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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


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