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110 metres Hurdles, Men

Date27 – 28 November 1956
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants24 from 15 countries

At the US Olympic Trials, Lee Calhoun had tied for first with 1952 silver medalist Jack Davis. Davis was likely a slight favorite, as the world record holder, set in winning the 1956 AAU Championship. The final was close throughout. Calhoun got a slight lead at the start and Davis never fully closed, losing out by 3/100ths of a second at the line. In two consecutive Olympics, Davis had lost the gold medals by a combined margin of 0.12 seconds. Duke University’s Joel Shankle won the bronze medal for the USA, the third consecutive Olympics at which US hurdlers had swept the high hurdle medals.

1250Lee CalhounUSA14.1 (1 h2)14.0 (1 h2)13.5 (1)GoldOR
2251Jack DavisUSA14.0 (1 h1)14.0 (1 h1)13.5 (2)Silver
3252Joel ShankleUSA14.0 (1 h3)14.0 (2 h2)14.1 (3)Bronze
4238Martin LauerGER14.2 (1 h4)14.4 (2 h1)14.5 (4)
5255Stanko LorgerYUG14.6 (2 h2)14.6 (3 h1)14.5 (5)
6254Boris StolyarovURS14.3 (3 h4)14.5 (3 h2)14.6 (6)
4 h1 r2/310Evaristo IglesiasCUB14.3 (2 h4)14.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3239Bert SteinesGER14.3 (2 h3)14.5 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3237Edmond RoudnitskaFRA14.3 (2 h1)14.9 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/337Ghulam RaziqPAK14.5 (3 h1)14.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3248Danie BurgerRSA14.4 (3 h3)15.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3664Jean-Claude BernardFRA14.7 (3 h2)14.6 (6 h2)
4 h1 r1/3244Eamonn KinsellaIRL14.6 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3242Jack ParkerGBR14.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3253Anatoly MikhaylovURS14.5 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3241Peter HildrethGBR14.5 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3235Ken DoubledayAUS14.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3234John ChittickAUS14.9 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/323Keith GardnerJAM14.6 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3240Ioannis KampadelisGRE15.1 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/3676Guillermo ZapataCOL15.3 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3246Kalim Khawaja GhaniPAK16.1 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3236Bob JoyceAUS14.7 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/32423Sri Chand RamIND15.2 (6 h4)
DNS247Amadeo FrancisPUR– (DNS h1)

Round One (27 November 1956 — 15:20)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Jack DavisUSA14.014.17Q
23Edmond RoudnitskaFRA14.314.49Q
36Ghulam RaziqPAK14.514.65Q
44Eamonn KinsellaIRL14.614.66
51Ken DoubledayAUS14.814.98
62Guillermo ZapataCOL15.315.58
DNS7Amadeo FrancisPUR

Heat Two

Wind-3.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Lee CalhounUSA14.114.36Q
21Stanko LorgerYUG14.614.75Q
32Jean-Claude BernardFRA14.714.88Q
43Jack ParkerGBR14.815.00
55John ChittickAUS14.915.18
64Kalim Khawaja GhaniPAK16.116.32

Heat Three

Wind-0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Joel ShankleUSA14.014.20Q
25Bert SteinesGER14.314.59Q
34Danie BurgerRSA14.414.59Q
43Anatoly MikhaylovURS14.514.63
56Keith GardnerJAM14.614.65
61Bob JoyceAUS14.715.02

Heat Four

Wind-0.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Martin LauerGER14.214.41Q
24Evaristo IglesiasCUB14.314.52Q
32Boris StolyarovURS14.314.54Q
45Peter HildrethGBR14.514.68
53Ioannis KampadelisGRE15.115.28
61Sri Chand RamIND15.215.40

Semi-Finals (28 November 1956 — 14:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind-2.5 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Jack DavisUSA14.014.28Q
23Martin LauerGER14.414.57Q
35Stanko LorgerYUG14.614.73Q1
41Evaristo IglesiasCUB14.614.732
52Edmond RoudnitskaFRA14.914.87
64Danie BurgerRSA15.014.95

Heat Two

Wind-1.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Lee CalhounUSA14.014.18Q
24Joel ShankleUSA14.014.23Q
32Boris StolyarovURS14.514.64Q
46Bert SteinesGER14.514.70
53Ghulam RaziqPAK14.614.74
61Jean-Claude BernardFRA14.614.78

Final (28 November 1956 — 16:05)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Lee CalhounUSA13.513.70OR
25Jack DavisUSA13.513.73=OR
31Joel ShankleUSA14.114.25
46Martin LauerGER14.514.67
53Stanko LorgerYUG14.514.68
64Boris StolyarovURS14.614.71