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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 2, 1948
Date Finished: August 3, 1948

Gold: USA Mel Patton
Silver: USA Barney Ewell
Bronze: PAN Lloyd LaBeach


[Mel Patton] had expected to win the 100 metres in London but placed only fifth in that final. He had never won an American title at 200/220 and faced [Barney Ewell], the 1946-47 AAU Champion. In the final, Ewell started the fastest and led off the curve, but Patton moved ahead at the top of the stretch and maintained a slight lead to the finish. In third place was Panama’s [Lloyd LaBeach], who had also finished third in the 100. The 1946 European Champion was Soviet Nikolay Karakulov, who could not compete because the USSR declined to enter the Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mel Patton 23 United States USA Gold
2 Barney Ewell 30 United States USA Silver
3 Lloyd LaBeach 26 Panama PAN Bronze
4 Herb McKenley 26 Jamaica JAM
5 Cliff Bourland 27 United States USA
6 Les Laing 23 Jamaica JAM
4 h1 r3/4 Haroldo da Silva 18 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r3/4 John Treloar 20 Australia AUS
5 h1 r3/4 Abram van Heerden 20 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r3/4 Alastair McCorquodale 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r3/4 Paul Vallé 21 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r3/4 Rafael Fortún 28 Cuba CUB
4 h1 r2/4 Jan Lammers 21 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r2/4 Gerardo Bönnhoff 22 Argentina ARG
4 h3 r2/4 John Fairgrieve 22 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r2/4 Ivan Hausen 20 Brazil BRA
5 h1 r2/4 Julien Lebas 24 France FRA
5 h2 r2/4 Dennis Shore 33 South Africa RSA
5 h3 r2/4 Santiago Ferrando 20 Peru PER
5 h4 r2/4 Ted Haggis 24 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/4 Rosalvo Ramos 34 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r2/4 John De Saram 19 Sri Lanka SRI
6 h4 r2/4 Sharif Butt 22 Pakistan PAK
1 h11r1/4 Juan López 22 Uruguay URU
3 h1 r1/4 Haukur Clausen 19 Iceland ISL
3 h2 r1/4 Bernabe Lovina 27 Philippines PHI
3 h3 r1/4 Nuno Morais 25 Portugal POR
3 h4 r1/4 Angel García 28 Cuba CUB
3 h5 r1/4 Basil McKenzie Jamaica JAM
3 h6 r1/4 Guillermo Geary 22 Argentina ARG
3 h7 r1/4 Raúl Mazorra 19 Cuba CUB
3 h8 r1/4 Georgie Lewis 31 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
3 h9 r1/4 Raşit Öztaş Turkey TUR
3 h10r1/4 Fernand Bourgaux 28 Belgium BEL
3 h11r1/4 Gabe Scholten 27 Netherlands NED
3 h12r1/4 Don Pettie 21 Canada CAN
4 h1 r1/4 Stanley Lines 30 Bermuda BER
4 h2 r1/4 Stefanos Petrakis 23 Greece GRE
4 h4 r1/4 Fernand Linssen 19 Belgium BEL
4 h6 r1/4 Duncan White 30 Sri Lanka SRI
4 h7 r1/4 Kemal Aksur 24 Turkey TUR
4 h8 r1/4 Walter Pérez 23 Uruguay URU
4 h9 r1/4 Perry Johnson Bermuda BER
4 h10r1/4 Étienne Bally 25 France FRA
4 h11r1/4 Maung Sein Pe Myanmar MYA
4 h12r1/4 Mario Fayos 21 Uruguay URU
5 h4 r1/4 Hazzard Dill 29 Bermuda BER
5 h7 r1/4 Guillermo Rodríguez Mexico MEX
5 h8 r1/4 Peter Bloch 25 Norway NOR
5 h12r1/4 Joseph Stéphan 20 France FRA
6 h4 r1/4 Ali Salman Iraq IRQ