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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 EbyUSA1:57.7est / at 10 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)1:54.0 (3)Bronze
4412Edgar MountainGBR1:57.6 (1 h1)1:58.0est / at 5 metres (2 h1)1:54.6 (4)
5236Don ScottUSA1:56.9est / at 6 metres (2 h3)1:57.2 (1 h1)1:56.0 (5)
6237Bryan SprottUSA2:01.5est / at 6 metres (2 h5)1:58.7est / at 5 metres (3 h1)1:56.4 (6)
7449Adje PaulenNED1:58.4est / at 4 metres (4 h3)1:57.8est / at 1 metres (3 h2)1:56.4 (7)
8322Paul EsparbèsFRA1:57.7est / close behind (4 h2)1:57.3est / at 2 metres (3 h3)1:58.0 (8)
AC141Tom CampbellUSA1:59.4est / at 4 metres (2 h4)1:57.6est / at 4 metres (2 h2)– (AC)
4 h1 r2/3461Ernesto AmbrosiniITA2:00.2est / at 2 metres (4 h4)1:59.5est / at 5 metres (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3607Sven Emil LundgrenSWE2:00.6 (1 h5)1:58.1est / at 2 metres (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/3572Anatole BolinSWE1:57.8est / at 6 metres (3 h3)1:57.5est / at 1 metres (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3327Robert GoullieuxFRA1:58.8 (1 h4)1:59.6est / at 1 metres (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3468Mario-Giuseppe BoniniITA2:02.2est / at 30 metres (2 h1)1:58.5est / at 3 metres (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3300Fernand BauduinFRA2:02.5est / at 2 metres (3 h1)1:58.0est / at 4 metres (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)– (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/3551Henry DafelRSA1:59.9est / at 3 metres (3 h4)well behind (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/3553James DoigRSA2:03.0est / at 3 metres (4 h1)2:01.5est / at 2 metres (7 h1)
1 h3 r1/3377Philip BakerGBR1:56.0 (1 h3)
5 h1 r1/359Joseph Van Der WeeBEL– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3593Elis JohanssonSWE– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3497Agide SimonazziITA– (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3576Nils EngdahlSWE– (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3664Jaroslav ProcházkaTCH– (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/3511Saburo HasumiJPN– (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3491Arturo PorroITA– (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3643Paul MartinSUI– (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 r1/341Leonce OleffeBEL– (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3649Karel FrankensteinTCH– (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3673Josef TeplýTCH– (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3529Émile BarralMON– (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/3663Karel PřibylTCH– (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/379Hec PhillipsCAN– (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/3527Jean ProessLUX– (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/3540Odolf LarsenNOR– (9 h2)
AC h4 r1/314Jean DelargeBEL– (AC h4)
DNSHenri ArnaudFRA
DNSAndré DésfargesFRA

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 BoniniITA2:02.2est / at 30 metresQ
3300Fernand BauduinFRA2:02.5est / at 2 metresQ
4553James DoigRSA2:03.0est / at 3 metresQ
559Joseph Van Der WeeBEL
6511Saburo HasumiJPN
7118José Luis GrassetESP
8663Karel PřibylTCH
9527Jean ProessLUX

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1561Bevil RuddRSA1:55.0Q
2398Albert HillGBR1:56.2est / at 8 metresQ
3160Earl EbyUSA1:57.7est / at 10 metresQ
4322Paul EsparbèsFRA1:57.7est / close behindQ
5593Elis JohanssonSWE
6491Arturo PorroITA
741Leonce OleffeBEL
879Hec PhillipsCAN
9540Odolf LarsenNOR

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
5497Agide SimonazziITA
6643Paul MartinSUI
7649Karel FrankensteinTCH

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1327Robert GoullieuxFRA1:58.8Q
2141Tom CampbellUSA1:59.4est / at 4 metresQ
3551Henry DafelRSA1:59.9est / at 3 metresQ
4461Ernesto AmbrosiniITA2:00.2est / at 2 metresQ
5576Nils EngdahlSWE
6679Johannes VillemsonEST2:00.2
7673Josef TeplýTCH
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

Semi-Finals (16 August 1920 — 16:15)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1236Don ScottUSA1:57.2Q
2412Edgar MountainGBR1:58.0est / at 5 metresQ
3237Bryan SprottUSA1:58.7est / at 5 metresQ
4461Ernesto AmbrosiniITA1:59.5est / at 5 metres
5327Robert GoullieuxFRA1:59.6est / at 1 metres
6117Miguel GarcíaESP2:01.2est / at 10 metres
7553James DoigRSA2:01.5est / at 2 metres

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1561Bevil RuddRSA1:57.0Q
2141Tom CampbellUSA1:57.6est / at 4 metresQ
3449Adje PaulenNED1:57.8est / at 1 metresQ
4607Sven Emil LundgrenSWE1:58.1est / at 2 metres
5468Mario-Giuseppe BoniniITA1:58.5est / at 3 metres
6296Kléber Argouac'hFRA

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 metres
5300Fernand BauduinFRA1:58.0est / at 4 metres
6551Henry DafelRSAwell behind

Final (17 August 1920 — 16:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1398Albert HillGBR1:53.4
2160Earl EbyUSA1:53.6
3561Bevil RuddRSA1:54.0
4412Edgar MountainGBR1:54.6
5236Don ScottUSA1:56.0
6237Bryan SprottUSA1:56.4
7449Adje PaulenNED1:56.4
8322Paul EsparbèsFRA1:58.0
AC141Tom CampbellUSADNF

Splits

400 m54.2Earl Eby