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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 19, 1964
Date Finished: October 20, 1964
Format: Scoring by 1962 point tables.

Gold: GER Willi Holdorf
Silver: URS Rein Aun
Bronze: GER Hans-Joachim Walde

Summary

The United States had won all the Olympic decathlons since 1928, but in 1964 they had no leading contender. The early favorite was C. K. Yang who had won the 1960 silver medal behind Rafer Johnson. But the event was in turmoil in 1964. In 1962, the pole vault was being converted to a fiberglass pole and the new heights achieved made pole vault points well out of proportion to the other events. Yang was a top pole vaulter and at the 1963 Mt. Sac Relays he shattered the world record with 9,121 points, breaking the record after only nine events, and clearing 4.84 15-10½) in the vault in the process. Yang would later clear 5 metres [16-4¾) in the vault. The problem with the vault led officials to change the scoring tables the year before the Tokyo Olympics, which took away much of Yang’s dominance over the field. After that change, there was no clear favorite in Tokyo. [Vasily Kuznetsov of the USSR had won the European Championships in 1954, 1958, and 1962, and had won bronze medals in both 1956 and 1960. But he was 32-years-old in 1964, and not at his best. At Tokyo, the gold medal went to the German Willi Holdorf, who had been German champion in 1960, 1961, and 1963. Yang was injured at Tokyo and was a well-beaten fifth, with Kuznetsov back in seventh.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1962HT) P(1985HT)
1 Willi Holdorf 24 Germany GER Gold 7,887 7.726
2 Rein Aun 24 Soviet Union URS Silver 7,842 7.677
3 Hans-Joachim Walde 22 Germany GER Bronze 7,809 7.666
4 Paul Herman 23 United States USA 7,787 7.651
5 Yang C. K. 31 Chinese Taipei TPE 7,650 7.539
6 Horst Beyer 24 Germany GER 7,647 7.488
7 Vasily Kuznetsov 32 Soviet Union URS 7,569 7.454
8 Mykhailo Storozhenko 26 Soviet Union URS 7,464 7.307
9 Russ Hodge 25 United States USA 7,325 7.130
10 Dick Emberger 26 United States USA 7,292 7.126
11 Bill Gairdner 23 Canada CAN 7,147 6.989
12 Valbjörn Þorláksson 30 Iceland ISL 7,135 6.958
13 Franco Sar 30 Italy ITA 7,054 6.888
14 Alois Büchel 23 Liechtenstein LIE 6,849 6.629
15 Shosuke Suzuki 27 Japan JPN 6,838 6.654
16 Gerry Moro 21 Canada CAN 6,716 6.540
17 Koech Kiprop Kenya KEN 6,707 6.556
18 Dramane Sereme 22 Mali MLI 5,917 5.804
AC Werner Duttweiler 24 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Héctor Thomas 26 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Eef Kamerbeek 30 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Wu Ah-Min 26 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF