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400 metres, Men

Date24 – 28 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants75 from 55 countries

In early August 1988, at the Weltklasse Meet in Zürich, Harry “Butch” Reynolds broke Lee Evans’s vaunted world record of 43.86 from the 1968 Olympics, running 43.29. He was a heavy favorite in Seoul, and had also won the US Olympic Trials from Danny Joe Everett. The third US qualifier was a youngster, Everett’s 19-year-old UCLA teammate, Steve Lewis. In the first two rounds at Seoul, Lewis had the fastest times. The two semis were won by Reynolds and Lewis, with 1987 World Champion Thomas Schönlebe (GDR) failing to qualify. In the final, Everett opened up early and led to 200 metres. Lewis then took the lead but Reynolds was closing. His last 100 was the fastest but he narrowly missed catching Lewis, who won the gold. Everett held on to complete the US sweep.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
11103Steve LewisUSA45.31 (1 h5)44.41 (1 h3)44.35 (1 h1)43.87 (1)Gold
21124Butch ReynoldsUSA46.28 (3 h2)44.46 (1 h4)44.33 (1 h2)43.93 (2)Silver
31088Danny EverettUSA45.63 (1 h9)44.83 (1 h2)44.36 (2 h1)44.09 (3)Bronze
436Darren ClarkAUS45.93 (1 h7)44.96 (2 h3)44.38 (3 h1)44.55 (4)
5791Innocent EgbunikeNGR46.02 (3 h10)45.02 (2 h2)44.74 (4 h2)44.72 (5)
6613Bert CameronJAM46.24 (1 h8)45.16 (4 h2)44.50 (4 h1)44.94 (6)
71010Ian MorrisTTO45.84 (1 h4)44.70 (1 h1)44.60 (2 h2)44.95 (7)
8825Mohamed Al-MalkyOMA46.79 (1 h3)45.02 (3 h3)44.69 (3 h2)45.03 (8)
5 h1 r3/4641Susumu TakanoJPN45.42 (1 h10)45.00 (2 h4)44.90 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4480Thomas SchönlebeGDR47.07 (2 h4)45.09 (3 h2)44.90 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4462Jens CarlowitzGDR45.64 (2 h5)45.09 (2 h1)45.08 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4614Howard DavisJAM45.97 (2 h6)45.40 (4 h4)45.48 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4126Gérson de SouzaBRA45.90 (1 h6)45.35 (3 h4)45.27 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4620Devon MorrisJAM45.95 (2 h9)45.30 (4 h3)45.68 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4846Tomasz JędrusikPOL46.12 (3 h9)45.27 (4 h1)46.17 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4459Brian WhittleGBR46.07 (1 h2)45.22 (3 h1)46.07 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/4803Sunday UtiNGR47.08 (3 h4)45.33 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4655Simeon KipkemboiKEN46.15 (2 h7)45.44 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4259Gaietà CornetESP46.16 (2 h2)45.39 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4217Gabriel TiacohCIV47.19 (3 h5)45.49 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/445Miles MurphyAUS46.38 (2 h1)45.93 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4404Todd BennettGBR46.37 (1 h1)45.96 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4176Anton SkerrittCAN46.64 (3 h1)46.08 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4670Lucas SangKEN46.85 (2 h3)45.72 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4399Dawda JallowGAM46.91 (3 h8)46.35 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4900Ousmane DiarraSEN46.86 (3 h3)46.23 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4665Elkana NyangauKEN46.25 (4 h10)46.09 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/41009Patrick DeliceTTO46.14 (4 h9)45.75 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/476Elvis FordeBAR46.47 (3 h7)46.59 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/494Troy DouglasBER45.69 (2 h10)46.28 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/4808Takale TunaPNG47.87 (3 h6)47.48 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/449Rob StoneAUS46.52 (2 h8)46.04 (8 h4)
4 h1 r1/478Richard LouisBAR46.80 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/480Seibert StraughnBAR47.37 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/41168Douglas KalemboZAM47.44 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/41006Lin Kuang-LiangTPE48.18 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/41183Jean-Didace BémouCGO48.46 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/4109Sunday MaweniBOT47.97 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/41175Elijah NkalaZIM46.60 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/4704Yun Nam-HanKOR47.02 (4 h8)
5 h1 r1/4922Felix SandySLE46.82 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4869Filipe LombáPOR47.57 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/471Mohamed Hossain MilzerBAN48.76 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/4220Ernest Tché-NoubossieCMR48.31 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4723Abdullah Ali AhmedLBA48.89 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4823Sulaiman Juma Al-HabsiOMA48.30 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4283Antonio SánchezESP47.18 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/41017John GovilleUGA47.11 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/41155Slobodan BrankovićYUG46.59 (5 h9)
5 h10 r1/41159Ismail MačevYUG46.37 (5 h10)
6 h1 r1/4489Gustavo EnvelaGEQ48.11 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4185Ali FaudetCHA48.69 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/41000Akossi GnaloTOG51.46 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4709Haji Bakr Al-QahtaniKSA48.53 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/41167Jonathan ChipaloZAM48.97 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4732Nordin Mohamed JadiMAS49.52 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/4775Jaime RodriguesMOZ47.33 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/4831Muhammad FayyazPAK47.13 (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/4519Jorge Fidel PonceHON51.11 (6 h9)
6 h10 r1/4543Elieser WattebosiINA47.10 (6 h10)
7 h1 r1/4296Joe RodanFIJ48.69 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/41138Baptiste FiriamVAN51.77 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/41170Enock MusondaZAM49.21 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/4727Maher AbbasLBN51.29 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/41146Michael WilliamsVIN51.22 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/4562Aouf Abdul Rahman YoussefIRQ47.45 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/4772Yaya SeybaMLI48.83 (7 h8)
7 h10 r1/4609Willis TodmanIVB50.11 (7 h10)
8 h1 r1/4745Odiya SilweyaMAW49.73 (8 h1)
8 h4 r1/4752Ahmed ShageefMDV50.61 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/4103Carlton UsherBIZ51.42 (8 h5)
8 h7 r1/4574Desai WynterISV48.39 (8 h7)
8 h8 r1/421Alfred BrowneANT48.92 (8 h8)
AC h3 r1/4118Sérgio de MenezesBRA– (AC h3)
AC h9 r1/41163Mwana Bute KasongoCOD– (AC h9)
DNS18Luis NetoANG– (DNS h9)
DNS221William TaramaiCOK– (DNS h3)
DNS446Derek RedmondGBR– (DNS h6)
DNS840Porfirio MéndezPAR– (DNS h10)

