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Athletics at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's 800 metres

These are the official results of the Men's 800 metres event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. The competition was held on July 23, 1976, July 24, 1976, and on July 25, 1976.[1]

Men's 800 metres
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
Men 800m final 1976 Olympics.jpg
800 m final, left-right: Van Damme, Juantorena, Wohlhuter, Ovett, Sušanj
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date23 July 1976 (heats)
24 July 1976 (semi-finals)
25 July 1976 (final)
Competitors42 from 30 nations
Winning time1:43.5 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Alberto Juantorena
 Cuba
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ivo van Damme
 Belgium
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Rick Wohlhuter
 United States
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From the gun Alberto Juantorena took an apparent lead against the field through the staggered start. Passing the break at 300 metres, the long striding Cuban was a couple of steps ahead of the noticeably smaller American Rick Wohlhuter. Sriram Singh came from more than 10 metres back at the break to sprint past Juantorena and the rest of the field, to take the lead just after the bell. Singh's lead was short lived as the field bunched then started to make their way around him. Wohlhuter stuck less than a mere step behind Juantorena all the way through the final turn as Ivo van Damme, Willi Wülbeck and future champion Steve Ovett jockeyed for position. Coming off the turn, Juantorena found more speed to pull away from Wohlhuter. As he struggled down the home stretch, Wohlhuter was passed by van Damme 20 metres before the finish.

Juantorena's 1:43.5 (rounded down from the electronic time of 1:43.50) broke Marcello Fiasconaro's hand timed world record of 1:43.7. Despite the erratic pace, Singh's time in 7th place stood as the Asian record until it was broken by Lee Jin-il in 1994.

RecordsEdit

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

World Record 1:43.7   Marcello Fiasconaro Milan (ITA) June 27, 1973
Olympic Record 1:44.40   Ralph Doubell Mexico City (MEX) October 15, 1968

FinalEdit

  • Held on July 25, 1976
RANK FINAL TIME
    Alberto Juantorena (CUB) 1:43.50 (WR)
    Ivo van Damme (BEL) 1:43.86
    Rick Wohlhuter (USA) 1:44.12
4.   Willi Wülbeck (FRG) 1:45.26
5.   Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:45.44
6.   Luciano Sušanj (YUG) 1:45.75
7.   Sriram Singh (IND) 1:45.77
8.   Carlo Grippo (ITA) 1:48.39

SemifinalsEdit

  • Held on July 24, 1976
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.   Alberto Juantorena (CUB) 1:45.88
2.   Ivo van Damme (BEL) 1:46.00
3.   Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:46.14
4.   Sri Ram Singh (IND) 1:46.42
5.   James Robinson (USA) 1:46.43
6.   Marian Gęsicki (POL) 1:47.06
7.   Thomas Wessinghage (FRG) 1:48.18
  Horace Tuitt (TRI) DNF


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.   Rick Wohlhuter (USA) 1:46.72
2.   Carlo Grippo (ITA) 1:46.95
3.   Luciano Sušanj (YUG) 1:47.03
4.   Willi Wülbeck (FRG) 1:47.18
5.   Seymour Newman (JAM) 1:47.22
6.   Leandro Civil (CUB) 1:47.31
7.   Viktor Anokhin (URS) 1:47.71
8.   Frank Clement (GBR) 1:48.28

HeatsEdit

  • Held on July 23, 1976
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.   Rick Wohlhuter (USA) 1:45.71
2.   Sri Ram Singh (IND) 1:45.86
3.   Leandro Civil (CUB) 1:45.88
4.   Marian Gęsicki (POL) 1:46.36
5.   Thomas Wessinghage (FRG) 1:46.56
6.   Viktor Anokhin (URS) 1:46.81
7.   Muhammad Younis (PAK) 1:48.50


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.   Frank Clement (GBR) 1:47.51
2.   James Robinson (USA) 1:47.56
3.   John Walker (NZL) 1:47.63
4.   Andrés Ballbé (ESP) 1:48.38
5.   Fernando Mamede (POR) 1:49.58
6.   Francisco Solis (DOM) 1:55.56
7.   Wilnor Joseph (HAI) 2:15.26


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.   Steve Ovett (GBR) 1:48.27
2.   Seymour Newman (JAM) 1:48.46
3.   Paul-Heinz Wellmann (FRG) 1:48.47
4.   Jozef Plachý (TCH) 1:48.63
5.   Günther Hasler (LIE) 1:48.83
6.   Evert Hoving (NED) 1:48.99
7.   Roy Bottse (SUR) 1:49.85
8.   Erasmo Gómez (NCA) 1:57.97


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.   Alberto Juantorena (CUB) 1:47.15
2.   Carlo Grippo (ITA) 1:47.21
3.   János Zemen (HUN) 1:47.40
4.   Milovan Savić (YUG) 1:47.73
5.   Jorge Ortíz (PUR) 1:51.38
  Roqui Sanchez (FRA) DSQ
  Markku Taskinen (FIN) DNS


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.   Willi Wülbeck (FRG) 1:48.47
2.   Horace Tuitt (TRI) 1:48.48
3.   Vladimir Ponomaryov (URS) 1:48.59
4.   Åke Svensson (SWE) 1:48.86
5.   José Marajo (FRA) 1:49.60
6.   Orlando Greene (BAR) 1:51.43
7.   Attiya Al-Qahtani (KSA) 1:57.67


RANK HEAT 6 TIME
1.   Ivo van Damme (BEL) 1:47.80
2.   Luciano Sušanj (YUG) 1:47.82
3.   Mark Enyeart (USA) 1:47.96
4.   Rolf Gysin (SUI) 1:48.69
5.   Niall O'Shaughnessy (IRL) 1:49.29
6.   Luis Medina (CUB) 1:50.15
7.   Marcel Philippe (FRA) 1:50.81

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games: Men's 800 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017.