Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

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Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Mike Boit, Dave Wottle, Yevhen Arzhanov 1972.jpg
Left-right: Mike Boit, Dave Wottle, Yevhen Arzhanov
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates September 2
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Dave Wottle  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yevgeniy Arzhanov  Soviet Union
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mike Boit  Kenya
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The men's 800 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany took place on September 2, 1972.[1]

Summary[edit]

The race went out very quickly for the first 200 m, with the two Kenyans, Boit and Ouko, pushing the pace. Wottle lagged far behind the rest of the field for the first 300 m, only catching up to the pack around the end of the first lap; the leaders went through the first 400 m in 52.3 seconds. Yevgeniy Arzhanov, the pre-race favorite, made a strong move on the final backstretch, and with only 18 m remaining seemed to have clinched the victory; Wottle's final burst of speed, however, brought him across the line nine inches (23 cm) ahead of Arzhanov, who stumbled and fell in desperation in the final step of the race.

Much has been written about Wottle's technique in winning this race with virtually even 26 second splits. What looked like blazing speed at the end was relative to the other runners who were losing speed after running the first part of the race so fast.[2][3]

Wottle had equaled the world record winning the US trials. Still, few had expected Wottle, who had suffered tendinitis in his knees earlier that summer, to defeat Arzhanov, as the Soviet had not lost an 800 m final in four years, and the American win over their Cold War rivals added extra drama to an already exciting race; Wottle himself was so surprised at winning the race that he forgot to remove his golf cap when the U.S. national anthem was played at the medal ceremony. When reporters later asked him if his failure to remove the cap, a good luck charm which he always wore while racing, was a protest against the Vietnam War, Wottle replied that he had merely forgotten and formally apologized to the American people.[4]

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification rule: First 3 of each heat advance directly (Q) to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Alain Sans  France 1:49.2 Q
2 1 Mansour Guettaya  Tunisia 1:49.4 Q
3 1 Azzedine Azzouzi  Algeria 1:49.4 Q
4 1 Rick Wohlhuter  United States 1:49.4
5 1 Reza Entezari  Iran 1:50.5
6 1 Édouard Rasoanaivo  Madagascar 1:50.8
7 1 Alphonse Mandonda  Congo 1:51.2
1 Mohamed Aboker  Somalia DQ
1 2 Robert Ouko  Kenya 1:47.4 Q
2 2 Jože Međimurec  Yugoslavia 1:48.1 Q
3 2 Yevhen Volkov  Soviet Union 1:48.6 Q
4 2 Fernando Mamede  Portugal 1:48.6
5 2 Mohamed Sid Ali Djouadi  Algeria 1:50.4
6 2 Colin Campbell  Great Britain 1:54.8
7 2 Francisco Menocal  Nicaragua 1:58.6
8 2 Thomas Howe  Liberia 2:00.7
1 3 Franz-Josef Kemper  West Germany 1:47.3 Q
2 3 Dave Cropper  Great Britain 1:47.5 Q
3 3 Rolf Gysin  Switzerland 1:47.5 Q
4 3 Roqui Sanchez  France 1:47.9
5 3 Thomas Saisi  Kenya 1:48.5
6 3 András Zsinka  Hungary 1:49.0
7 3 Daniel Andrade  Senegal 1:53.9
3 Saad Maaz Abdulrazak  Saudi Arabia DNS
1 4 Mulugetta Tadesse  Ethiopia 1:47.1 Q
2 4 Dave Wottle  United States 1:47.6 Q
3 4 Josef Schmid  West Germany 1:47.8 Q
4 4 Graeme Rootham  Australia 1:48.2
5 4 Lennox Stewart  Trinidad and Tobago 1:48.7
6 4 Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson  Iceland 1:50.8
7 4 Roger Kangni  Togo 1:52.1
4 M'Hamad Amakdouf  Morocco DNS
1 5 Yevgeniy Arzhanov  Soviet Union 1:48.3 Q
2 5 Andrzej Kupczyk  Poland 1:48.5 Q
3 5 Nimir Hussein Angelo Koko  Sudan 1:48.9 Q
4 5 Gheorghe Ghipu  Romania 1:50.1
5 5 Carlos Dalurzo  Argentina 1:50.6
6 5 Héctor López  Venezuela 1:50.8
5 Walter Adams  West Germany DNF
5 Antonio Fernández  Spain DQ
1 6 Dieter Fromm  East Germany 1:46.9 Q
2 6 Jozef Plachý  Czechoslovakia 1:47.1 Q
3 6 Manuel Gayoso  Spain 1:47.5 Q
4 6 Sriram Singh  India 1:47.7
5 6 Francis Gonzalez  France 1:48.8
6 6 Mehmet Tümkan  Turkey 1:49.5
7 6 Hamze Kassem  Lebanon 1:52.5
8 6 Harry Nkopeka  Malawi 1:57.7
1 7 Mike Boit  Kenya 1:47.3 Q
2 7 Herman Mignon  Belgium 1:47.5 Q
3 7 Andy Carter  Great Britain 1:47.6 Q
4 7 Byron Dyce  Jamaica 1:48.0
5 7 Benson Mulomba  Zambia 1:53.4
6 7 Jimmy Crampton  Burma 1:54.2
7 7 Fritz Pierre  Haiti 2:01.5
7 Franco Arese  Italy DNS
1 8 Ivan Ivanov  Soviet Union 1:51.0 Q
2 8 Ken Swenson  United States 1:51.1 Q
3 8 Francis Murphy  Ireland 1:51.1 Q
4 8 Sjef Hensgens  Netherlands 1:51.2
5 8 Donaldo Arza  Panama 1:51.2
6 8 Jaiye Abidoye  Nigeria 1:52.0
7 8 Muhammad Siddique  Pakistan 1:52.6
8 8 Shibrou Regassa  Ethiopia 1:53.3

