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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964

Gold: USA Bob Hayes
Silver: CUB Enrique Figuerola
Bronze: CAN Harry Jerome

Summary

By the time of the Tokyo Olympics, the overwhelming favorite was the American, Bob Hayes. A powerful runner who also played American football at Florida A&M University, Hayes became noticed in 1962 when he ran 9.2 and 10.1, and then in 1963 he broke the world record for 100 yards, running the first legal time of 9.1, a mark he equaled three more times before Tokyo. He did not lose a 100 yard/metre race between 1962 and the Tokyo Olympics. He won the AAU Title in 1962-64 as well. His main opposition in Tokyo was felt to be Canadian Harry Jerome and Cuba’s Enrique Figuerola.

But in reality, there was no opposition. In the semi-finals, Hayes ran an automatic time of 9.91, although it was strongly wind-aided. In the final he drew lane one, which the day before had been chewed up in the rain by the 10,000 metre runners, and early in the day the 20 km. walkers had also ripped up the red clay track. It mattered little to Hayes, as his margin of victory was described by Track & Field News as “insulting to an Olympic final field.” Hayes retired after the 1964 Olympics, and played professional football with the Dallas Cowboys. Many athletics historians still consider him the fastest sprinter ever.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Bob Hayes 21 United States USA Gold
2 Enrique Figuerola 26 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Harry Jerome 24 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Wiesław Maniak 26 Poland POL
5 Heinz Schumann 28 Germany GER
6T Gaoussou Koné 20 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6T Mel Pender 26 United States USA
8 Tom Robinson 26 Bahamas BAH
5 h1 r3/4 Bob Lay 20 Australia AUS
5 h2 r3/4 Claude Piquemal 25 France FRA
6 h1 r3/4 Pablo McNeil 25 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r3/4 Lynn Headley 21 Jamaica JAM
7 h1 r3/4 Arquímedes Herrera 29 Venezuela VEN
7 h2 r3/4 Hideo Iijima 20 Japan JPN
8 h1 r3/4 Trent Jackson 22 United States USA
8 h2 r3/4 Fritz Obersiebrasse 23 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/4 Dennis Johnson 25 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r2/4 Edvin Ozolin 25 Soviet Union URS
5 h3 r2/4 Mani Jegathesan 20 Malaysia MAS
5 h4 r2/4 Peter Radford 25 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/4 Marian Dudziak 23 Poland POL
6 h2 r2/4 Bouchaib El-Maachi Morocco MAR
6 h3 r2/4 Iván Moreno 22 Chile CHI
6 h4 r2/4 Roger Bambuck 18 France FRA
7 h1 r2/4 Bernard Laidebeur 22 France FRA
7 h2 r2/4 John Owiti Kenya KEN
7 h3 r2/4 Stanley Allotey 21 Ghana GHA
7 h4 r2/4 Michael Ahey 24 Ghana GHA
8 h1 r2/4 Bill Earle 23 Australia AUS
8 h3 r2/4 Lloyd Murad 31 Venezuela VEN
4 h1 r1/4 Ken Powell 24 India IND
4 h2 r1/4 Csaba Csutorás 27 Hungary HUN
4 h3 r1/4 Frans Luitjes 20 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r1/4 Carlos Lorenzo 22 Mexico MEX
4 h5 r1/4 James Odongo 19 Uganda UGA
4 h6 r1/4 Seraphino Antao 26 Kenya KEN
4 h7 r1/4 José de Rocha 28 Portugal POR
4 h8 r1/4 Ito Giani 23 Italy ITA
4 h9 r1/4 László Mihályfi 25 Hungary HUN
4 h10r1/4 Manfred Knickenberg 27 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/4 Zbigniew Syka 28 Poland POL
5 h2 r1/4 Johan Du Preez 28 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 h3 r1/4 Wilton Jackson 28 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h4 r1/4 George Collie 22 Bahamas BAH
5 h5 r1/4 Gusman Kosanov 29 Soviet Union URS
5 h6 r1/4 Huba Rozsnyai 21 Hungary HUN
5 h7 r1/4 Bassirou Doumbia 22 Senegal SEN
5 h8 r1/4 Rogelio Onofre 24 Philippines PHI
5 h9 r1/4 Gary Holdsworth 23 Australia AUS
5 h10r1/4 Léon Yombe 20 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
6 h1 r1/4 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa 21 Madagascar MAD
6 h2 r1/4 Jeong Gi-Seon 27 South Korea KOR
6 h3 r1/4 Lynn Davies 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r1/4 Masaru Kamata 24 Japan JPN
6 h5 r1/4 Abdoulaye N'Diaye 23 Senegal SEN
6 h6 r1/4 Alf Meakin 26 Great Britain GBR
6 h7 r1/4 Francisco Gutiérrez 22 Colombia COL
6 h8 r1/4 Khudhir Zalata 26 Iraq IRQ
6 h9 r1/4 Max Barandun 21 Switzerland SUI
6 h10r1/4 Alberto Torres 30 Dominican Republic DOM
7 h1 r1/4 Sara Camara 24 Mali MLI
7 h2 r1/4 Arnulfo Valles 24 Philippines PHI
7 h3 r1/4 Gerardo di Tolla 21 Peru PER
7 h4 r1/4 Ho Thành Chinh 22 South Vietnam VNM
7 h5 r1/4 Levi Psavkin 25 Israel ISR
7 h6 r1/4 David Njitock 22 Cameroon CMR
7 h7 r1/4 Iftikhar Shah 24 Pakistan PAK
7 h9 r1/4 Jeffery Smith 21 Zambia ZAM
7 h10r1/4 Suthi Manyakass 26 Thailand THA
8 h3 r1/4 Lee Ar-Tu 26 Chinese Taipei TPE
8 h6 r1/4 Akbar Babakhanlou 25 Iran IRI
8 h10r1/4 Rogelio Rivas 20 Spain ESP
AC h9 r1/4 Wesley Johnson 20 Liberia LBR