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200 metres, Men

Date22 – 23 July 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationHelsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Participants71 from 35 countries
Olympic Record 20.7 WR / Jesse Owens USA / 5 August 1936

The heavy favorite in this race was Andy Stanfield and he dominated the event. Stanfield had set the first IAAF-recognized world recognized for 200 and 220 yards around a turn with 20.6 for each distance in 1951 and 1952, and had won three AAU titles at this distance. He was fastest in the heats and ran 20.9 in the quarter-finals. In the final he led early, despite an injured thigh, and held on to win over Thane Baker, with Jim Gathers completing a US medal sweep.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
1983Andy StanfieldUSA21.8 (1 h7)20.9 (1 h5)21.1 (1 h1)20.7 (1)GoldOR
2984Thane BakerUSA21.4 (1 h2)21.4 (1 h2)21.3 (2 h2)20.8 (2)Silver
3985Jimmy GathersUSA21.2 (1 h12)21.4 (1 h1)21.3 (2 h1)20.8 (3)Bronze
4166McDonald BaileyGBR21.4 (1 h13)21.0 (1 h3)21.3 (1 h2)21.0 (4)
5294Les LaingJAM21.8 (1 h15)21.4 (2 h5)21.6 (3 h1)21.2 (5)
64Gerardo BönnhoffARG21.6 (1 h1)21.4 (1 h4)21.5 (3 h2)21.3 (6)
4 h1 r3/4727Werner ZandtGER22.1 (2 h5)21.7 (2 h6)21.7 (4 h1)
4 h2 r3/4397Rafael FortúnCUB21.8 (1 h4)21.7 (2 h2)21.6 (4 h2)
5 h1 r3/4170Nick StaceyGBR21.8 (2 h4)21.5 (2 h4)21.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4137Lavy PintoIND21.6 (2 h18)21.6 (2 h1)21.7 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4896Václav JanečekTCH21.9 (1 h9)21.7 (2 h3)22.0 (6 h1)
AC h2 r3/418John TreloarAUS21.5 (1 h18)21.6 (1 h6)– (AC h2)
3 h1 r2/4126Theo SaatNED22.0 (1 h5)21.7 (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/4146Paul DolanIRL21.9 (2 h15)21.9 (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/420Edwin Carr, Jr.AUS22.0 (1 h17)21.8 (3 h3)
3 h4 r2/468Angel KolevBUL22.0 (2 h17)21.8 (3 h4)
3 h5 r2/4595Étienne BallyFRA21.9 (2 h1)21.8 (3 h5)
3 h6 r2/4414Vladimir SukharevURS21.9 (1 h8)21.7 (3 h6)
4 h1 r2/4565Zdobysław StawczykPOL22.0 (2 h7)22.0 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/4731Peter KrausGER22.0 (2 h9)21.9 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/4105Schalk BooysenRSA21.8 (1 h11)21.9 (4 h3)
4 h4 r2/4399Ángel GarcíaCUB21.9 (2 h8)21.8 (4 h4)
4 h5 r2/4413Levan SanadzeURS22.1 (2 h2)22.1 (4 h5)
4 h6 r2/4564Gerard MachPOL22.1 (2 h11)21.8 (4 h6)
5 h1 r2/4894Miroslav HorčicTCH22.4 (2 h13)22.1 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4772Voitto HellsténFIN22.2 (2 h10)22.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4599Marcel GerdilFRA22.5 (2 h6)22.0 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4232David TabakISR22.4 (1 h6)21.8 (5 h4)
5 h5 r2/4346Don McFarlaneCAN22.8 (1 h3)22.1 (5 h5)
5 h6 r2/4169Brian ShentonGBR21.9 (1 h10)21.9 (5 h6)
6 h1 r2/4398Raúl MazorraCUB22.3 (1 h16)31.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4499Rafiu OluwaNGR22.8 (1 h14)22.5 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4345Bob HutchisonCAN22.4 (2 h16)22.3 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4563Roman BudzyńskiPOL23.1 (2 h3)22.4 (6 h4)
6 h6 r2/4300Tomio HosodaJPN22.2 (2 h12)22.3 (6 h6)
2 h14 r1/4886Boonterm PakpuangTHA23.8 (2 h14)– (DNS h5)
3 h1 r1/4774Adolf TurakainenFIN22.4 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/4374Stefanos PetrakisGRE22.4 (3 h2)
3 h4 r1/434Fernand LinssenBEL22.3 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/4973Juan LeivaVEN22.3 (3 h5)
3 h7 r1/42Enrique BecklesARG22.6 (3 h7)
3 h8 r1/4842Hans WehrliSUI22.2 (3 h8)
3 h9 r1/4523Muhammad AslamPAK22.2 (3 h9)
3 h10 r1/4408Roby SchaefferLUX22.4 (3 h10)
3 h11 r1/4525Sharif ButtPAK22.3 (3 h11)
3 h12 r1/4598Henri BraultFRA22.2 (3 h12)
3 h13 r1/4245Giorgio SobreroITA22.4 (3 h13)
3 h15 r1/4893František BrožTCH22.2 (3 h15)
3 h16 r1/492Emad ShafeiEGY22.5 (3 h16)
3 h18 r1/4932Péter KarádiHUN22.1 (3 h18)
4 h1 r1/4155Hörður HaraldssonISL22.4 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/4843Willy EichenbergerSUI22.6 (4 h2)
4 h4 r1/4495Edward AjadoNGR22.7 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/490Fawzi ChaabanEGY22.7 (4 h5)
4 h7 r1/491Youssef OmarEGY22.8 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/4773Pauli TavisaloFIN22.3 (4 h8)
4 h9 r1/4403Fred HammerLUX22.4 (4 h9)
4 h10 r1/4375Vasilios SillisGRE22.7 (4 h10)
4 h11 r1/4154Ásmundur BjarnasonISL22.4 (4 h11)
4 h12 r1/4244Luigi GrossiITA22.2 (4 h12)
4 h13 r1/4844Ernst MühlethalerSUI23.0 (4 h13)
4 h15 r1/4555Fernando CasimiroPOR22.6 (4 h15)
4 h16 r1/4887Arun SankosikTHA23.5 (4 h16)
4 h18 r1/4243Lucio SangermanoITA22.1 (4 h18)
5 h5 r1/4556Eugénio EleutérioPOR23.2 (5 h5)
5 h7 r1/4885Adul WanasatithTHA23.3 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4524Abdul AzizPAK22.7 (5 h8)
5 h11 r1/4344Pete SuttonCAN22.4 (5 h11)
5 h12 r1/4498Muslim ArogundadeNGR22.3 (5 h12)
5 h13 r1/4368Eom Pal-YongKOR23.0 (5 h13)
5 h15 r1/4118José Julio BarillasGUA22.7 (5 h15)
DNS119Roy FearonGUA– (DNS h2)
DNS557Álvaro DiasPOR– (DNS h3)
DNS148Lexie TynanIRL– (DNS h3)
DNS539Cirilo McSweenPAN– (DNS h6)
DNS651Ion MoinaROU– (DNS h6)
DNS730Leo LickesGER– (DNS h14)
DNS415Feodosiy GolubevURS– (DNS h17)
DNS390K. K. KorsahGHA– (DNS h18)
DNS3Romeo GalánARG– (DNS h9)
DNS17Morris CurottaAUS– (DNS h6)
DNS58José da ConceiçãoBRA– (DNS h10)
DNS70Angel GavrilovBUL– (DNS h4)
DNS73Gustavo EhlersCHI– (DNS h17)
DNS389George AcquaahGHA– (DNS h14)
DNS931Béla GoldoványiHUN– (DNS h16)
DNS295Herb McKenleyJAM– (DNS h3)
DNS296George RhodenJAM– (DNS h14)
DNS104Neville PriceRSA– (DNS h1)

