| Event type

200 metres, Men

Date25 – 26 July 1976
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants45 from 33 countries

Reigning champion Valery Borzov pulled out of his heat fuelling a short lived false rumour that he had defected.

Don Quarrie (JAM) had been the best 200 metre runner since 1970 but was injured in the 1972 Olympic semi-final. He had won the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and 1974 and the Pan American Games in 1971, and had set three world records over 200 metres. The best American in 1976 was Steve Williams, but he was injured and did not make the US team. He was possibly the fastest sprinter of the 1970s, but injuries always kept him from competing at major meets. The third fastest man in 1976 was Guyana’s James Gilkes, but his country joined the African boycott and he could not compete. He petitioned the IOC to compete as an individual but this was denied. In Montréal, Quarrie had the fastest time in every round. He entered the final straight equal with Dwayne Evans (USA) but pulled away to a safe, though not dominant, win over American Millard Hampton, Evans getting in for the bronze medal. At 17 years 286 days, Evans was the youngest medallist in the event’s history. To the dismay of television directors everywhere the medallists took ten minutes to complete their victory lap. The 100m champion, Hasely Crawford, pulled up injured after 50 metres but, since he walked across the finish line without leaving his lane, he is credited with a time nearly a minute behind the winner.

1574Don QuarrieJAM20.85 (1 h7)20.28 (1 h3)20.48 (1 h2)20.23 (1)Gold
2931Millard HamptonUSA21.11 (1 h1)20.83 (2 h3)20.69 (2 h1)20.29 (2)Silver
3923Dwayne EvansUSA20.96 (1 h3)20.56 (1 h1)20.83 (2 h2)20.43 (3)Bronze
4557Pietro MenneaITA20.93 (1 h5)20.70 (1 h2)20.67 (1 h1)20.54 (4)
5117Rui da SilvaBRA20.99 (2 h7)20.76 (3 h1)21.01 (3 h2)20.84 (5)
6711Bogdan GrzejszczakPOL21.35 (2 h6)21.02 (2 h4)21.14 (4 h2)20.91 (6)
7570Colin BradfordJAM21.57 (3 h1)21.03 (4 h1)21.09 (4 h1)21.17 (7)
8846Hasely CrawfordTTO22.35 (3 h2)20.95 (1 h4)20.99 (3 h1)1:19.60 (8)
5 h1 r3/4191Georges Kablan DegnanCIV21.57 (3 h3)20.91 (2 h2)21.14 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4700Guy AbrahamsPAN20.95 (1 h4)20.72 (2 h1)21.15 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4632Roland BombardellaLUX21.18 (1 h8)21.03 (3 h4)21.16 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4306Joseph ArameFRA21.34 (3 h5)21.04 (3 h3)21.29 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4886Nikolay KolesnikovURS21.33 (4 h4)21.08 (4 h2)21.25 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/492Lambert MichaBEL21.25 (2 h8)21.09 (4 h3)21.46 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/454Peter FitzgeraldAUS21.35 (2 h3)21.07 (4 h4)21.29 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4352Ainsley BennettGBR21.26 (1 h6)21.07 (3 h2)21.52 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/4804Peter MusterSUI22.33 (2 h2)21.09 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4821Thorsten JohanssonSWE21.05 (2 h4)21.08 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4987Sammy MonselsSUR21.60 (4 h5)21.29 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4763Pedro FerrerPUR21.60 (3 h6)21.33 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4726Zenon NowoszPOL21.29 (2 h5)21.22 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4104Calvin DillBER22.38 (4 h2)21.40 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/412Cuthbert JacobsANT21.50 (2 h1)21.33 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/471Walter CallanderBAH21.79 (4 h7)21.78 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4547Pietro FarinaITA21.32 (3 h4)21.31 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4501Endre LépoldHUN21.50 (3 h7)21.68 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4275Tony MooreFIJ21.82 (4 h6)21.75 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4654Armando PadillaNCA23.07 (4 h1)22.74 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4153Hugh FraserCAN21.54 (4 h8)21.57 (8 h1)
8 h3 r2/4621Abdul Aziz Abdul KareemKUW22.44 (4 h3)22.34 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/4329Jean MayerFRA21.25 (3 h8)24.27 (8 h4)
1 h2 r1/460Rick MitchellAUS21.91 (1 h2)– (DNS h2)
5 h1 r1/434Hamed AliKSA23.37 (5 h1)
5 h3 r1/478Rawle ClarkeBAR22.75 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/4939Mark LutzUSA21.50 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4636Ramli AhmadMAS21.92 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4482Philippe ÉtienneHAI22.57 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4745Marian WoroninPOL21.90 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4797Barka SySEN21.54 (5 h8)
6 h4 r1/4790Christian DorosarioSEN21.96 (6 h4)
6 h7 r1/4520Ayoub BodaghiIRI22.47 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/4558Vittorino MilanesioITA21.94 (6 h8)
7 h7 r1/4675Wavala KaliPNG22.64 (7 h7)
AC h1 r1/4843Ainsley ArmstrongTTO– (DNF h1)
AC h5 r1/475Clive SandsBAH– (DNF h5)
DNS238Félix LópezDOM– (DNS h2)
DNS160Robert MartinCAN– (DNS h4)
DNS111Colin ThurtonBIZ– (DNS h3)
DNS127Petar PetrovBUL– (DNS h3)
DNS212Francisco GómezCUB– (DNS h6)
DNS220Silvio LeonardCUB– (DNS h8)
DNS230Hermes RamírezCUB– (DNS h5)
DNS290Hannu MäkeläFIN– (DNS h1)
DNS871Aleksandr AksininURS– (DNS h2)
DNS877Valery BorzovURS– (DNS h6)

