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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Men's 400 m

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 24, 1988 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 28, 1988 Format: Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 75; Countries: 55; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF  1988_olympic_stadium.jpg
Reynolds had set a world record of 43.29 – obliterating Evans’s 43.86 from 1968 – a month before the Games and was a clear favourite, with Everett regarded as a good bet for silver. The standard was higher than ever before, as Everett won the slowest quarter-final in 44.83, with Lewis (44.41) and Reynolds (44.46) the most extravagant winners. In the semi-finals both Susumu Takano (JPN) and World Champion Thomas Schönlebe (GDR) ran 44.90 but failed to qualify. Lewis won the first race in 44.35 from Everett (44.36), with Clark (44.38) and Cameron (44.50) qualifying for their second finals. So did Egbunike (44.74) in the second heat behind Reynolds (44.33), Morris (44.60) and Al-Malky (44.69). Everett took the lead from the gun in the final and passed 100m in 11.03, with Lewis (11.26) and Reynolds (11.29) slightly more conservative. Lewis flew the next 100 in 10.15 and had almost made up the stagger on Clark. Lewis led by half a metre at 300m, with Reynolds still losing ground. The teenager had led at this stage in the US Trials, before fading to third. However, under the tutelage of 1972 finalist John Smith, Lewis had matured, and held on against Reynolds’s onslaught over the last 50m to win by a scant half metre. Everett was just over a metre back, while Clark again missed the medals by one place. Lewis’s winning time was a world junior record, and he remains the last male junior athlete to win an Olympic title.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
In early August 1988, at the Weltklasse Meet in Zürich, Harry "Butch" Reynolds broke Lee Evans's vaunted world record of 43.86 from the 1968 Olympics, running 43.29. He was a heavy favorite in Seoul, and had also won the US Olympic Trials from Danny Joe Everett. The third US qualifier was a youngster, Everett's 19-year-old UCLA teammate, Steve Lewis. In the first two rounds at Seoul, Lewis had the fastest times. The two semis were won by Reynolds and Lewis, with 1987 World Champion Thomas Schönlebe (GDR) failing to qualify. In the final, Everett opened up early and led to 200 metres. Lewis then took the lead but Reynolds was closing. His last 100 was the fastest but he narrowly missed catching Lewis, who won the gold. Everett held on to complete the US sweep.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 43.29 United States Butch Reynolds Zurich (SUI) August 17, 1988
Olympic Record 43.86 United States Lee Evans Mexico City (MEX) October 18, 1968
 
Results

The Men's 400 metres at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea always promised to be a classic. The clear favourite was the legendary American Harry "Butch" Reynolds. He had set a new world record of 43.29 seconds only a few months before. Reynolds breezed through the heats and into the final.

The final, ran on Thursday September 28, 1988, started somewhat as expected, with Reynolds holding back and saving himself for his normal strong finish. To the surprise of most watching a young American Steve Lewis went out strong from the start and gave Reynolds a run for his money. Entering the home straight Lewis was leading and Reynolds charging back at him but Reynolds left it too late and the 19yr old Lewis hung on for victory in an amazing time of 43.87sec. Reynolds finished second and Danny Everett third for an American sweep. The same trio was also involved with Kevin Robinzine in winning the 4 × 400 m relay.

The career of Lewis was blighted by injury although he did compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, placing 2nd in 400m and being part of the American quartet who took gold in 4 × 400 m relay.

