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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres

The men's 100 metres sprint event at the 1968 Olympic Games took place at Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City, Mexico, on October 13 and 14. The final was won by American Jim Hines.[1]

Men's 100 metres
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
VenueEstadio Olímpico Universitario
Mexico City, Mexico
DatesOctober 13 (heats, quarterfinals)
October 14, 1968 (semifinals, final)
Competitors65 from 42 nations
Winning time9.95 seconds
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Jim Hines  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lennox Miller  Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Charlie Greene  United States
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SummaryEdit

Mel Pender and Charlie Greene were known for their fast starts. In the final, while Greene reacted to the gun noticeably slower, Pender did not disappoint, taking a quick lead. Greene, Lennox Miller and Jim Hines were the next chase group, the three outer lanes already left behind. The diminutive Pender's lead disappeared, the much larger Miller leading the group in passing by the halfway point. Hines was just getting into gear, exploding past Miller and putting a gap on the field to take the race by two metres. Miller leaned but he already had a metre on Green who was a metre ahead of Pablo Montes, Roger Bambuck and Pender to take the bronze.

ResultsEdit

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time (h) Time (a) Notes
  3 Jim Hines   United States 9.9 9.95 EWR
  4 Lennox Miller   Jamaica 10.0 10.04
  1 Charlie Greene   United States 10.0 10.07
4 2 Pablo Montes   Cuba 10.1 10.14
5 6 Roger Bambuck   France 10.1 10.14
6 5 Mel Pender   United States 10.1 10.17
7 7 Harry Jerome   Canada 10.2 10.20
8 8 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa   Madagascar 10.2 10.28 Photo-finish shows 10.275
  • Wind speed = 0.3 m/s (0.67 mph)

Key: EWR = Electronic world record

PreliminariesEdit

HeatsEdit

The top three runners in each of the nine heats and the next fastest five, advanced to the quarterfinal round.

  Advance on placement
  Advance on time

Heat one *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Charlie Greene   United States 10.09
2 Hideo Iijima   Japan 10.24
3 Canagasabai Kunalan   Singapore 10.47
4 Wiesław Maniak   Poland 10.49
5 Barka Sy   Senegal 10.61

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jim Hines   United States 10.26
2 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa   Madagascar 10.30
3 Gaoussou Koné   Ivory Coast 10.37
4 Amos Omolo   Uganda 10.50
5 Porfirio Veras   Dominican Republic 10.51
6 Julius Sang   Kenya 10.64
7 Jorge Vizcarrondo   Puerto Rico 10.71
8 Manuel Planchart   Venezuela 10.80

Heat three

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Enrique Figuerola   Cuba 10.40
2 Iván Moreno   Chile 10.53
3 Barrie Kelly   Great Britain 10.55
4 Yevgeny Sinyayev   Soviet Union 10.56
5 Zenon Nowosz   Poland 10.57
6 Charles Asati   Kenya 10.63
7 Jimmy Sierra   Colombia 10.88

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Pablo Montes   Cuba 10.14
2 Mel Pender   United States 10.35
3 Ron Jones   Great Britain 10.45
4 Oleksiy Khlopotnov   Soviet Union 10.49
5 Norris Stubbs   Bahamas 10.67
6 Chen Chuan-show   Republic of China 10.91
7 Philippe Housiaux   Belgium 10.94

Heat five

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Roger Bambuck   France 10.18
2 Heinz Erbstößer   East Germany 10.42
3 Michael Ahey   Ghana 10.59
4 Bernard Nottage   Bahamas 10.64
5 Ennio Preatoni   Italy 10.65
6 Hansruedi Wiedmer   Switzerland 10.75
7 Su Wen-ho   Republic of China 10.81

Heat six *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Lennox Miller   Jamaica 10.15
2 Hartmut Schelter   East Germany 10.34
3 Manikavasagam Jegathesan   Malaysia 10.35
4 Robert Ojo   Nigeria 10.47
5 Ron Monsegue   Trinidad and Tobago 10.56
6 Rogelio Onofre   Philippines 10.58
- Tom Robinson   Bahamas DNF

