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
1st, gold medalist(s) Ralph Doubell  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Wilson Kiprugut  Kenya
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tom Farrell  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.

Heat 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
1st, gold medalist(s) Ralph Doubell  Australia 1:44.3 NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Wilson Kiprugut  Kenya 1:44.5
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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

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