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800 metres, Men

Date15 – 17 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants40 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 1:51.9 WR / Ted Meredith USA / 8 July 1912

The world record in 1920 was held by Ted Meredith, who had run 1:51.9 in winning the 1912 Olympic gold medal. But Meredith ran only the 400 in Antwerp. The 1920 AAA champion was Bevil Rudd of South Africa, who would later win gold in the 400 metres. Rudd succeeded Albert Hill, who won the 1919 AAA title. The U.S. champion in 1920 was Earl Eby.

The semi-finals and final of this event were held only 30 minutes apart. In the final, Eby and Don Scott (USA) led for the first lap, with Eby passing 400 in 54.2. Bevil Rudd took the lead with a lap remaining and held it until the final straight. He faded in the stretch as Hill and Eby fought out a close finish, with Hill pulling ahead in the last few metres. Hill had first come to prominence in 1909, finishing fourth in AAA four-mile event. During the war, he served as a signalman in the Royal Flying Corps. Earl Eby later became one of America’s top track writers.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1398Albert HillGBR1:56.2est / at 8 metres (2 h2)1:56.4 (1 h3)1:53.4 (1)Gold
2160Earl EbyUSA1:56.8est / at 5 metres (3 h2)1:57.0est / at 4 metres (2 h3)1:53.6 (2)Silver
3561Bevil RuddRSA1:55.0 (1 h2)1:57.0 (1 h2)1:53.6est (3)Bronze
4412Edgar MountainGBR1:57.6 (1 h1)1:58.2 (2 h1)1:53.7est (4)
5236Don ScottUSA1:56.9est / at 6 metres (2 h3)1:57.2 (1 h1)1:54.6est (5)
6237Bryan SprottUSA2:01.5est / at 6 metres (2 h5)1:58.6est / at 3 metres (3 h1)1:55.4est (6)
7449Adje PaulenNED1:58.4est / at 4 metres (4 h3)1:57.8 (3 h2)1:56.3 (7)
8322Paul EsparbèsFRA1:58.0est / at 2 metres (4 h2)1:57.3est / at 2 metres (3 h3)1:58.6 (8)
AC141Tom CampbellUSA1:59.1est / at 2 metres (2 h4)1:57.6 (2 h2)– (AC)
4 h1 r2/3461Ernesto AmbrosiniITA1:59.4est / at 2 metres (4 h4)1:59.5est / at 5 metres (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3607Sven Emil LundgrenSWE2:00.6 (1 h5)1:58.4est / at 4 metres (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/3572Anatole BolinSWE1:57.8est / at 6 metres (3 h3)1:57.5est / at 1 metre (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3327Robert GoullieuxFRA1:58.8 (1 h4)1:59.6est / at 1 metre (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3468Mario-Giuseppe BoniniITA1:58.8est / at 10 metres (2 h1)1:59.0est / at 4 metres (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3300Fernand BauduinFRA1:59.1est / at 2 metres (3 h1)2:01est (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/3117Miguel GarcíaESP2:02.2est / at 4 metres (3 h5)2:01.2est / at 10 metres (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3296Kléber Argouac'hFRA2:02.5est / at 2 metres (4 h5)1:59.6est (6 h2)
AC h3 r2/3551Henry DafelRSA1:59.2est / at 1 metre (3 h4)– (AC h3)
7 h1 r2/3553James DoigRSA1:59.6est / at 4 metres (4 h1)2:01.5est / at 2 metres (7 h1)
1 h3 r1/3377Philip BakerGBR1:56.0 (1 h3)– (DNS h2)
5 h1 r1/359Joseph Van Der WeeBEL2:00.0est (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/379Hec PhillipsCAN– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3643Paul MartinSUI1:59.8est (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3576Nils EngdahlSWE2:00.0est (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3664Jaroslav ProcházkaTCH– (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/3511Saburo HasumiJPN2:02.2est (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3540Odolf LarsenNOR2:01.6est (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3649Karel FrankensteinTCH– (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3679Johannes VillemsonEST2:00.2 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/323Henri GodinBEL– (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/3118José Luis GrassetESP– (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/341BEL– (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/3673Josef TeplýTCH2:00.6est (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3529Émile BarralMON– (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/3663Karel PřibylTCH– (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3593Elis JohanssonSWE– (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/3527Jean ProessLUX2:12est (9 h1)
AC h2 r1/3491Arturo PorroITA– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/3497Agide SimonazziITA– (AC h3)
AC h4 r1/314Jean DelargeBEL– (AC h4)
DNSHenri ArnaudFRA
DNSAndré DésfargesFRA
DNS439Panagiotis RetelasGRE– (DNS h3)
DNSErkka WilénFIN– (DNS h5)

