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1976 Olympic Games Montreal - Men's 400 m

 

 

Host City: Montréal, Canada Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 26, 1976 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: July 29, 1976 Format: Top five in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 44; Countries: 29; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Overview by IAAF    1976_olympic_stadium.jpg
Juantorena had been favoured to win even before his world record in the 800m, so was the centre of attention in the 400m. The Cuban held back until the semi-finals, blasting the second 100m and throttling back down the straight, to run 45.10. Newhouse, the fastest in the preliminaries with 45.42 in round 1, ran 44.89 to win the other semi, with Jenkins third fastest of the day with 45.20. In the final Newhouse was out quickest, and led the Cuban by 3m at halfway. Juantorena closed inexorably on Newhouse, ultimately passing him with 25m to go, and drawing away with his giant strides to run the fastest ever automatically timed 400m at low altitude (Collett’s 44.1 in 1972 was roughly equivalent to Juantorena’s mark). Frazier held on to finish third, just holding off the fast-finishing Brijdenbach.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Cuba's Alberto Juantorena was world-ranked #1 in 1974, was fourth in 1975, and had finished second at the 1975 Pan American Games to Ronnie Ray of the USA. Earlier in Montréal he had won the 800 metres and was trying to become the first since Paul Pilgrim in 1906 to win the 400/800 Olympic double. He was favored but the US contingent of Fred Newhouse, Herman Frazier, and Maxie Parks would be formidable as always. In the final, Newhouse went to the lead and was three metres ahead by the halfway mark. But Juantorena's long strides kept pulling him closer and he caught Newhouse with 20 metres left, pulling away to win by just over a metre.
 

Records

These are the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1976 Summer Olympics.

World Record 43.86 United States Lee Evans Mexico City (MEX) October 18, 1968
Olympic Record 43.86 United States Lee Evans Mexico City (MEX) October 18, 1968
 
