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Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 19, 1920
Date Finished: August 20, 1920

Gold: USA Allen Woodring
Silver: USA Charley Paddock
Bronze: GBR Harry Edward


[Charlie Paddock] was again the favorite, having won the U.S. Olympic Trials and the 1919 Inter-Allied Championships. Great Britain's [Harry Edward] had won the 1920 AAA Championship. The world record was 21.1, set by Britain's [William Applegarth] in London in July 1914. [Allen Woodring] had finished only 5th in the U.S. Olympic Trial but was chosen to run the 200 ahead of George Massengale, who had finished 4th in the trials. Paddock led in the finals until about 180 metres, when Woodring shot past him to win. Edward might have run better had he not strained a muscle in the semi-finals.

Woodring was described in Barcs, as follows, "Allen, if he could avoid it, never spoke. He lived a very unsportmanslike life, and was one of the most studious and conscientious athletes. Actually, he arrived in Antwerp by accident. He was unable to win a place in the official selection contests and was included on the list only in the last minute. He trained with great diligence. So much so that his shoes fell apart, which was a major disaster. … Woodring was unable to obtain any track shoes. Finally, one of the other athletes loaned him his own ones, but only for the duration of the race."

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Allen Woodring 22 United States USA Gold
2 Charley Paddock 19 United States USA Silver
3 Harry Edward 22 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Loren Murchison 21 United States USA
5 George Davidson 21 New Zealand NZL
6 Jack Oosterlaak 24 South Africa RSA
4 h1 r3/4 Morris Kirksey 24 United States USA
4 h2 r3/4 Alex Ponton 22 Canada CAN
AC h2 r3/4 Josef Imbach 25 Switzerland SUI
2 h5 r2/4 Paul Brochart 21 Belgium BEL
3 h1 r2/4 René Tirard 20 France FRA
3 h2 r2/4 René Caste France FRA
3 h3 r2/4 René Lorain 20 France FRA
3 h4 r2/4 Harold Abrahams 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r2/4 William Hill 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/4 August Sørensen 23 Denmark DEN
4 h2 r2/4 William Hunt 22 Australia AUS
4 h3 r2/4 Nils Sandström 26 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r2/4 Vojtěch Plzák Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h5 r2/4 Sven Krokström 24 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r2/4 Agne Holmström 26 Sweden SWE
5 h3 r2/4 Max Houben 21 Belgium BEL
5 h4 r2/4 Cor Wezepoel 23 Netherlands NED
5 h5 r2/4 Albert Heijnneman 23 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r1/4 Diego Ordóñez 16 Spain ESP
3 h2 r1/4 Félix Mendizábal 29 Spain ESP
3 h3 r1/4 Marcel Gustin 24 Belgium BEL
3 h4 r1/4 Giovanni-Battista Orlandi 22 Italy ITA
3 h5 r1/4 Willie Bukes 24 South Africa RSA
3 h6 r1/4 Vic d'Arcy 32 Great Britain GBR
3 h7 r1/4 Dimitrios Karabatis 20 Greece GRE
3 h8 r1/4 Carlos Pajarón Spain ESP
3 h9 r1/4 Frank Irvine 21 South Africa RSA
3 h10r1/4 Sven Malm 26 Sweden SWE
3 h11r1/4 Cyril Coaffee 23 Canada CAN
3 h12r1/4 Jean-René Seurin 20 France FRA
4 h1 r1/4 Shinichi Yamaoka 26 Japan JPN
4 h2 r1/4 Harry, Ridder van Rappard 22 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r1/4 Paul Hammer 19 Luxembourg LUX
4 h5 r1/4 Rolf Stenersen 21 Norway NOR
4 h6 r1/4 Ahmed Abbas Khairy Egypt EGY
4 h8 r1/4 August Waibel Switzerland SUI
4 h9 r1/4 Ichiro Kaga 21 Japan JPN
4 h10r1/4 Mario Riccoboni 31 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/4 Bjarne Guldager 22 Norway NOR
5 h2 r1/4 Federico Reparaz 20 Spain ESP
5 h9 r1/4 Edmond Médécin 21 Monaco MON
5 h10r1/4 Reinhold Saulmann 24 Estonia EST