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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Men's 400 m hurdles

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 3, 1992 Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 6, 1992
(Competitors: 47; Countries: 35; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
Samuel Matete (ZAM), the second fastest of all-time with 47.10 in 1991, was the man to beat, and he coasted through his heat, the slowest, in 49.89. The fastest man was Erick Keter (KEN) who set a national record with 48.28. In all, 24 athletes broke the once-feared 50-second barrier. Keter was eliminated in his semi, running 49.01 in a race won by Akabusi in 48.01, with 48.47 by Patrick, the final qualifier. More surprisingly, Matete failed to qualify in the other heat; hindered by a hamstring problem he knocked over a hurdle in the lane adjacent to his in the finishing straight and, though crossing the line third in 48.86, was disqualified. Up ahead Graham was running a Jamaican record of 47.62, ahead of Young’s best ever of 47.63. Graham and Diagana led early on in the final, then were caught by Young at the fourth hurdle. Young passed halfway in 22.6 and by the ninth hurdle the tall (1.93) American’s 13 stride pattern had broken the race apart. At that point he was 5m ahead of Graham and, despite hitting the 10th hurdle was still going away, 7m up at the finish. He achieved the first sub-47 clocking ever. Graham held off Akabusi for second, with Diagana fourth, well ahead of Wallenlind.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The favorite in 1992 was Zambia’s Samuel Matete who had won the 1991 World Championships. But a hamstring problem hurt him in the semi-finals and he did not qualify for the final. In the final, Kevin Young (USA) pulled into the lead at the fourth hurdle and continued pushing the pace. Young’s PR going into Barcelona was 47.72 but he had designs on breaking the 47-second barrier and put signs up in his room at the Olympic Village reading “46.89” – the time he was aiming for. Maintaining a 13-stride pattern around the final turn, Young kept putting on the pressure and crossed the line in 46.78, a stunning world record. Behind him Jamaica’s Winthrop Graham won silver, and Britain’s Kriss Akabusi won bronze, as they had at the 1991 World Championships.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 47.02 United States Edwin Moses Koblenz (FRG) August 31, 1983
Olympic Record 47.19 United States Andre Phillips Seoul (KOR) September 25, 1988

In the final Kevin Young set a new world record with 46.78.

 
Results
400 m hurdles Men Final 6 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 46.78 Kevin Young United States USA 16 Sep 66 WR
2 47.66 Winthrop Graham Jamaica JAM 17 Nov 65
3 47.82 Kriss Akabusi Great Britain GBR 28 Nov 58 NR
4 48.13 Stéphane Diagana France FRA 23 Jul 69
5 48.63 Niklas Wallenlind Sweden SWE 21 Nov 68
6 48.63 Oleg Tverdokhleb Ukraine UKR 3 Nov 69
7 48.86 Stéphane Caristan France FRA 31 May 64
8 49.26 Dave Patrick United States USA 12 Jun 60
400 m hurdles Men Semifinal 1 5 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.01 Kriss Akabusi Great Britain GBR 28 Nov 58
2 48.28 Stéphane Diagana France FRA 23 Jul 69
3 48.35 Niklas Wallenlind Sweden SWE 21 Nov 68
4 48.47 Dave Patrick United States USA 12 Jun 60
5 48.71 McClinton Neal United States USA 11 Jul 68
6 49.01 Erick Keter Kenya KEN 22 Jul 66
7 49.41 Carsten Köhrbrück Germany GER 26 Jun 67
8 49.66 Eronilde de Araújo Brazil BRA 31 Dec 70
400 m hurdles Men Semifinal 2 5 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 47.62 Winthrop Graham Jamaica JAM 17 Nov 65
2 47.63 Kevin Young United States USA 16 Sep 66
3 49.11 Oleg Tverdokhleb Ukraine UKR 3 Nov 69
4 49.50 Stéphane Caristan France FRA 31 May 64
5 49.52 Barnabas Agui Kinyor Kenya KEN 3 Aug 61
6 49.64 Sven Nylander Sweden SWE 1 Jan 62
DQ Samuel Matete Zambia ZAM 27 Jul 68
DNS Olaf Hense Germany GER 19 Nov 67
400 m hurdles Men Heat 1 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.76 Kevin Young United States USA 16 Sep 66
2 49.16 Stéphane Caristan France FRA 31 May 64
3 49.23 Gideon Yego Kenya KEN 6 May 60
4 49.52 Athanásios Kaloyiánnis Greece GRE 10 Sep 65
5 50.33 Aleksey Bazarov Israel ISR 14 Oct 63
6 52.59 Jacques-Henri Brunet Central African Republic CAF 17 Jul 67
7 56.20 Abdullah Kanbar Ghulum United Arab Emirates UAE 2 Jan 75
400 m hurdles Men Heat 2 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.89 Samuel Matete Zambia ZAM 27 Jul 68
2 49.97 Olaf Hense Germany GER 19 Nov 67
3 50.19 Domingo Cordero Puerto Rico PUR 17 Oct 65
4 50.30 Kazuhiko Yamazaki Japan JPN 10 May 71
5 51.21 Vadim Zadoinov Moldova MDA 24 May 69
6 53.30 Baobo Neuendorf Papua New Guinea PNG 31 Aug 72
7 54.26 Amadou Sy Savane Guinea GUI 16 May 74
400 m hurdles Men Heat 3 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.28 Erick Keter Kenya KEN 22 Jul 66
2 48.41 Stéphane Diagana France FRA 23 Jul 69
3 48.68 Oleg Tverdokhleb Ukraine UKR 3 Nov 69
4 49.18 Mark Jackson Canada CAN 15 May 69
5 49.46 Pedro Rodrigues Portugal POR 8 Jul 71
6 50.57 Ghulam Abbas Pakistan PAK 19 Mar 68
7 53.90 Waqawuca Daunakamakama Fiji FIJ 7 May 70
400 m hurdles Men Heat 4 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.13 McClinton Neal United States USA 11 Jul 68
2 49.37 Carsten Köhrbrück Germany GER 26 Jun 67
3 49.47 Amadou Dia Bâ Senegal SEN 22 Sep 58
4 49.75 Dries Vorster South Africa RSA 25 Oct 62
DNF Pedro Chiamulera Brazil BRA 29 Jun 64
400 m hurdles Men Heat 5 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.49 Sven Nylander Sweden SWE 1 Jan 62
2 49.56 Dave Patrick United States USA 12 Jun 60
3 50.28 Jozef Kucej Slovakia SVK 23 Mar 65
4 51.54 Hubert Rakotombélontsoa Madagascar MAD 8 Dec 68
5 56.99 Paeaki Kokohu Tonga TGA 27 Aug 66
DQ Mark Thompson Jamaica JAM 2 Aug 67
DNF Max Robertson Great Britain GBR 27 Dec 63
400 m hurdles Men Heat 6 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.98 Kriss Akabusi Great Britain GBR 28 Nov 58
2 49.10 Eronilde de Araújo Brazil BRA 31 Dec 70
3 49.16 Fabrizio Mori Italy ITA 28 Jun 69
4 49.74 Simon Hollingsworth Australia AUS 9 May 72
5 50.30 Paweł Woźniak Poland POL 5 Mar 69
6 50.60 Chanond Keanchan Thailand THA 24 Jan 67
7 57.04 Richard Bentley Guam GUM 30 Jul 60
400 m hurdles Men Heat 7 3 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.51 Winthrop Graham Jamaica JAM 17 Nov 65
2 48.71 Niklas Wallenlind Sweden SWE 21 Nov 68
3 48.90 Barnabas Agui Kinyor Kenya KEN 3 Aug 61
4 49.01 Yoshihiko Saito Japan JPN 12 Feb 72
5 50.21 Asen Markov Bulgaria BUL 17 Jun 69
6 52.63 Giovanny Fanny Seychelles SEY 25 May 65
7 52.93 Alex Foster Costa Rica CRC 8 May 70
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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