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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's 400 m

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 28, 1956 Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: November 29, 1956 Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 43; Countries: 24; Finalists: 6)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Kevan Gosper, later a power in the Olympic movement, set an Australian record of 46.2 in his semi-final, but failed to qualify, edged out by Jenkins, Hellsten (both 46.1) and Haas. European champion Ignatyev won the other semi in a more economic 46.8 ahead of Spence (47.2) and prohibitive favourite Jones (47.3). Jones had run 45.2 from the outside lane in the US Trials, and drew the same lane for the final, starting quickly and leading by 2m at halfway. By 300m Ignatyev had almost caught the American, and the shock of seeing others close to him made Jones “freeze” for a moment; it was enough to lose concentration and the race. Jenkins had paced himself best, and he took the lead with 50m to go, winning by more than 2m. The slow time was due to the windy conditions and to the scheduling – this was the last occasion that the final was held on the same day as the semi-finals.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
In 1955, American Lou Jones had set the world record of 45.4 in winning the Pan American Games. But that mark was specious, as it was set at the altitude of Ciudad de México. Still, Jones had won the US Olympic Trials and was favored. He was expected to be pushed by his teammate, Charlie Jenkins, the 1955 AAU Champion, and 1954 European Champion, Ardalion Ignatyev (URS). In the final, Jones was drawn in the outside lane and led by two metres at the 200 mark. But Ignatyev caught him by 300 metres as Jones tied up and was never again a factor. Jenkins had started slowly but had plenty left. He caught Ignatyev with 50 metres left and won by two metres over Germany's Karl-Friedrich Haas. Ignatyev tied for third with Finland's Voitto Hellstén. The final time (46.7 for Jenkins) was slow, but the day was windy and the final and semi-finals were held on the same day, for the last time at the Olympics.
 
 
Results
400 m Men Final 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46,86 Charlie Jenkins United States USA 22 46.7 h
2 47,12 Karl-Friedrich Haas Germany GER 25 47.8 h
3T 47,15 Voitto Hellstén Finland FIN 24 47.0 h
3T 47,15 Ardalion Ignatyev Soviet Union URS 25 47.0 h
5 48,35 Lou Jones United States USA 24 48.1 h
6 48,40 Malcolm Spence South Africa RSA 19 48.3 h
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat One 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46,93 Q Ardalion Ignatyev Soviet Union URS 25 46.8 h
2 47,27 Q Malcolm Spence South Africa RSA 19 47.2 h
3 47,32 Q Lou Jones United States USA 24 47.3 h
4 47,58 Mel Spence Jamaica JAM 20 47.5 h
5 47,65 Peter Higgins Great Britain GBR 28 47.7 h
6 47,86 Iván Rodríguez Puerto Rico PUR 19 47.7 h
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat Two 29 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46,19 Q Charlie Jenkins United States USA 22 46.1 h
2 46,20 Q Voitto Hellstén Finland FIN 24 46.1 h
3 46,29 Q Karl-Friedrich Haas Germany GER 25 46.2 h
4 46,45 Kevan Gosper Australia AUS 22 46.2 h
5 47,47 John Salisbury Great Britain GBR 22 47.3 h
6 47,52 Mal Spence Jamaica JAM 20 47.4 h
400 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat One 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 47,42 Q Lou Jones United States USA 24 47.4 h
2 47,60 Q John Salisbury Great Britain GBR 22 47.4 h
3 47,64 Q Iván Rodríguez Puerto Rico PUR 19 47.5 h
4 47,79 Terry Tobacco Canada CAN 20 47.7 h
5 48,23 Jürgen Kühl Germany GER 21 48.0 h
400 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Two 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46,88 Q Ardalion Ignatyev Soviet Union URS 25 46.8 h
