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
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates14–16 October
Competitors47 from 32 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Peter Snell  New Zealand
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bill Crothers  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Wilson Kiprugut  Kenya
← 1960
1968 →

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.[1]

Summary[edit]

The runners used a crouch start without blocks and a single turn stagger start (breaking after the first turn). Returning to the final from four years earlier were defending champion Peter Snell and bronze medalist George Kerr. While Snell started strongly, he found himself in third place at the break, led by aggressive front-running by Wilson Kiprugut. As others moved forward, Snell found himself boxed along the rail, so as the runners came onto the home stretch he had to slow to come out the back of the box, then as the bell approached, he glided along the outside to catch up to Kiprugut and Kerr in the lead. With free running room, Snell kept going, taking the lead on the penultimate turn. After establishing a three-metre lead, he held his position, even extending it a little to take the repeat gold. Down the backstretch, Bill Crothers made his way around Kiprugut while Kerr was trying to chase down Snell. Crothers came off the final turn with more speed, passing Kerr on the home stretch. Kerr began to struggle. Snell was too far ahead for Crothers to catch, but Kiprugut closed down on Kerr, passing him and sealing the bronze medal with a dip at the finish.

Snell became the third to defend his 800-metre title after Douglas Lowe and Mal Whitfield. The feat would not be accomplished again for 52 years until David Rudisha repeated in 2016. Kiprugut won Kenya's first ever Olympic medal, unleashing a floodgate of national dominance in distance running events, particularly the 3000 meters steeplechase in subsequent Olympics.

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 Tom Farrell  United States 1:48.6
3 Valery Bulyshev  Soviet Union 1:48.6
4 Joseph Lambrechts  Belgium 1:48.9
5 François Châtelet  France 1:48.9
6 Ibrahim Yazdan Panah  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  United Team of 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 Dulamyn Amarsanaa  Mongolia 1:56.3
8 Anar Khan  Pakistan 1:56.4

First round, heat 3[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 Manfred Kinder  United Team of Germany 1:49.5
2 Ahmed Issa  Chad 1:49.7
3 Derek McCleane  Ireland 1:49.9
4 Rein Tölp  Soviet Union 1:50.0
5 Peter Francis  Kenya 1:50.1
6 Morgan Groth  United States 1:51.4
7 José Neira  Colombia 1:55.6
8 Ramasamy 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 Alan Dean  Great Britain 1:49.6
6 Jeong Gyo-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 Boulter  Great Britain 1:48.9
2 George E. Kerr  Jamaica 1:48.9
3 Tony Blue  Australia 1:49.7
4 Manfred Matuschewski  United Team of Germany 1:50.0
5 Noel Carroll  Ireland 1:51.1
6 Rolf Jelinek  Switzerland 1:54.6
Amos Gilad  Israel Did not finish[2]

First round, heat 6[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Time
1 William Crothers  Canada 1:49.3
2 Maurice Lurot  France 1:49.8
3 Mamoru Morimoto  Japan 1:49.9
4 Rudolf Klaban  Austria 1:49.9
5 Francesco Bianchi  Italy 1:50.2
6 Paul Roekaerts  Belgium 1:50.9
7 Patrick Field  Hong Kong 1:54.0
8 Hassan Dyamwale  Tanzania 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  United Team of 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  United Team of 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 Tom Farrell  United States 1:47.8
3 Manfred Kinder  United Team of Germany 1:47.9
4 Chris Carter  Great Britain 1:49.1
5 Rein Tölp  Soviet Union 1:49.1
6 Ahmed Issa  Chad 1:49.4
7 Tony 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 Tom Farrell  United States 1:46.6
6 Jerome Francis Siebert  United States 1:47.0
7 Dieter Bogatzki  United Team of Germany 1:47.2
8 Jacques Pennewaert  Belgium 1:50.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Men's 800 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
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