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Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

The men's 800 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany took place on September 2, 1972.[1]

Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Mike Boit, Dave Wottle, Yevhen Arzhanov 1972.jpg
Left-right: Mike Boit, Dave Wottle, Yevhen Arzhanov
VenueOlympic Stadium
DatesSeptember 2
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Dave Wottle  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yevgeniy Arzhanov  Soviet Union
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mike Boit  Kenya
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SummaryEdit

The race went out very quickly for the first 200 m, with the two Kenyans, Boit and Ouko, pushing the pace. Wottle lagged far behind the rest of the field for the first 300 m, only catching up to the pack around the end of the first lap; the leaders went through the first 400 m in 52.3 seconds. Yevgeniy Arzhanov, the pre-race favorite, made a strong move on the final backstretch, and with only 18 m remaining seemed to have clinched the victory; Wottle's final burst of speed, however, brought him across the line nine inches (23 cm) ahead of Arzhanov, who stumbled and fell in desperation in the final step of the race.

Much has been written about Wottle's technique in winning this race with virtually even 26 second splits. What looked like blazing speed at the end was relative to the other runners who were losing speed after running the first part of the race so fast.[2][3]

Wottle had equaled the world record winning the US trials. Still, few had expected Wottle, who had suffered tendinitis in his knees earlier that summer, to defeat Arzhanov, as the Soviet had not lost an 800 m final in four years, and the American win over their Cold War rivals added extra drama to an already exciting race; Wottle himself was so surprised at winning the race that he forgot to remove his golf cap when the U.S. national anthem was played at the medal ceremony. When reporters later asked him if his failure to remove the cap, a good luck charm which he always wore while racing, was a protest against the Vietnam War, Wottle replied that he had merely forgotten and formally apologized to the American people.[4]

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Qualification rule: First 3 of each heat advance directly (Q) to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Alain Sans   France 1:49.2 Q
2 1 Mansour Guettaya   Tunisia 1:49.4 Q
3 1 Azzedine Azzouzi   Algeria 1:49.4 Q
4 1 Rick Wohlhuter   United States 1:49.4
5 1 Reza Entezari   Iran 1:50.5
6 1 Édouard Rasoanaivo   Madagascar 1:50.8
7 1 Alphonse Mandonda   Republic of the Congo 1:51.2
1 Mohamed Aboker   Somalia DQ
1 2 Robert Ouko   Kenya 1:47.4 Q
2 2 Jože Međimurec   Yugoslavia 1:48.1 Q
3 2 Yevhen Volkov   Soviet Union 1:48.6 Q
4 2 Fernando Mamede   Portugal 1:48.6
5 2 Mohamed Sid Ali Djouadi   Algeria 1:50.4
6 2 Colin Campbell   Great Britain 1:54.8
7 2 Francisco Menocal   Nicaragua 1:58.6
8 2 Thomas Howe   Liberia 2:00.7
1 3 Franz-Josef Kemper   West Germany 1:47.3 Q
2 3 Dave Cropper   Great Britain 1:47.5 Q
3 3 Rolf Gysin   Switzerland 1:47.5 Q
4 3 Roqui Sanchez   France 1:47.9
5 3 Thomas Saisi   Kenya 1:48.5
6 3 András Zsinka   Hungary 1:49.0
7 3 Daniel Andrade   Senegal 1:53.9
3 Saad Maaz Abdulrazak   Saudi Arabia DNS
1 4 Mulugetta Tadesse   Ethiopia 1:47.1 Q
2 4 Dave Wottle   United States 1:47.6 Q
3 4 Josef Schmid   West Germany 1:47.8 Q
4 4 Graeme Rootham   Australia 1:48.2
5 4 Lennox Stewart   Trinidad and Tobago 1:48.7
6 4 Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson   Iceland 1:50.8
7 4 Roger Kangni   Togo 1:52.1
4 M'Hamad Amakdouf   Morocco DNS
1 5 Yevgeniy Arzhanov   Soviet Union 1:48.3 Q
2 5 Andrzej Kupczyk   Poland 1:48.5 Q
3 5 Nimir Hussein Angelo Koko   Sudan 1:48.9 Q
4 5 Gheorghe Ghipu   Romania 1:50.1
5 5 Carlos Dalurzo   Argentina 1:50.6
6 5 Héctor López   Venezuela 1:50.8
5 Walter Adams   West Germany DNF
5 Antonio Fernández   Spain DQ
1 6 Dieter Fromm   East Germany 1:46.9 Q
2 6 Jozef Plachý   Czechoslovakia 1:47.1 Q
3 6 Manuel Gayoso   Spain 1:47.5 Q
4 6 Sriram Singh   India 1:47.7
5 6 Francis Gonzalez   France 1:48.8
6 6 Mehmet Tümkan   Turkey 1:49.5
7 6 Hamze Kassem   Lebanon 1:52.5
8 6 Harry Nkopeka   Malawi 1:57.7
1 7 Mike Boit   Kenya 1:47.3 Q
2 7 Herman Mignon   Belgium 1:47.5 Q
3 7 Andy Carter   Great Britain 1:47.6 Q
4 7 Byron Dyce   Jamaica 1:48.0
5 7 Benson Mulomba   Zambia 1:53.4
6 7 Jimmy Crampton   Burma 1:54.2
7 7 Fritz Pierre   Haiti 2:01.5
7 Franco Arese   Italy DNS
1 8 Ivan Ivanov   Soviet Union 1:51.0 Q
2 8 Ken Swenson   United States 1:51.1 Q
3 8 Francis Murphy   Ireland 1:51.1 Q
4 8 Sjef Hensgens   Netherlands 1:51.2
5 8 Donaldo Arza   Panama 1:51.2
6 8 Jaiye Abidoye   Nigeria 1:52.0
7 8 Muhammad Siddique   Pakistan 1:52.6
8 8 Shibrou Regassa   Ethiopia 1:53.3

