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

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Scoring by 1962 point tables.
Date Started: October 18, 1968  
Date Finished: October 19, 1968  
(Competitors: 33; Countries: 20)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Bill Toomey only started to train for the decathlon three years after finishing college and a year later placed fourth in the 1964 US Olympic Trials. Two years later he broke the world record with an unratified 8234 in the US Championships, and was favourite to win in Mexico ahead of world record holder Kurt Bendlin. Toomey began wonderfully, with 10.4 and 7.87, but after four events was more than 100 behind the explosive (1.90/94Kg) Joachim Kirst, who threw the shot nearly 3m further than Toomey, and outjumped the American 1.98 to 1.95. This, however, was a poor effort for the GDR star, who was a 2.16 jumper at his best. Toomey reclaimed the lead with an astounding 45.6 400m, turning the deficit into a 115 point advantage. At the end of the first day, Walde was third with 4290 (209 behind Toomey) after a personal best 2.01 high jump, while Bendlin was in sixth place (4149) after a poor high jump. Bendlin, a good second day performer, began to close in with better marks than Toomey in the discus, vault and javelin – where he threw a mighty 75.42 – picking up 150 on the American. Walde also threw well, and was just 13 behind Bendlin with just the 1500m to go. Never an enjoyable event for decathletes, the altitude made this 1500m even more painful than usual, and Toomey got home ahead of Walde and Bendlin for gold, almost 45 seconds down on his lifetime best of 4:12.7. The greatest accolade was perhaps attributable to German coach Friedel Schirmer, who had advised all three medallists during their careers.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
By 1968 the top decathlete was considered to be the American Bill Toomey, who had won the AAU Championships from 1964-68. At the 1966 AAU he had bettered the world record, although the mark was never ratified by the IAAF. The leading Europeans were the West Germans, with Werner von Moltke having won the 1966 European Championship, and the 1964 silver medalist, Hans-Joachim Walde, also competing. In the 400 metres, Toomey took the lead with a stunning mark of 45.68 seconds in the thin Mexican air, winning that phase by 2.7 seconds over West German Kurt Bendlin. He was never headed after that. But going into the final event, he led by only 61 points over Bendlin and 74 points over Walde. Bendlin was not considered a threat in the 1,500 but Walde was, although he would have to defeat Toomey by 7-8 seconds to win. But he was unable to shake Toomey in the 1,500 and in the homestretch, Toomey sprinted, out-kicking by Walde by 1.2 seconds, and winning the gold medal. The sixth-place finisher in 1968, Tom Waddell, became a prominent gay activist and started the Gay Olympics, although the name had to be changed to the Gay Games, when the IOC objected to the use of Olympics.
 
 
        Results          
   
Decathlon Men     Final 19 October        

The men's decathlon competition featured as part of the athletics programme at the 1968 Summer Olympics and was held at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City on 18 and 19 October.

American Bill Toomey won the gold medal with an Olympic record score of 8193 points. Two West German athletes, Hans-Joachim Walde and Kurt Bendlin, took the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

A total of 33 competitors from 20 nations entered the decathlon with 19 athletes managing to finish all events at the competition.

The ten-event track and field competition used hand timing in the track events and was scored using the 1962 scoring method. The youngest competitor was Don Vélez (aged 20) and the oldest was Valbjörn Þorláksson (aged 34). The sixth-placer Tom Waddell, representing the United States, later went on to found the Gay Olympics.

Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age   Notes
1 8.193     Bill Toomey United States USA 29 OR  
2 8.111     Hans-Joachim Walde West Germany FRG 26    
3 8.064     Kurt Bendlin West Germany FRG 25    
4 7.909     Mykola Avilov Soviet Union URS 20    
5 7.861     Joachim Kirst East Germany GDR 21    
6 7.719     Tom Waddell United States USA 30    
7 7.692     Rick Sloan United States USA 21    
8 7.648     Steen Smidt-Jensen Denmark DEN 23    
9 7.554     Ed de Noorlander Netherlands NED 23    
10 7.551     Manfred Tiedtke East Germany GDR 26    
11 7.481     Lennart Hedmark Sweden SWE 24    
12 7.465     Walter Dießl Austria AUT 25    
13 7.338     Clive Longe Great Britain GBR 29    
14 7.227     Jānis Lanka Soviet Union URS 28    
15 7.209     Wu Ah-Min Chinese Taipei TPE 30    
16 7.173     Spas Dzhurov Bulgaria BUL 23    
17 7.125     Roger Lespagnard Belgium BEL 21    
18 7.044     Urs Trautmann Switzerland SUI 28    
19 6.323     Franz Biedermann Liechtenstein LIE 22    
20 5.943     Don Vélez Nicaragua NCA 20    
AC DNF     Gert Herunter Austria AUT 26    
AC DNF     Hansruedi Kunz Switzerland SUI 23    
AC DNF     Charlemagne Anyamah France FRA 30    
AC DNF     Roberto Carmona Mexico MEX 24    
AC DNF     Valbjörn Þorláksson Iceland ISL 34    
AC DNF     Herbert Wessel East Germany GDR 24    
AC DNF     Chen Chuan-Show Chinese Taipei TPE 27    
AC DNF     Rein Aun Soviet Union URS 28    
AC DNF     Ho Henh Phươc South Vietnam VNM 28    
AC DNF     Horst Mandl Austria AUT 32    
AC DNF     Dominique Rakotorahalahy Madagascar MAD 24    
AC DNF     Werner von Moltke West Germany FRG 32    
AC DNF     Werner Duttweiler Switzerland SUI 28    

