Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium, Munich, West Germany
Date 3 September 1972 & 7 September 1972
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Kenya
«1968 1976»
Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 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 women
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 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The competition was held on 3 & 7 of September. On the victory podium Collett and Matthews staged a protest in which they stood with their sweatsuits open, and during the national anthem, looked around, did not stand at attention or look at the United States flag, they also talked openly with each other. The IOC banned them from further competition, this prevented the United States from having a 4 x 400 relay team.
Julius Sang became the first black African to win a sprint Olympic medal.

Heats[edit]

The top four runners in each of the nine heats (blue) and the next four fastest (green), advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Andrzej Badeński Poland 46.21
2 Charles Joseph Trinidad and Tobago 46.38
3 Mulugetta Tadesse Ethiopia 46.38
4 Wickremasinghe Wimaladasa Ceylon 46.62
5 Bjarni Sefánsson Iceland 46.76
6 Jozo Alebić Yugoslavia 47.01
7 Silver Ayoo Uganda 47.04
8 Nusrat Iqbal Sahi Pakistan 49.57

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 David Jenkins Great Britain 46.15
2 Anders Faager Sweden 46.29
3 Munyoro Nyamau Kenya 46.33
4 Omar Ghizlat Morocco 46.37
5 Bruce Ijirighwo Nigeria 46.59
6 Samuela Yavala Fiji 47.76
7 Théophile Nkounkou Congo 47.86
8 Francisco Menocal Nicaragua 50.96

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Georg Nückles West Germany 46.64
2 Yoshiharu Tomonaga Japan 47.01
3 Francis Kerbiriou France 47.01
4 Sam Bugri Ghana 47.83
5 Thomas N’Ma Liberia 49.73
6 Jean-Max Faustin Haiti 52.33
- Marcello Fiasconaro Italy DNS
- Michael Frederiksson Sweden DNS

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Alberto Juantorena Cuba 45.94
2 Wayne Collett United States 46.00
3 Claver Kamanya Tanzania 46.18
4 Gilles Bertould France 46.36
5 Eric Phillips Venezuela 46.74
6 Pedro Ferrer Puerto Rico 47.90
7 Nicodemus Maipampe Zambia 48.84

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia 45.88
2 Vince Matthews United States 45.94
3 Angelo Hussein Sudan 47.01
4 Robert Ojo Nigeria 47.03
5 Fanahan McSweeney Ireland 47.07
6 Fernando Silva Portugal 47.67
7 Kassem Hamzé Lebanon 49.20

Heat six

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Charles Asati Kenya 45.16
2 Leighton Priestley Jamaica 45.75
3 Fernando Acevedo Peru 45.80
4 Jan Werner Poland 45.93
5 Gary Armstrong Great Britain 46.48
6 Francisco Rojas Paraguay 47.46
7 Brian McLaren Canada 47.65
- Caspar Springer Barbados DNF

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Julius Sang Kenya 45.24
2 Martin Reynolds Great Britain 46.46
3 Roger Vélasquez France 46.70
4 Karl Honz West Germany 46.77
5 Franklin Rahming Bahamas 48.30
6 Ibrahima Idrissou Dahomey 48.50
7 William Msiska Malawi 48.81

Heat eight

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske West Germany 45.27
2 John Smith United States 46.00
3 Kyriakos Onisiforou Greece 46.94
4 Reza Entezari Iran 47.89
5 Mohamed Mubarak Kuwait 49.61
6 Mohamed Jaman Al-Dosari Saudi Arabia 49.67
- Lucijano Sušanj Yugoslavia DNS

Heat nine

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Markku Kukkoaho Finland 46.05
2 Zbigniew Jaremski Poland 46.20
3 Arthur Cooper Trinidad and Tobago 47.15
4 Amadou Gakou Senegal 47.68
5 Tambusamy Krishnan Malaysia 48.31
6 Frédérique Andrianaivo Madagascar 48.72
7 Savin Chem Khmer Republic 48.82
- Jimmy Sierra Colombia DNS

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top three runners in each of the five heats and the next fastest, advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Wayne Collett United States 45.80
2 Alberto Juantorena Cuba 45.96
3 Jan Werner Poland 46.02
4 Martin Reynolds Great Britain 46.11
5 Charles Joseph Trinidad and Tobago 46.14
6 Robert Ojo Nigeria 46.73
7 Omar Ghizlat Morocco 46.84
8 Sam Bugri Ghana 47.34

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Horst-Rüdiger Schlöke West Germany 45.41
2 Vince Matthews United States 45.62
3 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia 45.97
4 Gilles Bertould France 46.14
5 Wickremasinghe Wimaladasa Ceylon 46.50
6 Leighton Priestley Jamaica 47.76
7 Arthur Cooper Trinidad and Tobago 48.29
8 Reza Entezari Iran 48.69

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 David Jenkins Great Britain 45.99
2 John Smith United States 46.04
3 Markku Kukkoaho Finland 46.11
4 Munyoro Nyamau Kenya 46.80
5 Bruce Ijirighwo Nigeria 46.81
6 Roger Vélasquez France 46.91
7 Amadou Gakou Senegal 46.96
8 Angelo Hussein Sudan 47.33

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Karl Honz West Germany 45.87
2 Julius Sang Kenya 45.92
3 Zbigniew Jaremski Poland 46.52
4 Anders Faager Sweden 46.54
5 Francis Kerbiriou France 46.63
6 Yoshiharu Tomonaga Japan 46.92
7 Gary Armstrong Great Britain 47.10
8 Kyriakos Onisiforou Greece 47.22

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Charles Asati Kenya 46.04
2 Andrzej Badeński Poland 46.19
3 Georg Nückles West Germany 46.30
4 Claver Kamanya Tanzania 46.55
5 Mulugetta Tadesse Ethiopia 46.85
6 Bjarni Stefánsson Iceland 46.92
7 Eric Phillips Venezuela 46.97
- Fernando Acevedo Peru DNS

Semifinals[edit]

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

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Vince Matthews United States 44.94
2 Karl Honz West Germany 45.32
3 John Smith United States 45.46
4 Charles Asati Kenya 45.47
5 David Jenkins Great Britain 45.91
6 Tegegne Bezabeh Ethiopia 45.98
7 Georg Nückles West Germany 46.28
8 Andrzej Badeński Poland 46.38

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Julius Sang Kenya 45.30
2 Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske West Germany 45.62
3 Wayne Collett United States 45.77
4 Markku Kukkoaho Finland 46.02
5 Alberto Juantorena Cuba 46.07
6 Jan Werner Poland 46.26
7 Martin Reynolds Great Britain 46.71
- Zbigniew Jaremski Poland DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Vince Matthews United States 44.66
2 Wayne Collett United States 44.80
3 Julius Sang Kenya 44.92
4 Charles Asati Kenya 45.13
5 Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske West Germany 45.31
6 Markku Kukkoaho Finland 45.49
7 Karl Honz West Germany 45.68
- John Smith United States DNF

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