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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date3 – 5 August 1984
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants45 from 30 countries

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.

1924Edwin MosesUSA49.33 (1 h1)48.51 (1 h1)47.75 (1)Gold
2905Danny HarrisUSA49.81 (1 h6)48.92 (1 h2)48.13 (2)Silver
3334Harald SchmidFRG49.34 (1 h2)49.04 (3 h2)48.19 (3)Bronze
4810Sven NylanderSWE49.88 (1 h3)49.03 (2 h2)48.97 (4)
5748Amadou Dia BâSEN49.94 (1 h5)49.44 (3 h1)49.28 (5)
6906Tranel HawkinsUSA49.51 (1 h4)48.94 (2 h1)49.42 (6)
775Michel ZimmermannBEL49.90 (3 h1)49.79 (4 h1)50.69 (7)
8662Henry AmikeNGR50.11 (2 h5)49.36 (4 h2)53.78 (8)
5 h1 r2/3582Simon KiturKEN49.70 (2 h4)49.80 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3549Karl SmithJAM49.66 (2 h2)49.58 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3335Uwe SchmittFRG49.77 (3 h4)50.08 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3791Franz MeierSUI49.81 (3 h2)49.89 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/353Greg RolleBAH50.41 (2 h6)50.16 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3572Ryoichi YoshidaJPN50.24 (2 h3)49.92 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/398Antônio FerreiraBRA49.85 (2 h1)50.70 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/372Rik TommeleinBEL50.05 (4 h2)50.06 (8 h2)
3 h3 r1/3179René DjédjémelCIV50.27 (3 h3)
3 h5 r1/3538Ken GrayJAM50.46 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3121Lloyd GussCAN51.02 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/342Thomas FutterknechtAUT50.25 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/3879Peter RwamuhandaUGA50.55 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3108Ahmed HamadaBRN50.62 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3357Martin BriggsGBR50.80 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/3425Athanasios KalogiannisGRE51.27 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/3809Thomas NybergSWE50.47 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3561Shigenori OmoriJPN50.14 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3289Franck JonotFRA51.39 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3135Ian NewhouseCAN51.14 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3129Pierre LeveilleCAN51.47 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3609Jasem Al-DowailaKUW51.45 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/3275Gérard BrunelFRA50.99 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3432Georgios VamvakasGRE50.39 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3366Martin GillinghamGBR52.15 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3804Christer GullstrandSWE51.27 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3588Meshak MunyoroKEN51.99 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/3211Ahmed AbdelhalimEGY51.08 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3951Oswaldo ZeaVEN51.44 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3758Vincent ConfaitSEY53.62 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3182Jean-Pierre Abossolo-ZeCMR52.85 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3971Faustin ButéraRWA54.36 (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/3353Phil BeattieGBR51.27 (8 h1)
8 h3 r1/3709Nicolás ChaparroPAR56.98 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/3647Domingos MendesMOZ54.52 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/3867Ibrahim KhamisUAE55.50 (8 h5)
AC h6 r1/3221José AlonsoESP– (DNF h6)
DNS148Alphonse MandondaCGO– (DNS h6)

Round One (3 August 1984 — 11:20)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Edwin MosesUSA49.33Q
24Antônio FerreiraBRA49.85Q
33Michel ZimmermannBEL49.90q
46Thomas FutterknechtAUT50.25
52Thomas NybergSWE50.47
67Gérard BrunelFRA50.99
71Ahmed AbdelhalimEGY51.08
88Phil BeattieGBR51.27

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Harald SchmidFRG49.34Q
22Karl SmithJAM49.66Q
34Franz MeierSUI49.81q
43Rik TommeleinBEL50.05q
56Shigenori OmoriJPN50.14
67Georgios VamvakasGRE50.39
78Oswaldo ZeaVEN51.44

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Sven NylanderSWE49.88Q
26Ryoichi YoshidaJPN50.24Q
35René DjédjémelCIV50.27
48Peter RwamuhandaUGA50.55
52Franck JonotFRA51.39
61Martin GillinghamGBR52.15
77Vincent ConfaitSEY53.62
84Nicolás ChaparroPAR56.98

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Tranel HawkinsUSA49.51Q
25Simon KiturKEN49.70Q
34Uwe SchmittFRG49.77q
42Ahmed HamadaBRN50.62
51Ian NewhouseCAN51.14
68Christer GullstrandSWE51.27
76Jean-Pierre Abossolo-ZeCMR52.85
87Domingos MendesMOZ54.52

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Amadou Dia BâSEN49.94Q
21Henry AmikeNGR50.11Q
35Ken GrayJAM50.46
46Martin BriggsGBR50.80
57Pierre LeveilleCAN51.47
62Meshak MunyoroKEN51.99
73Faustin ButéraRWA54.36
88Ibrahim KhamisUAE55.50

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Danny HarrisUSA49.81Q
24Greg RolleBAH50.41Q
38Lloyd GussCAN51.02
46Athanasios KalogiannisGRE51.27
57Jasem Al-DowailaKUW51.45
DNF3José AlonsoESP
DNS2Alphonse MandondaCGO

Semi-Finals (4 August 1984 — 18:25)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Edwin MosesUSA48.51Q
27Tranel HawkinsUSA48.94Q
38Amadou Dia BâSEN49.44Q
45Michel ZimmermannBEL49.79Q
51Simon KiturKEN49.80
66Uwe SchmittFRG50.08
74Greg RolleBAH50.16
82Antônio FerreiraBRA50.70

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Danny HarrisUSA48.92Q
26Sven NylanderSWE49.03Q
33Harald SchmidFRG49.04Q
42Henry AmikeNGR49.36Q
54Karl SmithJAM49.58
65Franz MeierSUI49.89
78Ryoichi YoshidaJPN49.92
87Rik TommeleinBEL50.06

Final (5 August 1984 — 18:55)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Edwin MosesUSA47.750.193
24Danny HarrisUSA48.130.210
35Harald SchmidFRG48.190.180
43Sven NylanderSWE48.970.192
57Amadou Dia BâSEN49.280.221
61Tranel HawkinsUSA49.420.188
78Michel ZimmermannBEL50.690.320
82Henry AmikeNGR53.780.178