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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date30 September – 1 October 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants127 from 30 countries

With Carl Lewis back as anchorman, the US was the favorite but he never got to run in the event. In the first round, the US badly botched the final changeover and they were disqualified. The final was then thought to be between France and the USSR. Viktor Bryzgin led off for the Soviets and put them in the lead. At the final exchange the USSR led France by about a metre, and Vitaly Savin protected that for the gold medal. Britain’s Linford Christie ran a sub-9 second leg to pull Great Britain ahead of France for the silver medal.

PosNrTeamNOCR1SFFinal
1Soviet UnionURS38.82 (1 h2)38.55 (1 h2)38.19 (1)Gold
Viktor BryzginVladimir KrylovVladimir MuravyovVitaly SavinLeonid Voloshin (DNS)
2Great BritainGBR39.17 (2 h4)38.52 (2 h1)38.28 (2)Silver
Elliot BunneyJohn RegisMike McFarlaneLinford ChristieClarence CallenderAndy Carrott (DNS)
3FranceFRA38.87 (1 h1)38.49 (1 h1)38.40 (3)Bronze
Bruno Marie-RoseDaniel SangoumaGilles QuénéhervéMax MorinièreThierry Lauret (DNS)Jean-Charles Trouabal (DNS)
4JamaicaJAM39.53 (2 h3)38.75 (3 h1)38.47 (4)
Chris FaulknorGreg MeghooClive WrightJohn MairAndrew Smith (DNS)Ray Stewart (DNS)
5ItalyITA39.20 (3 h1)38.65 (2 h2)38.54 (5)
Ezio MadoniaSandro FlorisPier-Francesco PavoniStefano TilliMichele Lazazzera (DNS)Antonio Ullo (DNS)
6West GermanyFRG39.01 (2 h2)38.75 (4 h1)38.55 (6)
Fritz HeerChristian HaasPeter KleinDirk Schweisfurth
7CanadaCAN39.41 (1 h3)38.94 (4 h2)38.93 (7)
Desai WilliamsAtlee MahornCyprian EnweaniBrian MorrisonAndrew MowattBen Johnson (DNS)Mark McKoy (DNS)
8HungaryHUN39.12 (1 h4)38.84 (3 h2)39.19 (8)
György BakosLászló KaraffaIstván TatárAttila KovácsGyörgy Fetter (DNS)Endre Havas (DNS)
5 h1 r2/3JapanJPN39.70 (3 h3)38.90 (5 h1)
Shinji AotoKenji YamauchiKoji KuriharaSusumu TakanoTakahiko KasaharaKaoru MatsubaraTomohiro Osawa (DNS)
5 h2 r2/3GhanaGHA39.13 (3 h2)39.46 (5 h2)
John Myles-MillsEric AkogyiramSalaam GaribaNelson BoatengEmmanuel Tuffour
6 h1 r2/3NigeriaNGR39.15 (2 h1)39.05 (6 h1)
Victor EdetOlapade AdenikenIsiaq AdeyanjuOlatunji OlobiaDavidson EzinwaAbdullahi TetengiChidi Imoh (DNS)
6 h2 r2/3KenyaKEN40.30 (4 h3)39.47 (6 h2)
Elkana NyangauKennedy OndiekSimeon KipkemboiPeter WekesaJoseph Sainah (DNS)Tito Sawe (DNS)
7 h1 r2/3Republic of KoreaKOR39.61 (4 h1)39.43 (7 h1)
Seong Nak-GunSim Deok-SeopKim Bok-SeopJang Jae-GeunHwang Hong-Cheol (DNS)Kim Jong-Il (DNS)
8 h1 r2/3QatarQAT40.05 (5 h2)41.19 (8 h1)
Rashid Sheban Marzouk 1Faraj Saad MarzoukSayed Mubarak Al-KuwariTalal MansourAbdullah Mohamed Al-Sheib (DNS)
AC h2 r2/3People's Republic of ChinaCHN39.67 (4 h2)– (DNF h2)
Li TaoCai JianmingLi FengZheng ChenChen Zunrong (DNS)Pang Yan (DNS)
AC h2 r2/3PortugalPOR39.61 (3 h4)– (DQ h2)
Arnaldo AbrantesPedro CurveloPedro AgostinhoLuís BarrosoLuís Cunha (DNS)Paulo Curvelo (DNS)
4 h4 r1/3MexicoMEX40.31 (4 h4)
Herman AdamEduardo NavaAntonio RuizMiguel Elizondo
5 h1 r1/3Chinese TaipeiTPE40.40 (5 h1)
Cheng Hsin-FuLee Shiunn-LongNai Hui-FangWu Chin-JingLee Fu-An (DNS)Lin Kuang-Liang (DNS)
5 h3 r1/3ThailandTHA40.57 (5 h3)
Supas TiprodVisut WatanasinAnuwat SermsiriChainarong WangganonPongsak Wacharakupt (DNS)Somchai Youcharoen (DNS)
5 h4 r1/3BeninBEN41.52 (5 h4)
Fortune OgouchiPatrice MahoulikpontoDossou VignissyIssa Alassane-OusséniJosé de Souza (DNS)
6 h1 r1/3UgandaUGA41.39 (6 h1)
Moses MusongeJoseph SsaliJohn GovilleMike OkotSunday Olweny (DNS)
6 h2 r1/3CongoCGO41.26 (6 h2)
Armand BiniakounouHygien-Nicaise LombockoHenri NdingaPierre NdingaThéophile Nkounkou (DNS)
6 h3 r1/3Antigua and BarbudaANT41.18 (6 h3)
St. Clair SoleyneAlfred BrowneHoward LindsayLarry MillerJames Browne (DNS)Evans Jones (DNS)
6 h4 r1/3BangladeshBAN41.78 (6 h4)
Mohamed Shah AlamShahanuddin ChoudhuryMohamed Hossain MilzerMohamed Shah Jalal
7 h1 r1/3MaldivesMDV44.31 (7 h1)
Ismail Asif WaheedIbrahim ManikAbdul Razzak AboobakurMohamed HanimAhmed Shageef (DNS)
7 h3 r1/3Sierra LeoneSLE41.19 (7 h3)
Francis KeitaHorace Dove-EdwinBenjamin GrantFelix SandyDavid Sawyerr (DNS)
AC h2 r1/3IndonesiaINA– (DNF h2)
Mardi LestariKresno Eko PambudiElieser WattebosiMohamed Yusuf
AC h2 r1/3SenegalSEN– (DQ h2)
Joseph DiazAmadou M'BayeBabacar PouyeIbrahima TambaCharles-Louis Seck (DNS)
AC h3 r1/3SpainESP– (DNF h3)
Florencio GascónEnrique TalaveraValentín RocandioJosé Javier ArquésCarlos Sala (DNS)Carlos Turró (DNS)
AC h4 r1/3United StatesUSA[38.98] (DQ h4)
Dennis MitchellAlbert RobinsonCalvin SmithLee McNeillJoe DeLoach (DNS)Mike Marsh (DNS)Emmit King (DNS)

