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Los Angeles 1932 - Quick hits


Finnish long distance runner Paavo Nurmi was banned for life on the eve of the Games for professionalism. He was judged to have accepted a percentage of gate receipts for previous events.

Illegal technique

American star Mildred "Babe" Didrikson who finished tied for first in the high jump with compatriot Jean Shirley was eventually ruled second for illegal technique. Didrikson used a motion in which her head cleared the bar first. There was consolation for the gifted athlete as she won gold in the 80m hurdles and the javelin.

List of champions

Four champions either past, present or future lined up for the 400m hurdles: American Morgan Taylor (1924), Britain's David Burghley (1928), Ireland's Robert Tisdall (1932) and American Glenn Hardin (1936).


Swedish wrestler Carl Westergren won his third Olympic title in Greco-Roman. His success in the super-heavyweight class in 1932 followed on the heels of light-heavyweight gold in 1924 and middleweight success in 1920.


Johnny Weissmuller was not the only Olympic champion to play the role of screen hero Tarzan. American Clarence "Buster" Crabbe who won the 400m freestyle race also went on to play the king of the jungle in 1933.

Official blunder

American Joseph McCluskey, who eventually came third behind Finland's Volmari Iso-Hollo declined to re-run the race despite the fact the competitors ran one lap too many. McCluskey was second after the 3000m steeplechase was completed but eventually finished third after judges made a mistake and allowed an extra lap. Britain's Thomas Evenson took advantage to win silver after the controversial "extra lap".

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