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Athletics at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Colombes Olympic Stadium, Colombes
Date Started: July 10, 1924
Date Finished: July 11, 1924

Gold: GBR Eric Liddell
Silver: USA Horatio Fitch
Bronze: GBR Guy Butler


[Eric Liddell] was one of the two heroes of the movie Chariots of Fire. Liddell was devoutly religious, and later became a missionary and lay minister. In the movie he learns while getting on the boat to Paris that the 100 finals would take place on a Sunday and he withdraws, electing to run the 400 instead. In real life, Liddell knew about the 1924 Olympic schedule for six months, and trained specifically for the 200 and 400, winning the Scottish and AAA titles at 440 yards in 1924. He finished third in the [200] the day before the heats of the 400 started. In the final he led from the gun, going thru 200 in 22.2, and pulled away to win easily in world record time.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Eric Liddell 22 Great Britain GBR Gold WR
2 Horatio Fitch 23 United States USA Silver
3 Guy Butler 24 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 David Johnson 22 Canada CAN
5 John C. Taylor 23 United States USA
AC Josef Imbach 29 Switzerland SUI
4 h1 r3/4 Adje Paulen 21 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r3/4 Charles Hoff 21 Norway NOR
5 h1 r3/4 Toby Betts 19 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r3/4 Clarence Oldfield 24 South Africa RSA
6 h1 r3/4 Nils Engdahl 25 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r3/4 Artur Svensson 23 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r2/4 Alan Christie 18 Canada CAN
3 h2 r2/4 Gustaf Wejnarth 22 Sweden SWE
3 h3 r2/4 Barthélémy Favodon 25 France FRA
3 h4 r2/4 Ray Robertson 22 United States USA
3 h5 r2/4 Erkka Wilén 25 Finland FIN
3 h6 r2/4 Eric Wilson 23 United States USA
4 h1 r2/4 Edward Toms 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/4 Gaston Féry 24 France FRA
4 h3 r2/4 Terence Pitt 20 India IND
4 h4 r2/4 Luigi Facelli 25 Italy ITA
4 h5 r2/4 Roy Norman 27 Australia AUS
4 h6 r2/4 Sean Lavan 25 Ireland IRL
5 h3 r2/4 Kai Jensen 27 Denmark DEN
5 h4 r2/4 Raymond Fritz France FRA
5 h5 r2/4 Alfredo Gargiullo 18 Italy ITA
5 h6 r2/4 Tokushige Noto 22 Japan JPN
6 h3 r2/4 Federico Brewster 18 Argentina ARG
6 h5 r2/4 George Renwick 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h6 r2/4 Horace Aylwin 21 Canada CAN
2 h3 r1/4 Lajos Kurunczy 27 Hungary HUN
2 h15r1/4 Erik Åström 22 Finland FIN
3 h2 r1/4 Jules Migeot 25 Belgium BEL
3 h3 r1/4 Richard Honner 26 Australia AUS
3 h4 r1/4 William Fuller Canada CAN
3 h7 r1/4 Wim Bolten 23 Netherlands NED
3 h8 r1/4 Wim Kat 19 Netherlands NED
3 h9 r1/4 Charles Lane 19 Australia AUS
3 h10r1/4 Carlos Garces Mexico MEX
3 h11r1/4 Francisco Dova Argentina ARG
3 h12r1/4 Félix Escobar Argentina ARG
3 h13r1/4 Stefan Ołdak 19 Poland POL
3 h14r1/4 Erik Byléhn 26 Sweden SWE
3 h16r1/4 Narciso Costa 20 Brazil BRA
3 h17r1/4 Paul Hammer 23 Luxembourg LUX
4 h2 r1/4 Reinhold Kesküll 23 Estonia EST
4 h3 r1/4 Kiril Petrunov Bulgaria BUL
4 h4 r1/4 Édouard Armand Haiti HAI
4 h8 r1/4 Guillermo Amparan Mexico MEX
4 h9 r1/4 Menso Menso 21 Netherlands NED
4 h10r1/4 Emilio Casanovas Argentina ARG
4 h11r1/4 José Martínez Mexico MEX
4 h12r1/4 Raymond Jamois 22 France FRA
4 h14r1/4 Stanisław Świętochowski 24 Poland POL
4 h16r1/4 Ennio Maffiolini Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/4 Christophe Mirgain 21 Luxembourg LUX
5 h9 r1/4 Juan Escutia Mexico MEX
5 h12r1/4 Karel Přibyl 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h16r1/4 Christian Simmen Switzerland SUI