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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's 400 m hurdles

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1984 Format: Top two in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 5, 1984  
(Competitors: 45; Countries: 30; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF   1984_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Moses had won 89 finals in row before LA, and was a prohibitive favourite. He was fastest in the first round with 49.33, 0.01 quicker than Schmid, with all six heat winners breaking 50 seconds. Moses was again fastest in the semi-finals, this time with 48.51 while teammates Hawkins (48.94), and Harris, winner of the other semi-final in 48.92, were the next fastest. After a rare false start by Moses the field was away at the second time of asking, and Moses was 4m clear of Schmid by the fifth hurdle (21.1 versus 21.6). The former champion was never in any danger as he won by 3m from Harris. The 18 year-old surged past Schmid after the ninth hurdle after he had accidentally caught the German with his right arm one hurdle earlier. Three years later, at the World Championships, the order of the first five was the same in the best race of the decade, with Moses running 47.46 and the next two finishing just 0.02 behind him. It was in that year that Moses lost to Harris, after 107 consecutive wins since 1977. With his Los Angeles win Moses became the only man to regain an Olympic 400m hurdles title.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
By the time of the 1984 Olympics, Edwin Moses had won 89 consecutive finals in the 400 hurdles and was an overwhelming favorite. He had won the 1976 Olympics, had been unable to compete in 1980 because of the American boycott, but did win the inaugural World Championships in 1983. Going into Los Angeles, Moses had recorded 27 of the 32 times under 48 seconds. The next best hurdlers in the event were considered to be Harald Schmid (FRG), 1978 and 1982 European Champion, and the young American Danny Harris, who had only started running the event a few months prior to the US Olympic Trials. In the final, Moses actually false started, but on the fair start he was not seriously challenged, winning by three metres over Harris, and regaining his gold medal.
 

Records

These were the standing World and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 47.02 United States Edwin Moses Koblenz (FRG) August 31, 1983
Olympic Record 47.64 United States Edwin Moses Montreal (CAN) July 25, 1976
 
        Results        
 
400 m hurdles Men     Final 5 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 47.75     Edwin Moses United States USA 31 Aug 55  
2 48.13     Danny Harris United States USA 7 Sep 65  
3 48.19     Harald Schmid West Germany FRG 29 Sep 57  
4 48.97     Sven Nylander Sweden SWE 1 Jan 62  
5 49.28     Amadou Dia Bâ Senegal SEN 22 Sep 58  
6 49.42     Tranel Hawkins United States USA 17 Sep 62  
7 50.69     Michael Zimmerman Belgium BEL 1 Jan 60  
8 53.78     Henry Amike Nigeria NGR 4 Oct 61  
400 m hurdles Men     Semifinal 1 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.51     Edwin Moses United States USA 31 Aug 55  
2 48.94     Tranel Hawkins United States USA 17 Sep 62  
3 49.44     Amadou Dia Bâ Senegal SEN 22 Sep 58  
4 49.79     Michael Zimmerman Belgium BEL 1 Jan 60  
5 49.80     Simon Kitur Kenya KEN 12 Jun 59  
6 50.08     Uwe Schmitt West Germany FRG 17 Aug 61  
7 50.16     Greg Rolle Bahamas BAH 14 Oct 59  
8 50.70     Antônio Euzébio Ferreira Brazil BRA 2 Mar 60  
400 m hurdles Men     Semifinal 2 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.92     Danny Harris United States USA 7 Sep 65  
2 49.03     Sven Nylander Sweden SWE 1 Jan 62  
3 49.04     Harald Schmid West Germany FRG 29 Sep 57  
4 49.36     Henry Amike Nigeria NGR 4 Oct 61  
5 49.58     Karl Smith Jamaica JAM 15 Sep 59  
6 49.89     Franz Meier Switzerland SUI 16 Sep 56  
7 49.92     Ryoichi Yoshida Japan JPN 2 Mar 65  
8 50.06     Rik Tommelein Belgium BEL 1 Nov 62  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 1 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.33     Edwin Moses United States USA 31 Aug 55  
2 49.85     Antônio Euzébio Ferreira Brazil BRA 2 Mar 60  
3 49.90     Michael Zimmerman Belgium BEL 1 Jan 60  
4 50.25     Thomas Futterknecht Austria AUT 24 Dec 62  
5 50.47     Thomas Nyberg Sweden SWE 17 Apr 62  
6 50.99     Gérard Brunel France FRA 17 Aug 57  
7 51.08     Ahmed Abdelhalim Ghanem Egypt EGY 12 Jan 59  
8 51.27     Philip Beattie Great Britain GBR 8 Sep 63  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 2 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.34     Harald Schmid West Germany FRG 29 Sep 57  
2 49.66     Karl Smith Jamaica JAM 15 Sep 59  
3 49.81     Franz Meier Switzerland SUI 16 Sep 56  
4 50.05     Rik Tommelein Belgium BEL 1 Nov 62  
5 50.14     Shigenobu Omori Japan JPN 13 Sep 60  
6 50.39     Yeoryiós Vamvakas Greece GRE 1 Jan 60  
7 51.44     Oswaldo Zea Venezuela VEN 23 Apr 63  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 3 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.88     Sven Nylander Sweden SWE 1 Jan 62  
2 50.24     Ryoichi Yoshida Japan JPN 2 Mar 65  
3 50.27     René Meledje Djédjémel Cote d'Ivoire CIV 5 Jun 58  
4 50.55     Peter Rwamuhanda Uganda UGA 11 Dec 53  
5 51.39     Franck Jonot France FRA 1 Apr 61  
6 52.15     Martin Gillingham Great Britain GBR 9 Sep 63  
7 53.62     Vincent Confait Seychelles SEY 28 Oct 59  
8 56.98     Nicolas Chaparro Paraguay PAR 10 Sep 62  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 4 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.51     Tranel Hawkins United States USA 17 Sep 62  
2 49.70     Simon Kitur Kenya KEN 12 Jun 59  
3 49.77     Uwe Schmitt West Germany FRG 17 Aug 61  
4 50.62     Ahmad Hamada Bahrain BRN 18 Sep 61  
5 51.14     Ian Newhouse Canada CAN 25 Dec 56  
6 51.27     Christer Gullstrand Sweden SWE 26 Mar 59  
7 52.85     Jean Pierre Abossolo Cameroon CMR 18 Dec 56  
8 54.52     Domingos Mendes Mozambique MOZ 10 Aug 61  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 5 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.94     Amadou Dia Bâ Senegal SEN 22 Sep 58  
2 50.11     Henry Amike Nigeria NGR 4 Oct 61  
3 50.46     Ken Gray Jamaica JAM 9 Dec 62  
4 50.80     Martin Briggs Great Britain GBR 4 Jan 64  
5 51.47     Pierre Leveille Canada CAN 19 Feb 62  
6 51.99     Meshak Munyoro Kenya KEN 24 Aug 58  
7 54.36     Faustin Butera Rwanda RWA 20 Sep 55  
8 55.50     Khamis Ibrahim Khamis United Arab Emirates UAE 60  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 6 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.81     Danny Harris United States USA 7 Sep 65  
2 50.41     Greg Rolle Bahamas BAH 14 Oct 59  
3 51.02     Lloyd Guss Canada CAN 22 Jan 59  
4 51.27     Athanásios Kaloyiánnis Greece GRE 10 Sep 65  
5 51.45     Jasem Al-Duaillah Kuwait KUW 9 Mar 63  
  DNF     José Alonso Spain ESP 12 Feb 57  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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