Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

The men's 400 metres hurdles event at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games took place July 30 and July 31. The final was won by American Roy Cochran.[1]

Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
DatesJuly 30 (heats, semifinals)
July 31 (final)
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Roy Cochran
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Duncan White
 Ceylon
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Rune Larsson
 Sweden
← 1936
1952 →
Video on YouTube Official Video
@ 21:42

RecordsEdit

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Glenn Hardin (USA) 50.6 s Stockholm, Sweden 26 July 1934
Olympic record 52.0 s Berlin, Germany 6 August 1936

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
31 July Final   Roy Cochran (USA) 51.1 s OR

ScheduleEdit

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1).

Date Time
Friday, 30 July 1948 14:30
17:00
Round 1
Semifinals
Saturday, 31 July 1948 15:30 Final

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The first round was held on 30 July. The two fastest runners from each heat qualified to the semifinals.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Roy Cochran   United States 53.9
2 Jacques André   France 54.5
3 Hermelindo Alberti   Argentina 54.6
4 Jaime Aparicio   Colombia 55.1

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Harry Whittle   Great Britain 56.9
2 Jean-Claude Arifon   France 56.9
3 Lazaros Petropoulakis   Greece 57.9
4 Mohsin Nazar Khan   Pakistan 59.5

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 John Holland   New Zealand 54.6
2 Bebbe Storsrkubb   Finland 54.6
3 Kemal Horulu   Turkey 55.1
4 Michael Pope   Great Britain 55.3

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ottavio Missoni   Italy 53.9
2 Rune Larsson   Sweden 54.5
3 Ron Unsworth   Great Britain 55.1
4 Sergio Guzmán   Chile 55.9
5 Mario Rosas   Colombia 55.9

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Dick Ault   United States 54.7
2 Yves Cros   France 55.7
3 Werner Christen   Switzerland 56.7
4 Ng Liang Chiang   Republic of China 57.7

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Duncan White   Ceylon 53.6
2 Jeff Kirk   United States 54.3
3 Alf Westman   Sweden 54.5
4 Bill LaRochelle   Canada 54.9

SemifinalsEdit

The semifinals were held on 30 July. The three fastest runners from each heat advanced to the final.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Rune Larsson   Sweden 51.9 OR
2 Dick Ault   United States 52.1
3 Duncan White   Ceylon 52.1
4 Jean-Claude Arifon   France 52.3
5 Jeff Kirk   United States 52.5
6 Jacques André   France 56.3

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Roy Cochran   United States 51.9 = OR
2 Yves Cros   France 52.5
3 Ottavio Missoni   Italy 53.4
4 Harry Whittle   Great Britain 53.4
5 Bebbe Storsrkubb   Finland 53.5
6 John Holland   New Zealand 53.9

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
  Roy Cochran   United States 51.1 OR
  Duncan White   Ceylon 51.8
  Rune Larsson   Sweden 52.2
4 Dick Ault   United States 52.4
5 Yves Cros   France 53.3
6 Ottavio Missoni   Italy 54.0

Key: OR = Olympic record

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2017.

External linksEdit