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110 metres Hurdles, Men

Date2 – 3 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants17 from 10 countries
Olympic Record 14.6 WR / George Weightman-Smith RSA / 31 July 1928

The two semi-finals were won by Americans Jack Keller and George Saling. Keller had tied the 110 hurdle world record of 14.4 at the Olympic Trials. But in his semi-final, Saling had also tied that world record. In the final, Keller got off to the fastest start but was caught at the fifth barrier by Percy Beard (USA). Beard hit the next hurdle and was passed by Saling who won pulling away.

Keller looked to have placed third originally. It was reported that way in the press and he was given the bronze medal, but film of the race was reviewed and revealed that Don Finlay (GBR) had actually finished third. When informed of this by the officials, Keller tracked down Finlay the next day in the quarters of the British team and presented him with the medal.

1George SalingUSA15.0 (2 h2)14.4 (1 h2)14.6 (1)Gold
2Percy BeardUSA14.7 (1 h1)14.6 (2 h2)14.7 (2)Silver
3Don FinlayGBR14.8 (1 h2)14.6 (3 h1)14.8 (3)Bronze
4Jack KellerUSA14.9 (1 h4)14.5 (1 h1)14.8 (4)
5David, Lord BurghleyGBR15.1 (3 h4)14.6 (2 h1)14.8 (5)
ACWilli WelscherGER14.8 (1 h3)14.8 (3 h2)– (AC)
4 h1 r2/3Bunoo SuttonIND15.1 (3 h3)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Tatsuzo FujitaJPN15.1 (3 h2)14.8 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3Bengt SjöstedtFIN14.9 (2 h3)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Roly HarperGBR14.9 (2 h1)14.9 (5 h2)
AC h1 r2/3Erwin WegnerGER15.1 (3 h1)– (AC h1)
AC h2 r2/3Khristos MantikasGRE15.1 (2 h4)14.8 (AC h2)
4 h1 r1/3Sylvio PadilhaBRA15.4 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/3Art RavensdaleCAN15.2 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Roberto SánchezMEX15.7 (4 h4)
5 h3 r1/3Antônio GiusfrediBRA15.3 (5 h3)
6 h3 r1/3Federico GamboaMEX15.4 (6 h3)
DNSGeorge GoldingAUS
DNSAndré AdelheimFRA
DNSVangelis MoiropoulosGRE

Round One (2 August 1932 — 14:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Percy BeardUSA14.714.80Q
2Roly HarperGBR14.9Q
3Erwin WegnerGER15.1Q
4Sylvio PadilhaBRA15.4

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Don FinlayGBR14.814.84Q
2George SalingUSA15.0Q
3Tatsuzo FujitaJPN15.1Q

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Willi WelscherGER14.815.02Q
2Bengt SjöstedtFIN14.9Q
3Bunoo SuttonIND15.1Q
4Art RavensdaleCAN15.2
5Antônio GiusfrediBRA15.3
6Federico GamboaMEX15.4

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Jack KellerUSA14.915.01Q
2Khristos MantikasGRE15.1Q
3David, Lord BurghleyGBR15.1Q
4Roberto SánchezMEX15.7

Semi-Finals (2 August 1932 — 16:15)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Jack KellerUSA14.514.63QOR
2David, Lord BurghleyGBR14.6Q
3Don FinlayGBR14.6Q
4Bunoo SuttonIND
5Bengt SjöstedtFIN
ACErwin WegnerGERDNF

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1George SalingUSA14.414.55Q=WR
2Percy BeardUSA14.6Q
3Willi WelscherGER14.8Q
4Tatsuzo FujitaJPN14.8
5Roly HarperGBR14.9
ACKhristos MantikasGRE14.8DQ1

Final (3 August 1932 — 15:45)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14George SalingUSA14.614.57
21Percy BeardUSA14.714.69
32Don FinlayGBR14.814.74
46Jack KellerUSA14.814.81
55David, Lord BurghleyGBR14.814.83
AC3Willi WelscherGERDQ