Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

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Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Jack Davis, Harrison Dillard, Arthur Barnard 1952.jpg
Left-right: Davis, Dillard, Barnard
Dates July 23 (heats)
July 24 (semifinals, final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Harrison Dillard
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jack Davis
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Arthur Barnard
 United States
← 1948
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The men's 110 metres hurdles event at the 1952 Summer Olympic Games took place July 23 and July 24. The final was won by the American Harrison Dillard. Dillard's compatriots, Jack Davis and Arthur Barnard took 2nd and 3rd place.[1]

Summary[edit]

This was the completion of the fabled story. Harrison Dillard failed to qualify in this event at the US Olympic Trials four years earlier, but succeeded in qualifying in a secondary event, the 100 meters, which he then won at the 1948 Olympics. After the long wait, this was his second chance to run the hurdles. American World Record holder Dick Attlesey had suffered career ending injuries earlier in the season and was not here. Dillard equalled the Olympic record of 13.9 in the first heat.

In the final, Jack Davis popped out of his blocks early in the first attempt to get the race started. In this era, a first false start only merited a warning, not disqualification. On the second start, fearing disqualification, Davis was pinned in his blocks. Dillard was out fast in the center of the track, gaining a full metre lead on Davis and Arthur Barnard by the second barrier. From there, Davis separated from Barnard and was slowly chipping away at Dillard's lead with each flight of hurdles. Barnard was also separating from the rest of the contenders. Davis was not able to catch Dillard, but did make it close, both men getting the same hand time 13.7, both getting credit for a new Olympic record. But new experimental fully automatic timing showed Dillard with a 13.91 and Davis with a 14.00. Barnard finished 4 tenths of a second later, another 4 tenths of a second faster than the rest of the world. This was the sixth time USA has swept the 110 metres hurdles. They would do it again in the next two Olympics for a total of eight.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The first round was held on July 23. The two fastest runners from each heat qualified to the semifinals.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Harrison Dillard  United States 13.9 =OR
2 Sergey Popov  Soviet Union 14.8
3 Olivier Bernard  Switzerland 15.1
4 Erdal Barkay  Turkey 15.2
5 Edmundo Ohaco  Chile 15.4
6 Olli Alho  Finland 15.4

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Yevhen Bulanchyk  Soviet Union 14.4
2 Edmond Roudnitska  France 14.9
3 Estanislao Kocourek  Argentina 15.0
4 Risto Syrjänen  Finland 15.4
5 Juan Lebron  Puerto Rico 15.4
6 Fouad Yazgi  Egypt 16.1

Heat 3

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jack Davis  United States 14.0
2 Stanko Lorger  Yugoslavia 14.8
3 Samuel Anderson  Cuba 15.1
4 Wolfgang Troßbach  Germany 15.1
5 Téofilo Davis  Venezuela 15.7

Heat 4

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ken Doubleday  Australia 14.5
2 Jack Parker  Great Britain 14.8
3 Gordon Crosby  Canada 14.8
4 Téofilo Colón  Puerto Rico 15.2

Heat 5

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Ray Weinberg  Australia 14.4
2 Väinö Suvivuo  Finland 14.9
3 Jörn Gevert  Chile 15.2

Heat 6

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Arthur Barnard  United States 14.4
2 Peter Hildreth  Great Britain 14.7
3 Michitaka Kinami  Japan 15.0
4 Ingi Þorsteinsson  Iceland 15.6
5 Jacques Dohen  France 15.7
6 Johny Fonck  Luxembourg 16.1

Semifinals[edit]

The semifinals were held on July 24. The three fastest runners advanced to the final.

Heat 1

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Harrison Dillard  United States 14.0
2 Arthur Barnard  United States 14.2
3 Ken Doubleday  Australia 14.5
4 Sergey Popov  Soviet Union 14.7
5 Edmond Roudnitska  France 14.9
6 Peter Hildreth  Great Britain 14.9

Heat 2

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jack Davis  United States 14.4
2 Yevhen Bulanchyk  Soviet Union 14.4
3 Ray Weinberg  Australia 14.5
4 Stanko Lorger  Yugoslavia 14.6
5 Väinö Suvivuo  Finland 14.9
6 Jack Parker  Great Britain 15.0

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (automatic) Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Harrison Dillard  United States 13.91 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jack Davis  United States 14.00
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Arthur Barnard  United States 14.40
4 Yevhen Bulanchyk  Soviet Union 14.73
5 Ken Doubleday  Australia 14.82
6 Ray Weinberg  Australia 15.15

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's 110 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 16 September 2017.