Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

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Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Arrivée du 200 mètres aux JO de 1920 - Allen Woodring devant son compatriote américain Charles Paddock.jpg
The finish of the final, with Allen Woodring beating Charley Paddock
VenueOlympisch Stadion
DatesAugust 19–20
Competitors48 from 22 nations
Winning time22.0
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Allen Woodring
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Charley Paddock
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Harry Edward
 Great Britain
← 1912
1924 →

The men's 200 metres event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Thursday, August 19, 1920, and on Friday, August 20, 1920. Forty-eight sprinters from 22 nations competed.[1] Nations were limited to 4 athletes each, down from the 12 allowed in previous Games. The event was won by Allen Woodring of the United States, the nation's second consecutive victory in the event and fourth in five Games. Fellow American Charley Paddock took silver. Great Britain reached the podium for a second consecutive Games with Harry Edward's bronze.

Background[edit]

This was the fifth appearance of the event, which was not held at the first Olympics in 1896 but has been on the program ever since. None of the finalists from the pre-war 1912 Games returned. The favorite was Charley Paddock, winner of the U.S. trials and the 1919 Inter-Allied Championships. The strongest non-American competitor was Harry Edward of Great Britain, the 1920 AAA champion.[2]

Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland each made their debut in the event. The United States made its fifth appearance, the only nation to have competed at each edition of the 200 metres to date.

Competition format[edit]

The competition expanded to four rounds: heats, quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final. There were 12 heats of between 3 and 5 runners each, with the top 2 men in each advancing to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals consisted of 5 heats of between 4 and 5 athletes each; the two fastest men in each heat advanced to the semifinals. There were 2 semifinals, each with 5 runners. In that round, the top three athletes advanced. The final had 6 runners.[2]

The race was run on a 390-metre track that was wet and soft.[2]

Records[edit]

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

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

* unofficial 220 yards (= 201.17 m)

** straight course

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
Thursday, 19 August 1920 14:00
16:00
Heats
Quarterfinals
Friday, 20 August 1920 14:45
16:00
Semifinals
Final

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 René Tirard  France 23.2 Q
2 Agne Holmström  Sweden 23.3 Q
3 Diego Ordóñez  Spain 23.7
4 Shinichi Yamaoka  Japan 23.9
5 Bjarne Guldager  Norway Unknown

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 George Davidson  New Zealand 22.6 Q
2 Alexander Ponton  Canada 22.9 Q
3 Félix Mendizábal  Spain 23.2
4 Harry van Rappard  Netherlands 23.7
5 Federico Reparez  Spain Unknown

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Vojtěch Plzák  Czechoslovakia 23.4 Q
2 William Hill  Great Britain 23.8 Q
3 Marcel Gustin  Belgium 24.3

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Paul Brochart  Belgium 23.2 Q
2 William Hunt  Australia 23.5 Q
3 Giovanni Orlandi  Italy 23.8
4 Paul Hammer  Luxembourg 24.1

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 René Caste  France 23.0 Q
2 Harold Abrahams  Great Britain 23.3 Q
3 Willie Bukes  South Africa 23.4
4 Rolf Stenersen  Norway 23.7

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Charley Paddock  United States 23.2 Q
2 August Sørensen  Denmark 23.8 Q
3 Victor d'Arcy  Great Britain 23.9
4 Ahmed Khairy  Egypt Unknown

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Sven Krokström  Sweden 23.8 Q
2 Max Houben  Belgium 24.2 Q
3 Dimitrios Karambatis  Greece 24.2

Heat 8[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Loren Murchison  United States 23.2 Q
2 Nils Sandström  Sweden 23.6 Q
3 Carlos Pajarón  Spain 24.2
4 August Waibel  Switzerland Unknown

Heat 9[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Allen Woodring  United States 22.8 Q
2 Cor Wezepoel  Netherlands 23.3 Q
3 Francis Irvine  South Africa 23.3
4 Ichiro Kaga  Japan Unknown
5 Edmond Médécin  Monaco Unknown

Heat 10[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Harry Edward  Great Britain 22.8 Q
2 Jack Oosterlaak  South Africa 23.2 Q
3 Sven Malm  Sweden 23.3
4 Mario Riccobono  Italy Unknown
5 Reinhold Saulmann  Estonia Unknown

Heat 11[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 René Lorain  France 25.0 Q
2 Albert Heijnneman  Netherlands 25.4 Q
3 Cyril Coaffee  Canada Unknown

Heat 12[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Morris Kirksey  United States 23.4 Q
2 Josef Imbach  Switzerland 23.5 Q
3 Jean-René Seurin  France 23.6

Quarterfinals[edit]

Quarterfinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Loren Murchison  United States 22.8 Q
2 Josef Imbach  Switzerland 23.1 Q
3 René Tirard  France Unknown
4 August Sørensen  Denmark Unknown

Quarterfinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Harry Edward  Great Britain 22.0 Q
2 Allen Woodring  United States 22.1 Q
3 René Caste  France 22.2
4 William Hunt  Australia 22.4
5 Agne Holmström  Sweden 22.5

Quarterfinal 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 George Davidson  New Zealand 22.8 Q
2 Charley Paddock  United States 22.9 Q
3 René Lorain  France 23.0
4 Nils Sandström  Sweden 23.3
5 Max Houben  Belgium Unknown

Quarterfinal 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Morris Kirksey  United States 22.6 Q
2 Alexander Ponton  Canada 22.7 Q
3 Harold Abrahams  Great Britain 23.0
4 Vojtěch Plzák  Czechoslovakia 23.1
5 Cor Wezepoel  Netherlands 23.3

Quarterfinal 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Jack Oosterlaak  South Africa 23.0 Q
2 Paul Brochart  Belgium 23.1 Q
3 William Hill  Great Britain 23.3
4 Sven Krokström  Sweden 23.6
5 Albert Heijnneman  Netherlands Unknown

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Loren Murchison  United States 22.6 Q
2 Harry Edward  Great Britain 22.7 Q
3 George Davidson  New Zealand 22.7 Q
4 Morris Kirksey  United States 22.7
Paul Brochert  Belgium DNS

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Allen Woodring  United States 22.4 Q
2 Charley Paddock  United States 22.5 Q
3 Jack Oosterlaak  South Africa 22.7 Q
4 Alexandre Penton  Canada Unknown
Josef Imbach  Switzerland DNF

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Allen Woodring  United States 22.0
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Charley Paddock  United States 22.0
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Harry Edward  Great Britain 22.1
4 Loren Murchison  United States 22.2
5 George Davidson  New Zealand 22.3
6 Jack Oosterlaak  South Africa 22.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games: Men's 200 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "200 metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 29 December 2020.

Notes[edit]

  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French).
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 11 August 2007.