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Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 18, 1920
Date Finished: August 19, 1920

Gold: GBR Albert Hill
Silver: GBR Philip Baker
Bronze: USA Larry Shields

Summary

Albert Hill completed his 800/1,500 double with a comfortable win in which he ran together with countryman, Philip Baker, throughout. Joie Ray set the early pace, followed by Václav Vohralík, who had run the fastest time in the heats with 4:02.2. Hill and Baker held back until the bell lap when they took the lead together. America’s Larry Shields tried to pass on the backstretch, as Ray faded. Baker fought off Shields, allowing Hill to pull away on the final stretch. Philip Baker, a Quaker pacifist, later known as Philip Noel-Baker, became a well-known peace activist and proponent of nuclear disarmament in the 1950’s. Noel-Baker was instrumental in the formation of the League of Nations, helping to draft its Covenant, and was briefly the assistant to the secretary-general of the League, Eric Drummond. He served in the British Parliament for 36 years and for his efforts, in 1959 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Albert Hill 31 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Philip Baker 30 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Larry Shields 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Václav Vohralík 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Sven Emil Lundgren 23 Sweden SWE
6 André Audinet 21 France FRA
7 Arturo Porro Italy ITA
8 Joie Ray 26 United States USA
9 Léon Fourneau 20 Belgium BEL
10 René Leray France FRA
AC Duncan McPhee 27 Great Britain GBR
AC John Zander 30 Sweden SWE
AC James Connolly 20 United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 Edvin Wide 24 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/2 Armand Burtin 23 France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Maurice de Coninck 22 France FRA
4 h4 r1/2 Fritz Kiölling 24 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Edward Lawrence Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/2 Eivind Rasmussen 26 Norway NOR
5 h3 r1/2 Léoncé Oleffe 22 Belgium BEL
6 h1 r1/2 Carlo Martinenghi Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/2 Tommy Town 27 Canada CAN
6 h4 r1/2 Saburo Hasumi 24 Japan JPN
7 h2 r1/2 Mario-Giuseppe Bonini 22 Italy ITA
8 h2 r1/2 Théophile Roeckaert Belgium BEL
AC h1 r1/2 Lucien Bangels Belgium BEL
AC h1 r1/2 Edward Curtis 21 United States USA
AC h4 r1/2 Juan Muguerza 19 Spain ESP
AC h4 r1/2 Johannes Villemson 27 Estonia EST