| Event type

400 metres, Men

Date26 – 29 July 1976
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants44 from 29 countries

Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena was world-ranked #1 in 1974, was fourth in 1975, and had finished second at the 1975 Pan American Games to Ronnie Ray of the USA. Earlier in Montréal he had won the 800 metres and was trying to become the first since Paul Pilgrim in 1906 to win the 400/800 Olympic double. He was favored but the US contingent of Fred Newhouse, Herman Frazier, and Maxie Parks would be formidable as always. In the final, Newhouse went to the lead and was three metres ahead by the halfway mark. But Juantorena’s long strides kept pulling him closer and he caught Newhouse with 20 metres left, pulling away to win by just over a metre and taking half a second off his personal best time to set the fastest time ever recorded at legal altitude.

1217Alberto JuantorenaCUB47.89 (3 h6)45.92 (2 h2)45.10 (1 h1)44.26 (1)Gold
2945Fred NewhouseUSA45.42 (1 h2)45.97 (1 h4)44.89 (1 h2)44.40 (2)Silver
3926Herman FrazierUSA46.09 (1 h1)46.52 (1 h1)45.24 (3 h2)44.95 (3)Bronze
485Fons BrijdenbachBEL46.73 (1 h4)46.56 (2 h1)45.28 (2 h1)45.04 (4)
5947Maxie ParksUSA46.12 (1 h3)45.99 (3 h3)45.61 (3 h1)45.24 (5)
660Rick MitchellAUS46.11 (2 h2)45.76 (1 h2)45.69 (4 h1)45.40 (6)
7368David JenkinsGBR46.60 (1 h5)46.18 (2 h4)45.20 (2 h2)45.57 (7)
8741Jan WernerPOL46.19 (3 h2)45.88 (2 h3)45.44 (4 h2)45.63 (8)
5 h1 r3/4419Bernd HerrmannFRG46.99 (2 h5)46.07 (4 h3)45.94 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4729Jerzy PietrzykPOL46.92 (2 h4)46.30 (3 h2)45.65 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4170Bryan SaundersCAN47.24 (5 h1)46.42 (4 h2)46.46 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4421Franz-Peter HofmeisterFRG47.17 (3 h4)46.20 (3 h4)46.05 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4545Alfonso Di GuidaITA46.52 (4 h2)47.07 (4 h1)46.50 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4849Mike SolomonTTO47.29 (1 h6)45.83 (1 h3)46.20 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4116Delmo da SilvaBRA47.21 (2 h3)46.48 (4 h4)46.69 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4422Karl HonzFRG47.47 (4 h3)46.94 (3 h1)46.63 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/4282Ossi KarttunenFIN47.22 (4 h4)47.45 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4573Leighton PriestleyJAM46.74 (5 h2)46.45 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4283Markku KukkoahoFIN47.67 (4 h5)46.24 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4976Jozo AlebićYUG47.03 (3 h5)46.94 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/456Peter GrantAUS47.03 (4 h1)47.69 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/476Mike SandsBAH46.52 (2 h1)46.48 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4214Eddy GutiérrezCUB47.89 (5 h3)46.65 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4713Zbigniew JaremskiPOL46.68 (3 h1)47.10 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4571Alfred DaleyJAM48.04 (4 h6)48.46 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4764Iván MangualPUR47.39 (3 h3)46.56 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4359Glen CohenGBR47.77 (2 h6)47.67 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/416Fred SowerbyANT48.12 (5 h6)48.03 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4141Glenn BogueCAN47.42 (5 h4)48.98 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4848Charles JosephTTO47.72 (5 h5)46.61 (8 h2)
8 h4 r2/41Raymond HeerenveenAHO47.44 (6 h4)48.88 (8 h4)
6 h1 r1/4228Carlos NoroñaCUB48.46 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4147Don DomanskyCAN47.24 (6 h2)– (DNS h3)
6 h3 r1/4109Renelda SwanBER49.13 (6 h3)
6 h5 r1/4788Samba DièyeSEN47.98 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4192Avognan NogboumCIV48.24 (6 h6)
7 h1 r1/481Hamil GrimesBAR49.24 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/4112Errol ThurtonBIZ48.91 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/4675Wavala KaliPNG48.85 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/4530Bjarni StefánssonISL48.34 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/4748José CarvalhoPOR48.47 (7 h6)
8 h1 r1/4480Wilfrid CyriaqueHAI51.49 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/435Ahmed Al-AssiriKSA49.72 (8 h2)
8 h4 r1/4652Ricardo LariosNCA50.52 (8 h4)
DNS275Tony MooreFIJ– (DNS h3)
DNS469Stavros TziortzisGRE– (DNS h3)

