| Event type

110 metres Hurdles, Men

Date5 – 6 August 1936
LocationOlympiastadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants31 from 20 countries

The favorites were Forrest “Spec” Towns and Frederick )Fritz) Pollard, both of the USA. Towns had run 14.1 four times earlier in 1936, winning the NCAAs with that time. In the final, Pollard had the fastest start but was caught by Towns at the third hurdle who won quite easily. The 1932 bronze medalist, Don Finlay, closed fast to nip Pollard for the silver medal. A few weeks later, as a meet in the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Towns shattered the world record with 13.7.

1762Forrest TownsUSA14.5 (1 h5)14.1 (1 h1)14.2 (1)Gold
2270Don FinlayGBR14.7 (1 h3)14.5 (1 h2)14.4 (2)Silver
3760Fritz PollardUSA14.7 (1 h2)14.6 (2 h2)14.4 (3)Bronze
4586Håkan LidmanSWE14.9 (1 h6)14.5 (2 h1)14.4 (4)
5272John ThorntonGBR15.0 (2 h2)14.7 (3 h1)14.7 (5)
682Larry O'ConnorCAN15.1 (2 h1)15.0 (3 h2)14.8 (6)
4 h1 r2/3761Roy StaleyUSA15.0 (1 h4)14.8 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3424Vane IvanovićYUG15.1 (2 h6)15.2 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3385Tadashi MurakamiJPN15.3 (2 h3)15.1 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3844Erwin WegnerGER15.1 (2 h5)15.3 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/334Juan LavenásARG15.1 (2 h4)15.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3657Tom LaveryRSA15.0 (1 h1)15.6 (6 h2)
3 h1 r1/38Christos MantikasGRE15.2 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3500Johann LangmayrAUT15.1 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/383Jim WorrallCAN15.6 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3271Ashleigh PilbrowGBR15.5 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3501Ernst LeitnerAUT15.3 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3327Gianni CaldanaITA15.1 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3139Svend Aage ThomsenDEN15.3 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3845Willi WelscherGER15.2 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Darcy GuimarãesBRA– (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/39Ioannis SkiadasGRE– (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3622René KunzSUI– (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/336Alf WatsonAUS15.1 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/350Juul BosmansBEL– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3110Huang YingjieCHN– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3672Ludvík KománekTCH– (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3109Lin ShaozhouCHN– (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3386Kotaro ShimizuJPN– (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3537Miguel WhitePHI– (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/3384Yasuharu FurutaJPN– (6 h1)
DNS643Ignacio SánchezESP
DNS216Pierre BernardFRA
DNS536Niño RamírezPHI– (DNS h3)
DNS656James GemmillRSA– (DNS h3)
DNS423Ivo BuratovićYUG

Round One (5 August 1936 — 16:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1657Tom LaveryRSA15.0Q
282Larry O'ConnorCAN15.1Q
38Christos MantikasGRE15.2
4139Svend Aage ThomsenDEN15.3
550Juul BosmansBEL
6384Yasuharu FurutaJPN

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1760Fritz PollardUSA14.7Q
2272John ThorntonGBR15.0Q
3500Johann LangmayrAUT15.1
4845Willi WelscherGER15.2
5110Huang YingjieCHN

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1270Don FinlayGBR14.7Q
2385Tadashi MurakamiJPN15.3Q
383Jim WorrallCAN15.6
4Darcy GuimarãesBRA
5672Ludvík KománekTCH
DNS536Niño RamírezPHI
DNS656James GemmillRSA

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1761Roy StaleyUSA15.0Q
234Juan LavenásARG15.1Q
3271Ashleigh PilbrowGBR15.5
49Ioannis SkiadasGRE
5109Lin ShaozhouCHN

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1762Forrest TownsUSA14.5Q
2844Erwin WegnerGER15.1Q
3501Ernst LeitnerAUT15.3
4622René KunzSUI
5386Kotaro ShimizuJPN

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1586Håkan LidmanSWE14.9Q
2424Vane IvanovićYUG15.1Q
3327Gianni CaldanaITA15.1
436Alf WatsonAUS15.1
5537Miguel WhitePHI

Semi-Finals (6 August 1936 — 15:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1762Forrest TownsUSA14.1Q=WR
2586Håkan LidmanSWE14.5Q
3272John ThorntonGBR14.7Q
4761Roy StaleyUSA14.8
5385Tadashi MurakamiJPN15.1
634Juan LavenásARG15.6

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1270Don FinlayGBR14.5Q
2760Fritz PollardUSA14.6Q
382Larry O'ConnorCAN15.0Q
4424Vane IvanovićYUG15.2
5844Erwin WegnerGER15.3
6657Tom LaveryRSA15.6

Final (6 August 1936 — 17:45)

Wind<2.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
12Forrest TownsUSA14.2
21Don FinlayGBR14.4
36Fritz PollardUSA14.4
43Håkan LidmanSWE14.4
54John ThorntonGBR14.7
65Larry O'ConnorCAN14.8