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100 metres, Men

Date15 – 16 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants61 from 22 countries

Charlie Paddock had won the Inter-Allied Championship in 1919 and was considered the favorite. However, Loren Murchison had run 10.8 in the heats and was a top challenger, as he had defeated Paddock in winning the U.S. Olympic Trials. The official world record was 10.6, set by Donald Lippincott (USA) at the 1912 Olympics. The 1920 AAA champion was Harry Edward, a British runner who had been born in Guyana. The semis were won by Paddock and Edward. In the finals, the starter requested that Paddock pull his hands back behind the line. Murchison began to stand up, thinking the sprinters would be taken fully through the commands again. The pistol was then fired and Murchison was left at the blocks, with no chance to win. Jackson Scholz led at 50 metres, but Paddock closed quickly to win, using his famous “jump finish”. Scholz was originally placed 5th, behind Émile Ali Khan, but the judges then reversed themselves and put Scholz 4th.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1216Charley PaddockUSA10.8 (1 h8)10.8 (1 h3)11.0 (1 h2)10.8 (1)Gold
2188Morris KirkseyUSA11.0 (1 h6)10.8 (1 h5)11.0est / at 1 metre (3 h1)10.9est / at ½ metre (2)Silver
3390Harry EdwardGBR10.9est / at 1 metre (2 h8)10.8 (1 h1)10.8 (1 h1)10.9est / chest behind (3)Bronze
4233Jackson ScholzUSA10.8 (1 h12)10.8 (1 h4)10.9est / at 50 centimetres (2 h1)10.9est / chest behind (4)
5293Émile Ali KhanFRA11.0 (1 h9)10.9est / at 1 metre (2 h3)11.1est / at 1 metre (2 h2)11.2est / at 2 metres (5)
6202Loren MurchisonUSA10.8 (1 h3)10.9est (2 h1)11.2est / at ½ metre (3 h2)11.2est / close behind (6)
4 h1 r3/4559Jack OosterlaakRSA11.0 (1 h11)11.0est (2 h4)11.0est / close behind (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/49Paul BrochartBEL11.4 (1 h7)10.9est / chest behind (2 h5)11.3est / at 1 metre (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4122Félix MendizábalESP11.2est / at 1½ metre (2 h4)11.1est / chest behind (2 h2)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4399William HillGBR11.0 (1 h1)11.0 (1 h2)11.3est / close behind (5 h2)
3 h1 r2/4349René MourlonFRA11.2 (1 h2)11.0est (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/4550Willie BukesRSA11.0est / at 1 metre (2 h3)– (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/4548George DavidsonNZL11.1est / at ½ metre (2 h11)10.9est (3 h3)
3 h4 r2/4640Josef ImbachSUI11.0est / chest behind (2 h6)11.1est (3 h4)
3 h5 r2/4387Vic d'ArcyGBR11.1est / at 1 metre (2 h9)– (3 h5)
4 h1 r2/44William HuntAUS11.0 (1 h4)11.0est (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4107August SørensenDEN11.3est / at 1 metre (2 h2)– (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4375Harold AbrahamsGBR11.0 (1 h10)11.0est (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4370René TirardFRA11.7est / at 2 metres (2 h7)11.2est (4 h4)
4 h5 r2/4109Marinus SørensenDEN11.2est / at 3 metres (2 h12)– (4 h5)
5 h1 r2/4495Mario RiccoboniITA11.2est / at 2 metres (2 h1)11.5est (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4504Vittorio ZuccaITA11.4 (1 h5)– (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4459Cor WezepoelNED11.6est / at 1 metre (2 h5)– (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/480Alex PontonCAN11.1est / at 1 metre (2 h10)11.4est (5 h4)
3 h1 r1/424Marcel GustinBEL11.3est (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/4606Erik LindvallSWE– (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/4444Albert HeijnnemanNED11.0est / chest behind (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/4555Frank IrvineRSA– (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/4552Leonard DixonRSA– (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/4348René LorainFRA11.1est / at ½ metre (3 h6)
3 h7 r1/4124Diego OrdóñezESP– (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/4113Carlos BotínESP11.6est / at 5 metres (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/4545Rolf StenersenNOR– (3 h9)
3 h10 r1/4473Giorgio CrociITA11.3est / at 2 metres (3 h10)
3 h11 r1/4586Agne HolmströmSWE– (3 h11)
3 h12 r1/471Cyril CoaffeeCAN– (3 h12)
4 h1 r1/4441Jan de VriesNED– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4111Ahmed Abbas KhairyEGY– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4662Vojtěch PlzákTCH– (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/4535Bjarne GuldagerNOR– (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4647August WaibelSUI– (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4538Johan JohnsenNOR11.2est (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/4650Eduard HašekTCH– (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/4521Shinichi YamaokaJPN11.6est (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/4431Dimitrios KarabatisGRE– (4 h9)
4 h10 r1/4456Harry, Ridder van RappardNED– (4 h10)
4 h11 r1/489Fritiof Normann AndersenDEN– (4 h11)
4 h12 r1/433Julien LehouckBEL– (4 h12)
5 h1 r1/4512Ichiro KagaJPN– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4507Purma BannerjeeIND– (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/4646Adolf RyslerSUI– (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4528Alex ServaisLUX– (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4114Jaime CampsESP– (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4523Jean ColbachLUX– (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4530Edmond MédécinMON11.8est (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/4610Sven MalmSWE– (5 h9)
5 h11 r1/432Jean LefèvreBEL– (5 h11)
5 h12 r1/4533Asle BækkedalNOR– (5 h12)
6 h1 r1/4524Paul HammerLUX– (6 h1)
6 h4 r1/4620Nils SandströmSWE– (6 h4)
6 h6 r1/4490Giovanni-Battista OrlandiITA– (6 h6)
DNS678Reinhold SaulmannEST– (DNS h10)
DNS125Carlos PajarónESP
DNS306Robert CasteFRA
DNSFrantišek SkokanTCH– (DNS h2)

