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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 5, 1932
Date Finished: August 6, 1932
Format: Scoring by 1912B point tables.

Gold: USA Jim Bausch
Silver: FIN Akilles Järvinen
Bronze: GER Wolrad Eberle

Summary

The favorite was the silver medalist from 1928, Akilles Järvinen. But he was beaten by US champion, Jim Bausch, who broke the world record with 8,462.235, winning by almost 200 points. Bausch was a former football player at the University of Kansas and was dominant in the throwing events, winning the shot put, discus, and javelin throws. His javelin dominance was especially surprising as Järvinen’s brother, Matti Järvinen, had won the javelin gold medal two days before.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1912BT) P(1985T)
1 Jim Bausch 26 United States USA Gold 8,462.235 6.735 WR
2 Akilles Järvinen 26 Finland FIN Silver 8,292.480 6.879 WR
3 Wolrad Eberle 24 Germany GER Bronze 8,030.805 6.661
4 Buster Charles 24 United States USA 7,985.000 6.716
5 Hans-Heinrich Sievert 22 Germany GER 7,941.075 6.515
6 Paavo Yrjölä 30 Finland FIN 7,687.990 6.385
7 Clyde Coffman 21 United States USA 7,534.410 6.265
8 Bob Tisdall 25 Ireland IRL 7,327.170 6.398
9 Erwin Wegner 23 Germany GER 7,179.935 6.189
10 Péter Bácsalmási 23 Hungary HUN 7,001.735 5.788
11 Harry Hart 26 South Africa RSA 6,799.255 5.697
AC Jānis Dimza 25 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Zygmunt Siedlecki 25 Poland POL DNF
AC Héctor Berra 22 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Carlos Woebcken 31 Brazil BRA DNF