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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1932
Date Finished: August 4, 1932

Gold: ITA Luigi Beccali
Silver: GBR Jerry Cornes
Bronze: CAN Phil Edwards

Summary

There were three 1,500 runners with top credentials for the Los Angeles race. New Zealand’s Jack Lovelock was a Rhodes Scholar and trained in 1931-32 at Oxford, where he ran 4:12.0 at the 1932 University Championships. Italy’s Luigi Beccali was a determined runner but with only fair results prior to 1932, when he posted a 4:11.5 mile in Milan on May 15. The top American was likely Glenn Cunningham who won the 1932 NCAA mile in 4:11.1 for the University of Kansas. But even beyond these three, other top runners were present, including Canada’s Phil Edwards, who was born in British Guiana.

At Los Angeles, the three heats were won by Lovelock, Beccali, and Cunningham, who posted the best time of 3:55.8 in winning the first heat. In the final, Lovelock took the field thru a first 400 of 60.5, but Cunningham took the lead on the second lap. Edwards then moved ahead to lead at 800 metres, done in 2:04.5. Cunningham attempted to jump the field on the third lap, but Edward stayed with him, and he led thru 1,200 in 3:07.0. He then started to pull away over the last lap. Cunningham looked beaten but Beccali, Lovelock, and Britain’s John “Jerry” Cornes took off after Edwards. On the last curve, Lovelock tied up completely and would finish seventh. Beccali passed Cunningham on the final curve and rushed past Edwards with 100 metres left, pulling away to a comfortable margin. Cornes took the silver, and Edwards held off Cunningham for the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Luigi Beccali 24 Italy ITA Gold OR
2 Jerry Cornes 22 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Phil Edwards 24 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Glenn Cunningham 22 United States USA
5 Eric Ny 22 Sweden SWE
6 Norwood Hallowell 22 United States USA
7 Jack Lovelock 22 New Zealand NZL
8 Frank Crowley 23 United States USA
9 Martti Luomanen 25 Finland FIN
10 Harri Larva 25 Finland FIN
AC Eino Purje 32 Finland FIN
3 h2 r1/2 Eddie King 20 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/2 Hermenegildo del Rosso Argentina ARG
5 h2 r1/2 Paul Martin 30 Switzerland SUI
5 h3 r1/2 Les Wade Canada CAN
6 h1 r1/2 Christian Markersen 23 Denmark DEN
6 h2 r1/2 Folke Skoog 24 Sweden SWE
6 h3 r1/2 Pedro Ortíz Mexico MEX
7 h1 r1/2 Amilio Rodríguez Mexico MEX
7 h2 r1/2 Bill Barwick 27 Australia AUS
AC h2 r1/2 Armando Bréa 33 Brazil BRA
AC h3 r1/2 Nestor Gomes Brazil BRA
AC h3 r1/2 Reg Thomas 25 Great Britain GBR
AC h3 r1/2 Otto Peltzer 32 Germany GER