| Event type

400 metres, Men

Date1 – 5 August 1992
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants68 from 52 countries

In August 1990, world record holder Harry “Butch” Reynolds tested positive for the steroid nandrolone at a meet in Monte Carlo. He was given a two-year suspension. He appealed this and in December 1991 The Athletics Congress (TAC) supported his appeal, asking that his suspension be lifted. This was denied by an IAAF panel and Reynolds appeared to be out of the Olympics. But then a federal judge ruled that Reynolds should be allowed to compete so he could qualify for the Olympic Trials, and should be allowed to compete in the Trials, if he qualified. The reasoning was that Reynolds’ suspension would be lifted just before the Barcelona Olympics but he first had to qualify. Then the IAAF ruled that any athletes running against Reynolds would be subject to suspension from competition. Legal shenanigans went back and forth and eventually the Olympic Trials 400 heats were postponed a few days while it was sorted out. Finally, Reynolds got to run in the Trials in New Orleans, but in a bit of an anti-climax, did not make the Olympic team.

In his absence the favorites were still the American threesome of defending gold medalist Steve Lewis, the 1988 bronze medalist Danny Joe Everett, and Quincy Watts. Everett went out in the semi-finals in Seoul, with a leg injury. Another athlete to be injured in the semis was Britain’s Derek Redmond, who hobbled and fell to the track. Suddenly a man appeared from the stands and helped him to his feet – it was his father. With his arm around his father, he limped the remaining 200 metres to the finish line, supported by his Dad, who told him, )We started your career together, so let’s finish this race together.) It was one of the more emotional moments in Olympic history and is still replayed often.

After all that drama, the final of the 400 metres seemed almost an afterthought. Watts and Lewis started fastest together and Watts pulled away by 200 metres. He powered thru the final curve and held on for a huge victory margin of almost seven metres over Lewis. Kenya’s Samson Kitur, 1990 Commonwealth Games silver medalist, finished quickly to get third.

