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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's 400 m

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 3, 1972 Format: Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 7, 1972 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 64; Countries: 49; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF 1972_olympic_stadium.jpg 
The fastest times before the semis were in the first round where Kenyans Asati (45.16) and Sang (45.24) seemed to be over-energetic. Matthews showed his class in the semi-finals, winning easily in 44.94 ahead of European record holder Honz (45.32); Smith, heavily bandaged, nursed himself through in 45.46, just ahead of Asati (45.47), with European champion David Jenkins (GBR) fading badly from second place at 300m. Sang won the other, easier semi in 45.30. The final was delayed by a day, after the death of the Israeli athletes at the hands of terrorists. Matthews took the lead after 100m and extended a half-metre lead at 200m to 2m by 300m, with Sang a further 2m back. Meanwhile, Smith pulled up injured. Matthews was never threatened, holding off Collett by a metre, with Sang a further metre back. The two Americans staged an impromptu lackadaisical protest on the podium, resulting in them being disqualified from competing further in Munich, leaving the USA without a relay team.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The favorite was American John Smith, who had posted the best times of the year and in 1971 had broken the 440 yard world record in winning the AAU title. He made the final along with Americans Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett. Matthews was a surprise. He had just missed the US team in 1968 and had not competed much until 1972. In the final, Smith, with an injured leg, ran only a few steps before pulling up. Matthews led throughout and held off Collett down the final straight. Julius Sang (KEN) became the first black African to win a sprint Olympic medal. On the victory podium Collett and Matthews staged an impromptu )protest) in which they stood with their sweatsuits draped open, and during the national anthem, looked around, did not stand at attention, or look at the US flag, and talked openly to each other. It prompted multiple boos and whistles from the audience. The International Olympic Committee banned them from further competition. With Smith out from his injury, this prevented the US from having a 4×400 relay team, in which they would have been prohibitive favorites.
 
 
Results
400 m Men Final 7 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.66 Vince Matthews United States USA 16 Dec 47
2 44.80 Wayne Collett United States USA 20 Oct 49
3 44.92 Julius Sang Kenya KEN 19 Sep 48
4 45.13 Charles Asati Kenya KEN 3 Mar 46
5 45.31 Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske West Germany FRG 1 Jan 46
6 45.49 Markku Kukkoaho Finland FIN 11 Nov 46 NR
7 45.68 Karl Honz West Germany FRG 28 Jan 51
DNF John Smith United States USA 5 Aug 50
400 m Men Semifinal 1 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.94 Vince Matthews United States USA 16 Dec 47
2 45.32 Karl Honz West Germany FRG 28 Jan 51
3 45.46 John Smith United States USA 5 Aug 50
4 45.47 Charles Asati Kenya KEN 3 Mar 46
5 45.91 David Jenkins Great Britain GBR 25 May 52
