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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 25, 1952

Gold: JAM George Rhoden
Silver: JAM Herb McKenley
Bronze: USA Ollie Matson

Summary

The world record holder was Jamaica's George Rhoden, who had run 45.8 in 1950 in Finland. His biggest rival was his countryman, Herb McKenley, the defending silver medalist who had been favored in 1948. The defending champion, Arthur Wint, was also back and Jamaican sweep was a possibility. In the final, Wint led early, which was unusual for him, but could not maintain the pace. Rhoden caught Wint just before the homestretch and quickly had a big lead. But McKenley closed very quickly and almost caught him by the line, with Wint fading to fifth place. The third-place finisher, Ollie Matson, was later a star running back in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 George Rhoden 25 Jamaica JAM Gold OR
2 Herb McKenley 30 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Ollie Matson 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Karl-Friedrich Haas 20 Germany GER
5 Arthur Wint 32 Jamaica JAM
6 Mal Whitfield 27 United States USA
4 h1 r3/4 Gene Cole 23 United States USA
4 h2 r3/4 Hans Geister 23 Germany GER
5 h1 r3/4 Ardalion Ignatyev 21 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r3/4 Jack Carroll 21 Canada CAN
6 h1 r3/4 James Lavery 23 Canada CAN
4 h1 r2/4 Guillermo Gutiérrez 25 Venezuela VEN
4 h2 r2/4 Morris Curotta 23 Australia AUS
4 h3 r2/4 Louis van Biljon 24 South Africa RSA
4 h4 r2/4 Yves Camus 22 France FRA
5 h1 r2/4 Les Lewis 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/4 Rolf Back 24 Finland FIN
5 h3 r2/4 Jacques Degats 22 France FRA
5 h4 r2/4 Terry Higgins 24 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/4 Hans Ernst Schneider 25 Switzerland SUI
6 h3 r2/4 Alan Dick 22 Great Britain GBR
1 h4 r1/4 Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt 23 Sweden SWE
2 h10r1/4 Gerard Mach 25 Poland POL
2 h11r1/4 Yury Lituyev 27 Soviet Union URS
3 h1 r1/4 Edwin Carr, Jr. 23 Australia AUS
3 h2 r1/4 Rupert Blöch 23 Austria AUT
3 h3 r1/4 Egon Solymossy 30 Hungary HUN
3 h4 r1/4 Junkichi Matoba 21 Japan JPN
3 h5 r1/4 Roger Moens 22 Belgium BEL
3 h6 r1/4 Gianni Rocca 23 Italy ITA
3 h7 r1/4 Vincenzo Lombardo 20 Italy ITA
3 h8 r1/4 Milan Fillo 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h9 r1/4 Edmunds Pīlāgs 25 Soviet Union URS
3 h10r1/4 Paul Dolan 25 Ireland IRL
3 h11r1/4 Frank Rivera 24 Puerto Rico PUR
3 h12r1/4 Argemiro Roque 28 Brazil BRA
4 h1 r1/4 Zoltán Adamik 23 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r1/4 Gérard Rasquin 24 Luxembourg LUX
4 h3 r1/4 Sepp Steger 27 Switzerland SUI
4 h4 r1/4 Vasilios Sillis 23 Greece GRE
4 h5 r1/4 Ferenc Bánhalmi 29 Hungary HUN
4 h6 r1/4 Gösta Brännström 25 Sweden SWE
4 h7 r1/4 Rudolf Haidegger 29 Austria AUT
4 h8 r1/4 Guðmundur Lárusson 26 Iceland ISL
4 h9 r1/4 Angel García 32 Cuba CUB
4 h10r1/4 Jean-Pierre Goudeau 19 France FRA
4 h11r1/4 Antonio Siddi 29 Italy ITA
4 h12r1/4 Schalk Booysen 24 South Africa RSA
5 h1 r1/4 Evelio Planas 22 Cuba CUB
5 h2 r1/4 John Anderton 22 South Africa RSA
5 h3 r1/4 Jaakko Suikkari 26 Finland FIN
5 h4 r1/4 Doğan Acarbay 25 Turkey TUR
5 h5 r1/4 Arie Gill-Glick 22 Israel ISR
5 h6 r1/4 Javier Souza 22 Mexico MEX
5 h7 r1/4 Albert Lowagie 22 Belgium BEL
5 h8 r1/4 Sompop Svadanandana 19 Thailand THA
5 h9 r1/4 Antoine Uyterhoeven 22 Belgium BEL
5 h10r1/4 Doug Clement 18 Canada CAN
5 h12r1/4 Jiří David 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h1 r1/4 Abdul Rehman 23 Pakistan PAK
6 h2 r1/4 Pongamat Amatayakul 18 Thailand THA
6 h3 r1/4 Aurang Zeb 29 Pakistan PAK
6 h4 r1/4 Ivan Jacob 24 India IND
6 h5 r1/4 Ernst von Gunten 30 Switzerland SUI
6 h6 r1/4 Emin Doybak Turkey TUR
6 h8 r1/4 Jeremías Stokes 19 Guatemala GUA
6 h9 r1/4 Jean Hamilius 25 Luxembourg LUX
6 h12r1/4 Fred Hammer 22 Luxembourg LUX
7 h6 r1/4 Fernando Casimiro 21 Portugal POR
7 h12r1/4 Ossi Mildh 22 Finland FIN
AC h5 r1/4 Tage Ekfeldt 26 Sweden SWE