| Event type

400 metres, Men

Date12 – 13 July 1912
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants49 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 48.4 / Wyndham Halswelle GBR / 22 July 1908

Three Americans were highly considered for this event. Ed Lindberg had won the AAU Championship in 1909 and 1911 and won the central U.S. Olympic Trial. Donnell Young won the 1911 IC4A title and the eastern U.S. Olympic Trial. The 1912 IC4A 440 yard champion had been Syracuse’s Charles Reidpath.

In the fifth semi-final, Young was involved in a controversial incident with Germany’s Hanns Braun. On the first curve, Braun tried to cut in front of Young, who reacted by pushing Braun violently to the outside of the track. Young finished first but was disqualified and Braun was advanced to the final, where he would compete against four Americans - Reidpath, Lindberg, Ted Meredith, and Carroll Haff.

The first round and semi-finals had been run without lanes. But the Braun/Young incident changed that and strings were put up for the final, and the runners ran in lanes. Braun took the lead until he was passed on the last curve by Reidpath. Reidpath held on to narrowly defeat Braun, with Lindberg taking the bronze medal.

1Charles ReidpathUSA51.2 (2 h15)48.7 (1 h1)48.2 (1)GoldOR
2Hanns BraunGER50.6 (1 h3)49.2 (1 h5)48.3 (2)Silver
3Ed LindbergUSA50.6 (1 h10)48.9 (1 h2)48.4 (3)Bronze
4Ted MeredithUSA– (2 h3)48.8 (1 h3)49.2 (4)
5Carroll HaffUSA50.4 (1 h7)49.7 (1 h4)49.5 (5)
2 h1 r2/3Hec EdmundsonUSA50.2 (1 h11)– (2 h1)
2 h2 r2/3Eric LindholmSWE51.4 (1 h9)50.2 (2 h2)
2 h3 r2/3Mel SheppardUSA1:06.6 (2 h2)48.9est (2 h3)
2 h4 r2/3Emilio LunghiITA50.5 (2 h7)– (2 h4)
3 h1 r2/3George NicolGBR50.0 (1 h12)– (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/3Charles LelongFRA50.2 (1 h5)– (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/3George PatchingRSA51.1 (1 h15)50.5est (3 h3)
3 h4 r2/3Ervin SzerelemhegyiHUN– (2 h14)– (3 h4)
4 h1 r2/3Frigyes Wiesner-MezeiHUN50.8 (1 h8)– (4 h1)
4 h3 r2/3Knut StenborgSWE1:01.6 (1 h6)50.5 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3Charles PoulenardFRA50.7 (2 h1)– (5 h1)
5 h3 r2/3Ole Jacob PedersenNOR51.6 (2 h9)– (5 h3)
AC h2 r2/3Cyril SeedhouseGBR51.5 (1 h14)– (AC h2)
AC h2 r2/3Algernon WellsGBR1:01.2 (2 h13)– (AC h2)
AC h2 r2/3Jacques PersonGER55.4 (1 h13)– (AC h2)
AC h3 r2/3Ernest HenleyGBR– (2 h11)– (AC h3)
AC h4 r2/3Ernest HaleyGBR1:06.6 (1 h2)– (AC h4)
AC h4 r2/3Jim RosenbergerUSA50.6 (1 h1)– (AC h4)
AC h5 r2/3James SoutterGBR– (2 h10)– (AC h5)
AC h5 r2/3Paul ZerlingSWE55.4 (1 h4)– (AC h5)
2 h5 r2/3Ira DavenportUSA– (2 h12)– (2 h5)
AC h5 r2/3Donnell YoungUSA50.4 (2 h5)– (AC h5)
2 h4 r1/3Yahiko MishimaJPN55.5 (2 h4)
2 h8 r1/3Johan DahlinSWE51.0 (2 h8)
3 h1 r1/3Władysław PonurskiAUT– (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/3Armando CortesãoPOR– (3 h3)
3 h5 r1/3István DévánHUN– (3 h5)
3 h7 r1/3Max HerrmannGER– (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/3Géo MalfaitFRA– (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/3Heinrich BurkowitzGER51.7est (3 h9)
3 h10 r1/3Franco GiongoITA– (3 h10)
3 h11 r1/3Mel BrockCAN– (3 h11)
3 h12 r1/3Tom GallonCAN– (3 h12)
3 h15 r1/3Heinrich WenselerGER– (3 h15)
4 h5 r1/3Gösta MöllerSWE– (4 h5)
4 h9 r1/3Václav Labík-GreganBOH– (4 h9)
4 h11 r1/3Pyotr GayevskyRUS– (4 h11)
4 h12 r1/3Erich LehmannGER– (4 h12)
4 h15 r1/3Alan PattersonGBR– (4 h15)
5 h12 r1/3Georges RolotFRA– (5 h12)
5 h15 r1/3Robert SchurrerFRA– (5 h15)
6 h12 r1/3Ödön BodorHUN– (6 h12)
AC h1 r1/3Claude RossANZ– (AC h1)
AC h14 r1/3Alex PedersenNOR51.9 (AC h14)
DNSJames HillGBR
DNSBernhard VogelRUS
DNSRaymond SaladinFRA
DNSAlexandre LealPOR
DNSNaum FilimonovRUS
DNSClément MentrelFRA
DNSTivadar KissHUN
DNSJack SweetANZ
DNSTor ÖsterlundSWE
DNSMaurice ColmanBEL
DNSRalph CraigUSA
DNSVictor JacqueminBEL
DNSZdeněk MěsteckýBOH
DNSArmy HowardCAN
DNSBobby KerrCAN
DNSFederico MuellerCHI
DNSLeopoldo PalmaCHI
DNSLauri PihkalaFIN
DNSJoseph CaulléFRA
DNSPierre FailliotFRA
DNSAndré FoussardFRA
DNSLaurie AndersonGBR
DNSRobert BurtonGBR
DNSRobert LindsayGBR
DNSDuncan MacmillanGBR
DNSKároly RadóczyHUN
DNSJan GrijseelsNED
DNSHerman SotaaenNOR
DNSHerberts BaumanisRUS
DNSAleksandr SchultzRUS
DNSErik FrisellSWE
DNSKarl HaglundSWE
DNSKarl August LutherSWE
DNSTure PersonSWE
DNSCarl CookeUSA
DNSHal HeilandUSA

