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110 metres Hurdles, Men

Date2 – 3 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants17 from 10 countries

The two semi-finals were won by Americans Jack Keller and George Saling. Keller had tied the 110 hurdle world record of 14.4 at the Olympic Trials. But in his semi-final, Saling had also tied that world record. In the final, Keller got off to the fastest start but was caught at the fifth barrier by Percy Beard (USA). Beard hit the next hurdle and was passed by Saling who won pulling away.

Keller looked to have placed third originally. It was reported that way in the press and he was given the bronze medal, but film of the race was reviewed and revealed that Don Finlay (GBR) had actually finished third. When informed of this by the officials, Keller tracked down Finlay the next day in the quarters of the British team and presented him with the medal.

1456George SalingUSA15.0 (2 h2)14.4 (1 h2)14.6 (1)Gold
2406Percy BeardUSA14.7 (1 h1)14.6 (2 h2)14.7 (2)Silver
3196Don FinlayGBR14.8 (1 h2)14.6 (3 h1)14.8 (3)Bronze
4439Jack KellerUSA14.9 (1 h4)14.5 (1 h1)14.8 (4)
5190David, Lord BurghleyGBR15.1 (3 h4)14.6 (2 h1)14.8 (5)
AC180Willi WelscherGER14.8 (1 h3)14.8 (3 h2)– (DQ)
4 h1 r2/3247Bunoo SuttonIND15.1 (3 h3)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3282Tatsuzo FujitaJPN15.1 (3 h2)14.8 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3136Bengt SjöstedtFIN14.9 (2 h3)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3200Roly HarperGBR14.9 (2 h1)14.9 (5 h2)
AC h1 r2/3178Erwin WegnerGER15.1 (3 h1)– (DNF h1)
AC h2 r2/3219Christos MantikasGRE15.1 (2 h4)[14.8] (DQ h2)
4 h1 r1/351Sylvio PadilhaBRA15.4 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/379Art RavensdaleCAN15.2 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3344Roberto SánchezMEX15.7 (4 h4)
5 h3 r1/338Antônio GiusfrediBRA15.3 (5 h3)
6 h3 r1/3328Federico GamboaMEX15.4 (6 h3)
DNS220Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE– (DNS h1)
DNS143André AdelheimFRA– (DNS h2)
DNS17George GoldingAUS– (DNS h4)

Round One (2 August 1932 — 14:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1406Percy BeardUSA14.714.80Q
2200Roly HarperGBR14.9Q
3178Erwin WegnerGER15.1Q
451Sylvio PadilhaBRA15.4
DNS220Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1196Don FinlayGBR14.814.84Q
2456George SalingUSA15.0Q
3282Tatsuzo FujitaJPN15.1Q
DNS143André AdelheimFRA

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1180Willi WelscherGER14.815.02Q
2136Bengt SjöstedtFIN14.9Q
3247Bunoo SuttonIND15.1Q
479Art RavensdaleCAN15.2
538Antônio GiusfrediBRA15.3
6328Federico GamboaMEX15.4

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1439Jack KellerUSA14.915.01Q
2219Christos MantikasGRE15.1Q
3190David, Lord BurghleyGBR15.1Q
4344Roberto SánchezMEX15.7
DNS17George GoldingAUS

Semi-Finals (2 August 1932 — 16:15)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1439Jack KellerUSA14.514.63QOR
2190David, Lord BurghleyGBR14.6Q
3196Don FinlayGBR14.6Q
4247Bunoo SuttonIND
5136Bengt SjöstedtFIN
DNF178Erwin WegnerGER

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1456George SalingUSA14.414.55Q=WR
2406Percy BeardUSA14.6Q
3180Willi WelscherGER14.8Q
4282Tatsuzo FujitaJPN14.8
5200Roly HarperGBR14.9
DQ219Christos MantikasGRE[14.8]1

Final (3 August 1932 — 15:45)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14George SalingUSA14.614.57
21Percy BeardUSA14.714.69
32Don FinlayGBR14.814.74
46Jack KellerUSA14.814.81
55David, Lord BurghleyGBR14.814.83
DQ3Willi WelscherGER