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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 23, 1952
Date Finished: July 24, 1952

Gold: USA Harrison Dillard
Silver: USA Jack Davis
Bronze: USA Art Barnard


In 1948, Harrison Dillard had been a huge favorite until he faltered in the US Olympic Trials, hitting a hurdle and not finishing the final. He had then entered the 100 metres, made the team in that event and won the gold medal. He continued hurdling and was still considered the best in the world. The world record holder was Dick Attlesey (USA), but he hurt his foot in the heats of the US Olympic Trials, and did not make the team. But led by Dillard, the Americans again swept the medals, as they had in 1948. The finish was close between Dillard and Jack Davis, Davis having been slowed by a poor start, likely due to being charged with a false start.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Harrison Dillard 29 United States USA Gold OR
2 Jack Davis 21 United States USA Silver
3 Art Barnard 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Yevhen Bulanchyk 30 Soviet Union URS
5 Ken Doubleday 26 Australia AUS
6 Ray Weinberg 22 Australia AUS
4 h1 r2/3 Sergey Popov 23 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r2/3 Stanko Lorger 21 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h1 r2/3 Edmond Roudnitska 21 France FRA
5 h2 r2/3 Väinö Suvivuo 35 Finland FIN
6 h1 r2/3 Peter Hildreth 24 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Jack Parker 24 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/3 Olivier Bernard 31 Switzerland SUI
3 h2 r1/3 Estanislao Kocourek 22 Argentina ARG
3 h3 r1/3 Samuel Anderson 22 Cuba CUB
3 h4 r1/3 Gordon Crosby 25 Canada CAN
3 h5 r1/3 Jörn Gevert 23 Chile CHI
3 h6 r1/3 Michitaka Kinami 31 Japan JPN
4 h1 r1/3 Erdal Barkay 24 Turkey TUR
4 h2 r1/3 Risto Syrjänen 27 Finland FIN
4 h3 r1/3 Wolfgang Troßbach 24 Germany GER
4 h4 r1/3 Téofilo Colón 37 Puerto Rico PUR
4 h6 r1/3 Ingi Þorsteinsson 22 Iceland ISL
5 h1 r1/3 Edmundo Ohacho 25 Chile CHI
5 h2 r1/3 Juan Lebron 18 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h3 r1/3 Téofilo Davis 22 Venezuela VEN
5 h6 r1/3 Jacques Dohen 22 France FRA
6 h1 r1/3 Olli Alho 32 Finland FIN
6 h2 r1/3 Fouad Yazgi 19 Egypt EGY
6 h6 r1/3 Johny Fonck 31 Luxembourg LUX