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110 metres Hurdles, Men

Date16 – 17 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants33 from 24 countries

In the semi-final, Erv Hall (USA) ran 13.38, the fastest auto-time ever. Willie Davenport won the second semi in 13.53. Davenport ran almost a perfect race in the final, taking the lead early, and defeating Hall by a full metre. Italy’s Eddy Ottoz broke up the American medal sweep by winning the bronze medal. In 1969, both Hall and Davenport equaled the hand-timed world record of 13.2, although at different meets.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1266Willie DavenportUSA13.6 (1 h2)13.5 (1 h2)13.3 (1)Gold
2277Erv HallUSA13.7 (1 h1)13.3 (1 h1)13.4 (2)Silver
3515Eddy OttozITA13.5 (1 h3)13.5 (2 h1)13.4 (3)Bronze
4263Leon ColemanUSA13.7 (1 h4)13.5 (2 h2)13.6 (4)
550Werner TrzmielFRG13.8 (2 h3)13.5 (3 h2)13.6 (5)
6727Bo ForssanderSWE13.9 (2 h4)13.7 (3 h1)13.7 (6)
7358Marcel DuriezFRA13.9 (2 h5)13.7 (4 h2)13.7 (7)
8368Pierre SchoebelFRA13.8 (2 h1)13.7 (4 h1)14.0 (8)
5 h1 r2/320Hinrich JohnFRG13.8 (2 h2)13.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3831Oleg StepanenkoURS13.9 (4 h2)13.8 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3752Daniel RiedoSUI14.0 (3 h1)14.0 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3648Kjellfred WeumNOR14.0 (3 h4)14.0 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3208Juan MoralesCUB13.9 (3 h3)14.0 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3512Sergio LianiITA13.9 (3 h5)14.0 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3795Viktor BalikhinURS13.8 (1 h5)14.1 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3689Arnaldo BristolPUR13.9 (3 h2)14.1 (8 h2)
4 h1 r1/3500Giovanni CornacchiaITA14.1 (4 h1)
4 h3 r1/3108Gary KnokeAUS14.1 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3416Mike ParkerGBR14.1 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/3417Alan PascoeGBR13.9 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/3491Franklin BlydenISV14.7 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3180Hernando ArrecheaCOL14.0 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3425Stuart StoreyGBR14.1 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3228Patricio SaavedraCHI14.4 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3220Lubomír NádeníčekTCH14.1 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/3574Kimaru SongokKEN14.7 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3585Ishtiaq MubarakMAS14.3 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3194Simbara MakiCIV14.3 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3332Rogelio OnofrePHI15.0 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3660Alfredo DezaPER14.3 (6 h5)
7 h2 r1/3765Su Po-TaiTPE15.0 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3584Fernand TovondrayMAD14.9 (7 h3)
7 h5 r1/3699Radhamés MoraDOM16.8 (7 h5)
DNS214Bernard KenderCHA– (DNS h1)
DNSWerner KuhnSUI– (DNS h4)

Round One (16 October 1968 — 10:00)

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

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Erv HallUSA13.713.75Q
27Pierre SchoebelFRA13.813.83Q
33Daniel RiedoSUI14.014.10Q
45Giovanni CornacchiaITA14.114.13
52Franklin BlydenISV14.714.74
64Kimaru SongokKEN14.714.76
DNS1Bernard KenderCHA

Heat Two

Wind1.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Willie DavenportUSA13.613.65Q
25Hinrich JohnFRG13.813.87Q
34Arnaldo BristolPUR13.913.92Q
41Oleg StepanenkoURS13.913.95q
53Hernando ArrecheaCOL14.014.09
66Ishtiaq MubarakMAS14.314.36
72Su Po-TaiTPE15.015.11

Heat Three

Wind1.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Eddy OttozITA13.513.61Q=OR
27Werner TrzmielFRG13.813.87Q
36Juan MoralesCUB13.913.94Q
43Gary KnokeAUS14.114.14
55Stuart StoreyGBR14.114.20
62Simbara MakiCIV14.314.32
71Fernand TovondrayMAD14.915.00

Heat Four

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Leon ColemanUSA13.713.77Q
26Bo ForssanderSWE13.914.00Q
32Kjellfred WeumNOR14.014.08Q
45Mike ParkerGBR14.114.16
53Patricio SaavedraCHI14.414.47
61Rogelio OnofrePHI15.015.01
DNS4Werner KuhnSUI

Heat Five

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
12Viktor BalikhinURS13.813.82Q
26Marcel DuriezFRA13.914.00Q
35Sergio LianiITA13.914.01Q
44Alan PascoeGBR13.914.01
51Lubomír NádeníčekTCH14.114.18
67Alfredo DezaPER14.314.38
73Radhamés MoraDOM16.816.85

Semi-Finals (17 October 1968 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind1.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Erv HallUSA13.313.38QOR
28Eddy OttozITA13.513.53Q
32Bo ForssanderSWE13.713.75Q
46Pierre SchoebelFRA13.713.78Q
51Hinrich JohnFRG13.813.87
63Daniel RiedoSUI14.014.07
75Juan MoralesCUB14.014.08
87Viktor BalikhinURS14.114.13

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Willie DavenportUSA13.513.53Q
26Leon ColemanUSA13.513.54Q
31Werner TrzmielFRG13.513.60Q
44Marcel DuriezFRA13.713.73Q
58Oleg StepanenkoURS13.813.83
63Kjellfred WeumNOR14.014.04
72Sergio LianiITA14.014.09
87Arnaldo BristolPUR14.114.13

Final (17 October 1968 — 17:00)

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Willie DavenportUSA13.313.33=OR
26Erv HallUSA13.413.42
33Eddy OttozITA13.413.46
47Leon ColemanUSA13.613.67
51Werner TrzmielFRG13.613.68
62Bo ForssanderSWE13.713.73
78Marcel DuriezFRA13.713.77
85Pierre SchoebelFRA14.014.02