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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 27, 1956
Date Finished: November 28, 1956

Gold: USA Lee Calhoun
Silver: USA Jack Davis
Bronze: USA Joel Shankle

Summary

At the US Olympic Trials, Lee Calhoun had tied for first with 1952 silver medalist Jack Davis. Davis was likely a slight favorite, as the world record holder, set in winning the 1956 AAU Championship. The final was close throughout. Calhoun got a slight lead at the start and Davis never fully closed, losing out by 3/100ths of a second at the line. In two consecutive Olympics, Davis had lost the gold medals by a combined margin of 0.12 seconds. Duke University’s Joel Shankle won the bronze medal for the USA, the third consecutive Olympics at which US hurdlers had swept the high hurdle medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lee Calhoun 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 Jack Davis 26 United States USA Silver
3 Joel Shankle 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Martin Lauer 19 Germany GER
5 Stanko Lorger 25 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Boris Stolyarov 24 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r2/3 Evaristo Iglesias 31 Cuba CUB
4 h2 r2/3 Bert Steines 26 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/3 Edmond Roudnitska 25 France FRA
5 h2 r2/3 Ghulam Raziq 24 Pakistan PAK
6 h1 r2/3 Danie Burger 23 South Africa RSA
6 h2 r2/3 Jean-Claude Bernard 23 France FRA
4 h1 r1/3 Eamonn Kinsella 24 Ireland IRL
4 h2 r1/3 Jack Parker 29 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/3 Anatoly Mikhaylov 20 Soviet Union URS
4 h4 r1/3 Peter Hildreth 28 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/3 Ken Doubleday 30 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/3 John Chittick 19 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/3 Keith Gardner 27 Jamaica JAM
5 h4 r1/3 Ioannis Kambadelis 29 Greece GRE
6 h1 r1/3 Guillermo Zapata Colombia COL
6 h2 r1/3 Kalim Khawaja Ghani Pakistan PAK
6 h3 r1/3 Bob Joyce 20 Australia AUS
6 h4 r1/3 Sri Chand Ram India IND