| Event type

400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date31 July – 1 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants18 from 13 countries

The 1924 and 1928 gold medalists, Morgan Taylor and David, Lord Burghley, were back and expected to battle for the gold medal. Also highly considered was Irishman Bob Tisdall, a top all-rounder who also competed in the decathlon in Los Angeles, and Glenn Hardin, sort of the winner of the US Olympic Trials. In the final of the combined AAU/Trials meet, Hardin had run out of his lane and was disqualified from the AAU, but declared winner of the Olympic Trials and placed on the team. The final in Los Angeles matched these four, who would constitute four consecutive gold medalists in the event – Taylor in 1924, Burghley in 1928, Hardin would win in 1936, and Tisdall won in 1932. He took an early lead, but knocked over the last hurdle, allowing Hardin to close to within two metres. The downed hurdle cost Tisdall the world and Olympic record of 51.7, both reverting to Hardin in second place. In accordance with the rules at the time, Tisdall’s official time was rounded up to 51.8, to the nearest fifth.

1253Bob TisdallIRL54.8 (1 h2)52.8 (1 h2)51.8 (1)Gold
2430Glenn HardinUSA55.0 (3 h2)52.8 (1 h1)51.9 (2)SilverWR
3460Morgan TaylorUSA55.8 (1 h1)52.9 (2 h1)52.0 (3)Bronze
4190David, Lord BurghleyGBR55.1 (2 h4)53.0 (3 h1)52.2 (4)
5260Luigi FacelliITA55.0 (1 h4)53.2 (3 h2)53.0 (5)
6380Kell AreskougSWE54.6 (3 h3)53.2 (2 h2)54.6 (6)
4 h1 r2/317George GoldingAUS55.2 (3 h4)53.1 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3431Joe HealeyUSA54.2 (1 h3)53.2 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3385Sten PetterssonSWE56.1 (2 h1)53.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3143André AdelheimFRA54.3 (2 h3)53.8 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3173Fritz NottbrockGER55.0 (2 h2)53.7 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3219Christos MantikasGRE56.4 (3 h1)– (6 h2)
4 h1 r1/3281Zhang Hsing-HsienJPN56.5 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/351Sylvio PadilhaBRA55.1 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3220Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE55.2 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/354Carlos dos Reis JúniorBRA55.8 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3329Alfonso GonzálezMEX56.7 (5 h1)
AC h2 r1/366Tom CoulterCAN– (DQ h2)

Round One (31 July 1932 — 14:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1460Morgan TaylorUSA55.855.65Q
2385Sten PetterssonSWE56.1Q
3219Christos MantikasGRE56.4Q
4281Zhang Hsing-HsienJPN56.5
5329Alfonso GonzálezMEX56.7

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1253Bob TisdallIRL54.854.63Q
2173Fritz NottbrockGER55.0Q
3430Glenn HardinUSA55.0Q
451Sylvio PadilhaBRA55.1
DQ66Tom CoulterCAN

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1431Joe HealeyUSA54.254.06Q
2143André AdelheimFRA54.3Q
3380Kell AreskougSWE54.6Q
4220Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE55.2

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1260Luigi FacelliITA55.055.07Q
2190David, Lord BurghleyGBR55.1Q
317George GoldingAUS55.2Q
454Carlos dos Reis JúniorBRA55.8

Semi-Finals (31 July 1932 — 17:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1430Glenn HardinUSA52.852.79QOR
2460Morgan TaylorUSA52.9Q
3190David, Lord BurghleyGBR53.0Q
417George GoldingAUS53.1
5385Sten PetterssonSWE53.5
6173Fritz NottbrockGER53.7

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1253Bob TisdallIRL52.852.60Q=OR
2380Kell AreskougSWE53.2Q
3260Luigi FacelliITA53.2Q
4431Joe HealeyUSA53.2
5143André AdelheimFRA53.8
6219Christos MantikasGRE

Final (1 August 1932 — 15:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Bob TisdallIRL51.851.671
26Glenn HardinUSA51.951.85WR
34Morgan TaylorUSA52.051.96
45David, Lord BurghleyGBR52.252.01
52Luigi FacelliITA53.0
61Kell AreskougSWE54.6