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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 13, 1968 Format: Top two in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 15, 1968  
(Competitors: 44; Countries: 32; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Kiprugut and Wade Bell (USA) were considered the pick of the pack, but Bell suffered in Mexico from a stomach ailment known locally as “Montezuma’s revenge” and was eliminated in the first round. Kiprugut won the fastest heat (1:46.1), then was surprised by Doubell’s finishing kick in the semis which the Australian won by a tenth in 1:45.7. The unheralded Walter Adams won the other semi in 1:46.4. Kiprugut took the pace in the final, and went through 200m in 24.8 before slowing to 51.0 at halfway. The Kenyan still had a 0.7 margin over Doubell at 600m, reached in 1:17.8, but the slender Australian then began to close, and attacked off the final bend. Kiprugut only gave way with 40m to go, and Doubell won by just over a metre, equalling Snell’s world record. Farrell outgunned Adams in the last 50m to win the bronze.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The favorites were 1964 bronze medalist Wilson Kiprugut (KEN) and American Wade Bell. But Bell developed Montezuma’s Revenge in Mexico and was eliminated in the first round. The semi-finals were won by Australian Ralph Doubell and the FRG’s Walter Adams. Kiprugut led out the final in 24.8 and 51.0, and continued to lead at 600 over Doubell. Doubell kicked off the final curve and Kiprugut could not answer. American Tom Farrell outkicked Adams in the stretch to win the bronze medal. Doubell’s winning time equaled the world record of Peter Snell.
 

Records

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          
   
800 m Men     Final 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.44.40     Ralph Doubell Australia AUS 23 (=)WR 1.44.3 h
2 1.44.57     Wilson Kiprugut Kenya KEN     1.44.5 h
3 1.45.46     Tom Farrell United States USA 24   1.45.4 h
4 1.45.83     Walter Adams West Germany FRG 23   1.45.8 h
5 1.45.99     Jozef Plachý Czechoslovakia TCH 19   1.45.9 h
6 1.46.30     Dieter Fromm East Germany GDR 20   1.46.2 h
7 1.47.59     Thomas Saisi Kenya KEN 23   1.47.5 h
8 1.54.40     Ben Cayenne Trinidad and Tobago TTO 24   1.54.3 h
800 m Men     Semi-Finals Heat One 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.46.41   Q Walter Adams West Germany FRG 23   1.46.4 h
2 1.46.54   Q Dieter Fromm East Germany GDR 20   1.46.5 h
3 1.46.64   Q Thomas Saisi Kenya KEN 23   1.46.6 h
4 1.46.83   Q Ben Cayenne Trinidad and Tobago TTO 24   1.46.8 h
5 1.47.39     Ron Kutschinski United States USA 21   1.47.3 h
6 1.51.89     Jean-Pierre Dufresne France FRA 23   1.51.8 h
800 m Men     Semi-Finals Heat Two 14 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.45.78   Q Ralph Doubell Australia AUS 23   1.45.7 h
2 1.45.84   Q Wilson Kiprugut Kenya KEN     1.45.8 h
3 1.45.96   Q Jozef Plachý Czechoslovakia TCH 19   1.45.9 h
4 1.46.11   Q Tom Farrell United States USA 24   1.46.1 h
5 1.47.15     Robert Ouko Kenya KEN 19   1.47.1 h
6 1.47.30     Byron Dyce Jamaica JAM 20   1.47.2 h
7 1.47.47     Franz-Josef Kemper West Germany FRG 23   1.47.3 h
8 1.47.67     Dave Cropper Great Britain GBR 22   1.47.6 h
800 m Men     Round One Heat One 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.46.99   Q Thomas Saisi Kenya KEN 23   1.47.0 h
2 1.47.61   Q Jean-Pierre Dufresne France FRA 23   1.47.6 h
3 1.49.63     Matias Habtemichael Ethiopia ETH 17   1.49.6 h
4 1.51.31     Papa M'Baye N'Diaye Senegal SEN 30   1.51.3 h
5 1.51.52     Wade Bell United States USA 23   1.51.5 h
6 1.53.88     Róbert Honti Hungary HUN 25   1.53.8 h
800 m Men     Round One Heat Two 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.46.98   Q Dieter Fromm East Germany GDR 20   1.46.9 h
2 1.47.02   Q Franz-Josef Kemper West Germany FRG 23   1.47.0 h
3 1.47.61   Q Ron Kutschinski United States USA 21   1.47.6 h
4 1.50.87     Ramasamy Subramaniam Malaysia MAS 28   1.50.8 h
5 1.52.32     Gilbert Van Manshoven Belgium BEL 22   1.52.3 h
AC DNF     Guillermo Cuello Argentina ARG 27    
800 m Men     Round One Heat Three 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.48.50   Q Walter Adams West Germany FRG 23   1.48.4 h
2 1.48.65   Q Jozef Plachý Czechoslovakia TCH 19   1.48.6 h
3 1.49.01     Noel Carroll Ireland IRL 26   1.49.0 h
4 1.49.09     Ahmed Issa Chad CHA 25   1.49.0 h
5 1.50.49     Roberto Silva Mexico MEX 21   1.50.4 h
6 1.51.98     Gerd Larsen Denmark DEN 26   1.51.9 h
AC DNF     Neville Myton Jamaica JAM 22    
800 m Men     Round One Heat Four 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.47.24   Q Ralph Doubell Australia AUS 23   1.47.2 h
2 1.47.48   Q Henryk Szordykowski Poland POL 24   1.47.4 h
3 1.47.65   Q Robert Ouko Kenya KEN 19   1.47.6 h
4 1.50.78     John Ametepey Ghana GHA 29   1.50.7 h
5 1.50.87     Gilles Sibon France FRA 23   1.50.8 h
6 1.52.99     Chris Carter Great Britain GBR 25   1.52.9 h
7 1.55.66     José L'Oficial Dominican Republic DOM 20   1.55.6 h
8 2.08.72     Alfredo Cubías El Salvador ESA 22   2.08.7 h
800 m Men     Round One Heat Five 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.46.17   Q Wilson Kiprugut Kenya KEN     1.46.1 h
2 1.47.96   Q Tom Farrell United States USA 24   1.47.9 h
3 1.48.72     Tomáš Jungwirth Czechoslovakia TCH 25   1.48.7 h
4 1.48.99     Anders Gärderud Sweden SWE 22   1.48.9 h
5 1.51.27     Jun Nagai Japan JPN 24   1.51.2 h
6 1.53.43     Angelo Hussein Sudan SUD     1.53.4 h
7 1.53.81     Jacques Pennewaert Belgium BEL 28   1.53.8 h
8 1.58.96     Francisco Menocal Nicaragua NCA 22   1.58.9 h
800 m Men     Round One Heat Six 13 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.47.96   Q Dave Cropper Great Britain GBR 22   1.47.9 h
2 1.48.22   Q Ben Cayenne Trinidad and Tobago TTO 24   1.48.2 h
3 1.48.46   Q Yevhen Arzhanov Soviet Union URS 20   1.48.4 h
4 1.48.58   Q Byron Dyce Jamaica JAM 20   1.48.5 h
5 1.49.75     Mamo Sebsibe Ethiopia ETH 24   1.49.7 h
6 1.50.23     Gianni Del Buono Italy ITA 25   1.50.2 h
7 1.52.68     Xaver Frick, Jr. Liechtenstein LIE 22   1.52.6 h
8 1.52.70     Carlos Báez Puerto Rico PUR 20   1.52.6 h
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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