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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 800 metres

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 16, 1964

Gold: NZL Peter Snell
Silver: CAN Bill Crothers
Bronze: KEN Wilson Kiprugut


[Peter Snell] was the defending champion and was back, hoping to double in the 800/1,500. Since his upset victory in Roma, he had broken the 800 world record with 1:44.3 in Christchurch in 1962. Before Tokyo he had also claimed the world mile record. In the Tokyo final, the first lap was led by Kenyan [Wilson Kiprugut] in 52.0. Snell was boxed at the bell, but moved out into lane three on the backstretch and blew by everybody. On the final curve, Jamaican [George Kerr] stayed close but could not never gain on Snell. At the start of the homestretch Canada’s [Bill Crothers] pulled ahead of Kerr and would win the silver medal, Kiprugut getting bronze. Kiprugut became the first Kenyan runner to win an Olympic medal.Snell defended his 800 metres title, following in the footsteps of [Douglas Lowe] (1924-28) and [Mal Whitfield] (1948-52). A few days later he would add the 1,500, also achieving the 800/1,500 double.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Peter Snell 25 New Zealand NZL Gold OR
2 Bill Crothers 23 Canada CAN Silver
3 Wilson Kiprugut Kenya KEN Bronze
4 George Kerr 26 Jamaica JAM
5 Tom Farrell 20 United States USA
6 Jerry Siebert 26 United States USA
7 Dieter Bogatzki 22 Germany GER
8 Jacques Pennewaert 24 Belgium BEL
3 h3 r2/3 Manfred Kinder 26 Germany GER
4 h1 r2/3 Manfred Matuschewski 25 Germany GER
4 h2 r2/3 John Boulter 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r2/3 Chris Carter 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Valery Bulyshev 25 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r2/3 Rudolf Klaban 26 Austria AUT
5 h3 r2/3 Rein Tölp 23 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r2/3 Mamoru Morimoto 25 Japan JPN
6 h2 r2/3 Abram Kryvosheiev 30 Soviet Union URS
6 h3 r2/3 Ahmed Issa 21 Chad CHA
7 h1 r2/3 Maurice Lurot 24 France FRA
7 h2 r2/3 Derek McCleane 26 Ireland IRL
7 h3 r2/3 Tony Blue 28 Australia AUS
8 h1 r2/3 Stig Lindbäck 27 Sweden SWE
8 h2 r2/3 Pekka Juutilainen 23 Finland FIN
8 h3 r2/3 Jos Lambrechts 28 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r1/3 François Châtelet 25 France FRA
5 h2 r1/3 Neville Myton 18 Jamaica JAM
5 h3 r1/3 Peter Francis 27 Kenya KEN
5 h4 r1/3 Alan Dean 24 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/3 Noel Carroll 22 Ireland IRL
5 h6 r1/3 Francesco Bianchi 24 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/3 Ibrahim Yazdan Panah 26 Iran IRI
6 h2 r1/3 Michel Medinger, Jr. 23 Luxembourg LUX
6 h3 r1/3 Morgan Groth 21 United States USA
6 h4 r1/3 Jeong Gyo-Mo 26 South Korea KOR
6 h5 r1/3 Rolf Jelinek 28 Switzerland SUI
6 h6 r1/3 Paul Roekaerts 25 Belgium BEL
7 h1 r1/3 Hugo Walser 24 Liechtenstein LIE
7 h2 r1/3 Dulamyn Amarsanaa 20 Mongolia MGL
7 h3 r1/3 José Gregorio Neira 25 Colombia COL
7 h4 r1/3 Don Bertoia 24 Canada CAN
7 h6 r1/3 Mike Field 27 Hong Kong HKG
8 h1 r1/3 Nipon Pensuvapap 23 Thailand THA
8 h2 r1/3 Anar Khan 25 Pakistan PAK
8 h3 r1/3 Ramasamy Subramaniam 24 Malaysia MAS
8 h4 r1/3 Mamo Sebsibe 20 Ethiopia ETH
8 h6 r1/3 Hassan Dyamwale 23 Tanzania TAN
AC h5 r1/3 Amos Gilad 23 Israel ISR