.1 (2 h5)10.7 (3 h4)10.9 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4169Helmut KörnigGER11.0 (2 h4)11.0 (3 h2)11.2 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/483Harold WrightCAN11.2 (2 h6)10.9 (2 h2)11.1 (6 h2)
4 h1 r2/4228Chris BergerNED11.1 (2 h7)10.7 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4109Andrej EngelTCH11.2 (3 h2)11.1 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4201Ernie PageGBR11.1 (2 h2)10.9 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/427José de AlmeidaBRA11.0 (2 h1)10.8 (4 h4)
5 h1 r2/4336Fernando OrtizMEX11.2 (3 h1)11.0 (5 h1)
5 h3 r2/4164Ernst GeerlingGER11.3 (3 h6)11.1 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4280Izuo AnnoJPN10.9 (3 h3)10.9 (5 h4)
3 h4 r1/41Héctor BerraARG11.2 (3 h7)– (DNS h3)
3 h5 r1/4218Angelos LamprouGRE11.3 (3 h5)– (DNS h2)
4 h1 r1/4226André ThéardHAI11.4 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4247Bunoo SuttonIND11.4 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4248Ronald VernieuxIND11.0 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/4333Jesús MorailaMEX11.2 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4339Fernando RamírezMEX11.4 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/440Ricardo GuimarãesBRA11.4 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/4197Stanley FullerGBR11.3 (4 h7)
5 h1 r1/4371António SarsfieldPOR11.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/497Liu ChangchunCHN11.5 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/47Samuel GiacosaARG11.1 (5 h3)
5 h7 r1/446Mario MarquesBRA11.5 (5 h7)
AC h1 r1/4204Fred ReidGBR– (DNF h1)
DNS105José Alberto TorrienteCUB– (DNS h2)
DNS217Renos FragkoudisGRE– (DNS h4)
DNS104Leonardo ValdésCUB– (DNS h4)
DNS300Kichizo SasakiJPN– (DNS h5)
DNS219Christos MantikasGRE– (DNS h6)

Round One (31 July 1932 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1461Eddie TolanUSA10.9Q
227José de AlmeidaBRA11.0Q
3336Fernando OrtizMEX11.2Q
4226André ThéardHAI11.4
5371António SarsfieldPOR11.5
DNF204Fred ReidGBR

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1458George SimpsonUSA10.9Q
2201Ernie PageGBR11.1Q
3109Andrej EngelTCH11.2Q
4247Bunoo SuttonIND11.4
597Liu ChangchunCHN11.5
DNS105José Alberto TorrienteCUB

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1168Arthur JonathGER10.6Q=OR
2351Allan ElliotNZL10.8Q
3280Izuo AnnoJPN10.9Q
4248Ronald VernieuxIND11.0
57Samuel GiacosaARG11.1

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
12Carlos BianchiARG10.8Q
2169Helmut KörnigGER11.0Q
381Percy WilliamsCAN11.1Q
4333Jesús MorailaMEX11.2
DNS217Renos FragkoudisGRE
DNS104Leonardo ValdésCUB

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1445Ralph MetcalfeUSA11.0Q
275Bert PearsonCAN11.1Q
3218Angelos LamprouGRE11.3Q
4339Fernando RamírezMEX11.4
DNS300Kichizo SasakiJPN

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1374Danie JoubertRSA11.0Q
283Harold WrightCAN11.2Q
3164Ernst GeerlingGER11.3Q
440Ricardo GuimarãesBRA11.4
DNS219Christos MantikasGRE

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1305Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.9Q
2228Chris BergerNED11.1Q
31Héctor BerraARG11.2Q
4197Stanley FullerGBR11.3
546Mario MarquesBRA11.5

Quarter-Finals (31 July 1932 — 16:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1461Eddie TolanUSA10.410.53QOR
22Carlos BianchiARG10.5Q
381Percy WilliamsCAN10.7Q
4228Chris BergerNED10.7
5336Fernando OrtizMEX11.0

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1458George SimpsonUSA10.710.74Q
283Harold WrightCAN10.9Q
3169Helmut KörnigGER11.0Q
4109Andrej EngelTCH11.1
DNS218Angelos LamprouGRE

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1445Ralph MetcalfeUSA10.710.77Q
2305Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.8Q
3351Allan ElliotNZL10.9Q
4201Ernie PageGBR10.9
5164Ernst GeerlingGER11.1
DNS1Héctor BerraARG

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1168Arthur JonathGER10.510.68Q
2374Danie JoubertRSA10.6Q
375Bert PearsonCAN10.7Q
427José de AlmeidaBRA10.8
5280Izuo AnnoJPN10.9

Semi-Finals (1 August 1932 — 14:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1461Eddie TolanUSA10.710.81Q
2374Danie JoubertRSA10.810.81Q
3305Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.810.83Q
481Percy WilliamsCAN10.810.91
5351Allan ElliotNZL11.0
6169Helmut KörnigGER11.2

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1445Ralph MetcalfeUSA10.610.65Q
2458George SimpsonUSA10.710.70Q
3168Arthur JonathGER10.710.71Q
42Carlos BianchiARG10.710.73
575Bert PearsonCAN10.910.95
683Harold WrightCAN11.1

Final (1 August 1932 — 15:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Eddie TolanUSA10.310.38=WR
23Ralph MetcalfeUSA10.310.38=WR
35Arthur JonathGER10.410.50
44George SimpsonUSA10.510.53
52Danie JoubertRSA10.610.60
61Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.810.79