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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 2, 1936
Date Finished: August 4, 1936

Gold: USA John Woodruff
Silver: ITA Mario Lanzi
Bronze: CAN Phil Edwards


There were three rounds, and the biggest surprise was the failure of Germany’s [Rudolf Harbig] to get out of round one. The favorite in the final was America’s [John Woodruff]. As in 1932, the final pace was led out by Canada’s [Phil Edwards], who had made his third consecutive final in the event. Woodruff took the lead at the bell, with Italy’s [Mario Lanzi] lagging in eighth place, despite the very slow pace (57.4). But he moved up on the last lap, getting to third by the straight. He would finish quickly for the silver medal, but there was no catching Woodruff, who had increased his lead on the final lap, only to ease up near the finish for a two-metre victory over Lanzi. In July 1939, Rudolf Harbig would shatter the world record, running 1:46.6, a mark which would last until 1955.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 John Woodruff 21 United States USA Gold
2 Mario Lanzi 21 Italy ITA Silver
3 Phil Edwards 28 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Kazimierz Kucharski 27 Poland POL
5 Chuck Hornbostel 24 United States USA
6 Harry Williamson 23 United States USA
7 Juan Carlos Anderson 23 Argentina ARG
8 Gerald Backhouse 23 Australia AUS
9 Brian MacCabe 22 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Miklós Szabó 27 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/3 Jack Powell 25 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r2/3 Raymond Petit 26 France FRA
5 h1 r2/3 Wolfgang Dessecker 24 Germany GER
5 h2 r2/3 Ewald Mertens 26 Germany GER
5 h3 r2/3 Ab Conway 21 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Franz Eichberger 23 Austria AUT
6 h2 r2/3 René Soulier 24 France FRA
6 h3 r2/3 Hjalle Johannesen 29 Norway NOR
7 h1 r2/3 Pat Boot 21 New Zealand NZL
7 h2 r2/3 Emil Hübscher 23 Austria AUT
7 h3 r2/3 Ferenc Temesvári 20 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r2/3 Frank Handley 25 Great Britain GBR
8 h2 r2/3 József Vadas 24 Hungary HUN
8 h3 r2/3 Jean Verhaert 28 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r1/3 Pierre Hemmer 24 Luxembourg LUX
5 h2 r1/3 Emil Goršek 21 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h3 r1/3 Clarke Scholtz 24 South Africa RSA
5 h4 r1/3 Evžen Rošický 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h5 r1/3 Willie Botha 24 South Africa RSA
5 h6 r1/3 William Lindeque 25 South Africa RSA
6 h1 r1/3 Rudi Harbig 22 Germany GER
6 h2 r1/3 Carlos Marcenaro 23 Peru PER
6 h3 r1/3 Toshinao Tomie 25 Japan JPN
6 h4 r1/3 Paul Martin 34 Switzerland SUI
6 h5 r1/3 Grigorios Georgakopoulos Greece GRE
6 h6 r1/3 Kumao Aochi 21 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/3 Francisco Váldez 35 Peru PER
7 h3 r1/3 Stanislav Otáhal 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h4 r1/3 Charles Stein 25 Luxembourg LUX
7 h5 r1/3 Jack Liddle 25 Canada CAN
8 h1 r1/3 Stavros Velkopoulos Greece GRE
8 h3 r1/3 Gyan Bhalla 26 India IND