| Event type

800 metres, Men

Date1 – 2 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants21 from 11 countries

The top American in 1932 was Ben Eastman, who had broken the 800 world record with 1:50.0 at the Pacific AAU Championships in June. But he elected to compete only in the 400 at Los Angeles. The times posted by the other 800 runners were nothing outstanding and the event was considered open. The final pace was taken out by Canadian Phil Edwards who had a big lead with 52.4 at the bell. But on the backstretch he was caught by his teammate, Alex Wilson, and then by Britain’s Tommy Hampson. Wilson led until the closing stretch, caught by Hampson 20 metres from the line. Edwards hung on to win the bronze.

1199Tommy HampsonGBR1:53.0 (1 h3)1:49.7 (1)GoldWR
282Alex WilsonCAN1:52.5 (2 h2)1:49.9 (2)Silver
368Phil EdwardsCAN1:55.1 (2 h1)1:51.5 (3)Bronze
4423Eddie GenungUSA1:54.8 (1 h1)1:51.7 (4)
5462Ned TurnerUSA1:54.0 (3 h3)1:52.5 (5)
6435Chuck HornbostelUSA1:52.4 (1 h2)1:52.7 (6)
7202Jack PowellGBR1:55.6 (3 h1)1:53.0 (7)
8147Séra MartinFRA1:53.2 (2 h3)1:53.6 (8)
9174Otto PeltzerGER1:53.6 (3 h2)1:55.0 (9)
4 h1 r1/2352Cyril EvansNZL1:56.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2358Hjalle JohannesenNOR1:54.3 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/271Eddie KingCAN1:54.4 (4 h3)
5 h1 r1/2391Paul MartinSUI1:58.4 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/24Hermenegildo de RossoARG1:54.9 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2161Max DanzGER1:58.9 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/239Nestor GomesBRA2:00.5 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2151René MorelFRA1:55.2 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/252Domingos PuglisiBRA1:59.4 (6 h3)
7 h2 r1/2331José Lucílo IturbeMEX1:55.6 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2345Miguel VasconcelosMEX2:00.0 (7 h3)
AC h1 r1/2146Jean KellerFRA– (DNF h1)
DNS28João AndradeBRA
DNS342Amilio RodríguezMEX
DNS353Jack LovelockNZL

Round One (1 August 1932 — 16:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1423Eddie GenungUSA1:54.81:54.73Q
268Phil EdwardsCAN1:55.1Q
3202Jack PowellGBR1:55.6Q
4352Cyril EvansNZL1:56.6
5391Paul MartinSUI1:58.4
639Nestor GomesBRA2:00.5
DNF146Jean KellerFRA

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1435Chuck HornbostelUSA1:52.4Q
282Alex WilsonCAN1:52.5Q
3174Otto PeltzerGER1:53.6Q
4358Hjalle JohannesenNOR1:54.3
54Hermenegildo de RossoARG1:54.9
6151René MorelFRA1:55.2
7331José Lucílo IturbeMEX1:55.6

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1199Tommy HampsonGBR1:53.0Q
2147Séra MartinFRA1:53.2Q
3462Ned TurnerUSA1:54.0Q
471Eddie KingCAN1:54.4
5161Max DanzGER1:58.9
652Domingos PuglisiBRA1:59.4
7345Miguel VasconcelosMEX2:00.0

Final (2 August 1932 — 15:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1199Tommy HampsonGBR1:49.7WR
282Alex WilsonCAN1:49.9
368Phil EdwardsCAN1:51.5
4423Eddie GenungUSA1:51.7
5462Ned TurnerUSA1:52.5
6435Chuck HornbostelUSA1:52.7
7202Jack PowellGBR1:53.0
8147Séra MartinFRA1:53.6
9174Otto PeltzerGER1:55.0


400 m52.3Phil Edwards