        Results        
 
400 m Men     Final 29 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.26     Alberto Juantorena Cuba CUB 21 Nov 50  
2 44.40     Fred Newhouse United States USA 8 Nov 48  
3 44.95     Herman Frazier United States USA 29 Oct 54  
5 45.24     Maxie Parks United States USA 9 Jul 51  
6 45.40     Rick Mitchell Australia AUS 24 Mar 55  
7 45.57     David Jenkins Great Britain GBR 25 May 52  
8 45.63     Jan Werner Poland POL 25 Jul 46  
400 m Men     Semifinal 1 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.10     Alberto Juantorena Cuba CUB 21 Nov 50  
2 45.28     Alfons Brijdenbach Belgium BEL 12 Oct 54  
3 45.61     Maxie Parks United States USA 9 Jul 51  
4 45.69     Rick Mitchell Australia AUS 24 Mar 55  
5 45.94     Bernd Herrmann West Germany FRG 22 Nov 51  
6 46.46     Brian Saunders Canada CAN 9 Jul 52  
7 46.50     Alfonso di Guida Italy ITA 1 May 54  
8 46.69     Delmo da Silva Brazil BRA 9 Jun 54  
400 m Men     Semifinal 2 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 44.89     Fred Newhouse United States USA 8 Nov 48  
2 45.20     David Jenkins Great Britain GBR 25 May 52  
3 45.24     Herman Frazier United States USA 29 Oct 54  
4 45.44     Jan Werner Poland POL 25 Jul 46  
5 45.65     Jerzy Pietrzyk Poland POL 17 Apr 55  
6 46.05     Franz-Peter Hofmeister West Germany FRG 5 Aug 51  
7 46.20     Mike Solomon Trinidad and Tobago TTO 29 Sep 54  
8 46.63     Karl Honz West Germany FRG 28 Jan 51  
400 m Men     Heat 1 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.52     Herman Frazier United States USA 29 Oct 54  
2 46.56     Alfons Brijdenbach Belgium BEL 12 Oct 54  
3 46.94     Karl Honz West Germany FRG 28 Jan 51  
4 47.07     Alfonso di Guida Italy ITA 1 May 54  
5 47.45     Ossi Karttunen Finland FIN 17 Mar 48  
6 47.69     Peter Grant Australia AUS 5 Jan 54  
7 48.46     Alf Daley Jamaica JAM 18 Nov 49  
8 48.98     Glen Bogue Canada CAN 30 Aug 55  
400 m Men     Heat 2 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.76     Rick Mitchell Australia AUS 24 Mar 55  
2 45.92     Alberto Juantorena Cuba CUB 21 Nov 50  
3 46.30     Jerzy Pietrzyk Poland POL 17 Apr 55  
4 46.42     Brian Saunders Canada CAN 9 Jul 52  
5 46.45     Leighton Priestley Jamaica JAM 18 Jan 51  
6 46.48     Mike Sands Bahamas BAH 1 Jul 53  
7 46.56     Ivan Mangual Puerto Rico PUR 22 Jul 51  
8 46.61     Charles Joseph Trinidad and Tobago TTO 25 Mar 52  
400 m Men     Heat 3 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.83     Mike Solomon Trinidad and Tobago TTO 29 Sep 54  
2 45.88     Jan Werner Poland POL 25 Jul 46  
3 45.99     Maxie Parks United States USA 9 Jul 51  
4 46.07     Bernd Herrmann West Germany FRG 22 Nov 51  
5 46.24     Markku Kukkoaho Finland FIN 11 Nov 46  
6 46.65     Eddy Gutiérrez Cuba CUB 28 Feb 52  
7 47.67     Glen Cohen Great Britain GBR 22 Apr 54  
  DNS     Dan Domansky Canada CAN 11 Aug 46  
400 m Men     Heat 4 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.97     Fred Newhouse United States USA 8 Nov 48  
2 46.18     David Jenkins Great Britain GBR 25 May 52  
3 46.20     Franz-Peter Hofmeister West Germany FRG 5 Aug 51  
4 46.48     Delmo da Silva Brazil BRA 9 Jun 54  
5 46.94     Josip Alebic Yugoslavia YUG 7 Jan 47  
6 47.10     Zbigniew Jaremski Poland POL 19 Jun 49  
7 48.03     Fred Sowerby Antigua and Barbuda ANT 11 Dec 48  
8 48.88     Raymond Heerenveen Netherlands NED 9 Nov 48  
400 m Men     Heat 1 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.09     Herman Frazier United States USA 29 Oct 54  
2 46.52     Mike Sands Bahamas BAH 1 Jul 53  
3 46.68     Zbigniew Jaremski Poland POL 19 Jun 49  
4 47.03     Peter Grant Australia AUS 5 Jan 54  
5 47.24     Brian Saunders Canada CAN 9 Jul 52  
6 48.46     Carlos Noroña Cuba CUB 14 Jan 56  
7 49.24     Hamil Grimes Barbados BAR 15 Oct 56  
8 51.49     Wilfrid Cyriaque Haiti HAI 10 May 51  
400 m Men     Heat 2 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 45.42     Fred Newhouse United States USA 8 Nov 48  
2 46.11     Rick Mitchell Australia AUS 24 Mar 55  
3 46.19     Jan Werner Poland POL 25 Jul 46  
4 46.52     Alfonso di Guida Italy ITA 1 May 54  
5 46.74     Leighton Priestley Jamaica JAM 18 Jan 51  
6 47.24     Dan Domansky Canada CAN 11 Aug 46  
7 48.91     Errol Thurton Belize BIZ 44  
8 49.72     Ahmed Asiry Saudi Arabia KSA 12 Feb 52  
400 m Men     Heat 3 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.12     Maxie Parks United States USA 9 Jul 51  
2 47.21     Delmo da Silva Brazil BRA 9 Jun 54  
3 47.39     Ivan Mangual Puerto Rico PUR 22 Jul 51  
4 47.47     Karl Honz West Germany FRG 28 Jan 51  
5 47.89     Eddy Gutiérrez Cuba CUB 28 Feb 52  
6 49.13     Renelda Swan Bermuda BER 12 Dec 57  
400 m Men     Heat 4 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.73     Alfons Brijdenbach Belgium BEL 12 Oct 54  
2 46.92     Jerzy Pietrzyk Poland POL 17 Apr 55  
3 47.17     Franz-Peter Hofmeister West Germany FRG 5 Aug 51  
4 47.22     Ossi Karttunen Finland FIN 17 Mar 48  
5 47.42     Glen Bogue Canada CAN 30 Aug 55  
6 47.44     Raymond Heerenveen Netherlands NED 9 Nov 48  
7 48.85     Wavala Kali Papua New Guinea PNG 26 Jun 54  
8 50.52     Ricardo Larios Nicaragua NCA 10 Nov 52  
400 m Men     Heat 5 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.60     David Jenkins Great Britain GBR 25 May 52  
2 46.99     Bernd Herrmann West Germany FRG 22 Nov 51  
3 47.03     Josip Alebic Yugoslavia YUG 7 Jan 47  
4 47.67     Markku Kukkoaho Finland FIN 11 Nov 46  
5 47.72     Charles Joseph Trinidad and Tobago TTO 25 Mar 52  
6 47.98     Samba Dieye Senegal SEN 11 Jul 49  
7 48.34     Bjarni Stefánsson Iceland ISL 2 Dec 50  
400 m Men     Heat 6 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 47.29     Mike Solomon Trinidad and Tobago TTO 29 Sep 54  
2 47.77     Glen Cohen Great Britain GBR 22 Apr 54  
3 47.89     Alberto Juantorena Cuba CUB 21 Nov 50  
4 48.04     Alf Daley Jamaica JAM 18 Nov 49  
5 48.12     Fred Sowerby Antigua and Barbuda ANT 11 Dec 48  
6 48.24     Avognan Nogboum Cote d'Ivoire CIV 54  
7 48.47     José Carvalho Portugal POR 15 Jun 53  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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