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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 3, 1960
Date Finished: September 6, 1960

Gold: USA Otis Davis
Silver: GER Carl Kaufmann
Bronze: RSA Malcolm Spence


There was no heavy favorite in this event in 1960. The best US runner was likely [Otis Davis], but he was a relative newcomer to the event. No European runner had really established themselves as the leader in Europe. One interesting challenger was India's [Milkha Singh], who had won the 1958 Commonwealth Games, the first major title won in track & field athletics from that nation. The final was led by South Africa's [Malcolm Spence] (not to be confused with Jamaica's [Mal Spence], who did not survive the semi-finals). Davis accelerated as he entered the final turn, and pulled ahead. On the final straight, Germany's [Carl Kaufmann] began to close. He dove at the tape, but Davis won in a photo-finish. Both Davis and Kaufmann were credited with the world record of 44.9, Davis winning on auto-time, 45.07 to 45.08.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Otis Davis 28 United States USA Gold WR
2 Carl Kaufmann 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Malcolm Spence 22 South Africa RSA Bronze
4 Milkha Singh 24 India IND
5 Manfred Kinder 22 Germany GER
6 Earl Young 19 United States USA
4 h1 r3/4 Robbie Brightwell 20 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r3/4 Abdul Karim Amu 26 Nigeria NGR
5 h1 r3/4 Gordon Day 24 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r3/4 Mal Spence 24 West Indies Federation WIF
6 h1 r3/4 Kevan Gosper 26 Australia AUS
6 h2 r3/4 Jack Yerman 21 United States USA
4 h1 r2/4 Terry Tobacco 24 Canada CAN
4 h2 r2/4 Jim Wedderburn 22 West Indies Federation WIF
4 h3 r2/4 Jochen Reske 20 Germany GER
4 h4 r2/4 Jerzy Kowalski 23 Poland POL
5 h1 r2/4 Edgar Davis 19 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r2/4 German Guenard 17 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h3 r2/4 Stanisław Swatowski 26 Poland POL
5 h4 r2/4 Giuseppe Bommarito 26 Italy ITA
6 h1 r2/4 Malcolm Yardley 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/4 John Wrighton 27 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/4 Konstantin Grachov 33 Soviet Union URS
6 h4 r2/4 Barry Robinson 23 New Zealand NZL
7 h3 r2/4 Bartonjo Rotich 22 Kenya KEN
7 h4 r2/4 Lodewijk De Clerck 24 Belgium BEL
1 h2 r1/4 Alf Petersson 27 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/4 Josef Trousil 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h2 r1/4 Felix Heuertz 25 Luxembourg LUX
4 h3 r1/4 Anubes da Silva 24 Brazil BRA
4 h4 r1/4 Gadi Ado 20 Uganda UGA
4 h5 r1/4 Li Po-Ting 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
4 h6 r1/4 Mani Jegathesan 16 Malaya MAL
4 h7 r1/4 Zdeněk Váňa 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h8 r1/4 Voitto Hellstén 28 Finland FIN
4 h9 r1/4 René Weber 27 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r1/4 John Asare-Antwi 24 Ghana GHA
5 h3 r1/4 Csaba Csutorás 22 Hungary HUN
5 h4 r1/4 Marcel Lambrechts 29 Belgium BEL
5 h5 r1/4 Clayton Glasgow 23 Guyana GUY
5 h6 r1/4 Iván Rodríguez 23 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h7 r1/4 Vasilios Sillis 31 Greece GRE
5 h8 r1/4 Jassim Karim Kuraishi 22 Iraq IRQ
5 h9 r1/4 Moussa Said 21 Ethiopia ETH
6 h1 r1/4 Hirotada Hayase 19 Japan JPN
6 h3 r1/4 Hugh Bullard 18 Bahamas BAH
6 h4 r1/4 Jorge Terán 25 Mexico MEX
6 h5 r1/4 George Johnson 22 Liberia LBR
6 h6 r1/4 Claro Pellosis 25 Philippines PHI
6 h7 r1/4 Manut Bumrungphuk 24 Thailand THA
6 h8 r1/4 Fahir Özgüden Turkey TUR
6 h9 r1/4 Amos Grodzinowsky 20 Israel ISR
7 h1 r1/4 Habib Sayed 23 Afghanistan AFG
7 h4 r1/4 Brahim Karabi 26 Tunisia TUN