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Gymnastics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Rope Climbing

Gymnastics at the 1932 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 10, 1932
Date Finished: August 10, 1932
Format: Placement based on best time in three trials climbing rope.

Gold: USA Benny Bass
Silver: USA Jack Galbraith
Bronze: USA Tom Connolly


Rope climbing has been on the Olympic Program only in 1896, 1904, 1906, 1924 and at Los Angeles in 1932, and has not been held at the Olympics since. There were only five participants – three Americans and two Hungarians.

The event consisted of climbing an 8-meter-high rope, and was contested on time. All competitors were given three tries, with the fastest times determining the placements. The three Americans shared the medals, the gold won by [Benny Bass] in 6.7 seconds, which he recorded on his first trial. He was just ahead of [Jack Galbraith], who was a tenth of a second slower, with [Tom Connolly] winning bronze, both recording their best times in the second round.

The two Hungarians – [Miklós Péter] and [Péter Boros] – only took one attempt each. They were almost five seconds slower than Bass and over four seconds slower than the other Americans in the first round, and withdrew, presumably realizing they had little chance in an event of which they likely had little experience.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 1TT 2TT 3TT
1 Benny Bass 22 United States USA Gold 6.7 6.7 6.8 6.9
2 Jack Galbraith 25 United States USA Silver 6.8 7.0 6.8 7.0
3 Tom Connolly 22 United States USA Bronze 7.0 7.1 7.0 7.2
4 Miklós Péter 26 Hungary HUN 11.5 11.5
5 Péter Boros 24 Hungary HUN 11.6 11.6