Round One (22 July 1952 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Gerardo BönnhoffARG21.621.72Q
25Étienne BallyFRA21.922.03Q
32Adolf TurakainenFIN22.422.55
41Hörður HaraldssonISL22.422.56
DNS3Neville PriceRSA

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Thane BakerUSA21.421.62Q
22Levan SanadzeURS22.122.26Q
34Stefanos PetrakisGRE22.422.64
45Willy EichenbergerSUI22.622.98
DNS3Roy FearonGUA

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Don McFarlaneCAN22.822.94Q
25Roman BudzyńskiPOL23.123.37Q
DNS1Álvaro DiasPOR
DNS3Lexie TynanIRL
DNS4Herb McKenleyJAM

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Rafael FortúnCUB21.821.98Q
25Nick StaceyGBR21.822.07Q
32Fernand LinssenBEL22.322.37
41Edward AjadoNGR22.722.92
DNS3Angel GavrilovBUL

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Theo SaatNED22.022.17Q
24Werner ZandtGER22.122.23Q
35Juan LeivaVEN22.322.38
42Fawzi ChaabanEGY22.722.90
53Eugénio EleutérioPOR23.223.37

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14David TabakISR22.422.60Q
25Marcel GerdilFRA22.522.71Q
DNS2Cirilo McSweenPAN
DNS3Ion MoinaROU
DNS1Morris CurottaAUS

Heat Seven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Andy StanfieldUSA21.822.00Q
24Zdobysław StawczykPOL22.022.22Q
33Enrique BecklesARG22.622.73
42Youssef OmarEGY22.823.26
51Adul WanasatithTHA23.323.50

Heat Eight

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Vladimir SukharevURS21.922.08Q
24Ángel GarcíaCUB21.922.14Q
35Hans WehrliSUI22.222.35
43Pauli TavisaloFIN22.322.45
51Abdul AzizPAK22.723.02

Heat Nine

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Václav JanečekTCH21.921.99Q
24Peter KrausGER22.022.06Q
33Muhammad AslamPAK22.222.14
41Fred HammerLUX22.422.63
DNS2Romeo GalánARG

