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1920 Olympic Games Antwerpen, Belgium - Men's 200 m

 

 

Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final
Date Started: August 19, 1920 Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 20, 1920 Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 48; Countries: 22; Finalists: 6)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Overview by IAAF   Olympisch-Stadion-Antwerp.png 
Edward was the fastest quarter-finalist with 22.0 after a desultory round of heats which saw 22.6 as the quickest time. Murchison won the first semi in 22.4 from Edward, now strapped up after damaging a hamstring. Woodring edged Paddock in the other semi-final. Woodring, who had only made the team after George Massengale withdrew at the last moment because of rheumatism, got a good draw in the final, one lane inside Paddock, who was favoured to complete a double. Paddock led from the gun, with Woodring second off the curve. Woodring caught Paddock with 20m to go, and held off Paddock’s celebrated leap for the tape by 20cm. Edward finished third a similar distance ahead of Murchison.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Charlie Paddock was again the favorite, having won the U.S. Olympic Trials and the 1919 Inter-Allied Championships. Great Britain's Harry Edward had won the 1920 AAA Championship. The world record was 21.1, set by Britain's William Applegarth in London in July 1914. Allen Woodring had finished only 5th in the U.S. Olympic Trial but was chosen to run the 200 ahead of George Massengale, who had finished 4th in the trials. Paddock led in the finals until about 180 metres, when Woodring shot past him to win. Edward might have run better had he not strained a muscle in the semi-finals.
Woodring was described in Barcs, as follows, "Allen, if he could avoid it, never spoke. He lived a very unsportmanslike life, and was one of the most studious and conscientious athletes. Actually, he arrived in Antwerp by accident. He was unable to win a place in the official selection contests and was included on the list only in the last minute. He trained with great diligence. So much so that his shoes fell apart, which was a major disaster. … Woodring was unable to obtain any track shoes. Finally, one of the other athletes loaned him his own ones, but only for the duration of the race."
 

Records

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

World Record 21.2(*) United Kingdom Willie Applegarth London (GBR) July 4, 1914
Olympic Record 21.6(**) United States Archie Hahn St. Louis (USA) August 31, 1904

(*) unofficial 220 yards (= 201.17 m)

