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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 12, 1912
Date Finished: July 13, 1912

Gold: USA Charles Reidpath
Silver: GER Hanns Braun
Bronze: USA Ed Lindberg


Three Americans were highly considered for this event. [Ed Lindberg] had won the AAU Championship in 1909 and 1911 and won the central U.S. Olympic Trial. [Donnell Young] won the 1911 IC4A title and the eastern U.S. Olympic Trial. The 1912 IC4A 440 yard champion had been Syracuse's [Charles Reidpath].

In the fifth semi-final, Young was involved in a controversial incident with Germany's [Hanns Braun]. On the first curve, Braun tried to cut in front of Young, who reacted by pushing Braun violently to the outside of the track. Young finished first but was disqualified and Braun was advanced to the final, where he would compete against four Americans - Reidpath, Lindberg, [Ted Meredith], and [Carroll Haff].

The first round and semi-finals had been run without lanes. But the Braun/Young incident changed that and strings were put up for the final, and the runners ran in lanes. Braun took the lead until he was passed on the last curve by Reidpath. Reidpath held on to narrowly defeat Braun, with Lindberg taking the bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charles Reidpath 22 United States USA Gold OR
2 Hanns Braun 25 Germany GER Silver
3 Ed Lindberg 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Ted Meredith 20 United States USA
5 Carroll Haff 20 United States USA
2 h1 r2/3 Hec Edmundson 25 United States USA
2 h2 r2/3 Eric Lindholm 21 Sweden SWE
2 h3 r2/3 Mel Sheppard 28 United States USA
2 h4 r2/3 Emilio Lunghi 25 Italy ITA
2 h5 r2/3 Ira Davenport 24 United States USA
3 h1 r2/3 George Nicol 25 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r2/3 Charles Lelong 21 France FRA
3 h3 r2/3 George Patching 25 South Africa RSA
3 h4 r2/3 Ervin Szerelemhegyi 21 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r2/3 Frigyes Wiesner-Mezei 24 Hungary HUN
4 h3 r2/3 Knut Stenborg 22 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Charles Poulenard 27 France FRA
5 h3 r2/3 Ole Jacob Pedersen 23 Norway NOR
AC h2 r2/3 Cyril Seedhouse 20 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r2/3 Algernon Wells 26 Great Britain GBR
AC h2 r2/3 Jacques Person 23 Germany GER
AC h3 r2/3 Ernest Henley 23 Great Britain GBR
AC h4 r2/3 Ernest Haley 27 Great Britain GBR
AC h4 r2/3 James Rosenberger 25 United States USA
AC h5 r2/3 James Soutter 27 Great Britain GBR
AC h5 r2/3 Paul Zerling 22 Sweden SWE
AC h5 r2/3 Donnell Young 24 United States USA
2 h4 r1/3 Yahiko Mishima 26 Japan JPN
2 h8 r1/3 Johan Dahlin 26 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r1/3 Władysław Ponurski 21 Austria AUT
3 h3 r1/3 Armando Cortesão 21 Portugal POR
3 h5 r1/3 István Déván 21 Hungary HUN
3 h7 r1/3 Max Herrmann 27 Germany GER
3 h8 r1/3 Géo Malfait 33 France FRA
3 h9 r1/3 Heinrich Burkowitz 20 Germany GER
3 h10r1/3 Franco Giongo 20 Italy ITA
3 h11r1/3 Mel Brock 24 Canada CAN
3 h12r1/3 Tom Gallon 25 Canada CAN
3 h15r1/3 Heinrich Wenseler 21 Germany GER
4 h5 r1/3 Gösta Möller 24 Sweden SWE
4 h9 r1/3 Václav Labík-Gregan 18 Bohemia BOH
4 h11r1/3 Pyotr Gayevsky 24 Russia RUS
4 h12r1/3 Erich Lehmann 21 Germany GER
4 h15r1/3 Alan Patterson 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h12r1/3 Georges Rolot 22 France FRA
5 h15r1/3 Robert Schurrer 22 France FRA
6 h12r1/3 Ödön Bodor 30 Hungary HUN
AC h1 r1/3 Claude Ross 18 Australasia ANZ
AC h14r1/3 Alex Pedersen 21 Norway NOR