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Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles


Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium, Munich, West Germany
Date 31 August 1972 & 2 September 1972
Gold medal    Uganda
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Great Britain
Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

These are the official results of the Men's 400 metres hurdles event at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The competition was held on 31 August - 2 September.


The top three runners in each of the five heats (blue) and the next fastest (green), advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one
Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Dieter Büttner West Germany 49.78
2 Viktor Savchenko Soviet Union 49.90
3 Jean-Pierre Corval France 50.15
4 Tadeusz Kulczycki Poland 50.19
5 Manuel Soriano Spain 50.88
6 Fatwell Kimaiyo Kenya 51.23
7 Roberto Frinolli Italy 51.69
8 Jean-Aimé Randrianalijaona Madagascar 52.75
Heat two
Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Dave Hemery Great Britain 49.72
2 Gary Knoke Australia 50.10
3 Yuriy Zorin Soviet Union 50.35
4 Bill Koskei Kenya 50.58
5 Giorgio Ballati Italy 50.90
6 José Jacinto Hidalgo Venezuela 54.00
7 Norman Brinkworth Pakistan 54.67
- Anton Borfis Greece DQ*
Heat three
Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Christian Rudolph East Germany 50.00
2 Ralph Mann United States 50.18
3 Rainer Schubert West Germany 50.23
4 Ari Salin Finland 50.45
5 Jean-Pierre Perrinelle France 51.81
6 José Carvalho Portugal 52.64
7 Hassan Bergaoui Tunisia 53.70
Heat four
Rank Name Nationality Time
1 John Akii-Bua Uganda 50.35
2 Stavros Tziortzis Greece 50.54
3 Ivan Daniš Czechoslovakia 50.62
4 Bruce Field Australia 51.46
5 Hansjörg Wirz Switzerland 52.34
6 Dick Bruggeman United States 54.36
7 Julio Ferrer Puerto Rico 54.83
- Francisco Rojas Soto Paraguay DNS
Heat five
Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Yevgeny Gavrilenko Soviet Union 49.73
2 Jim Seymour United States 49.81
3 Rolf Ziegler West Germany 50.17
4 Roger Johnson New Zealand 50.48
5 Mike Murei Kenya 51.63
6 Lee Chung-Ping Republic of China 52.61
7 Gladstone Agbamu Nigeria 53.68
- John Sherwood Great Britain DNF


Top four in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.

Heat one
Rank Name Nationality Time
1 John Akii-Bua Uganda 49.25
2 Ralph Mann United States 49.53
3 Dave Hemery Great Britain 49.66
4 Rainer Schubert West Germany 49.80
5 Rolf Ziegler West Germany 49.88
6 Ivan Daniš Czechoslovakia 50.01
7 Viktor Savchenko Soviet Union 50.28
8 Jean-Pierre Corval France 50.75
Heat two
Rank Name Nationality Time
1 Jim Seymour United States 49.33
2 Yevgeny Gavrilenko Soviet Union 49.34
3 Yuriy Zorin Soviet Union 49.60
4 Stavros Tziortzis Greece 50.06
5 Tadeusz Kulczycki Poland 50.80
6 Gary Knoke Australia 52.79
- Christian Rudolph East Germany DNF
- Dieter Büttner West Germany DNF


Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st John Akii-Bua Uganda 47.82 WR
2nd Ralph Mann United States 48.51
3rd Dave Hemery Great Britain 48.52
4 Jim Seymour United States 48.64
5 Rainer Schubert West Germany 49.65
6T Yevgeny Gavrilenko Soviet Union 49.66
6T Stavros Tziortzis Greece 49.66
8 Yuriy Zorin Soviet Union 50.25


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