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1948 Olympic Games London, Great Britain - Men's 110 m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: London, Great Britain Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1948 Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the semi-finals
Date Finished: August 4, 1948
(Competitors: 28; Countries: 18; Finalists: 6)
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Overview by IAAF  1948_olympic_stadium.jpg
Harrison Dillard was holder of the world record, but he fell in the US Trials, won by Bill Porter in an electrically-timed 13.90. The three selected Americans were clearly the class of the field, and Dixon (14.2) and Porter (14.3) were 0.3 faster than anyone else in the heats. The same differential remained in the semi-finals, as Dixon ran 14.2 ahead of Gardner’s 14.5, and was followed by Porter, edging Scott, 14.1 to 14.2, some 0.4 ahead of Triulzi. The biggest event in round 1 for the home crowd was the demise of Finlay. The British veteran, who first ran internationally in 1929, was leading in heat 5 by a metre when he fell at the final hurdle. In the final, the burly (1.83/82Kg) Scott was off the fastest and led until the third hurdle, when Dixon took over. He led until the eighth hurdle, when Porter surged past. Scott finished quickly, but Porter held on in a frenzied finish. The official winning margin of 0.2 was clearly incorrect, as less than one tenth of a second separated the first three men.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The top hurdler in the world was easily Harrison Dillard, who was a prohibitive favorite as the US Olympic Trials approached. But he fell in the Trials and did not make the team. Fortunately for him, he then ran the 100 in the Trials, made the team and would win the gold medal in that event. In his absence, the US team was still dominant, sweeping the medals, led by Bill Porter, with bronze medalist Craig Dixon a full half-second clear of fourth-placed Alberto Triulzi (ARG).
 

1,500 

The favorite, Lennart Strand, came into the Olympics as the WR holder at 3:43.0. Another Swede, Henry Eriksson, was expected to make the pace for his countryman, but he had been beaten every time in over a dozen races by Strand’s devastating kick. The Swedish third string, Gosta Bergkvist, had actually won the Swedish trials. Indeed, it was quite likely that the Olympic final would be a clean sweep for Sweden. Their main opposition was expected from Marcel Hansenne of France, who had just won the 800 bronze and who had run well over 1,500 in 1946 and 1947. Also, in the picture was Vaclav Cevona of Czechoslovakia, who had a 3:49.4 clocking in June. A wild card was Dutchman Wim Slijkhuis; he had won a silver medal in the 1946 European 5,000 and was very competitive at 1,500 as well.

Eriksson moves into the lead from Hansenne, Strand and Bergvist.

With rain still falling after a heavy downfall, the race started fast with 800-bronze-medalist Hansenne (ranked 4th in the 1,500 in 1947) roaring through 400 all alone in 58.3. But he slowed in the second lap to 64. The three Swedes caught him just after 800, which he passed in 2:02.6. Eriksson then took the lead and had a 3m gap  on the field at 1,000. He continued to pile on the pace so that at 1,200 (3:05.0) only Strand was with him. Eriksson and Strand were locked together down the back straight and round the bend. Behind them the third Swede Bergkvist led Slijkhuis.

Strand looked the likely winner as he drew up beside Eriksson on entering the final straight. But this time it was Strand who faltered. With 50m to go Eriksson moved ahead as Strand tied up completely. The fast-finishing Slijkhuis, after passing Bergkvist, also tried to pass Strand on the inside just before the finish. But the Swede held his ground, and the two runners bumped. Slijkhuis was briefly knocked off the track. Strand was judged second—in the same time as Slijkhuis.

It was the first time that Eriksson had beaten Strand. There was talk that Strand was more highly strung and that the big occasion was his undoing. But this race was won rather than lost, and Eriksson should be credited with producing his best performance when it really counted. As for Slijkhuis, his amazing final 100m indicated that he should have been closer to the leaders in the last lap. With better tactics he might have grabbed the gold. Cevona ran well; his time on the sodden track was probably worth at least his 3:49.4 seasonal best. Bergkvist gave his best for third but faded at the end. Nankeville, who carried the hopes of the British crowd, ran as well as he could have hoped for sixth.

