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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 800 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 15, 1968

Gold: AUS Ralph Doubell
Silver: KEN Wilson Kiprugut
Bronze: USA Tom Farrell


The favorites were 1964 bronze medalist [Wilson Kiprugut] (KEN) and American [Wade Bell]. But Bell developed Montezuma’s Revenge in Mexico and was eliminated in the first round. The semi-finals were won by Australian [Ralph Doubell] and the FRG’s [Walter Adams]. Kiprugut led out the final in 24.8 and 51.0, and continued to lead at 600 over Doubell. Doubell kicked off the final curve and Kiprugut could not answer. American [Tom Farrell] outkicked Adams in the stretch to win the bronze medal. Doubell’s winning time equaled the world record of [Peter Snell].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ralph Doubell 23 Australia AUS Gold
2 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya KEN Silver
3 Tom Farrell 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Walter Adams 23 West Germany FRG
5 Jozef Plachý 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Dieter Fromm 20 East Germany GDR
7 Thomas Saisi 23 Kenya KEN
8 Ben Cayenne 24 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h1 r2/3 Ron Kutschinski 21 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Robert Ouko 19 Kenya KEN
6 h1 r2/3 Jean-Pierre Dufresne 23 France FRA
6 h2 r2/3 Byron Dyce 20 Jamaica JAM
7 h2 r2/3 Franz-Josef Kemper 23 West Germany FRG
8 h2 r2/3 Dave Cropper 22 Great Britain GBR
2 h4 r1/3 Henryk Szordykowski 24 Poland POL
3 h1 r1/3 Matias Habtemichael 17 Ethiopia ETH
3 h3 r1/3 Noel Carroll 26 Ireland IRL
3 h5 r1/3 Tomáš Jungwirth 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h6 r1/3 Yevhen Arzhanov 20 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/3 Papa M'Baye N'Diaye 30 Senegal SEN
4 h2 r1/3 Ramasamy Subramaniam 28 Malaysia MAS
4 h3 r1/3 Ahmed Issa 25 Chad CHA
4 h4 r1/3 John Ametepey 29 Ghana GHA
4 h5 r1/3 Anders Gärderud 22 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/3 Wade Bell 23 United States USA
5 h2 r1/3 Gilbert Van Manshoven 22 Belgium BEL
5 h3 r1/3 Roberto Silva 21 Mexico MEX
5 h4 r1/3 Gilles Sibon 23 France FRA
5 h5 r1/3 Jun Nagai 24 Japan JPN
5 h6 r1/3 Mamo Sebsibe 24 Ethiopia ETH
6 h1 r1/3 Róbert Honti 25 Hungary HUN
6 h3 r1/3 Gerd Larsen 26 Denmark DEN
6 h4 r1/3 Chris Carter 25 Great Britain GBR
6 h5 r1/3 Angelo Hussein Sudan SUD
6 h6 r1/3 Gianni Del Buono 25 Italy ITA
7 h4 r1/3 José L'Oficial 20 Dominican Republic DOM
7 h5 r1/3 Jacques Pennewaert 28 Belgium BEL
7 h6 r1/3 Xaver Frick, Jr. 22 Liechtenstein LIE
8 h4 r1/3 Alfredo Cubías 22 El Salvador ESA
8 h5 r1/3 Francisco Menocal 22 Nicaragua NCA
8 h6 r1/3 Carlos Báez 20 Puerto Rico PUR
AC h2 r1/3 Guillermo Cuello 27 Argentina ARG
AC h3 r1/3 Neville Myton 22 Jamaica JAM