Round One (24 September 1988)

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

Heat One (9:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Todd BennettGBR46.37Q
27Miles MurphyAUS46.38Q
33Anton SkerrittCAN46.64Q
44Richard LouisBAR46.80
58Felix SandySLE46.82
65Gustavo EnvelaGEQ48.11
76Joe RodanFIJ48.69
81Odiya SilweyaMAW49.73

Heat Two (9:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Brian WhittleGBR46.07Q
26Gaietà CornetESP46.16Q
33Butch ReynoldsUSA46.28Q
44Seibert StraughnBAR47.37
51Filipe LombáPOR47.57
65Ali FaudetCHA48.69
72Baptiste FiriamVAN51.77

Heat Three (9:40)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Mohamed Al-MalkyOMA46.79Q
26Lucas SangKEN46.85Q
32Ousmane DiarraSEN46.86Q
44Douglas KalemboZAM47.44
58Mohamed Hossain MilzerBAN48.76
61Akossi GnaloTOG51.46
AC7Sérgio de MenezesBRADNF
DNS5William TaramaiCOK

Heat Four (9:45)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Ian MorrisTTO45.84Q
24Thomas SchönlebeGDR47.07Q
32Sunday UtiNGR47.08Q
43Lin Kuang-LiangTPE48.18
58Ernest Tché-NoubossieCMR48.31
67Haji Bakr Al-QahtaniKSA48.53
76Enock MusondaZAM49.21
85Ahmed ShageefMDV50.61

Heat Five (9:50)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Steve LewisUSA45.31Q
26Jens CarlowitzGDR45.64Q
33Gabriel TiacohCIV47.19Q
45Jean-Didace BémouCGO48.46
52Abdullah Ali AhmedLBA48.89
64Jonathan ChipaloZAM48.97
71Maher AbbasLBN51.29
88Carlton UsherBIZ51.42