Round One (30 September 1988)

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

Heat One (13:25)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1FranceFRA38.87Q
Bruno Marie-RoseDaniel SangoumaGilles QuénéhervéMax Morinière
2NigeriaNGR39.15Q
Victor EdetDavidson EzinwaAbdullahi TetengiOlatunji Olobia
3ItalyITA39.20Q
Ezio MadoniaSandro FlorisPier-Francesco PavoniStefano Tilli
4Republic of KoreaKOR39.61q
Seong Nak-GunSim Deok-SeopKim Bok-SeopJang Jae-Geun
5Chinese TaipeiTPE40.40
Cheng Hsin-FuLee Shiunn-LongNai Hui-FangWu Chin-Jing
6UgandaUGA41.39
Moses MusongeJoseph SsaliJohn GovilleMike Okot
7MaldivesMDV44.31
Ismail Asif WaheedIbrahim ManikAbdul Razzak AboobakurMohamed Hanim

Heat Two (13:30)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1Soviet UnionURS38.82Q
Vladimir KrylovVladimir MuravyovViktor BryzginVitaly Savin
2West GermanyFRG39.01Q
Christian HaasFritz HeerPeter KleinDirk Schweisfurth
3GhanaGHA39.13Q
Eric AkogyiramSalaam GaribaJohn Myles-MillsEmmanuel Tuffour
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN39.67q
Cai JianmingLi FengLi TaoZheng Chen
5QatarQAT40.05q
Rashid Sheban Marzouk 2Faraj Saad MarzoukSayed Mubarak Al-KuwariTalal Mansour
6CongoCGO41.26
Armand BiniakounouHygien-Nicaise LombockoHenri NdingaPierre Ndinga
DQSenegalSEN
Joseph DiazAmadou M'BayeBabacar PouyeIbrahima Tamba
DNFIndonesiaINA
Mardi LestariKresno Eko PambudiElieser WattebosiMohamed Yusuf