(**) straight course

 
        Results        
 
200 m Men     Final 20 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.0     Allen Woodring United States USA 22  
2 22     Charley Paddock United States USA 19 22.0est / 10 cm. bh1
3 22,1     Harry Edward Great Britain GBR 22 22.1est / 1 m. bh2
4 22,2     Loren Murchison United States USA 21 22.2est / close
5       George Davidson New Zealand NZL 21  
6       Jack Oosterlaak South Africa RSA 24  
200 m Men     Semi-Finals Heat One 20 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.6   Q Loren Murchison United States USA 21  
2 22,7   Q Harry Edward Great Britain GBR 22 22.7est / 30 cm. bh1
3 22,7   Q George Davidson New Zealand NZL 21 22.7est / 30 cm. bh2
4 22,7     Morris Kirksey United States USA 24 22.7est / close 3rd
200 m Men     Semi-Finals Heat Two 20 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.4   Q Allen Woodring United States USA 22  
2 22,5   Q Charley Paddock United States USA 19 22.5est / ½ m. bh1
3 22,7   Q Jack Oosterlaak South Africa RSA 24 22.7est / 2 m. bh2
4       Alex Ponton Canada CAN 22  
AC DNF     Josef Imbach Switzerland SUI 25  
200 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat One 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.8   Q Loren Murchison United States USA 21  
2 23,1   Q Josef Imbach Switzerland SUI 25 23.1est / 2 m. bh1
3       René Tirard France FRA 20  
4       August Sørensen Denmark DEN 23  
200 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat Two 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.0   Q Harry Edward Great Britain GBR 22  
2 22,1   Q Allen Woodring United States USA 22 22.1est / 1 m. bh1
3 22,2     René Caste France FRA   22.2est / 1 m. bh2
4 22,4     William Hunt Australia AUS 22 22.4est / 1 m. bh3
5 22,5     Agne Holmström Sweden SWE 26 22.5est / 1 m. bh4
200 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat Three 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.8   Q George Davidson New Zealand NZL 21  
2 22,9   Q Charley Paddock United States USA 19 22.9est / close bh1
3 23     René Lorain France FRA 20 23.0est / 1½ m. bh2
4 23,3     Nils Sandström Sweden SWE 26 23.3est / 2 m. bh3
5       Max Houben Belgium BEL 21  
200 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat Four 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.6   Q Morris Kirksey United States USA 24  
2 22,7   Q Alex Ponton Canada CAN 22 22.7est / 1 m. bh1
3 23     Harold Abrahams Great Britain GBR 20 23.0est / 2 m. bh2
4 23,1     Vojtěch Plzák Czechoslovakia TCH   23.1est / 1 m. bh3
5 23,3     Cor Wezepoel Netherlands NED 23 23.3est / 2 m. bh4
200 m Men     Quarter-Finals Heat Five 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 23.0   Q Jack Oosterlaak South Africa RSA 24  
2 23,1   Q Paul Brochart Belgium BEL 21 23.1est / 1 m. bh1
3 23,3     William Hill Great Britain GBR 23 23.3est / 1½ m. bh2
4 23,6     Sven Krokström Sweden SWE 24 23.6est / 2½ m. bh3
5       Albert Heijnneman Netherlands NED 23  
200 m Men     Round One Heat One 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 23.2   Q René Tirard France FRA 20  
2 23,3   Q Agne Holmström Sweden SWE 26 23.3est / 1 m. bh1
3 23,7     Diego Ordóñez Spain ESP 16 23.7est / 3 m. bh2
4 23,9     Shinichi Yamaoka Japan JPN 26 23.9est / 2 m. bh3
5       Bjarne Guldager Norway NOR 22  
200 m Men     Round One Heat Two 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.6   Q George Davidson New Zealand NZL 21  
2 22,9   Q Alex Ponton Canada CAN 22 22.9est / 2 m. bh1
3 23,2     Félix Mendizábal Spain ESP 29 23.2est / 3 m. bh2
4 23,7     Harry, Ridder van Rappard Netherlands NED 22 23.7est / 4 m. bh3
5       Federico Reparaz Spain ESP 20  
200 m Men     Round One Heat Three 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 23.4   Q Vojtěch Plzák Czechoslovakia TCH    
2 23,8   Q William Hill Great Britain GBR 23 23.8est / 3 m. bh1
3 24,3     Marcel Gustin Belgium BEL 24 24.3est / 4 m. bh2
200 m Men     Round One Heat Four 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 23.2   Q Paul Brochart Belgium BEL 21  
2 23,5   Q William Hunt Australia AUS 22 23.5est / 2 m. bh1
3 23,8     Giovanni-Battista Orlandi Italy ITA 22 23.8est / 3 m. bh2
4 24,1     Paul Hammer Luxembourg LUX 19 24.1est / 2 m. bh3
200 m Men     Round One Heat Five 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 23.0   Q René Caste France FRA    
2 23,3   Q Harold Abrahams Great Britain GBR 20 23.3est / 2 m. bh1
3 23,4     Willie Bukes South Africa RSA 24 23.4est / 1 m. bh2
4 23,7     Rolf Stenersen Norway NOR 21 23.7est / 3 m. bh3
200 m Men     Round One Heat Six 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 23.2   Q Charley Paddock United States USA 19  
2 23,8   Q August Sørensen Denmark DEN 23 23.8est / 5 m. bh1
3 23,9     Vic d'Arcy Great Britain GBR 32 23.9est / 1 m. bh2
4       Ahmed Abbas Khairy Egypt EGY    
200 m Men     Round One Heat Seven 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 23.8   Q Sven Krokström Sweden SWE 24  
2 24,2   Q Max Houben Belgium BEL 21 24.2est / 2 m. bh1
3 24,2     Dimitrios Karabatis Greece GRE 20 24.2est / chest bh2
200 m Men     Round One Heat Eight 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 23.2   Q Loren Murchison United States USA 21  
2 23,6   Q Nils Sandström Sweden SWE 26 23.6est / 3 m. bh1
3 24,2     Carlos Pajarón Spain ESP   24.2est / 5 m. bh2
4       August Waibel Switzerland SUI    
200 m Men     Round One Heat Nine 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.8   Q Allen Woodring United States USA 22  
2 23,3   Q Cor Wezepoel Netherlands NED 23 23.3est / 4 m. bh1
3 23,3     Frank Irvine South Africa RSA 21 23.3est / chest bh2
4       Ichiro Kaga Japan JPN 21  
5       Edmond Médécin Monaco MON 21  
200 m Men     Round One Heat Ten 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 22.8   Q Harry Edward Great Britain GBR 22  
2 23,2   Q Jack Oosterlaak South Africa RSA 24 23.2est / 3 m. bh1
3 23,3     Sven Malm Sweden SWE 26 23.3est / 1 m. bh2
4       Mario Riccoboni Italy ITA 31  
5 25.4     Reinhold Saulmann Estonia EST 24  
200 m Men     Round One Heat Eleven 19 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes
1 25.0   Q René Lorain France FRA 20  
2 25,4   Q Albert Heijnneman Netherlands NED 23 25.4est / 3 m. bh1
3       Cyril Coaffee Canada CAN 23  
 
200 m Men     Round One Heat Twelve 19 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Notes  
1 23.4   Q Morris Kirksey United States USA 24    
2 23,5   Q Josef Imbach Switzerland SUI 25 23.5est / 1 m. bh1
3 23,6     Jean-René Seurin France FRA 20 23.6est / chest bh2
 
 
 

 

 

 

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