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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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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 Roy Cochran
Silver: SRI Duncan White
Bronze: SWE Rune Larsson


In 1942 [Roy Cochran] (USA) had set a world record for the 440 yard hurdles, running 52.2 at the Drake Relays. He had won the 1939 AAU title and would have been favored at the 1940 Olympics, but had to wait eight years for his Olympic chance. Once he got it he did not disappoint, winning the final comfortably by six metres clear on Ceylon's [Duncan White], the first Olympic medal won from that island nation. He would win the 1950 British Empire Games 440 yards hurdles gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Roy Cochran 29 United States USA Gold OR
2 Duncan White 30 Sri Lanka SRI Silver
3 Rune Larsson 24 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Dick Ault 22 United States USA
5 Yves Cros 24 France FRA
6 Ottavio Missoni 27 Italy ITA
4 h1 r2/3 Jean-Claude Arifon 21 France FRA
4 h2 r2/3 Harry Whittle 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Jeff Kirk 24 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Bebbe Storskrubb 31 Finland FIN
6 h1 r2/3 Jacques André 29 France FRA
6 h2 r2/3 John Holland 21 New Zealand NZL
3 h1 r1/3 Hermenegildo Alberti 23 Argentina ARG
3 h2 r1/3 Lazaros Petropoulakis 23 Greece GRE
3 h3 r1/3 Kemal Horulu Turkey TUR
3 h4 r1/3 Ron Unsworth 24 Great Britain GBR
3 h5 r1/3 Werner Christen 34 Switzerland SUI
3 h6 r1/3 Alf Westman 27 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/3 Jaime Aparicio 18 Colombia COL
4 h2 r1/3 Mohsin Nazar Khan 20 Pakistan PAK
4 h3 r1/3 Michael Pope 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/3 Sergio Guzmán 24 Chile CHI
4 h5 r1/3 Huang Liangzheng 26 China CHN
4 h6 r1/3 Bill LaRochelle 22 Canada CAN
5 h4 r1/3 Mario Rosas Colombia COL