Round One (15 August 1920 — 15:15)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1399William HillGBR11.0Q
2495Mario RiccoboniITA11.2est / at 2 metresQ
324Marcel GustinBEL11.3est
4441Jan de VriesNED
5512Ichiro KagaJPN
6524Paul HammerLUX

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1349René MourlonFRA11.2Q
2107August SørensenDEN11.3est / at 1 metreQ
3606Erik LindvallSWE
4111Ahmed Abbas KhairyEGY
5507Purma BannerjeeIND
DNSFrantišek SkokanTCH

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1202Loren MurchisonUSA10.8Q
2550Willie BukesRSA11.0est / at 1 metreQ
3444Albert HeijnnemanNED11.0est / chest behind
4662Vojtěch PlzákTCH

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
14William HuntAUS11.0Q
2122Félix MendizábalESP11.2est / at 1½ metreQ
3555Frank IrvineRSA
4535Bjarne GuldagerNOR
5646Adolf RyslerSUI
6620Nils SandströmSWE

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1504Vittorio ZuccaITA11.4Q
2459Cor WezepoelNED11.6est / at 1 metreQ
3552Leonard DixonRSA
4647August WaibelSUI
5528Alex ServaisLUX

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1188Morris KirkseyUSA11.0Q
2640Josef ImbachSUI11.0est / chest behindQ
3348René LorainFRA11.1est / at ½ metre
4538Johan JohnsenNOR11.2est
5114Jaime CampsESP
6490Giovanni-Battista OrlandiITA

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
19Paul BrochartBEL11.4Q
2370René TirardFRA11.7est / at 2 metresQ
3124Diego OrdóñezESP
4650Eduard HašekTCH1
5523Jean ColbachLUX

Heat Eight

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1216Charley PaddockUSA10.8Q
2390Harry EdwardGBR10.9est / at 1 metreQ
3113Carlos BotínESP11.6est / at 5 metres
4521Shinichi YamaokaJPN11.6est
5530Edmond MédécinMON11.8est

Heat Nine

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1293Émile Ali KhanFRA11.0Q
2387Vic d'ArcyGBR11.1est / at 1 metreQ
3545Rolf StenersenNOR
4431Dimitrios KarabatisGRE
5610Sven MalmSWE

Heat Ten

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1375Harold AbrahamsGBR11.0Q
280Alex PontonCAN11.1est / at 1 metreQ
3473Giorgio CrociITA11.3est / at 2 metres
4456Harry, Ridder van RappardNED
DNS678Reinhold SaulmannEST

Heat Eleven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1559Jack OosterlaakRSA11.0Q
2548George DavidsonNZL11.1est / at ½ metreQ
3586Agne HolmströmSWE
489Fritiof Normann AndersenDEN
532Jean LefèvreBEL

Heat Twelve

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1233Jackson ScholzUSA10.8Q
2109Marinus SørensenDEN11.2est / at 3 metresQ
371Cyril CoaffeeCAN
433Julien LehouckBEL
5533Asle BækkedalNOR

Quarter-Finals (15 August 1920 — 17:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1390Harry EdwardGBR10.8Q
2202Loren MurchisonUSA10.9estQ
3349René MourlonFRA11.0est
44William HuntAUS11.0est
5495Mario RiccoboniITA11.5est

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1399William HillGBR11.0Q
2122Félix MendizábalESP11.1est / chest behindQ
3550Willie BukesRSA
4107August SørensenDEN
5504Vittorio ZuccaITA

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1216Charley PaddockUSA10.8Q
2293Émile Ali KhanFRA10.9est / at 1 metreQ
3548George DavidsonNZL10.9est
4375Harold AbrahamsGBR11.0est
5459Cor WezepoelNED

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1233Jackson ScholzUSA10.8Q
2559Jack OosterlaakRSA11.0estQ
3640Josef ImbachSUI11.1est
4370René TirardFRA11.2est
580Alex PontonCAN11.4est

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1188Morris KirkseyUSA10.8Q2
29Paul BrochartBEL10.9est / chest behindQ
3387Vic d'ArcyGBR
4109Marinus SørensenDEN

Semi-Finals (16 August 1920 — 9:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1390Harry EdwardGBR10.8Q
2233Jackson ScholzUSA10.9est / at 50 centimetresQ
3188Morris KirkseyUSA11.0est / at 1 metreQ
4559Jack OosterlaakRSA11.0est / close behind
5122Félix MendizábalESP

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1216Charley PaddockUSA11.0Q3
2293Émile Ali KhanFRA11.1est / at 1 metreQ
3202Loren MurchisonUSA11.2est / at ½ metreQ
49Paul BrochartBEL11.3est / at 1 metre
5399William HillGBR11.3est / close behind

Final (16 August 1920 — 16:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
13Charley PaddockUSA10.8
21Morris KirkseyUSA10.9est / at ½ metre
36Harry EdwardGBR10.9est / chest behind
45Jackson ScholzUSA10.9est / chest behind
54Émile Ali KhanFRA11.2est / at 2 metres
62Loren MurchisonUSA11.2est / close behind