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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: November 24, 1956

Gold: USA Bobby Joe Morrow
Silver: USA Thane Baker
Bronze: AUS Hec Hogan


Early in 1956 the favorite for both sprints at Melbourne appeared to be American [Dave Sime] of Duke University. In April and May he ran 9.3 twice and 9.4 six times for 100 yards, and broke the world record for the 220 yard on the straight. At the NCAA Championships, Sime came against [Bobby Joe Morrow] of Abilene Christian College and Morrow defeated him in the 100. Then in the 200, Sime pulled a hamstring and would not even make it out of the US Olympic Trials because of the injury. At the Trials, Morrow won both the 100 and 200 and was a heavy favorite at Melbourne. His only major competition seemed to be his diminutive teammate [Ira Murchison], who at the CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) Championships in Berlin in August, had run 10.1 for a world record in both the semi-final and final. In the final he met and defeated Willie Williams, who had not made the Olympic team, but had also run a world record 10.1 in the opening round. At Melbourne, Morrow was the class of the field. He won every round of the 100 and 200, and anchored the Americans to a gold medal in the 4 x 100 relay. His times were not outstanding because all the sprint races in Melbourne were run into the wind, but the outcomes were never in doubt.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bobby Joe Morrow 21 United States USA Gold
2 Thane Baker 25 United States USA Silver
3 Hec Hogan 25 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Ira Murchison 23 United States USA
5 Manfred Germar 21 Germany GER
6 Mike Agostini 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
4 h1 r3/4 Abdul Khaliq 23 Pakistan PAK
4 h2 r3/4 Morrie Rae 21 New Zealand NZL
5 h1 r3/4 Stan Levenson 18 Canada CAN
5 h2 r3/4 Marian Foik 23 Poland POL
6 h1 r3/4 Yury Konovalov 26 Soviet Union URS
6 h2 r3/4 Boris Tokarev 29 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r2/4 Béla Goldoványi 30 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r2/4 Luigi Gnocchi 23 Italy ITA
4 h3 r2/4 Jan Jarzembowski 22 Poland POL
4 h4 r2/4 Leonid Barteniev 23 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r2/4 Heinz Fütterer 25 Germany GER
5 h2 r2/4 Edmund Turton 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h3 r2/4 Edward Ajado 27 Nigeria NGR
5 h4 r2/4 René Bonino 26 France FRA
6 h1 r2/4 Ray Land 26 Australia AUS
6 h2 r2/4 Ben Nduga Uganda UGA
6 h3 r2/4 Ken Box 25 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r2/4 Roy Sandstrom 25 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/4 Hilmar Þorbjörnsson 22 Iceland ISL
3 h2 r1/4 Titus Erinle 29 Nigeria NGR
3 h3 r1/4 Manfred Steinbach 23 Germany GER
3 h4 r1/4 Kyohei Ushio 21 Japan JPN
3 h5 r1/4 Franco Galbiati 18 Italy ITA
3 h6 r1/4 Keith Gardner 27 Jamaica JAM
3 h7 r1/4 Clive Bonas 23 Venezuela VEN
3 h8 r1/4 Géza Varasdi 28 Hungary HUN
3 h9 r1/4 Sinnayah Karuppiah Jarabalan Malaya MAL
3 h10r1/4 João Pires Sobrinho 22 Brazil BRA
3 h11r1/4 Dick Harding 22 Canada CAN
3 h12r1/4 David Segal 19 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/4 Mario Colarossi 27 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/4 Jorge de Barros 21 Brazil BRA
4 h3 r1/4 Rafael Romero 18 Venezuela VEN
4 h4 r1/4 Kesevan Soon 18 Singapore SGP
4 h5 r1/4 Tom Robinson 18 Bahamas BAH
4 h6 r1/4 Alain David 24 France FRA
4 h7 r1/4 Gavin Carragher 23 Australia AUS
4 h8 r1/4 Akira Kiyofuji 24 Japan JPN
4 h9 r1/4 Tan Eng Yoon 28 Singapore SGP
4 h10r1/4 Joe Goddard Trinidad and Tobago TTO
4 h11r1/4 Sharif Butt 30 Pakistan PAK
4 h12r1/4 Paiboon Vacharapan 22 Thailand THA
5 h1 r1/4 René Ahumada Mexico MEX
5 h2 r1/4 Vanchak Voradilok Thailand THA
5 h3 r1/4 Evaristo Iglesias 31 Cuba CUB
5 h4 r1/4 Jack Parrington 23 Canada CAN
5 h5 r1/4 Jalal Gozal 20 Indonesia INA
5 h6 r1/4 Emmanuel Putu 17 Liberia LBR
5 h7 r1/4 Thomas Obi Nigeria NGR
5 h10r1/4 Oliver Hunter Guyana GUY
5 h11r1/4 Abebe Hailou 23 Ethiopia ETH
5 h12r1/4 Lee Kah Fook Malaya MAL
6 h1 r1/4 Raja bin Ngah Ali 23 Malaya MAL
6 h2 r1/4 Roba Negousse 20 Ethiopia ETH
6 h5 r1/4 James Roberts 20 Liberia LBR
6 h6 r1/4 Beyene Legesse Ethiopia ETH
6 h7 r1/4 Bjørn Nilsen 19 Norway NOR
6 h10r1/4 Ghulam Raziq 24 Pakistan PAK
6 h11r1/4 Sneh Wongchaoom Thailand THA