Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
VenueMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date26 November 1956 & 27 November 1956
Competitors42 from 23 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Bobby Morrow  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Andy Stanfield  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Thane Baker  United States
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These are the official results of the Men's 200 metres event at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. There were a total number of 66 competitors from 32 countries. The first and second rounds were held on Monday 26 November and the semifinals and final on Tuesday 27 November.[1]

Even though it had been a part of the Olympics, the IAAF had only certified world records for the 200 meters around the bend since 1951. Both claimants to the record Andy Stanfield and Thane Baker were in this final. Stanfield took a slight lead from the gun, making up the stagger on Jose Telles da Conceicao to his outside just past halfway through the turn. Inside of him, 100 meter champion Bobby Morrow slowly accelerated and caught Stanfield. Coming off the turn, Morrow had almost a meter advantage. Two meters back, Baker was in a battle with Michael Agostini. Down the final straight, Morrow opened up another meter to take the win. Baker separated from Agostini and made a late run at Stanfield, coming up a couple of feet short. Morrow's hand time of 20.6 equalled the world record.


Gold Silver Bronze
 Bobby Morrow (USA)  Andy Stanfield (USA)  Thane Baker (USA)


First Round[]

Twelve heats were held, the two fastest of which would qualify for the Second Round.

Heat 1[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Jose Telles da Conceicao (BRA) 21.61s
2  Manfred Germar (EUA) 21.88s
3  Rene Ahumada Rodriguez (MEX) 21.96s
4  Mel Spence (JAM) 22.13s
5  Jean-Pierre Goudeau (FRA) 22.13s

Heat 2[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Karl-Friedrich Haas (EUA) 21.56s
2  Václav Janeček (TCH) 21.85s
3  Douglas Winston (AUS) 22.20s
4  Milkha Singh (IND) 22.47s
5  Kyohei Ushio (JPN) 22.64s

Heat 3[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Michael Agostini (TRI) 21.80s
2  Vincenzo Lombardo (ITA) 21.94s
3  Yuriy Konovalov (URS) 22.09s
4  Josef Trousil (TCH) 22.54s
5  Legesse Beyene (ETH) 23.63s
6  Manut Bumrungphuk (THA) 24.59s
-  James Roberts (LBR) DQ

Heat 4[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Andy Stanfield (USA) 21.69s
2  Sergio D'Asnasch (ITA) 22.35s
3  Muhammad Sharif Butt (PAK) 22.38s
4  Fred Hammer (LUX) 22.73s
5  Nigousse Robba (ETH) 23.89s
-  Apolinar Solórzano (VEN) DQ

Heat 5[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Abdul Khaliq (PAK) 21.32s
2  Maurice Rae (NZL) 21.57s
3  Joao Pires Sobrinho (BRA) 21.67s
4  Tom Robinson (BAH) 21.76s
5  Sándor Jakabfy (HUN) 21.78s
6  Malcolm Spence (JAM) 21.86s

Heat 6[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Kanji Akagi (JPN) 22.26s
2  Jorge Machado de Barros (BRA) 22.30s

Heat 7[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Thane Baker (USA) 21.92s
2  Béla Goldoványi (HUN) 22.08s
3  Bjørn Nilsen (NOR) 22.33s
4  Oliver Hunter (GUY) 22.54s
5  Giovanni Ghiselli (ITA) 22.68s
6  Hailou Abbebe (ETH) 23.25s

Heat 8[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Vilem Mandlik (TCH) 21.79s
2  Hector Hogan (AUS) 21.97s
3  David Segal (GBR) 22.22s
4  Joseph Foreman (CAN) 22.28s
5  Kesavan Soon (SIN) 23.33s
6  Lee Kah Fook (MAL) 23.94s

Heat 9[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Bobby Morrow (USA) 21.95s
2  Edward Szmidt (POL) 22.03s
3  Graham Gipson (AUS) 22.06s
4  Akira Kiyofuji (JPN) 22.56s
5  Abdul Aziz (PAK) 22.98s

Heat 10[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Boris Tokarev (URS) 21.62s
2  Brian Shenton (GBR) 21.85s
3  Rafael Romero (VEN) 21.87s
4  Janusz Jarzembowski (POL) 21.91s
5  Joseph Goddard (TRI) 22.23s
6  Eero Kivelä (FIN) 22.56s
7  Benjamin Kiyini Nduga (UGA) 22.89s

Heat 11[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Constantin Lissenko (FRA) 22.06s
2  Iván Rodríguez (PUR) 22.06s
3  Roy Sandstrom (GBR) 22.18s
4  Pentti Rekola (FIN) 22.22s
5  John Parrington (CAN) 22.61s
6  Montri Srinaka (THA) 23.88s
7  Emmanuel Gbecy Putu (LBR) 24.33s

Heat 12[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Leonhard Pohl (EUA) 21.78s
2  Leonid Bartenev (URS) 21.94s
3  Yves Camus (FRA) 22.37s
4  Phaibulya Vacharabhan (THA) 23.92s
5  Richard Estick (JAM) 25.81s

Second Round[]

Four heats were held, the three fastest of which would qualify for the Semifinals.

Heat 1[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Abdul Khaliq (PAK) 21.34s
2  Michael Agostini (TRI) 21.35s
3  Leonhard Pohl (EUA) 21.49s
4  Leonid Bartenev (URS) 21.53s
5  Béla Goldoványi (HUN) 21.64s
6  Edward Szmidt (POL) 21.73s

Heat 2[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Andy Stanfield (USA) 21.22s
2  Boris Tokarev (URS) 21.42s
3  Jose Telles da Conceicao (BRA) 21.46s
4  Vincenzo Lombardo (ITA) 21.53s
5  Kanji Akagi (JPN) 22.03s
-  Constantin Lissenko (FRA) DNS

Heat 3[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Thane Baker (USA) 21.34s
2  Vilem Mandlik (TCH) 21.56s
3  Karl-Friedrich Haas (EUA) 21.68s
4  Hector Hogan (AUS) 21.90s
5  Iván Rodríguez (PUR) 22.16s
6  Sergio D'Asnasch (ITA) 22.82s

Heat 4[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Bobby Morrow (USA) 22.03s
2  Maurice Rae (NZL) 22.12s
3  Brian Shenton (GBR) 22.15s
4  Václav Janeček (TCH) 22.26s
5  Jorge Machado de Barros (BRA) 23.88s
-  Manfred Germar (EUA) DNS


Two semifinals were held, the three fastest of which would qualify for the final.

Semifinal 1[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Thane Baker (USA) 21.21s
2  Bobby Morrow (USA) 21.43s
3  Jose Telles da Conceicao (BRA) 21.53s
4  Abdul Khaliq (PAK) 21.58s
5  Karl-Friedrich Haas (EUA) 21.74s
6  Maurice Rae (NZL) 21.75s

Semifinal 2[]

Place Athlete Time
1  Andy Stanfield (USA) 21.35s
2  Michael Agostini (TRI) 21.48s
3  Boris Tokarev (URS) 21.50s
4  Leonhard Pohl (EUA) 21.64s
5  Vilem Mandlik (TCH) 21.74s
6  Brian Shenton (GBR) 22.08s


Place Athlete Time
1  Bobby Morrow (USA) 20.75s EWR
2  Andy Stanfield (USA) 20.97s
3  Thane Baker (USA) 21.05s
4  Michael Agostini (TRI) 21.35s
5  Boris Tokarev (URS) 21.42s
6  Jose Telles da Conceicao (BRA) 21.56s


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's 200 metres". Sports Reference. Retrieved 10 July 2017.

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