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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Date Started: July 23, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
Events: 37

Participants: 1,006 (703 men and 303 women) from 79 countries
Youngest Participant: CIV Céléstine N'Drin (13 years, 4 days)
Oldest Participant: CAN Alex Oakley (50 years, 89 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): GDR Renate Stecher and FRG Annegret Richter (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): GDR East Germany (27 medals)

Overview

The 1976 Olympics were hampered by a boycott by African nations, in response to the New Zealand rugby team having recent toured South Africa. Though it was argued that rugby was not an Olympic sport, it failed to satisfy African sports leaders. The biggest loss in the competition from the boycott came in the 1,500 metres where Tanzania’s Filbert Bayi was co-favorite with New Zealander John Walker. But their great battle never materialized and Walker won the gold medal relatively easily. In the 400 hurdles, the defending champion was Uganda’s John Akii-Bua who was in top form. His competition was to come from an American newcomer, Edwin Moses, who won the gold medal and would eventually become the greatest ever at that discipline. But sadly these two great athletes never met on the track. Three athletes won doubles in 1976: Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena became the first ever to win the 400/800 (save 1906); Lasse Virén again won the 5,000/10,000 distance races; and the Soviets Tatyana Kazankina won the 800 and 1,500 metres for women. There were numerous world records set on the Montréal track – Moses in the 400H, Anders Gärderud (SWE) in the steeplechase, Miklós Németh (HUN) in the javelin, Bruce Jenner (USA) in the decathlon, Annegret Richter (GDR) in the 100, Irena Szewińska (POL) in the 400, and the women’s 4x400 by a GDR team.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres TTO Hasely Crawford JAM Don Quarrie URS Valeriy Borzov
Men's 200 metres JAM Don Quarrie USA Millard Hampton USA Dwayne Evans
Men's 400 metres CUB Alberto Juantorena USA Fred Newhouse USA Herman Frazier
Men's 800 metres CUB Alberto Juantorena BEL Ivo Van Damme USA Rick Wohlhuter
Men's 1,500 metres NZL John Walker BEL Ivo Van Damme FRG Paul-Heinz Wellmann
Men's 5,000 metres FIN Lasse Virén NZL Dick Quax FRG Klaus-Peter Hildenbrand
Men's 10,000 metres FIN Lasse Virén POR Carlos Lopes GBR Brendan Foster
Men's Marathon GDR Waldemar Cierpinski USA Frank Shorter BEL Karel Lismont
Men's 110 metres Hurdles FRA Guy Drut CUB Alejandro Casañas USA Willie Davenport
Men's 400 metres Hurdles USA Edwin Moses USA Mike Shine URS Yevgeny Gavrilenko
Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase SWE Anders Gärderud POL Bronisław Malinowski GDR Frank Baumgartl
Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay USA United States GDR East Germany URS Soviet Union
Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States POL Poland FRG West Germany
Men's 20 kilometres Walk MEX Daniel Bautista GDR Hans-Georg Reimann GDR Peter Frenkel
Men's High Jump POL Jacek Wszoła CAN Greg Joy USA Dwight Stones
Men's Pole Vault POL Tadeusz Ślusarski FIN Antti Kalliomäki USA Dave Roberts
Men's Long Jump USA Arnie Robinson USA Randy Williams GDR Frank Wartenberg
Men's Triple Jump URS Viktor Saneyev USA James Butts BRA João Carlos de Oliveira
Men's Shot Put GDR Udo Beyer URS Yevgeny Mironov URS Aleksandr Baryshnikov
Men's Discus Throw USA Mac Wilkins GDR Wolfgang Schmidt USA John Powell
Men's Hammer Throw URS Yuriy Siedykh URS Aleksey Spiridonov URS Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Men's Javelin Throw HUN Miklós Németh FIN Hannu Siitonen ROU Gheorghe Megelea
Men's Decathlon USA Bruce Jenner FRG Guido Kratschmer URS Mykola Avilov
Women's 100 metres FRG Annegret Richter GDR Renate Stecher FRG Inge Helten
Women's 200 metres GDR Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel FRG Annegret Richter GDR Renate Stecher
Women's 400 metres POL Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein GDR Christina Brehmer-Lathan GDR Ellen Strophal-Streidt
Women's 800 metres URS Tatyana Kazankina BUL Nikolina Shtereva GDR Elfi Zinn
Women's 1,500 metres URS Tatyana Kazankina GDR Gunhild Hoffmeister GDR Ulrike Klapezynski-Bruns
Women's 100 metres Hurdles GDR Johanna Schaller-Klier URS Tatyana Anisimova URS Nataliya Lebedeva
Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay GDR East Germany FRG West Germany URS Soviet Union
Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay GDR East Germany USA United States URS Soviet Union
Women's High Jump GDR Rosie Witschas-Ackermann ITA Sara Simeoni BUL Yordanka Blagoeva
Women's Long Jump GDR Angela Voigt USA Kathy McMillan URS Lidiya Alfeyeva
Women's Shot Put BUL Ivanka Khristova URS Nadezhda Chizhova TCH Helena Fibingerová
Women's Discus Throw GDR Evelin Schlaak-Jahl BUL Mariya Vergova-Petkova GDR Gabriele Hinzmann
Women's Javelin Throw GDR Ruth Fuchs FRG Marion Becker USA Kate Schmidt
Women's Pentathlon GDR Siegrun Siegl GDR Christine Bodner-Laser GDR Burglinde Pollak