|Men's 100 metres|
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
|Venue||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|Dates||August 3 (heats and quarterfinals)|
August 4 (semifinals and final)
|Competitors||82 from 59 nations|
| Athletics at the|
1984 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The men's 100 metres sprint event at the 1984 Olympic Games took place between August 3 and August 4.Eighty-two athletes from 59 countries participated. Each nation was limited to 3 athletes per rules in force since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Carl Lewis of the United States, that nation's first title after two Games of missing the podium (4th in 1976, boycotted in 1980). Canada's Ben Johnson took bronze to break up the Americans' bid to sweep the podium (which they had done in 1904 and 1912); it was Canada's first medal in the event since 1964.
This was the twentieth time the event was held, having appeared at every Olympics since the first in 1896. Defending gold medal winner Allan Wells of Great Britain was the only finalist from the Moscow Games to return. The American team was strong, led by 1983 World Championships in Athletics winner Carl Lewis, who was attempting to match Jesse Owens's 1936 quadruple (100, 200, 4x100, and long jump). Sam Graddy and Ron Brown were the other members of the United States squad, edging out world record holder and World Championships runner-up Calvin Smith. Challengers to the hosts included World Championship finalists Wells, Paul Narracott of Australia, Christian Haas of West Germany, and Desai Williams of Canada, as well as up-and-coming Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson.
Thirteen nations appeared in the event for the first time: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, the British Virgin Islands, China (in its People's Republic form), Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Mauritius, Oman, Qatar, the Solomon Islands, Swaziland, and the United Arab Emirates. The United States made its 19th appearance in the event, most of any country, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Games.
The event retained the same basic four round format introduced in 1920: heats, quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final. The "fastest loser" system, introduced in 1968, was used again to ensure that the quarterfinals and subsequent rounds had exactly 8 runners per heat; this time, the system was used in both the preliminaries and quarterfinals.
The first round consisted of 11 heats, each with 7 or 8 athletes. The top three runners in each heat advanced, along with the next seven fastest runners overall. This made 40 quarterfinalists, who were divided into 5 heats of 8 runners. The top three runners in each quarterfinal advanced, with one "fastest loser" place. The 16 semifinalists competed in two heats of 8, with the top four in each semifinal advancing to the eight-man final.
These are the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||9.93||Calvin Smith||Colorado Springs (United States)||July 3, 1983|
|Olympic Record||9.95||Jim Hines||Mexico City (Mexico)||October 14, 1968|
The top three runners in each of the eleven heats and the next seven fastest, advanced to the quarterfinal round.
|1||Carl Lewis||United States||10.32||Q|
|3||Mike McFarlane||Great Britain||10.47||Q|
|4||Hasely Crawford||Trinidad and Tobago||10.48||q|
|5||Peter Van Miltenburg||Australia||10.55||q|
|1||Allan Wells||Great Britain||10.32||Q|
|3||José Javier Arqués||Spain||10.42||Q|
|8||Mohamed Abdullah||United Arab Emirates||11.11|
|Henri Ndinga||Republic of the Congo||10.66|
|6||Abdullah Sulaiman Al-Akbary||Oman||10.86|
|3||Neville Hodge||Virgin Islands||10.58||Q|
|1||Sam Graddy||United States||10.29||Q|
|2||Donovan Reid||Great Britain||10.41||Q|
|3||Jürgen Evers||West Germany||10.54||Q|
|4||Paulo Roberto Correia||Brazil||10.45||q|
|5||Julien Thode||Netherlands Antilles||10.92|
|6||Ronald Russell||Virgin Islands||11.02|
|5||Gustavo Envela||Equatorial Guinea||10.79|
|6||Oumar Fye||The Gambia||10.87|
|7||Anthony Henry||Antigua and Barbuda||10.99|
|8||Saidur Rahman Dawn||Bangladesh||11.25|
|1||Ron Brown||United States||10.58||Q|
|2||Luis Morales||Puerto Rico||10.60||Q|
|3||Nelson dos Santos||Brazil||10.70||Q|
|4||Ralf Lübke||West Germany||10.70|
|6||Ivan Benjamin||Sierra Leone||11.13|
|7||Johnson Kere||Solomon Islands||11.57|
|3||Kouadio Otokpa||Ivory Coast||10.72||Q|
|5||Faraj Saad Marzouk||Qatar||10.78|
|7||Glen Abrahams||Costa Rica||11.31|
|1||Christian Haas||West Germany||10.41||Q|
|4||Bakary Jarjue||The Gambia||10.68|
|5||Sim Deok-seop||South Korea||10.72|
|6||Guy Hill||British Virgin Islands||11.11|
|7||Aldo Salandra||El Salvador||11.31|
The top three runners in each of the five heats and the next fastest one, advanced to the semifinal round.
|2||Donovan Reid||Great Britain||10.47||Q|
|3||Christian Haas||West Germany||10.51||Q|
|4||Hasely Crawford||Trinidad and Tobago||10.56|
|1||Sam Graddy||United States||10.15||Q|
|4||Nelson dos Santos||Brazil||10.53|
|7||Neville Hodge||Virgin Islands||10.69|
|2||Ron Brown||United States||10.40||Q|
|8||Kouadio Otokpa||Ivory Coast||10.80|
|2||Allan Wells||Great Britain||10.33||Q|
|4||José Javier Arqués||Spain||10.52|
|Peter Van Miltenburg||Australia||10.52|
|7||Paulo Roberto Correia||Brazil||10.54|
|1||Carl Lewis||United States||10.04||Q|
|3||Luis Morales||Puerto Rico||10.35||Q|
|4||Mike McFarlane||Great Britain||10.36||q|
|8||Jürgen Evers||West Germany||10.69|
The top four runners in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.
The wind was +0.7 m/s.
|2||Sam Graddy||United States||10.27||Q|
|3||Donovan Reid||Great Britain||10.32||Q|
|4||Ron Brown||United States||10.34||Q|
|6||Christian Haas||West Germany||10.41|
The wind was -1.5 m/s.
|1||Carl Lewis||United States||10.14||Q|
|3||Mike McFarlane||Great Britain||10.45||Q|
|5||Luis Morales||Puerto Rico||10.54|
|8||Allan Wells||Great Britain||10.71|
Wind = 0.2 m/s
|Carl Lewis||United States||9.99|
|Sam Graddy||United States||10.19|
|4||Ron Brown||United States||10.26|
|5||Mike McFarlane||Great Britain||10.27|
|7||Donovan Reid||Great Britain||10.33|
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