Round One (25 July 1976 — 10:30)

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

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Millard HamptonUSA21.11Q
25Cuthbert JacobsANT21.50Q
36Colin BradfordJAM21.57Q
43Armando PadillaNCA23.07Q
54Hamed AliKSA23.37
DNF2Ainsley ArmstrongTTO
DNS7Hannu MäkeläFIN

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Rick MitchellAUS21.91Q
24Peter MusterSUI22.33Q
35Hasely CrawfordTTO22.35Q
46Calvin DillBER22.38Q
DNS1Félix LópezDOM
DNS3Aleksandr AksininURS

Heat Three

Wind0.9 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Dwayne EvansUSA20.96Q
24Peter FitzgeraldAUS21.35Q
36Georges Kablan DegnanCIV21.57Q
43Abdul Aziz Abdul KareemKUW22.44Q
51Rawle ClarkeBAR22.75
DNS5Colin ThurtonBIZ
DNS7Petar PetrovBUL

Heat Four

Wind0.3 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Guy AbrahamsPAN20.95Q
26Thorsten JohanssonSWE21.05Q
31Pietro FarinaITA21.32Q
43Nikolay KolesnikovURS21.33Q
55Mark LutzUSA21.50
62Christian DorosarioSEN21.96
DNS4Robert MartinCAN

Heat Five

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Pietro MenneaITA20.93Q
22Zenon NowoszPOL21.29Q
36Joseph ArameFRA21.34Q
44Sammy MonselsSUR21.60Q
55Ramli AhmadMAS21.92
DNF1Clive SandsBAH
DNS3Hermes RamírezCUB

Heat Six

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Ainsley BennettGBR21.26Q
26Bogdan GrzejszczakPOL21.35Q
32Pedro FerrerPUR21.60Q
43Tony MooreFIJ21.82Q
55Philippe ÉtienneHAI22.57
DNS4Francisco GómezCUB
DNS7Valery BorzovURS

Heat Seven

Wind0.1 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Don QuarrieJAM20.85Q
24Rui da SilvaBRA20.99Q
36Endre LépoldHUN21.50Q
42Walter CallanderBAH21.79Q
53Marian WoroninPOL21.90
61Ayoub BodaghiIRI22.47
77Wavala KaliPNG22.64

Heat Eight

Wind0.2 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Roland BombardellaLUX21.18Q
24Lambert MichaBEL21.25Q
31Jean MayerFRA21.25Q
42Hugh FraserCAN21.54Q
53Barka SySEN21.54
67Vittorino MilanesioITA21.94
DNS220Silvio LeonardCUB

Quarter-Finals (25 July 1976 — 18:05)

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

Heat One

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Dwayne EvansUSA20.56Q
26Guy AbrahamsPAN20.72Q
35Rui da SilvaBRA20.76Q
42Colin BradfordJAM21.03Q
57Peter MusterSUI21.09
63Zenon NowoszPOL21.22
78Pietro FarinaITA21.31
81Hugh FraserCAN21.57

Heat Two

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Pietro MenneaITA20.70Q
27Georges Kablan DegnanCIV20.91Q
35Ainsley BennettGBR21.07Q
43Nikolay KolesnikovURS21.08Q
56Thorsten JohanssonSWE21.08
62Calvin DillBER21.40
78Endre LépoldHUN21.68
DNS1Rick MitchellAUS

Heat Three

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Don QuarrieJAM20.28Q
28Millard HamptonUSA20.83Q
36Joseph ArameFRA21.04Q
45Lambert MichaBEL21.09Q
53Sammy MonselsSUR21.29
62Cuthbert JacobsANT21.33
74Tony MooreFIJ21.75
81Abdul Aziz Abdul KareemKUW22.34

Heat Four

Wind0.0 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Hasely CrawfordTTO20.95Q
23Bogdan GrzejszczakPOL21.02Q
36Roland BombardellaLUX21.03Q
45Peter FitzgeraldAUS21.07Q
52Pedro FerrerPUR21.33
67Walter CallanderBAH21.78
71Armando PadillaNCA22.74
84Jean MayerFRA24.27

Semi-Finals (26 July 1976 — 14:45)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

Wind0.8 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Pietro MenneaITA20.67Q
24Millard HamptonUSA20.69Q
32Hasely CrawfordTTO20.99Q
47Colin BradfordJAM21.09Q
55Georges Kablan DegnanCIV21.14
66Roland BombardellaLUX21.16
71Nikolay KolesnikovURS21.25
88Peter FitzgeraldAUS21.29

Heat Two

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Don QuarrieJAM20.48Q
23Dwayne EvansUSA20.83Q
35Rui da SilvaBRA21.01Q
44Bogdan GrzejszczakPOL21.14Q
56Guy AbrahamsPAN21.15
61Joseph ArameFRA21.29
78Lambert MichaBEL21.46
82Ainsley BennettGBR21.52

Final (26 July 1976 — 16:50)

Wind0.7 m/s
PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Don QuarrieJAM20.23
24Millard HamptonUSA20.29
37Dwayne EvansUSA20.43
41Pietro MenneaITA20.54
58Rui da SilvaBRA20.84
66Bogdan GrzejszczakPOL20.91
73Colin BradfordJAM21.17
85Hasely CrawfordTTO1:19.60