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400 metres, Men

Date6 – 7 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants42 from 25 countries

Archie Williams had won the 1936 NCAA Championships in 46.1 for a new world record. The final in Berlin was contested by two Americans, two Canadians, and two Britons. Williams led in the final over 200 metres ahead of American Jimmy LuValle. Godfrey Brown closed rapidly on the final straight, passing LuValle 40 metres from the line, and nearly catching Williams. Electric timing revealed that the official margin of 0.2 seconds for Williams victory was probably not accurate. Williams’s was auto-timed in 46.66, with Brown in 46.68, LuValle in 46.84 and Bill Roberts in 46.87.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1742Archie WilliamsUSA47.8 (1 h7)48.0 (1 h3)47.2 (1 h1)46.5 (1)Gold
2250Godfrey BrownGBR48.8 (1 h3)48.3 (2 h2)47.3 (2 h2)46.7 (2)Silver
3740Jimmy Lu ValleUSA49.1 (1 h5)47.6 (1 h4)47.1 (1 h2)46.8 (3)Bronze
4252Bill RobertsGBR48.1 (1 h1)47.7 (1 h1)48.0 (2 h1)46.8 (4)
570Bill FritzCAN49.0 (2 h7)48.4 (3 h2)47.4 (3 h2)47.8 (5)
672Johnny LoaringCAN49.1 (3 h1)49.3 (3 h3)48.1 (3 h1)48.2 (6)
4 h1 r3/4328Mario LanziITA49.3 (2 h3)48.8 (3 h1)48.2 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4251Godfrey RamplingGBR48.6 (2 h6)48.0 (3 h4)47.5 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4197Pierre SkawinskiFRA48.9 (1 h8)48.0 (2 h4)52.0 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/431Juan Carlos AndersonARG49.4 (2 h5)48.7 (2 h3)48.5 (5 h2)
6 h2 r3/4823Hermann BlazejezakGER47.9 (1 h6)48.2 (1 h2)49.2 (6 h2)
2 h1 r2/4741Harold SmallwoodUSA49.0 (1 h4)48.6 (2 h1)– (DNS h2)
4 h1 r2/4707Zoltán ZsitvaHUN49.8 (3 h5)49.4 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4572Bertil von WachenfeldtSWE49.0 (2 h8)48.5 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4570Olle DanielssonSWE48.6 (2 h1)49.6 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4824Rudolf KlupschGER49.1 (3 h8)48.8 (4 h4)
5 h1 r2/4649Dennis ShoreRSA49.9 (3 h2)49.6 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4196Georges HenryFRA49.2 (1 h2)49.4 (5 h2)
5 h4 r2/471Marshall LimonCAN49.2 (2 h4)48.9 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4134Gunnar ChristensenDEN49.3 (3 h7)51.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4158Börje StrandvallFIN49.3 (3 h6)49.9 (6 h2)
6 h4 r2/4662Karel KněnickýTCH49.6 (2 h2)49.6 (6 h4)
DNS h3 r2/4825Adolf MetznerGER50.2 (3 h3)– (DNS h3)
DNS h3 r2/4706József VadasHUN49.2 (3 h4)– (DNS h3)
4 h1 r1/4615Albert JudSUI49.4 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4571Sven StrömbergSWE50.0 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/421Mohamed EbeidEGY50.5 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/4469Rolf SchønheyderNOR49.4 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/4562Francisc NemeșROU50.9 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4195Raymond BoissetFRA49.5 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/4371Toyoji AiharaJPN50.2 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/4486Alfred KönigAUT49.4 (4 h8)
5 h1 r1/4705Tibor RibényiHUN50.1 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4489Johann Baptist von GudenusAUT52.9 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/442Jean VerhaertBEL50.7 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/4Antônio de CarvalhoBRA50.4 (5 h4)1
5 h5 r1/4372Keiji ImaiJPN51.0 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4455Jean KrombachLUX50.4 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/493Raúl MuñozCHI50.5 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4319Gyan BhallaIND52.4 (5 h8)
6 h3 r1/4107Shuguo “Leonard” DaiCHN52.4 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4373Hiroyoshi KubotaJPN50.8 (6 h4)
DNS418Janez GabršekYUG
DNS462Paul PaceMLT– (DNS h1)
DNS561Eugen KapplerROU– (DNS h4)
DNS639Luis PratmasóESP
DNS487Felix RinnerAUT– (DNS h6)
DNS127José Domingo SánchezCOL
DNS329Marsilio RossiITA– (DNS h5)
DNS330Otello SpampaniITA– (DNS h8)
DNS524Antonio CubaPER– (DNS h2)
DNS535Teodoro MalasigPHI
DNS540Klemens BiniakowskiPOL– (DNS h7)

