Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue University Olympic Stadium, Mexico City
Date 16 October 1968 & 18 November 1968
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
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

These are the official results of the Men's 400 metres event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The competition was held on 16 & 18 of October. Times are listed as both hand timing and automatic timing. Hand timing was the official time used in the 1968 Olympics.

Heats[edit]

The top four runners in each of the eight heats, advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Lee Evans United States 45.3 45.40
2 Claver Kamanya Tanzania 45.7 45.74
3 Christian Nicolau France 45.7 45.77
4 Sam Bugri Ghana 45.8 45.88
5 Manfred Kinder West Germany 46.9 46.95
6 Ezra Burnham Barbados 47.9 47.94

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Andrzej Badeński Poland 45.5 45.52
2 Clifton Forbes Jamaica 45.7 45.75
3 Larry James United States 45.8 45.83
4 Daniel Rudisha Kenya 46.9 46.96
5 Angelo Hussein Sudan 47.7 47.80
6 Victor Asirvatham Malaysia 48.0 48.02

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Amadou Gakou Senegal 45.3 45.39
2 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia 45.5 45.60
3 Ron Freeman United States 45.6 45.67
4 Rodobaldo Díaz Cuba 46.4 46.48
5 Ramon Magariños Spain 46.9 46.92
6 Anthony Egwunyenga Nigeria 47.3 47.37
7 Francisco Menocal Nicaragua 49.1 49.14

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Martin Jellinghaus West Germany 46.4 46.50
2 Pedro Grajales Colombia 46.7 46.73
3 Michael Zerbes East Germany 46.8 46.84
4 Ross MacKenzie Canada 47.0 47.05
5 Howard Davies Great Britain 47.2 47.30
6 Jacques Pennewaert Belgium 48.5 48.55
7 José Astacio El Salvador 52.9 52.92

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Amos Omolo Uganda 45.8 45.85
2 Munyoro Nyamau Kenya 45.9 45.91
3 Jean-Claude Nallet France 45.9 45.93
4 Helmar Müller West Germany 45.9 45.98
5 José Jacinto Hidalgo Venezuela 46.3 46.32
6 Carlos Martínez Cuba 47.2 47.28
7 Tony Harper Bermuda 49.1 49.18

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Jan Werner Poland 45.9 45.97
2 Martin Winbolt-Lewis Great Britain 46.2 46.27
3 Mamman Makama Nigeria 46.4 46.49
4 Sergio Bello Italy 46.5 46.54
5 Eddy Téllez Cuba 46.7 46.80
6 Noel Carroll Ireland 46.8 46.83
7 José L’Oficial Dominican Republic 47.9 47.93

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Naftali Bon Kenya 46.2 46.21
2 Jan Balachowski Poland 46.2 46.23
3 Musa Dogon Yaro Nigeria 46.2 46.24
4 Gilles Bertould France 46.3 46.31
5 Don Domansky Canada 46.4 46.46
6 Melesio Piña Mexico 46.8 46.81
7 Leslie Miller Bahamas 46.9 46.99
8 Yoyaga Dit Coulibaly Ivory Coast 50.0 50.11

Heat eight

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Wolfgang Müller East Germany 46.6 46.66
2 Colin Campbell Great Britain 46.6 46.66
3 Sergio Ottolina Italy 46.7 46.78
4 Juan Carlos Dyrzka Argentina 47.0 47.02
5 George Simon Trinidad and Tobago 47.9 47.95
6 Omar Ghizlat Morocco 48.2 48.23
7 Kun Min-Mu Chinese Taipei 49.0 49.07

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top four runners in each of the four heats, advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Amadou Gakou Senegal 45.5 45.56
2 Larry James United States 45.7 45.77
3 Claver Kamanya Tanzania 46.0 46.03
4 Ross MacKenzie Canada 46.1 46.15
5 Musa Dogon Yaro Nigeria 46.1 46.19
6 Colin Campbell Great Britain 46.3 46.35
7 Naftali Bon Kenya 46.3 46.39
8 Sergio Bello Italy 46.8 46.84

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Amos Omolo Uganda 45.3 45.33
2 Lee Evans United States 45.5 45.54
3 Munyoro Nyamau Kenya 46.1 46.12
4 Wolfgang Müller East Germany 46.2 46.32
5 Jan Balachowski Poland 46.3 46.33
6 Rodobaldo Díaz Cuba 46.3 46.38
7 Juan Carlos Dyrzka Argentina 46.8 46.85
- Christian Nicolau France DNS

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Jan Werner Poland 45.6 45.63
2 Martin Jellinghaus West Germany 45.9 46.00
3 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia 46.0 46.02
4 Sam Bugri Ghana 46.0 46.08
5 Clifton Forbes Jamaica 46.2 46.29
6 Daniel Rudisha Kenya 47.6 47.68
7 Gilles Bertould France 48.9 48.91
- Sergio Ottolina Italy DNS

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Ron Freeman United States 45.3 45.31
2 Andrzej Badeński Poland 45.6 45.60
3 Helmar Müller West Germany 45.7 45.78
4 Jean-Claude Nallet France 45.7 45.80
5 Martin Winbolt-Lewis Great Britain 45.9 45.91
6 Michael Zerbes East Germany 46.1 46.19
7 Mamman Makama Nigeria 46.4 46.41
8 Pedro Grajales Colombia 46.5 46.53

Semifinals[edit]

Top four in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto)
1 Amadou Gakou Senegal 45.1 45.17
2 Ron Freeman United States 45.4 45.47
3 Andrzej Badeński Poland 45.4 45.50
4 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia 45.5 45.60
5 Sam Burgi Ghana 45.9 45.92
6 Helmar Müller West Germany 46.2 46.22
7 Claver Kamanya Tanzania 46.2 46.22
8 Wolfgang Müller East Germany 48.3 48.37

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto) Notes
1 Lee Evans United States 44.8 44.83 OR
2 Larry James United States 44.9 44.88
3 Martin Jellinghaus West Germany 44.9 45.06
4 Amos Omolo Uganda 45.4 45.52
5 Jan Werner Poland 45.7 45.75
6 Munyoro Nyamau Kenya 46.3 46.37
7 Jean-Claude Nallet France 49.0 49.01
8 Ross MacKenzie Canada 49.2 49.28

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time (hand) Time (auto) Notes
1 Lee Evans United States 43.8 43.86 WR
2 Larry James United States 43.9 43.97
3 Ron Freeman United States 44.4 44.41
4 Amadou Gakou Senegal 45.0 45.01
5 Martin Jellinghaus West Germany 45.3 45.33
6 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia 45.4 45.42
7 Andrzej Badeński Poland 45.4 45.42
8 Amos Omolo Uganda 47.6 47.61

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