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Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 6, 1912
Date Finished: July 7, 1912

Gold: USA Ralph Craig
Silver: USA Alvah Meyer
Bronze: USA Donald Lippincott

Summary

The event was considered wide-open at the beginning of the year, as no sprinter had been dominant since the 1908 Olympics. From 1909-1911 three different American sprinters had won the AAU Championship (William Martin 1909], [James Rosenberger 1910], Gwinn Henry [1911]), but none of them competed at Stockholm in this event. South Africa's [George Patching had won the AAA title in 1910-11 and was present. At the three United States Olympic Trials, Ira Courtney won the western trial, Clement Wilson the central and Howard Drew the eastern trial. In the eastern meet, Ralph Craig finished second to Drew. The world record for 100 metres was 10.5, shared by three Germans, Richard Rau, Erwin Kern, and Emil Ketterer. All three competed at Stockholm, but Ketterer did not finish in round one, and Rau and Kern were eliminated in the semi-finals.

In the first round, America's Donald Lippincott broke the Olympic record in heat 16 with a 10.6 clocking. The six semi-finals advanced only the winner of each heat to the final. Five of the finalists were from the United States - Ralph Craig, Howard Drew, Alvah Meyer, Frank Belote, and Lippincott. The fastest times in the semis were 10.7, posted by both Craig and Meyer.

The final began without Drew, who had strained a muscle at the finish of his semi-final heat and could not start. The final was marked by multiple false starts - listed as six, seven, or eight in various sources. After one of the false starts, Craig and Lippincott ran the entire 100 metres. Craig noted many years later, "There were seven false starts, and I made one of them. Another American who had competed in the Paris Games - those 1900 Games were kind of horrendous, you know - he told me if you ever get to the Olympics, if anyone moves a muscle, you go too. Don Lippincott and I ran the whole hundred meters on one false start. The foreign officials were totally incompetent, and I was afraid not to keep running even though they fired the recall gun. I was told, don't take a chance - go! - so I did. They did fire the recall gun, but I didn't believe it."

After the false starts, Patching took the early lead but he was eventually defeated by three Americans, with Craig winning narrowly. Craig would later make the 1948 Olympic team as a yachtsman, and he carried the U.S. flag at the 1948 Opening Ceremony, but he was only an alternate and did not actually compete at the 1948 London Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ralph Craig 22 United States USA Gold
2 Alvah Meyer 23 United States USA Silver
3 Donald Lippincott 18 United States USA Bronze
4 George Patching 25 South Africa RSA
5 Frank Belote 28 United States USA
1 h1 r2/3 Howard Drew 21 United States USA
2 h1 r2/3 Ira Courtney 23 United States USA
2 h2 r2/3 Knut Lindberg 30 Sweden SWE
2 h3 r2/3 David Jacobs 24 Great Britain GBR
2 h4 r2/3 Richard Rau 22 Germany GER
2 h5 r2/3 Willie Applegarth 21 Great Britain GBR
2 h6 r2/3 Reuben Povey 22 South Africa RSA
3 h1 r2/3 Peter Gerhardt 34 United States USA
3 h2 r2/3 Richard Rice 26 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r2/3 Frank Lukeman 26 Canada CAN
3 h4 r2/3 William Stewart 22 Australasia ANZ
3 h5 r2/3 Bedřich Vygoda 17 Bohemia BOH
3 h6 r2/3 Rupert Thomas 21 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Erwin Kern 23 Germany GER
4 h3 r2/3 Pál Szalay 19 Hungary HUN
4 h6 r2/3 Ivan Möller 28 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Karl August Luther 26 Sweden SWE
5 h6 r2/3 Arthur Anderson 25 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Vilmos Rácz 23 Hungary HUN
AC h2 r2/3 Joseph Aelter 22 Belgium BEL
AC h2 r2/3 Franco Giongo 20 Italy ITA
AC h3 r2/3 Rolf Smedmark 26 Sweden SWE
AC h4 r2/3 René Mourlon 18 France FRA
AC h4 r2/3 István Jankovich 22 Hungary HUN
AC h4 r2/3 Ferenc Szobota 20 Hungary HUN
AC h5 r2/3 Army Howard 23 Canada CAN
AC h5 r2/3 Vic d'Arcy 24 Great Britain GBR
AC h5 r2/3 Clement Wilson 21 United States USA
3 h2 r1/3 Rudolf Rauch 19 Austria AUT
3 h3 r1/3 Pierre Failliot 23 France FRA
3 h5 r1/3 António Stromp 17 Portugal POR
3 h6 r1/3 Ture Person 19 Sweden SWE
3 h11r1/3 Henry Macintosh 19 Great Britain GBR
3 h12r1/3 Fritz Weinzinger 21 Austria AUT
3 h13r1/3 Hal Heiland 22 United States USA
3 h14r1/3 Frank McConnell 25 Canada CAN
3 h15r1/3 Julien Boullery 25 France FRA
3 h16r1/3 Max Herrmann 27 Germany GER
3 h17r1/3 Ragnar Ekberg 25 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/3 Henry Blakeney 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h11r1/3 Hal Beasley 20 Canada CAN
4 h12r1/3 Alex Pedersen 21 Norway NOR
4 h13r1/3 Pavel de Shtiglits Russia RUS
4 h14r1/3 Skotte Jacobsson 24 Sweden SWE
4 h17r1/3 Fritz Fleischer 18 Austria AUT
AC h3 r1/3 Ladislav Jiránek-Strana 29 Bohemia BOH
AC h3 r1/3 Pablo Eitel 24 Chile CHI
AC h6 r1/3 Robert Schurrer 22 France FRA
AC h6 r1/3 Dimitrios Triantafyllakos 22 Greece GRE
AC h6 r1/3 Leopolds Lēvenšteins 18 Russia RUS
AC h7 r1/3 Charles Lelong 21 France FRA
AC h7 r1/3 Jan Grijseels 21 Netherlands NED
AC h7 r1/3 Richard Schwarz 22 Russia RUS
AC h8 r1/3 Jón Halldórsson 22 Iceland ISL
AC h8 r1/3 Dušan Milošević 17 Serbia SRB
AC h9 r1/3 Georges Rolot 22 France FRA
AC h9 r1/3 Robert Duncan 24 Great Britain GBR
AC h10r1/3 Václav Labík-Gregan 18 Bohemia BOH
AC h10r1/3 Marius Delaby 21 France FRA
AC h10r1/3 Herman Sotaaen 23 Norway NOR
AC h12r1/3 Duncan Macmillan 21 Great Britain GBR
AC h13r1/3 Emil Ketterer 28 Germany GER
AC h15r1/3 James Barker 19 Great Britain GBR
AC h16r1/3 Ervin Szerelemhegyi 21 Hungary HUN
AC h16r1/3 Yahiko Mishima 26 Japan JPN