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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 17, 1964
Date Finished: October 19, 1964

Gold: USA Mike Larrabee
Silver: TTO Wendell Mottley
Bronze: POL Andrzej Badeński

Summary

The best 400 runner in 1964 was probably Henry Carr, but he chose to run only the 200, in which he won the gold medal. Ulis Williams had won the AAU title in 1962-63 and was likely the favorite until the Olympic Trials. There, he finished second to Mike Larrabee, who won the event in a world-record equaling 44.9. Britain's Robbie Brightwell was also a challenger, having won the 1962 European Championship, as was Trinidad's Wendell Mottley. In the final, Mottley led thru 200 metres over Poland's Andrzej Badeński. Larrabee was almost in last place but pulled up to fifth at 300 metres, and then closed quickly to catch Mottley 10 metres from the line, Badeński holding on for the bronze medal. Brightwell was disappointed to be out of the medals, but his fiancé, Ann Packer, would win gold for the family in the women's 800. Williams was never a factor in the final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mike Larrabee 30 United States USA Gold
2 Wendell Mottley 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Silver
3 Andrzej Badeński 21 Poland POL Bronze
4 Robbie Brightwell 24 Great Britain GBR
5 Ulis Williams 22 United States USA
6 Tim Graham 25 Great Britain GBR
7 Peter Vassella 23 Australia AUS
8 Edwin Skinner 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h1 r3/4 Jörg Jüttner 23 Germany GER
5 h2 r3/4 Ollan Cassell 27 United States USA
6 h1 r3/4 Laurie Khan 21 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r3/4 Bill Crothers 23 Canada CAN
7 h1 r3/4 Tegegne Bezabeh 23 Ethiopia ETH
7 h2 r3/4 Kent Bernard 22 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h1 r3/4 Jean-Pierre Boccardo 22 France FRA
8 h2 r3/4 James Addy 24 Ghana GHA
5 h1 r2/4 Peter Laeng 22 Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r2/4 Josef Trousil 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h3 r2/4 Rupert Hoilette 18 Jamaica JAM
5 h4 r2/4 Adrian Metcalfe 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/4 Sergio Bello 22 Italy ITA
6 h2 r2/4 Johannes Schmitt 21 Germany GER
6 h3 r2/4 Gary Eddy 19 Australia AUS
6 h4 r2/4 Pedro Grajales 24 Colombia COL
7 h1 r2/4 Ebenezer Quartey 30 Ghana GHA
7 h2 r2/4 Ken Roche 22 Australia AUS
7 h3 r2/4 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya KEN
7 h4 r2/4 Viktor Bychkov 26 Soviet Union URS
8 h1 r2/4 Muhammad Sadiq 26 Pakistan PAK
8 h2 r2/4 Hryhoriy Sverbetov 25 Soviet Union URS
8 h3 r2/4 Vadim Arkhipchuk 27 Soviet Union URS
4 h7 r1/4 Ireneusz Kluczek 24 Poland POL
5 h1 r1/4 Stanisław Swatowski 30 Poland POL
5 h2 r1/4 Arsenio Jazmin 29 Philippines PHI
5 h3 r1/4 Amos Omolo 27 Uganda UGA
5 h7 r1/4 Hortensio Fucil 25 Venezuela VEN
6 h1 r1/4 István Gyulai 21 Hungary HUN
6 h3 r1/4 Juan Carlos Dyrzka 23 Argentina ARG
6 h5 r1/4 Jürgen Kalfelder 24 Germany GER
6 h6 r1/4 Somsakdi Tongsuke 25 Thailand THA
6 h7 r1/4 Hirotada Hayase 24 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/4 Didier Mejía 23 Mexico MEX
7 h3 r1/4 Amadou Gakou 24 Senegal SEN
7 h4 r1/4 Víctor Maldonado 25 Venezuela VEN
7 h5 r1/4 Yoyaga Dit Coulibaly 25 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
7 h6 r1/4 Jassim Karim Kuraishi 26 Iraq IRQ
7 h7 r1/4 William Hill 19 Hong Kong HKG
8 h3 r1/4 Daniel Thomas 27 Tanzania TAN
8 h4 r1/4 Jacques Pennewaert 24 Belgium BEL
8 h7 r1/4 Hossein Ghafourizadeh 21 Iran IRI