6 45.98 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH 9 Sep 41
7 46.28 Georg Nückles West Germany FRG 14 May 48
8 46.38 Andrzej Badenski Poland POL 10 May 43
400 m Men Semifinal 2 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.30 Julius Sang Kenya KEN 19 Sep 48
2 45.62 Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske West Germany FRG 1 Jan 46
3 45.77 Wayne Collett United States USA 20 Oct 49
4 46.02 Markku Kukkoaho Finland FIN 11 Nov 46
5 46.07 Alberto Juantorena Cuba CUB 21 Nov 50
6 46.26 Jan Werner Poland POL 25 Jul 46
7 46.71 Martin Reynolds Great Britain GBR 22 Feb 49
DNS Zbigniew Jaremski Poland POL 19 Jun 49
400 m Men Heat 1 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.80 Wayne Collett United States USA 20 Oct 49
2 45.96 Alberto Juantorena Cuba CUB 21 Nov 50
3 46.02 Jan Werner Poland POL 25 Jul 46
4 46.11 Martin Reynolds Great Britain GBR 22 Feb 49
5 46.14 Charles Joseph Trinidad and Tobago TTO 25 Mar 52
6 46.73 Robert Ojo Nigeria NGR 29 Apr 41
7 46.84 Omar Ghizlat Morocco MAR 8 Sep 50
8 47.34 Samuel Bugri Ghana GHA 2 Apr 43
400 m Men Heat 2 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.41 Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske West Germany FRG 1 Jan 46
2 45.62 Vince Matthews United States USA 16 Dec 47
3 45.97 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH 9 Sep 41
4 46.14 Gilles Bertould France FRA 16 May 49
5 46.50 Wickramesinghe Wimaladasa Sri Lanka SRI 29 Aug 44
6 47.76 Leighton Priestley Jamaica JAM 18 Jan 51
7 48.29 Arthur Cooper Trinidad and Tobago TTO 10 May 52
8 48.69 Mohamed Reza Entezari Iran IRI 31 Jul 46
400 m Men Heat 3 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.99 David Jenkins Great Britain GBR 25 May 52
2 46.04 John Smith United States USA 5 Aug 50
3 46.11 Markku Kukkoaho Finland FIN 11 Nov 46
4 46.80 Hezekiah Nyamau Kenya KEN 5 Dec 42
5 46.81 Bruce Ijirigho Nigeria NGR 6 Nov 49
6 46.91 Roger Velasquez France FRA 11 Dec 43
7 46.96 Amadou Gakou Senegal SEN 25 Mar 40
8 47.33 Hussein Angelo Koko Nimir Sudan SUD 47
400 m Men Heat 4 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.87 Karl Honz West Germany FRG 28 Jan 51
2 45.92 Julius Sang Kenya KEN 19 Sep 48
3 46.52 Zbigniew Jaremski Poland POL 19 Jun 49
4 46.54 Anders Faager Sweden SWE 3 Apr 47
5 46.63 Francis Kerbiriou France FRA 11 May 51
6 46.92 Yoshiharu Tomonaga Japan JPN 18 Feb 50
7 47.10 Gary Armstrong Great Britain GBR 9 Apr 52
8 47.22 Kyriakos Onissiforou Greece GRE 10 Apr 51
400 m Men Heat 5 4 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.04 Charles Asati Kenya KEN 3 Mar 46
2 46.19 Andrzej Badenski Poland POL 10 May 43
3 46.30 Georg Nückles West Germany FRG 14 May 48
4 46.55 Claver Kamanya Tanzania TAN 25 Mar 47
5 46.85 Mulugueta Tadesse Ethiopia ETH 14 Jul 47
6 46.92 Bjarni Stefánsson Iceland ISL 2 Dec 50
7 46.97 Erick Phillips Venezuela VEN 30 Aug 54
DNS Fernando Acevedo Peru PER 26 Jul 46
400 m Men Heat 1 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.21 Andrzej Badenski Poland POL 10 May 43
2 46.38 Charles Joseph Trinidad and Tobago TTO 25 Mar 52
3 46.38 Mulugueta Tadesse Ethiopia ETH 14 Jul 47
4 46.62 Wickramesinghe Wimaladasa Sri Lanka SRI 29 Aug 44
5 46.76 Bjarni Stefánsson Iceland ISL 2 Dec 50
6 47.01 Josip Alebic Yugoslavia YUG 7 Jan 47
7 47.04 Silver Ayoo Uganda UGA 26 Nov 50
