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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 5, 1936
Date Finished: August 6, 1936

Gold: USA Forrest Towns
Silver: GBR Don Finlay
Bronze: USA Fritz Pollard


The favorites were [Forrest "Spec" Towns] and [Frederick )Fritz) Pollard], both of the USA. Towns had run 14.1 four times earlier in 1936, winning the NCAAs with that time. In the final, Pollard had the fastest start but was caught by Towns at the third hurdle who won quite easily. The 1932 bronze medalist, [Don Finlay], closed fast to nip Pollard for the silver medal. A few weeks later, as a meet in the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Towns shattered the world record with 13.7.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Forrest Towns 22 United States USA Gold
2 Don Finlay 27 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Fritz Pollard 21 United States USA Bronze
4 HÃ¥kan Lidman 21 Sweden SWE
5 John Thornton 25 Great Britain GBR
6 Larry O'Connor 19 Canada CAN
4 h1 r2/3 Roy Staley 21 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Vane Ivanović 23 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h1 r2/3 Tadashi Murakami 23 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Erwin Wegner 27 Germany GER
6 h1 r2/3 Juan Lavenás 21 Argentina ARG
6 h2 r2/3 Tom Lavery 24 South Africa RSA
3 h1 r1/3 Khristos Mantikas Greece GRE
3 h2 r1/3 Johann Langmayr 25 Austria AUT
3 h3 r1/3 Jim Worrall 22 Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/3 Ashleigh Pilbrow 24 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/3 Ernst Leitner 23 Austria AUT
3 h6 r1/3 Gianni Caldana 22 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/3 Svend Aage Thomsen 25 Denmark DEN
4 h2 r1/3 Willi Welscher 30 Germany GER
4 h3 r1/3 Darcy Guimarães 21 Brazil BRA
4 h4 r1/3 Ioannis Skiadas 23 Greece GRE
4 h5 r1/3 René Kunz 25 Switzerland SUI
4 h6 r1/3 Alf Watson 29 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/3 Juul Bosmans 22 Belgium BEL
5 h2 r1/3 Huang Yingjie 24 China CHN
5 h3 r1/3 Ludvík Kománek 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h4 r1/3 Lin Shaozhou 27 China CHN
5 h5 r1/3 Kotaro Shimizu 25 Japan JPN
5 h6 r1/3 Miguel White 26 Philippines PHI
6 h1 r1/3 Yasuharu Furuta 21 Japan JPN