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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's 110 m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 16, 1968 Format: Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 17, 1968  
(Competitors: 33; Countries: 24; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF   1968_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Ottoz equalled the Olympic record in the heats, running 13.5 – an Olympic best of 13.61 on electric timing. The three Americans – Davenport 13.6 (13.65), Hall 13.7 (13.75) and Coleman 13.7 (13.77) – were the next fastest. Taking advantage of a near-maximum legal wind (1.8), Hall ran a lifetime best of 13.3 (13.38) to smash the Olympic record, leading Ottoz – 13.5 (13.53) home in the first semi-final. In the other heat Davenport duplicated Ottoz’s time in windless conditions with Coleman right next to him in second with 13.5 (13.54). Davenport blasted the start in the final, and was never threatened, flowing to victory in 13.3, which on electric timing was 13.33, the fastest ever run. Behind him Hall and Coleman battled for second, with Ottoz in fourth after a dismal start. Coleman hit the sixth hurdle, and Ottoz went past. He gained on Hall all the way to the finish, losing silver by 30cm.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
In the semi-final, Erv Hall (USA) ran 13.38, the fastest auto-time ever. Willie Davenport won the second semi in 13.53. Davenport ran almost a perfect race in the final, taking the lead early, and defeating Hall by a full metre. Italy’s Eddy Ottoz broke up the American medal sweep by winning the bronze medal. In 1969, both Hall and Davenport equaled the hand-timed world record of 13.2, although at different meets.
 
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Martin Lauer (GER) 13.2 Zurich, Switzerland July 7, 1959
Olympic record  Lee Calhoun (USA) 13.5 Melbourne, Australia November 28, 1956
 Willie Davenport, Ervin Hall, Eddy Ottoz 1968.jpg
Willie Davenport, Ervin Hall and Eddy Ottoz
 
Last meters of the first semi-final. Eddy Ottoz, number 515, finishes second; the other racers, from the left, Juan Morales, Pierre Schoebel, Daniel Riedo, Hinrich John, Bo Forssander and the winner, Ervin Hall.
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        Results          
   
110 m Hurdles Men     Final 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.33     Willie Davenport United States USA 25 (=)OR 13.3 h
2 13.42     Erv Hall United States USA 21   13.4 h
3 13.46     Eddy Ottoz Italy ITA 24   13.4 h
4 13.67     Leon Coleman United States USA 24   13.6 h
5 13.68     Werner Trzmiel West Germany FRG 26   13.6 h
6 13.73     Bo Forssander Sweden SWE 26   13.7 h
7 13.77     Marcel Duriez France FRA 28   13.7 h
8 14.02     Pierre Schoebel France FRA 26   14.0 h
110 m Hurdles Men     Semi-Finals Heat One 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.38   Q Erv Hall United States USA 21 OR 13.3 h
2 13.53   Q Eddy Ottoz Italy ITA 24   13.5 h
3 13.75   Q Bo Forssander Sweden SWE 26   13.7 h
4 13.78   Q Pierre Schoebel France FRA 26   13.7 h
5 13.87     Hinrich John West Germany FRG 32   13.8 h
6 14.07     Daniel Riedo Switzerland SUI 26   14.0 h
7 14.08     Juan Morales Cuba CUB 20   14.0 h
8 14.13     Viktor Balikhin Soviet Union URS 30   14.1 h
110 m Hurdles Men     Semi-Finals Heat Two 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.53   Q Willie Davenport United States USA 25   13.5 h
2 13.54   Q Leon Coleman United States USA 24   13.5 h
3 13.60   Q Werner Trzmiel West Germany FRG 26   13.5 h
4 13.73   Q Marcel Duriez France FRA 28   13.7 h
5 13.83     Oleg Stepanenko Soviet Union URS 28   13.8 h
6 14.04     Kjellfred Weum Norway NOR 28   14.0 h
7 14.09     Sergio Liani Italy ITA 25   14.0 h
8 14.13     Arnaldo Bristol Puerto Rico PUR 23   14.1 h
110 m Hurdles Men     Round One Heat One 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.75   Q Erv Hall United States USA 21   13.7 h
2 13.83   Q Pierre Schoebel France FRA 26   13.8 h
3 14.10   Q Daniel Riedo Switzerland SUI 26   14.0 h
4 14.13     Giovanni Cornacchia Italy ITA 29   14.1 h
5 14.74     Franklin Blyden Virgin Islands ISV     14.7 h
6 14.76     Kimaru Songok Kenya KEN     14.7 h
110 m Hurdles Men     Round One Heat Two 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.65   Q Willie Davenport United States USA 25   13.6 h
2 13.87   Q Hinrich John West Germany FRG 32   13.8 h
3 13.92   Q Arnaldo Bristol Puerto Rico PUR 23   13.9 h
4 13.95   Q Oleg Stepanenko Soviet Union URS 28   13.9 h
5 14.09     Hernando Arrechea Colombia COL 21   14.0 h
6 14.36     Ishtiaq Mubarak Malaysia MAS 20   14.3 h
7 15.11     Su Po-Tai Chinese Taipei TPE 27   15.0 h
110 m Hurdles Men     Round One Heat Three 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.61   Q Eddy Ottoz Italy ITA 24 (=)OR 13.5 h
2 13.87   Q Werner Trzmiel West Germany FRG 26   13.8 h
3 13.94   Q Juan Morales Cuba CUB 20   13.9 h
4 14.14     Gary Knoke Australia AUS 26   14.1 h
5 14.20     Stuart Storey Great Britain GBR 26   14.1 h
6 14.32     Simbara Maki Cote d'Ivoire CIV 30   14.3 h
7 15.00     Fernand Tovondray Madagascar MAD 24   14.9 h
110 m Hurdles Men     Round One Heat Four 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.77   Q Leon Coleman United States USA 24   13.7 h
2 14.00   Q Bo Forssander Sweden SWE 26   13.9 h
3 14.08   Q Kjellfred Weum Norway NOR 28   14.0 h
4 14.16     Mike Parker Great Britain GBR 30   14.1 h
5 14.47     Patricio Saavedra Chile CHI 21   14.4 h
6 15.01     Rogelio Onofre Philippines PHI 28   15.0 h
110 m Hurdles Men     Round One Heat Five 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.82   Q Viktor Balikhin Soviet Union URS 30   13.8 h
2 14.00   Q Marcel Duriez France FRA 28   13.9 h
3 14.01   Q Sergio Liani Italy ITA 25   13.9 h
4 14.01     Alan Pascoe Great Britain GBR 21   13.9 h
5 14.18     Lubomír Nádeníček Czechoslovakia TCH 21   14.1 h
6 14.38     Alfredo Deza Peru PER 24   14.3 h
7 16.85     Radhamés Mora Dominican Republic DOM 20   16.85 h
 
 
 

 

 

 

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