| Event type

110 metres Hurdles, Men

Date23 – 24 July 1952
LocationHelsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Participants30 from 20 countries

In 1948, Harrison Dillard had been a huge pre-Olympic favorite for gold until he faltered in the US Olympic Trials, hitting a hurdle and not finishing the final. He had then entered the 100 metres, made the team in that event and won the gold medal. He continued hurdling and was still considered the best in the world in 1952. The world record holder was Dick Attlesey (USA), but he hurt his foot in the heats of the US Olympic Trials, and did not make the team. But led by Dillard, the Americans again swept the medals, as they had in 1948. The finish was close between Dillard and Jack Davis, Davis having been slowed by a poor start, likely due to being charged with a false start.

11002Harrison DillardUSA13.9 (1 h1)14.0 (1 h1)13.7 (1)GoldOR
21003Jack DavisUSA14.0 (1 h3)14.4 (1 h2)13.7 (2)Silver
31004Art BarnardUSA14.4 (1 h6)14.2 (2 h1)14.1 (3)Bronze
4432Yevgeny BulanchikURS14.4 (1 h2)14.5 (2 h2)14.5 (4)
526Ken DoubledayAUS14.5 (1 h4)14.5 (3 h1)14.7 (5)
619Ray WeinbergAUS14.4 (1 h5)14.6 (3 h2)14.8 (6)
4 h1 r2/3434Sergey PopovURS14.8 (2 h1)14.7 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3327Stanko LorgerYUG14.8 (2 h3)14.9 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3614Edmond RoudnitskaFRA14.9 (2 h2)14.9 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3792Väinö SuvivuoFIN14.9 (2 h5)14.9 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3188Peter HildrethGBR14.7 (2 h6)14.9 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3189Jack ParkerGBR14.8 (2 h4)15.0 (6 h2)
3 h1 r1/3854Olivier BernardSUI15.1 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/38Estanislao KocourekARG15.0 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/3401Samuel AndersónCUB15.1 (3 h3)
3 h4 r1/3355Gordon CrosbyCAN14.8 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/379Jörn GevertCHI15.2 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3310Michitaka KinamiJPN15.0 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3923Erdal BarkayTUR15.2 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3793Risto SyrjänenFIN15.4 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3743Wolfgang TroßbachGER15.1 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3545Téofilo ColónPUR15.2 (4 h4)
4 h6 r1/3159Ingi ÞorsteinssonISL15.6 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/378Edmundo OhacoCHI15.4 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3544Juan LebrónPUR15.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3975Téofilo DavisVEN15.7 (5 h3)
5 h6 r1/3613Jacques DohenFRA15.7 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/3794Olli AlhoFIN15.4 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/395Fouad YazgiEGY16.1 (6 h2)
6 h6 r1/3405Johnny FonckLUX16.1 (6 h6)
DNS100Sebastián JunquerasESP– (DNS h3)
DNS378Michail MichailGRE– (DNS h4)
DNS945Imre RetezarHUN– (DNS h4)
DNS922Hakan EperTUR– (DNS h5)
DNS60Wilson GomesBRA– (DNS h5)

Round One (23 July 1952 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Harrison DillardUSA13.914.03QOR
23Sergey PopovURS14.814.99Q
36Olivier BernardSUI15.115.29
41Erdal BarkayTUR15.215.34
54Edmundo OhacoCHI15.415.61
65Olli AlhoFIN15.415.63

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Yevgeny BulanchikURS14.414.65Q
26Edmond RoudnitskaFRA14.915.11Q
33Estanislao KocourekARG15.015.20
42Risto SyrjänenFIN15.415.63
51Juan LebrónPUR15.415.71
65Fouad YazgiEGY16.116.26

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Jack DavisUSA14.014.23Q
26Stanko LorgerYUG14.815.08Q
31Samuel AndersónCUB15.115.24
44Wolfgang TroßbachGER15.115.24
52Téofilo DavisVEN15.715.96
DNS5Sebastián JunquerasESP

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Ken DoubledayAUS14.514.65Q
26Jack ParkerGBR14.815.08Q
32Gordon CrosbyCAN14.815.11
45Téofilo ColónPUR15.215.48
DNS1Michail MichailGRE
DNS3Imre RetezarHUN

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Ray WeinbergAUS14.414.62Q
25Väinö SuvivuoFIN14.915.21Q
34Jörn GevertCHI15.215.44
DNS2Hakan EperTUR
DNS1Wilson GomesBRA

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Art BarnardUSA14.414.61Q
24Peter HildrethGBR14.714.94Q
35Michitaka KinamiJPN15.015.31
42Ingi ÞorsteinssonISL15.615.76
51Jacques DohenFRA15.716.02
63Johnny FonckLUX16.116.35

Semi-Finals (24 July 1952 — 15:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Harrison DillardUSA14.014.15Q
26Art BarnardUSA14.214.44Q
35Ken DoubledayAUS14.514.74Q
41Sergey PopovURS14.715.04
53Edmond RoudnitskaFRA14.915.15
62Peter HildrethGBR14.915.15

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Jack DavisUSA14.414.62Q
21Yevgeny BulanchikURS14.514.70Q
36Ray WeinbergAUS14.614.99Q
45Stanko LorgerYUG14.915.09
54Väinö SuvivuoFIN14.915.31
62Jack ParkerGBR15.015.31

Final (24 July 1952 — 18:20)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Harrison DillardUSA13.713.91OR
21Jack DavisUSA13.714.00=OR
35Art BarnardUSA14.114.40
42Yevgeny BulanchikURS14.514.73
53Ken DoubledayAUS14.714.82
66Ray WeinbergAUS14.815.15