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Decathlon, Men

Date18 – 19 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants33 from 20 countries
FormatScoring by 1962 point tables.

By 1968 the top decathlete was considered to be the American Bill Toomey, who had won the AAU Championships from 1964-68. At the 1966 AAU he had bettered the world record, although the mark was never ratified by the IAAF. The leading Europeans were the West Germans, with Werner von Moltke having won the 1966 European Championship, and the 1964 silver medalist, Hans-Joachim Walde, also competing. In the 400 metres, Toomey took the lead with a stunning mark of 45.68 seconds in the thin Mexican air, winning that phase by 2.7 seconds over West German Kurt Bendlin. He was never headed after that. But going into the final event, he led by only 61 points over Bendlin and 74 points over Walde. Bendlin was not considered a threat in the 1,500 but Walde was, although he would have to defeat Toomey by 7-8 seconds to win. But he was unable to shake Toomey in the 1,500 and in the homestretch, Toomey sprinted, out-kicking by Walde by 1.2 seconds, and winning the gold medal. The sixth-place finisher in 1968, Tom Waddell, became a prominent gay activist and started the Gay Olympics, although the name had to be changed to the Gay Games, when the IOC objected to the use of Olympics.

PosNrAthleteNOCPointsPoints (1985 Hand Tables)Points (1985 Auto Tables)100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
1311Bill ToomeyUSA81938064814410.47.8713.751.9545.614.943.684.2062.804:57.1GoldOR
253Hans-Joachim WaldeFRG81118032809410.97.6415.132.0149.014.843.544.3071.624:58.5Silver
33Kurt BendlinFRG80648005807110.77.5614.741.8048.315.046.784.6075.425:09.8Bronze
4794Nikolay AvilovURS79097795786210.97.6413.412.0749.914.546.644.1060.125:00.8
573Joachim KirstGDR78617702776010.57.6116.431.9850.215.646.894.1557.025:20.1
6313Tom WaddellUSA77197608767511.37.4714.452.0151.215.343.734.5063.705:04.51
7304Rick SloanUSA76927553761811.26.7214.072.1051.015.545.584.8549.904:44.0
8232Steen Smidt-JensenDEN76487507756410.97.1713.031.9550.214.941.074.8546.804:41.3
9450Ed de NoorlanderNED75547380744311.16.9013.891.9550.514.541.704.2050.224:37.8
1092Manfred TiedtkeGDR75517387745010.97.4615.771.9550.014.740.314.3051.845:33.4
11729Lennart HedmarkSWE74817339739611.17.2914.081.8951.314.942.964.1062.905:11.0
12116Walter DießlAUT74657302735810.77.4214.321.8351.614.742.234.2555.385:19.7
13414Clive LongeGBR73387175724010.96.8615.101.7049.315.547.604.0059.305:18.82
14812Jānis LankaURS72276938701110.97.1515.311.8049.914.849.903.8059.76
15767Wu Ah-MinTPE72097082715411.37.4012.081.8052.214.840.254.3560.105:08.9
16153Spas DzhurovBUL71736992705610.97.4013.991.8950.215.140.903.6047.045:15.5
17136Roger LespagnardBEL71256932700511.16.9412.591.9550.215.837.744.2047.464:57.0
18755Urs TrautmannSUI70446850692311.26.9615.161.951:03.914.946.204.1056.325:13.6
19579Franz BiedermannLIE63236161622011.56.3010.941.7051.415.530.673.9044.924:47.9
20633Don VélezNCA59435757582311.56.6310.601.6553.116.236.433.4048.945:46.1
DNF117Gert HerunterAUT10.56.7513.931.8349.715.040.38
DNF748Hansruedi KunzSUI11.06.5413.671.6549.115.740.18
DNF343Charlemagne AnyamahFRA11.26.0314.001.8050.915.339.88
DNF695Roberto CarmonaMEX10.96.9214.371.7050.5
DNF490Valbjörn ÞorlákssonISL11.16.7612.591.7053.2
DNF93Herbert WesselGDR10.87.3913.701.8653.4
DNF761Chen Chuan-ShowTPE10.86.7812.381.7050.9
DNF793Rein AunURS10.87.4014.751.80
DNF849Ho Henh PhươcVNM11.96.1611.931.70
DNF119Horst MandlAUT11.27.0413.34
DNF582Dominique RakotorahalahyMAD11.56.62
DNF14Werner von MoltkeFRG11.16.14
DNF741Werner DuttweilerSUI11.25.31
DNS134Freddy HerbrandBEL