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800 metres, Men

Date13 – 15 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants44 from 32 countries

The favorites were 1964 bronze medalist Wilson Kiprugut (KEN) and American Wade Bell. But Bell developed Montezuma’s Revenge in Mexico and was eliminated in the first round. The semi-finals were won by Australian Ralph Doubell and the FRG’s Walter Adams. Kiprugut led out the final in 24.8 and 51.0, and continued to lead at 600 over Doubell. Doubell kicked off the final curve and Kiprugut could not answer. American Tom Farrell outkicked Adams in the stretch to win the bronze medal. Doubell’s winning time equaled the world record of Peter Snell.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1105Ralph DoubellAUS1:47.2 (1 h4)1:45.7 (1 h2)1:44.3 (1)Gold
2566Wilson KiprugutKEN1:46.1 (1 h5)1:45.8 (2 h2)1:44.5 (2)Silver
3271Tom FarrellUSA1:47.9 (2 h5)1:46.1 (4 h2)1:45.4 (3)Bronze
42Walter AdamsFRG1:48.4 (1 h3)1:46.4 (1 h1)1:45.8 (4)
5222Jozef PlachýTCH1:48.6 (2 h3)1:45.9 (3 h2)1:45.9 (5)
666Dieter FrommGDR1:46.9 (1 h2)1:46.5 (2 h1)1:46.2 (6)
7530Thomas SaisiKEN1:47.0 (1 h1)1:46.6 (3 h1)1:47.5 (7)
8773Ben CayenneTTO1:48.2 (2 h6)1:46.8 (4 h1)1:54.3 (8)
5 h1 r2/3Ron KutschinskiUSA1:47.6 (3 h2)1:47.3 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Robert OukoKEN1:47.6 (3 h4)1:47.1 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3Jean-Pierre DufresneFRA1:47.6 (2 h1)1:51.8 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Byron DyceJAM1:48.5 (4 h6)1:47.2 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/3Franz-Josef KemperFRG1:47.0 (2 h2)1:47.3 (7 h2)
8 h2 r2/3Dave CropperGBR1:47.9 (1 h6)1:47.6 (8 h2)
2 h4 r1/3684Henryk SzordykowskiPOL1:47.4 (2 h4)– (DNS h1)
3 h1 r1/3325Matias HabtemichaelETH1:49.6 (3 h1)
3 h3 r1/3Noel CarrollIRL1:49.0 (3 h3)
3 h5 r1/3Tomáš JungwirthTCH1:48.7 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3Yevgeny ArzhanovURS1:48.4 (3 h6)– (DNS h1)
4 h1 r1/3711Papa M'Baye N'DiayeSEN1:51.3 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3593Ramasamy SubramaniamMAS1:50.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3213Ahmed IssaCHA1:49.0 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3John AmetepeyGHA1:50.7 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3728Anders GärderudSWE1:48.9 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/3Wade BellUSA1:51.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Gilbert Van ManshovenBEL1:52.3 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Roberto SilvaMEX1:50.4 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3Gilles SibonFRA1:50.8 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3Jun NagaiJPN1:51.2 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3Mamo SebsibeETH1:49.7 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/3460Róbert HontiHUN1:53.8 (6 h1)
6 h3 r1/3Gerd LarsenDEN1:51.9 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3Chris CarterGBR1:52.9 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3720Angelo HusseinSUD1:53.4 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/3503Gianni Del BuonoITA1:50.2 (6 h6)
7 h4 r1/3697José L'OficialDOM1:55.6 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3Jacques PennewaertBEL1:53.8 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/3580Xaver Frick, Jr.LIE1:52.6 (7 h6)
8 h4 r1/3238Alfredo CubíasESA2:08.7 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/3Francisco MenocalNCA1:58.9 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/3Carlos BáezPUR1:52.6 (8 h6)
AC h1 r1/3Rudi SimonBEL– (AC h1)
AC h2 r1/398Guillermo CuelloARG– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/3Neville MytonJAM– (AC h3)

Round One (13 October 1968 — 15:50)