Round One (15 August 1920 — 16:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1412Edgar MountainGBR1:57.6Q
2468Mario-Giuseppe BoniniITA1:58.8est / at 10 metresQ
3300Fernand BauduinFRA1:59.1est / at 2 metresQ
4553James DoigRSA1:59.6est / at 4 metresQ
559Joseph Van Der WeeBEL2:00.0est
6511Saburo HasumiJPN2:02.2est
7118José Luis GrassetESP
8663Karel PřibylTCH
9527Jean ProessLUX2:12est

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1561Bevil RuddRSA1:55.0Q
2398Albert HillGBR1:56.2est / at 8 metresQ
3160Earl EbyUSA1:56.8est / at 5 metresQ
4322Paul EsparbèsFRA1:58.0est / at 2 metresQ
579Hec PhillipsCAN
6540Odolf LarsenNOR2:01.6est
741BEL
8593Elis JohanssonSWE
AC491Arturo PorroITA

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1377Philip BakerGBR1:56.0Q
2236Don ScottUSA1:56.9est / at 6 metresQ
3572Anatole BolinSWE1:57.8est / at 6 metresQ
4449Adje PaulenNED1:58.4est / at 4 metresQ
5643Paul MartinSUI1:59.8est
6649Karel FrankensteinTCH
AC497Agide SimonazziITA
DNS439Panagiotis RetelasGRE

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1327Robert GoullieuxFRA1:58.8Q
2141Tom CampbellUSA1:59.1est / at 2 metresQ
3551Henry DafelRSA1:59.2est / at 1 metreQ
4461Ernesto AmbrosiniITA1:59.4est / at 2 metresQ
5576Nils EngdahlSWE2:00.0est
6679Johannes VillemsonEST2:00.2
7673Josef TeplýTCH2:00.6est
AC14Jean DelargeBELDNF

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1607Sven Emil LundgrenSWE2:00.6Q
2237Bryan SprottUSA2:01.5est / at 6 metresQ
3117Miguel GarcíaESP2:02.2est / at 4 metresQ
4296Kléber Argouac'hFRA2:02.5est / at 2 metresQ
5664Jaroslav ProcházkaTCH
623Henri GodinBEL
7529Émile BarralMON
DNSErkka WilénFIN

Semi-Finals (16 August 1920 — 16:15)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1236Don ScottUSA1:57.2Q
2412Edgar MountainGBR1:58.2Q
3237Bryan SprottUSA1:58.6est / at 3 metresQ
4461Ernesto AmbrosiniITA1:59.5est / at 5 metres
5327Robert GoullieuxFRA1:59.6est / at 1 metre
6117Miguel GarcíaESP2:01.2est / at 10 metres
7553James DoigRSA2:01.5est / at 2 metres

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1561Bevil RuddRSA1:57.0Q
2141Tom CampbellUSA1:57.6Q
3449Adje PaulenNED1:57.8Q
4607Sven Emil LundgrenSWE1:58.4est / at 4 metres
5468Mario-Giuseppe BoniniITA1:59.0est / at 4 metres
6296Kléber Argouac'hFRA1:59.6est
DNS377Philip BakerGBR

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1398Albert HillGBR1:56.4Q
2160Earl EbyUSA1:57.0est / at 4 metresQ
3322Paul EsparbèsFRA1:57.3est / at 2 metresQ
4572Anatole BolinSWE1:57.5est / at 1 metre
5300Fernand BauduinFRA2:01est
AC551Henry DafelRSADNF

Final (17 August 1920 — 16:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1398Albert HillGBR1:53.4
2160Earl EbyUSA1:53.6
3561Bevil RuddRSA1:53.6est
4412Edgar MountainGBR1:53.7est
5236Don ScottUSA1:54.6est
6237Bryan SprottUSA1:55.4est
7449Adje PaulenNED1:56.3
8322Paul EsparbèsFRA1:58.6
AC141Tom CampbellUSADNF

Splits

400 m54.2Earl Eby