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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 25, 1976
Date Finished: July 26, 1976

Gold: JAM Don Quarrie
Silver: USA Millard Hampton
Bronze: USA Dwayne Evans

Summary

Don Quarrie (JAM) had been the best 200 metre runner since 1970 but was injured in the 1972 Olympic semi-final. He had won the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and 1974 and the Pan American Games in 1971, and had set three world records over 200 metres. The best American in 1976 was Steve Williams, but he was injured and did not make the US team. He was possibly the fastest sprinter of the 1970s, but injuries always kept him from competing at major meets. The third fastest man in 1976 was Guyana's James Gilkes, but his country joined the African boycott and he could not compete. He petitioned the IOC to compete as an individual but this was denied. In Montréal, Quarrie had the fastest time in every round. He entered the final straight equal with Dwayne Evans (USA) but pulled away to a safe, though not dominant, win over American Millard Hampton, Evans getting in for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Don Quarrie 25 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Millard Hampton 20 United States USA Silver
3 Dwayne Evans 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Pietro Mennea 24 Italy ITA
5 Ruy da Silva 24 Brazil BRA
6 Bogdan Grzejszczak 26 Poland POL
7 Colin Bradford 21 Jamaica JAM
8 Hasely Crawford 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h1 r3/4 Georges Kablan Degnan 23 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h2 r3/4 Guy Abrahams 23 Panama PAN
6 h1 r3/4 Roland Bombardella 19 Luxembourg LUX
6 h2 r3/4 Joseph Arame 27 France FRA
7 h1 r3/4 Nikolay Kolesnikov 22 Soviet Union URS
7 h2 r3/4 Lambert Micha 26 Belgium BEL
8 h1 r3/4 Peter Fitzgerald 22 Australia AUS
8 h2 r3/4 Ainsley Bennett 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/4 Peter Muster 24 Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r2/4 Thorsten Johansson 25 Sweden SWE
5 h3 r2/4 Sammy Monsels 22 Suriname SUR
5 h4 r2/4 Pedro Ferrer 22 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h1 r2/4 Zenon Nowosz 32 Poland POL
6 h2 r2/4 Calvin Dill 20 Bermuda BER
6 h3 r2/4 Cuthbert Jacobs 24 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h4 r2/4 Walter Callander 29 Bahamas BAH
7 h1 r2/4 Pietro Farina 21 Italy ITA
7 h2 r2/4 Endre Lépold 20 Hungary HUN
7 h3 r2/4 Tony Moore 24 Fiji FIJ
7 h4 r2/4 Armando Padilla 19 Nicaragua NCA
8 h1 r2/4 Hugh Fraser 24 Canada CAN
8 h3 r2/4 Abdul Aziz Abdul Kareem 23 Kuwait KUW
8 h4 r2/4 Jean Mayer 23 France FRA
1 h2 r1/4 Rick Mitchell 21 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/4 Hamed Ali 20 Saudi Arabia KSA
5 h3 r1/4 Rawle Clarke 23 Barbados BAR
5 h4 r1/4 Mark Lutz 24 United States USA
5 h5 r1/4 Ramli Ahmad 19 Malaysia MAS
5 h6 r1/4 Philippe Étienne 26 Haiti HAI
5 h7 r1/4 Marian Woronin 19 Poland POL
5 h8 r1/4 Barka Sy 32 Senegal SEN
6 h4 r1/4 Christian Dorosario 22 Senegal SEN
6 h7 r1/4 Ayoub Bodaghi 28 Iran IRI
6 h8 r1/4 Vittorino Milanesio 23 Italy ITA
7 h7 r1/4 Wavala Kali 22 Papua New Guinea PNG
AC h1 r1/4 Ainsley Armstrong 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
AC h5 r1/4 Clive Sands 23 Bahamas BAH