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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1932
Date Finished: August 5, 1932

Gold: USA Bill Carr
Silver: USA Ben Eastman
Bronze: CAN Alex Wilson


Early in 1932, [Ben Eastman] had broken the world record for 400 metres and 440 yards with 46.4. But he was defeated at both the Olympic Trials and the IC4A Championships by [Bill Carr]. The two won the semi-finals with Carr posting 47.2 and Eastman 47.6. In the final, Eastman led thru the first 300 metres, but he was caught by Carr with 80 metres to go, who held on for a two-metre victory in the world record time of 46.2.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bill Carr 22 United States USA Gold WR
2 Ben Eastman 21 United States USA Silver
3 Alex Wilson 24 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Willie Walters 24 South Africa RSA
5 James Gordon 23 United States USA
6 George Golding 26 Australia AUS
4 h1 r3/4 Godfrey Rampling 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r3/4 Börje Strandvall 23 Finland FIN
5 h1 r3/4 Felix Rinner 21 Austria AUT
5 h2 r3/4 Crew Stoneley 21 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r3/4 Jochen Büchner 27 Germany GER
6 h2 r3/4 Jimmy Ball 29 Canada CAN
5 h1 r2/4 Domingos Puglisi 20 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r2/4 Hjalle Johannesen 25 Norway NOR
5 h3 r2/4 Ray Lewis 21 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/4 Iwao Masuda 17 Japan JPN
6 h2 r2/4 Seikan Oki 25 Japan JPN
6 h3 r2/4 Adolf Metzner 22 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/4 Kell Areskoug 25 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/4 Carlos de Anda 24 Mexico MEX
4 h3 r1/4 Sten Pettersson 29 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/4 Walter Nehb 23 Germany GER
4 h5 r1/4 Stuart Black 24 New Zealand NZL
4 h6 r1/4 Ricardo Arguello Mexico MEX
5 h4 r1/4 Khristos Mantikas Greece GRE
5 h5 r1/4 Seiken Cho 22 Japan JPN
6 h4 r1/4 Manuel Álvarez Mexico MEX