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification rule: First 2 of each semifinal (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Robert Ouko  Kenya 1:47.6 Q
2 1 Dieter Fromm  East Germany 1:48.1 Q
3 1 Dave Cropper  Great Britain 1:48.4
4 1 Josef Schmid  West Germany 1:48.8
5 1 Francis Murphy  Ireland 1:49.2
6 1 Azzedine Azzouzi  Algeria 1:49.4
7 1 Alain Sans  France 1:49.6
8 1 Yevgeniy Volkov  Soviet Union 1:50.1
1 2 Dave Wottle  United States 1:48.7 Q
2 2 Franz-Josef Kemper  West Germany 1:48.8 Q
3 2 Jozef Plachý  Czechoslovakia 1:48.9
4 2 Jože Međimurec  Yugoslavia 1:49.0
5 2 Ivan Ivanov  Soviet Union 1:49.6
6 2 Herman Mignon  Belgium 1:49.7
7 2 Mansour Guettaya  Tunisia 1:49.8
8 2 Nimir Hussein Angelo Koko  Sudan 1:51.1
1 3 Mike Boit  Kenya 1:45.9 Q
2 3 Yevgeniy Arzhanov  Soviet Union 1:46.3 Q
3 3 Andy Carter  Great Britain 1:46.5 q
4 3 Andrzej Kupczyk  Poland 1:46.7 q
5 3 Manuel Gayoso  Spain 1:47.7
6 3 Rolf Gysin  Switzerland 1:48.2
7 3 Mulugetta Tadesse  Ethiopia 1:48.9
3 Ken Swenson  United States DNF

Final[edit]

Franz-Josef Kemper (left) congratulates the winner Dave Wottle
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Dave Wottle  United States 1:45.86
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yevgeniy Arzhanov  Soviet Union 1:45.89
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mike Boit  Kenya 1:46.01
4 Franz-Josef Kemper  West Germany 1:46.50
5 Robert Ouko  Kenya 1:46.53
6 Andy Carter  Great Britain 1:46.55
7 Andrzej Kupczyk  Poland 1:47.10
8 Dieter Fromm  East Germany 1:47.96

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 800 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  2. ^ Moore, Blaine (2010-08-20). The Best Olympic 800m Run in History » Dave Wottle in 1972 | Run to Win. News.runtowin.com. Retrieved on 2018-06-12.
  3. ^ Stewart, Shawn (2 August 2012). What We Can Learn from Olympic Gold Medalist, Dave Wottle. Classical Conversations. Retrieved on 2018-06-12.
  4. ^ Aatish Taseer (5 August 2004). "Too Close To Call". Time. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.

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