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200 metres, Men

Date19 – 20 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants47 from 22 countries

Charlie Paddock was again the favorite, having won the U.S. Olympic Trials and the 1919 Inter-Allied Championships. Great Britain’s Harry Edward had won the 1920 AAA Championship. The world record was 21.1, set by Britain’s William Applegarth in London in July 1914. Allen Woodring had finished only 5th in the U.S. Olympic Trial but was chosen to run the 200 ahead of George Massengale, who had finished 4th in the trials. Paddock led in the finals until about 180 metres, when Woodring shot past him to win. Edward might have run better had he not strained a muscle in the semi-finals.

Woodring was described in Barcs, as follows, “Allen, if he could avoid it, never spoke. He lived a very unsportmanslike life, and was one of the most studious and conscientious athletes. Actually, he arrived in Antwerp by accident. He was unable to win a place in the official selection contests and was included on the list only in the last minute. He trained with great diligence. So much so that his shoes fell apart, which was a major disaster. … Woodring was unable to obtain any track shoes. Finally, one of the other athletes loaned him his own ones, but only for the duration of the race.”

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1247Allen WoodringUSA22.8 (1 h9)22.1est / at 1 metre (2 h2)22.4 (1 h2)22.0 (1)Gold
2216Charley PaddockUSA23.2 (1 h6)22.9est / chest behind (2 h3)22.5est / at ½ metre (2 h2)22.0est / at 10 cm (2)Silver
3390Harry EdwardGBR22.8 (1 h10)22.0 (1 h2)22.5est / at 30 cm (2 h1)22.2est / at 1 metre (3)Bronze
4202Loren MurchisonUSA23.2 (1 h8)22.8 (1 h1)22.4 (1 h1)22.2est / close behind (4)
5548George DavidsonNZL22.6 (1 h2)22.8 (1 h3)22.5est / close behind (3 h1)22.3est (5)
6559Jack OosterlaakRSA23.2est / at 3 metres (2 h10)23.0 (1 h5)22.7est / at 2 metres (3 h2)22.3est (6)
4 h1 r3/4188Morris KirkseyUSA23.4 (1 h12)22.6 (1 h4)22.5est / close behind (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/480Alex PontonCAN22.8est / at 2 metres (2 h2)22.7est / at 1 metre (2 h4)22.9est (4 h2)
AC h2 r3/4640Josef ImbachSUI23.5est / at 1 metre (2 h12)23.1est / at 2 metres (2 h1)– (AC h2)
2 h5 r2/49Paul BrochartBEL23.2 (1 h4)23.2est / at 1 metre (2 h5)– (DNS h1)
3 h1 r2/4370René TirardFRA23.2 (1 h1)23.2est / at 1 metre (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/4306Robert CasteFRA23.0 (1 h5)22.2est / at 1 metre (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/4348René LorainFRA25.0 (1 h11)23.0est / at 1½ metre (3 h3)
3 h4 r2/4375Harold AbrahamsGBR23.3est / at 2 metres (2 h5)23.0est / at 2 metres (3 h4)
3 h5 r2/4399William HillGBR23.8est / at 3 metres (2 h3)23.2est / at 1 metre (3 h5)
4 h1 r2/4107August SørensenDEN23.8est / at 5 metres (2 h6)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/44William HuntAUS23.5est / at 2 metres (2 h4)22.4est / at 1 metre (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4620Nils SandströmSWE23.6est / at 3 metres (2 h8)23.3est / at 2 metres (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4662Vojtěch PlzákTCH23.4 (1 h3)23.1est / at 1 metre (4 h4)
4 h5 r2/4597Sven KrokströmSWE23.8 (1 h7)23.3est / at 1½ metres (4 h5)
5 h2 r2/4586Agne HolmströmSWE23.3est / at 1 metre (2 h1)22.5est / at 1 metre (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/428Max HoubenBEL24.2est / at 2 metres (2 h7)– (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4459Cor WezepoelNED23.3est / at 4 metres (2 h9)23.3est / at 2 metres (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/4444Albert HeijnnemanNED25.4est / at 3 metres (2 h11)– (AC h5)
3 h1 r1/4124Diego OrdóñezESP23.7est / at 3 metres (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/4122Félix MendizábalESP23.2est / at 3 metres (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/424Marcel GustinBEL24.3est / at 4 metres (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/4490Giovanni-Battista OrlandiITA23.8est / at 3 metres (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/4550Willie BukesRSA23.4est / at 1 metre (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/4387Vic d'ArcyGBR24.0est / at 2 metres (3 h6)
3 h7 r1/4431Dimitrios KarabatisGRE24.2est / chest behind (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/4125Carlos PajarónESP24.2est / at 5 metres (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/4555Frank IrvineRSA23.3est / chest behind (3 h9)
3 h10 r1/4610Sven MalmSWE23.3est / at 1 metre (3 h10)
3 h12 r1/4366Jean-René SeurinFRA23.6est / chest behind (3 h12)
4 h1 r1/4521Shinichi YamaokaJPN23.9est / at 2 metres (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4456Harry, Ridder van RappardNED23.7est / at 4 metres (4 h2)
4 h4 r1/4524Paul HammerLUX24.0est / at 2 metres (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4545Rolf StenersenNOR23.8est / at 3 metres (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4111Ahmed Abbas KhairyEGY– (4 h6)
4 h8 r1/4647August WaibelSUI– (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/4512Ichiro KagaJPN– (4 h9)
4 h10 r1/4495Mario RiccoboniITA– (4 h10)
5 h1 r1/4535Bjarne GuldagerNOR– (5 h1)
5 h4 r1/4127Federico ReparazESP– (5 h4)
5 h9 r1/4530Edmond MédécinMON– (5 h9)
5 h10 r1/4678Reinhold SaulmannEST25.4 (5 h10)
DNS362Louis RenardFRA
DNS113Carlos BotínESP
DNS349René MourlonFRA
DNS71Cyril CoaffeeCAN– (DNS h11)

