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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date10 – 11 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants85 from 20 countries
Olympic Record 38.19 WR / United States USA / 10 September 1972

Running in front of their hometown fans, and led by 100/200 superstar Carl Lewis, the USA was heavily favored. In the final, Canada led on the first leg, with Ben Johnson running a great turn. But then Ron Brown put the Americans into the lead on the backstretch. With the third leg run by 100 world record holder Calvin Smith, the race was effectively over, the only question being the world record. Smith gave Lewis a 5-metre lead for his anchor leg but he did not coast, running a sub-nine second anchor to break the world record with 37.83, which earned him his fourth gold medal of the 1984 Olympics.

PosNrTeamNOCR1SFFinal
1United StatesUSA38.89 (1 h1)38.44 (1 h1)37.83 (1)GoldWR
Sam GraddyRon BrownCalvin SmithCarl LewisHarvey Glance (DNS)Emmit King (DNS)
2JamaicaJAM38.93 (1 h3)38.67 (1 h2)38.62 (2)Silver
Albert LawrenceGreg MeghooDon QuarrieRay StewartNorman EdwardsLeroy Reid (DNS)Gus Young (DNS)
3CanadaCAN39.20 (1 h2)39.39 (3 h1)38.70 (3)Bronze
Ben JohnsonTony SharpeDesai WilliamsSterling HindsAtlee Mahorn (DNS)Dave McKnight (DNS)Andrew Mowatt (DNS)
4ItalyITA39.87 (3 h2)39.32 (2 h1)38.87 (4)
Antonio UlloGiovanni BongiorniStefano TilliPietro MenneaCarlo Simionato (DNS)
5West GermanyFRG39.04 (2 h1)38.70 (3 h2)38.99 (5)
Jürgen KofflerPeter KleinJürgen EversRalf LübkeChristian ZirkelbachRolf Kistner (DNS)Achim Piasetzki (DNS)
6FranceFRA40.04 (3 h1)38.91 (4 h2)39.10 (6)
Antoine RichardJean-Jacques BoussemartMarc GasparoniBruno Marie-RosePatrick Barré (DNS)Hermann Panzo (DNS)
7Great BritainGBR39.00 (2 h3)38.68 (2 h2)39.13 (7)
Daley ThompsonDonovan ReidMike McFarlaneAllan WellsBuster Watson (DNS)
8BrazilBRA39.27 (2 h2)39.52 (4 h1)39.40 (8)
Arnaldo da Silva NelsinhoKatsuhiko NakayaPaulo Roberto CorreiaRóbson Caetano da SilvaJoão Batista da Silva (DNS)
5 h1 r2/3GhanaGHA40.20 (5 h2)40.19 (5 h1)
Philip AttipoeMakarios DjanCollins MensahRex BrobbyJames Idun (DNS)Awada Nwaw (DNS)
5 h2 r2/3NigeriaNGR39.94 (4 h2)38.98 (5 h2)
Isiaq AdeyanjuEseme IkpotoOlajidie OyeledunChidi ImohLawrence AdegbeingbeTimothy Arinze (DNS)
6 h1 r2/3IndonesiaINA40.43 (3 h3)40.37 (6 h1)
Johannes KardionoPurnomo Muhammad YudhiChristian NenepathErnawan Witarsa
6 h2 r2/3Antigua and BarbudaANT40.70 (5 h3)40.14 (6 h2)
Anthony HenryLester BenjaminAlfred BrowneLarry MillerHoward Lindsay (DNS)
7 h1 r2/3SenegalSEN40.15 (4 h1)40.63 (7 h1)
Mamadou SèneHamidou DiawaraIbrahima FallCharles-Louis SeckSaliou SeckBoubacar Diallo (DNS)
7 h2 r2/3BarbadosBAR40.47 (4 h3)40.18 (7 h2)
John MayersHamil GrimesClyde EdwardsAnthony JonesElvis Forde (DNS)Richard Louis (DNS)
8 h1 r2/3ThailandTHA40.58 (5 h1)40.83 (8 h1)
Vichan ChoocherdRangsam IntharachaiPrasit BoonprasertSumet PromnaSawek Srisuk (DNS)Visut Watanasin (DNS)
8 h2 r2/3QatarQAT40.60 (6 h1)40.43 (8 h2)
Waheed Khamis Al-SalemFaraj Saad MarzoukJamal Al-AbdullahTalal MansourAbed Al-Bahumaid (DNS)
6 h2 r1/3Sierra LeoneSLE40.77 (6 h2)
Abdul MansarayDavid SawyerrFelix SandyIvan BenjaminPrince Duwai (DNS)Anthony Hope (DNS)
6 h3 r1/3CongoCGO40.74 (6 h3)
Théophile NkounkouHenri NdingaAntoine KiakouamaJean-Didace BémouAntoine Nkounkou (DNS)Jean-Pierre Pena (DNS)
7 h1 r1/3The GambiaGAM40.73 (7 h1)1
Bakary JarjueDawda JallowAbdurahman JallowOumar Fye
7 h3 r1/3LiberiaLBR42.05 (7 h3)2
Wallace ObeyHassan TallOliver DanielsAugustus Moulton
DNSParaguayPAR
Nicolás ChaparroOscar DieselClaudio EscaurizaFrancisco FigueredoRamón López
DNSAustraliaAUS
Darren ClarkBruce FrayneGary HoneyFred MartinPaul NarracottPeter Van Miltenburg
DNSPeople's Republic of ChinaCHN
Li JieqiangLiu YuhuangWang ShijieYu ZhichengYu ZhuanghuiZou Zhenxian
DNSFinlandFIN
Jarmo AniasJouko HassiJouko LehtinenKimmo SaaristoJukka Sihvonen
DNSUnited States Virgin IslandsISV
Jimmy FlemmingNeville HodgeUlric JacksonWendell PowellRonald Russell
DNSUnited Arab EmiratesUAE
Mohamed AbdullahMohamed Helal AliIbrahim KhamisRashid Al-JirbiSultan MarzoukShahad Mubarak