11779Quincy WattsUSA45.38 (1 h3)45.06 (2 h4)43.71 (1 h2)43.50 (1)GoldOR
21730Steve LewisUSA45.14 (1 h8)44.54 (1 h1)44.50 (1 h1)44.21 (2)Silver
31126Samson KiturKEN45.41 (1 h6)44.66 (1 h4)44.18 (2 h2)44.24 (3)Bronze
41648Ian MorrisTTO45.65 (1 h7)44.78 (1 h3)44.21 (3 h2)44.25 (4)
5346Roberto HernándezCUB45.07 (2 h1)44.84 (2 h1)44.72 (2 h1)44.52 (5)
6714David GrindleyGBR45.79 (2 h5)44.91 (2 h3)44.47 (4 h2)44.75 (6)
71442Ibrahim IsmailQAT45.21 (1 h9)45.18 (3 h3)45.01 (3 h1)45.10 (7)
81099Susumu TakanoJPN45.96 (2 h6)45.27 (2 h2)45.09 (4 h1)45.18 (8)
5 h1 r3/41295Sunday BadaNGR45.38 (2 h8)45.34 (4 h3)45.36 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4690Roger BlackGBR45.94 (2 h9)45.28 (3 h1)44.72 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4115Troy DouglasBER46.02 (1 h2)45.67 (3 h2)45.59 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/41212Lahlou Ben YounèsMAR45.73 (2 h7)45.38 (4 h4)45.49 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/41115Simon KemboiKEN45.84 (1 h4)45.40 (4 h1)45.93 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/41478Bobang PhiriRSA45.57 (2 h3)45.27 (3 h4)45.59 (7 h2)
8 h2 r3/41692Danny EverettUSA45.68 (1 h5)45.76 (4 h2)56.61 (8 h2)
AC h1 r3/4749Derek RedmondGBR45.03 (1 h1)45.02 (1 h2)– (AC h1)
5 h1 r2/4847Thomas SchönlebeGER46.26 (3 h2)45.46 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/41125David KiturKEN46.22 (3 h7)46.15 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/41056Devon MorrisJAM46.45 (3 h4)45.67 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4160Sidney de SouzaBRA45.92 (3 h8)45.55 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4937Slobodan BrankovićIOA46.34 (2 h4)45.90 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/4154Ediélson TenórioBRA46.31 (5 h3)46.34 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4407Gaietà CornetESP46.13 (4 h8)46.27 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4824Rico LiederGER45.86 (3 h3)45.86 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/41017Andrea NutiITA46.12 (3 h5)45.96 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/41644Alvin DanielTTO46.09 (2 h2)46.44 (7 h2)
7 h4 r2/41660Francis OgolaUGA45.87 (4 h3)46.21 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/447Mark GarnerAUS46.26 (4 h7)46.85 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4926Tamás MolnárHUN46.21 (3 h6)46.80 (8 h2)
8 h4 r2/41038Dennis BlakeJAM45.92 (4 h1)46.49 (8 h4)
AC h3 r2/4866Solomon AmegatcherGHA45.42 (3 h1)– (AC h3)
AC h3 r2/41814Cephas LembaZAM45.94 (3 h9)– (AC h3)
4 h2 r1/4104Seibert StraughnBAR46.54 (4 h2)
4 h4 r1/41646Patrick DeliceTTO46.58 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/41297Innocent EgbunikeNGR46.51 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/41067Anthony WallaceJAM46.88 (4 h6)
4 h9 r1/41034Marco VaccariITA46.37 (4 h9)
5 h1 r1/41626Aktawat SakoolchanTHA46.78 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4888Delon FelixGRN47.39 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/41356Subul BaboPNG47.17 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4521Dmitry KosovEUN47.28 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4134Camera NterekeBOT47.32 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4579Apisai Driu BaibaiFIJ47.81 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4872Tim HesseGHA46.67 (5 h8)
5 h9 r1/41102Takahiro WatanabeJPN46.45 (5 h9)
6 h1 r1/4261Ali FaudetCHA47.10 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/41339Mohamed Al-MalkyOMA48.00 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/41638Kossi AkotoTOG46.97 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4256Médard MakangaCGO48.17 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/41505Joseph AdamSEY47.68 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4120Michael JosephBIZ50.90 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/41176Henry MohoanyaneLES48.39 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/4235Michael McLeanCAN47.75 (6 h8)
6 h9 r1/41518Foday SillahSLE47.00 (6 h9)
7 h1 r1/41258Jaime RodriguesMOZ48.89 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/4328Randolph FosterCRC48.80 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/4197Martial BiguetCAF47.82 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/422Kenmore HughesANT48.56 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/41786Baptiste FiriamVAN48.98 (7 h5)
7 h7 r1/494Mohamed Mehdi HasanBAN48.62 (7 h7)
7 h8 r1/41265Samba FallMTN50.91 (7 h8)
7 h9 r1/414João Francisco CapindicaANG47.44 (7 h9)
8 h2 r1/41166Vanxay SinebandithLAO51.71 (8 h2)
8 h4 r1/41220Mohamed AmirMDV50.35 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/4779Eulogio NgacheGEQ50.83 (8 h5)
8 h9 r1/41540Stephen LugorSUD48.94 (8 h9)
AC h6 r1/4679Lamin MarikongGAM– (AC h6)
AC h6 r1/4984Desai WynterISV– (AC h6)
DNS1801Michael WilliamsVIN– (DNS h7)

Round One (1 August 1992 — 10:00)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Derek RedmondGBR45.03Q
25Roberto HernándezCUB45.07Q
36Solomon AmegatcherGHA45.42Q
43Dennis BlakeJAM45.92q
57Aktawat SakoolchanTHA46.78
61Ali FaudetCHA47.10
72Jaime RodriguesMOZ48.89

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Troy DouglasBER46.02Q
22Alvin DanielTTO46.09Q
36Thomas SchönlebeGER46.26Q
48Seibert StraughnBAR46.54
51Delon FelixGRN47.391
64Mohamed Al-MalkyOMA48.00
77Randolph FosterCRC48.80
83Vanxay SinebandithLAO51.71

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Quincy WattsUSA45.38Q
25Bobang PhiriRSA45.57Q
31Rico LiederGER45.86Q
42Francis OgolaUGA45.87q
56Ediélson TenórioBRA46.31q
67Kossi AkotoTOG46.97
73Martial BiguetCAF47.82

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Simon KemboiKEN45.84Q
21Slobodan BrankovićIOA46.34Q
32Devon MorrisJAM46.45Q
48Patrick DeliceTTO46.58
57Subul BaboPNG47.17
65Médard MakangaCGO48.17
73Kenmore HughesANT48.56
86Mohamed AmirMDV50.35

