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Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres

The men's 100 metres sprint event at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, United States, were held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 31 and August 1.[1] The photo finish final was won by American Eddie Tolan in a world record equalling time of 10.38 seconds. Teammate Ralph Metcalfe won the silver and was credited with the same time as Tolan.[2] Defending Olympic champion and world record holder Percy Williams of Canada did not advance past the semifinals.

Men's 100 metres
at the Games of the X Olympiad
VenueLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DatesJuly 31, 1932 (heats, quarterfinals)
August 1, 1932 (semifinals, final)
Competitors33 from 17 nations
Winning time10.3 seconds
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Eddie Tolan  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ralph Metcalfe  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Arthur Jonath  Germany
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ResultsEdit

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Eddie Tolan   United States 10.38

EWR

  Ralph Metcalfe   United States 10.38 EWR
  Arthur Jonath   Germany 10.50
4 George Simpson   United States 10.53
5 Danie Joubert   South Africa 10.60
6 Takayoshi Yoshioka   Japan 10.79

Key: EWR = Equalled world record; names in blue qualified for next round; OR=Olympic record; EOR= Equalled Olympic record

Of note is that under the rules in force at the time, runners were judged to have finished the race when they had crossed the line; in 1933, this was changed so that runners finished the race when they reached the line.

The final was close enough that had this rule been in force at the Games, Metcalfe would have been the winner: Melcalfe reached the finish line first, but Tolan, who was shorter,[3] crossed the line first.[4][5]

RecordsEdit

These are the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record 10.3   Percy Williams Toronto (CAN) August 9, 1930
Olympic Record 10.6   Donald Lippincott Stockholm (SWE) July 6, 1912
10.6   Charlie Paddock Antwerp (BEL) August 16, 1920
10.6   Harold Abrahams Paris (FRA) July 6/7 1924
10.6   Robert McAllister Amsterdam (NED) July 29/30 1928
10.6   Percy Williams Amsterdam (NED) July 30, 1928
10.6   Wilfred Legg Amsterdam (NED) July 30, 1928

Arthur Jonath equalled the standing Olympic record with 10.6 in the third heat of the first round. Eddie Tolan set a new Olympic record with 10.4 in the first heat of the quarterfinals, and equalled the world record of 10.3 in the final along with Ralph Metcalfe.

PreliminariesEdit

HeatsEdit

  Advance on placement

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Eddie Tolan   United States 10.9
2 José de Almeida   Brazil 11.0
3 Fernando Ortíz   Mexico 11.2
4 André Théard   Haiti 11.4
5 António Rodrigues   Portugal 11.5
DNF Fred Reid   Great Britain

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Simpson   United States 10.9
2 Ernie Page   Great Britain 11.1
3 Andrej Engel   Czechoslovakia 11.2
4 Bunoo Sutton   India 11.4
5 Liu Changchun   China 11.5

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Jonath   Germany 10.6 EOR
2 Allan Elliot   New Zealand 10.8
3 Izuo Anno   Japan 10.9
4 Ronald Vernieux   India 11.0
5 Samuel Giacosa   Argentina 11.1

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Carlos Bianchi   Argentina 10.8
2 Helmut Körnig   Germany 11.0
3 Percy Williams   Canada 11.1
4 Jesús Moraila   Mexico 11.2

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Metcalfe   United States 11.0
2 Bert Pearson   Canada 11.1
3 Angelos Lambrou   Greece 11.3
4 Fernando Ramírez   Mexico 11.4

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Danie Joubert   South Africa 11.0
2 Harold Wright   Canada 11.2
3 Ernst Geerling   Germany 11.3
4 Ricardo Guimarães   Brazil 11.4

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Takayoshi Yoshioka   Japan 10.9
2 Chris Berger   Netherlands 11.1
3 Héctor Berra   Argentina 11.2
4 Stanley Fuller   Great Britain 11.3
5 Mario Marques   Brazil 11.5

QuarterfinalsEdit

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Eddie Tolan   United States 10.53 OR
2 Carlos Bianchi   Argentina 10.5
3 Percy Williams   Canada 10.7
4 Chris Berger   Netherlands 10.7
5 Fernando Ortíz   Mexico 11.0

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Simpson   United States 10.74
2 Harold Wright   Canada 10.9
3 Helmut Körnig   Germany 11.0
4 Andrej Engel   Czechoslovakia 11.1

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Metcalfe   United States 10.77
2 Takayoshi Yoshioka   Japan 10.8
3 Allan Elliot   New Zealand 10.9
4 Ernie Page   Great Britain 10.9
5 Ernst Geerling   Germany 11.1

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Jonath   Germany 10.68
2 Danie Joubert   South Africa 10.6
3 Bert Pearson   Canada 10.7
4 José de Almeida   Brazil 10.8
5 Izuo Anno   Japan 10.9

SemifinalsEdit

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Eddie Tolan   United States 10.81
2 Danie Joubert   South Africa 10.81
3 Takayoshi Yoshioka   Japan 10.83
4 Percy Williams   Canada 10.91
5 Allan Elliot   New Zealand 11.0
6 Helmut Körnig   Germany 11.2

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Metcalfe   United States 10.65
2 George Simpson   United States 10.70
3 Arthur Jonath   Germany 10.71
4 Carlos Bianchi   Argentina 10.73
5 Bert Pearson   Canada 10.95
6 Harold Wright   Canada 11.1

Key: EWR = Equalled world record; names in blue qualified for next round; OR=Olympic record; EOR= Equalled Olympic record; DNF = did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's 100 metres". Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Tolan wins by two inches in Olympic 100 meters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. August 2, 1932. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Friends and rivals". Milwaukee Journal. World Wide photo. August 3, 1932. p. 3, part 2.
  4. ^ Wolf, Bob (July 26, 1984). "Olympic blunder". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3, part 3.
  5. ^ Rice, Grantland (August 2, 1932). "Tolan-Metcalfe race greatest in Olympic history, says Rice". Milwaukee Journal. NANA. p. 4, part 2.

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