| Event type

400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date31 July – 1 August 1932
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants18 from 13 countries

The 1924 and 1928 gold medalists, Morgan Taylor and David, Lord Burghley, were back and expected to battle for the gold medal. Also highly considered was Irishman Bob Tisdall, a top all-rounder who also competed in the decathlon in Los Angeles, and Glenn Hardin, sort of the winner of the US Olympic Trials. In the final of the combined AAU/Trials meet, Hardin had run out of his lane and was disqualified from the AAU, but declared winner of the Olympic Trials and placed on the team. The final in Los Angeles matched these four, who would constitute four consecutive gold medalists in the event – Taylor in 1924, Burghley in 1928, Hardin would win in 1936, and Tisdall won in 1932. He took an early lead, but knocked over the last hurdle, allowing Hardin to close to within two metres. The downed hurdle cost Tisdall the world and Olympic record of 51.7, both reverting to Hardin in second place. In accordance with the rules at the time, Tisdall’s official time was rounded up to 51.8, to the nearest fifth.

1Bob TisdallIRL54.8 (1 h2)52.8 (1 h2)51.8 (1)Gold
2Glenn HardinUSA55.0 (3 h2)52.8 (1 h1)51.9 (2)SilverWR
3Morgan TaylorUSA55.8 (1 h1)52.9 (2 h1)52.0 (3)Bronze
4David, Lord BurghleyGBR55.1 (2 h4)53.0 (3 h1)52.2 (4)
5Luigi FacelliITA55.0 (1 h4)53.2 (3 h2)53.0 (5)
6Kell AreskougSWE54.6 (3 h3)53.2 (2 h2)54.6 (6)
4 h1 r2/3George GoldingAUS55.2 (3 h4)53.1 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Joe HealeyUSA54.2 (1 h3)53.2 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3Sten PetterssonSWE56.1 (2 h1)53.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3André AdelheimFRA54.3 (2 h3)53.8 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3Fritz NottbrockGER55.0 (2 h2)53.7 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Khristos MantikasGRE56.4 (3 h1)– (6 h2)
4 h1 r1/3Zhang Hsing-HsienJPN56.5 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Sylvio PadilhaBRA55.1 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE55.2 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Carlos dos Reis JúniorBRA55.8 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3Alfonso GonzálezMEX56.7 (5 h1)
AC h2 r1/3Tom CoulterCAN– (AC h2)

Round One (31 July 1932 — 14:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Morgan TaylorUSA55.855.65Q
2Sten PetterssonSWE56.1Q
3Khristos MantikasGRE56.4Q
4Zhang Hsing-HsienJPN56.5
5Alfonso GonzálezMEX56.7

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Bob TisdallIRL54.854.63Q
2Fritz NottbrockGER55.0Q
3Glenn HardinUSA55.0Q
4Sylvio PadilhaBRA55.1
ACTom CoulterCANDQ

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Joe HealeyUSA54.254.06Q
2André AdelheimFRA54.3Q
3Kell AreskougSWE54.6Q
4Vangelis MoiropoulosGRE55.2

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Luigi FacelliITA55.055.07Q
2David, Lord BurghleyGBR55.1Q
3George GoldingAUS55.2Q
4Carlos dos Reis JúniorBRA55.8

Semi-Finals (31 July 1932 — 17:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Glenn HardinUSA52.852.79QOR
2Morgan TaylorUSA52.9Q
3David, Lord BurghleyGBR53.0Q
4George GoldingAUS53.1
5Sten PetterssonSWE53.5
6Fritz NottbrockGER53.7

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Bob TisdallIRL52.852.60Q=OR
2Kell AreskougSWE53.2Q
3Luigi FacelliITA53.2Q
4Joe HealeyUSA53.2
5André AdelheimFRA53.8
6Khristos MantikasGRE

Final (1 August 1932 — 15:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Bob TisdallIRL51.851.671
26Glenn HardinUSA51.951.85WR
34Morgan TaylorUSA52.051.96
45David, Lord BurghleyGBR52.252.01
52Luigi FacelliITA53.0
61Kell AreskougSWE54.6