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1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden - Men's 400 m

 

 

Host City: Stockholm, Sweden Format: Winner in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 12, 1912 Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: July 13, 1912  
(Competitors: 49; Countries: 16; Finalists: 5)  
    Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Overview by IAAF    1912_olympic_stadium2.jpg
The first two rounds were run without lane markings. An incident between Braun and Donnell Young (USA) in the last semi-final resulted in disqualification of the American, and was more responsible for the use of lanes in the final than the debacle of 1908. No-one broke 50 seconds in the 15 heats, but three ran under 49 in the semi-final round, the fastest of whom was Reidpath with 48.7. Mel Sheppard, silver medallist in the 800m, was edged out of the final by his nemesis Ted Meredith, who beat him 48.8 – 48.9 in the third of the five qualifying races. In the final, Meredith was the early leader, but Braun got clear of the American in the third quarter of the race, only to be caught by Reidpath just before the finish. Lindberg overtook the fading Meredith in the last 50m.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Three Americans were highly considered for this event. Ed Lindberg had won the AAU Championship in 1909 and 1911 and won the central U.S. Olympic Trial. Donnell Young won the 1911 IC4A title and the eastern U.S. Olympic Trial. The 1912 IC4A 440 yard champion had been Syracuse's Charles Reidpath.
In the fifth semi-final, Young was involved in a controversial incident with Germany's Hanns Braun. On the first curve, Braun tried to cut in front of Young, who reacted by pushing Braun violently to the outside of the track. Young finished first but was disqualified and Braun was advanced to the final, where he would compete against four Americans - Reidpath, Lindberg, Ted Meredith, and Carroll Haff.
The first round and semi-finals had been run without lanes. But the Braun/Young incident changed that and strings were put up for the final, and the runners ran in lanes. Braun took the lead until he was passed on the last curve by Reidpath. Reidpath held on to narrowly defeat Braun, with Lindberg taking the bronze medal.
 
 
Results
The Olympic record of 48.4 seconds, set at the previous Olympics, fell in the final. Charles Reidpath broke the record with a 48.2 second performance. Hanns Braun also broke the old record and Edward Lindberg tied it, en route to silver and bronze medals, respectively.
400 m Men Final 13 July
1912 Athletics men's 400 metre final2.JPG
The finish of the men's 400 metre final at the 1912 Summer Olympics. Charles Reidpath (USA), Hanns Braun (GER), Edward Lindberg (USA)
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 48.2 Charles Reidpath United States USA 22 OR
2 48.3 Hanns Braun Germany GER 25
3 48.4 Ed Lindberg United States USA 25
4 49.2 Ted Meredith United States USA 20
5 49.5 Carroll Haff United States USA 20
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat One 12 July
 
The start of one of the semifinals.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 48.7 Q Charles Reidpath United States USA 22
2 Hec Edmundson United States USA 25
3 George Nicol Great Britain GBR 25
4 Frigyes Wiesner-Mezei Hungary HUN 24
5 Charles Poulenard France FRA 27
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat Two 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 48.9 Q Ed Lindberg United States USA 25
2 50.2 Eric Lindholm Sweden SWE 21
3 Charles Lelong France FRA 21
AC DNF Cyril Seedhouse Great Britain GBR 20
AC DNF Jacques Person Germany GER 23
AC DNF Algernon Wells Great Britain GBR 26
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat Three 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 48.8 Q Ted Meredith United States USA 20
2 48.9 Mel Sheppard United States USA 28 48.9est
3 50.5 George Patching South Africa RSA 25 50.5est
4 50.5 Knut Stenborg Sweden SWE 22
5 Ole Jacob Pedersen Norway NOR 23
AC DNF Ernest Henley Great Britain GBR 23
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat Four 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 49.7 Q Carroll Haff United States USA 20
2 Emilio Lunghi Italy ITA 25
3 Ervin Szerelemhegyi Hungary HUN 21
AC DNF Ernest Haley Great Britain GBR 27
AC DNF James Rosenberger United States USA 25
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat Five 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 49.2 Q Hanns Braun Germany GER 25
2 Ira Davenport United States USA 24
AC James Soutter Great Britain GBR 27
AC Paul Zerling Sweden SWE 22
AC DQ Donnell Young United States USA 24
400 m Men Round One Heat One 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.6 Q James Rosenberger United States USA 25
2 50.7 Q Charles Poulenard France FRA 27
3 Władysław Ponurski Austria AUT 21
AC DNF Claude Ross Australasia ANZ 18
400 m Men Round One Heat Two 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.06.6 Q Ernest Haley Great Britain GBR 27
2 1.06.6 Q Mel Sheppard United States USA 28
400 m Men Round One Heat Three 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.6 Q Hanns Braun Germany GER 25
2 Q Ted Meredith United States USA 20
3 Armando Cortesão Portugal POR 21
400 m Men Round One Heat Four 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 55.4 Q Paul Zerling Sweden SWE 22
2 55.5 Q Yahiko Mishima Japan JPN 26
400 m Men Round One Heat Five 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.2 Q Charles Lelong France FRA 21
2 50.4 Q Donnell Young United States USA 24
3 István Déván Hungary HUN 21
4 Gösta Möller Sweden SWE 24
400 m Men Round One Heat Six 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.01.6 Q Knut Stenborg Sweden SWE 22
400 m Men Round One Heat Seven 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.4 Q Carroll Haff United States USA 20
2 50.5 Q Emilio Lunghi Italy ITA 25
3 Max Herrmann Germany GER 27
400 m Men Round One Heat Eight 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.8 Q Frigyes Wiesner-Mezei Hungary HUN 24
2 51.0 Q Johan Dahlin Sweden SWE 26
3 Géo Malfait France FRA 33
400 m Men Round One Heat Nine 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 51.4 Q Eric Lindholm Sweden SWE 21
2 51.6 Q Ole Jacob Pedersen Norway NOR 23
3 51.7 Heinrich Burkowitz Germany GER 20 51.7est
4 Václav Labík-Gregan Bohemia BOH 18
400 m Men Round One Heat Ten 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.6 Q Ed Lindberg United States USA 25
2 Q James Soutter Great Britain GBR 27
3 Franco Giongo Italy ITA 20
400 m Men Round One Heat Eleven 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.2 Q Hec Edmundson United States USA 25
2 Q Ernest Henley Great Britain GBR 23
3 Mel Brock Canada CAN 24
4 Pyotr Gayevsky Russia RUS 24
400 m Men Round One Heat Twelve 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 50.0 Q George Nicol Great Britain GBR 25
2 Q Ira Davenport United States USA 24
3 Tom Gallon Canada CAN 25
4 Erich Lehmann Germany GER 21
5 Georges Rolot France FRA 22
6 Ödön Bodor Hungary HUN 30
400 m Men Round One Heat Thirteen 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 55.4 Q Jacques Person Germany GER 23
2 1.01.2 Q Algernon Wells Great Britain GBR 26
400 m Men Round One Heat Fourteen 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 51.5 Q Cyril Seedhouse Great Britain GBR 20
2 Q Ervin Szerelemhegyi Hungary HUN 21
AC DQ Alex Pedersen Norway NOR 21 [51.9]
400 m Men Round One Heat Fifteen 12 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 51.1 Q George Patching South Africa RSA 25
2 51.2 Q Charles Reidpath United States USA 22
3 Heinrich Wenseler Germany GER 21
4 Alan Patterson Great Britain GBR 26
5 Robert Schurrer France FRA 22
 
 
 

 

 

 

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