Athletics at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XVII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates August 31 (heats and quarterfinals)
September 2 (semifinals and final)
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1956 1964»
Athletics at the
1960 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The men's 800 metres middle distance event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place between August 31 and September 2.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The fastest three runners in each of the nine heats advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Donal Smith New Zealand 1:51.86
2 Valery Bulyshev Soviet Union 1:51.83
3 Zbigniew Makomaski Poland 1:52.70
4 Brian Hewson Great Britain 1:54.73
5 Yair Pantilat Israel 1:54.86
6 George Johnson Liberia 1:56.04

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Tom Farrell Great Britain 1:49.05
2 Jerry Siebert United States 1:49.08
3 Jos Lambrechts Belgium 1:49.24
4 Pierre-Yvon Lenoir France 1:49.41
5 Jaromír Šlégr Czechoslovakia 1:50.23
6 Moussa Said Ethiopia 1:50.49

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Peter Snell New Zealand 1:48.22
2 Christian Wägli Switzerland 1:48.88
3 Ernie Cunliffe United States 1:48.95
4 István Rózsavölgyi Hungary 1:49.51

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Tony Blue Australia 1:50.82
2 Ergas Leps Canada 1:50.93
3 Manfred Matuschewski Germany 1:51.17
4 Vasily Savinkov Soviet Union 1:51.49
5 Konstantinos Moragiemos Greece 1:54.60
6 Ahmed Lazreg Morocco 1:55.91

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Abram Krivosheyev Soviet Union 1:53.49
2 Jörg Balke Germany 1:53.72
3 John Wenk Great Britain 1:54.27
4 Norbert Haupert Luxembourg 1:54.83
5 Frederick Owusu Ghana 1:55.41
6 Egon Oehri Liechtenstein 2:00.49

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Roger Moens Belgium 1:50.73
2 Per Knuts Sweden 1:51.36
3 Lajos Kovács Hungary 1:51.45
4 Stefan Lewandowski Poland 1:51.75
5 Svavar Markússon Iceland 1:52.88
6 Abdeslem Dargouth Tunisia 1:54.87

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Kerr British West Indies 1:51.11
2 Terry Sullivan Rhodesia 1:51.26
3 Péter Parsch Hungary 1:51.34
4 Borut Ingolič Yugoslavia 1:51.51
5 Pertti Ålander Finland 1:52.20
6 Zbigniew Orywał Poland 1:55.89

Heat eight

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Paul Schmidt Germany 1:50.97
2 Rudolf Klaban Austria 1:50.96
3 Ronnie Delany Ireland 1:51.19
4 Joe Mullins Canada 1:51.46
5 Gianfranco Baraldi Italy 1:52.15
6 Julio Gómez Spain 1:53.90
7 Somsakdi Tongaram Thailand 1:57.24

Heat nine

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Tom Murphy United States 1:52.30
2 Ralph Gomes British Guiana 1:53.06
3 Ekrem Koçak Turkey 1:59.12
4 Sig Ohlemann Canada 2:07.40

Quarterfinals[edit]

The fastest three runners in each of the four heats advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Tom Murphy United States 1:48.12
2 Christian Wägli Switzerland 1:48.15
3 Manfred Matuschewski Germany 1:48.24
4 Donal Smith New Zealand 1:48.52
5 Terry Sullivan Rhodesia 1:50.01

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Paul Schmidt Germany 1:51.38
2 Abram Krivosheyev Soviet Union 1:51.40
3 Jerry Siebert United States 1:51.53
4 Zbigniew Makomaski Poland 1:51.72
5 Ralph Gomes British Guiana 1:52.47
6 Lajos Kovács Hungary 1:52.55
7 Per Knuts Sweden 1:52.91

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Kerr British West Indies 1:49.58
2 Ernie Cunliffe United States 1:49.83
3 Tony Blue Australia 1:50.05
4 John Wenk Great Britain 1:50.13
5 Valery Bulyshev Soviet Union 1:50.74
6 Ronnie Delany Ireland 151.42

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Roger Moens Belgium 1:48.69
2 Peter Snell New Zealand 1:48.84
3 Jörg Balke Germany 1:48.98
4 Rudolf Klaban Austria 1:50.32
5 Tom Farrell Great Britain 1:50.84
6 Ergas Leps Canada 1:52.13
7 Ekrem Koçak Turkey 1:52.66

Semifinals[edit]

The fastest three runners in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 George Kerr British West Indies 1:47.26 OR
2 Christian Wägli Switzerland 1:47.40
3 Manfred Matuschewski Germany 1:47.54
4 Jörg Balke Germany 1:47.63
5 Tony Blue Australia 1:47.97
6 Tom Murphy United States 1:48.29

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Peter Snell New Zealand 1:47.34
2 Roger Moens Belgium 1:47.49
3 Paul Schmidt Germany 1:47.95
4 Jerry Siebert United States 1:48.20
5 Abram Krivosheyev Soviet Union 1:48.25
6 Ernie Cunliffe United States 1:50.92

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Peter Snell New Zealand 1:46.48 OR
2 Roger Moens Belgium 1:46.55
3 George Kerr British West Indies 1:47.25
4 Paul Schmidt Germany 1:47.82
5 Christian Wägli Switzerland 1:48.19
6 Manfred Matuschewski Germany 1:52.21

Key: OR = Olympic record

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