| Event type

100 metres, Men

Date23 – 24 November 1956
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants65 from 31 countries

Early in 1956 the favorite for both sprints at Melbourne appeared to be American Dave Sime of Duke University. In April and May he ran 9.3 twice and 9.4 six times for 100 yards, and broke the world record for the 220 yard on the straight. At the NCAA Championships, Sime came against Bobby Joe Morrow of Abilene Christian College and Morrow defeated him in the 100. Then in the 200, Sime pulled a hamstring and would not even make it out of the US Olympic Trials because of the injury. At the Trials, Morrow won both the 100 and 200 and was a heavy favorite at Melbourne. His only major competition seemed to be his diminutive teammate Ira Murchison, who at the CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) Championships in Berlin in August, had run 10.1 for a world record in both the semi-final and final. In the final he met and defeated Willie Williams, who had not made the Olympic team, but had also run a world record 10.1 in the opening round. At Melbourne, Morrow was the class of the field. He won every round of the 100 and 200, and anchored the Americans to a gold medal in the 4 x 100 relay. His times were not outstanding because all the sprint races in Melbourne were run into the wind, but the outcomes were never in doubt.

155Bobby Joe MorrowUSA10.4 (1 h12)10.3 (1 h1)10.3 (1 h2)10.5 (1)Gold
254Thane BakerUSA10.7 (1 h9)10.4 (1 h4)10.4 (2 h2)10.5 (2)Silver
32Hec HoganAUS10.5 (1 h8)10.5 (1 h3)10.5 (3 h2)10.6 (3)Bronze
456Ira MurchisonUSA10.5 (1 h1)10.3 (1 h2)10.5 (1 h1)10.6 (4)
514Manfred GermarGER10.7 (1 h6)10.6 (2 h4)10.6 (3 h1)10.7 (5)
650Mike AgostiniTTO10.7 (1 h2)10.5 (2 h1)10.5 (2 h1)10.7 (6)
4 h1 r3/436Abdul KhaliqPAK10.8 (2 h3)10.5 (2 h2)10.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/430Morrie RaeNZL10.7 (1 h3)10.6 (3 h1)10.5 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/48Stan LevensonCAN10.8 (1 h10)10.8 (3 h3)10.7 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/438Marian FoikPOL10.5 (1 h5)10.6 (3 h4)10.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/458Yury KonovalovURS10.6 (2 h12)10.7 (3 h2)10.8 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/459Boris TokarevURS10.6 (2 h5)10.7 (2 h3)10.7 (6 h2)
4 h1 r2/4683Béla GoldoványiHUN10.8 (2 h7)10.8 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/422Luigi GnocchiITA10.7 (2 h2)10.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/439Jan JarzembowskiPOL10.7 (2 h1)10.8 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/457Leonid BartenevURS10.7 (1 h7)10.6 (4 h4)
5 h1 r2/413Heinz FüttererGER10.9 (2 h10)10.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/452Edmund TurtonTTO11.1 (2 h9)11.2 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/431Edward AjadoNGR10.8 (1 h11)10.9 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/411René BoninoFRA10.8 (2 h8)10.8 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/43Ray LandAUS10.8 (2 h6)11.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/453Ben NdugaUGA10.7 (1 h4)12.8 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/416Ken BoxGBR10.7 (2 h4)11.3 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/417Roy SandstromGBR10.8 (2 h11)10.9 (6 h4)
3 h1 r1/4637Hilmar ÞorbjörnssonISL10.9 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/432Titus ErinleNGR10.9 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/415Manfred SteinbachGER10.8 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/425Kyohei UshioJPN11.0 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/421Franco GalbiatiITA10.9 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/423Keith GardnerJAM11.1 (3 h6)
3 h7 r1/4633Clive BonasVEN10.9 (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/4682Géza VarasdiHUN10.8 (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/427Sinnayah Karuppiah JarabalanMAL11.3 (3 h9)
3 h10 r1/46João Pires SobrinhoBRA11.0 (3 h10)
3 h11 r1/47Dick HardingCAN11.0 (3 h11)
3 h12 r1/418David SegalGBR10.9 (3 h12)
4 h1 r1/420Mario ColarossiITA10.9 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/45Jorge de BarrosBRA10.9 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4632Rafael RomeroVEN10.9 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/442Kesevan SoonSGP11.4 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/44Tom RobinsonBAH10.9 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/412Alain DavidFRA11.1 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/41Gavin CarragherAUS10.9 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/424Akira KiyofujiJPN10.8 (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/443Tan Eng YoonSGP11.4 (4 h9)
4 h10 r1/451Joe GoddardTTO11.1 (4 h10)
4 h11 r1/481Sharif ButtPAK11.1 (4 h11)
4 h12 r1/447Paiboon VacharapanTHA11.3 (4 h12)
5 h1 r1/429René AhumadaMEX11.1 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/442Vanchak VoradilokTHA11.5 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/410Evaristo IglesiasCUB11.3 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/49Jack ParringtonCAN11.6 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4465Jootje GozalINA10.9 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4670Emmanuel PutuLBR11.3 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/433Thomas ObiNGR11.0 (5 h7)
5 h10 r1/4306Oliver HunterGUY11.1 (5 h10)
5 h11 r1/4301Abebe HailouETH11.3 (5 h11)
5 h12 r1/425Lee Kah FookMAL11.6 (5 h12)
6 h1 r1/428Raja bin Ngah AliMAL11.2 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4300Roba NegousseETH11.8 (6 h2)
6 h5 r1/4671James RobertsLBR11.3 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4302Beyene LegesseETH11.8 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/434Bjørn NilsenNOR11.0 (6 h7)
6 h10 r1/437Ghulam RaziqPAK11.2 (6 h10)
6 h11 r1/449Sneh WongchaoomTHA11.8 (6 h11)
DNS45René FarineSUI– (DNS h1)
DNS46Walter TschudiSUI– (DNS h3)
DNS681László KissHUN– (DNS h9)
DNS19Ghanim MahmoudIRQ– (DNS h9)
DNS40Edward SzmidtPOL– (DNS h8)
DNS41Norberto CruzPUR– (DNS h4)
DNS44Fritz VogelsangSUI– (DNS h12)
DNS635Alfonso BrunoVEN– (DNS h8)

