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4 x 400 metres Relay, Men

Date20 – 21 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationKokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants68 from 17 countries

The US was led by the gold medalists from the 200 and 400, Henry Carr and Mike Larrabee. Carr had not run the 400 at the Olympics, but was considered the equal of any one-lapper and was chosen to run the anchor leg. With Tim Graham running the opener for Britain, they led by one metre after the first lap. Britain’s Adrian Metcalfe then powered away and led Larrabee by five metres on the backstretch. But that was it, as Larrabee stormed to a 44.8 split, distancing Metcalfe by five metres. Ulis Williams maintained the lead for the US on the third leg, but the race was still close when Carr received the baton. He then ran 44.5 for the anchor to win easily, a time that only he had bettered in a relay split for the US – in 1963, when he ran 44.3 at the Pan American Games.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:05.3 (1 h1)3:00.7 (1)GoldWR
Ollan CassellMike LarrabeeUlis WilliamsHenry CarrTheron Lewis (DNS)Rex Cawley (DNS)
2Great BritainGBR3:04.7 (1 h3)3:01.6 (2)Silver
Tim GrahamAdrian MetcalfeJohn CooperRobbie BrightwellJohn Sherwood (DNS)Peter Warden (DNS)
3Trinidad and TobagoTTO3:05.0 (1 h2)3:01.7 (3)Bronze
Edwin SkinnerKent BernardEdwin RobertsWendell MottleyCliff Bertrand (DNS)Wilton Jackson (DNS)
4JamaicaJAM3:05.3 (3 h3)3:02.3 (4)
Laurie KhanMal SpenceMel SpenceGeorge KerrRupert Hoilette (DNS)Neville Myton (DNS)
5Unified Team of GermanyGER3:04.9 (2 h3)3:04.3 (5)
Jörg JüttnerHans-Ulrich SchulzJohannes SchmittManfred KinderJürgen Kalfelder (DNS)Wilfried Weiland (DNS)
6PolandPOL3:07.2 (2 h2)3:05.3 (6)
Marian FilipiukIreneusz KluczekStanisław SwatowskiAndrzej BadeńskiWojciech Lipoński (DNS)Bogusław Gierajewski (DNS)
7Soviet UnionURS3:07.4 (2 h1)3:05.9 (7)
Grigory SverbetovViktor BychkovVasily AnisimovVadim ArkhipchukValery Frolov (DNS)Valery Bulyshev (DNS)
8FranceFRA3:07.5 (3 h1)3:07.4 (8)
Michel HiblotBernard MartinGermain NelzyJean-Pierre BoccardoMichel Samper (DNS)Robert Poirier (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2ItalyITA3:07.6 (3 h2)
Bruno BianchiSalvatore MoraleRoberto FrinolliSergio BelloGian Paolo Iraldo (DNS)Sergio Ottolina (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2IndiaIND3:08.8 (4 h1)
Makhan SinghAmrit PalAjmer SinghMilkha SinghKen Powell (DNS)Gurbachan Singh Randhawa (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2AustraliaAUS3:08.2 (4 h2)
Peter VassellaGary KnokeGary EddyKen RocheTony Blue (DNS)Michael Ryan (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI3:09.3 (4 h3)
Jean-Louis DesclouxHansjörg BosshardMarius TheilerPeter LaengHansruedi Bruder (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2JapanJPN3:12.3 (5 h1)
Toru HondaHirotada HayaseYoshihiro AmanoMasami YoshidaMamoru Morimoto (DNS)Keiji Ogushi (DNS)
5 h3 r1/2GhanaGHA3:10.4 (5 h3)
James AddyBrobbey MensahSam BugriEbenezer QuarteyEric Amevor (DNS)Michael Okantey (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2SenegalSEN3:12.5 (6 h1)
Daour M'baye GuèyeDaniel ThiawMamadou N'DiayePapa M'Baye N'DiayeAmadou Gakou (DNS)Mamadou Sarr (DNS)
6 h3 r1/2MalaysiaMAS3:17.6 (6 h3)
Karu SelvaratnamKuda DittaMohamed bin Abdul RahmanVictor AsirvathamMani Jegathesan (DNS)Ramasamy Subramaniam (DNS)
7 h3 r1/2ThailandTHA3:18.4 (7 h3)
Somsak ThongsukNipon PensuvapapAdisorn VitsudhamakulManut BumrungphukIntachot Vajchareevongse (DNS)
DNSUgandaUGA
Sam AmukunAggrey AworiJorem OchanaJames OdongoAmos OmoloGeorge Odeke
DNSIraqIRQ
Bashir AdilAboud ShawkiAbdul Sattar Al-ShaikhliMahir Nashat
DNSHungaryHUN
Csaba CsutorásIstván GyulaiLászló MihályfiGyula RábaiHuba Rozsnyai

