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1932 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States - Men's 200 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 2, 1932 Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 3, 1932 Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 25; Countries: 13; Finalists: 6)
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF  1932_olympic_stadium.jpg
The Olympic record fell in the quarter-finals as Metcalfe (21.59) and Tolan (21.56) both ran 21.5, with unheralded Carlos Bianchi (21.9 in 1931) running 21.4 (21.46). Jonath then equalled this mark (21.48 on the Kirby timer), and a fifth contender for the gold medal emerged at the semi-final stage when George Simpson (21.54) finished inches behind Metcalfe (21.52). Jonath (21.51) won the other semi. In the final Bianchi was out quickest, but overtaken on the curve by Simpson, who led by half a metre into the straight. Tolan quickly caught Simpson and went away to win by 2m, with Simpson less than a metre ahead of Metcalfe, and Jonath half a metre back. Metcalfe had been unbeatable over 200m before the Games, so it was no surprise to find that his lane measurement had been incorrect, with his starting placement set back by about 1.5 metres. He may well not have beaten Tolan, but he certainly would have taken second place. Offered a rerun, he declined because he did not wish to disturb a United States clean sweep.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The race was expected to be between American Eddie Tolan and Ralph Metcalfe, with Metcalfe favored as he was better in the 200. They had already finished 1-2 in the 100, Tolan winning. In the final, Metcalfe looked to be running a very strong curve but could not close on Tolan and actually entered the straight in third place, behind Tolan and teammate George Simpson. They finished in that order for an American sweep. Films of the race then revealed that Metcalfe had been the victim of a terrible measurement error, his lane being 1.5 metres longer than it should have been. He graciously decined a re-run of the race, because the Americans had swept the medals. Had the lane been measured correctly, he definitely would have placed higher, possibly beating Tolan. Metcalfe later served four terms as a US Congressman.
 
 
Results
200 m Men Final 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,12 Eddie Tolan United States USA 23 OR 21.2 h
2 21.4 George Simpson United States USA 23
3 21.5 Ralph Metcalfe United States USA 22
4 21.5 Arthur Jonath Germany GER 22
5 21.6 Carlos Bianchi Argentina ARG 21
6 21.9 Willie Walters South Africa RSA 24
200 m Men Semi-Finals Heat One 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,52 Q Ralph Metcalfe United States USA 22 21.5 h
2 21,54 Q George Simpson United States USA 23 21.5 h
3 21.6 Q Carlos Bianchi Argentina ARG 21
4 21.7 Danie Joubert South Africa RSA 23
5 21.8 Erich Borchmeyer Germany GER 27
6 21.9 Bert Pearson Canada CAN
200 m Men Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,51 Q Arthur Jonath Germany GER 22 21.5 h
2 21.7 Q Willie Walters South Africa RSA 24
3 21.7 Q Eddie Tolan United States USA 23
4 21.8 Harold Wright Canada CAN 23
5 21.9 Allan Elliot New Zealand NZL 26
6 22.0 Roberto Genta Argentina ARG
200 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,59 Q Ralph Metcalfe United States USA 22 OR 21.5 h
2 21.5 Q Willie Walters South Africa RSA 24
3 21.6 Q Erich Borchmeyer Germany GER 27
4 21.9 Itaro Nakajima Japan JPN 21
5 22.0 Chris Berger Netherlands NED 21
200 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,56 Q Eddie Tolan United States USA 23 (=)OR 21.5 h
2 21.7 Q Bert Pearson Canada CAN
3 21.8 Q Roberto Genta Argentina ARG
4 21.9 Fritz Hendrix Germany GER 21
5 22.0 Stanley Fuller Great Britain GBR 24
200 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,46 Q Carlos Bianchi Argentina ARG 21 OR 21.4 h
2 21.5 Q George Simpson United States USA 23
3 21.7 Q Danie Joubert South Africa RSA 23
4 21.8 Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan JPN 23
5 22.0 Stuart Black New Zealand NZL 24
200 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,48 Q Arthur Jonath Germany GER 22 21.4 h
2 21.7 Q Harold Wright Canada CAN 23
3 21.8 Q Allan Elliot New Zealand NZL 26
4 21.9 Stanley Engelhart Great Britain GBR 22
5 22.1 Teiichi Nishi Japan JPN 24
200 m Men Round One Heat One 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 22.1 Q Erich Borchmeyer Germany GER 27
2 22.3 Q Takayoshi Yoshioka Japan JPN 23
3 Q Stanley Engelhart Great Britain GBR 22
200 m Men Round One Heat Two 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,83 Q Willie Walters South Africa RSA 24 21.9 h
2 22.0 Q Eddie Tolan United States USA 23
3 22.4 Q Stanley Fuller Great Britain GBR 24
4 22.8 Enrique Sánchez Mexico MEX
200 m Men Round One Heat Three 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 22.8 Q Harold Wright Canada CAN 23
2 22.9 Q Ralph Metcalfe United States USA 22
3 23.1 Q Stuart Black New Zealand NZL 24
4 23.4 Liu Changchun China CHN 22
200 m Men Round One Heat Four 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 22.2 Q Itaro Nakajima Japan JPN 21
2 22.9 Q Fritz Hendrix Germany GER 21
200 m Men Round One Heat Five 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 25.3 Q Roberto Genta Argentina ARG
2 26.1 Q Chris Berger Netherlands NED 21
3 29.0 Q George Simpson United States USA 23
200 m Men Round One Heat Six 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 21,83 Q Arthur Jonath Germany GER 22 21.9 h
2 22.2 Q Allan Elliot New Zealand NZL 26
3 22.3 Q Carlos Bianchi Argentina ARG 21
4 22.3 Andrej Engel Czechoslovakia TCH 22
5 23.0 Everardo Múzquiz Mexico MEX
200 m Men Round One Heat Seven 2 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 22.3 Q Bert Pearson Canada CAN
2 22.3 Q Danie Joubert South Africa RSA 23
3 22.4 Q Teiichi Nishi Japan JPN 24
4 22.8 Ronald Vernieux India IND 21
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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