Round One (19 August 1920 — 14:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1370René TirardFRA23.2Q
2586Agne HolmströmSWE23.3est / at 1 metreQ
3124Diego OrdóñezESP23.7est / at 3 metres
4521Shinichi YamaokaJPN23.9est / at 2 metres
5535Bjarne GuldagerNOR

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1548George DavidsonNZL22.6Q
280Alex PontonCAN22.8est / at 2 metresQ
3122Félix MendizábalESP23.2est / at 3 metres
4456Harry, Ridder van RappardNED23.7est / at 4 metres

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1662Vojtěch PlzákTCH23.4Q
2399William HillGBR23.8est / at 3 metresQ
324Marcel GustinBEL24.3est / at 4 metres

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
19Paul BrochartBEL23.2Q
24William HuntAUS23.5est / at 2 metresQ
3490Giovanni-Battista OrlandiITA23.8est / at 3 metres
4524Paul HammerLUX24.0est / at 2 metres
5127Federico ReparazESP

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1306Robert CasteFRA23.0Q
2375Harold AbrahamsGBR23.3est / at 2 metresQ
3550Willie BukesRSA23.4est / at 1 metre
4545Rolf StenersenNOR23.8est / at 3 metres

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1216Charley PaddockUSA23.2Q
2107August SørensenDEN23.8est / at 5 metresQ
3387Vic d'ArcyGBR24.0est / at 2 metres
4111Ahmed Abbas KhairyEGY

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1597Sven KrokströmSWE23.8Q
228Max HoubenBEL24.2est / at 2 metresQ
3431Dimitrios KarabatisGRE24.2est / chest behind

Heat Eight

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1202Loren MurchisonUSA23.2Q
2620Nils SandströmSWE23.6est / at 3 metresQ
3125Carlos PajarónESP24.2est / at 5 metres
4647August WaibelSUI

Heat Nine

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1247Allen WoodringUSA22.8Q
2459Cor WezepoelNED23.3est / at 4 metresQ
3555Frank IrvineRSA23.3est / chest behind
4512Ichiro KagaJPN
5530Edmond MédécinMON

Heat Ten

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1390Harry EdwardGBR22.8Q
2559Jack OosterlaakRSA23.2est / at 3 metresQ
3610Sven MalmSWE23.3est / at 1 metre
4495Mario RiccoboniITA
5678Reinhold SaulmannEST25.4

Heat Eleven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1348René LorainFRA25.0Q
2444Albert HeijnnemanNED25.4est / at 3 metresQ
DNS71Cyril CoaffeeCAN

Heat Twelve

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1188Morris KirkseyUSA23.4Q
2640Josef ImbachSUI23.5est / at 1 metreQ
3366Jean-René SeurinFRA23.6est / chest behind

Quarter-Finals (19 August 1920 — 16:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1202Loren MurchisonUSA22.8Q
2640Josef ImbachSUI23.1est / at 2 metresQ
3370René TirardFRA23.2est / at 1 metre
4107August SørensenDEN

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1390Harry EdwardGBR22.0Q
2247Allen WoodringUSA22.1est / at 1 metreQ
3306Robert CasteFRA22.2est / at 1 metre
44William HuntAUS22.4est / at 1 metre
5586Agne HolmströmSWE22.5est / at 1 metre

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1548George DavidsonNZL22.8Q
2216Charley PaddockUSA22.9est / chest behindQ
3348René LorainFRA23.0est / at 1½ metre
4620Nils SandströmSWE23.3est / at 2 metres
528Max HoubenBEL

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1188Morris KirkseyUSA22.6Q
280Alex PontonCAN22.7est / at 1 metreQ
3375Harold AbrahamsGBR23.0est / at 2 metres
4662Vojtěch PlzákTCH23.1est / at 1 metre
5459Cor WezepoelNED23.3est / at 2 metres

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1559Jack OosterlaakRSA23.0Q
29Paul BrochartBEL23.2est / at 1 metreQ
3399William HillGBR23.2est / at 1 metre
4597Sven KrokströmSWE23.3est / at 1½ metres
AC444Albert HeijnnemanNEDDNF

Semi-Finals (20 August 1920 — 14:45)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1202Loren MurchisonUSA22.4Q
2390Harry EdwardGBR22.5est / at 30 cmQ
3548George DavidsonNZL22.5est / close behindQ
4188Morris KirkseyUSA22.5est / close behind
DNS9Paul BrochartBEL

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1247Allen WoodringUSA22.4Q
2216Charley PaddockUSA22.5est / at ½ metreQ
3559Jack OosterlaakRSA22.7est / at 2 metresQ
480Alex PontonCAN22.9est
AC640Josef ImbachSUIDNF

Final (20 August 1920 — 16:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime
13Allen WoodringUSA22.0
24Charley PaddockUSA22.0est / at 10 cm
35Harry EdwardGBR22.2est / at 1 metre
46Loren MurchisonUSA22.2est / close behind
51George DavidsonNZL22.3est
62Jack OosterlaakRSA22.3est