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 Final
  Team Points 100m Long Jump Shot High Jump 400m 110m H Discus Pole Vault Javelin 1500m
1. William Toomey USA 8193 10.4s 7.87m 13.75m 1.95m 45.6s 14.9s 43.68m 4.20m 62.80m 4:57.10
959 994 712 813 1021 859 757 859 795 424
2. Hans-Joachim Walde FRG 8111 10.9s 7.64m 15.13m 2.01m 49.0s 14.8s 43.54m 4.30m 71.62m 4:58.50
828 949 796 865 852 870 754 884 897 416
3. Kurt Bendlin FRG 8064 10.7s 7.56m 14.74m 1.80m 48.3s 15.0s 46.78m 4.60m 75.42m 5:09.80
879 933 773 680 884 848 814 957 940 356
4. Nickolay Avilov URS 7909 10.9s 7.64m 13.41m 2.07m 49.9s 14.5s 46.64m 4.10m 60.12m 5:00.80
828 949 691m 917 810 903 812 832 763 404
5. Joachim Kirst GDR 7861 10.5s 7.61m 16.43m 1.98m 50.2s 15.6s 46.89m 4.15m 57.02m 5:20.10
932 943 872 840 797 787 816 845 724 305
6. Thomas Wadell USA 7720 11.3s 7.47m 14.45m 2.01m 51.2s 15.3s 43.73m 4.50m 63.70m 5:04.50
733 915 757 865 753 817 758 932 806 384
7. Richard Sloan USA 7692 11.2s 6.72m 14.07m 2.10m 51.0s 15.5s 45.58m 4.85m 49.90m 4:44.00
756 761 733 942 762 797 792 1017 632 500
8. Steen Smidt-Jensen DEN 7648 10.9s 7.17m 13.03m 1.95m 50.2s 14.9s 41.07m 4.85m 46.80m 4:41.30
828 855 667 813 797 859 706 1017 589 517
9. Eduard De Noorlander HOL 7554 11.1s 6.90m 13.89m 1.95m 50.5s 14.5s 41.70m 4.20m 50.22m 4:37.80
780 800 721 813 784 903 719 859 636 539
10.Manfred Tiedtke GDR 7551 10.9s 7.46m 15.77m 1.95m 50.0s 14.7s 40.31m 4.30m 51.84m 5:33.40
828 913 834 813 805 881 692 884 657 244
11.Lennart Hedmark SWE 7481 11.1s 7.29m 14.08m 1.89m 51.3s 14.9s 42.96m 4.10m 62.90m 5:11.00
780 879 733 760 749 859 743 832 796 350
12.Walter Diessl AUT 6465 10.7s 7.42m 14.32m 1.83m 51.6s 14.7s 42.23m 4.25m 55.38m 5:19.70
879 905 747 707 736 881 729 871 703 307
13.Clive Longe GBR 7338 10.9s 6.86m 15.10m 1.70m 49.3s 15.5s 47.60m 4.00m 59.30m 5:18.80
828 791 795 588 838 797 829 807 753 312
14.A-Min Wu TWN 7209 11.3s 7.40m 12.08m 1.80m 52.2s 14.8s 40.25m 4.35m 60.10m 5:08.90
733 901 604 680 712 870 690 896 762 361
15.Spas Djourov BUL 7173 10.9s 7.40m 13.99m 1.89m 50.2s 15.1s 40.90m 3.60m 47.04m 5:15.50
828 901 727 760 797 837 703 700 592 328
16.Roger Lespagnard BEL 7125 11.1s 6.94m 12.59m 1.95m 50.2s 15.8s 37.74m 4.20m 47.46m 4:57.00
780 808 638 813 797 767 640 859 598 425
17.Urs Trautmann SUI 7044 11.2s 6.96m 15.16m 1.95m 1:03.9 14.9s 46.20m 4.10m 56.32m 5:13.60
756 812 798 813 318 859 804 832 715 337
18.Franz Biedermann LIE 6323 11.5s 6.30m 10.94m 1.70m 51.4s 15.5s 30.67m 3.90m 44.92m 4:47.90
687 671 528 588 744 797 489 780 563 476
19.Donald Vélez NIC 5943 11.5s 6.63m 10.60m 1.65m 53.1s 16.2s 36.43m 3.40m 48.94m 5:46.10
687 742 504 540 675 730 613 644 618 190
-. Yanis Lanka URS NM 10.9s 7.15m 15.31m 1.80m 49.9s 14.8s 49.90m 3.80m 59.76m DNS
828 850 807 680 810 870 870 754 758 0
 
 
 

 

 

 

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