| Event type

400 metres, Men

Date4 – 5 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants27 from 15 countries

Early in 1932, Ben Eastman had broken the world record for 400 metres and 440 yards with 46.4. But he was defeated at both the Olympic Trials and the IC4A Championships by Bill Carr. The two won the semi-finals with Carr posting 47.2 and Eastman 47.6. In the final, Eastman led thru the first 300 metres, but he was caught by Carr with 80 metres to go, who held on for a two-metre victory in the world record time of 46.2.

1408Bill CarrUSA48.8 (1 h4)48.4 (1 h1)47.2 (1 h1)46.2 (1)GoldWR
2420Ben EastmanUSA49.0 (1 h2)48.8 (1 h3)47.6 (1 h2)46.4 (2)Silver
382Alex WilsonCAN50.5 (3 h1)49.6 (4 h1)47.8 (2 h1)47.4 (3)Bronze
4375Willie WaltersRSA49.8 (3 h5)48.5 (2 h1)48.2 (2 h2)48.2 (4)
5425James GordonUSA50.6 (1 h6)48.6 (1 h2)48.2 (3 h2)48.2 (5)
617George GoldingAUS49.0 (2 h4)48.6 (3 h1)48.0 (3 h1)48.8 (6)
4 h1 r3/4203Godfrey RamplingGBR49.5 (2 h5)48.8 (2 h2)48.0 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4135Börje StrandvallFIN49.8 (1 h3)49.0 (3 h3)48.4 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/423Felix RinnerAUT49.2 (1 h5)48.9 (2 h3)48.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4205Crew StoneleyGBR49.1 (3 h4)49.1 (4 h3)48.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4160Jochen BüchnerGER49.3 (2 h2)48.9 (3 h2)49.2 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/462Jimmy BallCAN50.0 (2 h3)49.3 (4 h2)49.0 (6 h2)
5 h1 r2/452Domingos PuglisiBRA50.8 (3 h6)50.1 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4358Hjalle JohannesenNOR49.5 (3 h2)49.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/472Ray LewisCAN50.7 (2 h6)49.1 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/4287Iwao MasudaJPN50.1 (3 h3)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4298Seikan OkiJPN50.5 (2 h1)– (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4171Adolf MetznerGER50.4 (1 h1)49.2 (6 h3)
4 h1 r1/4380Kell AreskougSWE50.7 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4327Carlos de AndaMEX49.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4385Sten PetterssonSWE50.2 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/4172Walter NehbGER49.4 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4350Stuart BlackNZL49.9 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4323Ricardo ArgüelloMEX50.9 (4 h6)
5 h4 r1/4219Christos MantikasGRE49.6 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4281Zhang Hsing-HsienJPN50.0 (5 h5)
6 h4 r1/4322Manuel ÁlvarezMEX49.9 (6 h4)
DNS54Carlos dos Reis JúniorBRA– (DNS h1)
DNS220Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE– (DNS h2)
DNS374Danie JoubertRSA– (DNS h2)
DNS150Marcel MoulinesFRA– (DNS h3)
DNS30Esmeraldo AzuagaBRA– (DNS h5)
DNS199Tommy HampsonGBR– (DNS h6)

Round One (4 August 1932 — 14:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1171Adolf MetznerGER50.4Q
2298Seikan OkiJPN50.5Q
382Alex WilsonCAN50.5Q
4380Kell AreskougSWE50.7
DNS54Carlos dos Reis JúniorBRA

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1420Ben EastmanUSA49.049.02Q
2160Jochen BüchnerGER49.3Q
3358Hjalle JohannesenNOR49.5Q
4327Carlos de AndaMEX49.8
DNS220Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE
DNS374Danie JoubertRSA

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1135Börje StrandvallFIN49.8Q
262Jimmy BallCAN50.0Q
3287Iwao MasudaJPN50.1Q
4385Sten PetterssonSWE50.2
DNS150Marcel MoulinesFRA

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1408Bill CarrUSA48.848.70Q
217George GoldingAUS49.0Q
3205Crew StoneleyGBR49.1Q
4172Walter NehbGER49.4
5219Christos MantikasGRE49.6
6322Manuel ÁlvarezMEX49.9

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
123Felix RinnerAUT49.249.50Q
2203Godfrey RamplingGBR49.5Q
3375Willie WaltersRSA49.8Q
4350Stuart BlackNZL49.9
5281Zhang Hsing-HsienJPN50.0
DNS30Esmeraldo AzuagaBRA

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1425James GordonUSA50.6Q
272Ray LewisCAN50.7Q
352Domingos PuglisiBRA50.8Q
4323Ricardo ArgüelloMEX50.9
DNS199Tommy HampsonGBR

Quarter-Finals (4 August 1932 — 16:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1408Bill CarrUSA48.448.31Q
2375Willie WaltersRSA48.5Q
317George GoldingAUS48.6Q
482Alex WilsonCAN49.6Q
552Domingos PuglisiBRA50.1
6287Iwao MasudaJPN

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1425James GordonUSA48.648.66Q
2203Godfrey RamplingGBR48.8Q
3160Jochen BüchnerGER48.9Q
462Jimmy BallCAN49.3Q
5358Hjalle JohannesenNOR49.4
6298Seikan OkiJPN

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1420Ben EastmanUSA48.848.90Q
223Felix RinnerAUT48.9Q
3135Börje StrandvallFIN49.0Q
4205Crew StoneleyGBR49.1Q
572Ray LewisCAN49.1
6171Adolf MetznerGER49.2

Semi-Finals (5 August 1932 — 14:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1408Bill CarrUSA47.247.25QOR
282Alex WilsonCAN47.8Q
317George GoldingAUS48.0Q
4203Godfrey RamplingGBR48.0
523Felix RinnerAUT48.8
6160Jochen BüchnerGER49.2

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1420Ben EastmanUSA47.647.60Q
2375Willie WaltersRSA48.2Q
3425James GordonUSA48.2Q
4135Börje StrandvallFIN48.4
5205Crew StoneleyGBR48.6
662Jimmy BallCAN49.0

Final (5 August 1932 — 16:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Bill CarrUSA46.2WR
22Ben EastmanUSA46.4
33Alex WilsonCAN47.4
41Willie WaltersRSA48.2
55James GordonUSA48.2
66George GoldingAUS48.8