Round One (23 November 1956 — 15:10)

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

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Ira MurchisonUSA10.510.67Q
22Jan JarzembowskiPOL10.710.95Q
33Hilmar ÞorbjörnssonISL10.911.12
45Mario ColarossiITA10.911.14
54René AhumadaMEX11.111.26
66Raja bin Ngah AliMAL11.211.41
DNS1René FarineSUI

Heat Two

Wind-1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Mike AgostiniTTO10.710.98Q
21Luigi GnocchiITA10.711.04Q
34Titus ErinleNGR10.911.09
46Jorge de BarrosBRA10.911.15
53Vanchak VoradilokTHA11.511.78
65Roba NegousseETH11.812.07

Heat Three

Wind-2.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Morrie RaeNZL10.710.84Q
22Abdul KhaliqPAK10.810.97Q
33Manfred SteinbachGER10.810.99
41Rafael RomeroVEN10.911.14
54Evaristo IglesiasCUB11.311.50
DNS6Walter TschudiSUI

Heat Four

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Ben NdugaUGA10.710.88Q
22Ken BoxGBR10.710.96Q
34Kyohei UshioJPN11.011.09
45Kesevan SoonSGP11.411.35
51Jack ParringtonCAN11.611.62
DNS6Norberto CruzPUR

Heat Five

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Marian FoikPOL10.510.74Q
25Boris TokarevURS10.610.90Q
33Franco GalbiatiITA10.911.00
44Tom RobinsonBAH10.911.06
51Jootje GozalINA10.911.09
62James RobertsLBR11.311.45

Heat Six

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Manfred GermarGER10.710.91Q
23Ray LandAUS10.811.05Q
35Keith GardnerJAM11.111.22
46Alain DavidFRA11.111.24
52Emmanuel PutuLBR11.311.44
64Beyene LegesseETH11.811.94

