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800 metres, Men

Date1 – 2 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants21 from 11 countries

The top American in 1932 was Ben Eastman, who had broken the 800 world record with 1:50.0 at the Pacific AAU Championships in June. But he elected to compete only in the 400 at Los Angeles. The times posted by the other 800 runners were nothing outstanding and the event was considered open. The final pace was taken out by Canadian Phil Edwards who had a big lead with 52.4 at the bell. But on the backstretch he was caught by his teammate, Alex Wilson, and then by Britain’s Tommy Hampson. Wilson led until the closing stretch, caught by Hampson 20 metres from the line. Edwards hung on to win the bronze.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
1Tommy HampsonGBR1:53.0 (1 h3)1:49.7 (1)GoldWR
2Alex WilsonCAN1:52.5 (2 h2)1:49.9 (2)Silver
3Phil EdwardsCAN1:55.1 (2 h1)1:51.5 (3)Bronze
4Eddie GenungUSA1:54.8 (1 h1)1:51.7 (4)
5Ned TurnerUSA1:54.0 (3 h3)1:52.5 (5)
6Chuck HornbostelUSA1:52.4 (1 h2)1:52.7 (6)
7Jack PowellGBR1:55.6 (3 h1)1:53.0 (7)
8Séra MartinFRA1:53.2 (2 h3)1:53.6 (8)
9Otto PeltzerGER1:53.6 (3 h2)1:55.0 (9)
4 h1 r1/2Cyril EvansNZL1:56.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Hjalle JohannesenNOR1:54.3 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2Eddie KingCAN1:54.4 (4 h3)
5 h1 r1/2Paul MartinSUI1:58.4 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/2Hermenegildo del RossoARG1:54.9 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2Max DanzGER1:58.9 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/2Nestor GomesBRA2:00.5 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2René MorelFRA1:55.2 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/2Domingos PuglisiBRA1:59.4 (6 h3)
7 h2 r1/2José Lucílo IturbeMEX1:55.6 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/2Miguel VasconcelosMEX2:00.0 (7 h3)
AC h1 r1/2Jean KellerFRA– (AC h1)
DNSJoão AndradeBRA
DNSAmilio RodríguezMEX
DNSJack LovelockNZL

Round One (1 August 1932 — 16:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Eddie GenungUSA1:54.81:54.73Q
2Phil EdwardsCAN1:55.1Q
3Jack PowellGBR1:55.6Q
4Cyril EvansNZL1:56.6
5Paul MartinSUI1:58.4
6Nestor GomesBRA2:00.5
ACJean KellerFRADNF

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Chuck HornbostelUSA1:52.4Q
2Alex WilsonCAN1:52.5Q
3Otto PeltzerGER1:53.6Q
4Hjalle JohannesenNOR1:54.3
5Hermenegildo del RossoARG1:54.9
6René MorelFRA1:55.2
7José Lucílo IturbeMEX1:55.6

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Tommy HampsonGBR1:53.0Q
2Séra MartinFRA1:53.2Q
3Ned TurnerUSA1:54.0Q
4Eddie KingCAN1:54.4
5Max DanzGER1:58.9
6Domingos PuglisiBRA1:59.4
7Miguel VasconcelosMEX2:00.0

Final (2 August 1932 — 15:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1Tommy HampsonGBR1:49.7WR
2Alex WilsonCAN1:49.9
3Phil EdwardsCAN1:51.5
4Eddie GenungUSA1:51.7
5Ned TurnerUSA1:52.5
6Chuck HornbostelUSA1:52.7
7Jack PowellGBR1:53.0
8Séra MartinFRA1:53.6
9Otto PeltzerGER1:55.0

Splits

400 m52.3Phil Edwards