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Danny EverettUSA45.68Q
24David GrindleyGBR45.79Q
38Andrea NutiITA46.12Q
46Innocent EgbunikeNGR46.51
51Dmitry KosovEUN47.28
62Joseph AdamSEY47.68
77Baptiste FiriamVAN48.98
85Eulogio NgacheGEQ50.83

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Samson KiturKEN45.41Q
25Susumu TakanoJPN45.96Q
36Tamás MolnárHUN46.21Q
42Anthony WallaceJAM46.88
54Camera NterekeBOT47.32
63Michael JosephBIZ50.90
AC1Desai WynterISVDNF
AC8Lamin MarikongGAMDQ

Heat Seven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Ian MorrisTTO45.65Q
22Lahlou Ben YounèsMAR45.73Q
37David KiturKEN46.22Q
44Mark GarnerAUS46.26q
58Apisai Driu BaibaiFIJ47.81
65Henry MohoanyaneLES48.39
76Mohamed Mehdi HasanBAN48.62
DNS1Michael WilliamsVIN

Heat Eight

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Steve LewisUSA45.14Q
26Sunday BadaNGR45.38Q
34Sidney de SouzaBRA45.92Q
45Gaietà CornetESP46.13q
57Tim HesseGHA46.67
61Michael McLeanCAN47.75
72Samba FallMTN50.91

Heat Nine

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Ibrahim IsmailQAT45.21Q
23Roger BlackGBR45.94Q
35Cephas LembaZAM45.94Q
41Marco VaccariITA46.37
57Takahiro WatanabeJPN46.45
62Foday SillahSLE47.00
78João Francisco CapindicaANG47.44
86Stephen LugorSUD48.94

Quarter-Finals (2 August 1992 — 19:15)

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

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Steve LewisUSA44.54Q
23Roberto HernándezCUB44.84Q
36Roger BlackGBR45.28Q
44Simon KemboiKEN45.40Q
52Thomas SchönlebeGER45.46
61Slobodan BrankovićIOA45.90
77Andrea NutiITA45.96
88Mark GarnerAUS46.85

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Derek RedmondGBR45.02Q
26Susumu TakanoJPN45.27Q
35Troy DouglasBER45.67Q
43Danny EverettUSA45.76Q
51David KiturKEN46.15
62Ediélson TenórioBRA46.34
77Alvin DanielTTO46.44
88Tamás MolnárHUN46.80

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Ian MorrisTTO44.78Q
28David GrindleyGBR44.91Q
33Ibrahim IsmailQAT45.18Q
44Sunday BadaNGR45.34Q
57Devon MorrisJAM45.67
62Gaietà CornetESP46.27
AC6Solomon AmegatcherGHADNF
AC1Cephas LembaZAMDNF

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Samson KiturKEN44.66Q
23Quincy WattsUSA45.06Q
34Bobang PhiriRSA45.27Q
46Lahlou Ben YounèsMAR45.38Q
58Sidney de SouzaBRA45.55
61Rico LiederGER45.86
77Francis OgolaUGA46.21
82Dennis BlakeJAM46.49

Semi-Finals (3 August 1992 — 19:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Steve LewisUSA44.50Q
24Roberto HernándezCUB44.72Q
36Ibrahim IsmailQAT45.01Q
41Susumu TakanoJPN45.09Q
52Sunday BadaNGR45.36
67Troy DouglasBER45.59
78Simon KemboiKEN45.93
AC5Derek RedmondGBRDNF

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Quincy WattsUSA43.71QOR
23Samson KiturKEN44.18Q
34Ian MorrisTTO44.21Q
45David GrindleyGBR44.47Q
57Roger BlackGBR44.72
61Lahlou Ben YounèsMAR45.49
72Bobang PhiriRSA45.59
88Danny EverettUSA56.61

Final (5 August 1992 — 20:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Quincy WattsUSA43.50OR
27Steve LewisUSA44.21
35Samson KiturKEN44.24
46Ian MorrisTTO44.25
52Roberto HernándezCUB44.52
63David GrindleyGBR44.75
71Ibrahim IsmailQAT45.10
88Susumu TakanoJPN45.18