Heat Six (9:55)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Gérson de SouzaBRA45.90Q
22Howard DavisJAM45.97Q
38Takale TunaPNG47.87Q
47Sunday MaweniBOT47.97
55Sulaiman Juma Al-HabsiOMA48.30
63Nordin Mohamed JadiMAS49.52
71Michael WilliamsVIN51.22
DNS4Derek RedmondGBR

Heat Seven (10:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Darren ClarkAUS45.93Q
25Simeon KipkemboiKEN46.15Q
33Elvis FordeBAR46.47Q
44Elijah NkalaZIM46.60
51Antonio SánchezESP47.18
66Jaime RodriguesMOZ47.33
72Aouf Abdul Rahman YoussefIRQ47.45
88Desai WynterISV48.39

Heat Eight (10:05)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Bert CameronJAM46.24Q
22Rob StoneAUS46.52Q
36Dawda JallowGAM46.91Q
48Yun Nam-HanKOR47.02
51John GovilleUGA47.11
65Muhammad FayyazPAK47.13
77Yaya SeybaMLI48.83
84Alfred BrowneANT48.92

Heat Nine (10:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Danny EverettUSA45.63Q
23Devon MorrisJAM45.95Q
32Tomasz JędrusikPOL46.12Q
46Patrick DeliceTTO46.14q
55Slobodan BrankovićYUG46.59
67Jorge Fidel PonceHON51.11
AC8Mwana Bute KasongoCODDQ
DNS4Luis NetoANG

Heat Ten (10:15)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Susumu TakanoJPN45.42Q
27Troy DouglasBER45.69Q
34Innocent EgbunikeNGR46.02Q
46Elkana NyangauKEN46.25q
53Ismail MačevYUG46.37
68Elieser WattebosiINA47.10
72Willis TodmanIVB50.11
DNS1Porfirio MéndezPAR

Quarter-Finals (25 September 1988)

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

Heat One (12:20)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Ian MorrisTTO44.70Q
23Jens CarlowitzGDR45.09Q
34Brian WhittleGBR45.22Q
45Tomasz JędrusikPOL45.27Q
57Sunday UtiNGR45.33
62Miles MurphyAUS45.93
71Dawda JallowGAM46.35
88Elvis FordeBAR46.59

Heat Two (12:25)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Danny EverettUSA44.83Q
26Innocent EgbunikeNGR45.02Q
37Thomas SchönlebeGDR45.09Q
48Bert CameronJAM45.16Q
53Simeon KipkemboiKEN45.44
62Todd BennettGBR45.96
71Ousmane DiarraSEN46.23
84Troy DouglasBER46.28

Heat Three (12:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Steve LewisUSA44.41Q
23Darren ClarkAUS44.96Q
38Mohamed Al-MalkyOMA45.02Q
46Devon MorrisJAM45.30Q
54Gaietà CornetESP45.39
62Anton SkerrittCAN46.08
71Elkana NyangauKEN46.09
87Takale TunaPNG47.48

Heat Four (12:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Butch ReynoldsUSA44.46Q
23Susumu TakanoJPN45.00Q
35Gérson de SouzaBRA45.35Q
46Howard DavisJAM45.40Q
57Gabriel TiacohCIV45.49
68Lucas SangKEN45.72
74Patrick DeliceTTO45.75
82Rob StoneAUS46.04

Semi-Finals (26 September 1988)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (15:45)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Steve LewisUSA44.35Q
25Danny EverettUSA44.36Q
36Darren ClarkAUS44.38Q
48Bert CameronJAM44.50Q
54Susumu TakanoJPN44.90
62Jens CarlowitzGDR45.08
77Gérson de SouzaBRA45.27
81Tomasz JędrusikPOL46.17

Heat Two (15:50)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Butch ReynoldsUSA44.33Q
23Ian MorrisTTO44.60Q
35Mohamed Al-MalkyOMA44.69Q
44Innocent EgbunikeNGR44.74Q
52Thomas SchönlebeGDR44.90
61Howard DavisJAM45.48
78Devon MorrisJAM45.68
87Brian WhittleGBR46.07

Final (28 September 1988 — 12:55)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Steve LewisUSA43.87
23Butch ReynoldsUSA43.93
34Danny EverettUSA44.09
45Darren ClarkAUS44.55
57Innocent EgbunikeNGR44.72
62Bert CameronJAM44.94
78Ian MorrisTTO44.95
81Mohamed Al-MalkyOMA45.03