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Equestrianism at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Jumping, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 14, 1932
Date Finished: August 14, 1932
Format: One round.

Gold: JPN Takeichi, Baron Nishi
Silver: USA Harry Chamberlin
Bronze: SWE Clarence von Rosen, Jr.

Summary

The jumping event was held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the course was noted to be brutally difficult. Only 11 riders from four nations started the competition, but the course was so hard that only five riders finished. The rules stated that three refusals by a horse eliminated horse and rider, which led to the small finishing field.

Clarence von Rosen, Jr. had already won a bronze medal in Los Angeles in the 3-day event, and was the early leader in the competition. But American Harry Chamberlin on [Show Girl](/horses/show/2281) finished with only 12 faults to move into the lead. The last rider was the Japanese Takeichi, Baron Nishi on [Uranus](/horses/show/2564) who came through with only 8 faults to win the gold medal, with Chamberlin taking silver and von Rosen bronze.

Takeichi, the 2nd Baron Nishi, was well-known in America, and very popular among the Hollywood crowd, but paradoxically would also be a top Japanese Imperial Army officer during World War II. In 1944, Baron Nishi was named regimental commander of the 26th Tank Regiment, Mudanjiang, which was assigned to defend Iwo Jima. He died during the defense of Iwo Jima, but circumstances of his death are not precisely known and many stories have circulated as to the cause. Some stories say he committed suicide, some say he was killed by machine-gun fire, and some say he was killed by American flamethrowers. His horse, Uranus, died one week later.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal F
1 Takeichi, Baron Nishi 30 Japan JPN Uranus Gold 8.0
2 Harry Chamberlin 45 United States USA Show Girl Silver 12.0
3 Clarence von Rosen, Jr. 28 Sweden SWE Empire Bronze 16.0
4 William Bradford 36 United States USA Joe Aleshire 24.0
5 Ernst Hallberg 38 Sweden SWE Kornett 50.5
AC John W. Wofford 34 United States USA Babe Wartham DNF
AC Yasushi Imamura 42 Japan JPN Sonny Boy DNF
AC Arne Francke 28 Sweden SWE Urfé DNF
AC Procopio Ortíz Mexico MEX Pinello DNF
AC Andrés Bocanegra 31 Mexico MEX El As DNF
AC Carlos Mejia Mexico MEX Kanguro DNF