Round One (10 August 1984 — 12:00)

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

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1United StatesUSA38.89Q
Sam GraddyRon BrownCalvin SmithCarl Lewis
2West GermanyFRG39.04Q
Christian ZirkelbachPeter KleinJürgen EversRalf Lübke
3FranceFRA40.04Q
Antoine RichardJean-Jacques BoussemartMarc GasparoniBruno Marie-Rose
4SenegalSEN40.15Q
Mamadou SèneHamidou DiawaraSaliou SeckCharles-Louis Seck
5ThailandTHA40.58q
Vichan ChoocherdRangsam IntharachaiPrasit BoonprasertSumet Promna
6QatarQAT40.60q
Waheed Khamis Al-SalemFaraj Saad MarzoukJamal Al-AbdullahTalal Mansour
7The GambiaGAM40.73
Bakary JarjueDawda JallowAbdurahman JallowOumar Fye

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1CanadaCAN39.20Q
Ben JohnsonTony SharpeDesai WilliamsSterling Hinds
2BrazilBRA39.27Q
Arnaldo da SilvaRóbson Caetano da SilvaKatsuhiko NakayaPaulo Roberto Correia
3ItalyITA39.87Q
Antonio UlloGiovanni BongiorniStefano TilliPietro Mennea
4NigeriaNGR39.94Q
Isiaq AdeyanjuEseme IkpotoLawrence AdegbeingbeChidi Imoh
5GhanaGHA40.20q
Philip AttipoeMakarios DjanCollins MensahRex Brobby
6Sierra LeoneSLE40.77
Abdul MansarayDavid SawyerrFelix SandyIvan Benjamin

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1JamaicaJAM38.93Q
Norman EdwardsGreg MeghooDon QuarrieAlbert Lawrence
2Great BritainGBR39.00Q
Daley ThompsonDonovan ReidMike McFarlaneAllan Wells
3IndonesiaINA40.43Q
Johannes KardionoPurnomo Muhammad YudhiChristian NenepathErnawan Witarsa
4BarbadosBAR40.47Q
John MayersHamil GrimesClyde EdwardsAnthony Jones
5Antigua and BarbudaANT40.70q
Anthony HenryLester BenjaminAlfred BrowneLarry Miller
6CongoCGO40.74
Théophile NkounkouHenri NdingaAntoine KiakouamaJean-Didace Bémou
7LiberiaLBR42.05
Wallace ObeyHassan TallOliver DanielsAugustus Moulton

