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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date30 – 31 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants80 from 20 countries

For the first time since 1928 and only the second time in Olympic history, no American had won a medal in the 100 metres. And for possibly the only time ever, the US was not favored in this event, with the Soviet Union, led by 1972 100/200 champion Valery Borzov, and East Germany thought to have the better of them. But in the first semi-final, the US team won easily over Cuba and the GDR. Unusually for an American relay squad, in the final they produced crisp passes and won quite easily.

PosNrTeamNOCR1SFFinal
1United StatesUSA38.76 (1 h1)38.51 (1 h1)38.33 (1)Gold
Harvey GlanceJohnny JonesMillard HamptonSteve RiddickEd Preston (DNS)Willie Smith (DNS)
2East GermanyGDR39.42 (1 h2)39.43 (3 h1)38.66 (2)Silver
Manfred KokotJörg PfeiferKlaus-Dieter KurratAlexander ThiemeThomas Munkelt (DNS)Eberhard Weise (DNS)
3Soviet UnionURS39.98 (3 h2)39.36 (3 h2)38.78 (3)Bronze
Aleksandr AksininNikolay KolesnikovJuris SilovsValery BorzovViktor Myasnikov (DNS)Valery Podluzhny (DNS)
4PolandPOL39.41 (3 h1)39.09 (1 h2)38.83 (4)
Andrzej ŚwierczyńskiMarian WoroninBogdan GrzejszczakZenon LicznerskiRyszard Malcherczyk (DNS)Zenon Nowosz (DNS)
5CubaCUB39.54 (1 h3)39.25 (2 h1)39.01 (5)
Francisco GómezAlejandro CasañasHermes RamírezSilvio LeonardOsvaldo Lara (DNS)Pablo Montes (DNS)
6ItalyITA39.35 (2 h1)39.39 (4 h2)39.08 (6)
Vincenzo GueriniLuciano CaravaniLuigi BenedettiPietro MenneaPietro Farina (DNS)Vittorino Milanesio (DNS)
7FranceFRA39.71 (2 h3)39.33 (2 h2)39.16 (7)
Jean-Claude AmoureuxJoseph ArameLucien Sainte-RoseDominique ChauvelotGilles Échevin (DNS)Jean Mayer (DNS)
8CanadaCAN39.72 (3 h3)39.46 (4 h1)39.47 (8)
Hugh SpoonerMarvin NashAl DukowskiHugh FraserDan Biocchi (DNS)Robert Martin (DNS)
5 h1 r2/3BermudaBER39.90 (4 h1)39.78 (5 h1)
Mike SharpeDennis TrottCalvin DillGregory SimonsRenelda Swan (DNS)
5 h2 r2/3West GermanyFRG39.63 (2 h2)39.58 (5 h2)
Klaus EhlKlaus BielerDieter SteinmannReinhard BorchertWerner Bastians (DNS)Friedhelm Heckel (DNS)
6 h1 r2/3Trinidad and TobagoTTO40.08 (4 h3)39.88 (6 h1)
Anthony HusbandsChris BrathwaiteCharles JosephFrank AdamsAinsley Armstrong (DNS)Hasely Crawford (DNS)
6 h2 r2/3SenegalSEN40.40 (4 h2)40.37 (6 h2)
Christian DorosarioMomar N'DaoBarka SyAdama FallJean-Pierre Mango (DNS)Adrien N'Diaye (DNS)
7 h1 r2/3Côte d'IvoireCIV40.23 (6 h1)40.64 (7 h1)
Arsène Kra KonanGeorges Kablan DegnanGaston KouadioAmadou Méité
7 h2 r2/3The BahamasBAH40.47 (5 h3)40.53 (7 h2)
Danny SmithWalter CallanderClive SandsLeonard JervisPhil Robins (DNS)Mike Sands (DNS)
8 h1 r2/3ThailandTHA40.53 (5 h2)40.68 (8 h1)
Anat RatanapolSuchart ChairsuvaparbSomsak BoontudSayan ParatanavongKanoksakdi Chatasanond (DNS)
AC h2 r2/3SpainESP39.93 (5 h1)– (DQ h2)
José Luis SánchezLuis SarríaFrancisco GarcíaJavier MartínezÁngel de las Heras (DNS)
6 h2 r1/3KuwaitKUW41.61 (6 h2)
Abdul Aziz Abdul KareemAbdul Kareem Al-AwadIbrahim Al-RabeeahAbdul Latif AbbasSaleh Faraj (DNS)
6 h3 r1/3BarbadosBAR41.15 (6 h3)
Rawle ClarkeHamil GrimesPearson JordanPearson TrotmanVictor Gooding (DNS)Harcourt Wason (DNS)
7 h1 r1/3Antigua and BarbudaANT41.84 (7 h1)
Calvin GreenawayPaul RichardsEverton CorneliusElroy TurnerCuthbert Jacobs (DNS)Fred Sowerby (DNS)
7 h2 r1/3Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA42.00 (7 h2)
Mohamed Al-SehlyMohamed Ali Al-MalkySalem KhalifaHamed AliAbdullah Al-Sahabi (DNS)Youssef Idrisi (DNS)
DNSAustraliaAUS
Max BinningtonChris CommonsPeter FitzgeraldPeter GrantRick MitchellWarren Parr
DNSCentral African RepublicCAF
Timothee GbangandimboJean MbayaRené MberinguererGaston Zene
DNSCongoCGO
Jean-Pierre BasségélaLouis NkanzaThéophile NkounkouAntoine NkounkouAlphonse Yanghat
DNSThe GambiaGAM
Bambo FattyCheikh Tidiane FayePierre JallowBakary JarjueSheriff Mboge
DNSGhanaGHA
Peter AmateifioGeorge DanielsOhene KarikariAlbert LomoteySandy Osei-AgyemangDan Philips
DNSGuyanaGUY
John BecklesDennis CollisonJames GilkesClifton SchultzAubrey Wilson
DNSKenyaKEN
Charles AsatiTochi MochacheTariq MughalAlex MutungaJohn MwebiPaul Njoroge
DNSNigeriaNGR
Kola AbdulaiFedelis AbigideMoses AdebanjiRex BazunuEd OfiliMaxson Olomu
DNSChinese TaipeiTPE
Chen Chin-LongChen Ming-ChiTai Suh-JunTang Kuang-ChiaWang Jung-HuaYang Kuo-Hua
DNSUgandaUGA
William DraluCyril EtooriFidelis NdyabagyeLameck Otim
DNSBurkina FasoBUR
Adoua BagoundoKondia OuobaGuidagnan PassaogoAmidou Sere

