Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

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Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    United States
«1964 1972»
Athletics at the
1968 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 200 meters event at the 1968 Summer Olympics was held in Mexico City, Mexico. The final was won by Tommie Smith in a time of 19.83, a new world record. However the race is perhaps best known for what happened during the medal ceremony – the Black Power salute of Smith and bronze medallist John Carlos. The background and repercussions of the salute carried forward into subsequent Olympics and is perhaps the single most memorable event from these Olympics.

The event started on 15 October and finished on 16 October.

Results[edit]

WR Denotes athlete set World and Olympic Record
OR Denotes athlete set Olympic Record
Q Denotes athletes that advanced to following round
DNF Denotes teams that did not finish

Heats[edit]

Heat one
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 John Carlos United States 20:54 Q
2 Andrés Calonge Argentina 20:81 Q
3 Mani Jegathesan Malaysia 20:92 Q
4 Livio Berruti Italy 21:06 Q
5 Valentin Maslakov Soviet Union 21:07 Q
6 Norman Chihota Tanzania 21:28
7 Canagasabai Kunalan Singapore 21:39
8 Hadley Hinds Barbados 22:35
Heat two
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Tommie Smith United States 20:37 OR
2 Charles Asati Kenya 20:66 Q
3 Jochen Eigenherr West Germany 20:69 Q
4 Edwin Roberts Trinidad and Tobago 20:69 Q
5 David Ejoke Nigeria 21:09 Q
6 Edwin Johnson Bahamas 21:22 Q
7 Kun Min-Mu Republic of China 22:44
Heat three
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Larry Questad United States 20:75 Q
2 Julius Sang Kenya 20:90 Q
3 Edward Romanowski Poland 20:95 Q
4 Miguel Angel González Mexico 21:31 Q
5 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa Madagascar 21:53
6 Norris Stubbs Bahamas 21:64
7 Morgan Gesmalla Sudan 22:70
Heat four
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Mike Fray Jamaica 20:62 Q
2 Winston Short Trinidad and Tobago 21:00 Q
3 Hansruedi Wiedmer Switzerland 21:06 Q
4 Bernard Nottage Bahamas 21:31 Q
5 Philippe Housiaux Belgium 21:41
6 Porfirio Veras Dominican Republic 21:53
7 Juan Argüello Nicaragua 22:80
Heat five
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Iván Moreno Chile 20:93 Q
2 Jacques Carette France 20:97 Q
3 James Addy Ghana 21:00 Q
4 Fernando Acevedo Peru 21:02 Q
5 Harry Jerome Canada 21:22 Q
6 William Dralu Uganda 21:38
7 Colin Thurton British Honduras 22:14
Heat six
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Peter Norman Australia 20:17[1] OR[2]
2 Roger Bambuck France 20:61 Q
3 Dick Steane Great Britain 20:66 Q
4 Rajalingam Gunaratnam Malaysia 21:58 Q
5 Alberto Torres Dominican Republic 21:99
6 José Astacio El Salvador 23:13
Juan Franceschi Puerto Rico DNF
Heat seven
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Greg Lewis Australia 20:71 Q
2 Ralph Banthorpe Great Britain 20:73 Q
3 Nikolay Ivanov Soviet Union 20:78 Q
4 Pedro Grajales Colombia 21:07 Q
5 Gert Metz West Germany 21:24
6 Carl Plaskett Virgin Islands 21:29
7 Cristóbal Corrales Honduras 23:93

Quarterfinals[edit]

Heat one
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 John Carlos United States 20:69 Q
2 Greg Lewis Australia 20:81 Q
3 Dick Steane Great Britain 20:81 Q
4 Mani Jegathesan Malaysia 21:01 Q
5 Julius Sang Kenya 21:04
6 Jacques Carette France 21:15
7 Edwin Johnson Bahamas 21:41
8 Harry Jerome Canada 21:43
Heat two
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Peter Norman Australia 20:44 Q
2 Jochen Eigenherr West Germany 20:53 Q
3 Fernando Acevedo Peru 20:78 Q
4 Iván Moreno Chile 20:83 Q
5 Charles Asati Kenya 20:84
6 Livio Berruti Italy 21:01
7 Winston Short Trinidad and Tobago 21:51
8 Rajalingam Gunaratnam Malaysia 21:52
Heat three
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Tommie Smith United States 20:28 OR
2 Edwin Roberts Trinidad and Tobago 20:50 Q
3 Edward Romanowski Poland 20:85 Q
4 Nikolay Ivanov Soviet Union 20:90 Q
5 David Ejoke Nigeria 20:99
6 Andrés Calonge Argentina 21:03
7 Hansruedi Wiedmer Switzerland 21:42
8 Miguel Angel González Mexico 21:57
Heat four
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Mike Fray Jamaica 20:39 Q
2 Larry Questad United States 20:54 Q
3 Roger Bambuck France 20:63 Q
4 Ralph Banthorpe Great Britain 20:83 Q
5 James Addy Ghana 20:90
6 Valentin Maslakov Soviet Union 20:96
7 Pedro Grajales Colombia 21:05
8 Bernard Nottage Bahamas 21:53

Semifinals[edit]

Heat one
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 John Carlos United States 20:12 OR
2 Peter Norman Australia 20:22 Q
3 Mike Fray Jamaica 20:46 Q
4 Roger Bambuck France 20:47 Q
5 Iván Moreno Chile 20:84
6 Dick Steane Great Britain 20:85
7 Nikolay Ivanov Soviet Union 20:89
8 Fernando Acevedo Peru 20:91
Heat two
Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Tommie Smith United States 20:14 OR
2 Edwin Roberts Trinidad and Tobago 20:44 Q
3 Larry Questad United States 20:48 Q
4 Jochen Eigenherr West Germany 20:49 Q
5 Greg Lewis Australia 20:53
6 Edward Romanowski Poland 20:80
7 Ralph Banthorpe Great Britain 20:88
8 Mani Jegathesan Malaysia 21:05

Final[edit]

Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Tommie Smith United States 19:83 WR
2 Peter Norman Australia 20:06 NR
3 John Carlos United States 20:10
4 Edwin Roberts Trinidad and Tobago 20:34
5 Roger Bambuck France 20:51
6 Larry Questad United States 20:62
7 Mike Fray Jamaica 20:63
8 Jochen Eigenherr West Germany 20:66

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1968 Olympic 200m Heat 6". Retrieved 10/7/2012. 
  2. ^ Frost, Caroline (17 October 2008). "The other man on the podium". BBC News. Retrieved 10/7/2012.