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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 6, 1936
Date Finished: August 7, 1936

Gold: USA Archie Williams
Silver: GBR Godfrey Brown
Bronze: USA Jimmy LuValle

Summary

Archie Williams had won the 1936 NCAA Championships in 46.1 for a new world record. The final in Berlin was contested by two Americans, two Canadians, and two Britons. Williams led in the final over 200 metres ahead of American Jimmy LuValle. Godfrey Brown closed rapidly on the final straight, passing LuValle 40 metres from the line, and nearly catching Williams. Electric timing revealed that the official margin of 0.2 seconds for Williams victory was probably not accurate. Williams's was auto-timed in 46.66, with Brown in 46.68, LuValle in 46.84 and Bill Roberts in 46.87.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Archie Williams 21 United States USA Gold
2 Godfrey Brown 21 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Jimmy LuValle 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Bill Roberts 24 Great Britain GBR
5 Bill Fritz 21 Canada CAN
6 Johnny Loaring 20 Canada CAN
4 h1 r3/4 Mario Lanzi 21 Italy ITA
4 h2 r3/4 Godfrey Rampling 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r3/4 Pierre Skawinski 23 France FRA
5 h2 r3/4 Juan Carlos Anderson 23 Argentina ARG
6 h2 r3/4 Hermann Blazejezak 24 Germany GER
4 h1 r2/4 Zoltán Zsitva 30 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/4 Bertil von Wachenfeldt 27 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r2/4 Olle Danielsson 24 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r2/4 Rudolf Klupsch 31 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/4 Dennis Shore 21 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r2/4 Georges Henry 28 France FRA
5 h4 r2/4 Marshall Limon 20 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/4 Gunnar Christensen 23 Denmark DEN
6 h2 r2/4 Börje Strandvall 27 Finland FIN
6 h4 r2/4 Karel Kněnický 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
1 h4 r1/4 Harold Smallwood 21 United States USA
3 h3 r1/4 Adolf Metzner 26 Germany GER
3 h4 r1/4 József Vadas 24 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r1/4 Albert Jud 24 Switzerland SUI
4 h2 r1/4 Sven Strömberg 25 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/4 Mohamed Ebeid 25 Egypt EGY
4 h4 r1/4 Rolf Schønheyder 23 Norway NOR
4 h5 r1/4 Francisc Nemeş 29 Romania ROU
4 h6 r1/4 Raymond Boisset 24 France FRA
4 h7 r1/4 Toyoyi Aihara 22 Japan JPN
4 h8 r1/4 Alfred König 22 Austria AUT
5 h1 r1/4 Tibor Ribényi 22 Hungary HUN
5 h2 r1/4 Johann Baptist Gudenus 28 Austria AUT
5 h3 r1/4 Jean Verhaert 28 Belgium BEL
5 h4 r1/4 Antônio de Carvalho 22 Brazil BRA
5 h5 r1/4 Keiji Imai 18 Japan JPN
5 h6 r1/4 Jean Krombach 26 Luxembourg LUX
5 h7 r1/4 Raúl Muñoz 20 Chile CHI
5 h8 r1/4 Gyan Bhalla 26 India IND
6 h3 r1/4 Leonard Tay 23 China CHN
6 h4 r1/4 Hiroyoshi Kubota 23 Japan JPN