Heat seven

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Harry Jerome   Canada 10.35
2 Karl-Peter Schmidtke   West Germany 10.38
3 Harald Eggers   East Germany 10.38
4 Kola Abdulai   Nigeria 10.45
5 Miguel Angel González   Mexico 10.59
6 Pablo McNeil   Jamaica 10.62
7 Hassan El-Mech   Morocco 10.79
8 Morgan Gesmalla   Sudan 11.09

Heat eight

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Gérard Fenouil   France 10.42
2 Gerhard Wucherer   West Germany 10.42
3 Marian Dudziak   Poland 10.46
4 Vladislav Sapeya   Soviet Union 10.46
5 Eddy Monsels   Suriname 10.48
6 Greg Lewis   Australia 10.55
7 Félix Bécquer   Mexico 10.72
8 Rafael Santos   El Salvador 11.22

Heat nine

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Hermes Ramírez   Cuba 10.30
2 Andrés Calonge   Argentina 10.44
3 Jocelyn Delecour   France 10.45
4 Gert Metz   West Germany 10.55
5 Norman Chihota   Tanzania 10.57
6 Horacio Esteves   Venezuela 10.65
7 José Luis Sánchez Paraíso   Spain 10.69
8 Juan Argüello   Nicaragua 11.18

QuarterfinalsEdit

The top four runners in each of the four heats advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Lennox Miller   Jamaica 10.11
2 Jim Hines   United States 10.14
3 Enrique Figuerola   Cuba 10.23
4 Iván Moreno   Chile 10.37
5 Andrés Calonge   Argentina 10.39
6 Ron Jones   Great Britain 10.42
7 Karl-Peter Schmidtke   West Germany 10.48
8 Vladislav Sapeya   Soviet Union 10.51

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Hermes Ramírez   Cuba 10.10
2 Mel Pender   United States 10.16
3 Roger Bambuck   France 10.17
4 Harry Jerome   Canada 10.22
5 Heinz Erbstößer   East Germany 10.28
6 Gerhard Wucherer   West Germany 10.33
7 Kola Abdulai   Nigeria 10.38
8 Michael Ahey   Ghana 10.49

Heat three *

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Pablo Montes   Cuba 10.16
2 Hartmut Schelter   East Germany 10.29
3 Hideo Iijima   Japan 10.31
4 Gérard Fenouil   France 10.31
5 Marian Dudziak   Poland 10.32
6 Manikavasagam Jegathesan   Malaysia 10.38
7 Amos Omolo   Uganda 10.45
8 Robert Ojo   Nigeria 10.45

Heat four

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Charlie Greene   United States 10.02
2 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa   Madagascar 10.18 NR
3 Gaoussou Koné   Ivory Coast 10.22
4 Harald Eggers   East Germany 10.25
5 Barrie Kelly   Great Britain 10.35
6 Jocelyn Delecour   France 10.36
7 Canagasabai Kunalan   Singapore 10.38
8 Eddy Monsels   Suriname 10.45

SemifinalsEdit

The top four runners in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.

Heat one

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Jim Hines   United States 10.08
2 Roger Bambuck   France 10.11
3 Harry Jerome   Canada 10.17
4 Mel Pender   United States 10.21
5 Enrique Figuerola   Cuba 10.23
6 Hermes Ramírez   Cuba 10.25
7 Harald Eggers   East Germany 10.29
8 Hideo Iijima   Japan 10.34

Heat two

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Charlie Greene   United States 10.13
2 Lennox Miller   Jamaica 10.15
3 Pablo Montes   Cuba 10.19
4 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa   Madagascar 10.26
5 Gaoussou Koné   Ivory Coast 10.27
6 Iván Moreno   Chile 10.37
7 Gérard Fenouil   France 10.40
8 Hartmut Schelter   East Germany 10.40

Key: WR = World record; EWR = Equalled world record; DNF = Did not finish; * Wind assisted

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games: Men's 100 metres". Sports Reference. Retrieved 28 June 2017.