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800 metres, Men

Date14 – 16 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants47 from 32 countries

Peter Snell was the defending champion and was back, hoping to double in the 800/1,500. Since his upset victory in Roma, he had broken the 800 world record with 1:44.3 in Christchurch in 1962. Before Tokyo he had also claimed the world mile record. In the Tokyo final, the first lap was led by Kenyan Wilson Kiprugut in 52.0. Snell was boxed at the bell, but moved out into lane three on the backstretch and blew by everybody. On the final curve, Jamaican George Kerr stayed close but could not never gain on Snell. At the start of the homestretch Canada’s Bill Crothers pulled ahead of Kerr and would win the silver medal, Kiprugut getting bronze. Kiprugut became the first Kenyan runner to win an Olympic medal.Snell defended his 800 metres title, following in the footsteps of Douglas Lowe (1924-28) and Mal Whitfield (1948-52). A few days later he would add the 1,500, also achieving the 800/1,500 double.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1466Peter SnellNZL1:49.0 (1 h4)1:46.9 (1 h1)1:45.1 (1)GoldOR
257Bill CrothersCAN1:49.3 (1 h6)1:47.3 (1 h3)1:45.6 (2)Silver
3386Wilson KiprugutKEN1:47.8 (1 h1)1:46.1 (2 h2)1:45.9 (3)Bronze
4375George KerrJAM1:48.9 (2 h5)1:46.1 (1 h2)1:45.9 (4)
5711Tom FarrellUSA1:48.6 (2 h1)1:47.8 (2 h3)1:46.6 (5)
6713Jerry SiebertUSA1:49.2 (2 h4)1:47.0 (2 h1)1:47.0 (6)
7203Dieter BogatzkiGER1:50.3 (1 h2)1:46.9 (3 h2)1:47.2 (7)
835Jacques PennewaertBEL1:49.2 (3 h4)1:47.0 (3 h1)1:50.5 (8)
3 h3 r2/3204Manfred KinderGER1:49.5 (1 h3)1:47.9 (3 h3)
4 h1 r2/3202Manfred MatuschewskiGER1:50.0 (4 h5)1:47.3 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3158John BoulterGBR1:48.9 (1 h5)1:47.1 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/3156Chris CarterGBR1:51.0 (3 h2)1:49.1 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/3646Valery BulyshevURS1:48.6 (3 h1)1:47.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/327Rudolf KlabanAUT1:49.9 (4 h6)1:47.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/3648Rein TölpURS1:50.0 (4 h3)1:49.1 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/3790Mamoru MorimotoJPN1:49.9 (3 h6)1:47.7 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3647Abram KryvosheievURS1:49.5 (4 h4)1:47.5 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/370Ahmed IssaCHA1:49.7 (2 h3)1:49.4 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/3122Maurice LurotFRA1:49.8 (2 h6)1:49.7 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3322Derek McCleaneIRL1:49.9 (3 h3)1:48.4 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/310Tony BlueAUS1:49.7 (3 h5)1:49.6 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/3562Stig LindbäckSWE1:50.8 (2 h2)1:49.8 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3101Pekka JuutilainenFIN1:51.0 (4 h2)1:50.3 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/336Jos LambrechtsBEL1:48.9 (4 h1)1:52.8 (8 h3)
5 h1 r1/3123François ChâteletFRA1:48.9 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3378Neville MytonJAM1:52.4 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3387Peter FrancisKEN1:50.1 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3157Alan DeanGBR1:49.6 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3321Noel CarrollIRL1:51.1 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3347Francesco BianchiITA1:50.2 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/3330Ibrahim Yazdan PanahIRI1:54.7 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3408Michel Medinger, Jr.LUX1:52.6 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3712Morgan GrothUSA1:51.4 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3396Jeong Gyo-MoKOR1:51.8 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3582Rolf JelinekSUI1:54.6 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/337Paul RoekaertsBEL1:50.9 (6 h6)
7 h1 r1/3406Hugo WalserLIE1:57.5 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3430Dulamyn AmarsanaaMGL1:56.3 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/378José Gregorio NeiraCOL1:55.6 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/358Don BertoiaCAN1:52.2 (7 h4)
7 h6 r1/3283Mike FieldHKG1:54.0 (7 h6)
8 h1 r1/3598Nipon PensuvapapTHA1:58.8 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3478Anar KhanPAK1:56.4 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/3416Ramasamy SubramaniamMAS1:58.5 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/397Mamo SebsibeETH1:52.8 (8 h4)
8 h6 r1/3593Hassan DyamwaleTAN1:54.9 (8 h6)
AC h5 r1/3341Amos GiladISR– (AC h5)

