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Athletics at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Colombes Olympic Stadium, Colombes
Date Started: July 6, 1924
Date Finished: July 7, 1924

Gold: GBR Harold Abrahams
Silver: USA Jackson Scholz
Bronze: NZL Arthur Porritt

Summary

The 1924 Olympics was the Olympics of Chariots of Fire, and that Academy Award winning movie focused on the sprints. Much of the movie was true but there were a few things for which the producers took some literary license. Notably, although Britain’s Harold Abrahams was one of the favorites for the 100 metres, in the movie the other protagonist, Scotland’s Eric Liddell, hears about the schedule for the 100 while taking the boat over to France. Liddell was devoutly religious and when he heard that the 100 final would be held on a Sunday, he withdrew from the 100 metres. But this was fabricated. Liddell knew about the Olympic schedule several months in advance and never intended to run the 100 in Paris. He focused instead on the 200 and 400, adjusting his training for the longer sprints.

Besides Liddell the other favored athlete in Paris in 1924 was the defending champion, Charlie Paddock, of the United States. In the 100 final, Abrahams faced four Americans, Paddock, Jackson Scholz, Loren Murchison, Chet Bowman, and New Zealander, Arthur Porritt. Abrahams won the race, as depicted in the movie, becoming the first European winner of the 100 metres. Scholz won the silver medal with Porritt in third, and Paddock a well-beaten fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Harold Abrahams 24 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Jackson Scholz 27 United States USA Silver
3 Arthur Porritt 23 New Zealand NZL Bronze
4 Chet Bowman 22 United States USA
5 Charley Paddock 23 United States USA
6 Loren Murchison 25 United States USA
4 h1 r3/4 William Nichol Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r3/4 Edwin Carr, Sr. 24 Australia AUS
5 h1 r3/4 Maurice Degrelle 22 France FRA
5 h2 r3/4 Cyril Coaffee 27 Canada CAN
6 h1 r3/4 Buck Hester 21 Canada CAN
6 h2 r3/4 Giovanni Frangipane 22 Italy ITA
3 h1 r2/4 Harry Broos 25 Netherlands NED
3 h2 r2/4 Walter Rangeley 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r2/4 André Mourlon 20 France FRA
3 h4 r2/4 Ferenc Gerő 23 Hungary HUN
3 h5 r2/4 Johannes van Kampen 24 Netherlands NED
3 h6 r2/4 Lance Royle 25 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/4 Paul Hammer 23 Luxembourg LUX
4 h2 r2/4 René Mourlon 30 France FRA
4 h3 r2/4 Rinus van den Berge 24 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r2/4 Albert Heisé 24 France FRA
4 h5 r2/4 George Dunston 23 South Africa RSA
4 h6 r2/4 Paul Brochart 25 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r2/4 Reijo Halme 25 Finland FIN
5 h2 r2/4 Lajos Kurunczy 27 Hungary HUN
5 h3 r2/4 Johans Oja 20 Latvia LAT
5 h4 r2/4 Ernesto Bonacina 21 Italy ITA
5 h5 r2/4 Gusztáv Rózsahegyi 23 Hungary HUN
5 h6 r2/4 Oto Seviško Latvia LAT
6 h1 r2/4 Anthony Vince 21 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/4 Enrico Torre 22 Italy ITA
6 h4 r2/4 Félix Mendizábal 33 Spain ESP
2 h11r1/4 Walter Strebi 20 Switzerland SUI
3 h1 r1/4 Camilo Rivas Argentina ARG
3 h2 r1/4 Mogens Truelsen 22 Denmark DEN
3 h3 r1/4 Ferdinand Kaindl Austria AUT
3 h4 r1/4 Frits Lamp 18 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/4 Henri Cockuyt 20 Belgium BEL
3 h6 r1/4 Antonín Svoboda 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h7 r1/4 André Théard 18 Haiti HAI
3 h8 r1/4 Diego Ordóñez 20 Spain ESP
3 h9 r1/4 Lauri Härö 24 Finland FIN
3 h10r1/4 Larry Armstrong 32 Canada CAN
3 h11r1/4 James Hall 21 India IND
3 h12r1/4 Karl Borner 25 Switzerland SUI
3 h13r1/4 Terence Pitt 20 India IND
3 h14r1/4 Sasago Tani 29 Japan JPN
3 h15r1/4 Joseph Hilger Luxembourg LUX
3 h16r1/4 Vittorio Zucca 28 Italy ITA
3 h17r1/4 Väinö Eskola 29 Finland FIN
4 h1 r1/4 Mariano Aguilar Mexico MEX
4 h2 r1/4 Gentil dos Santos 25 Portugal POR
4 h4 r1/4 Fritz Schedl Austria AUT
4 h5 r1/4 Will Hildreth India IND
4 h6 r1/4 Poul Schiang 19 Denmark DEN
4 h7 r1/4 Juan Junqueras Spain ESP
4 h8 r1/4 Victor Moriaud 23 Switzerland SUI
4 h9 r1/4 Curt Wiberg 25 Sweden SWE
4 h10r1/4 Konstantinos Pantelidis Greece GRE
4 h11r1/4 Thor Österdahl 24 Sweden SWE
4 h12r1/4 William Lowe Ireland IRL
4 h13r1/4 Knut Russell 21 Sweden SWE
4 h14r1/4 Anton Husgafvel 23 Finland FIN
4 h16r1/4 Stanisław Sośnicki 27 Poland POL
4 h17r1/4 Aleksander Szenajch 19 Poland POL
5 h1 r1/4 Alberto Jurado Ecuador ECU
5 h2 r1/4 Alois Linka 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h4 r1/4 Władysław Dobrowolski 28 Poland POL
5 h5 r1/4 Toby Betts 19 South Africa RSA
5 h6 r1/4 José-María Larrabeiti 23 Spain ESP
5 h7 r1/4 Zygmunt Weiss 21 Poland POL
5 h8 r1/4 Karel Pott 19 Portugal POR
5 h9 r1/4 Alexandros Papafingos Greece GRE
5 h10r1/4 Gvido Jekals 19 Latvia LAT
5 h11r1/4 Félix Escobar Argentina ARG
5 h12r1/4 László Muskát 21 Hungary HUN
5 h13r1/4 Reinhold Kesküll 23 Estonia EST
5 h14r1/4 Álvaro Ribeiro 22 Brazil BRA
5 h16r1/4 Artūrs Gedvillo 19 Latvia LAT
6 h4 r1/4 Rauf Hasağası Turkey TUR
6 h6 r1/4 David Nepomuceno 23 Philippines PHI
6 h8 r1/4 Miguel Ángel Enrico Argentina ARG
6 h11r1/4 Herminio Ahumada 24 Mexico MEX
6 h12r1/4 Eugène Moetbeek Belgium BEL
6 h14r1/4 Şekip Engineri Turkey TUR