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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date14 – 16 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants39 from 25 countries

At the US Olympic Trials in 1964, Warren “Rex” Cawley won in a world record 49.1. He had won the 1963 AAU title and was favored in Tokyo. In the final he got off to a terrible start, trailing Roberto Frinolli through the first half of the race. But he faded and Cawley took the lead at the seventh hurdle, pulling away to an easy victory. The silver medalist was Briton John Cooper, who died on 3 March 1974 in the Turkish Air Lines crash over France that killed 346 people.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1726Rex CawleyUSA50.8 (1 h2)49.8 (1 h1)49.6 (1)Gold
2170John CooperGBR50.5 (1 h1)50.4 (1 h2)50.1 (2)Silver
3352Salvatore MoraleITA51.1 (1 h4)50.4 (3 h2)50.1 (3)Bronze
414Gary KnokeAUS50.9 (2 h1)50.6 (3 h1)50.4 (4)
5728Jay LuckUSA51.7 (3 h3)50.4 (2 h2)50.5 (5)
6351Roberto FrinolliITA51.2 (3 h1)50.2 (2 h1)50.7 (6)
7658Vasily AnisimovURS51.7 (2 h4)50.7 (4 h2)51.1 (7)
842Wilfried GeeromsBEL51.2 (1 h3)51.0 (4 h1)51.4 (8)
5 h1 r2/3172Peter WardenGBR51.6 (3 h2)51.2 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/38Ken RocheAUS51.5 (2 h3)50.8 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3218Ferdinand HaasGER52.2 (3 h4)51.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3727Billy HardinUSA51.3 (1 h5)50.9 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3689Edvīns ZāģerisURS51.5 (4 h1)52.2 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3773Víctor MaldonadoVEN51.6 (2 h5)51.1 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3104Jaakko TuominenFIN51.8 (3 h5)54.0 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31Juan Carlos DyrzkaARG51.1 (2 h2)53.1 (8 h2)
4 h2 r1/3217Joachim SingerGER52.1 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3635Jorem OchanaUGA52.4 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3171Mike HoganGBR52.5 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3131Jean-Jacques BehmFRA52.2 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/361Bill GairdnerCAN53.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3501Bogusław GierajewskiPOL52.8 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3132Robert PoirierFRA52.6 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3798Keiji OgushiJPN53.6 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3799Keiko IijimaJPN52.8 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/329Helmut HaidAUT54.6 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3334Samir VincentIRQ54.0 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3532Valeriu JurcăROU52.7 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3484José CaveroPER53.7 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3548Mamadou SarrSEN53.2 (6 h5)
7 h2 r1/3800Kiyoo YuiJPN54.7 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3385Kimaru SongokKEN54.5 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3418Karu SelvaratnamMAS53.8 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3313Amrit PalIND53.3 (7 h5)
8 h2 r1/315Michael RyanAUS58.0 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/3480Mansour ul-Haq AwanPAK55.3 (8 h3)
8 h5 r1/3660Imants KukličsURS53.3 (8 h5)
AC h1 r1/3219Horst GieselerGER– (AC h1)
AC h4 r1/3783Ðani KovačYUG– (AC h4)
DNS47Nikola DagorovBUL– (DNS h1)

Round One (14 October 1964 — 14:00)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14John CooperGBR50.550.58Q
26Gary KnokeAUS50.950.94Q
37Roberto FrinolliITA51.251.23Q
45Edvīns ZāģerisURS51.551.59q
52Bill GairdnerCAN53.8
63Helmut HaidAUT54.6
AC8Horst GieselerGERDNF
DNS1Nikola DagorovBUL

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Rex CawleyUSA50.850.88Q
28Juan Carlos DyrzkaARG51.151.17Q
34Peter WardenGBR51.651.61Q
43Joachim SingerGER52.1
52Bogusław GierajewskiPOL52.8
67Samir VincentIRQ54.0
71Kiyoo YuiJPN54.7
85Michael RyanAUS58.0

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
18Wilfried GeeromsBEL51.251.24Q
22Ken RocheAUS51.551.52Q
37Jay LuckUSA51.751.77Q
46Jorem OchanaUGA52.4
51Robert PoirierFRA52.6
63Valeriu JurcăROU52.7
75Kimaru SongokKEN54.5
84Mansour ul-Haq AwanPAK55.3

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
11Salvatore MoraleITA51.151.17Q
22Vasily AnisimovURS51.751.72Q
36Ferdinand HaasGER52.2Q
44Mike HoganGBR52.5
55Keiji OgushiJPN53.6
68José CaveroPER53.7
73Karu SelvaratnamMAS53.8
AC7Ðani KovačYUGDQ

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Billy HardinUSA51.351.37Q
21Víctor MaldonadoVEN51.651.64Q
38Jaakko TuominenFIN51.851.88Q
47Jean-Jacques BehmFRA52.252.20
52Keiko IijimaJPN52.8
64Mamadou SarrSEN53.2
73Amrit PalIND53.3
86Imants KukličsURS53.3

Semi-Finals (15 October 1964 — 14:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Rex CawleyUSA49.849.89Q
21Roberto FrinolliITA50.250.28Q
37Gary KnokeAUS50.650.63Q
44Wilfried GeeromsBEL51.051.00Q
53Peter WardenGBR51.2
66Ferdinand HaasGER51.6
78Edvīns ZāģerisURS52.2
82Jaakko TuominenFIN54.0

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17John CooperGBR50.450.40Q
23Jay LuckUSA50.450.43Q
32Salvatore MoraleITA50.450.48Q
48Vasily AnisimovURS50.750.72Q
55Ken RocheAUS50.850.86
61Billy HardinUSA50.950.90
74Víctor MaldonadoVEN51.151.19
86Juan Carlos DyrzkaARG53.1

Final (16 October 1964 — 16:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)
16Rex CawleyUSA49.6
24John CooperGBR50.1
38Salvatore MoraleITA50.1
42Gary KnokeAUS50.4
53Jay LuckUSA50.5
67Roberto FrinolliITA50.7
71Vasily AnisimovURS51.1
85Wilfried GeeromsBEL51.4