Heat Seven

Wind-0.6 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Leonid BartenevURS10.710.87Q
22Béla GoldoványiHUN10.810.88Q
33Clive BonasVEN10.910.99
41Gavin CarragherAUS10.910.98
56Thomas ObiNGR11.011.10
65Bjørn NilsenNOR11.011.11

Heat Eight

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Hec HoganAUS10.510.72Q
23René BoninoFRA10.810.96Q
31Géza VarasdiHUN10.811.00
42Akira KiyofujiJPN10.811.00
DNS4Edward SzmidtPOL
DNS5Alfonso BrunoVEN

Heat Nine

Wind-0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Thane BakerUSA10.710.93Q
22Edmund TurtonTTO11.111.38Q
34Sinnayah Karuppiah JarabalanMAL11.311.56
43Tan Eng YoonSGP11.411.63
DNS5László KissHUN
DNS1Ghanim MahmoudIRQ

Heat Ten

Wind-1.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Stan LevensonCAN10.810.94Q
25Heinz FüttererGER10.911.10Q
31João Pires SobrinhoBRA11.011.14
44Joe GoddardTTO11.111.19
52Oliver HunterGUY11.111.22
63Ghulam RaziqPAK11.211.26

Heat Eleven

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Edward AjadoNGR10.811.01Q
24Roy SandstromGBR10.811.05Q
36Dick HardingCAN11.011.20
42Sharif ButtPAK11.111.26
53Abebe HailouETH11.311.54
65Sneh WongchaoomTHA11.811.95

Heat Twelve

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Bobby Joe MorrowUSA10.410.47Q
23Yury KonovalovURS10.610.92Q
32David SegalGBR10.911.02
45Paiboon VacharapanTHA11.311.57
56Lee Kah FookMAL11.611.84
DNS4Fritz VogelsangSUI

Quarter-Finals (23 November 1956 — 17:05)

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

Heat One

Wind-1.4 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Bobby Joe MorrowUSA10.310.55Q=OR
21Mike AgostiniTTO10.510.75Q
35Morrie RaeNZL10.610.78Q
44Béla GoldoványiHUN10.810.95
56Heinz FüttererGER10.810.99
62Ray LandAUS11.011.15

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Ira MurchisonUSA10.310.55Q=OR
22Abdul KhaliqPAK10.510.78Q
33Yury KonovalovURS10.710.93Q
44Luigi GnocchiITA10.810.96
56Edmund TurtonTTO11.211.37
65Ben NdugaUGA12.812.95

Heat Three

Wind-1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Hec HoganAUS10.510.78Q
24Boris TokarevURS10.710.87Q
33Stan LevensonCAN10.810.93Q
41Jan JarzembowskiPOL10.810.98
52Edward AjadoNGR10.911.02
65Ken BoxGBR11.311.45

Heat Four

Wind-2.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Thane BakerUSA10.410.62Q
23Manfred GermarGER10.610.80Q
35Marian FoikPOL10.610.83Q
44Leonid BartenevURS10.610.84
51René BoninoFRA10.810.96
62Roy SandstromGBR10.911.03

Semi-Finals (24 November 1956 — 15:45)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind-2.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Ira MurchisonUSA10.510.79Q1
22Mike AgostiniTTO10.510.79Q2
31Manfred GermarGER10.610.85Q
44Abdul KhaliqPAK10.610.93
53Stan LevensonCAN10.710.94
65Yury KonovalovURS10.811.11

Heat Two

Wind-1.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Bobby Joe MorrowUSA10.310.52Q=OR
25Thane BakerUSA10.410.61Q
31Hec HoganAUS10.510.62Q
42Morrie RaeNZL10.510.68
54Marian FoikPOL10.610.84
66Boris TokarevURS10.710.91

Final (24 November 1956 — 17:30)

Wind-2.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Bobby Joe MorrowUSA10.510.62
23Thane BakerUSA10.510.77
36Hec HoganAUS10.610.77
41Ira MurchisonUSA10.610.79
55Manfred GermarGER10.710.86
62Mike AgostiniTTO10.710.88