Round One (26 July 1976 — 11:00)

Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Herman FrazierUSA46.09Q
27Mike SandsBAH46.52Q
35Zbigniew JaremskiPOL46.68Q
46Peter GrantAUS47.03Q
58Bryan SaundersCAN47.24Q
63Carlos NoroñaCUB48.46
71Hamil GrimesBAR49.24
84Wilfrid CyriaqueHAI51.49

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Fred NewhouseUSA45.42Q
27Rick MitchellAUS46.11Q
36Jan WernerPOL46.19Q
44Alfonso Di GuidaITA46.52Q
52Leighton PriestleyJAM46.74Q
68Don DomanskyCAN47.24q
71Errol ThurtonBIZ48.91
83Ahmed Al-AssiriKSA49.72

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Maxie ParksUSA46.12Q
22Delmo da SilvaBRA47.21Q
34Iván MangualPUR47.39Q
41Karl HonzFRG47.47Q
55Eddy GutiérrezCUB47.89Q
63Renelda SwanBER49.13
DNS8Tony MooreFIJ
DNS6Stavros TziortzisGRE

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Fons BrijdenbachBEL46.73Q
22Jerzy PietrzykPOL46.92Q
36Franz-Peter HofmeisterFRG47.17Q
41Ossi KarttunenFIN47.22Q
54Glenn BogueCAN47.42Q
63Raymond HeerenveenAHO47.44q
75Wavala KaliPNG48.85
87Ricardo LariosNCA50.52

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16David JenkinsGBR46.60Q
25Bernd HerrmannFRG46.99Q
34Jozo AlebićYUG47.03Q
42Markku KukkoahoFIN47.67Q
53Charles JosephTTO47.72Q
67Samba DièyeSEN47.98
71Bjarni StefánssonISL48.34

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Mike SolomonTTO47.29Q
24Glen CohenGBR47.77Q
36Alberto JuantorenaCUB47.89Q
41Alfred DaleyJAM48.04Q
57Fred SowerbyANT48.12Q
63Avognan NogboumCIV48.24
72José CarvalhoPOR48.47

Quarter-Finals (26 July 1976 — 15:15)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Herman FrazierUSA46.52Q
23Fons BrijdenbachBEL46.56Q
31Karl HonzFRG46.94Q
45Alfonso Di GuidaITA47.07Q
52Ossi KarttunenFIN47.45
64Peter GrantAUS47.69
77Alfred DaleyJAM48.46
88Glenn BogueCAN48.98

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Rick MitchellAUS45.76Q
27Alberto JuantorenaCUB45.92Q
34Jerzy PietrzykPOL46.30Q
48Bryan SaundersCAN46.42Q
53Leighton PriestleyJAM46.45
65Mike SandsBAH46.48
72Iván MangualPUR46.56
86Charles JosephTTO46.61

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Mike SolomonTTO45.83Q
28Jan WernerPOL45.88Q
32Maxie ParksUSA45.99Q
43Bernd HerrmannFRG46.07Q
51Markku KukkoahoFIN46.24
66Eddy GutiérrezCUB46.65
74Glen CohenGBR47.67
DNS5Don DomanskyCAN

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Fred NewhouseUSA45.97Q
22David JenkinsGBR46.18Q
37Franz-Peter HofmeisterFRG46.20Q
48Delmo da SilvaBRA46.48Q
54Jozo AlebićYUG46.94
63Zbigniew JaremskiPOL47.10
76Fred SowerbyANT48.03
85Raymond HeerenveenAHO48.88

Semi-Finals (28 July 1976 — 15:20)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Alberto JuantorenaCUB45.10Q
23Fons BrijdenbachBEL45.28Q
35Maxie ParksUSA45.61Q
41Rick MitchellAUS45.69Q
58Bernd HerrmannFRG45.94
62Bryan SaundersCAN46.46
74Alfonso Di GuidaITA46.50
86Delmo da SilvaBRA46.69

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Fred NewhouseUSA44.89Q
27David JenkinsGBR45.20Q
34Herman FrazierUSA45.24Q
46Jan WernerPOL45.44Q
53Jerzy PietrzykPOL45.65
68Franz-Peter HofmeisterFRG46.05
71Mike SolomonTTO46.20
85Karl HonzFRG46.63

Final (29 July 1976 — 16:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Alberto JuantorenaCUB44.26
24Fred NewhouseUSA44.40
33Herman FrazierUSA44.95
48Fons BrijdenbachBEL45.04
57Maxie ParksUSA45.24
66Rick MitchellAUS45.40
75David JenkinsGBR45.57
81Jan WernerPOL45.63