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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date23 – 25 July 1976
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants22 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 47.82 WR / John Akii-Bua UGA / 2 September 1972

The favorite coming into 1976 was the defending champion John Akii-Bua but the African boycott kept him out of the competition. Also highly considered was 1974 European and Commonwealth Champion Alan Pascoe (GBR), but a leg injury had him at less than his best in Montréal. Akii-Bua’s absence prevented what could have been one of the great races of the Olympics. In his absence the race turned into a showcase coming out party for Edwin Moses, the man who would soon become known as the greatest practitioner of the event ever. He won the gold medal by over a second in a world record 47.63. American Mike Shine closed quickly for the silver medal.

1943Edwin MosesUSA49.95 (1 h4)48.29 (1 h2)47.63 (1)GoldWR
2959Mike ShineUSA50.91 (1 h3)49.90 (1 h1)48.69 (2)Silver
3880Yevgeny GavrilenkoURS50.93 (2 h3)49.73 (2 h2)49.45 (3)Bronze
4967Quentin WheelerUSA50.32 (1 h2)50.22 (4 h1)49.86 (4)
5748José CarvalhoPOR50.99 (4 h1)49.97 (2 h1)49.94 (5)
6121Yanko BratanovBUL51.84 (4 h3)50.11 (3 h1)50.03 (6)
7203Dámaso AlfonsoCUB50.76 (2 h1)49.84 (3 h2)50.19 (7)
8376Alan PascoeGBR51.66 (2 h4)49.95 (4 h2)51.29 (8)
5 h1 r2/3906Dmitry StukalovURS50.78 (=3 h2)50.47 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3330Jean-Claude NalletFRA50.77 (3 h1)50.08 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3331Jean-Pierre PerrinelleFRA50.78 (=3 h2)50.82 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3469Stavros TziortzisGRE50.42 (1 h1)50.30 (6 h2)
7 h2 r2/3712Jerzy HeweltPOL51.39 (3 h3)50.57 (7 h2)
8 h2 r2/3762Julio FerrerPUR52.45 (4 h4)51.04 (8 h2)
AC h1 r2/3439Harald SchmidFRG50.57 (2 h2)50.30 (AC h1)
AC h1 r2/3468Georgios ParrisGRE51.91 (3 h4)– (AC h1)
5 h1 r1/357Don HanlyAUS51.90 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/356Peter GrantAUS51.07 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3620Abdul Latif AbbasKUW53.06 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/320Kamil Al-AbbasiKSA55.00 (5 h4)
6 h3 r1/313Conrad MainwaringANT54.67 (6 h3)
AC h4 r1/3202Jesús VillegasCOL– (AC h4)

Round One (23 July 1976 — 10:00)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Stavros TziortzisGRE50.42Q
25Dámaso AlfonsoCUB50.76Q
31Jean-Claude NalletFRA50.77Q
44José CarvalhoPOR50.99Q
53Don HanlyAUS51.90

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Quentin WheelerUSA50.32Q
21Harald SchmidFRG50.57Q
=34Jean-Pierre PerrinelleFRA50.78Q
=32Dmitry StukalovURS50.78Q
53Peter GrantAUS51.07

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Mike ShineUSA50.91Q
26Yevgeny GavrilenkoURS50.93Q
32Jerzy HeweltPOL51.39Q
43Yanko BratanovBUL51.84Q
51Abdul Latif AbbasKUW53.06
64Conrad MainwaringANT54.67

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Edwin MosesUSA49.95Q
22Alan PascoeGBR51.66Q
31Georgios ParrisGRE51.91Q
46Julio FerrerPUR52.45Q
53Kamil Al-AbbasiKSA55.00
AC5Jesús VillegasCOLDNF

Semi-Finals (24 July 1976 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Mike ShineUSA49.90Q
26José CarvalhoPOR49.97Q
35Yanko BratanovBUL50.11Q
48Quentin WheelerUSA50.22Q
52Dmitry StukalovURS50.47
61Jean-Pierre PerrinelleFRA50.82
AC4Georgios ParrisGREDNF
AC3Harald SchmidFRG50.30DQ

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Edwin MosesUSA48.29Q
27Yevgeny GavrilenkoURS49.73Q
36Dámaso AlfonsoCUB49.84Q
41Alan PascoeGBR49.95Q
54Jean-Claude NalletFRA50.08
62Stavros TziortzisGRE50.30
73Jerzy HeweltPOL50.57
88Julio FerrerPUR51.04

Final (25 July 1976 — 17:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Edwin MosesUSA47.63WR
21Mike ShineUSA48.69
38Yevgeny GavrilenkoURS49.45
47Quentin WheelerUSA49.86
53José CarvalhoPOR49.94
62Yanko BratanovBUL50.03
76Dámaso AlfonsoCUB50.19
85Alan PascoeGBR51.29