| Event type

400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date3 – 6 August 1992
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants47 from 35 countries

The favorite in 1992 was Zambia’s Samuel Matete who had won the 1991 World Championships. But a hamstring problem hurt him in the semi-finals and he did not qualify for the final. In the final, Kevin Young (USA) pulled into the lead at the fourth hurdle and continued pushing the pace. Young’s PR going into Barcelona was 47.72 but he had designs on breaking the 47-second barrier and put signs up in his room at the Olympic Village reading “46.89” – the time he was aiming for. Maintaining a 13-stride pattern around the final turn, Young kept putting on the pressure and crossed the line in 46.78, a stunning world record. Behind him Jamaica’s Winthrop Graham won silver, and Britain’s Kriss Akabusi won bronze, as they had at the 1991 World Championships.

11785Kevin YoungUSA48.76 (1 h1)47.63 (2 h2)46.78 (1)GoldWR
21046Winthrop GrahamJAM48.51 (1 h7)47.62 (1 h2)47.66 (2)Silver
3684Kriss AkabusiGBR48.98 (1 h6)48.01 (1 h1)47.82 (3)Bronze
4626Stéphane DiaganaFRA48.41 (2 h3)48.28 (2 h1)48.13 (4)
51577Niklas WallenlindSWE48.71 (2 h7)48.35 (3 h1)48.63 (5)
6573Oleg TverdokhlebEUN48.68 (3 h3)49.11 (3 h2)48.63 (6)
7619Stéphane CaristanFRA49.16 (2 h1)49.50 (4 h2)48.86 (7)
81746David PatrickUSA49.56 (2 h5)48.47 (4 h1)49.26 (8)
5 h1 r2/31740McClinton NealUSA49.13 (1 h4)48.71 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/31119Barnabas KinyorKEN48.90 (3 h7)49.52 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/31116Erick KeterKEN48.28 (1 h3)49.01 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/31573Sven NylanderSWE49.49 (1 h5)49.64 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3821Carsten KöhrbrückGER49.37 (2 h4)49.41 (7 h1)
8 h1 r2/3151Eronildes AraújoBRA49.10 (2 h6)49.66 (8 h1)
AC h2 r2/31815Samuel MateteZAM49.89 (1 h2)– (DQ h2)
2 h2 r1/3811Olaf HenseGER49.97 (2 h2)– (DNS h2)
3 h1 r1/31145Gideon YegoKEN49.23 (3 h1)
3 h2 r1/31425Domingo CorderoPUR50.19 (3 h2)
3 h4 r1/31495Amadou Dia BâSEN49.47 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/31600Jozef KucejTCH50.28 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/31015Fabrizio MoriITA49.16 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3879Athanasios KalogiannisGRE49.52 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/31105Kazuhiko YamazakiJPN50.30 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3224Mark JacksonCAN49.18 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/31482Dries VorsterRSA49.75 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/31194Hubert RakotombélontsoaMAD51.54 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/349Simon HollingsworthAUS49.74 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/31091Yoshihiko SaitoJPN49.01 (4 h7)
5 h1 r1/3971Aleksey BazarovISR50.33 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3576Vadim ZadoinovEUN51.21 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/31415Pedro RodriguesPOR49.46 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/31611Paea KokohuTGA56.99 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/31384Paweł WoźniakPOL50.30 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/3183Asen MarkovBUL50.21 (5 h7)
6 h1 r1/3198Jacques-Henri BrunetCAF52.59 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/31358Baobo NeuendorfPNG53.30 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/31344Ghulam AbbasPAK50.57 (6 h3)
6 h6 r1/31619Charnon KeanchanTHA50.60 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/31507Giovanny FannySEY52.63 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/31656Abdullah Sabt GhulamUAE56.20 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3895Amadou Sy SavanéGUI54.26 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3580Autiko DaunakamakamaFIJ53.90 (7 h3)
7 h6 r1/3898Richard BentleyGUM57.04 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/3327Alex FosterCRC52.93 (7 h7)
AC h4 r1/3137Pedro ChiamuleraBRA– (DNF h4)
AC h5 r1/3755Max RobertsonGBR– (DNF h5)
AC h5 r1/31066Mark ThompsonJAM– (DQ h5)
DNS1650Fadhel KhayatiTUN– (DNS h4)
DNS1586Zaid Abou HamedSYR– (DNS h4)

Round One (3 August 1992 — 12:15)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Kevin YoungUSA48.76Q
26Stéphane CaristanFRA49.16Q
33Gideon YegoKEN49.23
45Athanasios KalogiannisGRE49.52
52Aleksey BazarovISR50.33
67Jacques-Henri BrunetCAF52.59
78Abdullah Sabt GhulamUAE56.20

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Samuel MateteZAM49.89Q1
27Olaf HenseGER49.97Q
32Domingo CorderoPUR50.19
44Kazuhiko YamazakiJPN50.30
58Vadim ZadoinovEUN51.212
63Baobo NeuendorfPNG53.30
75Amadou Sy SavanéGUI54.26

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Erick KeterKEN48.28Q
24Stéphane DiaganaFRA48.41Q
33Oleg TverdokhlebEUN48.68q
47Mark JacksonCAN49.18
55Pedro RodriguesPOR49.46
66Ghulam AbbasPAK50.57
72Autiko DaunakamakamaFIJ53.90

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17McClinton NealUSA49.13Q3
24Carsten KöhrbrückGER49.37Q
36Amadou Dia BâSEN49.474
43Dries VorsterRSA49.75
DNF8Pedro ChiamuleraBRA
DNS2Fadhel KhayatiTUN
DNS5Zaid Abou HamedSYR

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Sven NylanderSWE49.49Q
26David PatrickUSA49.56Q
35Jozef KucejTCH50.28
48Hubert RakotombélontsoaMAD51.54
57Paea KokohuTGA56.99
DNF3Max RobertsonGBR
DQ2Mark ThompsonJAM

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Kriss AkabusiGBR48.98Q
28Eronildes AraújoBRA49.10Q
32Fabrizio MoriITA49.16
47Simon HollingsworthAUS49.74
55Paweł WoźniakPOL50.30
63Charnon KeanchanTHA50.60
76Richard BentleyGUM57.04

Heat Seven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Winthrop GrahamJAM48.51Q
23Niklas WallenlindSWE48.71Q
37Barnabas KinyorKEN48.90q
42Yoshihiko SaitoJPN49.01
58Asen MarkovBUL50.21
65Giovanny FannySEY52.63
74Alex FosterCRC52.93

Semi-Finals (5 August 1992 — 19:15)

Top four in each heat to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Kriss AkabusiGBR48.01Q
25Stéphane DiaganaFRA48.28Q
33Niklas WallenlindSWE48.35Q
41David PatrickUSA48.47Q
58McClinton NealUSA48.71
66Erick KeterKEN49.01
72Carsten KöhrbrückGER49.41
87Eronildes AraújoBRA49.66

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Winthrop GrahamJAM47.62Q
25Kevin YoungUSA47.63Q
34Oleg TverdokhlebEUN49.11Q
47Stéphane CaristanFRA49.50Q
56Barnabas KinyorKEN49.52
62Sven NylanderSWE49.64
DQ1Samuel MateteZAM
DNS8Olaf HenseGER

Final (6 August 1992 — 19:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Kevin YoungUSA46.78WR
23Winthrop GrahamJAM47.66
35Kriss AkabusiGBR47.82
46Stéphane DiaganaFRA48.13
58Niklas WallenlindSWE48.63
62Oleg TverdokhlebEUN48.63
71Stéphane CaristanFRA48.86
87David PatrickUSA49.26