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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 4, 1948
Date Finished: August 5, 1948

Gold: JAM Arthur Wint
Silver: JAM Herb McKenley
Bronze: USA Mal Whitfield
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The heavy favorite in 1948 was Herb McKenley who had set three world records earlier in 1948 over 400 metres and 440 yards, winning the AAU (US) in 45.9 over 400 metres. He was expected to be challenged by America's Mal Whitfield, who had already won the 800 in London, and his teammate, Arthur Wint. Whitfield won his semi-final in a PR 46.3, the first time he had run under 47 seconds. In the final, McKenley took off from the gun and led by 7 metres at the halfway point. But off the final curve, the effort got to him and he faltered, with Wint catching him 20 metres from the finish and pulling away. Whitfield hung on to third, but never challenged for the gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Arthur Wint 28 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Herb McKenley 26 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Mal Whitfield 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Dave Bolen 24 United States USA
5 Morris Curotta 19 Australia AUS
6 George Guida 23 United States USA
4 h1 r3/4 George Rhoden 21 Jamaica JAM
4 h2 r3/4 Dennis Shore 33 South Africa RSA
5 h1 r3/4 Jimmy Reardon 22 Ireland IRL
5 h2 r3/4 Rosalvo Ramos 34 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r3/4 Bob McFarlane 21 Canada CAN
4 h1 r2/4 Les Lewis 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/4 Bill Roberts 36 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r2/4 John Bartram 23 Australia AUS
4 h4 r2/4 Kurt Lundquist 22 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/4 Zvonko Sabolović 25 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h2 r2/4 Bjørn Vade 26 Norway NOR
5 h3 r2/4 Francis Schewetta 28 France FRA
5 h4 r2/4 Derek Pugh 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/4 Folke Alnevik 28 Sweden SWE
6 h3 r2/4 Marko Račič 28 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h4 r2/4 Jacques Lunis 25 France FRA
1 h12r1/4 Herman Kunnen 23 Belgium BEL
2 h2 r1/4 Rune Larsson 24 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r1/4 Chen Yinglang China CHN
3 h2 r1/4 Ferenc Bánhalmi 25 Hungary HUN
3 h3 r1/4 Antonio Pocoví 26 Argentina ARG
3 h4 r1/4 Oskar Hardmeier 22 Switzerland SUI
3 h5 r1/4 Carlos Monges 22 Mexico MEX
3 h6 r1/4 Hazzard Dill 29 Bermuda BER
3 h7 r1/4 Ernie McCullough Canada CAN
3 h8 r1/4 Don McFarlane 22 Canada CAN
3 h9 r1/4 John De Saram 19 Sri Lanka SRI
3 h10r1/4 Raymond Crapet 21 France FRA
3 h11r1/4 Gustavo Ehlers 23 Chile CHI
3 h12r1/4 Reynir Sigurðsson 20 Iceland ISL
4 h1 r1/4 Georgios Karageorgos 33 Greece GRE
4 h2 r1/4 Jaime Aparicio 18 Colombia COL
4 h3 r1/4 Mario Rosas Colombia COL
4 h4 r1/4 Angel García 28 Cuba CUB
4 h7 r1/4 Walter Keller Switzerland SUI
4 h8 r1/4 Olavi Talja 23 Finland FIN
4 h9 r1/4 Tauno Suvanto 23 Finland FIN
4 h10r1/4 Kemal Horulu Turkey TUR
4 h11r1/4 Stefanos Petrakis 23 Greece GRE
4 h12r1/4 Jaime Itlmann Chile CHI
5 h2 r1/4 Guillermo Evans 25 Argentina ARG
5 h3 r1/4 L. Hasso Iraq IRQ
5 h4 r1/4 Bill Ramsay Australia AUS
5 h7 r1/4 Runar Holmberg 25 Finland FIN
5 h8 r1/4 Max Trepp 24 Switzerland SUI
5 h9 r1/4 Doğan Acarbay 21 Turkey TUR
5 h12r1/4 Stylianos Stratakos 33 Greece GRE