Round One (6 August 1936 — 10:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1252Bill RobertsGBR48.1Q
2570Olle DanielssonSWE48.6Q
372Johnny LoaringCAN49.1Q
4615Albert JudSUI49.4
5705Tibor RibényiHUN50.1
DNS462Paul PaceMLT

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1196Georges HenryFRA49.2Q
2662Karel KněnickýTCH49.6Q
3649Dennis ShoreRSA49.9Q
4571Sven StrömbergSWE50.0
5489Johann Baptist von GudenusAUT52.9
DNS524Antonio CubaPER

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1250Godfrey BrownGBR48.8Q
2328Mario LanziITA49.3Q
3825Adolf MetznerGER50.2Q
421Mohamed EbeidEGY50.5
542Jean VerhaertBEL50.7
6107Shuguo “Leonard” DaiCHN52.4

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1741Harold SmallwoodUSA49.0Q
271Marshall LimonCAN49.2Q
3706József VadasHUN49.2Q
4469Rolf SchønheyderNOR49.4
5Antônio de CarvalhoBRA50.42
6373Hiroyoshi KubotaJPN50.8
DNS561Eugen KapplerROU

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1740Jimmy Lu ValleUSA49.1Q
231Juan Carlos AndersonARG49.4Q
3707Zoltán ZsitvaHUN49.8Q
4562Francisc NemeșROU50.9
5372Keiji ImaiJPN51.0
DNS329Marsilio RossiITA

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1823Hermann BlazejezakGER47.9Q
2251Godfrey RamplingGBR48.6Q
3158Börje StrandvallFIN49.3Q
4195Raymond BoissetFRA49.5
5455Jean KrombachLUX50.4
DNS487Felix RinnerAUT

Heat Seven

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1742Archie WilliamsUSA47.8Q
270Bill FritzCAN49.0Q
3134Gunnar ChristensenDEN49.3Q
4371Toyoji AiharaJPN50.2
593Raúl MuñozCHI50.5
DNS540Klemens BiniakowskiPOL

Heat Eight

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1197Pierre SkawinskiFRA48.9Q
2572Bertil von WachenfeldtSWE49.0Q
3824Rudolf KlupschGER49.1Q
4486Alfred KönigAUT49.4
5319Gyan BhallaIND52.4
DNS330Otello SpampaniITA

Quarter-Finals (6 August 1936 — 15:15)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1252Bill RobertsGBR47.7Q
2741Harold SmallwoodUSA48.6Q
3328Mario LanziITA48.8Q
4707Zoltán ZsitvaHUN49.4
5649Dennis ShoreRSA49.6
6134Gunnar ChristensenDEN51.0

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1823Hermann BlazejezakGER48.248.205Q
2250Godfrey BrownGBR48.348.35Q
370Bill FritzCAN48.448.37Q
4572Bertil von WachenfeldtSWE48.548.57
5196Georges HenryFRA49.4
6158Börje StrandvallFIN49.9

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1742Archie WilliamsUSA48.0Q
231Juan Carlos AndersonARG48.7Q
372Johnny LoaringCAN49.3Q
4570Olle DanielssonSWE49.6
DNS825Adolf MetznerGER
DNS706József VadasHUN

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1740Jimmy Lu ValleUSA47.6Q
2197Pierre SkawinskiFRA48.0Q
3251Godfrey RamplingGBR48.0Q
4824Rudolf KlupschGER48.8
571Marshall LimonCAN48.9
6662Karel KněnickýTCH49.6

Semi-Finals (7 August 1936 — 15:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)
1742Archie WilliamsUSA47.2Q
2252Bill RobertsGBR48.0Q
372Johnny LoaringCAN48.1Q
4328Mario LanziITA48.2
5197Pierre SkawinskiFRA52.0

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1740Jimmy Lu ValleUSA47.147.18Q
2250Godfrey BrownGBR47.347.31Q
370Bill FritzCAN47.447.32Q
4251Godfrey RamplingGBR47.547.65
531Juan Carlos AndersonARG48.5
6823Hermann BlazejezakGER49.2
DNS741Harold SmallwoodUSA

Final (7 August 1936 — 17:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Archie WilliamsUSA46.546.66
26Godfrey BrownGBR46.746.68
32Jimmy Lu ValleUSA46.846.84
43Bill RobertsGBR46.846.87
51Bill FritzCAN47.8
64Johnny LoaringCAN48.2