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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's 400 m

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 16, 1968 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 18, 1968 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 55; Countries: 36; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF  1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
With six of the 10 best one lap men in 1968, the USA was the dominant force. Evans had won the US Trials in 44.0 ahead of James, and they duly qualified for the final as the two fastest men, with Evans breaking the Olympic record in 44.8 (44.82) ahead of James’s 44.9 (44.88). Gakou was the surprising winner of the other semi-final in 45.1 – improving from a pre-Games best of 46.7. Evans wanted to withdraw from the final after the furore of the 200m – which saw Smith and Carlos expelled from the athletes village – but his San Jose State teammates convinced him to run. Evans started remarkably quickly, passing 100m in an unprecedented 10.4, making up the stagger on Omolo two lanes outside him by 200m, and continuing to drive to 300m. At this point he led by 4m from James, with Freeman a further 4m behind. Evans tired and the graceful James closed to within a metre at the finish, with Freeman an isolated third 4m back. The remarkable Gakou was fourth in an African record of 45.01.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The US was dominant in this event in 1968. They had six the fastest 10 men in the world and at the Olympic Trials, both Lee Evans and Larry James bettered the world record with hand times of 44.0. A US sweep seemed possible, as the third US runner, Ron Freeman, had recorded 44.6 in the Trials. After the tumult that followed the 200 metre victory ceremony, in which Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were expelled from the Olympics by the US Olympic Committee, Evans wanted to withdraw from the final. But Smith and Carlos convinced Evans to run – they were college teammates at San Jose State. Evans started quickly in the final and expected to have a lead coming to the homestraight. But he was worried when he saw that James was right on his shoulder. He pulled away slightly, but James then closed to only a metre back at the finish, as both lowered the world record with Evans finishing in 43.86 and James in 43.97 – the first time anyone had run under 44 seconds for 400 metres. Freeman completed the US sweep.
Evans' time was officially 43.8, as the official times were only to the tenth of a second in 1968. His automatic time in 1968 was 43.79, but the 1968 automatic times had a built-in 0.05 second delay to allow for response time. This no longer is used, making his actual time 43.84. However, in the early 1970s when the IAAF starting using 1/100ths times for record purposes, they redefined the torso (when crossing the line) to not include the neck, which made Evans' time 43.86 after re-reading the photo finish timer. The mark lasted as a world record until 1988 when Butch Reynolds ran 43.29 at the Weltklasse in Zürich.
 
 
Results
400 m Men Final 18 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 43.86 Lee Evans United States USA 21 WR 43.8 h
2 43.97 Larry James United States USA 20 43.9 h
3 44.41 Ron Freeman United States USA 21 44.4 h
4 45.01 Amadou Gakou Senegal SEN 28 45.0 h
5 45.33 Martin Jellinghaus West Germany FRG 23 45.3 h
6 45.42 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH 27 45.4 h
7 45.42 Andrzej Badeński Poland POL 25 45.4 h
8 47.61 Amos Omolo Uganda UGA 31 47.6 h
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat One 17 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.17 Q Amadou Gakou Senegal SEN 28 45.1 h
2 45.47 Q Ron Freeman United States USA 21 45.4 h
3 45.50 Q Andrzej Badeński Poland POL 25 45.4 h
4 45.60 Q Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH 27 45.5 h
5 45.92 Sam Bugri Ghana GHA 25 45.9 h
6 46.22 Helmar Müller West Germany FRG 29 46.2 h
7 46.22 Claver Kamanya Tanzania TAN 21 46.2 h
8 48.37 Wolfgang Müller East Germany GDR 25 48.3 h
400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat Two 17 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 44.83 Q Lee Evans United States USA 21 OR 44.8 h
2 44.88 Q Larry James United States USA 20 44.9 h
3 45.06 Q Martin Jellinghaus West Germany FRG 23 44.9 h
4 45.52 Q Amos Omolo Uganda UGA 31 45.4 h
5 45.75 Jan Werner Poland POL 22 45.7 h
6 46.37 Munyoro Nyamau Kenya KEN 25 46.3 h
7 49.01 Jean-Claude Nallet France FRA 21 49.0 h
8 49.28 Ross MacKenzie Canada CAN 22 49.2 h
400 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat One 17 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.56 Q Amadou Gakou Senegal SEN 28 45.5 h
2 45.77 Q Larry James United States USA 20 45.7 h
3 46.03 Q Claver Kamanya Tanzania TAN 21 46.0 h
4 46.15 Q Ross MacKenzie Canada CAN 22 46.1 h
5 46.19 Musa Dogon Yaro Nigeria NGR 23 46.1 h
6 46.35 Colin Campbell Great Britain GBR 22 46.3 h
