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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date13 – 15 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants30 from 24 countries

The world record was 48.8, set by American Geoff Vanderstock in winning the US Olympic Trials. He was favored with Ron Whitney, AAU Champion in 1967-68. In the final, Roberto Frinolli led early as he had in 1964. By the fifth hurdle he led with Soviet Vyacheslav Skomorokhov and Britain’s Dave Hemery. By the 10th hurdle Hemery had opened up almost a full second lead, and won in a world record 48.12. The bronze medal was won by John Sherwood (GBR), whose wife, Sheila Sherwood, had won a long jump silver medal the day before.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1402Dave HemeryGBR50.3 (2 h4)49.3 (3 h2)48.1 (1)GoldWR
216Gerhard HennigeFRG49.5 (1 h1)49.1 (1 h2)49.0 (2)Silver
3422John SherwoodGBR50.2 (4 h3)49.3 (3 h1)49.0 (3)Bronze
4312Geoff VanderstockUSA50.6 (2 h1)49.2 (2 h1)49.0 (4)
5828Vyacheslav SkomorokhovURS50.7 (3 h1)49.6 (4 h2)49.1 (5)
6316Ron WhitneyUSA49.0 (1 h3)49.2 (2 h2)49.2 (6)
746Rainer SchubertFRG49.1 (2 h3)49.3 (4 h1)49.2 (7)
8506Roberto FrinolliITA49.9 (1 h4)49.2 (1 h1)50.1 (8)
5 h1 r2/399Juan Carlos DyrzkaARG49.8 (1 h2)49.8 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3108Gary KnokeAUS49.8 (3 h3)49.6 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3Jaakko TuominenFIN50.6 (4 h4)50.8 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Robert PoirierFRA50.5 (3 h4)51.2 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3John CooperGBR51.4 (3 h2)50.8 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3Roger JohnsonNZL51.3 (2 h2)51.8 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3844Víctor MaldonadoVEN51.4 (4 h1)52.2 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3715Mamadou SarrSEN51.5 (4 h2)52.1 (8 h2)
5 h1 r1/3Kiyoo YuiJPN51.5 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3162Wes BrookerCAN51.5 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Wilhelm WeistandPOL50.7 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3574Kimaru SongokKEN50.6 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/3173Bob McLarenCAN51.8 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3382William QuayeGHA51.6 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3Wilfried GeeromsBEL51.2 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3Alejandro SánchezMEX51.6 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/3209Miguel OliveraCUB51.9 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/3Juan Santiago GordónCHI52.4 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3Juan GarcíaCUB51.8 (7 h4)
8 h1 r1/3Mohamed Asswai KhalifaLBA54.3 (8 h1)
8 h3 r1/3Zambrose Abdul RahmanMAS53.2 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/3Georgios BirmbilisGRE52.6 (8 h4)

Round One (13 October 1968 — 15:00)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
14Gerhard HennigeFRG49.549.57Q
25Geoff VanderstockUSA50.650.62Q
36Vyacheslav SkomorokhovURS50.750.72Q
43Víctor MaldonadoVEN51.451.46Q
57Kiyoo YuiJPN51.551.56
62Bob McLarenCAN51.851.84
71Miguel OliveraCUB51.951.98
88Mohamed Asswai KhalifaLBA54.354.34

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Juan Carlos DyrzkaARG49.849.82Q
22Roger JohnsonNZL51.351.39Q
31John CooperGBR51.451.43Q
44Mamadou SarrSEN51.551.58Q
56Wes BrookerCAN51.551.68
65William QuayeGHA51.651.54

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
15Ron WhitneyUSA49.049.06QOR
24Rainer SchubertFRG49.149.15Q
37Gary KnokeAUS49.849.88Q
48John SherwoodGBR50.250.31Q
56Wilhelm WeistandPOL50.750.71
62Wilfried GeeromsBEL51.251.27
73Juan Santiago GordónCHI52.452.43
81Zambrose Abdul RahmanMAS53.253.23

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
13Roberto FrinolliITA49.949.95Q
24Dave HemeryGBR50.350.33Q
36Robert PoirierFRA50.550.51Q
45Jaakko TuominenFIN50.650.63Q
58Kimaru SongokKEN50.650.66
62Alejandro SánchezMEX51.651.62
77Juan GarcíaCUB51.851.87
81Georgios BirmbilisGRE52.652.62

Semi-Finals (14 October 1968 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
18Roberto FrinolliITA49.249.14Q
22Geoff VanderstockUSA49.249.22Q
37John SherwoodGBR49.349.37Q
45Rainer SchubertFRG49.349.38Q
56Juan Carlos DyrzkaARG49.849.86
63Jaakko TuominenFIN50.850.82
71John CooperGBR50.850.82
84Víctor MaldonadoVEN52.252.29

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
17Gerhard HennigeFRG49.149.16Q
28Ron WhitneyUSA49.249.29Q
36Dave HemeryGBR49.349.37Q
44Vyacheslav SkomorokhovURS49.649.61Q
52Gary KnokeAUS49.649.61
63Robert PoirierFRA51.251.23
75Roger JohnsonNZL51.851.87
81Mamadou SarrSEN52.152.20

Final (15 October 1968 — 17:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
16Dave HemeryGBR48.148.12WR
22Gerhard HennigeFRG49.049.02
38John SherwoodGBR49.049.03
43Geoff VanderstockUSA49.049.07
55Vyacheslav SkomorokhovURS49.149.12
67Ron WhitneyUSA49.249.27
71Rainer SchubertFRG49.249.30
84Roberto FrinolliITA50.150.13