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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date20 – 21 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants85 from 21 countries

The USA was probably the favorite but their team did not have the dominating runners of most years. But they were led by Bob Hayes, who had won the 100 and was easily the top sprinter in the world. They were expected to be challenged by the French, led by Claude Piquemal and Jocelyn Delecour, and the Germans, but they failed to survive the semi-finals. With injuries to 100 metre runners Trent Jackson and Mel Pender, the US substituted 200 metre silver medalist Paul Drayton and Dick Stebbins. After some poor passing, the final exchange went to Hayes for the anchor, but by then he was his in fifth place, and at least three metres behind Delacour and Poland’s Marian Dudziak. And then Bob Hayes ran the fastest relay leg ever seen, possibly even still. Estimates of his 100 metre split are as low as 8.5-8.6 seconds, although most track statisticians think 8.80-8.90 is more likely. That would still be in the range of another stunning anchor run by Carl Lewis at the Barcelona Olympics, 28 years later, and on an artificial surface track. Hayes won pulling away by almost three metres, having made up at least six metres on the other anchor runners. The rumor persists that Delecour told Mel Pender after the race, )All you guys had was Hayes), and he responded, )He’s all we need, baby!)

PosNrTeamNOCR1SFFinal
1United StatesUSA39.8 (1 h2)39.5 (1 h1)39.0 (1)GoldWR
Paul DraytonGerry AshworthDick StebbinsBob HayesTrent Jackson (DNS)Mel Pender (DNS)
2PolandPOL39.9 (2 h1)39.6 (2 h2)39.3 (2)Silver
Andrzej ZielińskiWiesław ManiakMarian FoikMarian DudziakMarian Filipiuk (DNS)Zbigniew Syka (DNS)
3FranceFRA39.8 (1 h3)39.6 (2 h1)39.3 (3)Bronze
Paul GenevayBernard LaidebeurClaude PiquemalJocelyn DelecourMichel Camboulives (DNS)Roger Bambuck (DNS)
4JamaicaJAM40.1 (2 h3)39.6 (3 h1)39.4 (4)
Pablo McNeilPatrick RobinsonLynn HeadleyDennis JohnsonWellesley Clayton (DNS)
5Soviet UnionURS40.1 (3 h3)39.7 (4 h2)39.4 (5)
Edvin OzolinBoris ZubovGusman KosanovBoris SavchukNikolay Politiko (DNS)Amin Tuyakov (DNS)
6VenezuelaVEN40.1 (2 h2)39.6 (3 h2)39.5 (6)
Arquímedes HerreraLloyd MuradRafael RomeroHortensio FucilHoracio Esteves (DNS)Héctor Thomas (DNS)
7ItalyITA39.7 (1 h1)39.6 (1 h2)39.5 (7)
Livio BerrutiEnnio PreatoniSergio OttolinaPasquale GiannattasioIto Giani (DNS)Armando Sardi (DNS)
8Great BritainGBR40.1 (3 h1)40.1 (4 h1)39.6 (8)
Peter RadfordRon JonesMenzies CampbellLynn DaviesAlf Meakin (DNS)John Morbey (DNS)
5 h1 r2/3AustraliaAUS40.6 (4 h3)40.1 (5 h1)
Bob LayEric BigbyBill EarleGary HoldsworthPeter Vassella (DNS)
5 h2 r2/3Unified Team of GermanyGER40.2 (3 h2)40.1 (5 h2)
Heinz ErbstößerRainer BergerPeter WallachVolker LöfflerDietmar Falgowski (DNS)Wolfgang Krebs (DNS)
6 h1 r2/3NigeriaNGR40.4 (5 h1)40.1 (6 h1)
Sydney AsioduFolu ErinleJimmy OmagbemiLawrence OkoroaforAbdul Karim AmuDavid Ejoke (DNS)
6 h2 r2/3SenegalSEN40.5 (4 h2)40.2 (6 h2)
Malang ManéBassirou DoumbiaMalick DiopAlioune SowAbdoulaye N'Diaye (DNS)
7 h1 r2/3HungaryHUN40.3 (4 h1)40.3 (7 h1)
Huba RozsnyaiCsaba CsutorásLászló MihályfiGyula RábaiIstván Gyulai (DNS)Henrik Kalocsai (DNS)
7 h2 r2/3IndiaIND40.6 (5 h2)40.5 (7 h2)
Anthony CoutinhoMakhan SinghKen PowellRajasekaran PichayaB. V. Satyanarayan (DNS)Milkha Singh (DNS)
8 h1 r2/3GhanaGHA40.8 (5 h3)40.7 (8 h1)
Michael OkanteyMike AheyEbenezer AddyStanley AlloteySamuel Owusu-Mensah (DNS)James Addy (DNS)
8 h2 r2/3JapanJPN41.0 (6 h2)40.6 (8 h2)
Hideo IijimaMasaru KamataKiyoshi AsaiYojiro MuroJunji Ishikawa (DNS)Hisao Hayashi (DNS)
6 h1 r1/3MalaysiaMAS41.4 (6 h1)
Mazlan HamzahJohn DaukomCanagasabai KunalanMani JegathesanKuda Ditta (DNS)
6 h3 r1/3UgandaUGA41.4 (6 h3)
Aggrey AworiSam AmukunJames OdongoAmos OmoloGeorge Odeke (DNS)William Kamanyi (DNS)
7 h2 r1/3ThailandTHA41.8 (7 h2)
Taweesit ArjtaweekulSuthi ManyakassMaitri VilaikitChalit KanitasutIntachot Vajchareevongse (DNS)Somsak Thongsuk (DNS)
7 h3 r1/3PhilippinesPHI41.7 (7 h3)
Arnulfo VallesMiguel EbreoClaro PellosisRogelio OnofreArsenio Jazmin (DNS)
AC h1 r1/3IraqIRQ– (AC h1)
Jassim KarimSamir VincentKhalid Tawfik LazimKhudhir Zalata

