Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 13–15
Competitors 43 from 33 nations
Winning time 1:44.3
Medalists
Gold medal    Australia
Silver medal    Kenya
Bronze medal    United States
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Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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The Men's 800 metres competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. The event were held at the University Olympic Stadium on October 13–15.

Competition format[edit]

The competition had seven heats in the first round, two semi-finals and a final. The top two in the first round heats progressed, as did the four fastest non-qualifiers. The top four finishers in the semi-final race reached the finals.

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Peter Snell (NZL) 1:44.3 Christchurch, New Zealand February 2, 1962
Olympic record  Peter Snell (NZL) 1:45.1 Tokyo, Japan October 16, 1964

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 4 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Thomas Saisi Kenya 1:47.0 Q
2 Jean-Pierre Dufresne France 1:47.6 Q
3 Matias Habtemichael Ethiopia 1:49.6
4 Papa M'Baye N'Diaye Senegal 1:51.3
5 Wade Bell United States 1:51.5
6 Róbert Honti Hungary 1:53.8

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Dieter Fromm East Germany 1:46.9 Q
2 Franz-Josef Kemper West Germany 1:47.0 Q
3 Ron Kutschinski United States 1:47.6 q
4 Ramasamy Subramaniam Malaysia 1:50.8
5 Gilbert Van Manshoven Belgium 1:52.3
N/A Guillermo Cuello Argentina DNF

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Walter Adams West Germany 1:48.4 Q
2 Jozef Plachý Czechoslovakia 1:48.6 Q
3 Noel Carroll Ireland 1:49.0
4 Ahmed Issa Chad 1:49.0
5 Roberto Silva Mexico 1:50.4
6 Gerd Larsen Denmark 1:51.9
N/A Neville Myton Jamaica DNF

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Doubell Australia 1:47.2 Q
2 Henryk Szordykowski Poland 1:47.4 Q
3 Robert Ouko Kenya 1:47.6 q
4 John Ametepey Ghana 1:50.7
5 Gilles Sibon France 1:50.8
6 Chris Carter Great Britain 1:52.9
7 José L'Oficial Dominican Republic 1:55.6
8 Alfredo Cubías El Salvador 2:08.7

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya 1:46.1 Q
2 Tom Farrell United States 1:47.9 Q
3 Tomáš Jungwirth Czechoslovakia 1:48.7
4 Anders Gärderud Sweden 1:48.9
5 Jun Nagai Japan 1:51.2
6 Angelo Hussein Sudan 1:53.4
7 Jacques Pennewaert Belgium 1:53.8
8 Francisco Menocal Nicaragua 1:58.9

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Dave Cropper Great Britain 1:47.9 Q
2 Ben Cayenne Trinidad and Tobago 1:48.2 Q
3 Yevhen Arzhanov Soviet Union 1:48.4 q
4 Byron Dyce Jamaica 1:48.5 q
5 Mamo Sebsibe Ethiopia 1:49.7
6 Gianni Del Buono Italy 1:50.2
7 Xaver Frick, Jr. Liechtenstein 1:52.6
8 Carlos Báez Puerto Rico 1:52.6

Semifinals[edit]

Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) qualified.

Group 1

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Walter Adams West Germany 1:46.4 Q
2 Dieter Fromm East Germany 1:46.5 Q
3 Thomas Saisi Kenya 1:46.6 Q
4 Ben Cayenne Trinidad and Tobago 1:46.8 Q
5 Ron Kutschinski United States 1:47.3
6 Jean-Pierre Dufresne France 1:51.8

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Doubell Australia 1:45.7 Q
2 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya 1:45.8 Q
3 Jozef Plachý Czechoslovakia 1:45.9 Q
4 Tom Farrell United States 1:46.1 Q
5 Robert Ouko Kenya 1:47.1
6 Byron Dyce Jamaica 1:47.2
7 Franz-Josef Kemper West Germany 1:47.3
8 Dave Cropper Great Britain 1:47.6

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Ralph Doubell Australia 1:44.3 NR
2 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya 1:44.5
3 Tom Farrell United States 1:45.4
4 Walter Adams West Germany 1:45.8
5 Jozef Plachý Czechoslovakia 1:45.9
6 Dieter Fromm East Germany 1:46.2
7 Thomas Saisi Kenya 1:47.5
8 Ben Cayenne Trinidad and Tobago 1:54.3

References[edit]