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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: July 31, 1948

Gold: USA Harrison Dillard
Silver: USA Barney Ewell
Bronze: PAN Lloyd LaBeach


The fastest sprinters in the world in 1948 were felt to be [Mel Patton] of the USA and [Lloyd LaBeach] of Panama, who became his nation’s first Olympic athlete ever in London. They had raced several times in 1947 and early 1948, basically splitting the races, as there was little to choose between them. Another top sprinter was [Barney Ewell], but he had been at his best during the war years and was felt to be slightly past his prime. One athlete who would not compete in London was Hal Davis, who would have been favored in either 1940 or 1944 if the Olympics had not been lost to the war. An unusual thing happened at the US Olympic Trials. The heavy favorite in the high hurdles was [Harrison Dillard], who had not lost a hurdle race in several years, but he hit a hurdle in the final of the Trials and did not finish. Fortunately for him, he had also entered the 100 metres and made the team in that event behind Patton and Ewell. In the Olympic final, Patton got off to a disastrous start and was not a factor. Dillard led from start to finish with Ewell closing quickly to get the silver medal, LaBeach in third.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Harrison Dillard 25 United States USA Gold
2 Barney Ewell 30 United States USA Silver
3 Lloyd LaBeach 26 Panama PAN Bronze
4 Alastair McCorquodale 22 Great Britain GBR
5 Mel Patton 23 United States USA
6 McDonald Bailey 27 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r3/4 John Bartram 23 Australia AUS
4 h2 r3/4 John Treloar 20 Australia AUS
5 h1 r3/4 Juan López 22 Uruguay URU
5 h2 r3/4 Rafael Fortún 28 Cuba CUB
6 h1 r3/4 Morris Curotta 19 Australia AUS
6 h2 r3/4 Ken Jones 26 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/4 Ivan Hausen 20 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r2/4 Georgie Lewis 31 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
4 h3 r2/4 René Valmy 27 France FRA
4 h4 r2/4 Haroldo da Silva 18 Brazil BRA
5 h1 r2/4 Ted Haggis 24 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/4 Béla Goldoványi 22 Hungary HUN
5 h3 r2/4 Mario Fayos 21 Uruguay URU
5 h4 r2/4 Gerardo Bönnhoff 22 Argentina ARG
6 h1 r2/4 Nuno Morais 25 Portugal POR
6 h2 r2/4 Haukur Clausen 19 Iceland ISL
6 h3 r2/4 Isidoor Van De Wiele 23 Belgium BEL
6 h4 r2/4 Eric Prabhakar 23 India IND
3 h1 r1/4 Les Laing 23 Jamaica JAM
3 h2 r1/4 Jimmy O'Brien 23 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/4 Frank Mahoney Bermuda BER
3 h4 r1/4 Jan Meijer 27 Netherlands NED
3 h5 r1/4 Peter Bloch 25 Norway NOR
3 h6 r1/4 Abram van Heerden 20 South Africa RSA
3 h7 r1/4 György Csányi 26 Hungary HUN
3 h8 r1/4 Basil McKenzie Jamaica JAM
3 h9 r1/4 Raúl Mazorra 19 Cuba CUB
3 h10r1/4 Walter Pérez 23 Uruguay URU
3 h11r1/4 Alberto Labarthe 20 Chile CHI
3 h12r1/4 László Bartha 23 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r1/4 Angel García 28 Cuba CUB
4 h2 r1/4 Fernando Lapuente 20 Argentina ARG
4 h4 r1/4 Máximo Reyes 19 Peru PER
4 h5 r1/4 Pol Braekman 28 Belgium BEL
4 h6 r1/4 Carlos Silva 21 Chile CHI
4 h7 r1/4 Carlos Isaac 24 Argentina ARG
4 h8 r1/4 Hélio da Silva 24 Brazil BRA
4 h9 r1/4 Örn Clausen 19 Iceland ISL
4 h10r1/4 Santiago Ferrando 20 Peru PER
4 h11r1/4 Sharif Butt 22 Pakistan PAK
4 h12r1/4 Jan Kleyn 23 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r1/4 Nestor Jacono 23 Malta MLT
5 h2 r1/4 Hector Gosset 21 Belgium BEL
5 h4 r1/4 Finnbjörn Þorvaldsson 24 Iceland ISL
5 h6 r1/4 Bernabe Lovina 27 Philippines PHI
5 h7 r1/4 Sayed Moukhtar Egypt EGY
5 h8 r1/4 Jo Zwaan 25 Netherlands NED
5 h9 r1/4 Raşit Öztaş Turkey TUR
5 h10r1/4 Stefanos Petrakis 23 Greece GRE
5 h11r1/4 Charles Thompson Guyana GUY
5 h12r1/4 Kemal Aksur 24 Turkey TUR
6 h2 r1/4 Guillermo Rodríguez Mexico MEX
6 h6 r1/4 Stanley Lines 30 Bermuda BER
6 h7 r1/4 Ali Salman Iraq IRQ
6 h12r1/4 Maung Sein Pe Myanmar MYA
AC h9 r1/4 Perry Johnson Bermuda BER
AC h12r1/4 Étienne Bally 25 France FRA