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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 11, 1912
Date Finished: July 12, 1912

Gold: USA Fred Kelly
Silver: USA James Wendell
Bronze: USA Martin Hawkins


America’s hurdlers had been pre-eminent at all the early Olympics. But in 1912 it was difficult to pick a favorite among the nine American hurdlers entered. The three U.S. Olympic trials had been won by [Fred Kelly] (west), [John Case] (central), and [Vaughn Blanchard] (east). Case had also been AAU champion in 1910.

All nine Americans advanced to the six semi-finals, where only the winner of each heat advanced to the final. There, Britain’s [Kenneth Powell] met five Americans. In the final, Kelly, [John Nicholson], and [James Wendell] held the lead at the halfway mark. But Nicholson fell at the 8th hurdle. Kelly held on to win by a narrow margin over Wendell.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Fred Kelly 20 United States USA Gold
2 James Wendell 21 United States USA Silver
3 Martin Hawkins 24 United States USA Bronze
4 John Case 23 United States USA
5 Kenneth Powell 27 Great Britain GBR
AC John Nicholson 22 United States USA
2 h1 r2/3 Jack Eller 28 United States USA
2 h2 r2/3 Daciano Colbachini 18 Italy ITA
2 h3 r2/3 Hermann von Bönninghausen 23 Germany GER
2 h4 r2/3 George Chisholm 24 United States USA
2 h5 r2/3 Valdemar Wickholm 21 Finland FIN
2 h6 r2/3 Edwin Pritchard 22 United States USA
3 h1 r2/3 Ferdinand Bie 24 Norway NOR
3 h2 r2/3 Marius Delaby 21 France FRA
3 h3 r2/3 Vaughn Blanchard 22 United States USA
3 h5 r2/3 Henry Blakeney 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h6 r2/3 Géo André 22 France FRA
4 h1 r2/3 Pablo Eitel 24 Chile CHI
AC h2 r2/3 Károly Solymár 17 Hungary HUN
AC h4 r2/3 Laurie Anderson 23 Great Britain GBR
3 h6 r1/3 Alfredo Pagani 24 Italy ITA
3 h11r1/3 Frank Lukeman 26 Canada CAN