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

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The men's 400 metres sprint event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between August 4 and August 5. The final was won by Jamaican Arthur Wint coming from almost 10 meters back to catch teammate and world record holder Herb McKenley.[1]

Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
The finish of the mens 400 metres at the Olympic Games, London, 1948. (7649947722).jpg
The finish of the men's 400 metres final
VenueEmpire Stadium
DatesAugust 4 (heats and quarterfinals)
August 5 (semifinals and final)
Competitors6 known from 3 known nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Arthur Wint
 Jamaica
2nd, silver medalist(s) Herb McKenley
 Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mal Whitfield
 United States
← 1936
1952 →

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World Record   Rudolf Harbig (GER) 46.0 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 12 August 1939
Olympic Record   Bill Carr (USA) 46.2 Los Angeles, United States 5 August 1932

ScheduleEdit

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 4 August 1948 15:30
17:15
Round 1
Round 2
Thursday, 5 August 1948 15:00
16:45
Semifinals
Finals

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The fastest two runners in each of the twelve heats advanced to Round 2.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jimmy Reardon   Ireland 48.4
2 Marko Račič   Yugoslavia 50.5
3 Chen Yinglang   Republic of China 50.9
4 Georgios Karageorgos   Greece 54.5

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley   Jamaica 48.4
2 Rune Larsson   Sweden 49.2
3 Ferenc Bánhalmi   Hungary 49.6
4 Jaime Aparicio   Colombia 50.8
5 Guillermo Evans   Argentina 51.8

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Zvonko Sabolović   Yugoslavia 49.9
2 Kurt Lundquist   Sweden 50.0
3 Antonio Pocovi   Argentina 50.7
4 Mario Rosas   Colombia 51.4
5 L. Hasso   Iraq 56.8

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Rhoden   Jamaica 48.4
2 Dennis Shore   South Africa 49.0
3 Oskar Hardmeier   Switzerland 49.2
4 Angel García   Cuba 50.2
5 Bill Ramsay   Australia 50.3

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jacques Lunis   France 49.3
2 Folke Alnevik   Sweden 50.2
3 Carlos Monges   Mexico 50.9

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Dave Bolen   United States 50.1
2 John Bartram   Australia 50.8
3 Hazzard Dill   Bermuda 53.0

Heat 7

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Leslie Lewis   Great Britain 48.9
2 Bjørn Vade   Norway 49.6
3 Ernie McCullough   Canada 49.9
4 Walter Keller   Switzerland 50.3
5 Runar Holmberg   Finland 50.6

Heat 8

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mal Whitfield   United States 48.3
2 Bill Roberts   Great Britain 48.9
3 Don McFarlane   Canada 49.5
4 Olavi Talja   Finland 50.4
5 Max Trepp   Switzerland 50.9

Heat 9

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint   Jamaica 47.7
2 Francis Schewetta   France 48.9
3 John De Saram   Ceylon 51.2
4 Tauno Suvanto   Finland 51.5
5 Doğan Acarbay   Turkey 53.0

Heat 10

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Morris Curotta   Australia 49.1
2 Rosalvo Ramos   Brazil 49.2
3 Raymond Crapet   France 49.4
4 Kemal Horulu   Turkey 51.5

Heat 11

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Guida   United States 49.0
2 Derek Pugh   Great Britain 49.3
3 Gustavo Ehlers   Chile 49.5
4 Stefanos Petrakis   Greece 54.5

Heat 12

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herman Kunnen   Belgium 50.0
2 Bob McFarlane   Canada 50.6
3 Reynir Sigurðsson   Iceland 51.4
4 Jaime Hitelman   Chile 51.5
5 Stylianos Stratakos   Greece 52.8

Round 2Edit

The fastest three runners in each of the four heats advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Mal Whitfield   United States 48.0
2 George Rhoden   Jamaica 48.6
3 Rosalvo Ramos   Brazil 48.7
4 Leslie Lewis   Great Britain 49.2
5 Zvonko Sabolović   Yugoslavia 49.5
6 Folke Alnevik   Sweden 50.6

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Wint   Jamaica 47.7
2 Morris Curotta   Australia 48.4
3 Dennis Shore   South Africa 48.5
4 Bill Roberts   Great Britain 48.6
5 Bjørn Vade   Norway 49.7

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Herb McKenley   Jamaica 48.0
2 George Guida   United States 48.0
3 Rune Larsson   Sweden 48.8
4 John Bartram   Australia 49.9
5 Francis Schewetta   France 49.9
6 Marko Račič   Yugoslavia 52.1

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Dave Bolen   United States 48.0
2 Jimmy Reardon   Ireland 48.3
3 Bob McFarlane   Canada 48.4
4 Kurt Lundquist   Sweden 48.4
5 Derek Pugh   Great Britain 48.8
6 Jacques Lunis   France 48.9

SemifinalsEdit

The fastest three runners in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Arthur Wint   Jamaica 46.3
2 Morris Curotta   Australia 47.2
3 Mal Whitfield   United States 47.4
4 George Rhoden   Jamaica 47.7
5 Jimmy Reardon   Ireland 47.8
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Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
1 Herb McKenley   Jamaica 47.3
2 Dave Bolen   United States 47.9
3 George Guida   United States 48.3
4 Dennis Shore   South Africa 48.8
5 Rosalvo Ramos   Brazil 49.1
6 Bob McFarlane   Canada 51.7

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Notes
  Arthur Wint   Jamaica 46.2 =OR
  Herb McKenley   Jamaica 46.4
  Mal Whitfield   United States 46.9
4 Dave Bolen   United States 47.2
5 Morris Curotta   Australia 47.9
6 George Guida   United States 50.2

Key: =OR = Equalled Olympic record

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's 400 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 24 July 2017.

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