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Men's 400 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: RSA Bevil Rudd
Silver: GBR Guy Butler
Bronze: SWE Nils Engdahl


The world record holder (47.4 in 1916), [Ted Meredith] of the United States, was entered but failed to survive the semi-finals. The U.S. Olympic Trial had been won by [Frank Shea], who defended his 1919 AAU crown in the process. The last two AAA champions were Britain's [Guy Butler] (1919) and South Africa's [Bevil Rudd] (1920). The 1919 Inter-Allied Champion was [Earl Eby] of the United States, who competed in Antwerp, but only in the 800 metres. [Nils Engdahl] of Sweden looked good entering the final, as he had won his semi- and quarter-final easily. Engdahl led early, along with Shea of the U.S., but Rudd took the lead at the head of the straight to win. Rudd had been born in Devonshire in the United Kingdom, but was raised in South Africa. He returned to England to attend Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. He had been a top runner prior to the War, during which he served with the Highland Regiment. At the 1920 Oxbridge meet, he showed the wide range of his abilities by finishing second in the 100 yards (to [Harold Abrahams]), tying for first in the 440 yards (with Guy Butler), winning the 880, and finishing fourth in the long jump.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bevil Rudd 24 South Africa RSA Gold
2 Guy Butler 20 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Nils Engdahl 21 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Frank Shea 26 United States USA
5 John Ainsworth-Davis 25 Great Britain GBR
6 Henry Dafel 31 South Africa RSA
4 h1 r3/4 Robert Emery 21 United States USA
4 h2 r3/4 Ted Meredith 28 United States USA
5 h1 r3/4 George Schiller 19 United States USA
5 h2 r3/4 Géo André 30 France FRA
6 h1 r3/4 Gaston Féry 19 France FRA
6 h2 r3/4 Eric Sundblad 22 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/4 François Morren 21 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r2/4 Erkka Wilén 21 Finland FIN
4 h3 r2/4 Robert Lindsay 30 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r2/4 Miguel García 22 Spain ESP
5 h1 r2/4 Clarence Oldfield 20 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r2/4 Hec Phillips 30 Canada CAN
5 h3 r2/4 Omer Corteyn 23 Belgium BEL
5 h4 r2/4 Hedges Worthington-Eyre 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/4 Anatole Bolin 26 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/4 Karel Frankenstein 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h3 r1/4 Sven Krokström 24 Sweden SWE
3 h4 r1/4 Giuseppe Bernardoni Italy ITA
3 h5 r1/4 Reinhold Saulmann 24 Estonia EST
3 h6 r1/4 Karel Přibyl 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h7 r1/4 Maurice Delvart 20 France FRA
3 h8 r1/4 Agide Simonazzi 24 Italy ITA
3 h9 r1/4 Jean Proess 23 Luxembourg LUX
3 h10r1/4 Eugène Bayon France FRA
4 h2 r1/4 Frank Irvine 21 South Africa RSA
4 h5 r1/4 Giovanni Tosi Italy ITA
4 h6 r1/4 Jules Migeot 21 Belgium BEL
4 h7 r1/4 Einar Mangset 26 Norway NOR
4 h8 r1/4 Purma Bannerjee India IND
4 h9 r1/4 José García 19 Spain ESP
4 h10r1/4 Ahmed Abbas Khairy Egypt EGY