Round One (14 October 1964 — 15:30)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
12Wilson KiprugutKEN1:47.8Q
26Tom FarrellUSA1:48.6Q
33Valery BulyshevURS1:48.6Q
45Jos LambrechtsBEL1:48.9Q
51François ChâteletFRA1:48.9
68Ibrahim Yazdan PanahIRI1:54.7
74Hugo WalserLIE1:57.5
87Nipon PensuvapapTHA1:58.8

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
16Dieter BogatzkiGER1:50.3Q
24Stig LindbäckSWE1:50.8Q
35Chris CarterGBR1:51.0Q
47Pekka JuutilainenFIN1:51.0Q
58Neville MytonJAM1:52.4
63Michel Medinger, Jr.LUX1:52.6
71Dulamyn AmarsanaaMGL1:56.3
82Anar KhanPAK1:56.4

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
13Manfred KinderGER1:49.5Q
21Ahmed IssaCHA1:49.7Q
35Derek McCleaneIRL1:49.9Q
47Rein TölpURS1:50.0Q
54Peter FrancisKEN1:50.1
68Morgan GrothUSA1:51.4
72José Gregorio NeiraCOL1:55.6
86Ramasamy SubramaniamMAS1:58.5

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
17Peter SnellNZL1:49.0Q
24Jerry SiebertUSA1:49.2Q
33Jacques PennewaertBEL1:49.2Q
48Abram KryvosheievURS1:49.5Q
52Alan DeanGBR1:49.6
65Jeong Gyo-MoKOR1:51.8
71Don BertoiaCAN1:52.2
86Mamo SebsibeETH1:52.8

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
16John BoulterGBR1:48.9Q
27George KerrJAM1:48.9Q
33Tony BlueAUS1:49.7Q
44Manfred MatuschewskiGER1:50.0Q
55Noel CarrollIRL1:51.1
61Rolf JelinekSUI1:54.6
AC2Amos GiladISRDQ

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
14Bill CrothersCAN1:49.3Q
25Maurice LurotFRA1:49.8Q
36Mamoru MorimotoJPN1:49.9Q
43Rudolf KlabanAUT1:49.9Q
52Francesco BianchiITA1:50.2
61Paul RoekaertsBEL1:50.9
77Mike FieldHKG1:54.0
88Hassan DyamwaleTAN1:54.9

Semi-Finals (15 October 1964 — 15:00)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
17Peter SnellNZL1:46.9Q
26Jerry SiebertUSA1:47.0Q
34Jacques PennewaertBEL1:47.0q
42Manfred MatuschewskiGER1:47.3
58Valery BulyshevURS1:47.5
61Mamoru MorimotoJPN1:47.7
75Maurice LurotFRA1:49.7
83Stig LindbäckSWE1:49.8

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
13George KerrJAM1:46.1QOR
24Wilson KiprugutKEN1:46.1Q=OR
36Dieter BogatzkiGER1:46.9q
42John BoulterGBR1:47.1
58Rudolf KlabanAUT1:47.4
61Abram KryvosheievURS1:47.5
77Derek McCleaneIRL1:48.4
85Pekka JuutilainenFIN1:50.3

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
16Bill CrothersCAN1:47.3Q
27Tom FarrellUSA1:47.8Q
33Manfred KinderGER1:47.9
42Chris CarterGBR1:49.1
54Rein TölpURS1:49.1
68Ahmed IssaCHA1:49.4
75Tony BlueAUS1:49.6
81Jos LambrechtsBEL1:52.8

Final (16 October 1964 — 16:40)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
11Peter SnellNZL1:45.1OR
24Bill CrothersCAN1:45.6
32Wilson KiprugutKEN1:45.9
45George KerrJAM1:45.9
57Tom FarrellUSA1:46.6
66Jerry SiebertUSA1:47.0
78Dieter BogatzkiGER1:47.2
83Jacques PennewaertBEL1:50.5

Splits

200 m24.9Wilson Kiprugut
400 m52.0Wilson Kiprugut
600 m1:19.4Peter Snell