Semi-Finals (11 August 1984 — 10:30)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)
1United StatesUSA38.44Q
901Sam Graddy10.3410.34 (1)
887Ron Brown9.6419.98 (1)
939Calvin Smith9.3429.32 (1)
915Carl Lewis9.1238.44 (1)
2ItalyITA39.32Q
527Antonio Ullo– (–)
496Giovanni Bongiorni– (–)
525Stefano Tilli– (–)
511Pietro Mennea9.36– (–)
3CanadaCAN39.39Q
126Ben Johnson– (–)
140Tony Sharpe– (–)
144Desai Williams– (–)
123Sterling Hinds9.84– (–)
4BrazilBRA39.52Q
94Arnaldo da Silva– (–)
97 Nelsinho– (–)
101Katsuhiko Nakaya– (–)
92Paulo Roberto Correia9.54– (–)
5GhanaGHA40.19
412Philip Attipoe– (–)
414Makarios Djan– (–)
418Collins Mensah– (–)
413Rex Brobby– (–)
6IndonesiaINA40.37
448Johannes Kardiono– (–)
450Purnomo Muhammad Yudhi– (–)
449Christian Nenepath– (–)
451Ernawan Witarsa9.95– (–)
7SenegalSEN40.63
757Mamadou Sène– (–)
751Hamidou Diawara– (–)
753Ibrahima Fall– (–)
755Charles-Louis Seck9.40– (–)
8ThailandTHA40.83
833Vichan Choocherd– (–)
834Rangsam Intharachai– (–)
832Prasit Boonprasert– (–)
836Sumet Promna9.47– (–)

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1JamaicaJAM38.67Q
Albert LawrenceGreg MeghooDon QuarrieRay Stewart
2Great BritainGBR38.68Q
Daley ThompsonDonovan ReidMike McFarlaneAllan Wells
3West GermanyFRG38.70Q
Jürgen KofflerPeter KleinJürgen EversRalf Lübke
4FranceFRA38.91Q
Antoine RichardJean-Jacques BoussemartMarc GasparoniBruno Marie-Rose
5NigeriaNGR38.98
Isiaq AdeyanjuEseme IkpotoOlajidie OyeledunChidi Imoh
6Antigua and BarbudaANT40.14
Anthony HenryLester BenjaminAlfred BrowneLarry Miller
7BarbadosBAR40.18
John MayersHamil GrimesClyde EdwardsAnthony Jones
8QatarQAT40.43
Waheed Khamis Al-SalemFaraj Saad MarzoukJamal Al-AbdullahTalal Mansour

Final (11 August 1984 — 16:50)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA37.830.149WR
901Sam Graddy10.2910.29 (–)
887Ron Brown9.1919.48 (–)
939Calvin Smith9.4128.89 (–)
915Carl Lewis8.9437.83 (–)
2JamaicaJAM38.620.164
542Albert Lawrence– (–)
543Greg Meghoo– (–)
546Don Quarrie– (–)
550Ray Stewart9.28– (–)
3CanadaCAN38.700.145
126Ben Johnson– (–)
140Tony Sharpe– (–)
144Desai Williams– (–)
123Sterling Hinds9.47– (–)
4ItalyITA38.870.169
527Antonio Ullo– (–)
496Giovanni Bongiorni– (–)
525Stefano Tilli– (–)
511Pietro Mennea9.25– (–)
5West GermanyFRG38.990.162
323Jürgen Koffler– (–)
322Peter Klein– (–)
308Jürgen Evers– (–)
325Ralf Lübke9.37– (–)
6FranceFRA39.100.162
301Antoine Richard– (–)
273Jean-Jacques Boussemart– (–)
286Marc Gasparoni– (–)
295Bruno Marie-Rose9.40– (–)
7Great BritainGBR39.130.155
398Daley Thompson– (–)
390Donovan Reid– (–)
379Mike McFarlane– (–)
403Allan Wells9.36– (–)
8BrazilBRA39.400.163
94Arnaldo da Silva– (–)
97 Nelsinho– (–)
101Katsuhiko Nakaya– (–)
92Paulo Roberto Correia9.44– (–)