Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

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Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Athletics men's 110 metre hurdles - Frederick Kelly.JPG
The winner, Fred Kelly.
VenueStockholm Olympic Stadium
DatesJuly 11 (heats, semifinals)
July 12 (final)
Competitors22 from 10 nations
Winning time15.1
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Fred Kelly
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) James Wendell
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Martin Hawkins
 United States
← 1908
1920 →

The men's 110 metres hurdles was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. The competition was held on Thursday, July 11, 1912, and on Friday, July 12, 1912. 22 hurdlers from 10 nations competed.[1] NOCs could enter up to 12 athletes.[2] The event was won by Fred Kelly of the United States, the fifth of five consecutive victories for the nation in the first five Olympic Games. It was also the fourth of four consecutive podium sweeps for the Americans in the event.

Background[edit]

This was the fifth appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. None of the finalists from 1908 returned. The American hurdles were favored, with Fred Kelly, John Case, and Vaughn Blanchard the Olympic trial winners.[3]

Chile, Finland, and Italy each made their first appearance in the event. The United States made its fifth appearance, the only nation to have competed in the 110 metres hurdles in each Games to that point.

Competition format[edit]

As in 1908, there were three rounds. The first round consisted of 11 heats, many of which had only one or two hurdlers and none of which had more than three. The top two hurdlers in each heat advanced to the semifinals, resulting in only two men being eliminated in the first round. The 22 semifinalists were divided into six semifinals of 3 or 4 runners each; only the top hurdler in each advanced to the 6-man final.[3][4]

Records[edit]

The records for the 110 metre hurdles coming into 1912 were 15.0 seconds, which were not matched during the 1912 Games.

World record  Forrest Smithson (USA) 15.0 London, United Kingdom 25 July 1908
Olympic record  Forrest Smithson (USA) 15.0 London, United Kingdom 25 July 1908

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
Thursday, 11 July 1912 9:30
16:15
Round 1
Semifinals
Friday, 12 July 1912 15:00 Final

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

All heats were held on Thursday, July 11, 1912.

Only two hurdlers were eliminated after the heats.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 George Chisholm  United States 15.4 Q
2 Károly Solymár  Hungary 15.8 Q

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 John Eller  United States 16.0 Q
2 Gerard Anderson  Great Britain 18.6 Q

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Martin Hawkins  United States 16.1 Q
2 Géo André  France 16.8 Q

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Ferdinand Bie  Norway 16.2 Q
2 Valdemar Wickholm  Finland 16.6 Q

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Pablo Eitel  Chile 17.2 Q

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Marius Delaby  France 16.0 Q
2 Vaughn Blanchard  United States 16.0 Q
3 Alfredo Pagani  Italy Unknown

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Edwin Pritchard  United States 16.4 Q
2 Henry Blakeney  Great Britain 17.4 Q

Heat 8[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 John Nicholson  United States 15.5 Q
2 Daciano Colbacchini  Italy 16.1 Q

Heat 9[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Fred Kelly  United States 16.4 Q

Heat 10[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 John Case  United States 16.3 Q
2 Hermann von Bönninghausen  Germany 17.0 Q

Heat 11[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Kenneth Powell  Great Britain 15.6 Q
2 James Wendell  United States 15.7 Q
3 Frank Lukeman  Canada Unknown

Semifinals[edit]

All semifinals were held on Thursday, July 11, 1912.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Kenneth Powell  Great Britain 15.6 Q
2 John Eller  United States 15.7
3 Ferdinand Bie  Norway 15.8
4 Pablo Eitel  Chile Unknown

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Martin Hawkins  United States 15.7 Q
2 Daciano Colbacchini  Italy 16.0
3 Marius Delaby  France 16.2
Károly Solymár  Hungary DNF

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 John Nicholson  United States 15.4 Q
2 Vaughn Blanchard  United States 15.7
3 Hermann von Bönninghausen  Germany 16.0

Semifinal 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 James Wendell  United States 15.5 Q
2 George Chisholm  United States 15.7
Gerard Anderson  Great Britain DNF

Semifinal 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Fred Kelly  United States 15.6 Q
2 Valdemar Wickholm  Finland 16.6
3 Henry Blakeney  Great Britain Unknown

Semifinal 6[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 John Case  United States 15.6 Q
2 Edwin Pritchard  United States 15.6
3 Géo André  France Unknown

Final[edit]

The final where John Nicholson fell and did not finish the race.

The final was held on Friday, July 12, 1912. Nicholson fell at the eighth hurdle, leaving Kelly to hold on and win by a narrow margin over Wendell.

Rank Athlete Nation Time
1 Fred Kelly  United States 15.1
2 James Wendell  United States 15.2
3 Martin Hawkins  United States 15.3
4 John Case  United States 15.3
5 Kenneth Powell  Great Britain 15.5
John Nicholson  United States DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's 110 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ Official report, p. 61.
  3. ^ a b "110 metres Hurdles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  4. ^ Official Report, pp. 371–73.

Notes[edit]

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.). (ed.). The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 1 January 2007.