| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date3 – 4 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants24 from 14 countries

There were three 1,500 runners with top credentials for the Los Angeles race. New Zealand’s Jack Lovelock was a Rhodes Scholar and trained in 1931-32 at Oxford, where he ran 4:12.0 at the 1932 University Championships. Italy’s Luigi Beccali was a determined runner but with only fair results prior to 1932, when he posted a 4:11.5 mile in Milan on May 15. The top American was likely Glenn Cunningham who won the 1932 NCAA mile in 4:11.1 for the University of Kansas. But even beyond these three, other top runners were present, including Canada’s Phil Edwards, who was born in British Guiana.

At Los Angeles, the three heats were won by Lovelock, Beccali, and Cunningham, who posted the best time of 3:55.8 in winning the first heat. In the final, Lovelock took the field thru a first 400 of 60.5, but Cunningham took the lead on the second lap. Edwards then moved ahead to lead at 800 metres, done in 2:04.5. Cunningham attempted to jump the field on the third lap, but Edwards stayed with him, and he led thru 1,200 in 3:07.0. He then started to pull away over the last lap. Cunningham looked beaten but Beccali, Lovelock, and Britain’s John “Jerry” Cornes took off after Edwards. On the last curve, Lovelock tied up completely and would finish seventh. Beccali passed Cunningham on the final curve and rushed past Edwards with 100 metres left, pulling away to a comfortable margin. Cornes took the silver, and Edwards held off Cunningham for the bronze.

Frenchman Jules Ladoumègue, who held the world records at 1000m, 1500m, the mile and 2000m was declared a professional earlier in the year and denied a shot at the Olympic title.

1256Luigi BeccaliITA3:59.6 (1 h3)3:51.2 (1)GoldOR
2192Jerry CornesGBR4:01.0 (2 h1)3:52.6 (2)Silver
368Phil EdwardsCAN4:03.5 (4 h1)3:52.8 (3)Bronze
4416Glenn CunninghamUSA3:55.8 (1 h1)3:53.4 (4)
5383Eric NySWE3:59.9 (3 h3)3:54.6 (5)
6429Norwood HallowellUSA3:58.1 (2 h2)3:55.0 (6)
7353Jack LovelockNZL3:58.0 (1 h2)3:57.8 (7)
8415Frank CrowleyUSA4:00.0 (4 h3)3:58.1 (8)
9126Martti LuomanenFIN4:01.5 (3 h1)3:58.4 (9)
10124Harri LarvaFIN3:58.8 (4 h2)3:58.4 (10)
AC131Eino PurjeFIN3:59.7 (2 h3)– (DNF)
3 h2 r1/271Eddie KingCAN3:58.6 (3 h2)
5 h1 r1/24Hermenegildo de RossoARG4:06.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2391Paul MartinSUI3:59.1 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/280Les WadeCAN4:00.5 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/2113Christian MarkersenDEN4:06.5 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2387Folke SkoogSWE3:59.6 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2337Pedro OrtizMEX4:18.0 (6 h3)
7 h1 r1/2342Amilio RodríguezMEX– (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/216Bill BarwickAUS4:03.5 (7 h2)
AC h2 r1/232Armando BréaBRA– (DNF h2)
AC h3 r1/239Nestor GomesBRA– (DNF h3)
AC h3 r1/2206Reg ThomasGBR– (DNF h3)
AC h3 r1/2174Otto PeltzerGER– (DNF h3)
DNS28João AndradeBRA– (DNS h1)
DNS18Alex HillhouseAUS– (DNS h1)
DNS364Janusz KusocińskiPOL– (DNS h1)
DNS154Roger RochardFRA– (DNS h1)
DNS147Séra MartinFRA– (DNS h2)
DNS332Jaime MerinoMEX– (DNS h2)
DNS146Jean KellerFRA– (DNS h3)
DNS10Luis OlivaARG– (DNS h3)

Round One (3 August 1932 — 17:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1416Glenn CunninghamUSA3:55.8Q
2192Jerry CornesGBR4:01.0Q
3126Martti LuomanenFIN4:01.5Q
468Phil EdwardsCAN4:03.5Q
54Hermenegildo de RossoARG4:06.0
6113Christian MarkersenDEN4:06.5
7342Amilio RodríguezMEX
DNS28João AndradeBRA
DNS18Alex HillhouseAUS
DNS364Janusz KusocińskiPOL
DNS154Roger RochardFRA

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1353Jack LovelockNZL3:58.0Q
2429Norwood HallowellUSA3:58.1Q
371Eddie KingCAN3:58.6Q
4124Harri LarvaFIN3:58.8Q
5391Paul MartinSUI3:59.1
6387Folke SkoogSWE3:59.6
716Bill BarwickAUS4:03.5
DNF32Armando BréaBRA
DNS147Séra MartinFRA
DNS332Jaime MerinoMEX

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1256Luigi BeccaliITA3:59.6Q
2131Eino PurjeFIN3:59.7Q
3383Eric NySWE3:59.9Q
4415Frank CrowleyUSA4:00.0Q
580Les WadeCAN4:00.5
6337Pedro OrtizMEX4:18.0
DNF39Nestor GomesBRA
DNF206Reg ThomasGBR
DNF174Otto PeltzerGER
DNS146Jean KellerFRA
DNS10Luis OlivaARG

Final (4 August 1932 — 15:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1256Luigi BeccaliITA3:51.2OR
2192Jerry CornesGBR3:52.6
368Phil EdwardsCAN3:52.8
4416Glenn CunninghamUSA3:53.4
5383Eric NySWE3:54.6
6429Norwood HallowellUSA3:55.0
7353Jack LovelockNZL3:57.8
8415Frank CrowleyUSA3:58.1
9126Martti LuomanenFIN3:58.4
10124Harri LarvaFIN3:58.4
DNF131Eino PurjeFIN


400 m1:00.5Jack Lovelock
800 m2:04.5Phil Edwards
1200 m3:07.0Phil Edwards