| Event type

200 metres, Men

Date2 – 3 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants25 from 13 countries

The race was expected to be between American Eddie Tolan and Ralph Metcalfe, with Metcalfe favored as he was better in the 200. They had already finished 1-2 in the 100, Tolan winning. In the final, Metcalfe looked to be running a very strong curve but could not close on Tolan and actually entered the straight in third place, behind Tolan and teammate George Simpson. They finished in that order for an American sweep. Films of the race then revealed that Metcalfe had been the victim of a terrible measurement error, his lane being 1.5 metres longer than it should have been. He graciously decined a re-run of the race, because the Americans had swept the medals. Had the lane been measured correctly, he definitely would have placed higher, possibly beating Tolan. Metcalfe later served four terms as a US Congressman.

1Eddie TolanUSA22.0 (2 h2)21.5 (1 h2)21.7 (3 h2)21.2 (1)GoldOR
2George SimpsonUSA29.0 (3 h5)21.5 (2 h3)21.5 (2 h1)21.4 (2)Silver
3Ralph MetcalfeUSA22.9 (2 h3)21.5 (1 h1)21.5 (1 h1)21.5 (3)Bronze
4Arthur JonathGER21.9 (1 h6)21.4 (1 h4)21.5 (1 h2)21.5 (4)
5Carlos BianchiARG22.3 (3 h6)21.4 (1 h3)21.6 (3 h1)21.6 (5)
6Willie WaltersRSA21.9 (1 h2)21.5 (2 h1)21.7 (2 h2)21.9 (6)
4 h1 r3/4Danie JoubertRSA22.3 (2 h7)21.7 (3 h3)21.7 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4Harold WrightCAN22.8 (1 h3)21.7 (2 h4)21.8 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4Erich BorchmeyerGER22.1 (1 h1)21.6 (3 h1)21.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4Allan ElliotNZL22.2 (2 h6)21.8 (3 h4)21.9 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4Bert PearsonCAN22.3 (1 h7)21.7 (2 h2)21.9 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4Roberto GentaARG25.3 (1 h5)21.8 (3 h2)22.0 (6 h2)
4 h1 r2/4Itaro NakajimaJPN22.2 (1 h4)21.9 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4Fritz HendrixGER22.9 (2 h4)21.9 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN22.3 (2 h1)21.8 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4Stanley EngelhartGBR– (3 h1)21.9 (4 h4)
5 h1 r2/4Chris BergerNED26.1 (2 h5)22.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4Stanley FullerGBR22.4 (3 h2)22.0 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4Stuart BlackNZL23.1 (3 h3)22.0 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4Teiichi NishiJPN22.4 (3 h7)22.1 (5 h4)
4 h2 r1/4Enrique SánchezMEX22.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4Liu ChangchunCHN23.4 (4 h3)
4 h6 r1/4Andrej EngelTCH22.3 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/4Ronald VernieuxIND22.8 (4 h7)
5 h6 r1/4Everardo MúzquizMEX23.0 (5 h6)
DNSJosé de AlmeidaBRA– (DNS h1)
DNSAngelos LambrouGRE– (DNS h1)
DNSCarlos HofmeisterARG– (DNS h2)
DNSLeonardo ValdésCUB– (DNS h2)
DNSFernando OrtizMEX– (DNS h3)
DNSAntónio SarsfieldPOR– (DNS h3)
DNSPercy WilliamsCAN– (DNS h4)
DNSArnaldo FerraraBRA– (DNS h4)
DNSFelix RinnerAUT– (DNS h4)
DNSJosé Alberto TorrienteCUB– (DNS h4)
DNSRenos FrangoudisGRE– (DNS h5)
DNSFred ReidGBR– (DNS h5)
DNSAndré ThéardHAI– (DNS h5)
DNSKhristos MantikasGRE– (DNS h6)
DNSRicardo GuimarãesBRA– (DNS h7)

Round One (2 August 1932 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Erich BorchmeyerGER22.1Q
2Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN22.3Q
3Stanley EngelhartGBRQ
DNSJosé de AlmeidaBRA
DNSAngelos LambrouGRE

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Willie WaltersRSA21.921.83Q
2Eddie TolanUSA22.0Q
3Stanley FullerGBR22.4Q
4Enrique SánchezMEX22.8
DNSCarlos HofmeisterARG
DNSLeonardo ValdésCUB

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Harold WrightCAN22.8Q
2Ralph MetcalfeUSA22.9Q
3Stuart BlackNZL23.1Q
4Liu ChangchunCHN23.4
DNSFernando OrtizMEX
DNSAntónio SarsfieldPOR

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Itaro NakajimaJPN22.2Q
2Fritz HendrixGER22.9Q
DNSPercy WilliamsCAN
DNSArnaldo FerraraBRA
DNSFelix RinnerAUT
DNSJosé Alberto TorrienteCUB

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Roberto GentaARG25.3Q
2Chris BergerNED26.1Q
3George SimpsonUSA29.0Q
DNSRenos FrangoudisGRE
DNSAndré ThéardHAI

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Arthur JonathGER21.921.83Q
2Allan ElliotNZL22.2Q
3Carlos BianchiARG22.3Q
4Andrej EngelTCH22.3
5Everardo MúzquizMEX23.0
DNSKhristos MantikasGRE

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Bert PearsonCAN22.3Q
2Danie JoubertRSA22.3Q
3Teiichi NishiJPN22.4Q
4Ronald VernieuxIND22.8
DNSRicardo GuimarãesBRA

Quarter-Finals (2 August 1932 — 17:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Ralph MetcalfeUSA21.521.59QOR
2Willie WaltersRSA21.5Q
3Erich BorchmeyerGER21.6Q
4Itaro NakajimaJPN21.9
5Chris BergerNED22.0

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Eddie TolanUSA21.521.56Q=OR
2Bert PearsonCAN21.7Q
3Roberto GentaARG21.8Q
4Fritz HendrixGER21.9
5Stanley FullerGBR22.0

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Carlos BianchiARG21.421.46QOR
2George SimpsonUSA21.5Q
3Danie JoubertRSA21.7Q
4Takayoshi YoshiokaJPN21.8
5Stuart BlackNZL22.0

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Arthur JonathGER21.421.48Q
2Harold WrightCAN21.7Q
3Allan ElliotNZL21.8Q
4Stanley EngelhartGBR21.9
5Teiichi NishiJPN22.1

Semi-Finals (3 August 1932 — 14:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Ralph MetcalfeUSA21.521.52Q
2George SimpsonUSA21.521.54Q
3Carlos BianchiARG21.6Q
4Danie JoubertRSA21.7
5Erich BorchmeyerGER21.8
6Bert PearsonCAN21.9

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Arthur JonathGER21.521.51Q
2Willie WaltersRSA21.7Q
3Eddie TolanUSA21.7Q
4Harold WrightCAN21.8
5Allan ElliotNZL21.9
6Roberto GentaARG22.0

Final (3 August 1932 — 17:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Eddie TolanUSA21.221.12OR
23George SimpsonUSA21.4
32Ralph MetcalfeUSA21.5
46Arthur JonathGER21.5
54Carlos BianchiARG21.6
65Willie WaltersRSA21.9