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1932 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States - Men's 100 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 31, 1932 Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 1, 1932 Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 34; Countries: 17; Finalists: 6)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF   1932_olympic_stadium.jpg 
With a mild assisting wind (0.4) and 30°C weather, the Olympic final was run in ideal conditions, and ended with a controversial result. Ralph Metcalfe was the hot favourite, having won the NCAA title with an unratified world record of 10.2 and the US Olympic Trials ahead of Tolan. Despite the use of the Kirby camera device, which showed both the order of finish and the “hundredth” times of the athletes, some bizarre results occurred in the preliminaries. None more so than the first semi-final which clearly showed Tolan just edging reigning champion Williams for the last qualifying place, only to have the American announced as winner of the race ahead of Joubert (the real winner) and Yoshioka. The Nippon athlete, one of the greatest starters of all-time, took a metre lead in the first 10m of the final, but was caught by Tolan at 40m, with the others a metre back. Metcalfe surged to within 30cm of Tolan at 60m, and caught him at 80m. They ran together to the finish where Metcalfe dipped to reach the line with Tolan. The rule of the day stated that the winner was the athlete crossing the line first. After two hours it was determined from film of the race that Tolan was the winner. Under current rules (the athlete who reaches the line first) Metcalfe would have been the victor.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Early in 1932, the top sprinter was Ralph Metcalfe of the US. He won the sprint double at the NCAA Championship, and then won the US Olympic Trials, defeating Eddie Tolan, who had been the top sprinter in the US in 1929-31. The final was an intercontinental one, with three Americans, George Simpson joining Metcalfe and Tolan, Arthur Jonath of Germany, Danie Joubert of South Africa, and the first Asian to make an Olympic final, Takayoshi Yoshioka of Japan. Yoshioka was a very fast starter and he opened in the lead. But he was quickly caught by Tolan at 30 metres, who led until he was caught by Metcalfe at about 80 metres. At the tape there was little to choose between them, and even the electric timer gave them both the same time of 10.38, but Tolan was chosen as the gold medalist, with Metcalfe second, and Jonath getting the bronze.
Despite the electric timing, mistakes could still happen in this era. In the first semi-final, Tolan was declared the victor over Joubert, with both timed in 10.81, and Yoshioka third in 10.83. But film of the race, available on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjMcr_elhd4 as of September 2013), clearly shows that Yoshioka won, with Joubert second, and Tolan third. It did not matter in the final outcome, however, as all three qualified for the final.
 

Records

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

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

 
        Results          
   
100 m Men     Final 1 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,38     Eddie Tolan United States USA 23 (=)WR 10.3 h
2 10,38     Ralph Metcalfe United States USA 22 (=)WR 10.3 h
3 10,5     Arthur Jonath Germany GER 22   10.4 h
4 10,53     George Simpson United States USA 23   10.5 h
5 10,6     Danie Joubert South Africa RSA 23   10.6 h
6 10,79     Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan JPN 23   10.8 h
100 m Men     Semi-Finals Heat One 1 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,81   Q Eddie Tolan United States USA 23   10.7 h
2 10,81   Q Danie Joubert South Africa RSA 23   10.8 h
3 10,83   Q Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan JPN 23   10.8 h
4 10,91     Percy Williams Canada CAN 24   10.8 h
5 11.0     Allan Elliot New Zealand NZL 26    
6 11.2     Helmut Körnig Germany GER 26    
100 m Men     Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,65   Q Ralph Metcalfe United States USA 22   10.6 h
2 10,7   Q George Simpson United States USA 23   10.7 h
3 10,71   Q Arthur Jonath Germany GER 22   10.7 h
4 10,73     Carlos Bianchi Argentina ARG 21   10.7 h
5 10,95     Bert Pearson Canada CAN     10.9 h
6 11.1     Harold Wright Canada CAN 23    
100 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat One 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,53   Q Eddie Tolan United States USA 23 OR 10.4 h
2 10.5   Q Carlos Bianchi Argentina ARG 21    
3 10.7   Q Percy Williams Canada CAN 24    
4 10.7     Chris Berger Netherlands NED 21    
5 11.0     Fernando Ortíz Mexico MEX      
100 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat Two 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,74   Q George Simpson United States USA 23   10.7 h
2 10.9   Q Harold Wright Canada CAN 23    
3 11.0   Q Helmut Körnig Germany GER 26    
4 11.1     Andrej Engel Czechoslovakia TCH 22    
100 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat Three 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,77   Q Ralph Metcalfe United States USA 22   10.7 h
2 10.8   Q Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan JPN 23    
3 10.9   Q Allan Elliot New Zealand NZL 26    
4 10.9     Ernie Page Great Britain GBR 21    
5 11.1     Ernst Geerling Germany GER 23    
100 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat Four 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10,68   Q Arthur Jonath Germany GER 22   10.5 h
2 10.6   Q Danie Joubert South Africa RSA 23    
3 10.7   Q Bert Pearson Canada CAN      
4 10.8     José de Almeida Brazil BRA 27    
5 10.9     Izuo Anno Japan JPN 22    
100 m Men     Round One Heat One 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.9   Q Eddie Tolan United States USA 23    
2 11.0   Q José de Almeida Brazil BRA 27    
3 11.2   Q Fernando Ortíz Mexico MEX      
4 11.4     André Théard Haiti HAI 27    
5 11.5     António Rodrigues Portugal POR 26    
AC DNF     Fred Reid Great Britain GBR 23    
100 m Men     Round One Heat Two 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.9   Q George Simpson United States USA 23    
2 11.1   Q Ernie Page Great Britain GBR 21    
3 11.2   Q Andrej Engel Czechoslovakia TCH 22    
4 11.4     Bunoo Sutton India IND 23    
5 11.5     Liu Changchun China CHN 22    
100 m Men     Round One Heat Three 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.6   Q Arthur Jonath Germany GER 22 (=)OR  
2 10.8   Q Allan Elliot New Zealand NZL 26    
3 10.9   Q Izuo Anno Japan JPN 22    
4 11.0     Ronald Vernieux India IND 21    
5 11.1     Samuel Giacosa Argentina ARG      
100 m Men     Round One Heat Four 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.8   Q Carlos Bianchi Argentina ARG 21    
2 11.0   Q Helmut Körnig Germany GER 26    
3 11.1   Q Percy Williams Canada CAN 24    
4 11.2     Jesús Moraila Mexico MEX      
100 m Men     Round One Heat Five 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.0   Q Ralph Metcalfe United States USA 22    
2 11.1   Q Bert Pearson Canada CAN      
3 11.3   Q Angelos Lambrou Greece GRE 20    
4 11.4     Fernando Ramírez Mexico MEX      
100 m Men     Round One Heat Six 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 11.0   Q Danie Joubert South Africa RSA 23    
2 11.2   Q Harold Wright Canada CAN 23    
3 11.3   Q Ernst Geerling Germany GER 23    
4 11.4     Ricardo Guimarães Brazil BRA 23    
100 m Men     Round One Heat Seven 31 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 10.9   Q Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan JPN 23    
2 11.1   Q Chris Berger Netherlands NED 21    
3 11.2   Q Héctor Berra Argentina ARG 22    
4 11.3     Stanley Fuller Great Britain GBR 24    
5 11.5     Mario Marques Brazil BRA      
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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