Round One (20 October 1964 — 15:00)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA3:05.3Q
Henry CarrOllan CassellMike LarrabeeUlis Williams
2Soviet UnionURS3:07.4Q
Grigory SverbetovViktor BychkovVasily AnisimovVadim Arkhipchuk
3FranceFRA3:07.5q
Germain NelzyMichel HiblotBernard MartinJean-Pierre Boccardo
4IndiaIND3:08.8
Makhan SinghAmrit PalAjmer SinghMilkha Singh
5JapanJPN3:12.3
Toru HondaHirotada HayaseYoshihiro AmanoMasami Yoshida
6SenegalSEN3:12.5
Daour M'baye GuèyeDaniel ThiawMamadou N'DiayePapa M'Baye N'Diaye

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1Trinidad and TobagoTTO3:05.0Q
Edwin SkinnerKent BernardEdwin RobertsWendell Mottley
2PolandPOL3:07.2Q
Marian FilipiukIreneusz KluczekStanisław SwatowskiAndrzej Badeński
3ItalyITA3:07.6
Bruno BianchiSalvatore MoraleRoberto FrinolliSergio Bello
4AustraliaAUS3:08.2
Peter VassellaGary KnokeGary EddyKen Roche

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1Great BritainGBR3:04.7Q
Tim GrahamAdrian MetcalfeJohn CooperRobbie Brightwell
2Unified Team of GermanyGER3:04.9Q
Jörg JüttnerHans-Ulrich SchulzJohannes SchmittManfred Kinder
3JamaicaJAM3:05.3q
Laurie KhanMal SpenceMel SpenceGeorge Kerr
4SwitzerlandSUI3:09.3
Jean-Louis DesclouxHansjörg BosshardMarius TheilerPeter Laeng
5GhanaGHA3:10.4
James AddyBrobbey MensahSam BugriEbenezer Quartey
6MalaysiaMAS3:17.6
Karu SelvaratnamKuda DittaMohamed bin Abdul RahmanVictor Asirvatham
7ThailandTHA3:18.4
Somsak ThongsukNipon PensuvapapAdisorn VitsudhamakulManut Bumrungphuk

Final (21 October 1964 — 14:50)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Split (Pos)
1United StatesUSA3:00.7WR
708Ollan Cassell46.046.0 (=2)
709Mike Larrabee44.81:30.8 (1)
710Ulis Williams45.42:16.2 (1)
705Henry Carr44.53:00.7 (1)
2Great BritainGBR3:01.6
154Tim Graham45.945.9 (1)
155Adrian Metcalfe45.51:31.4 (3)
170John Cooper45.42:16.8 (4)
153Robbie Brightwell44.83:01.6 (2)
3Trinidad and TobagoTTO3:01.7
614Edwin Skinner46.046.0 (=2)
612Kent Bernard45.31:31.3 (2)
609Edwin Roberts45.42:16.7 (=2)
613Wendell Mottley45.03:01.7 (3)
4JamaicaJAM3:02.3
376Laurie Khan46.146.1 (4)
382Mal Spence45.41:31.5 (4)
381Mel Spence45.22:16.7 (=2)
375George Kerr45.63:02.3 (4)
5Unified Team of GermanyGER3:04.3
199Jörg Jüttner47.147.1 (=6)
228Hans-Ulrich Schulz45.71:32.8 (5)
201Johannes Schmitt45.92:18.7 (5)
204Manfred Kinder45.63:04.3 (5)
6PolandPOL3:05.3
503Marian Filipiuk47.547.5 (8)
498Ireneusz Kluczek46.01:33.5 (=7)
497Stanisław Swatowski46.32:19.8 (7)
495Andrzej Badeński45.53:05.3 (6)
7Soviet UnionURS3:05.9
645Grigory Sverbetov46.846.8 (5)
644Viktor Bychkov46.31:33.1 (6)
658Vasily Anisimov46.52:19.6 (6)
643Vadim Arkhipchuk46.33:05.9 (7)
8FranceFRA3:07.4
135Michel Hiblot47.147.1 (=6)
137Bernard Martin46.41:33.5 (=7)
138Germain Nelzy47.12:20.6 (8)
121Jean-Pierre Boccardo46.83:07.4 (8)