Round One (20 October 1964 — 14:00)

Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1ItalyITA39.739.74Q
Livio BerrutiEnnio PreatoniSergio OttolinaPasquale Giannattasio
2PolandPOL39.939.96Q
Andrzej ZielińskiWiesław ManiakMarian FoikMarian Dudziak
3Great BritainGBR40.140.13Q
Peter RadfordRon JonesMenzies CampbellLynn Davies
4HungaryHUN40.340.32Q
Huba RozsnyaiCsaba CsutorásLászló MihályfiGyula Rábai
5NigeriaNGR40.440.44q
Sydney AsioduFolu ErinleJimmy OmagbemiAbdul Karim Amu
6MalaysiaMAS41.4
Mazlan HamzahJohn DaukomCanagasabai KunalanMani Jegathesan
ACIraqIRQDQ
Jassim KarimSamir VincentKhalid Tawfik LazimKhudhir Zalata

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA39.839.83Q
Paul DraytonGerry AshworthDick StebbinsBob Hayes
2VenezuelaVEN40.140.10Q
Arquímedes HerreraLloyd MuradRafael RomeroHortensio Fucil
3Unified Team of GermanyGER40.240.21Q
Heinz ErbstößerRainer BergerPeter WallachVolker Löffler
4SenegalSEN40.540.55Q
Malang ManéBassirou DoumbiaMalick DiopAlioune Sow
5IndiaIND40.640.68q
Anthony CoutinhoMakhan SinghKen PowellRajasekaran Pichaya
6JapanJPN41.0q
Hideo IijimaMasaru KamataKiyoshi AsaiYojiro Muro
7ThailandTHA41.8
Taweesit ArjtaweekulSuthi ManyakassMaitri VilaikitChalit Kanitasut

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1FranceFRA39.839.84Q
Paul GenevayBernard LaidebeurClaude PiquemalJocelyn Delecour
2JamaicaJAM40.140.11Q
Pablo McNeilPatrick RobinsonLynn HeadleyDennis Johnson
3Soviet UnionURS40.140.19Q
Edvin OzolinBoris ZubovGusman KosanovBoris Savchuk
4AustraliaAUS40.640.64Q
Bob LayEric BigbyBill EarleGary Holdsworth
5GhanaGHA40.840.85q
Michael OkanteyMike AheyEbenezer AddyStanley Allotey
6UgandaUGA41.4
Aggrey AworiSam AmukunJames OdongoAmos Omolo
7PhilippinesPHI41.7
Arnulfo VallesMiguel EbreoClaro PellosisRogelio Onofre

Semi-Finals (20 October 1964 — 16:00)

Top four in each heat to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA39.539.50Q=OR
Paul DraytonGerry AshworthDick StebbinsBob Hayes
2FranceFRA39.639.66Q
Paul GenevayBernard LaidebeurClaude PiquemalJocelyn Delecour
3JamaicaJAM39.639.68Q
Pablo McNeilPatrick RobinsonLynn HeadleyDennis Johnson
4Great BritainGBR40.140.13Q
Peter RadfordRon JonesMenzies CampbellLynn Davies
5AustraliaAUS40.140.19
Bob LayEric BigbyBill EarleGary Holdsworth
6NigeriaNGR40.140.19
Sydney AsioduFolu ErinleJimmy OmagbemiLawrence Okoroafor
7HungaryHUN40.340.31
Huba RozsnyaiCsaba CsutorásLászló MihályfiGyula Rábai
8GhanaGHA40.7
Michael OkanteyMike AheyEbenezer AddyStanley Allotey

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1ItalyITA39.639.63Q
Livio BerrutiEnnio PreatoniSergio OttolinaPasquale Giannattasio
2PolandPOL39.639.63Q
Andrzej ZielińskiWiesław ManiakMarian FoikMarian Dudziak
3VenezuelaVEN39.639.65Q
Arquímedes HerreraLloyd MuradRafael RomeroHortensio Fucil
4Soviet UnionURS39.739.70Q
Edvin OzolinBoris ZubovGusman KosanovBoris Savchuk
5Unified Team of GermanyGER40.140.16
Heinz ErbstößerRainer BergerPeter WallachVolker Löffler
6SenegalSEN40.240.26
Malang ManéBassirou DoumbiaMalick DiopAlioune Sow
7IndiaIND40.5
Anthony CoutinhoMakhan SinghKen PowellRajasekaran Pichaya
8JapanJPN40.6
Hideo IijimaMasaru KamataKiyoshi AsaiYojiro Muro

Final (21 October 1964 — 13:50)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA39.039.06WR
Paul DraytonGerry AshworthDick StebbinsBob Hayes
2PolandPOL39.339.36
Andrzej ZielińskiWiesław ManiakMarian FoikMarian Dudziak
3FranceFRA39.339.36
Paul GenevayBernard LaidebeurClaude PiquemalJocelyn Delecour
4JamaicaJAM39.439.49
Pablo McNeilPatrick RobinsonLynn HeadleyDennis Johnson
5Soviet UnionURS39.439.50
Edvin OzolinBoris ZubovGusman KosanovBoris Savchuk
6VenezuelaVEN39.539.53
Arquímedes HerreraLloyd MuradRafael RomeroHortensio Fucil
7ItalyITA39.539.54
Livio BerrutiEnnio PreatoniSergio OttolinaPasquale Giannattasio
8Great BritainGBR39.639.69
Peter RadfordRon JonesMenzies CampbellLynn Davies