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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date29 – 30 July 1928
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants25 from 13 countries

Defending champion Morgan Taylor was back and was favored, having won the 1924-26 AAU titles, and the 1928 US Olympic Trials in a world record 52.0. But in the Olympic final, he was outrun by his teammate, silver medalist Frank Cuhel, and the gold medalist, David George Brownlow Cecil, Lord Burghley, the 6th Marquess of Exeter. Burghley was a very colorful character. In the movie Chariots of Fire, he is depicted but by the name Lord Lindsay, as he refused to allow his name to be used, apparently upset by some of the historical inaccuracies in the film. Burghley later became an IOC Member, President of the IAAF, and ran for IOC President in 1952, losing to Avery Brundage.

1444David, Lord BurghleyGBR57.0 (1 h1)53.9 (3 h1)53.4 (1)Gold
2512Frank CuhelUSA54.6 (1 h6)53.6 (2 h1)53.6 (2)Silver
3874Morgan TaylorUSA55.2 (1 h4)53.4 (1 h1)53.6 (3)Bronze
4860Sten PetterssonSWE55.8 (1 h5)54.3 (3 h2)53.8 (4)
5468Thomas Livingston-LearmonthGBR56.4 (2 h3)54.0 (1 h2)54.2 (5)
6229Luigi FacelliITA55.1 (2 h6)54.2 (2 h2)55.8 (6)
4 h1 r2/3109Roger VielFRA56.2 (1 h3)57.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3528Johnny GibsonUSA57.0 (1 h2)54.4 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3421Stefan KostrzewskiPOL56.0 (2 h5)58.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3810Erkka WilénFIN56.5 (2 h4)54.5 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3447Frederick ChauncyGBR– (2 h2)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3548Robert MaxwellUSA57.2 (2 h1)– (6 h2)
3 h1 r1/3137Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE58.4 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3625Émile SwinnenBEL– (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3795Jukka MatilainenFIN56.7 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3850Erik KjellströmSWE56.6 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3479Lance PercivalGBR– (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3692Louis LundgrenDEN55.9 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/348André AdelheimFRA59.2 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/3601Alf WatsonAUS57.8 (4 h3)
4 h6 r1/3663Warren MontaboneCAN56.5 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/3695Herman LarsenDEN1:00.0 (5 h1)
5 h6 r1/3101Édouard Max-RobertFRA– (5 h6)
6 h6 r1/3207S. Abdul HamidIND– (6 h6)
AC h2 r1/3Pierre ArnaudinFRA– (AC h2)
DNS380Ladislav DostálTCH– (DNS h1)
DNS134Emmanuel GneftosGRE– (DNS h2)
DNS283Aubrey Burton-DurhamRSA– (DNS h2)
DNS359Virgil IoanROU– (DNS h3)
DNS608Émile BinetBEL– (DNS h4)
DNS70Pierre DinardFRA– (DNS h4)
DNS253Yoshio MikiJPN– (DNS h5)
DNSConrad HaugeNOR– (DNS h5)

Round One (29 July 1928 — 14:00)

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

Heat One

15David, Lord BurghleyGBR57.0Q
24Robert MaxwellUSA57.2Q
31Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE58.4
43André AdelheimFRA59.2
56Herman LarsenDEN1:00.0
DNS2Ladislav DostálTCH

Heat Two

14Johnny GibsonUSA57.0Q
25Frederick ChauncyGBRQ
33Émile SwinnenBEL
AC6Pierre ArnaudinFRADNF
DNS1Emmanuel GneftosGRE
DNS2Aubrey Burton-DurhamRSA

Heat Three

13Roger VielFRA56.2Q
24Thomas Livingston-LearmonthGBR56.4Q
32Jukka MatilainenFIN56.7
41Alf WatsonAUS57.8
DNS5Virgil IoanROU

Heat Four

14Morgan TaylorUSA55.2Q
21Erkka WilénFIN56.5Q
35Erik KjellströmSWE56.6
DNS2Émile BinetBEL
DNS3Pierre DinardFRA

Heat Five

13Sten PetterssonSWE55.8Q
25Stefan KostrzewskiPOL56.0Q
32Lance PercivalGBR
DNS1Yoshio MikiJPN
DNS4Conrad HaugeNOR

Heat Six

13Frank CuhelUSA54.6Q
25Luigi FacelliITA55.1Q
34Louis LundgrenDEN55.9
46Warren MontaboneCAN56.5
52Édouard Max-RobertFRA
61S. Abdul HamidIND

Semi-Finals (29 July 1928 — 17:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1874Morgan TaylorUSA53.4QOR
2512Frank CuhelUSA53.6Q
3444David, Lord BurghleyGBR53.9Q
4109Roger VielFRA57.6
5421Stefan KostrzewskiPOL58.0
6447Frederick ChauncyGBR

Heat Two

1468Thomas Livingston-LearmonthGBR54.0Q
2229Luigi FacelliITA54.2Q
3860Sten PetterssonSWE54.3Q
4528Johnny GibsonUSA54.4
5810Erkka WilénFIN54.5
6548Robert MaxwellUSA

Final (30 July 1928 — 15:10)

15David, Lord BurghleyGBR53.4=OR
21Frank CuhelUSA53.6
33Morgan TaylorUSA53.6
42Sten PetterssonSWE53.8
56Thomas Livingston-LearmonthGBR54.2
64Luigi FacelliITA55.8