Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 14–16 October
Competitors 47 from 32 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    New Zealand
Silver medal    Canada
Bronze medal    Kenya
«1960 1968»
Athletics at the
1964 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
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
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The men's 800 metres was the middle of the seven men's track races in the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. It was held on 14 October, 15 October, and 16 October 1964. 47 athletes from 32 nations entered, with 1 not starting the first round. The first round was held on 14 October, with the semifinals on 15 October and the final on 16 October.

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

The top four runners in each of the 6 heats advanced.

First round, heat 1[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya 1:47.8
2 Thomas Francis Farrell United States 1:48.6
3 Valery Bulyshev Soviet Union 1:48.6
4 Joseph Lambrechts Belgium 1:48.9
5 Francis Chatelet France 1:48.9
6 Ebrahim Yazdanpanah Iran 1:54.7
7 Hugo Walser Liechtenstein 1:57.5
8 Nipon Pensuvabharp Thailand 1:58.8

First round, heat 2[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Dieter Bogatzki Germany 1:50.3
2 Stig Lindback Sweden 1:50.8
3 Chris Carter Great Britain 1:51.0
4 Pekka Juutilainen Finland 1:51.0
5 Neville Myton Jamaica 1:52.4
6 Michel Medinger Luxembourg 1:52.6
7 Amarsanaa Dulam Mongolia 1:56.3
8 Anar Khan Pakistan 1:56.4

First round, heat 3[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Manfred Kinder Germany 1:49.5
2 Ahmed Issa Chad 1:49.7
3 Derek George McLeane Ireland 1:49.9
4 Rein Telp Soviet Union 1:50.0
5 Peter Francis Kenya 1:50.1
6 Morgan Austin Groth United States 1:51.4
7 José Neira Colombia 1:55.6
8 R. Subramaniam Malaysia 1:58.5

First round, heat 4[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Peter Snell New Zealand 1:49.0
2 Jerome Francis Siebert United States 1:49.2
3 Jacques Pennewaert Belgium 1:49.2
4 Abram Krivosheev Soviet Union 1:49.5
5 Graham Alan Dean Great Britain 1:49.6
6 Chung Kyo Mo South Korea 1:51.8
7 Don Bertoia Canada 1:52.2
8 Sebsibe Mamo Ethiopia 1:52.8

First round, heat 5[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 John Peter Boulter Great Britain 1:48.9
2 George E. Kerr Jamaica 1:48.9
3 Anthony Blue Australia 1:49.7
4 Manfred Matuschewski Germany 1:50.0
5 Noel Carroll Ireland 1:51.1
6 Rolf Jelinek Switzerland 1:54.6
Amos Gilad Israel Did not start

First round, heat 6[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 William Crothers Canada 1:49.3
2 Maurice Lurot France 1:49.8
3 Morimoto Mamoru Japan 1:49.9
4 Rudolf Klaban Austria 1:49.9
5 Francesco Bianchi Italy 1:50.2
6 Paul Boekaens Belgium 1:50.9
7 Patrick Field Hong Kong 1:54.0
8 Mohamed Hassan Chabbanga Tanganyika 1:54.9

Semifinals[edit]

The top two runners in each of the three semifinals qualified for the final, as did the two runners with the fastest times from among the 3rd-8th spots across all of the semifinals.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Peter Snell New Zealand 1:46.9
2 Jerome Francis Siebert United States 1:47.0
3 Jacques Pennewaert Belgium 1:47.0
4 Manfred Matuschewski Germany 1:47.3
5 Valery Bulyshev Soviet Union 1:47.5
6 Morimoto Mamoru Japan 1:47.7
7 Maurice Lurot France 1:49.7
8 Stig Lindback Sweden 1:49.8

Semifinal 2[edit]

Kerr and Kiprugut both crossed the finish line in 1:46.1, breaking the old Olympic record of 1:46.3.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 George E. Kerr Jamaica 1:46.1 OR
2 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya 1:46.1 OR
3 Dieter Bogatzki Germany 1:46.9
4 John Peter Boulter Great Britain 1:47.1
5 Rudolf Klaban Austria 1:47.4
6 Abram Krivosheev Soviet Union 1:47.5
7 Derek George McCleane Ireland 1:48.4
8 Pekka Juutilainen Finland 1:50.3

Semifinal 3[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 William Crothers Canada 1:47.3
2 Thomas Francis Farrell United States 1:47.8
3 Manfred Kinder Germany 1:47.9
4 Chris Carter Great Britain 1:49.1
5 Rein Telp Soviet Union 1:49.1
6 Ahmed Issa Chad 1:49.4
7 Anthony Blue Australia 1:49.6
8 Joseph Lambrechts Belgium 1:52.8

Final[edit]

No fewer than four runners broke the Olympic record that had been set in the semifinals, including the two runners that had set it. Despite the record performances by the other three runners, defending Olympic champion and world record holder Peter Snell still won by half a second to take the gold medal and set the new Olympic record at 1:45.1.

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Peter Snell New Zealand 1:45.1 OR
2 William Crothers Canada 1:45.6
3 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya 1:45.9
4 George E. Kerr Jamaica 1:45.9
5 Thomas Francis Farrell United States 1:46.6
6 Jerome Francis Siebert United States 1:47.0
7 Dieter Bogatzki Germany 1:47.2
8 Jacques Pennewaert Belgium 1:50.5

References[edit]

  • Official Report