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Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 15, 1920
Date Finished: August 17, 1920

Gold: GBR Albert Hill
Silver: USA Earl Eby
Bronze: RSA Bevil Rudd


The world record in 1920 was held by [Ted Meredith], who had run 1:51.9 in winning the 1912 Olympic gold medal. But Meredith ran only the 400 in Antwerp. The 1920 AAA champion was [Bevil Rudd] of South Africa, who would later win gold in the 400 metres. Rudd succeeded [Albert Hill], who won the 1919 AAA title. The U.S. champion in 1920 was [Earl Eby].

The semi-finals and final of this event were held only 30 minutes apart. In the final, Eby and [Don Scott] (USA) led for the first lap, with Eby passing 400 in 54.2. Bevil Rudd took the lead with a lap remaining and held it until the final straight. He faded in the stretch as Hill and Eby fought out a close finish, with Hill pulling ahead in the last few metres. Hill had first come to prominence in 1909, finishing fourth in AAA four-mile event. During the war, he served as a signalman in the Royal Flying Corps. Earl Eby later became one of America’s top track writers.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Albert Hill 31 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Earl Eby 25 United States USA Silver
3 Bevil Rudd 24 South Africa RSA Bronze
4 Edgar Mountain 19 Great Britain GBR
5 Don Scott 25 United States USA
6 Bryan Sprott 32 United States USA
7 Adje Paulen 17 Netherlands NED
8 Paul Esparbès France FRA
AC Tom Campbell 21 United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Ernesto Ambrosini 25 Italy ITA
4 h2 r2/3 Sven Emil Lundgren 23 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r2/3 Anatole Bolin 26 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Robert Goullieux 19 France FRA
5 h2 r2/3 Mario-Giuseppe Bonini 22 Italy ITA
5 h3 r2/3 Fernand Bauduin France FRA
6 h1 r2/3 Miguel García 22 Spain ESP
6 h2 r2/3 Kléber Argouac'h 24 France FRA
6 h3 r2/3 Henry Dafel 31 South Africa RSA
7 h1 r2/3 James Doig South Africa RSA
1 h3 r1/3 Philip Baker 30 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/3 Joseph Van Der Wee 17 Belgium BEL
5 h2 r1/3 Elis Johansson 22 Sweden SWE
5 h3 r1/3 Agide Simonazzi 24 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/3 Nils Engdahl 21 Sweden SWE
5 h5 r1/3 Jaroslav Procházka Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h1 r1/3 Saburo Hasumi 24 Japan JPN
6 h2 r1/3 Arturo Porro Italy ITA
6 h3 r1/3 Paul Martin 18 Switzerland SUI
6 h4 r1/3 Johannes Villemson 27 Estonia EST
6 h5 r1/3 Henri Godin 27 Belgium BEL
7 h1 r1/3 José Luis Grasset 18 Spain ESP
7 h2 r1/3 Léoncé Oleffe 22 Belgium BEL
7 h3 r1/3 Karel Frankenstein 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h4 r1/3 Josef Teplý Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h5 r1/3 Émile Barral 28 Monaco MON
8 h1 r1/3 Karel Přibyl 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
8 h2 r1/3 Hec Phillips 30 Canada CAN
9 h1 r1/3 Jean Proess 23 Luxembourg LUX
9 h2 r1/3 Odolf Larsen 22 Norway NOR
AC h4 r1/3 Jean Delarge 27 Belgium BEL