You Are Here > > > > > Men's 800 metres

Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

Athletics at the 1968 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games ▪ Next Summer Games


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
Support us without the ads? Go Ad-Free!


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