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1920 Olympic Games Antwerpen, Belgium - Men's 1500 m

 

 

Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 18, 1920  
Date Finished: August 19, 1920  
(Competitors: 29; Countries: 12; Finalists: 13)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Overview by IAAF    Olympisch-Stadion-Antwerp.png
Joie Ray, US Trials winner, was the favourite until he pulled a calf muscle 10 days before the Games. However, he was able to win his heat, albeit the slowest of four, in 4:13.4. Vohralík won the quickest heat in 4:02.2 ahead of Hill (4:03.2) and Audinet (4:03.7) with Sweden’s Edwin Wide (4:03.8) just edged out of the final. His countrymen Lundgren (4:07.0) and veteran John Zander (4:08.1) were the other heat winners. Ray attempted to control the final, leading to the bell, but could not respond when Hill and Baker kicked on the penultimate curve. Shields, the IC4A champion, tried to pass Baker but was repulsed, and Hill moved away from Baker in the finishing straight to win by 3m on the rainsoaked track. Zander, who had been the world’s best in 1915-18, dropped out at the halfway point. Baker, who had first emerged in 1907, later added his wife’s maiden name and became Philip Noel- Baker. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1959 for his work in international disarmament. Hill remained the only Briton to have won the 800/1500m Olympic double until Kelly Holmes’s wins of 2004 where she ran the 1500m four seconds faster than Hill in Antwerp.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Albert Hill completed his 800/1,500 double with a comfortable win in which he ran together with countryman, Philip Baker, throughout. Joie Ray set the early pace, followed by Václav Vohralík, who had run the fastest time in the heats with 4:02.2. Hill and Baker held back until the bell lap when they took the lead together. America’s Larry Shields tried to pass on the backstretch, as Ray faded. Baker fought off Shields, allowing Hill to pull away on the final stretch. Philip Baker, a Quaker pacifist, later known as Philip Noel-Baker, became a well-known peace activist and proponent of nuclear disarmament in the 1950’s. Noel-Baker was instrumental in the formation of the League of Nations, helping to draft its Covenant, and was briefly the assistant to the secretary-general of the League, Eric Drummond. He served in the British Parliament for 36 years and for his efforts, in 1959 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:54.7 Sweden John Zander Stockholm (SWE) August 5, 1917
Olympic Record 3:56.8 United Kingdom Arnold Jackson Stockholm (SWE) July 10, 1912
 
 
        Results        
 
1500 m Men     Final 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 4.01.8     Albert Hill Great Britain GBR 31  
2 4.02.3     Philip Baker Great Britain GBR 30 4.02.3est / 3 m. bh1
3 4.03.0     Larry Shields United States USA 25 4.03.0est / 4 m. bh2
4 4.04.6     Václav Vohralík Czechoslovakia TCH 28 4.04.6est / 10 m. bh3
5 4.06.3     Sven Emil Lundgren Sweden SWE 23 4.06.3est / 10 m. bh4
6 4.06.4     André Audinet France FRA 21 4.06.4est / 1 m. bh5
7 4.06.6     Arturo Porro Italy ITA   4.06.6est / 1 m. bh6
8 4.10.0     Joie Ray United States USA 26 4.10.0est / 20 m. bh7
9 4.10.3     Léon Fourneau Belgium BEL 20 4.10.3est / 2 m. bh8
10 5 m. bh9     René Leray France FRA 19  
AC DNF     Duncan McPhee Great Britain GBR 27  
AC DNF     James Connolly United States USA 20  
AC DNF     John Zander Sweden SWE 30  
1500 m Men     Round One Heat One 18 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 4.02.2   Q Václav Vohralík Czechoslovakia TCH 28  
2 4.03.2   Q Albert Hill Great Britain GBR 31 4.03.2est / 6 m. bh1
3 4.03.7   Q André Audinet France FRA 21 4.03.7est / 3 m. bh2
4 4.03.8     Edvin Wide Sweden SWE 24 4.03.8est / 50 cm. bh3
5 4.03.9     Edward Lawrence Canada CAN   4.03.9est / 1 m. bh4
6       Carlo Martinenghi Italy ITA    
AC DNF     Lucien Bangels Belgium BEL    
AC DNF     Edward Curtis United States USA 21  
1500 m Men     Round One Heat Two 18 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 4.07.0   Q Sven Emil Lundgren Sweden SWE 23  
2 4.07.2   Q Duncan McPhee Great Britain GBR 27 4.07.2est / 1 m. bh1
3 4.07.4   Q Larry Shields United States USA 25 4.07.4est / 1 m. bh2
4 4.07.7     Armand Burtin France FRA 23 4.07.7est / 2 m. bh3
5 4.08.2     Eivind Rasmussen Norway NOR 26 4.08.2est / 3 m. bh4
6       Tommy Town Canada CAN 27  
7       Mario-Giuseppe Bonini Italy ITA 22  
8       Théophile Roeckaert Belgium BEL    
1500 m Men     Round One Heat Three 18 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 4.08.1   Q John Zander Sweden SWE 30  
2 4.09.0   Q Arturo Porro Italy ITA   4.09.0est / 5 m. bh1
3 4.09.3   Q James Connolly United States USA 20 4.09.3est / 2 m. bh2
4 4.09.8     Maurice de Coninck France FRA 22 4.09.8est / 3 m. bh3
5 4.11.5     Léoncé Oleffe Belgium BEL 22 4.11.5est / 10 m. bh4
1500 m Men     Round One Heat Four 18 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 4.13.4   Q Joie Ray United States USA 26  
2 4.14.3   Q Philip Baker Great Britain GBR 30 4.14.3est / 5 m. bh1
3 4.14.8   Q Léon Fourneau Belgium BEL 20 4.14.8est / 3 m. bh2
4 4.14.8     Fritz Kiölling Sweden SWE 24 4.14.8est / chest bh3
5 4.15.0   Q René Leray France FRA 19 4.15.0est / 1 m. bh4
6       Saburo Hasumi Japan JPN 24  
AC DQ     Johannes Villemson Estonia EST 27  
AC DNF     Juan Muguerza Spain ESP 19  
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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