1. Henry Eriksson SWE 3:49.8; 2. Lennart Strand SWE 3:50.4; Willem Slijkhuis NED 3:50.4; 4. Vaclav Cevona CZE 3:51.2; 5. Gosta Bergkvist SWE 3:52.2; 6. Bill Nankeville GBR 3:52.6.

 
Results
110 m Hurdles Men Final 4 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14,2 Bill Porter United States USA 22 OR 13.9 h
2 14.1 Clyde Scott United States USA 23 at 0.04
3 14.1 Craig Dixon United States USA 22 at 0.09
4 14.6 Alberto Triulzi Argentina ARG 20 at 0.51
5 14,7 Peter Gardner Australia AUS 23 14.7esth / at 0.59
6 14,8 Håkan Lidman Sweden SWE 33 14.8esth / at 0.66
110 m Hurdles Men Semi-Finals Heat One 4 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14,4 Q Craig Dixon United States USA 22 14.2 h
2 14.5 Q Peter Gardner Australia AUS 23 at 0.38
3 14.6 Q Håkan Lidman Sweden SWE 33 at 0.44
4 at 0.82 Pol Braekman Belgium BEL 28
5 Olivier Bernard Switzerland SUI 27
AC DNF André Marie France FRA 22
110 m Hurdles Men Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14,2 Q Bill Porter United States USA 22 OR 14.1 h
2 14.2 Q Clyde Scott United States USA 23 at 0.00
3 14.6 Q Alberto Triulzi Argentina ARG 20 at 0.56
4 at 0.89 Jim Vickers India IND
5 at 1.07 Ray Weinberg Australia AUS 18
6 at 1.15 Hugues Frayer France FRA 25
110 m Hurdles Men Round One Heat One 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14,5 Q Bill Porter United States USA 22 14.3 h
2 15.2 Q Pol Braekman Belgium BEL 28 at 0.83
3 15.3 Mario Recordón Chile CHI 26 at 1.05
4 15,3 Ray Barkway Great Britain GBR 23 at 1.03
5 Erdal Barkay Turkey TUR 20
110 m Hurdles Men Round One Heat Two 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14,8 Q Clyde Scott United States USA 23 14.8 h
2 15.5 Q Hugues Frayer France FRA 25
3 15.5 Börje Rendin Sweden SWE 26
4 Lazaros Petropoulakis Greece GRE 23
110 m Hurdles Men Round One Heat Three 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14,7 Q Alberto Triulzi Argentina ARG 20 14.6 h
2 14.6 Q Peter Gardner Australia AUS 23 at 0.13
3 15.9 Manuel Suárez Spain ESP 27 at 1.40
4 at 2.59 Joe Birrell Great Britain GBR 18
5 at 2.60 Petros Krosfilit-Omiros Greece GRE
110 m Hurdles Men Round One Heat Four 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14,9 Q Jim Vickers India IND 14.7 h
2 14.7 Q Håkan Lidman Sweden SWE 33
3 15.3 Julio Sabater Puerto Rico PUR 21
4 15,4 Jan Zwaan Netherlands NED 22 15.4est
5 15,4 Charles Green Australia AUS 26 15.4est
110 m Hurdles Men Round One Heat Five 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 15 Q André Marie France FRA 22 14.9 h
2 14.9 Q Olivier Bernard Switzerland SUI 27
3 15.1 Sydney Foster Jamaica JAM
AC DNF Don Finlay Great Britain GBR 39
110 m Hurdles Men Round One Heat Six 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 14,4 Q Craig Dixon United States USA 22 14.2 h
2 15.0 Q Ray Weinberg Australia AUS 18
3 15.2 Gilbert Omnès France FRA 30
4 Hernán Alzamora Peru PER 21
5 Mazar Ul-Haq Khan Pakistan PAK
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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