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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 1, 1932
Date Finished: August 2, 1932

Gold: GBR Tommy Hampson
Silver: CAN Alex Wilson
Bronze: CAN Phil Edwards


The top American in 1932 was [Ben Eastman], who had broken the 800 world record with 1:50.0 at the Pacific AAU Championships in June. But he elected to compete only in the 400 at Los Angeles. The times posted by the other 800 runners were nothing outstanding and the event was considered open. The final pace was taken out by Canadian [Phil Edwards] who had a big lead with 52.4 at the bell. But on the backstretch he was caught by his teammate, [Alex Wilson], and then by Britain’s [Tommy Hampson]. Wilson led until the closing stretch, caught by Hampson 20 metres from the line. Edwards hung on to win the bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tommy Hampson 24 Great Britain GBR Gold WR
2 Alex Wilson 24 Canada CAN Silver
3 Phil Edwards 24 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Eddie Genung 24 United States USA
5 Ned Turner 19 United States USA
6 Chuck Hornbostel 20 United States USA
7 Jack Powell 21 Great Britain GBR
8 Séra Martin 26 France FRA
9 Otto Peltzer 32 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/2 Cyril Evans 22 New Zealand NZL
4 h2 r1/2 Hjalle Johannesen 25 Norway NOR
4 h3 r1/2 Eddie King 20 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/2 Paul Martin 30 Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r1/2 Hermenegildo del Rosso Argentina ARG
5 h3 r1/2 Max Danz 23 Germany GER
6 h1 r1/2 Nestor Gomes Brazil BRA
6 h2 r1/2 René Morel 20 France FRA
6 h3 r1/2 Domingos Puglisi 20 Brazil BRA
7 h2 r1/2 José Lucílo Iturbe Mexico MEX
7 h3 r1/2 Miguel Vasconcelos 22 Mexico MEX
AC h1 r1/2 Jean Keller 27 France FRA