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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 31, 1960
Date Finished: September 2, 1960

Gold: USA Glenn Davis
Silver: USA Cliff Cushman
Bronze: USA Dick Howard

Summary

Glenn Davis was the defending champion, world record holder, and the heavy favorite in 1960. He had won the AAU title in 1956, 57, 58, and 60, not competing in 1959 when the event was won by Dick Howard. Howard had also placed second at the 1959 Pan-American Games, third in that event going to Cliff Cushman. The only hurdler felt capable of challenging Davis was South Africa's Gert Potgieter, 1958 Commonwealth Games champion in a 440 yard world record of 49.7. But he was injured in a car accident shortly before the Roma Olympics and could not compete. In Roma, Davis led an American sweep, with Howard getting the bronze medal, the silver medal going to Cushman. Cushman and Howard both died young, for different reasons. Cushman was listed as missing in action in Vietnam in 1966, while Howard died in 1967 from a heroin overdose.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Glenn Davis 25 United States USA Gold OR
2 Cliff Cushman 22 United States USA Silver
3 Dick Howard 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Helmut Janz 26 Germany GER
5 Jussi Rintamäki 25 Finland FIN
6 Bruno Galliker 28 Switzerland SUI
4 h1 r2/3 Georgy Chevychalov 24 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r2/3 Salvatore Morale 21 Italy ITA
5 h1 r2/3 Elio Catola 24 Italy ITA
5 h2 r2/3 Bartonjo Rotich 22 Kenya KEN
6 h1 r2/3 Jan Gulbrandsen 22 Norway NOR
6 h2 r2/3 Willi Matthias 24 Germany GER
7 h1 r2/3 Moreno Martini 25 Italy ITA
7 h2 r2/3 John Metcalf 26 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/3 Anubes da Silva 24 Brazil BRA
3 h2 r1/3 Arnold Matsulevych 28 Soviet Union URS
3 h3 r1/3 Keiji Ogushi 26 Japan JPN
3 h4 r1/3 Per-Owe Trollsås 27 Sweden SWE
3 h6 r1/3 Boris Kriunov 25 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/3 Max Boyes 26 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 George Shepherd 22 Canada CAN
4 h3 r1/3 Chris Goudge 25 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/3 Wolfgang Fischer 32 Germany GER
4 h6 r1/3 Víctor Maldonado 21 Venezuela VEN
5 h1 r1/3 Wiesław Król 22 Poland POL
5 h2 r1/3 Marcel Lambrechts 29 Belgium BEL
5 h3 r1/3 Muhammad Yaqub 34 Pakistan PAK
5 h4 r1/3 Dimitrios Skourtis Greece GRE
5 h5 r1/3 Fahir Özgüden Turkey TUR
5 h6 r1/3 Zdzisław Kumiszcze 23 Poland POL
6 h1 r1/3 Mohamed Zouaki 18 Morocco MAR
6 h3 r1/3 Mongi Soussi Zarrouki 24 Tunisia TUN
6 h5 r1/3 Nazzar Al-Jamali Iraq IRQ
6 h6 r1/3 Li Po-Ting 23 Chinese Taipei TPE