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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 29, 1928
Date Finished: July 30, 1928

Gold: GBR David, Lord Burghley
Silver: USA Frank Cuhel
Bronze: USA Morgan Taylor


Defending champion [Morgan Taylor] was back and was favored, having won the 1924-26 AAU titles, and the 1928 US Olympic Trials in a world record 52.0. But in the Olympic final, he was outrun by his teammate, silver medalist [Frank Cuhel], and the gold medalist, [David George Brownlow Cecil, Lord Burghley, the 6th Marquess of Exeter]. Burghley was a very colorful character. In the movie Chariots of Fire, he is depicted but by the name Lord Lindsay, as he refused to allow his name to be used, apparently upset by some of the historical inaccuracies in the film. Burghley later became an IOC Member, President of the IAAF, and ran for IOC President in 1952, losing to [Avery Brundage].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 David, Lord Burghley 23 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Frank Cuhel 23 United States USA Silver
3 Morgan Taylor 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Sten Pettersson 25 Sweden SWE
5 Thomas Livingston-Learmonth 22 Great Britain GBR
6 Luigi Facelli 30 Italy ITA
4 h1 r2/3 Roger Viel 25 France FRA
4 h2 r2/3 Johnny Gibson 22 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Stefan Kostrzewski 25 Poland POL
5 h2 r2/3 Erkka Wilén 29 Finland FIN
6 h1 r2/3 Frederick Chauncy 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Robert Maxwell 25 United States USA
3 h1 r1/3 Vangelis Moiropoulos 23 Greece GRE
3 h2 r1/3 Émile Swinnen Belgium BEL
3 h3 r1/3 Jukka Matilainen 26 Finland FIN
3 h4 r1/3 Erik Kjellström 23 Sweden SWE
3 h5 r1/3 Lance Percival 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h6 r1/3 Louis Lundgren 27 Denmark DEN
4 h1 r1/3 André Adelheim 22 France FRA
4 h3 r1/3 Alf Watson 20 Australia AUS
4 h6 r1/3 Warren Montabone 24 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/3 Herman Larsen 28 Denmark DEN
5 h6 r1/3 Édouard Max-Robert 22 France FRA
6 h6 r1/3 S. Abdul Hamid India IND
AC h2 r1/3 Pierre Arnaudin 31 France FRA