Round One (30 July 1976 — 10:45)

Top five in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1United StatesUSA38.76Q
Harvey GlanceJohnny JonesMillard HamptonSteve Riddick
2ItalyITA39.35Q
Vincenzo GueriniLuciano CaravaniLuigi BenedettiPietro Mennea
3PolandPOL39.41Q
Andrzej ŚwierczyńskiMarian WoroninBogdan GrzejszczakZenon Licznerski
4BermudaBER39.90Q
Mike SharpeDennis TrottCalvin DillGregory Simons
5SpainESP39.93Q
José Luis SánchezJavier MartínezFrancisco GarcíaLuis Sarría
6Côte d'IvoireCIV40.23q
Arsène Kra KonanGeorges Kablan DegnanGaston KouadioAmadou Méité
7Antigua and BarbudaANT41.84
Calvin GreenawayPaul RichardsEverton CorneliusElroy Turner

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1East GermanyGDR39.42Q
Manfred KokotJörg PfeiferKlaus-Dieter KurratAlexander Thieme
2West GermanyFRG39.63Q
Klaus EhlKlaus BielerDieter SteinmannReinhard Borchert
3Soviet UnionURS39.98Q
Aleksandr AksininNikolay KolesnikovJuris SilovsValery Borzov
4SenegalSEN40.40Q
Christian DorosarioMomar N'DaoBarka SyAdama Fall
5ThailandTHA40.53Q
Anat RatanapolSuchart ChairsuvaparbSomsak BoontudSayan Paratanavong
6KuwaitKUW41.61
Abdul Aziz Abdul KareemAbdul Kareem Al-AwadIbrahim Al-RabeeahAbdul Latif Abbas
7Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA42.00
Mohamed Al-SehlyMohamed Ali Al-MalkySalem KhalifaHamed Ali

