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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 14, 1968

Gold: USA Jim Hines
Silver: JAM Lennox Miller
Bronze: USA Charlie Greene

Summary

The 1968 Olympic Games were held in Ciudad de México (Mexico City), which sits at an altitude of 2,240 metres (7,350 feet). Though organizers and the IOC were worried about the effects of the altitude on distance runners, they were not expecting the deluge of fast times in the short races and jumps. The world record was broken multiple times in the triple jump, Bob Beamon set his legendary world record in the long jump, and the sprinters went wild. The two favorites were Americans Jim Hines and Charlie Greene, both of whom had run several times under 10 seconds, not all of them with legal wind, however, and most hand-timed. The only non-American contender appeared to be Jamaican Lennox Miller. In the Olympic final, after a spate of fast times in the rounds, Jim Hines got off slowly but began a steady drive that took him to the gold medal in 9.95 seconds, the first legal time under 10 seconds on automatic timing. Miller pipped Greene at the line for the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jim Hines 22 United States USA Gold WR
2 Lennox Miller 22 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Charlie Greene 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Pablo Montes 20 Cuba CUB
5 Roger Bambuck 22 France FRA
6 Mel Pender 30 United States USA
7 Harry Jerome 28 Canada CAN
8 Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa 25 Madagascar MAD
5 h1 r3/4 Enrique Figuerola 30 Cuba CUB
5 h2 r3/4 Gaoussou Koné 24 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h1 r3/4 Hermes Ramírez 20 Cuba CUB
6 h2 r3/4 Iván Moreno 26 Chile CHI
7 h1 r3/4 Harald Eggers 26 East Germany GDR
7 h2 r3/4 Gérard Fenouil 23 France FRA
8 h1 r3/4 Hideo Iijima 24 Japan JPN
8 h2 r3/4 Hartmut Schelter 25 East Germany GDR
5 h1 r2/4 Andrés Calonge 23 Argentina ARG
5 h2 r2/4 Heinz Erbstößer 28 East Germany GDR
5 h3 r2/4 Marian Dudziak 27 Poland POL
5 h4 r2/4 Barrie Kelly 28 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/4 Ron Jones 34 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/4 Gerhard Wucherer 20 West Germany FRG
6 h3 r2/4 Mani Jegathesan 24 Malaysia MAS
6 h4 r2/4 Jocelyn Delecour 33 France FRA
7 h1 r2/4 Karl-Peter Schmidtke 22 West Germany FRG
7 h2 r2/4 Kola Abdulai 21 Nigeria NGR
7 h3 r2/4 Amos Omolo 31 Uganda UGA
7 h4 r2/4 Canagasabai Kunalan 25 Singapore SIN
8 h1 r2/4 Vladislav Sapeya 25 Soviet Union URS
8 h2 r2/4 Michael Ahey 28 Ghana GHA
8 h3 r2/4 Robert Ojo 27 Nigeria NGR
8 h4 r2/4 Eddy Monsels 20 Suriname SUR
4 h1 r1/4 Wiesław Maniak 30 Poland POL
4 h3 r1/4 Yevgeny Sinyayev 20 Soviet Union URS
4 h4 r1/4 Oleksiy Khlopotnov 22 Soviet Union URS
4 h5 r1/4 Bernard Nottage 24 Bahamas BAH
4 h9 r1/4 Gert Metz 26 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r1/4 Barka Sy 25 Senegal SEN
5 h2 r1/4 Porfirio Veras 25 Dominican Republic DOM
5 h3 r1/4 Zenon Nowosz 24 Poland POL
5 h4 r1/4 Norris Stubbs 19 Bahamas BAH
5 h5 r1/4 Ennio Preatoni 23 Italy ITA
5 h6 r1/4 Ron Monsegue 26 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h7 r1/4 Miguel Angel González 24 Mexico MEX
5 h9 r1/4 Norman Chihota 21 Tanzania TAN
6 h2 r1/4 Julius Sang 22 Kenya KEN
6 h3 r1/4 Charles Asati 22 Kenya KEN
6 h4 r1/4 Chen Chuan-Show 27 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h5 r1/4 Hansruedi Wiedmer 23 Switzerland SUI
6 h6 r1/4 Rogelio Onofre 28 Philippines PHI
6 h7 r1/4 Pablo McNeil 29 Jamaica JAM
6 h8 r1/4 Greg Lewis 21 Australia AUS
6 h9 r1/4 Horacio Esteves 27 Venezuela VEN
7 h2 r1/4 Jorge Vizcarrondo 20 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h3 r1/4 Jimmy Sierra 19 Colombia COL
7 h4 r1/4 Philippe Housiaux 20 Belgium BEL
7 h5 r1/4 Su Wen-Ho 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
7 h7 r1/4 Hassan El-Mech Morocco MAR
7 h8 r1/4 Félix Bécquer 21 Mexico MEX
7 h9 r1/4 José Luis Sánchez 26 Spain ESP
8 h2 r1/4 Manuel Planchart 26 Venezuela VEN
8 h7 r1/4 Morgan Gesmalla Sudan SUD
8 h8 r1/4 Rafael Santos 24 El Salvador ESA
8 h9 r1/4 Juan Argüello 21 Nicaragua NCA
AC h6 r1/4 Tom Robinson 30 Bahamas BAH