Heat Three (13:35)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1CanadaCAN39.41Q
Andrew MowattAtlee MahornDesai WilliamsBrian Morrison
2JamaicaJAM39.53Q
Chris FaulknorGreg MeghooJohn MairClive Wright
3JapanJPN39.70Q
Kaoru MatsubaraShinji AotoKoji KuriharaTakahiko Kasahara
4KenyaKEN40.30q
Elkana NyangauKennedy OndiekSimeon KipkemboiPeter Wekesa
5ThailandTHA40.57
Supas TiprodVisut WatanasinAnuwat SermsiriChainarong Wangganon
6Antigua and BarbudaANT41.18
St. Clair SoleyneAlfred BrowneHoward LindsayLarry Miller
7Sierra LeoneSLE41.19
Francis KeitaHorace Dove-EdwinBenjamin GrantFelix Sandy
DNFSpainESP
Florencio GascónEnrique TalaveraValentín RocandioJosé Javier Arqués

Heat Four (13:40)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1HungaryHUN39.12Q
György BakosLászló KaraffaIstván TatárAttila Kovács
2Great BritainGBR39.17Q
Elliot BunneyJohn RegisMike McFarlaneClarence Callender
3PortugalPOR39.61Q
Arnaldo AbrantesPedro CurveloPedro AgostinhoLuís Barroso
4MexicoMEX40.31
Herman AdamEduardo NavaAntonio RuizMiguel Elizondo
5BeninBEN41.52
Fortune OgouchiPatrice MahoulikpontoDossou VignissyIssa Alassane-Ousséni
6BangladeshBAN41.78
Mohamed Shah AlamShahanuddin ChoudhuryMohamed Hossain MilzerMohamed Shah Jalal
DQUnited StatesUSA[38.98]
Dennis MitchellAlbert RobinsonCalvin SmithLee McNeill

Semi-Finals (1 October 1988)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:35)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1FranceFRA38.49Q
Bruno Marie-RoseDaniel SangoumaGilles QuénéhervéMax Morinière
2Great BritainGBR38.52Q
Elliot BunneyJohn RegisMike McFarlaneLinford Christie
3JamaicaJAM38.75Q
Chris FaulknorGreg MeghooClive WrightJohn Mair
4West GermanyFRG38.75Q
Fritz HeerChristian HaasPeter KleinDirk Schweisfurth
5JapanJPN38.90
Shinji AotoKenji YamauchiKoji KuriharaSusumu Takano
6NigeriaNGR39.05
Victor EdetOlapade AdenikenIsiaq AdeyanjuOlatunji Olobia
7Republic of KoreaKOR39.43
Seong Nak-GunSim Deok-SeopKim Bok-SeopJang Jae-Geun
8QatarQAT41.19
Rashid Sheban Marzouk 3Faraj Saad MarzoukSayed Mubarak Al-KuwariTalal Mansour

Heat Two (12:40)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1Soviet UnionURS38.55Q
Viktor BryzginVladimir KrylovVladimir MuravyovVitaly Savin
2ItalyITA38.65Q
Ezio MadoniaSandro FlorisPier-Francesco PavoniStefano Tilli
3HungaryHUN38.84Q
György BakosLászló KaraffaIstván TatárAttila Kovács
4CanadaCAN38.94Q
Andrew MowattAtlee MahornDesai WilliamsBrian Morrison
5GhanaGHA39.46
John Myles-MillsEric AkogyiramSalaam GaribaNelson Boateng
6KenyaKEN39.47
Elkana NyangauKennedy OndiekSimeon KipkemboiPeter Wekesa
DQPortugalPOR
Arnaldo AbrantesPedro CurveloPedro AgostinhoLuís Barroso
DNFPeople's Republic of ChinaCHN
Li TaoCai JianmingLi FengZheng Chen

Final (1 October 1988 — 14:15)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1Soviet UnionURS38.19
Viktor BryzginVladimir KrylovVladimir MuravyovVitaly Savin
2Great BritainGBR38.28
Elliot BunneyJohn RegisMike McFarlaneLinford Christie
3FranceFRA38.40
Bruno Marie-RoseDaniel SangoumaGilles QuénéhervéMax Morinière
4JamaicaJAM38.47
Chris FaulknorGreg MeghooClive WrightJohn Mair
5ItalyITA38.54
Ezio MadoniaSandro FlorisPier-Francesco PavoniStefano Tilli
6West GermanyFRG38.55
Fritz HeerChristian HaasPeter KleinDirk Schweisfurth
7CanadaCAN38.93
Desai WilliamsAtlee MahornCyprian EnweaniBrian Morrison
8HungaryHUN39.19
György BakosLászló KaraffaIstván TatárAttila Kovács