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Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 15, 1920
Date Finished: August 17, 1920

Gold: GBR Albert Hill
Silver: USA Earl Eby
Bronze: RSA Bevil Rudd
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The world record in 1920 was held by Ted Meredith, who had run 1:51.9 in winning the 1912 Olympic gold medal. But Meredith ran only the 400 in Antwerp. The 1920 AAA champion was Bevil Rudd of South Africa, who would later win gold in the 400 metres. Rudd succeeded Albert Hill, who won the 1919 AAA title. The U.S. champion in 1920 was Earl Eby.

The semi-finals and final of this event were held only 30 minutes apart. In the final, Eby and Don Scott (USA) led for the first lap, with Eby passing 400 in 54.2. Bevil Rudd took the lead with a lap remaining and held it until the final straight. He faded in the stretch as Hill and Eby fought out a close finish, with Hill pulling ahead in the last few metres. Hill had first come to prominence in 1909, finishing fourth in AAA four-mile event. During the war, he served as a signalman in the Royal Flying Corps. Earl Eby later became one of America’s top track writers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Albert Hill 31 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Earl Eby 25 United States USA Silver
3 Bevil Rudd 24 South Africa RSA Bronze
4 Edgar Mountain 19 Great Britain GBR
5 Don Scott 25 United States USA
6 Bryan Sprott 32 United States USA
7 Adje Paulen 17 Netherlands NED
8 Paul Esparbès France FRA
AC Tom Campbell 21 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Ernesto Ambrosini 25 Italy ITA
4 h2 r2/3 Sven Emil Lundgren 23 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r2/3 Anatole Bolin 26 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Robert Goullieux 19 France FRA
5 h2 r2/3 Mario-Giuseppe Bonini 22 Italy ITA
5 h3 r2/3 Fernand Bauduin France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Miguel García 22 Spain ESP
6 h2 r2/3 Kléber Argouac'h 24 France FRA
6 h3 r2/3 Henry Dafel 31 South Africa RSA
7 h1 r2/3 James Doig South Africa RSA
1 h3 r1/3 Philip Baker 30 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/3 Joseph Van Der Wee 17 Belgium BEL
5 h2 r1/3 Elis Johansson 22 Sweden SWE
5 h3 r1/3 Agide Simonazzi 24 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/3 Nils Engdahl 21 Sweden SWE
5 h5 r1/3 Jaroslav Procházka Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h1 r1/3 Saburo Hasumi 24 Japan JPN
6 h2 r1/3 Arturo Porro Italy ITA
6 h3 r1/3 Paul Martin 18 Switzerland SUI
6 h4 r1/3 Johannes Villemson 27 Estonia EST
6 h5 r1/3 Henri Godin 27 Belgium BEL
7 h1 r1/3 José Luis Grasset 18 Spain ESP
7 h2 r1/3 Léoncé Oleffe 22 Belgium BEL
7 h3 r1/3 Karel Frankenstein 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h4 r1/3 Josef Teplý Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h5 r1/3 Émile Barral 28 Monaco MON
8 h1 r1/3 Karel Přibyl 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 h2 r1/3 Hec Phillips 30 Canada CAN
9 h1 r1/3 Jean Proess 23 Luxembourg LUX
9 h2 r1/3 Odolf Larsen 22 Norway NOR
AC h4 r1/3 Jean Delarge 27 Belgium BEL