| Event type

100 metres, Men

Date31 July – 1 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants33 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 10.6 / Jack London GBR / 30 July 1928
10.6 / Percy Williams CAN / 30 July 1928
10.6 / Bob McAllister USA / 30 July 1928
10.6 / Percy Williams CAN / 29 July 1928
10.6 / Harold Abrahams GBR / 7 July 1924
10.6 / Harold Abrahams GBR / 7 July 1924
10.6 / Harold Abrahams GBR / 6 July 1924
10.6 / Donald Lippincott USA / 6 July 1912

Early in 1932, the top sprinter was Ralph Metcalfe of the US. He won the sprint double at the NCAA Championship, and then won the US Olympic Trials, defeating Eddie Tolan, who had been the top sprinter in the US in 1929-31. The final was an intercontinental one, with three Americans, George Simpson joining Metcalfe and Tolan, Arthur Jonath of Germany, Danie Joubert of South Africa, and the first Asian to make an Olympic final, Takayoshi Yoshioka of Japan. Yoshioka was a very fast starter and he opened in the lead. But he was quickly caught by Tolan at 30 metres, who led until he was caught by Metcalfe at about 80 metres. At the tape there was little to choose between them, and even the electric timer gave them both the same time of 10.38, but Tolan was chosen as the gold medalist, with Metcalfe second, and Jonath getting the bronze.

Despite the electric timing, mistakes could still happen in this era. In the first semi-final, Tolan was declared the victor over Joubert, with both timed in 10.81, and Yoshioka third in 10.83. But film of the race, available on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjMcr_elhd4 as of September 2013), clearly shows that Yoshioka won, with Joubert second, and Tolan third. It did not matter in the final outcome, however, as all three qualified for the final.

1Eddie TolanUSA10.9 (1 h1)10.4 (1 h1)10.7 (1 h1)10.3 (1)Gold
2Ralph MetcalfeUSA11.0 (1 h5)10.7 (1 h3)10.6 (1 h2)10.3 (2)Silver
3Arthur JonathGER10.6 (1 h3)10.5 (1 h4)10.7 (3 h2)10.4 (3)Bronze
4George SimpsonUSA10.9 (1 h2)10.7 (1 h2)10.7 (2 h2)10.5 (4)
5Danie JoubertRSA11.0 (1 h6)10.6 (2 h4)10.8 (2 h1)10.6 (5)
6Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.9 (1 h7)10.8 (2 h3)10.8 (3 h1)10.8 (6)
4 h1 r3/4Percy WilliamsCAN11.1 (3 h4)10.7 (3 h1)10.8 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4Carlos BianchiARG10.8 (1 h4)10.5 (2 h1)10.7 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4Allan ElliotNZL10.8 (2 h3)10.9 (3 h3)11.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4Bert PearsonCAN11.1 (2 h5)10.7 (3 h4)10.9 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4Helmut KörnigGER11.0 (2 h4)11.0 (3 h2)11.2 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4Harold WrightCAN11.2 (2 h6)10.9 (2 h2)11.1 (6 h2)
4 h1 r2/4Chris BergerNED11.1 (2 h7)10.7 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4Andrej EngelTCH11.2 (3 h2)11.1 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4Ernie PageGBR11.1 (2 h2)10.9 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4José de AlmeidaBRA11.0 (2 h1)10.8 (4 h4)
5 h1 r2/4Fernando OrtizMEX11.2 (3 h1)11.0 (5 h1)
5 h3 r2/4Ernst GeerlingGER11.3 (3 h6)11.1 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4Izuo AnnoJPN10.9 (3 h3)10.9 (5 h4)
3 h4 r1/4Héctor BerraARG11.2 (3 h7)– (DNS h3)
3 h5 r1/4Angelos LambrouGRE11.3 (3 h5)– (DNS h2)
4 h1 r1/4André ThéardHAI11.4 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4Bunoo SuttonIND11.4 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4Ronald VernieuxIND11.0 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/4Jesús MorailaMEX11.2 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4Fernando RamírezMEX11.4 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4Ricardo GuimarãesBRA11.4 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/4Stanley FullerGBR11.3 (4 h7)
5 h1 r1/4António RodriguesPOR11.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4Liu ChangchunCHN11.5 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/4Samuel GiacosaARG11.1 (5 h3)
5 h7 r1/4Mario MarquesBRA11.5 (5 h7)
AC h1 r1/4Fred ReidGBR– (AC h1)
DNSJosé Alberto TorrienteCUB– (DNS h2)
DNSRenos FrangoudisGRE– (DNS h4)
DNSLeonardo ValdésCUB– (DNS h4)
DNSKichizo SasakiJPN– (DNS h5)
DNSKhristos MantikasGRE– (DNS h6)

