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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 19, 1968
Format: Scoring by 1962 point tables.

Gold: USA Bill Toomey
Silver: FRG Hans-Joachim Walde
Bronze: FRG Kurt Bendlin

Summary

By 1968 the top decathlete was considered to be the American Bill Toomey, who had won the AAU Championships from 1964-68. At the 1966 AAU he had bettered the world record, although the mark was never ratified by the IAAF. The leading Europeans were the West Germans, with Werner von Moltke having won the 1966 European Championship, and the 1964 silver medalist, Hans-Joachim Walde, also competing. In the 400 metres, Toomey took the lead with a stunning mark of 45.68 seconds in the thin Mexican air, winning that phase by 2.7 seconds over West German Kurt Bendlin. He was never headed after that. But going into the final event, he led by only 61 points over Bendlin and 74 points over Walde. Bendlin was not considered a threat in the 1,500 but Walde was, although he would have to defeat Toomey by 7-8 seconds to win. But he was unable to shake Toomey in the 1,500 and in the homestretch, Toomey sprinted, out-kicking by Walde by 1.2 seconds, and winning the gold medal. The sixth-place finisher in 1968, Tom Waddell, became a prominent gay activist and started the Gay Olympics, although the name had to be changed to the Gay Games, when the IOC objected to the use of Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1962HT) P(1985HT) P(1985AT)
1 Bill Toomey 29 United States USA Gold 8.193 8.064 8.144 OR
2 Hans-Joachim Walde 26 West Germany FRG Silver 8.111 8.032 8.094
3 Kurt Bendlin 25 West Germany FRG Bronze 8.064 8.005 8.071
4 Mykola Avilov 20 Soviet Union URS 7.909 7.795 7.862
5 Joachim Kirst 21 East Germany GDR 7.861 7.702 7.760
6 Tom Waddell 30 United States USA 7.719 7.608 7.675
7 Rick Sloan 21 United States USA 7.692 7.553 7.618
8 Steen Smidt-Jensen 23 Denmark DEN 7.648 7.507 7.564
9 Ed de Noorlander 23 Netherlands NED 7.554 7.380 7.443
10 Manfred Tiedtke 26 East Germany GDR 7.551 7.387 7.450
11 Lennart Hedmark 24 Sweden SWE 7.481 7.339 7.396
12 Walter Dießl 25 Austria AUT 7.465 7.302 7.358
13 Clive Longe 29 Great Britain GBR 7.338 7.175 7.240
14 Jānis Lanka 28 Soviet Union URS 7.227 6.938 7.011
15 Wu Ah-Min 30 Chinese Taipei TPE 7.209 7.081 7.154
16 Spas Dzhurov 23 Bulgaria BUL 7.173 6.992 7.056
17 Roger Lespagnard 21 Belgium BEL 7.125 6.932 7.005
18 Urs Trautmann 28 Switzerland SUI 7.044 6.850 6.923
19 Franz Biedermann 22 Liechtenstein LIE 6.323 6.160 6.220
20 Don Vélez 20 Nicaragua NCA 5.943 5.757 5.823
AC Gert Herunter 26 Austria AUT DNF
AC Hansruedi Kunz 23 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Charlemagne Anyamah 30 France FRA DNF
AC Roberto Carmona 24 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Valbjörn Þorláksson 34 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Herbert Wessel 24 East Germany GDR DNF
AC Chen Chuan-Show 27 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF
AC Rein Aun 28 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC Ho Henh Phươc 28 South Vietnam VNM DNF
AC Horst Mandl 32 Austria AUT DNF
AC Dominique Rakotorahalahy 24 Madagascar MAD DNF
AC Werner von Moltke 32 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Werner Duttweiler 28 Switzerland SUI DNF