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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date30 – 31 July 1948
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants25 from 17 countries
Olympic Record 51.9 WR / Glenn Hardin USA / 1 August 1932

In 1942 Roy Cochran (USA) had set a world record for the 440 yard hurdles, running 52.2 at the Drake Relays. He had won the 1939 AAU title and would have been favored at the 1940 Olympics, but had to wait eight years for his Olympic chance. Once he got it he did not disappoint, winning the final comfortably by six metres clear on Ceylon’s Duncan White, the first Olympic medal won from that island nation. He would win the 1950 British Empire Games 440 yards hurdles gold medal.

1339Roy CochranUSA53.9 (1 h1)51.9 (1 h2)51.1 (1)GoldOR
222Duncan WhiteSRI53.6 (1 h6)52.1 (3 h1)51.8 (2)Silver
3128Rune LarssonSWE54.5 (2 h4)51.9 (1 h1)52.2 (3)Bronze
4338Dick AultUSA54.7 (1 h5)52.1 (2 h1)52.4 (4)
5327Yves CrosFRA55.7 (2 h5)52.5 (2 h2)53.3 (5)
6331Ottavio MissoniITA53.9 (1 h4)53.4 (3 h2)54.0 (6)
4 h1 r2/3326Jean-Claude ArifonFRA56.9 (2 h2)52.3 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3330Harry WhittleGBR56.9 (1 h2)53.4 (4 h2)1
5 h1 r2/3340Jeff KirkUSA54.3 (2 h6)52.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3324Bebbe StorskrubbFIN54.6 (2 h3)53.5 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3325Jacques AndréFRA54.5 (2 h1)56.3 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3332John HollandNZL54.6 (1 h3)53.9 (6 h2)
3 h1 r1/3320Hermelindo AlbertiARG54.6 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/3303Lazaros PetropoulakisGRE57.9 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3133Kemal HoruluTUR55.1 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3329Ron UnsworthGBR55.1 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3337Werner ChristenSUI56.7 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3336Alf WestmanSWE54.5 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3103Jaime AparicioCOL55.1 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3333Mohsin Nazar KhanPAK59.5 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3328Michael PopeGBR55.3 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3322Sergio GuzmánCHI55.9 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3323Huang LiangzhengCHN57.7 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/3321Bill LaRochelleCAN54.9 (4 h6)
5 h4 r1/3104Mario RosasCOL55.9 (5 h4)
DNS335José Luis RubioESP– (DNS h2)
DNS59Bernabe LovinaPHI– (DNS h3)
DNS334Fernando FernandesPOR– (DNS h5)
DNS310Julio SabaterPUR– (DNS h6)

Round One (30 July 1948 — 14:30)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Roy CochranUSA53.954.0Q
22Jacques AndréFRA54.5Q
34Hermelindo AlbertiARG54.6
41Jaime AparicioCOL55.1

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Harry WhittleGBR56.956.9Q2
23Jean-Claude ArifonFRA56.9Q
32Lazaros PetropoulakisGRE57.9
45Mohsin Nazar KhanPAK59.5
DNS1José Luis RubioESP

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14John HollandNZL54.6Q
23Bebbe StorskrubbFIN54.6Q
32Kemal HoruluTUR55.1
45Michael PopeGBR55.3
DNS1Bernabe LovinaPHI

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Ottavio MissoniITA53.954.1Q
24Rune LarssonSWE54.5Q
33Ron UnsworthGBR55.1
42Sergio GuzmánCHI55.9
51Mario RosasCOL55.9

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Dick AultUSA54.7Q
24Yves CrosFRA55.7Q
31Werner ChristenSUI56.7
43Huang LiangzhengCHN57.7
DNS2Fernando FernandesPOR

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Duncan WhiteSRI53.653.8Q
24Jeff KirkUSA54.3Q
33Alf WestmanSWE54.5
42Bill LaRochelleCAN54.9
DNS1Julio SabaterPUR

Semi-Finals (30 July 1948 — 17:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1128Rune LarssonSWE51.952.0QOR
2338Dick AultUSA52.152.15Q
322Duncan WhiteSRI52.152.34Q
4326Jean-Claude ArifonFRA52.352.39
5340Jeff KirkUSA52.552.49
6325Jacques AndréFRA56.3

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1339Roy CochranUSA51.951.8Q=OR
2327Yves CrosFRA52.552.64Q
3331Ottavio MissoniITA53.453.30Q
4330Harry WhittleGBR53.453.383
5324Bebbe StorskrubbFIN53.553.65
6332John HollandNZL53.953.87

Final (31 July 1948 — 15:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Roy CochranUSA51.151.3OR
25Duncan WhiteSRI51.852.06
36Rune LarssonSWE52.252.30
44Dick AultUSA52.452.56
51Yves CrosFRA53.353.48
62Ottavio MissoniITA54.054.15