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Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 10, 1912
Date Finished: July 11, 1912

Gold: USA Ralph Craig
Silver: USA Donald Lippincott
Bronze: GBR Willie Applegarth


As in the 100 meters, there was no clear favorite. Again, four different Americans had won the AAU championship since the 1908 Olympics - none of them were at Stockholm. The pre-Olympic favorite was likely Britain’s William Applegarth, who had won the AAA earlier in 1912. But the world record for 220 yards on a straight had been set at 21 1/5 by Ralph Craig at the 1910 IC4A Championships, and he won the eastern U.S. Olympic trials. After winning the 100 metres three days earlier at Stockholm, Craig was favored.

The six semi-finals advanced the winner of each heat to the final, with Applegarth and Germany’s Richard Rau joining four Americans, including Craig, to compete for the gold medal. In the final, Applegarth led coming off the turn but was soon passed by Craig and Donald Lippincott. The finish was close but Craig held off a fast-finishing Lippincott to win the sprint double. Lippincott added the 200 silver medal to the bronze medal he had won in the 100.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ralph Craig 22 United States USA Gold
2 Donald Lippincott 18 United States USA Silver
3 Willie Applegarth 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Richard Rau 22 Germany GER
5 Charles Reidpath 22 United States USA
6 Donnell Young 24 United States USA
2 h1 r2/3 David Jacobs 24 Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r2/3 Clement Wilson 21 United States USA
2 h3 r2/3 Carl Cooke 22 United States USA
2 h4 r2/3 Alvah Meyer 23 United States USA
2 h5 r2/3 Peter Gerhardt 34 United States USA
2 h6 r2/3 Vic d'Arcy 24 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r2/3 Ira Courtney 23 United States USA
3 h2 r2/3 Hal Heiland 22 United States USA
3 h3 r2/3 Georges Rolot 22 France FRA
3 h4 r2/3 Army Howard 23 Canada CAN
3 h5 r2/3 Karl August Luther 26 Sweden SWE
3 h6 r2/3 Knut Lindberg 30 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/3 Frigyes Wiesner-Mezei 24 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/3 Cyril Seedhouse 20 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r2/3 Max Herrmann 27 Germany GER
4 h4 r2/3 Ivan Möller 28 Sweden SWE
4 h5 r2/3 Franco Giongo 20 Italy ITA
4 h6 r2/3 István Déván 21 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r2/3 Ture Person 19 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r2/3 Skotte Jacobsson 24 Sweden SWE
5 h4 r2/3 Duncan Macmillan 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r2/3 Reuben Povey 22 South Africa RSA
5 h6 r2/3 Robert Schurrer 22 France FRA
6 h4 r2/3 Jan Grijseels 21 Netherlands NED
AC h1 r2/3 Arthur Anderson 25 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r2/3 William Stewart 22 Australasia ANZ
AC h3 r2/3 Henry Macintosh 19 Great Britain GBR
AC h3 r2/3 George Patching 25 South Africa RSA
AC h5 r2/3 Richard Rice 26 Great Britain GBR
AC h6 r2/3 Robert Duncan 24 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/3 Knut Stenborg 22 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/3 Charles Poulenard 27 France FRA
3 h3 r1/3 Joseph Aelter 22 Belgium BEL
3 h6 r1/3 Rudolf Rauch 19 Austria AUT
3 h7 r1/3 Algernon Wells 26 Great Britain GBR
3 h9 r1/3 Charles Lelong 21 France FRA
3 h10r1/3 Gösta Möller 24 Sweden SWE
3 h11r1/3 Pierre Failliot 23 France FRA
3 h14r1/3 Frank McConnell 25 Canada CAN
3 h15r1/3 Herman Sotaaen 23 Norway NOR
3 h18r1/3 António Stromp 17 Portugal POR
4 h1 r1/3 Václav Labík-Gregan 18 Bohemia BOH
4 h2 r1/3 Karl Lindblom 19 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/3 Haralds Hāns 19 Russia RUS
4 h11r1/3 Ernest Haley 27 Great Britain GBR
4 h14r1/3 Ervin Szerelemhegyi 21 Hungary HUN
4 h15r1/3 Władysław Ponurski 21 Austria AUT
5 h11r1/3 Pablo Eitel 24 Chile CHI
AC h3 r1/3 Herberts Baumanis 23 Russia RUS
AC h7 r1/3 Hal Beasley 20 Canada CAN
AC h7 r1/3 Géo Malfait 33 France FRA
AC h13r1/3 Fritz Fleischer 18 Austria AUT
AC h13r1/3 Heinrich Wenseler 21 Germany GER
AC h13r1/3 Yahiko Mishima 26 Japan JPN
AC h14r1/3 Emil Grandell 22 Sweden SWE