400 m Men Final 28 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 43.87 Steve Lewis United States USA 16 May 69 WJR
2 43.93 Butch Reynolds United States USA 8 Jun 64
3 44.09 Danny Everett United States USA 1 Nov 66
4 44.55 Darren Clark Australia AUS 6 Sep 65
5 44.72 Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR 30 Nov 61
6 44.94 Bert Cameron Jamaica JAM 16 Nov 59
7 44.95 Ian Morris Trinidad and Tobago TTO 30 Nov 61
8 45.03 Mohamed Al-Malky Oman OMA 1 Dec 62
400 m Men Semifinal 1 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.35 Steve Lewis United States USA 16 May 69
2 44.36 Danny Everett United States USA 1 Nov 66
3 44.38 Darren Clark Australia AUS 6 Sep 65 AR
4 44.50 Bert Cameron Jamaica JAM 16 Nov 59
5 44.90 Susumu Takano Japan JPN 21 May 61
6 45.08 Jens Carlowitz East Germany GDR 8 Aug 64
7 45.27 Gerson de Souza Brazil BRA 2 Jan 59
8 46.17 Tomasz Jedrusik Poland POL 3 Feb 69
400 m Men Semifinal 2 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.33 Butch Reynolds United States USA 8 Jun 64
2 44.60 Ian Morris Trinidad and Tobago TTO 30 Nov 61
3 44.69 Mohamed Al-Malky Oman OMA 1 Dec 62
4 44.74 Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR 30 Nov 61
5 44.90 Thomas Schönlebe East Germany GDR 6 Aug 65
6 45.48 Howard Davis Jamaica JAM 27 Apr 67
7 45.68 Devon Morris Jamaica JAM 22 Jan 61
8 46.07 Brian Whittle Great Britain GBR 24 Apr 64
400 m Men Heat 1 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.70 Ian Morris Trinidad and Tobago TTO 30 Nov 61
2 45.09 Jens Carlowitz East Germany GDR 8 Aug 64
3 45.22 Brian Whittle Great Britain GBR 24 Apr 64
4 45.27 Tomasz Jedrusik Poland POL 3 Feb 69 NUR NJR
5 45.33 Sunday Uti Nigeria NGR 23 Oct 62
6 45.93 Miles Murphy Australia AUS 19 May 67
7 46.35 Dawda Jallow Gambia GAM 22 Dec 69 NJR
8 46.59 Elvis Forde Barbados BAR 18 Nov 59
400 m Men Heat 2 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.83 Danny Everett United States USA 1 Nov 66
2 45.02 Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR 30 Nov 61
3 45.09 Thomas Schönlebe East Germany GDR 6 Aug 65
4 45.16 Bert Cameron Jamaica JAM 16 Nov 59
5 45.44 Simon Kipkemboi Kenya KEN 15 Apr 60
6 45.96 Todd Bennett Great Britain GBR 6 Jul 62
7 46.23 Ousmane Diarra Senegal SEN 10 Feb 64
8 46.28 Troy Douglas Bermuda BER 30 Nov 62
400 m Men Heat 3 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.41 Steve Lewis United States USA 16 May 69
2 44.96 Darren Clark Australia AUS 6 Sep 65
3 45.02 Mohamed Al-Malky Oman OMA 1 Dec 62
4 45.30 Devon Morris Jamaica JAM 22 Jan 61
5 45.39 Gaietà Cornet Spain ESP 22 Aug 63
6 46.08 Anton Skerritt Canada CAN 3 Jan 64
7 46.09 Elkana Nyangau Kenya KEN 63
8 47.48 Takale Tuna Papua New Guinea PNG 17 Jan 65
400 m Men Heat 4 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.46 Butch Reynolds United States USA 8 Jun 64
2 45.00 Susumu Takano Japan JPN 21 May 61
3 45.35 Gerson de Souza Brazil BRA 2 Jan 59
4 45.40 Howard Davis Jamaica JAM 27 Apr 67
5 45.49 Gabriel Tiacoh Cote d'Ivoire CIV 10 Sep 63
6 45.72 Lucas Sang Kenya KEN 12 Feb 61
7 45.75 Patrick Delice Trinidad and Tobago TTO 12 Nov 67
8 46.04 Robert Stone Australia AUS 5 Jan 65
400 m Men Heat 1 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.37 Todd Bennett Great Britain GBR 6 Jul 62
2 46.38 Miles Murphy Australia AUS 19 May 67
3 46.64 Anton Skerritt Canada CAN 3 Jan 64
4 46.80 Richard Louis Barbados BAR 6 Jan 64
5 46.82 Felix Sandy Sierra Leone SLE 16 Dec 64
6 48.11 Gustavo Envela Equatorial Guinea GEQ 26 Jan 68
7 48.69 Joseph Rodan Fiji FIJ 15 Feb 51
8 49.73 Odiya Silweya Malawi MAW 59
400 m Men Heat 2 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.07 Brian Whittle Great Britain GBR 24 Apr 64
