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Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics

Los Angeles Olympic Stadium

At the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, 29 athletics events were contested, 23 for men and 6 for women. It was the first time the 50 kilometres race walk appeared in the athletic program at the Games. This was the second time women's events in athletics were included in the Olympic Games program and the first time that women competed in the javelin throw at the Olympics. There was a total of 386 participants from 34 countries competing.

The athletics events took place at Los Angeles Olympic Stadium, now the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Medal summaryEdit

MenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Eddie Tolan
  United States
10.3 Ralph Metcalfe
  United States
10.3 Arthur Jonath
  Germany
10.4
200 metres
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Eddie Tolan
  United States
21.2 George Simpson
  United States
21.4 Ralph Metcalfe
  United States
21.5
400 metres
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Bill Carr
  United States
46.2 Ben Eastman
  United States
46.4 Alex Wilson
  Canada
47.4
800 metres
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Tommy Hampson
  Great Britain
1:49.8 Alex Wilson
  Canada
1:49.9 Phil Edwards
  Canada
1:51.5
1500 metres
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Luigi Beccali
  Italy
3:51.2 Jerry Cornes
  Great Britain
3:52.6 Phil Edwards
  Canada
3:52.8
5000 metres
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Lauri Lehtinen
  Finland
14:30.0 Ralph Hill
  United States
14:30.0 Lauri Virtanen
  Finland
14:44.0
10,000 metres
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Janusz Kusociński
  Poland
30:11.4 Volmari Iso-Hollo
  Finland
30:12.6 Lauri Virtanen
  Finland
30:35.0
110 metres hurdles
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George Saling
  United States
14.6 Percy Beard
  United States
14.7 Donald Finlay
  Great Britain
14.8
400 metres hurdles
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Bob Tisdall
  Ireland
51.8 Glenn Hardin
  United States
51.9 Morgan Taylor
  United States
52.0
3000 metres steeplechase
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Volmari Iso-Hollo
  Finland
10:33.4 Thomas Evenson
  Great Britain
10:46.0 Joe McCluskey
  United States
10:46.2
4 × 100 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Bob Kiesel
Hector Dyer
Emmett Toppino
Frank Wykoff
40.0   Germany (GER)
Friedrich Hendrix
Erich Borchmeyer
Arthur Jonath
Helmut Körnig
40.9   Italy (ITA)
Giuseppe Castelli
Gabriele Salviati
Ruggero Maregatti
Edgardo Toetti
41.2
4 × 400 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Ivan Fuqua
Edgar Ablowich
Karl Warner
Bill Carr
3:08.2   Great Britain (GBR)
Crew Stoneley
Tommy Hampson
David Burghley
Godfrey Rampling
3:11.2   Canada (CAN)
James Ball
Ray Lewis
Phil Edwards
Alex Wilson
3:12.8
Marathon
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Juan Carlos Zabala
  Argentina
2:31:36 Sam Ferris
  Great Britain
2:31:55 Armas Toivonen
  Finland
2:32:12
50 kilometres walk
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Tommy Green
  Great Britain
4:50:10 Jānis Daliņš
  Latvia
4:57:20 Ugo Frigerio
  Italy
4:59:06
High jump
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Duncan McNaughton
  Canada
1.97 m Bob Van Osdel
  United States
1.97 m Simeon Toribio
  Philippines
1.97 m
Pole vault
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Bill Miller
  United States
4.315 m Shuhei Nishida
  Japan
4.30 m George Jefferson
  United States
4.20 m
Long jump
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Ed Gordon
  United States
7.64 m Lambert Redd
  United States
7.60 m Chuhei Nambu
  Japan
7.45 m
Triple jump
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Chuhei Nambu
  Japan
15.72 m Erik Svensson
  Sweden
15.32 m Kenkichi Oshima
  Japan
15.12 m
Shot put
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Leo Sexton
  United States
16.00 m Harlow Rothert
  United States
15.67 m František Douda
  Czechoslovakia
15.61 m
Discus throw
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John Anderson
  United States
49.49 m Henri LaBorde
  United States
48.47 m Paul Winter
  France
47.85 m
Hammer throw
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Pat O'Callaghan
  Ireland
53.92 m Ville Pörhölä
  Finland
52.27 m Peter Zaremba
  United States
50.33 m
Javelin throw
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Matti Järvinen
  Finland
72.71 m Matti Sippala
  Finland
69.80 m Eino Penttilä
  Finland
68.70 m
Decathlon
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James Bausch
  United States
8462.23 Akilles Järvinen
  Finland
8292.48 Wolrad Eberle
  Germany
8030.80
  1. ^ 460 metres over distance owing to error by lap-counting official.

WomenEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres
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Stanisława Walasiewicz
  Poland
Hilda Strike
  Canada
Wilhelmina von Bremen
  United States
80 metres hurdles
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Babe Didrikson
  United States
Evelyne Hall
  United States
Marjorie Clark
  South Africa
4 × 100 metres relay
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  United States (USA)
Mary Carew
Evelyn Furtsch
Annette Rogers
Wilhelmina von Bremen
  Canada (CAN)
Mary Frizzel
Mildred Fizzell
Lillian Palmer
Hilda Strike
  Great Britain (GBR)
Nellie Halstead
Eileen Hiscock
Gwendoline Porter
Violet Webb
High jump
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Jean Shiley
  United States
Babe Didrikson
  United States
Eva Dawes
  Canada
Discus throw
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Lillian Copeland
  United States
Ruth Osburn
  United States
Jadwiga Wajs
  Poland
Javelin throw
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Babe Didrikson
  United States
Ellen Braumüller
  Germany
Tilly Fleischer
  Germany

Record brokenEdit

Of the 29 events competed new Olympic records were set in all but three: men's long jump, high jump and hammer throw. World records were set in 10 events.

Men's world recordsEdit

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
400 metres 5 August Final Bill Carr   United States 46.2
800 metres 2 August Final Tommy Hampson   Great Britain 1:49.8
4 × 100 metres relay 7 August Final Bob Kiesel
Hector Dyer
Emmett Toppino
Frank Wykoff
  United States 40.0
4 × 400 metres relay 7 August Final Ivan Fuqua
Edgar Ablowich
Karl Warner
Bill Carr
  United States 3:08.2
Triple jump 4 August Final Chuhei Nambu   Japan 15.72 m
Decathlon 6 August Final James Bausch   United States 8462.235

Women's world recordsEdit

Event Date Round Name Nationality Result
100 metres 1 August Heats Stanisława Walasiewicz   Poland 11.9
80 metres hurdles 4 August Final Babe Didrikson   United States 11.7
Evelyne Hall   United States
4 × 100 metres relay 7 August Final Mary Carew
Evelyn Furtsch
Annette Rogers
Wilhelmina von Bremen
  United States 47.0
Mary Frizzel
Mildred Fizzell
Lillian Palmer
Hilda Strike
  Canada
High jump 7 August Final Jean Shiley   United States 1.65 m
Babe Didrikson   United States

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States (USA)1613635
2  Finland (FIN)34411
3  Great Britain (GBR)2428
4  Poland (POL)2013
5  Ireland (IRL)2002
6  Canada (CAN)1359
7  Japan (JPN)1124
8  Italy (ITA)1023
9  Argentina (ARG)1001
10  Germany (GER)0235
11  Latvia (LAT)0101
  Sweden (SWE)0101
13  Czechoslovakia (TCH)0011
  France (FRA)0011
  Philippines (PHI)0011
  South Africa (RSA)0011
Totals (16 nations)29292987


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