2 47,42 Q Mal Spence Jamaica JAM 20 47.4 h
3 47,43 Q Peter Higgins Great Britain GBR 28 47.4 h
4 47,45 Graham Gipson Australia AUS 24 47.4 h
5 48,79 Jacques Degats France FRA 26 48.7 h
6 49,74 Murray Cockburn Canada CAN 23 49.5 h
400 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Three 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46,85 Q Voitto Hellstén Finland FIN 24 46.8 h
2 47,08 Q Malcolm Spence South Africa RSA 19 47.1 h
3 47,38 Q Mel Spence Jamaica JAM 20 47.3 h
4 47,82 Pierre Haarhoff France FRA 24 47.6 h
5 48,33 Jim Lea United States USA 24 48.1 h
6 49,18 Kibet Boit Kenya KEN 49.1 h
400 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Four 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46,83 Q Kevan Gosper Australia AUS 22 46.7 h
2 47,37 Q Karl-Friedrich Haas Germany GER 25 47.3 h
3 47,63 Q Charlie Jenkins United States USA 22 47.5 h
4 47,79 George Kerr Jamaica JAM 19 47.7 h
5 48,05 Mike Wheeler Great Britain GBR 21 47.9 h
6 48,37 Jean-Paul Martin du Gard France FRA 29 48.2 h
400 m Men Round One Heat One 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 48,30 Q Lou Jones United States USA 24 48.1 h
2 49,07 Q Murray Cockburn Canada CAN 23 49.0 h
3 49,19 Q Abdullah Khan Pakistan PAK 49.0 h
4 49,58 Konstantin Grachov Soviet Union URS 29 49.4 h
5 50,83 Beyene Legesse Ethiopia ETH 50.7 h
AC DQ Kanji Akagi Japan JPN 23 [48.4] / [48.54]
400 m Men Round One Heat Two 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 47,92 Q Terry Tobacco Canada CAN 20 47.9 h
2 48,32 Q Jacques Degats France FRA 26 48.3 h
3 48,41 Q Jim Lea United States USA 24 48.3 h
4 48,90 Bartonjo Rotich Kenya KEN 18 48.8 h
5 49,14 Jaime Aparicio Colombia COL 27 49.0 h
6 49,50 Pablo Somblingo Philippines PHI 49.4 h
7 51.96 Kenneth Perera Malaya MAL 22
400 m Men Round One Heat Three 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 47,77 Q Malcolm Spence South Africa RSA 19 47.7 h
2 48,74 Q Jürgen Kühl Germany GER 21 48.7 h
3 48,82 Q Charlie Jenkins United States USA 22 48.7 h
4 49,18 Abebe Hailou Ethiopia ETH 23 49.0 h
5 49,57 Abdul Karim Amu Nigeria NGR 23 49.4 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Four 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 48,52 Q Voitto Hellstén Finland FIN 24 48.4 h
2 49,37 Q Mike Wheeler Great Britain GBR 21 49.3 h
3 49,48 Q Kibet Boit Kenya KEN 49.3 h
4 50,18 Laird Sloan Canada CAN 21 50.0 h
5 53,61 Somsak Thonf Ar-Ram Thailand THA 22 53.4 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Five 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 47,29 Q Karl-Friedrich Haas Germany GER 25 47.2 h
2 47,87 Q Graham Gipson Australia AUS 24 47.7 h
3 47,95 Q John Salisbury Great Britain GBR 22 47.7 h
4 49,07 Milkha Singh India IND 21 48.9 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Six 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 48,69 Q Ardalion Ignatyev Soviet Union URS 25 48.6 h
2 49,74 Q George Kerr Jamaica JAM 19 49.7 h
3 49,99 Q Pierre Haarhoff France FRA 24 49.8 h
4 50,74 Kamau Wanyoke Kenya KEN 50.6 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Seven 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 48,07 Q Kevan Gosper Australia AUS 22 48.0 h
2 48,31 Q Mal Spence Jamaica JAM 20 48.2 h
3 48,86 Q Iván Rodríguez Puerto Rico PUR 19 48.8 h
4 50,76 Gérard Rasquin Luxembourg LUX 29 50.6 h
5 50,93 Abdul Rahim bin Ahmed Malaya MAL 23 50.8 h
6 54.8 George Johnson Liberia LBR 18
400 m Men Round One Heat Eight 28 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 47,98 Q Peter Higgins Great Britain GBR 28 47.9 h
2 48,00 Q Mel Spence Jamaica JAM 20 47.9 h
3 48,39 Q Jean-Paul Martin du Gard France FRA 29 48.3 h
4 48,73 John Goodman Australia AUS 19 48.5 h
5 51,53 Ajanew Bayene Ethiopia ETH 20 51.3 h
AC DNF Horst Mann Germany GER 29
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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