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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date31 July – 1 August 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants64 from 16 countries

With the USA boycotting the Moskva Olympics, the 4×100 was more open than it had ever been. The Poles and Soviet Union were considered the favorites with Cuba also given a shot. But in the heats, a very bad pass eliminated the Cuban team, who did not advance to the final. The final was close for the first leg but Eugen Ray of the GDR pulled away on the backstretch, only to see a poor exchange ruin his team’s chances. The Soviet Union pulled away on the third leg. Poland’s Marian Woronin gained slightly on the anchor leg but the USSR held on for the gold medal.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1Soviet UnionURS38.68 (1 h1)38.26 (1)Gold
Vladimir MuravyovNikolay SidorovAleksandr AksininAndrey ProkofyevAndrey Shlyapnikov (DNS)Aleksandr Stasevich (DNS)
2PolandPOL38.83 (2 h2)38.33 (2)Silver
Krzysztof ZwolińskiZenon LicznerskiLech DuneckiMarian WoroninJerzy Brunner (DNS)Stanisław Jaskułka (DNS)
3FranceFRA39.01 (2 h1)38.53 (3)Bronze
Antoine RichardPascal BarréPatrick BarréHermann PanzoJoseph Arame (DNS)Bernard Petitbois (DNS)
4Great BritainGBR39.20 (3 h2)38.62 (4)
Mike McFarlaneAllan WellsCameron SharpDrew McMasterSteve Green (DNS)Trevor Hoyte (DNS)
5East GermanyGDR38.65 (1 h2)38.73 (5)
Sören SchlegelEugen RayBernhard HoffThomas MunkeltKlaus-Dieter Kurrat (DNS)Olaf Prenzler (DNS)
6BulgariaBUL39.25 (3 h1)38.99 (6)
Pavel PavlovVladimir IvanovIvaylo KaranyotovPetar PetrovPlamen Krastev (DNS)Ivan Tuparov (DNS)
7NigeriaNGR39.48 (=4 h2)39.12 (7)
Hammed AdioKayode ElegbedeOlajidie OyeledunPeter OkodogbeInnocent Egbunike (DNS)Francis Ude (DNS)
8BrazilBRA39.48 (=4 h2)39.54 (8)
Miltão NelsinhoKatsuhiko NakayaAltevir de AraújoPaulo Roberto Correia (DNS) João do Pulo (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2JamaicaJAM39.71 (4 h1)
Don QuarrieColin BradfordMichael DavisAlbert LawrenceAnthony Davis (DNS)Dennis Henry (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2Trinidad and TobagoTTO39.74 (5 h1)
Edwin NoelHasely CrawfordChris BrathwaiteAndrew BruceFrank Adams (DNS)Charles Joseph (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2SenegalSEN40.25 (6 h1)
Boubacar DialloMomar N'DaoCheikh Touradou DioufIssa FallDiong Gomis (DNS)Abdoulaye Sarr (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2HungaryHUN39.97 (6 h2)
István TatárIstván NagyLászló Babály, Sr.Ferenc KissViktor Heinrich (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2SeychellesSEY41.71 (7 h1)
Marc LaroseRégis TranquilleCasimir PereiraVincent ConfaitArthure Agathine (DNS)
7 h2 r1/2CongoCGO40.09 (7 h2)
Louis NkanzaThéophile NkounkouJean-Pierre BasségélaAntoine KiakouamaAntoine Nkounkou (DNS)
8 h2 r1/2Sierra LeoneSLE42.53 (8 h2)
Rudolph GeorgeSheku BoimaWilliam Akabi-DavisWalter DuringColumba Blango (DNS)John Carew (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2CubaCUB– (DNF h1)
Osvaldo LaraAlejandro CasañasSilvio LeonardTomás GonzálezIsrael Alfonso (DNS)Juan Saborit (DNS)

Round One (31 July 1980 — 10:30)

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

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1Soviet UnionURS38.68Q
Vladimir MuravyovNikolay SidorovAleksandr AksininAndrey Prokofyev
2FranceFRA39.01Q
Antoine RichardPascal BarréPatrick BarréHermann Panzo
3BulgariaBUL39.25Q
Pavel PavlovVladimir IvanovIvaylo KaranyotovPetar Petrov
4JamaicaJAM39.71
Don QuarrieColin BradfordMichael DavisAlbert Lawrence
5Trinidad and TobagoTTO39.74
Edwin NoelHasely CrawfordChris BrathwaiteAndrew Bruce
6SenegalSEN40.25
Boubacar DialloMomar N'DaoCheikh Touradou DioufIssa Fall
7SeychellesSEY41.71
Marc LaroseRégis TranquilleCasimir PereiraVincent Confait
DNFCubaCUB
Osvaldo LaraAlejandro CasañasSilvio LeonardTomás González

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1East GermanyGDR38.65Q
Sören SchlegelEugen RayBernhard HoffThomas Munkelt
2PolandPOL38.83Q
Krzysztof ZwolińskiZenon LicznerskiLech DuneckiMarian Woronin
3Great BritainGBR39.20Q
Mike McFarlaneAllan WellsCameron SharpDrew McMaster
=4BrazilBRA39.48q
Miltão NelsinhoKatsuhiko NakayaAltevir de Araújo
=4NigeriaNGR39.48q
Hammed AdioKayode ElegbedeOlajidie OyeledunPeter Okodogbe
6HungaryHUN39.97
István TatárIstván NagyLászló Babály, Sr.Ferenc Kiss
7CongoCGO40.09
Louis NkanzaThéophile NkounkouJean-Pierre BasségélaAntoine Kiakouama
8Sierra LeoneSLE42.53
Rudolph GeorgeSheku BoimaWilliam Akabi-DavisWalter During

Final (1 August 1980 — 17:50)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1Soviet UnionURS38.26
Vladimir MuravyovNikolay SidorovAleksandr AksininAndrey Prokofyev
2PolandPOL38.33
Krzysztof ZwolińskiZenon LicznerskiLech DuneckiMarian Woronin
3FranceFRA38.53
Antoine RichardPascal BarréPatrick BarréHermann Panzo
4Great BritainGBR38.62
Mike McFarlaneAllan WellsCameron SharpDrew McMaster
5East GermanyGDR38.73
Sören SchlegelEugen RayBernhard HoffThomas Munkelt
6BulgariaBUL38.99
Pavel PavlovVladimir IvanovIvaylo KaranyotovPetar Petrov
7NigeriaNGR39.12
Hammed AdioKayode ElegbedeOlajidie OyeledunPeter Okodogbe
8BrazilBRA39.54
Miltão NelsinhoKatsuhiko NakayaAltevir de Araújo