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1CubaCUB39.54Q
Francisco GómezAlejandro CasañasHermes RamírezSilvio Leonard
2FranceFRA39.71Q
Jean-Claude AmoureuxJoseph ArameLucien Sainte-RoseDominique Chauvelot
3CanadaCAN39.72Q
Hugh SpoonerMarvin NashAl DukowskiHugh Fraser
4Trinidad and TobagoTTO40.08Q
Anthony HusbandsChris BrathwaiteCharles JosephFrank Adams
5The BahamasBAH40.47Q
Danny SmithWalter CallanderClive SandsLeonard Jervis
6BarbadosBAR41.15
Rawle ClarkeHamil GrimesPearson JordanPearson Trotman

Semi-Finals (30 July 1976 — 15:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1United StatesUSA38.51Q
Harvey GlanceJohnny JonesMillard HamptonSteve Riddick
2CubaCUB39.25Q
Francisco GómezAlejandro CasañasHermes RamírezSilvio Leonard
3East GermanyGDR39.43Q
Manfred KokotJörg PfeiferKlaus-Dieter KurratAlexander Thieme
4CanadaCAN39.46Q
Hugh SpoonerMarvin NashAl DukowskiHugh Fraser
5BermudaBER39.78
Mike SharpeDennis TrottCalvin DillGregory Simons
6Trinidad and TobagoTTO39.88
Anthony HusbandsChris BrathwaiteCharles JosephFrank Adams
7Côte d'IvoireCIV40.64
Arsène Kra KonanGeorges Kablan DegnanGaston KouadioAmadou Méité
8ThailandTHA40.68
Anat RatanapolSuchart ChairsuvaparbSomsak BoontudSayan Paratanavong

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1PolandPOL39.09Q
Andrzej ŚwierczyńskiMarian WoroninBogdan GrzejszczakZenon Licznerski
2FranceFRA39.33Q
Jean-Claude AmoureuxJoseph ArameLucien Sainte-RoseDominique Chauvelot
3Soviet UnionURS39.36Q
Aleksandr AksininNikolay KolesnikovJuris SilovsValery Borzov
4ItalyITA39.39Q
Vincenzo GueriniLuciano CaravaniLuigi BenedettiPietro Mennea
5West GermanyFRG39.58
Klaus EhlKlaus BielerDieter SteinmannReinhard Borchert
6SenegalSEN40.37
Christian DorosarioMomar N'DaoBarka SyAdama Fall
7The BahamasBAH40.53
Danny SmithWalter CallanderClive SandsLeonard Jervis
DQSpainESP
José Luis SánchezLuis SarríaFrancisco GarcíaJavier Martínez

Final (31 July 1976 — 18:45)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1United StatesUSA38.33
Harvey GlanceJohnny JonesMillard HamptonSteve Riddick
2East GermanyGDR38.66
Manfred KokotJörg PfeiferKlaus-Dieter KurratAlexander Thieme
3Soviet UnionURS38.78
Aleksandr AksininNikolay KolesnikovJuris SilovsValery Borzov
4PolandPOL38.83
Andrzej ŚwierczyńskiMarian WoroninBogdan GrzejszczakZenon Licznerski
5CubaCUB39.01
Francisco GómezAlejandro CasañasHermes RamírezSilvio Leonard
6ItalyITA39.08
Vincenzo GueriniLuciano CaravaniLuigi BenedettiPietro Mennea
7FranceFRA39.16
Jean-Claude AmoureuxJoseph ArameLucien Sainte-RoseDominique Chauvelot
8CanadaCAN39.47
Hugh SpoonerMarvin NashAl DukowskiHugh Fraser