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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 3, 1960
Date Finished: September 6, 1960

Gold: USA Otis Davis
Silver: GER Carl Kaufmann
Bronze: RSA Malcolm Spence
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There was no heavy favorite in this event in 1960. The best US runner was likely Otis Davis, but he was a relative newcomer to the event. No European runner had really established themselves as the leader in Europe. One interesting challenger was India's Milkha Singh, who had won the 1958 Commonwealth Games, the first major title won in track & field athletics from that nation. The final was led by South Africa's Malcolm Spence (not to be confused with Jamaica's Mal Spence, who did not survive the semi-finals). Davis accelerated as he entered the final turn, and pulled ahead. On the final straight, Germany's Carl Kaufmann began to close. He dove at the tape, but Davis won in a photo-finish. Both Davis and Kaufmann were credited with the world record of 44.9, Davis winning on auto-time, 45.07 to 45.08.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Otis Davis 28 United States USA Gold WR
2 Carl Kaufmann 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Malcolm Spence 22 South Africa RSA Bronze
4 Milkha Singh 24 India IND
5 Manfred Kinder 22 Germany GER
6 Earl Young 19 United States USA
4 h1 r3/4 Robbie Brightwell 20 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r3/4 Abdul Karim Amu 26 Nigeria NGR
5 h1 r3/4 Gordon Day 24 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r3/4 Mal Spence 24 West Indies Federation WIF
6 h1 r3/4 Kevan Gosper 26 Australia AUS
6 h2 r3/4 Jack Yerman 21 United States USA
4 h1 r2/4 Terry Tobacco 24 Canada CAN
4 h2 r2/4 Jim Wedderburn 22 West Indies Federation WIF
4 h3 r2/4 Jochen Reske 20 Germany GER
4 h4 r2/4 Jerzy Kowalski 23 Poland POL
5 h1 r2/4 Edgar Davis 19 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r2/4 German Guenard 17 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h3 r2/4 Stanisław Swatowski 26 Poland POL
5 h4 r2/4 Giuseppe Bommarito 26 Italy ITA
6 h1 r2/4 Malcolm Yardley 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/4 John Wrighton 27 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/4 Konstantin Grachov 33 Soviet Union URS
6 h4 r2/4 Barry Robinson 23 New Zealand NZL
7 h3 r2/4 Bartonjo Rotich 22 Kenya KEN
7 h4 r2/4 Lodewijk De Clerck 24 Belgium BEL
1 h2 r1/4 Alf Petersson 27 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/4 Josef Trousil 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h2 r1/4 Felix Heuertz 25 Luxembourg LUX
4 h3 r1/4 Anubes da Silva 24 Brazil BRA
4 h4 r1/4 Gadi Ado 20 Uganda UGA
4 h5 r1/4 Li Po-Ting 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
4 h6 r1/4 Mani Jegathesan 16 Malaya MAL
4 h7 r1/4 Zdeněk Váňa 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h8 r1/4 Voitto Hellstén 28 Finland FIN
4 h9 r1/4 René Weber 27 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r1/4 John Asare-Antwi 24 Ghana GHA
5 h3 r1/4 Csaba Csutorás 22 Hungary HUN
5 h4 r1/4 Marcel Lambrechts 29 Belgium BEL
5 h5 r1/4 Clayton Glasgow 23 Guyana GUY
5 h6 r1/4 Iván Rodríguez 23 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h7 r1/4 Vasilios Sillis 31 Greece GRE
5 h8 r1/4 Jassim Karim Kuraishi 22 Iraq IRQ
5 h9 r1/4 Moussa Said 21 Ethiopia ETH
6 h1 r1/4 Hirotada Hayase 19 Japan JPN
6 h3 r1/4 Hugh Bullard 18 Bahamas BAH
6 h4 r1/4 Jorge Terán 25 Mexico MEX
6 h5 r1/4 George Johnson 22 Liberia LBR
6 h6 r1/4 Claro Pellosis 25 Philippines PHI
6 h7 r1/4 Manut Bumrungphuk 24 Thailand THA
6 h8 r1/4 Fahir Özgüden Turkey TUR
6 h9 r1/4 Amos Grodzinowsky 20 Israel ISR
7 h1 r1/4 Habib Sayed 23 Afghanistan AFG
7 h4 r1/4 Brahim Karabi 26 Tunisia TUN