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Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 15, 1920
Date Finished: August 16, 1920

Gold: USA Charley Paddock
Silver: USA Morris Kirksey
Bronze: GBR Harry Edward


[Charlie Paddock] had won the Inter-Allied Championship in 1919 and was considered the favorite. However, [Loren Murchison] had run 10.8 in the heats and was a top challenger, as he had defeated Paddock in winning the U.S. Olympic Trials. The official world record was 10.6, set by [Donald Lippincott] (USA) at the 1912 Olympics. The 1920 AAA champion was [Harry Edward], a British runner who had been born in Guyana. The semis were won by Paddock and Edward. In the finals, the starter requested that Paddock pull his hands back behind the line. Murchison began to stand up, thinking the sprinters would be taken fully through the commands again. The pistol was then fired and Murchison was left at the blocks, with no chance to win. [Jackson Scholz] led at 50 metres, but Paddock closed quickly to win, using his famous “jump finish”. Scholz was originally placed 5th, behind [Émile Ali Khan], but the judges then reversed themselves and put Scholz 4th.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charley Paddock 19 United States USA Gold
2 Morris Kirksey 24 United States USA Silver
3 Harry Edward 22 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Jackson Scholz 23 United States USA
5 Émile Ali Khan 17 France FRA
6 Loren Murchison 21 United States USA
4 h1 r3/4 Jack Oosterlaak 24 South Africa RSA
4 h2 r3/4 Paul Brochart 21 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r3/4 Félix Mendizábal 29 Spain ESP
5 h2 r3/4 William Hill 23 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r2/4 René Mourlon 26 France FRA
3 h2 r2/4 Willie Bukes 24 South Africa RSA
3 h3 r2/4 George Davidson 21 New Zealand NZL
3 h4 r2/4 Josef Imbach 25 Switzerland SUI
3 h5 r2/4 Vic d'Arcy 32 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/4 William Hunt 22 Australia AUS
4 h2 r2/4 August Sørensen 23 Denmark DEN
4 h3 r2/4 Harold Abrahams 20 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r2/4 René Tirard 20 France FRA
4 h5 r2/4 Marinus Sørensen 22 Denmark DEN
5 h1 r2/4 Mario Riccoboni 31 Italy ITA
5 h2 r2/4 Vittorio Zucca 24 Italy ITA
5 h3 r2/4 Cor Wezepoel 23 Netherlands NED
5 h4 r2/4 Alex Ponton 22 Canada CAN
3 h1 r1/4 Marcel Gustin 24 Belgium BEL
3 h2 r1/4 Erik Lindvall 25 Sweden SWE
3 h3 r1/4 Albert Heijnneman 23 Netherlands NED
3 h4 r1/4 Frank Irvine 21 South Africa RSA
3 h5 r1/4 Leonard Dixon 23 South Africa RSA
3 h6 r1/4 René Lorain 20 France FRA
3 h7 r1/4 Diego Ordóñez 16 Spain ESP
3 h8 r1/4 Carlos Botín 20 Spain ESP
3 h9 r1/4 Rolf Stenersen 21 Norway NOR
3 h10r1/4 Giorgio Croci 27 Italy ITA
3 h11r1/4 Agne Holmström 26 Sweden SWE
3 h12r1/4 Cyril Coaffee 23 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/4 Ichiro Kaga 21 Japan JPN
4 h2 r1/4 Ahmed Abbas Khairy Egypt EGY
4 h3 r1/4 Vojtěch Plzák Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h4 r1/4 Bjarne Guldager 22 Norway NOR
4 h5 r1/4 August Waibel Switzerland SUI
4 h6 r1/4 Johan Johnsen 27 Norway NOR
4 h7 r1/4 Jean Colbach 23 Luxembourg LUX
4 h8 r1/4 Shinichi Yamaoka 26 Japan JPN
4 h9 r1/4 Dimitrios Karabatis 20 Greece GRE
4 h10r1/4 Harry, Ridder van Rappard 22 Netherlands NED
4 h11r1/4 Fritiof Normann Andersen 21 Denmark DEN
4 h12r1/4 Julien Lehouck 23 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r1/4 Paul Hammer 19 Luxembourg LUX
5 h2 r1/4 Purma Bannerjee India IND
5 h4 r1/4 Nils Sandström 26 Sweden SWE
5 h5 r1/4 Alex Servais 24 Luxembourg LUX
5 h6 r1/4 Jaime Camps 24 Spain ESP
5 h7 r1/4 Eduard Hašek 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h8 r1/4 Edmond Médécin 21 Monaco MON
5 h9 r1/4 Sven Malm 26 Sweden SWE
5 h11r1/4 Jean Lefèvre Belgium BEL
5 h12r1/4 Asle Bækkedal 23 Norway NOR
6 h1 r1/4 Jan de Vries 24 Netherlands NED
6 h6 r1/4 Giovanni-Battista Orlandi 22 Italy ITA