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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 2, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932

Gold: USA Eddie Tolan
Silver: USA George Simpson
Bronze: USA Ralph Metcalfe


The race was expected to be between American [Eddie Tolan] and [Ralph Metcalfe], with Metcalfe favored as he was better in the 200. They had already finished 1-2 in the 100, Tolan winning. In the final, Metcalfe looked to be running a very strong curve but could not close on Tolan and actually entered the straight in third place, behind Tolan and teammate [George Simpson]. They finished in that order for an American sweep. Films of the race then revealed that Metcalfe had been the victim of a terrible measurement error, his lane being 1.5 metres longer than it should have been. He graciously decined a re-run of the race, because the Americans had swept the medals. Had the lane been measured correctly, he definitely would have placed higher, possibly beating Tolan. Metcalfe later served four terms as a US Congressman.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Eddie Tolan 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 George Simpson 23 United States USA Silver
3 Ralph Metcalfe 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Arthur Jonath 22 Germany GER
5 Carlos Bianchi 21 Argentina ARG
6 Willie Walters 24 South Africa RSA
4 h1 r3/4 Danie Joubert 23 South Africa RSA
4 h2 r3/4 Harold Wright 23 Canada CAN
5 h1 r3/4 Erich Borchmeyer 27 Germany GER
5 h2 r3/4 Allan Elliot 26 New Zealand NZL
6 h1 r3/4 Bert Pearson Canada CAN
6 h2 r3/4 Roberto Genta 25 Argentina ARG
4 h1 r2/4 Itaro Nakajima 21 Japan JPN
4 h2 r2/4 Fritz Hendrix 21 Germany GER
4 h3 r2/4 Takayoshi Yoshioka 23 Japan JPN
4 h4 r2/4 Stanley Engelhart 22 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/4 Chris Berger 21 Netherlands NED
5 h2 r2/4 Stanley Fuller 24 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r2/4 Stuart Black 24 New Zealand NZL
5 h4 r2/4 Teiichi Nishi 24 Japan JPN
4 h2 r1/4 Enrique Sánchez Mexico MEX
4 h3 r1/4 Liu Changchun 22 China CHN
4 h6 r1/4 Andrej Engel 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h7 r1/4 Ronald Vernieux 21 India IND
5 h6 r1/4 Everardo Múzquiz Mexico MEX