Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

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Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
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Charles Moore
Venue Helsinki Olympic Stadium
DatesJuly 20 (heats, quarterfinals)
July 21 (semifinals, final)
Competitors40 from 24 nations
Winning time50.8 =OR
Medalists
Gold medal icon.svg Charles Moore
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
Silver medal icon.svg Yuriy Lituyev
Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union
Bronze medal icon.svg John Holland
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
  1948
1956  
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The men's 400 metres hurdles event at the 1952 Summer Olympics took place July 20 and July 21 at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. There were 40 competitors from 24 nations. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The final was won by American Charles Moore. [1] It was the nation's third consecutive and eighth overall victory in the event. The Soviet Union, in its debut, and New Zealand each earned their first medal in the men's 400 metres hurdles, with Yuriy Lituyev's silver and John Holland's bronze, respectively.

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Background

This was the 10th time the event was held. It had been introduced along with the men's 200 metres hurdles in 1900, with the 200 being dropped after 1904 and the 400 being held through 1908 before being left off the 1912 programme. However, when the Olympics returned in 1920 after World War I, the men's 400 metres hurdles was back and would continue to be contested at every Games thereafter.

One of the six finalists from the 1948 Games returned: bronze medalist Rune Larsson of Sweden. The favorite was Charles Moore of the United States, the four-time AAU champion and the second man to run the race under 51 seconds. His biggest competition was expected to be Yuriy Lituyev of the Soviet Union. [2]

Iceland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the Soviet Union, and Venezuela each made their debut in the event. The United States made its 10th appearance, the only nation to have competed at every edition of the event to that point.

Competition format

The competition expanded to a four-round format from the three-round format used since 1908: heats, quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final. Ten sets of hurdles were set on the course. The hurdles were 3 feet (91.5 centimetres) tall and were placed 35 metres apart beginning 45 metres from the starting line, resulting in a 40 metres home stretch after the last hurdle. The 400 metres track was standard.

There were 8 first-round heats of between 4 and 6 athletes each, with the top 3 hurdlers in each heat advancing to the quarterfinals. There were 4 quarterfinal heats with 6 athletes each. The top 3 men in each quarterfinal advanced to the semifinals. The 12 semifinalists were divided into 2 semifinals of 6 athletes each, with the top 3 in each semifinal advancing to the 6-man final. [2]

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World recordFlag of the United States.svg  Glenn Hardin  (USA)50.6 Stockholm, Sweden 26 July 1934
Olympic recordUS flag 48 stars.svg  Roy Cochran  (USA)51.1 London, United Kingdom 31 July 1948

Charles Moore bettered the Olympic record with a time of 50.8 seconds in the first quarterfinal, then matched his own new record in the final.

Schedule

All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

DateTimeRound
Sunday, 20 July 195216:10
19:25
Heats
Quarterfinals
Monday, 21 July 195215:00
17:40
Semifinals
Final

Results

Heats

The first round was held on July 20. The three fastest runners from each heat qualified for the quarterfinals.

Heat 1

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Charles Moore US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 51.8Q
2 Lars Ylander Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 53.7Q
3 Eitaro Okano Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 54.2Q
4 Rudolf Haidegger Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 54.8
5 Johny Fonck Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 57.8

Heat 2

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Timofey Lunev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 54.3Q
2 Dewey Lee Yoder Jr US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 55.2Q
3 Ken Doubleday Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 55.4Q
4 Muhammad Shafi Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 56.1
5 Ingi Þorsteinsson Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 56.5

Heat 3

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Anatoly Yulin Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 53.6Q
2 Fotios Kosmas Flag of Greece (1828-1978).svg  Greece 53.9Q
3 Roland Blackman US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 54.8Q
4 Ragnar Graeffe Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 55.0
5 Jörn Gevert Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 56.1
6 Emin Doybak Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 56.6

Heat 4

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Yuriy Lituyev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 53.5Q
2 Rainer Pelkonen Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 54.2Q
3 Robert Bart Flag of France.svg  France 54.5Q
4 Pedro Yoma Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 56.8
5 Paulino Ferrer Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Venezuela 1:02.1

Heat 5

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Ron Wilkie Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa 54.5Q
2 Arvo Hilli Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 54.6Q
3 Rune Larsson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 55.9Q
4 Mirza Khan Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 56.3

Heat 6

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 John Holland Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 53.3Q
2 Sven-Olov Eriksson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 54.3Q
3 Angus Scott Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 54.9Q
4 Kemal Horulu Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 55.2
5 Karl Schmid Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 57.5

Heat 7

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 David Gracie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 54.2Q
2 Wilson Carneiro Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 56.0Q
3 Hans Schwarz Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 56.3Q
4 Fernando Fernandes Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 56.8
5 Doğan Acarbay Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1:02.8

Heat 8

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Armando Filiput Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 53.8Q
2 Harry Whittle Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 53.9Q
3 Antal Lippay Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary 54.0Q
4 Amadeo Francis Puerto rico national sport flag.svg  Puerto Rico 54.0
5 Jean Thureau Flag of France.svg  France 56.7

Quarterfinals

The quarterfinals were held on July 20. The three fastest runners from each heat qualified for the semifinals.

