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400 metres, Men

Date4 – 5 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants27 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 47.6 WR / Eric Liddell GBR / 11 July 1924

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.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1Bill CarrUSA48.8 (1 h4)48.4 (1 h1)47.2 (1 h1)46.2 (1)GoldWR
2Ben EastmanUSA49.0 (1 h2)48.8 (1 h3)47.6 (1 h2)46.4 (2)Silver
3Alex WilsonCAN50.5 (3 h1)49.6 (4 h1)47.8 (2 h1)47.4 (3)Bronze
4Willie WaltersRSA49.8 (3 h5)48.5 (2 h1)48.2 (2 h2)48.2 (4)
5James GordonUSA50.6 (1 h6)48.6 (1 h2)48.2 (3 h2)48.2 (5)
6George GoldingAUS49.0 (2 h4)48.6 (3 h1)48.0 (3 h1)48.8 (6)
4 h1 r3/4Godfrey RamplingGBR49.5 (2 h5)48.8 (2 h2)48.0 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4Börje StrandvallFIN49.8 (1 h3)49.0 (3 h3)48.4 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4Felix RinnerAUT49.2 (1 h5)48.9 (2 h3)48.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4Crew StoneleyGBR49.1 (3 h4)49.1 (4 h3)48.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4Jochen BüchnerGER49.3 (2 h2)48.9 (3 h2)49.2 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4Jimmy BallCAN50.0 (2 h3)49.3 (4 h2)49.0 (6 h2)
5 h1 r2/4Domingos PuglisiBRA50.8 (3 h6)50.1 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4Hjalle JohannesenNOR49.5 (3 h2)49.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4Ray LewisCAN50.7 (2 h6)49.1 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/4Iwao MasudaJPN50.1 (3 h3)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4Seikan OkiJPN50.5 (2 h1)– (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4Adolf MetznerGER50.4 (1 h1)49.2 (6 h3)
4 h1 r1/4Kell AreskougSWE50.7 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4Carlos de AndaMEX49.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/4Sten PetterssonSWE50.2 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/4Walter NehbGER49.4 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4Stuart BlackNZL49.9 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4Ricardo ArgüelloMEX50.9 (4 h6)
5 h4 r1/4Khristos MantikasGRE49.6 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4Zhang Hsing-HsienJPN50.0 (5 h5)
6 h4 r1/4Manuel ÁlvarezMEX49.9 (6 h4)
DNSMarcel MouliniesFRA
DNSEsmeraldo AzuagaBRA
DNSCarlos dos Reis FilhoBRA
DNSTommy HampsonGBR
DNSVangelis MoiropoulosGRE
DNSDanie JoubertRSA

Round One (4 August 1932 — 14:30)

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

Heat #1

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Adolf MetznerGER50.4Q
2Seikan OkiJPN50.5Q
3Alex WilsonCAN50.5Q
4Kell AreskougSWE50.7

Heat #2

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Ben EastmanUSA49.049.02Q
2Jochen BüchnerGER49.3Q
3Hjalle JohannesenNOR49.5Q
4Carlos de AndaMEX49.8

Heat #3

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Börje StrandvallFIN49.8Q
2Jimmy BallCAN50.0Q
3Iwao MasudaJPN50.1Q
4Sten PetterssonSWE50.2

Heat #4

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Bill CarrUSA48.848.70Q
2George GoldingAUS49.0Q
3Crew StoneleyGBR49.1Q
4Walter NehbGER49.4
5Khristos MantikasGRE49.6
6Manuel ÁlvarezMEX49.9

Heat #5

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Felix RinnerAUT49.249.50Q
2Godfrey RamplingGBR49.5Q
3Willie WaltersRSA49.8Q
4Stuart BlackNZL49.9
5Zhang Hsing-HsienJPN50.0

Heat #6

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1James GordonUSA50.6Q
2Ray LewisCAN50.7Q
3Domingos PuglisiBRA50.8Q
4Ricardo ArgüelloMEX50.9

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

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

Heat #1

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Bill CarrUSA48.448.31Q
2Willie WaltersRSA48.5Q
3George GoldingAUS48.6Q
4Alex WilsonCAN49.6Q
5Domingos PuglisiBRA50.1
6Iwao MasudaJPN

Heat #2

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1James GordonUSA48.648.66Q
2Godfrey RamplingGBR48.8Q
3Jochen BüchnerGER48.9Q
4Jimmy BallCAN49.3Q
5Hjalle JohannesenNOR49.4
6Seikan OkiJPN

Heat #3

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Ben EastmanUSA48.848.90Q
2Felix RinnerAUT48.9Q
3Börje StrandvallFIN49.0Q
4Crew StoneleyGBR49.1Q
5Ray LewisCAN49.1
6Adolf MetznerGER49.2

Semi-Finals (5 August 1932 — 14:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat #1

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Bill CarrUSA47.247.25QOR
2Alex WilsonCAN47.8Q
3George GoldingAUS48.0Q
4Godfrey RamplingGBR48.0
5Felix RinnerAUT48.8
6Jochen BüchnerGER49.2

Heat #2

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Ben EastmanUSA47.647.60Q
2Willie WaltersRSA48.2Q
3James GordonUSA48.2Q
4Börje StrandvallFIN48.4
5Crew StoneleyGBR48.6
6Jimmy 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