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1976 Olympic Games Montreal - Men's 400 m hurdles

 

 

Host City: Montréal, Canada Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 23, 1976 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: July 25, 1976  
(Competitors: 22; Countries: 16; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Overview by IAAF    1976_olympic_stadium.jpg
At the end of 1975 Pascoe was the world’s number one, and Moses was an unknown with a best of 51.7. With Akii-Bua derailed because of the African boycott, Moses was the favourite after running a US record 48.30 in the US Trials. Moses was the only man under 50 seconds in the heats (49.95), and then imposed himself on the field in the semis, powering to the third fastest time ever – 48.29 – winning by more than 10m from Gavrilenko. Pascoe, not in world-beating shape after injury, took fourth in 49.95 ahead of French veteran Jean-Claude Nallet (50.06). Slowest qualifier was NCAA champion Wheeler. Only Pascoe attempted to match Moses in the final, and he did so to the fifth hurdle. Taking 13 strides between the hurdles all the way, the 20 year-old American devastated the opposition and came home to clock the first world record of his career, and the first of his 45 races under 48 seconds.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The favorite coming into 1976 was the defending champion John Akii-Bua but the African boycott kept him out of the competition. Also highly considered was 1974 European and Commonwealth Champion Alan Pascoe (GBR), but a leg injury had him at less than his best in Montréal. Akii-Bua's absence prevented what could have been one of the great races of the Olympics. In his absence the race turned into a showcase coming out party for Edwin Moses, the man who would soon become known as the greatest practitioner of the event ever. He won the gold medal by over a second in a world record 47.63. American Mike Shine closed quickly for the silver medal.
 

Records

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

World Record 47.82 Uganda John Akii-Bua Munich (FRG) September 2, 1972
Olympic Record 47.82 Uganda John Akii-Bua Munich (FRG) September 2, 1972
 
        Results        
 
400 m hurdles Men     Final 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 47.63     Edwin Moses United States USA 31 Aug 55 WR
2 48.69     Mike Shine United States USA 19 Sep 53  
3 49.45     Yevgeniy Gavrilenko Soviet Union URS 5 Apr 51  
4 49.86     Quentin Wheeler United States USA 27 Apr 55  
5 49.94     José Carvalho Portugal POR 15 Jun 53  
6 50.03     Yanko Bratanov Bulgaria BUL 10 Jun 52  
7 50.19     Dámaso Alfonso Cuba CUB 11 Dec 51  
8 51.29     Alan Pascoe Great Britain GBR 1 Oct 47  
400 m hurdles Men     Semifinal 1 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.90     Mike Shine United States USA 19 Sep 53  
2 49.97     José Carvalho Portugal POR 15 Jun 53  
3 50.11     Yanko Bratanov Bulgaria BUL 10 Jun 52  
4 50.22     Quentin Wheeler United States USA 27 Apr 55  
5 50.47     Dmitriy Stukalov Soviet Union URS 2 May 51  
6 50.62     Jean-Pierre Perinelle France FRA 6 Jul 49  
  DQ     Harald Schmid West Germany FRG 29 Sep 57  
  DNF     Yeóryios Parris Greece GRE 27 Dec 50  
400 m hurdles Men     Semifinal 2 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.29     Edwin Moses United States USA 31 Aug 55  
2 49.73     Yevgeniy Gavrilenko Soviet Union URS 5 Apr 51  
3 49.84     Dámaso Alfonso Cuba CUB 11 Dec 51  
4 49.95     Alan Pascoe Great Britain GBR 1 Oct 47  
5 50.08     Jean-Claude Nallet France FRA 15 Mar 47  
6 50.30     Stavros Tziortzis Greece GRE 15 Sep 49  
7 50.57     Jerzy Hewelt Poland POL 23 Aug 48  
8 51.04     Julio Ferrer Puerto Rico PUR 22 May 53  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 1 23 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.42     Stavros Tziortzis Greece GRE 15 Sep 49  
2 50.76     Dámaso Alfonso Cuba CUB 11 Dec 51  
3 50.77     Jean-Claude Nallet France FRA 15 Mar 47  
4 50.99     José Carvalho Portugal POR 15 Jun 53  
5 51.90     Don Hanly Australia AUS 5 Apr 54  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 2 23 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.32     Quentin Wheeler United States USA 27 Apr 55  
2 50.57     Harald Schmid West Germany FRG 29 Sep 57  
3 50.78     Jean-Pierre Perinelle France FRA 6 Jul 49  
3 50.78     Dmitriy Stukalov Soviet Union URS 2 May 51  
5 51.07     Peter Grant Australia AUS 5 Jan 54  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 3 23 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.91     Mike Shine United States USA 19 Sep 53  
2 50.93     Yevgeniy Gavrilenko Soviet Union URS 5 Apr 51  
3 51.39     Jerzy Hewelt Poland POL 23 Aug 48  
4 51.84     Yanko Bratanov Bulgaria BUL 10 Jun 52  
5 53.06     Abdulatif Abbas Yusuf Hashem Kuwait KUW 18 Apr 53  
6 54.67     Conrad Mainwaring Antigua and Barbuda ANT 2 Oct 51  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 4 23 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.95     Edwin Moses United States USA 31 Aug 55  
2 51.66     Alan Pascoe Great Britain GBR 1 Oct 47  
3 51.91     Yeóryios Parris Greece GRE 27 Dec 50  
4 52.45     Julio Ferrer Puerto Rico PUR 22 May 53  
5 55.00     Kamil Al-Abbasi Saudi Arabia KSA 28 Feb 50  
  DNF     Jesús Villegas Colombia COL 23 Aug 46  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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