2 46.16 Gaietà Cornet Spain ESP 22 Aug 63
3 46.28 Butch Reynolds United States USA 8 Jun 64
4 47.37 Seibert Straughn Barbados BAR 31 Jan 67
5 47.57 Felipe Lombá Portugal POR 14 Nov 59
6 48.69 Ali Faudet Chad CHA 3 Jul 70
7 51.77 Baptiste Firiam Vanuatu VAN 22 Jun 71
400 m Men Heat 3 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.79 Mohamed Al-Malky Oman OMA 1 Dec 62
2 46.85 Lucas Sang Kenya KEN 12 Feb 61
3 46.86 Ousmane Diarra Senegal SEN 10 Feb 64
4 47.44 Douglas Kalembo Zambia ZAM 24 Jul 60
5 48.76 Hossain Milzer Bahamas BAN 11 Feb 67
6 51.46 Akossi Gnalo Togo TOG 22 Feb 60
DNF Sérgio de Menêzes Brazil BRA 27 Apr 65
400 m Men Heat 4 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.84 Ian Morris Trinidad and Tobago TTO 30 Nov 61
2 47.07 Thomas Schönlebe East Germany GDR 6 Aug 65
3 47.08 Sunday Uti Nigeria NGR 23 Oct 62
4 48.18 Lin Kuang-Liang Chinese Taipei TPE 15 Sep 69
5 48.31 Ernest Tche Cameroon CMR 26 Aug 56
6 48.53 Hadi Al-Qahtani Saudi Arabia KSA 6 Nov 64
7 49.21 Enock Musonda Zambia ZAM 4 May 66
8 50.61 Ahmed Shageef Maldives MDV 15 Nov 70 NJR
400 m Men Heat 5 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.31 Steve Lewis United States USA 16 May 69
2 45.64 Jens Carlowitz East Germany GDR 8 Aug 64
3 47.19 Gabriel Tiacoh Cote d'Ivoire CIV 10 Sep 63
4 48.46 Jean-Didace Bemou Congo CGO 7 Apr 59
5 48.89 Abdullah Ali Libya LBA 20 Dec 61
6 48.97 Jonathan Chipalo Zambia ZAM 22 Mar 62
7 51.29 Maher Abbas Lebanon LIB 25 Sep 68
8 51.42 Carlton Usher Belize BIZ 19 Dec 68
400 m Men Heat 6 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.90 Gerson de Souza Brazil BRA 2 Jan 59
2 45.97 Howard Davis Jamaica JAM 27 Apr 67
3 47.87 Takale Tuna Papua New Guinea PNG 17 Jan 65
4 47.97 Sunday Maweni Botswana BOT 59
5 48.30 Suleiman Al-Habsi Oman OMA 1 Feb 70
6 49.52 Mohamed Nordin Jadi Malaysia MAS 12 May 62
7 51.22 Michael Williams Barbados BAR 7 Nov 64
400 m Men Heat 7 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.93 Darren Clark Australia AUS 6 Sep 65
2 46.15 Simon Kipkemboi Kenya KEN 15 Apr 60
3 46.47 Elvis Forde Barbados BAR 18 Nov 59
4 46.60 Elijah Nkala Zimbabwe ZIM 7 Jul 64
5 47.18 António Sánchez Spain ESP 22 Sep 63
6 47.33 Jaime Nharimue Mozambique MOZ 6 Jun 65
7 47.45 Aouf Abdulrahman Youssef Iraq IRQ 24 Nov 60
8 48.39 Desi Wynter United States Virgin Islands ISV 5 Jun 66
400 m Men Heat 8 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.24 Bert Cameron Jamaica JAM 16 Nov 59
2 46.52 Robert Stone Australia AUS 5 Jan 65
3 46.91 Dawda Jallow Gambia GAM 22 Dec 69
4 47.02 Yoon Nam-Han South Korea KOR 16 Nov 68
5 47.11 John Goville Uganda UGA 5 Jan 62
6 47.13 Muhammed Fayyaz Pakistan PAK 20 Jan 67
7 48.83 Yaya Seyba Mali MLI 1 Jan 57
8 48.92 Alfred Browne Antigua and Barbuda ANT 1 Jul 59
400 m Men Heat 9 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.63 Danny Everett United States USA 1 Nov 66
2 45.95 Devon Morris Jamaica JAM 22 Jan 61
3 46.12 Tomasz Jedrusik Poland POL 3 Feb 69
4 46.14 Patrick Delice Trinidad and Tobago TTO 12 Nov 67
5 46.59 Slobodan Brankovic Yugoslavia YUG 1 Oct 67
6 51.11 Jorge Fidel Ponce Honduras HON 30 Nov 67
DQ Mwana Kasongo DR Congo COD 5 Mar 64
400 m Men Heat 10 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.42 Susumu Takano Japan JPN 21 May 61
2 45.69 Troy Douglas Bermuda BER 30 Nov 62
3 46.02 Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR 30 Nov 61
4 46.25 Elkana Nyangau Kenya KEN 63
5 46.37 Ismail Macev Yugoslavia YUG 3 Jan 60
6 47.10 Elieser Wettebosi Indonesia INA 20 Aug 64
7 50.11 Willis Todman British Virgin Islands IVB 14 Jan 66
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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