8 49.47 Nusrat Iqbal Pakistan PAK 14 Mar 50
400 m Men Heat 2 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.15 David Jenkins Great Britain GBR 25 May 52
2 46.29 Anders Faager Sweden SWE 3 Apr 47
3 46.33 Hezekiah Nyamau Kenya KEN 5 Dec 42
4 46.37 Omar Ghizlat Morocco MAR 8 Sep 50
5 46.59 Bruce Ijirigho Nigeria NGR 6 Nov 49
6 47.78 Samuela Yavala Fiji FIJ 24 Aug 47
7 47.86 Théophile Nkounkou Congo CGO 7 Jan 52
8 50.95 Francisco Menocal Nicaragua NCA 3 Dec 45
400 m Men Heat 3 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.64 Georg Nückles West Germany FRG 14 May 48
2 47.01 Yoshiharu Tomonaga Japan JPN 18 Feb 50
3 47.01 Francis Kerbiriou France FRA 11 May 51
4 47.83 Samuel Bugri Ghana GHA 2 Apr 43
5 49.73 Thomas Nma Liberia LBR 25 May 44
6 52.33 Jean-Max Faustin Haiti HAI 21 May 51
400 m Men Heat 4 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.94 Alberto Juantorena Cuba CUB 21 Nov 50
2 46.00 Wayne Collett United States USA 20 Oct 49
3 46.18 Claver Kamanya Tanzania TAN 25 Mar 47
4 46.36 Gilles Bertould France FRA 16 May 49
5 46.74 Erick Phillips Venezuela VEN 30 Aug 54
6 47.90 Pedro Ferrer Puerto Rico PUR 21 Apr 52
7 48.84 Nicodemus Maipambe Zambia ZAM 16 Mar 42
400 m Men Heat 5 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.88 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH 9 Sep 41
2 45.94 Vince Matthews United States USA 16 Dec 47
3 47.01 Hussein Angelo Koko Nimir Sudan SUD 47
4 47.03 Robert Ojo Nigeria NGR 29 Apr 41
5 47.07 Fanahan McSweeney Ireland IRL 21 Aug 47
6 47.67 Fernando Silva Portugal POR 10 Jan 52
7 49.20 Kassem Hamze Lebanon LIB 2 Jan 50
400 m Men Heat 6 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.16 Charles Asati Kenya KEN 3 Mar 46
2 45.75 Leighton Priestley Jamaica JAM 18 Jan 51
3 45.80 Fernando Acevedo Peru PER 26 Jul 46
4 45.93 Jan Werner Poland POL 25 Jul 46
5 46.48 Gary Armstrong Great Britain GBR 9 Apr 52
6 47.46 Francisco Rojas Paraguay PAR 16 Oct 50 NR
7 47.65 Brian McLaren Canada CAN 21 Dec 43
DNF Caspar Springer Barbados BAR 24 Jan 37
400 m Men Heat 7 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.24 Julius Sang Kenya KEN 19 Sep 48
2 46.46 Martin Reynolds Great Britain GBR 22 Feb 49
3 46.70 Roger Velasquez France FRA 11 Dec 43
4 46.77 Karl Honz West Germany FRG 28 Jan 51
5 48.30 Franklin Rahming Barbados BAR 25 May 45
6 48.50 Ibrahima Idrissou Benin BEN 40
7 48.81 William Msiska Malawi MAW 10 Oct 47
400 m Men Heat 8 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.27 Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske West Germany FRG 1 Jan 46
2 46.00 John Smith United States USA 5 Aug 50
3 46.94 Kyriakos Onissiforou Greece GRE 10 Apr 51
4 47.89 Mohamed Reza Entezari Iran IRI 31 Jul 46
5 49.61 Mohamed Mobarak Kuwait KUW 4 Apr 49
6 49.67 Mohamed Jamaan Saudi Arabia KSA 46
400 m Men Heat 9 3 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.05 Markku Kukkoaho Finland FIN 11 Nov 46
2 46.20 Zbigniew Jaremski Poland POL 19 Jun 49
3 47.15 Arthur Cooper Trinidad and Tobago TTO 10 May 52
4 47.68 Amadou Gakou Senegal SEN 25 Mar 40
5 48.31 Thamboosamy Krishnan Malaysia MAS 8 Jul 44
6 48.72 Frederique Andrianaivo Madagascar MAD 12 Jul 48
7 48.82 Savin Chhem Cambodia CAM 43
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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