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification rule: First 2 of each semifinal (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Robert Ouko   Kenya 1:47.6 Q
2 1 Dieter Fromm   East Germany 1:48.1 Q
3 1 Dave Cropper   Great Britain 1:48.4
4 1 Josef Schmid   West Germany 1:48.8
5 1 Francis Murphy   Ireland 1:49.2
6 1 Azzedine Azzouzi   Algeria 1:49.4
7 1 Alain Sans   France 1:49.6
8 1 Yevgeniy Volkov   Soviet Union 1:50.1
1 2 Dave Wottle   United States 1:48.7 Q
2 2 Franz-Josef Kemper   West Germany 1:48.8 Q
3 2 Jozef Plachý   Czechoslovakia 1:48.9
4 2 Jože Međimurec   Yugoslavia 1:49.0
5 2 Ivan Ivanov   Soviet Union 1:49.6
6 2 Herman Mignon   Belgium 1:49.7
7 2 Mansour Guettaya   Tunisia 1:49.8
8 2 Nimir Hussein Angelo Koko   Sudan 1:51.1
1 3 Mike Boit   Kenya 1:45.9 Q
2 3 Yevgeniy Arzhanov   Soviet Union 1:46.3 Q
3 3 Andy Carter   Great Britain 1:46.5 q
4 3 Andrzej Kupczyk   Poland 1:46.7 q
5 3 Manuel Gayoso   Spain 1:47.7
6 3 Rolf Gysin   Switzerland 1:48.2
7 3 Mulugetta Tadesse   Ethiopia 1:48.9
3 Ken Swenson   United States DNF

FinalEdit

 
Franz-Josef Kemper (left) congratulates the winner Dave Wottle
Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Dave Wottle   United States 1:45.86
  Yevgeniy Arzhanov   Soviet Union 1:45.89
  Mike Boit   Kenya 1:46.01
4 Franz-Josef Kemper   West Germany 1:46.50
5 Robert Ouko   Kenya 1:46.53
6 Andy Carter   Great Britain 1:46.55
7 Andrzej Kupczyk   Poland 1:47.10
8 Dieter Fromm   East Germany 1:47.96

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1972 Munich Summer Games: Men's 800 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  2. ^ Moore, Blaine (2010-08-20). The Best Olympic 800m Run in History » Dave Wottle in 1972 | Run to Win. News.runtowin.com. Retrieved on 2018-06-12.
  3. ^ Stewart, Shawn (2 August 2012). What We Can Learn from Olympic Gold Medalist, Dave Wottle. Classical Conversations. Retrieved on 2018-06-12.
  4. ^ Aatish Taseer (5 August 2004). "Too Close To Call". Time. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.

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