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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1932
Date Finished: August 1, 1932

Gold: IRL Bob Tisdall
Silver: USA Glenn Hardin
Bronze: USA Morgan Taylor

Summary

The 1924 and 1928 gold medalists, Morgan Taylor and David, Lord Burghley, were back and expected to battle for the gold medal. Also highly considered was Irishman Bob Tisdall, a top all-rounder who also competed in the decathlon in Los Angeles, and Glenn Hardin, sort of the winner of the US Olympic Trials. In the final of the combined AAU/Trials meet, Hardin had run out of his lane and was disqualified from the AAU, but declared winner of the Olympic Trials and placed on the team. The final in Los Angeles matched these four, who would constitute four consecutive gold medalists in the event – Taylor in 1924, Burghley in 1928, Hardin would win in 1936, and Tisdall won in 1932. He took an early lead, but knocked over the last hurdle, allowing Hardin to close to within two metres. The downed hurdle cost Tisdall the world and Olympic record of 51.7, both reverting to Hardin in second place.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bob Tisdall 25 Ireland IRL Gold
2 Glenn Hardin 22 United States USA Silver WR
3 Morgan Taylor 29 United States USA Bronze
4 David, Lord Burghley 27 Great Britain GBR
5 Luigi Facelli 34 Italy ITA
6 Kell Areskoug 25 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/3 George Golding 26 Australia AUS
4 h2 r2/3 Joe Healey 22 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Sten Pettersson 29 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r2/3 André Adelheim 26 France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Fritz Nottbrock 22 Germany GER
6 h2 r2/3 Khristos Mantikas Greece GRE
4 h1 r1/3 Seiken Cho 22 Japan JPN
4 h2 r1/3 Sylvio Padilha 23 Brazil BRA
4 h3 r1/3 Vangelis Moiropoulos 27 Greece GRE
4 h4 r1/3 Carlos dos Reis Filho Brazil BRA
5 h1 r1/3 Alfonso González Mexico MEX
AC h2 r1/3 Tom Coulter 21 Canada CAN