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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Events:

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.

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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 Pongummart Ummarttayakul 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