Top two in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Thomas SaisiKEN1:47.01:46.99Q
24Jean-Pierre DufresneFRA1:47.61:47.61Q
31Matias HabtemichaelETH1:49.61:49.63
46Papa M'Baye N'DiayeSEN1:51.31:51.31
53Wade BellUSA1:51.51:51.52
65Róbert HontiHUN1:53.81:53.88
AC7Rudi SimonBELDNF

Splits

400 m52.6Thomas Saisi

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Dieter FrommGDR1:46.91:46.98Q
21Franz-Josef KemperFRG1:47.01:47.02Q
33Ron KutschinskiUSA1:47.61:47.61q
45Ramasamy SubramaniamMAS1:50.81:50.87
54Gilbert Van ManshovenBEL1:52.31:52.32
AC6Guillermo CuelloARGDNF

Splits

400 m53.6Ron Kutschinski

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Walter AdamsFRG1:48.41:48.50Q
24Jozef PlachýTCH1:48.61:48.65Q
31Noel CarrollIRL1:49.01:49.01
43Ahmed IssaCHA1:49.01:49.09
52Roberto SilvaMEX1:50.41:50.49
67Gerd LarsenDEN1:51.91:51.98
AC5Neville MytonJAMDNF

Splits

400 m55.1Walter Adams

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Ralph DoubellAUS1:47.21:47.24Q
28Henryk SzordykowskiPOL1:47.41:47.48Q
37Robert OukoKEN1:47.61:47.65q
43John AmetepeyGHA1:50.71:50.78
54Gilles SibonFRA1:50.81:50.87
62Chris CarterGBR1:52.91:52.99
71José L'OficialDOM1:55.61:55.66
86Alfredo CubíasESA2:08.72:08.72

Splits

400 m52.1Robert Ouko

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Wilson KiprugutKEN1:46.11:46.17Q
22Tom FarrellUSA1:47.91:47.96Q
36Tomáš JungwirthTCH1:48.71:48.72
43Anders GärderudSWE1:48.91:48.99
51Jun NagaiJPN1:51.21:51.27
65Angelo HusseinSUD1:53.41:53.43
74Jacques PennewaertBEL1:53.81:53.81
88Francisco MenocalNCA1:58.91:58.96

Splits

400 m51.1Wilson Kiprugut

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Dave CropperGBR1:47.91:47.96Q
24Ben CayenneTTO1:48.21:48.22Q
38Yevgeny ArzhanovURS1:48.41:48.46q
47Byron DyceJAM1:48.51:48.58q
52Mamo SebsibeETH1:49.71:49.75
65Gianni Del BuonoITA1:50.21:50.23
76Xaver Frick, Jr.LIE1:52.61:52.68
81Carlos BáezPUR1:52.61:52.70

Splits

400 m53.0Ben Cayenne

Semi-Finals (14 October 1968 — 16:20)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Walter AdamsFRG1:46.41:46.41Q
24Dieter FrommGDR1:46.51:46.54Q
35Thomas SaisiKEN1:46.61:46.64Q
46Ben CayenneTTO1:46.81:46.83Q
51Ron KutschinskiUSA1:47.31:47.39
62Jean-Pierre DufresneFRA1:51.81:51.89
DNS684Henryk SzordykowskiPOL
DNS7Yevgeny ArzhanovURS

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Ralph DoubellAUS1:45.71:45.78Q
28Wilson KiprugutKEN1:45.81:45.84Q
35Jozef PlachýTCH1:45.91:45.96Q
41Tom FarrellUSA1:46.11:46.11Q
54Robert OukoKEN1:47.11:47.15
66Byron DyceJAM1:47.21:47.30
77Franz-Josef KemperFRG1:47.31:47.47
82Dave CropperGBR1:47.61:47.67

Final (15 October 1968 — 18:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Ralph DoubellAUS1:44.31:44.40=WR
26Wilson KiprugutKEN1:44.51:44.57
38Tom FarrellUSA1:45.41:45.46
45Walter AdamsFRG1:45.81:45.83
53Jozef PlachýTCH1:45.91:45.99
67Dieter FrommGDR1:46.21:46.30
71Thomas SaisiKEN1:47.51:47.59
82Ben CayenneTTO1:54.31:54.40

Splits

200 m24.1Wilson Kiprugut
400 m51.0Wilson Kiprugut
600 m1:17.8Wilson Kiprugut