Quarterfinal 1

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Charles Moore US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 50.8Q, OR
2 Anatoly Yulin Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 52.4Q
3 Armando Filiput Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 53.0Q
4 Robert Bart Flag of France.svg  France 53.0
5 Sven-Olov Eriksson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 53.8
6 Hans Schwarz Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 54.0

Quarterfinal 2

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 John Holland Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 52.2Q
2 Dewey Lee Yoder Jr US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 53.3Q
3 David Gracie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 53.9Q
4 Arvo Hilli Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 54.0
5 Fotios Kosmas Flag of Greece (1828-1978).svg  Greece 55.3
6 Wilson Carneiro Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 59.4

Quarterfinal 3

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Yuriy Lituyev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 52.2Q
2 Antal Lippay Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary 52.7Q
3 Harry Whittle Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 52.8Q
4 Lars Ylander Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 53.1
5 Ron Wilkie Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa 54.5
6 Ken Doubleday Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 1:00.2

Quarterfinal 4

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Timofey Lunev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 52.7Q
2 Roland Blackman US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 52.7Q
3 Rune Larsson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 53.3Q
4 Angus Scott Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 53.4
5 Rainer Pelkonen Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 53.9
6 Eitaro Okano Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 54.4

Semifinals

The semifinals were held on July 21. The three fastest runners from each heat qualified for the final.

Semifinal 1

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Yuriy Lituyev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 51.8Q
2 John Holland Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 52.0Q
3 Anatoly Yulin Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 52.1Q
4 David Gracie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 52.4
5 Roland Blackman US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 52.7
6 Rune Larsson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 53.9

Semifinal 2

RankAthleteNationTimeNotes
1 Charles Moore US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 52.0Q
2 Harri Whittle Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 52.9Q
3 Armando Filiput Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 53.0Q
4 Dewey Lee Yoder Jr US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 53.0
5 Antal Lippay Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary 53.0
6 Timofey Lunev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 53.1

Final

RankAthleteNationTime (hand)Notes
Gold medal icon.svg Charles Moore US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 50.8 =OR
Silver medal icon.svg Yuriy Lituyev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 51.3
Bronze medal icon.svg John Holland Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 52.2
4 Anatoliy Yulin Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 52.8
5 Harry Whittle Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 53.1
6 Armando Filiput Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 54.4

Results summary

RankAthleteNationHeatsQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinalNotes
Gold medal icon.svg Charles Moore US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 51.850.852.050.8 OR
Silver medal icon.svg Yuriy Lituyev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 53.552.251.851.3
Bronze medal icon.svg John Holland Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 53.352.252.052.2
4 Anatoliy Yulin Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 53.652.452.152.8
5 Harry Whittle Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 53.952.852.953.1
6 Armando Filiput Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 53.853.053.054.4
7 David Gracie Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 54.253.952.4Did not advance
8 Roland Blackman US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 54.852.752.7
9 Dewey Lee Yoder Jr US flag 48 stars.svg  United States 55.253.353.0
10 Antal Lippay Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary 54.052.753.0
11 Timofey Lunev Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union 54.352.753.1
12 Rune Larsson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 55.953.353.9
13 Robert Bart Flag of France.svg  France 54.553.0Did not advance
14 Lars Ylander Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 53.753.1
15 Angus Scott Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 54.953.4
16 Sven-Olov Eriksson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 54.353.8
17 Rainer Pelkonen Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 54.253.9
18 Arvo Hilli Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 54.654.0
Hans Schwarz Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 56.354.0
20 Eitaro Okano Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 54.254.4
21 Ron Wilkie Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa 54.554.5
22 Fotios Kosmas Flag of Greece (1828-1978).svg  Greece 53.955.3
23 Wilson Carneiro Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 56.059.4
24 Ken Doubleday Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 55.41:00.2
25 Amadeo Francis Puerto rico national sport flag.svg  Puerto Rico 54.0Did not advance
26 Rudolf Haidegger Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 54.8
27 Ragnar Graeffe Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 55.0
28 Kemal Horulu Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 55.2
29 Jörn Gevert Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 56.1
Muhammad Shafi Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 56.1
31 Mirza Khan Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 56.3
32 Ingi Þorsteinsson Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 56.5
33 Emin Doybak Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 56.6
34 Jean Thureau Flag of France.svg  France 56.7
35 Fernando Fernandes Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 56.8
Pedro Yoma Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 56.8
37 Karl Schmid Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 57.5
38 Johny Fonck Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 57.8
39 Paulino Ferrer Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Venezuela 1:02.1
40 Doğan Acarbay Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1:02.8

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