Heat Ten

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Brian ShentonGBR21.922.12Q
25Voitto HellsténFIN22.222.41Q
34Roby SchaefferLUX22.422.76
42Vasilios SillisGRE22.722.88
DNS3José da ConceiçãoBRA

Heat Eleven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Schalk BooysenRSA21.822.03Q
21Gerard MachPOL22.122.16Q
32Sharif ButtPAK22.322.34
45Ásmundur BjarnasonISL22.422.51
53Pete SuttonCAN22.422.53

Heat Twelve

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Jimmy GathersUSA21.221.42Q
25Tomio HosodaJPN22.222.36Q
34Henri BraultFRA22.222.48
43Luigi GrossiITA22.222.49
51Muslim ArogundadeNGR22.322.71

Heat Thirteen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13McDonald BaileyGBR21.421.66Q
25Miroslav HorčicTCH22.422.52Q
31Giorgio SobreroITA22.422.66
42Ernst MühlethalerSUI23.023.26
54Eom Pal-YongKOR23.023.41

Heat Fourteen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Rafiu OluwaNGR22.822.89Q
24Boonterm PakpuangTHA23.824.15Q
DNS2Leo LickesGER
DNS5George AcquaahGHA
DNS3George RhodenJAM

Heat Fifteen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Les LaingJAM21.821.97Q
23Paul DolanIRL21.922.04Q
34František BrožTCH22.222.35
41Fernando CasimiroPOR22.622.72
55José Julio BarillasGUA22.722.88

Heat Sixteen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Raúl MazorraCUB22.322.52Q
24Bob HutchisonCAN22.422.66Q
32Emad ShafeiEGY22.522.75
41Arun SankosikTHA23.523.64
DNS5Béla GoldoványiHUN

Heat Seventeen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Edwin Carr, Jr.AUS22.022.19Q
24Angel KolevBUL22.022.24Q
DNS1Feodosiy GolubevURS
DNS3Gustavo EhlersCHI

Heat Eighteen

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13John TreloarAUS21.521.75Q
25Lavy PintoIND21.621.83Q
34Péter KarádiHUN22.122.24
41Lucio SangermanoITA22.122.38
DNS2K. K. KorsahGHA

Quarter-Finals (22 July 1952 — 18:50)

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

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1985Jimmy GathersUSA21.421.64Q
2137Lavy PintoIND21.621.80Q
3126Theo SaatNED21.721.87
4565Zdobysław StawczykPOL22.022.12
5894Miroslav HorčicTCH22.122.44
6398Raúl MazorraCUB31.0

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1984Thane BakerUSA21.421.64Q
2397Rafael FortúnCUB21.721.98Q
3146Paul DolanIRL21.922.15
4731Peter KrausGER21.922.19
5772Voitto HellsténFIN22.422.61
6499Rafiu OluwaNGR22.522.69

Heat Three

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1166McDonald BaileyGBR21.021.27Q
2896Václav JanečekTCH21.721.93Q
320Edwin Carr, Jr.AUS21.821.98
4105Schalk BooysenRSA21.922.09
5599Marcel GerdilFRA22.022.37
6345Bob HutchisonCAN22.322.55

Heat Four

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Gerardo BönnhoffARG21.421.67Q
2170Nick StaceyGBR21.521.79Q
368Angel KolevBUL21.822.07
4399Ángel GarcíaCUB21.822.11
5232David TabakISR21.822.34
6563Roman BudzyńskiPOL22.422.51

Heat Five

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1983Andy StanfieldUSA20.921.21Q
2294Les LaingJAM21.421.74Q
3595Étienne BallyFRA21.822.02
4413Levan SanadzeURS22.122.26
5346Don McFarlaneCAN22.122.33
DNS886Boonterm PakpuangTHA

Heat Six

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
118John TreloarAUS21.621.86Q
2727Werner ZandtGER21.721.87Q
3414Vladimir SukharevURS21.721.88
4564Gerard MachPOL21.822.12
5169Brian ShentonGBR21.922.24
6300Tomio HosodaJPN22.322.49

Semi-Finals (23 July 1952 — 15:45)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Andy StanfieldUSA21.121.23Q
24Jimmy GathersUSA21.321.58Q
33Les LaingJAM21.621.80Q
45Werner ZandtGER21.721.92
51Nick StaceyGBR21.821.95
66Václav JanečekTCH22.022.12

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11McDonald BaileyGBR21.321.46Q
25Thane BakerUSA21.321.50Q
32Gerardo BönnhoffARG21.521.75Q
46Rafael FortúnCUB21.621.93
53Lavy PintoIND21.722.01
AC4John TreloarAUSDNF1

Final (23 July 1952 — 17:55)

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Andy StanfieldUSA20.720.81OR
26Thane BakerUSA20.820.97
35Jimmy GathersUSA20.821.08
43McDonald BaileyGBR21.021.14
54Les LaingJAM21.221.45
61Gerardo BönnhoffARG21.321.59