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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 16, 1964

Gold: USA Rex Cawley
Silver: GBR John Cooper
Bronze: ITA Salvatore Morale
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At the US Olympic Trials in 1964, Warren "Rex" Cawley won in a world record 49.1. He had won the 1963 AAU title and was favored in Tokyo. In the final he got off to a terrible start, trailing Roberto Frinolli through the first half of the race. But he faded and Cawley took the lead at the seventh hurdle, pulling away to an easy victory. The silver medalist was Briton John Cooper, who died on 3 March 1974 in the Turkish Air Lines crash over France that killed 346 people.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rex Cawley 24 United States USA Gold
2 John Cooper 23 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Salvatore Morale 25 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Gary Knoke 22 Australia AUS
5 Jay Luck 24 United States USA
6 Roberto Frinolli 23 Italy ITA
7 Vasyl Anisimov 26 Soviet Union URS
8 Wilfried Geeroms 23 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r2/3 Peter Warden 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Ken Roche 22 Australia AUS
6 h1 r2/3 Ferdinand Haas 24 Germany GER
6 h2 r2/3 Billy Hardin 22 United States USA
7 h1 r2/3 Edvīns Zāģeris 21 Soviet Union URS
7 h2 r2/3 Víctor Maldonado 25 Venezuela VEN
8 h1 r2/3 Jaakko Tuominen 20 Finland FIN
8 h2 r2/3 Juan Carlos Dyrzka 23 Argentina ARG
4 h2 r1/3 Joachim Singer 21 Germany GER
4 h3 r1/3 Jorem Ochana 29 Uganda UGA
4 h4 r1/3 Mike Hogan 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h5 r1/3 Jean-Jacques Behm 22 France FRA
5 h1 r1/3 Bill Gairdner 23 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/3 Bogusław Gierajewski 27 Poland POL
5 h3 r1/3 Robert Poirier 22 France FRA
5 h4 r1/3 Keiji Ogushi 30 Japan JPN
5 h5 r1/3 Keiko Iijima 26 Japan JPN
6 h1 r1/3 Helmut Haid 25 Austria AUT
6 h2 r1/3 Samir Vincent 23 Iraq IRQ
6 h3 r1/3 Valeriu Jurcă 25 Romania ROU
6 h4 r1/3 José Cavero 24 Peru PER
6 h5 r1/3 Mamadou Sarr 26 Senegal SEN
7 h2 r1/3 Kiyoo Yui 21 Japan JPN
7 h3 r1/3 Kimaru Songok Kenya KEN
7 h4 r1/3 Karu Selvaratnam 23 Malaysia MAS
7 h5 r1/3 Amrit Pal 25 India IND
8 h2 r1/3 Michael Ryan 22 Australia AUS
8 h3 r1/3 Mansour ul-Haq Awan 22 Pakistan PAK
8 h5 r1/3 Imants Kukličs 26 Soviet Union URS
AC h1 r1/3 Horst Gieseler 22 Germany GER
AC h4 r1/3 Ðani Kovač 25 Yugoslavia YUG