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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 26, 1976
Date Finished: July 29, 1976

Gold: CUB Alberto Juantorena
Silver: USA Fred Newhouse
Bronze: USA Herman Frazier


Cuba's [Alberto Juantorena] was world-ranked #1 in 1974, was fourth in 1975, and had finished second at the 1975 Pan American Games to Ronnie Ray of the USA. Earlier in Montréal he had won the 800 metres and was trying to become the first since [Paul Pilgrim] in 1906 to win the 400/800 Olympic double. He was favored but the US contingent of [Fred Newhouse], [Herman Frazier], and [Maxie Parks] would be formidable as always. In the final, Newhouse went to the lead and was three metres ahead by the halfway mark. But Juantorena's long strides kept pulling him closer and he caught Newhouse with 20 metres left, pulling away to win by just over a metre.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alberto Juantorena 25 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Fred Newhouse 27 United States USA Silver
3 Herman Frazier 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Fons Brijdenbach 21 Belgium BEL
5 Maxie Parks 25 United States USA
6 Rick Mitchell 21 Australia AUS
7 David Jenkins 24 Great Britain GBR
8 Jan Werner 29 Poland POL
5 h1 r3/4 Bernd Herrmann 24 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r3/4 Jerzy Pietrzyk 21 Poland POL
6 h1 r3/4 Brian Saunders 24 Canada CAN
6 h2 r3/4 Franz-Peter Hofmeister 24 West Germany FRG
7 h1 r3/4 Alfonso Di Guida 22 Italy ITA
7 h2 r3/4 Mike Solomon 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h1 r3/4 Delmo da Silva 22 Brazil BRA
8 h2 r3/4 Karl Honz 25 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r2/4 Ossi Karttunen 28 Finland FIN
5 h2 r2/4 Leighton Priestley 25 Jamaica JAM
5 h3 r2/4 Markku Kukkoaho 29 Finland FIN
5 h4 r2/4 Jozo Alebić 29 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h1 r2/4 Peter Grant 22 Australia AUS
6 h2 r2/4 Mike Sands 23 Bahamas BAH
6 h3 r2/4 Eddy Gutiérrez 24 Cuba CUB
6 h4 r2/4 Zbigniew Jaremski 27 Poland POL
7 h1 r2/4 Alfred Daley 26 Jamaica JAM
7 h2 r2/4 Iván Mangual 24 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h3 r2/4 Glen Cohen 22 Great Britain GBR
7 h4 r2/4 Fred Sowerby 27 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
8 h1 r2/4 Glenn Bogue 20 Canada CAN
8 h2 r2/4 Charles Joseph 24 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h4 r2/4 Raymond Heerenveen 27 Netherlands Antilles AHO
6 h1 r1/4 Carlos Noroña 19 Cuba CUB
6 h2 r1/4 Don Domansky 29 Canada CAN
6 h3 r1/4 Renelda Swan 18 Bermuda BER
6 h5 r1/4 Samba Dièye 27 Senegal SEN
6 h6 r1/4 Avognan Nogboun Cote d'Ivoire CIV
7 h1 r1/4 Hamil Grimes 19 Barbados BAR
7 h2 r1/4 Errol Thurton Belize BIZ
7 h4 r1/4 Wavala Kali 22 Papua New Guinea PNG
7 h5 r1/4 Bjarni Stefánsson 25 Iceland ISL
7 h6 r1/4 José Carvalho 23 Portugal POR
8 h1 r1/4 Wilfrid Cyriaque 25 Haiti HAI
8 h2 r1/4 Ahmed Al-Assiri 24 Saudi Arabia KSA
8 h4 r1/4 Ricardo Larios 23 Nicaragua NCA