7 46.39 Naftali Bon Kenya KEN 23 46.3 h
8 46.84 Sergio Bello Italy ITA 26 46.8 h
400 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Two 17 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.33 Q Amos Omolo Uganda UGA 31 45.3 h
2 45.54 Q Lee Evans United States USA 21 45.5 h
3 46.12 Q Munyoro Nyamau Kenya KEN 25 46.1 h
4 46.32 Q Wolfgang Müller East Germany GDR 25 46.2 h
5 46.33 Jan Balachowski Poland POL 19 46.3 h
6 46.38 Rodobaldo Díaz Cuba CUB 26 46.3 h
7 46.85 Juan Carlos Dyrzka Argentina ARG 27 46.8 h
400 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Three 17 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.63 Q Jan Werner Poland POL 22 45.6 h
2 46.00 Q Martin Jellinghaus West Germany FRG 23 45.9 h
3 46.02 Q Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH 27 46.0 h
4 46.08 Q Sam Bugri Ghana GHA 25 46.0 h
5 46.29 Clifton Forbes Jamaica JAM 22 46.2 h
6 47.68 Daniel Rudisha Kenya KEN 23 47.6 h
7 48.91 Gilles Bertould France FRA 19 48.9 h
400 m Men Quarter-Finals Heat Four 17 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.31 Q Ron Freeman United States USA 21 45.3 h
2 45.60 Q Andrzej Badeński Poland POL 25 45.6 h
3 45.78 Q Helmar Müller West Germany FRG 29 45.7 h
4 45.8 Q Jean-Claude Nallet France FRA 21 45.7 h
5 45.91 Martin Winbolt-Lewis Great Britain GBR 21 45.9 h
6 46.19 Michael Zerbes East Germany GDR 24 46.1 h
7 46.41 Mamman Makama Nigeria NGR 21 46.4 h
8 46.53 Pedro Grajales Colombia COL 28 46.5 h
400 m Men Round One Heat One 16 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.40 Q Lee Evans United States USA 21 45.3 h
2 45.74 Q Claver Kamanya Tanzania TAN 21 45.7 h
3 45.77 Q Christian Nicolau France FRA 21 45.7 h
4 45.88 Q Sam Bugri Ghana GHA 25 45.8 h
5 46.95 Manfred Kinder West Germany FRG 30 46.9 h
6 47.94 Ezra Burnham Barbados BAR 21 47.9 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Two 16 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.52 Q Andrzej Badeński Poland POL 25 45.5 h
2 45.75 Q Clifton Forbes Jamaica JAM 22 45.7 h
3 45.83 Q Larry James United States USA 20 45.8 h
4 46.96 Q Daniel Rudisha Kenya KEN 23 46.9 h
5 47.80 Angelo Hussein Sudan SUD 47.7 h
6 48.02 Victor Asirvatham Malaysia MAS 28 48h
400 m Men Round One Heat Three 16 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.39 Q Amadou Gakou Senegal SEN 28 45.3 h
2 45.60 Q Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH 27 45.5 h
3 45.67 Q Ron Freeman United States USA 21 45.6 h
4 46.48 Q Rodobaldo Díaz Cuba CUB 26 46.4 h
5 46.92 Ramon Magariños Spain ESP 20 46.9 h
6 47.37 Anthony Egwunyenga Nigeria NGR 25 47.3 h
7 49.14 Francisco Menocal Nicaragua NCA 22 49.1 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Four 16 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46.50 Q Martin Jellinghaus West Germany FRG 23 46.4 h
2 46.73 Q Pedro Grajales Colombia COL 28 46.7 h
3 46.84 Q Michael Zerbes East Germany GDR 24 46.8 h
4 47.05 Q Ross MacKenzie Canada CAN 22 47.0 h
5 47.30 Howard Davies Great Britain GBR 24 47.2 h
6 48.55 Jacques Pennewaert Belgium BEL 28 48.5 h
7 52.92 José Astacio El Salvador ESA 21 52.9 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Five 16 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.85 Q Amos Omolo Uganda UGA 31 45.8 h
2 45.91 Q Munyoro Nyamau Kenya KEN 25 45.9 h
3 45.93 Q Jean-Claude Nallet France FRA 21 45.9 h
4 45.98 Q Helmar Müller West Germany FRG 29 45.9 h
5 46.32 José Jacinto Hidalgo Venezuela VEN 25 46.3 h
6 47.28 Carlos Martínez Cuba CUB 23 47.2 h
7 49.18 Tony Harper Bermuda BER 29 49.1 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Six 16 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 45.97 Q Jan Werner Poland POL 22 45.9 h
2 46.27 Q Martin Winbolt-Lewis Great Britain GBR 21 46.2 h
3 46.49 Q Mamman Makama Nigeria NGR 21 46.4 h
4 46.54 Q Sergio Bello Italy ITA 26 46.5 h
5 46.80 Eddy Téllez Cuba CUB 24 46.7 h
6 46.83 Noel Carroll Ireland IRL 26 46.8 h
7 47.93 José L'Oficial Dominican Republic DOM 20 47.9 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Seven 16 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46.21 Q Naftali Bon Kenya KEN 23 46.2 h
2 46.23 Q Jan Balachowski Poland POL 19 46.2 h
3 46.24 Q Musa Dogon Yaro Nigeria NGR 23 46.2 h
4 46.31 Q Gilles Bertould France FRA 19 46.3 h
5 46.46 Don Domansky Canada CAN 22 46.4 h
6 46.81 Melesio Piña Mexico MEX 20 46.8 h
7 46.99 Leslie Miller Bahamas BAH 20 46.9 h
8 50.11 Yoyaga Dit Coulibaly Cote d'Ivoire CIV 29 50.0 h
400 m Men Round One Heat Eight 16 October
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 46.66 Q Wolfgang Müller East Germany GDR 25 46.6 h
2 46.66 Q Colin Campbell Great Britain GBR 22 46.6 h
3 46.78 Q Sergio Ottolina Italy ITA 25 46.7 h
4 47.02 Q Juan Carlos Dyrzka Argentina ARG 27 47.0 h
5 47.95 George Simon Trinidad and Tobago TTO 25 47.9 h
6 48.23 Omar Ghizlat Morocco MAR 18 48.2 h
7 49.07 Kun Min-Mu Chinese Taipei TPE 26 49.0 h
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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