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

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Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 13–15
Competitors 30 from 24 nations
Winning time 48.1 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) David Hemery  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Gerhard Hennige  West Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Sherwood  Great Britain
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Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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The Men's 400 metres hurdles competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico took place on October 13–15 at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario.

In the final, David Hemery took the race out hard. By the final straightaway he had an ever-growing lead over the world record holder Geoff Vanderstock. Hemery continued to pour it on, taking seven tenths of a second out of the world record, a huge improvement. Vanderstock struggled between the final barrier and the finish line, his 2-metre advantage over field evaporated. Gerhard Hennige, then John Sherwood edged past him at the line.

Competition format[edit]

The men's 400m hurdles competition started with four heats, where the four fastest runners from each race qualified to one of the two semifinals groups. The top four competitors from each semifinals group advanced to the final.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Geoff Vanderstock (USA) 48.8 Echo Summit, United States September 11, 1968
Olympic record  Glenn Davis (USA) 49.3 Rome, Italy September 2, 1960

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Name Country Result Notes
1 Gerhard Hennige  West Germany 49.5 Q
2 Geoff Vanderstock  United States 50.6 Q
3 Vyacheslav Skomorokhov  Soviet Union 50.7 Q
4 Víctor Maldonado  Venezuela 51.4 Q
5 Kiyoo Yui  Japan 51.5
6 Bob McLaren  Canada 51.8
7 Miguel Olivera  Cuba 51.9
8 Mohamed Asswai Khalifa  Libya 54.3

Heat 2

Rank Name Country Result Notes
1 Juan Carlos Dyrzka  Argentina 49.8 Q
2 Roger Johnson  New Zealand 51.3 Q
3 John Cooper  Great Britain 51.4 Q
4 Mamadou Sarr  Senegal 51.5 Q
5 Wes Brooker  Canada 51.5
6 William Quaye  Ghana 51.6

Heat 3

Rank Name Country Result Notes
1 Ron Whitney  United States 49.0 Q OR
2 Rainer Schubert  West Germany 49.1 Q
3 Gary Knoke  Australia 49.8 Q
4 John Sherwood  Great Britain 50.2 Q
5 Wilhelm Weistand  Poland 50.7
6 Wilfried Geeroms  Belgium 51.2
7 Juan Santiago Gordón  Chile 52.4
8 Zambrose Abdul Rahman  Malaysia 53.2

Heat 4

Rank Name Country Result Notes
1 Roberto Frinolli  Italy 49.9 Q
2 David Hemery  Great Britain 50.3 Q
3 Robert Poirier  France 50.5 Q
4 Jaakko Tuominen  Finland 50.6 Q
5 Kimaru Songok  Kenya 50.6
6 Alejandro Sánchez  Mexico 51.6
7 Juan García  Cuba 51.8
8 Georgios Birmbilis  Greece 52.6

Semifinals[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Name Country Result Notes
1 Roberto Frinolli  Italy 49.2 Q
2 Geoff Vanderstock  United States 49.2 Q
3 John Sherwood  Great Britain 49.3 Q
4 Rainer Schubert  West Germany 49.3 Q
5 Juan Carlos Dyrzka  Argentina 49.8
6 Jaakko Tuominen  Finland 50.8
7 John Cooper  Great Britain 50.8
8 Víctor Maldonado  Venezuela 52.2

Heat 2

Rank Name Country Result Notes
1 Gerhard Hennige  West Germany 49.1 Q
2 Ron Whitney  United States 49.2 Q
3 David Hemery  Great Britain 49.3 Q
4 Vyacheslav Skomorokhov  Soviet Union 49.6 Q
5 Gary Knoke  Australia 49.6
6 Robert Poirier  France 51.2
7 Roger Johnson  New Zealand 51.8
8 Mamadou Sarr  Senegal 52.1

Final[edit]

Rank Name Country Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) David Hemery  Great Britain 48.1 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Gerhard Hennige  West Germany 49.0
3rd, bronze medalist(s) John Sherwood  Great Britain 49.0
4 Geoff Vanderstock  United States 49.0
5 Vyacheslav Skomorokhov  Soviet Union 49.1
6 Ron Whitney  United States 49.2
7 Rainer Schubert  West Germany 49.2
8 Roberto Frinolli  Italy 50.1

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