Round One (12 July 1912 — 11:00)

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

Heat #1

1Jim RosenbergerUSA50.6Q
2Charles PoulenardFRA50.7Q
3Władysław PonurskiAUT

Heat #2

1Ernest HaleyGBR1:06.6Q
2Mel SheppardUSA1:06.6Q

Heat #3

1Hanns BraunGER50.6Q
2Ted MeredithUSAQ
3Armando CortesãoPOR

Heat #4

1Paul ZerlingSWE55.4Q
2Yahiko MishimaJPN55.5Q

Heat #5

1Charles LelongFRA50.2Q
2Donnell YoungUSA50.4Q
3István DévánHUN
4Gösta MöllerSWE

Heat #6

1Knut StenborgSWE1:01.6Q

Heat #7

1Carroll HaffUSA50.4Q
2Emilio LunghiITA50.5Q
3Max HerrmannGER

Heat #8

1Frigyes Wiesner-MezeiHUN50.8Q
2Johan DahlinSWE51.0Q
3Géo MalfaitFRA

Heat #9

1Eric LindholmSWE51.4Q
2Ole Jacob PedersenNOR51.6Q
3Heinrich BurkowitzGER51.7est
4Václav Labík-GreganBOH

Heat #10

1Ed LindbergUSA50.6Q
2James SoutterGBRQ
3Franco GiongoITA

Heat #11

1Hec EdmundsonUSA50.2Q
2Ernest HenleyGBRQ
3Mel BrockCAN
4Pyotr GayevskyRUS

Heat #12

1George NicolGBR50.0Q
2Ira DavenportUSAQ
3Tom GallonCAN
4Erich LehmannGER
5Georges RolotFRA
6Ödön BodorHUN

Heat #13

1Jacques PersonGER55.4Q
2Algernon WellsGBR1:01.2Q

Heat #14

1Cyril SeedhouseGBR51.5Q
2Ervin SzerelemhegyiHUNQ
ACAlex PedersenNOR51.9DQ

Heat #15

1George PatchingRSA51.1Q
2Charles ReidpathUSA51.2Q
3Heinrich WenselerGER
4Alan PattersonGBR
5Robert SchurrerFRA

Semi-Finals (12 July 1912 — 16:15)

Winner in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat #1

1Charles ReidpathUSA48.7Q
2Hec EdmundsonUSA
3George NicolGBR
4Frigyes Wiesner-MezeiHUN
5Charles PoulenardFRA

Heat #2

1Ed LindbergUSA48.9Q
2Eric LindholmSWE50.2
3Charles LelongFRA
ACCyril SeedhouseGBRDNF
ACJacques PersonGERDNF
ACAlgernon WellsGBRDNF

Heat #3

1Ted MeredithUSA48.8Q
2Mel SheppardUSA48.9est
3George PatchingRSA50.5est
4Knut StenborgSWE50.5
5Ole Jacob PedersenNOR
ACErnest HenleyGBRDNF

Heat #4

1Carroll HaffUSA49.7Q
2Emilio LunghiITA
3Ervin SzerelemhegyiHUN
ACErnest HaleyGBRDNF
ACJim RosenbergerUSADNF

Heat #5

1Hanns BraunGER49.2Q
2Ira DavenportUSA
ACJames SoutterGBR
ACPaul ZerlingSWE
ACDonnell YoungUSADQ1

Final (13 July 1912 — 15:00)

13Charles ReidpathUSA48.2OR
22Hanns BraunGER48.3
35Ed LindbergUSA48.4
41Ted MeredithUSA49.2
54Carroll HaffUSA49.5