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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Semi-Finals

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Events:
Phases:

Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 29, 1956
Date Finished: November 29, 1956
Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Gold: USA Charlie Jenkins
Silver: GER Karl-Friedrich Haas
Bronze: FIN Voitto Hellstén
URS Ardalion Ignatyev

Semi-Finals Heat One

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC T(H) T(A)
1 Ardalion Ignatyev 25 Soviet Union URS 46.8 46.93 QU
2 Malcolm Spence 19 South Africa RSA 47.2 47.27 QU
3 Lou Jones 24 United States USA 47.3 47.32 QU
4 Mel Spence 20 Jamaica JAM 47.5 47.58
5 Peter Higgins 28 Great Britain GBR 47.7 47.65
6 Iván Rodríguez 19 Puerto Rico PUR 47.7 47.86

Semi-Finals Heat Two

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC T(H) T(A)
1 Charlie Jenkins 22 United States USA 46.1 46.19 QU
2 Voitto Hellstén 24 Finland FIN 46.1 46.20 QU
3 Karl-Friedrich Haas 25 Germany GER 46.2 46.29 QU
4 Kevan Gosper 22 Australia AUS 46.2 46.45
5 John Salisbury 22 Great Britain GBR 47.3 47.47
6 Mal Spence 20 Jamaica JAM 47.4 47.52