1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's 400 m hurdles

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 31, 1972 Format: Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 2, 1972
(Competitors: 37; Countries: 25; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF  1972_olympic_stadium.jpg
The fastest heat winners were Hemery with 49.72, Gavrilenko (49.73) and Dieter Büttner (FRG, 49.78). Hemery led the first semi until the eighth hurdle, when Akii-Bua surged past to win in 49.25 from Mann (49.53) and an easing up Hemery (49.66). In the second semi-final Gary Knoke heard an echo when the gun went off and didn’t leave his blocks. Seymour and Christian Rudolph (GDR) led at the 10th hurdle, but Rudolph fell and Buttner then fell over him, thereby missing qualification. In the final Hemery led by the first hurdle, and reached the fifth in 21.1, with Akii-Bua and Mann just over a metre behind. Akii-Bua, running 13 strides to halfway, and then 14s alternating his hurdling leg, gained on Hemery and caught him at the eighth. Radiating energy, the Ugandan ran away from the reigning champion to cross the line with the first ever sub-48 clocking, wonderful under any conditions, but staggering from lane 1 for a hurdler leading with his right leg. Hemery flagged a little on the run-in, which was enough for Mann to catch him on the line. Seymour was a metre behind, after hitting the first hurdle so hard he almost fell.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Defending champion Dave Hemery was back and was co-favorite with American Ralph Mann, who had been US Champion from 1969-71 and won the US Olympic Trials. Hemery led the final with a very quick pace, but was surprised when he was caught at the eighth hurdle by Uganda's John Akii-Bua. Akii-Bua’s strength showed in the last 100 metres as he won in world record time by 0.69 over the fast-closing Mann, with Hemery getting the bronze medal.
 
 
Results
400 m hurdles Men Final 2 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 47.82 John Akii-Bua Uganda UGA 3 Dec 49 NR WR
2 48.51 Ralph Mann United States USA 16 Jun 49
3 48.52 David Hemery Great Britain GBR 18 Jul 44
4 48.64 Jim Seymour United States USA 27 Jul 49
5 49.65 Rainer Schubert West Germany FRG 12 Oct 41
6 49.66 Yevgeniy Gavrilenko Soviet Union URS 5 Apr 51
6 49.66 Stavros Tziortzis Greece GRE 15 Sep 49 NR
8 50.25 Yuriy Zorin Soviet Union URS 4 Sep 47
400 m hurdles Men Semifinal 1 1 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.25 John Akii-Bua Uganda UGA 3 Dec 49
2 49.53 Ralph Mann United States USA 16 Jun 49
3 49.66 David Hemery Great Britain GBR 18 Jul 44
4 49.80 Rainer Schubert West Germany FRG 12 Oct 41
5 49.88 Rolf Ziegler West Germany FRG 17 Jan 51
6 50.01 Ivan Danis Czechoslovakia TCH 29 Jan 51
7 50.28 Viktor Savchenko Soviet Union URS 2 Sep 48
8 50.75 Jean-Pierre Corval France FRA 16 Jan 49
400 m hurdles Men Semifinal 2 1 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.33 Jim Seymour United States USA 27 Jul 49
2 49.34 Yevgeniy Gavrilenko Soviet Union URS 5 Apr 51
3 49.60 Yuriy Zorin Soviet Union URS 4 Sep 47
4 50.06 Stavros Tziortzis Greece GRE 15 Sep 49
5 50.80 Tadeusz Kulczycki Poland POL 1 Feb 48
6 52.79 Gary Knoke Australia AUS 5 Feb 42
DNF Christian Rudolph East Germany GDR 15 Feb 49
DNF Dieter Büttner West Germany FRG 24 Feb 49
400 m hurdles Men Heat 1 31 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.78 Dieter Büttner West Germany FRG 24 Feb 49
2 49.90 Viktor Savchenko Soviet Union URS 2 Sep 48
3 50.15 Jean-Pierre Corval France FRA 16 Jan 49
4 50.19 Tadeusz Kulczycki Poland POL 1 Feb 48
5 50.88 Manuel Soriano Spain ESP 8 Dec 45
6 51.23 Fatwell Kimaiyo Kenya KEN 1 Jul 47
7 51.69 Roberto Frinolli Italy ITA 13 Nov 40
8 52.75 Jean-Aime Randrianalijaona Madagascar MAD 26 Jun 46
400 m hurdles Men Heat 2 31 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.72 David Hemery Great Britain GBR 18 Jul 44
2 50.10 Gary Knoke Australia AUS 5 Feb 42
3 50.35 Yuriy Zorin Soviet Union URS 4 Sep 47
4 50.58 William Koskei Kenya KEN 28 Dec 47
5 50.90 Giorgio Ballati Italy ITA 2 Apr 46
6 54.00 José Jacinto Hidalgo Venezuela VEN 4 Jan 43
7 54.67 Norman Brinkworth Pakistan PAK 28 Feb 44
400 m hurdles Men Heat 3 31 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.00 Christian Rudolph East Germany GDR 15 Feb 49
2 50.18 Ralph Mann United States USA 16 Jun 49
3 50.23 Rainer Schubert West Germany FRG 12 Oct 41
4 50.45 Ari Salin Finland FIN 20 Jan 47
5 51.81 Jean-Pierre Perinelle France FRA 6 Jul 49
6 52.64 José Carvalho Portugal POR 15 Jun 53
7 53.70 Hassan Bergaoui Tunisia TUN 19 Oct 49
400 m hurdles Men Heat 4 31 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.35 John Akii-Bua Uganda UGA 3 Dec 49
2 50.54 Stavros Tziortzis Greece GRE 15 Sep 49
3 50.62 Ivan Danis Czechoslovakia TCH 29 Jan 51
4 51.46 Bruce Field Australia AUS 22 Jan 47
5 52.34 Hansjörg Wirz Switzerland SUI 9 Jun 43
6 54.36 Dick Bruggeman United States USA 13 Jun 47
7 54.83 Julio Ferrer Puerto Rico PUR 22 May 53
400 m hurdles Men Heat 5 31 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.73 Yevgeniy Gavrilenko Soviet Union URS 5 Apr 51
2 49.81 Jim Seymour United States USA 27 Jul 49
3 50.17 Rolf Ziegler West Germany FRG 17 Jan 51
4 50.48 Roger Johnson New Zealand NZL 10 Dec 43
5 51.63 Mike Murei Kenya KEN 15 Mar 50
6 52.61 Lee Chung-Ping Chinese Taipei TPE 19 Oct 49
7 53.58 Gladstone Agbamu Nigeria NGR 23 Nov 43
DNF John Sherwood Great Britain GBR 4 Jun 45