Round One (31 July 1932 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Eddie TolanUSA10.9Q
2José de AlmeidaBRA11.0Q
3Fernando OrtizMEX11.2Q
4André ThéardHAI11.4
5António RodriguesPOR11.5

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1George SimpsonUSA10.9Q
2Ernie PageGBR11.1Q
3Andrej EngelTCH11.2Q
4Bunoo SuttonIND11.4
5Liu ChangchunCHN11.5
DNSJosé Alberto TorrienteCUB

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Arthur JonathGER10.6Q=OR
2Allan ElliotNZL10.8Q
3Izuo AnnoJPN10.9Q
4Ronald VernieuxIND11.0
5Samuel GiacosaARG11.1

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Carlos BianchiARG10.8Q
2Helmut KörnigGER11.0Q
3Percy WilliamsCAN11.1Q
4Jesús MorailaMEX11.2
DNSRenos FrangoudisGRE
DNSLeonardo ValdésCUB

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Ralph MetcalfeUSA11.0Q
2Bert PearsonCAN11.1Q
3Angelos LambrouGRE11.3Q
4Fernando RamírezMEX11.4
DNSKichizo SasakiJPN

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Danie JoubertRSA11.0Q
2Harold WrightCAN11.2Q
3Ernst GeerlingGER11.3Q
4Ricardo GuimarãesBRA11.4
DNSKhristos MantikasGRE

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.9Q
2Chris BergerNED11.1Q
3Héctor BerraARG11.2Q
4Stanley FullerGBR11.3
5Mario MarquesBRA11.5

Quarter-Finals (31 July 1932 — 16:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Eddie TolanUSA10.410.53QOR
2Carlos BianchiARG10.5Q
3Percy WilliamsCAN10.7Q
4Chris BergerNED10.7
5Fernando OrtizMEX11.0

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1George SimpsonUSA10.710.74Q
2Harold WrightCAN10.9Q
3Helmut KörnigGER11.0Q
4Andrej EngelTCH11.1
DNSAngelos LambrouGRE

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Ralph MetcalfeUSA10.710.77Q
2Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.8Q
3Allan ElliotNZL10.9Q
4Ernie PageGBR10.9
5Ernst GeerlingGER11.1
DNSHéctor BerraARG

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Arthur JonathGER10.510.68Q
2Danie JoubertRSA10.6Q
3Bert PearsonCAN10.7Q
4José de AlmeidaBRA10.8
5Izuo AnnoJPN10.9

Semi-Finals (1 August 1932 — 14:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Eddie TolanUSA10.710.81Q
2Danie JoubertRSA10.810.81Q
3Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.810.83Q
4Percy WilliamsCAN10.810.91
5Allan ElliotNZL11.0
6Helmut KörnigGER11.2

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Ralph MetcalfeUSA10.610.65Q
2George SimpsonUSA10.710.70Q
3Arthur JonathGER10.710.71Q
4Carlos BianchiARG10.710.73
5Bert PearsonCAN10.910.95
6Harold WrightCAN11.1

Final (1 August 1932 — 15:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Eddie TolanUSA10.310.38=WR
23Ralph MetcalfeUSA10.310.38=WR
35Arthur JonathGER10.410.50
44George SimpsonUSA10.510.53
52Danie JoubertRSA10.610.60
61Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN10.810.79