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Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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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 Frank Loomis
Silver: USA John Norton
Bronze: USA Gus Desch


The event was rarely contested in this era and was considered wide open. The Americans swept the event with the three medalists finishing in the same order in which they finished at the Olympic Trials earlier in the year. [Frank Loomis], who won the race, broke the world record of 54.2 that had been set by the silver medalist, [John Norton], at the Western Olympic Trials in Pasadena in June 1920.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Frank Loomis 23 United States USA Gold WR
2 John Norton 27 United States USA Silver
3 Gus Desch 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Géo André 30 France FRA
5 Carl-Axel Christiernsson 22 Sweden SWE
6 Charles Daggs 19 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Gösta Bladin 25 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r2/3 Edward Wheller 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Wilfred Kent-Hughes 24 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/3 Erkka Wilén 21 Finland FIN
3 h1 r1/3 George Gray Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/3 František Kiehlmann 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h3 r1/3 Georg Lindström 21 Sweden SWE
3 h4 r1/3 Valdemar Wickholm 29 Finland FIN
4 h1 r1/3 Harry Marek Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h3 r1/3 Albert Lucas 21 France FRA
4 h4 r1/3 Omer Smet 29 Belgium BEL
AC h2 r1/3 Antony Jarrety France FRA
AC h2 r1/3 Attie van Heerden 22 South Africa RSA