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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date7 – 8 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants104 from 25 countries
Olympic Record 37.83 WR / United States USA / 11 August 1984

The US was back as the favorite, although Carl Lewis had failed to make the US team for the 100 metres. But in the 100 semi-finals, Mark Witherspoon had to retire with an Achilles’ injury and Lewis was brought back onto the relay squad. After the semi-finals they were thought to be threatened by the surprising team from Nigeria, who had won their heat in an African record of 38.21. In the final, Lewis received the baton with only a metre lead on the Nigerian anchor, Davidson Ezinwa. But his anchor leg is usually considered one of the fastest ever, challenging Bob Hayes anchor at Tokyo in 1964. Lewis was timed in 8.85 for his leg and the US won by over five metres in a world record 37.40.

PosNrTeamNOCR1SFFinal
1United StatesUSA38.95 (2 h1)38.14 (1 h1)37.40 (1)GoldWR
1734Mike Marsh
1675Leroy Burrell
1738Dennis Mitchell
1729Carl Lewis
1718James Jett
2NigeriaNGR38.98 (1 h4)38.21 (1 h2)37.98 (2)Silver
1303Oluyemi Kayode
1302Chidi Imoh
1294Olapade Adeniken
1299Davidson Ezinwa
1300Osmond Ezinwa
3CubaCUB38.81 (1 h1)38.49 (2 h1)38.00 (3)Bronze
366Andrés Simón
350Joel Lamela
348Joel Isasi
336Jorge Aguilera
4Great BritainGBR39.73 (2 h3)38.64 (2 h2)38.08 (4)
681Marcus Adam
726Tony Jarrett
750John Regis
695Linford Christie
728Jason John
5Unified TeamEUN40.07 (2 h2)38.69 (3 h1)38.17 (5)
504Pavel Galkin
510Edvin Ivanov
503Andrey Fedoriv
557Vitaly Savin
6JapanJPN39.16 (3 h1)38.81 (4 h1)38.77 (6)
1074Shinji Aoto
1098Hisatsugu Suzuki
1078Satoru Inoue
1096Tatsuo Sugimoto
7AustriaAUT39.86 (3 h3)39.34 (3 h2)39.30 (7)
77Christoph Pöstinger
79Thomas Renner
70Andreas Berger
78Franz Ratzenberger
8Côte d'IvoireCIV40.02 (6 h1)39.46 (4 h2)39.31 (8)
309Franck Waota
311Jean-Olivier Zirignon
301Gilles Bogui
305Ouattara Lagazane
5 h1 r2/3FranceFRA39.49 (1 h2)39.02 (5 h1)
646Max Morinière
662Daniel Sangouma
657Gilles Quénéhervé
644Bruno Marie-Rose
5 h2 r2/3SpainESP39.60 (2 h4)39.62 (5 h2)
398José Javier Arqués
453Enrique Talavera
454Juan Jesús Trapero
429Sergio López
6 h1 r2/3GhanaGHA40.11 (4 h3)39.28 (6 h1)
874John Myles-Mills
864Eric Akogyiram
876Emmanuel Tuffour
867Nelson Boateng
6 h2 r2/3ThailandTHA39.91 (3 h4)39.73 (6 h2)
1622Kriengkrai Narom
1615Seaksarn Boonrat
1625Niti Piyapan
1636Visut Watanasin
7 h1 r2/3Sierra LeoneSLE40.11 (3 h2)40.46 (7 h1)
1850Francis Keita
1514Denton Guy-Williams
1517Paul Parkinson
1519Sanusi Turay
7 h2 r2/3TogoTOG39.77 (5 h1)39.84 (7 h2)
1637Kouame Aholou
1640Boevi Lawson
1639Koukou Franck Amégnigan
1638Kossi Akoto
AC h1 r2/3MexicoMEX39.77 (4 h1)– (AC h1)
1245Genaro Rojas
1241Eduardo Nava
1232Raymundo Escalante
1229Alejandro Cárdenas
AC h2 r2/3CanadaCAN39.34 (1 h3)– (AC h2)
226Ben Johnson
218Glenroy Gilbert
231Atlee Mahorn
247Bruny Surin
239Peter Ogilvie
4 h2 r1/3SenegalSEN40.13 (4 h2)
1502Charles-Louis Seck
1498Amadou M'Baye
1497Seydou Loum
1496Oumar Loum
4 h4 r1/3San MarinoSMR42.08 (4 h4)
1528Nicola Selva
1527Manlio Molinari
1525Dominique Canti
1524Aldo Canti
5 h2 r1/3PortugalPOR40.30 (5 h2)
1394Luís Cunha
1395Pedro Miguel Curvelo
1388Luís Barroso
1386Pedro Agostinho
5 h3 r1/3United States Virgin IslandsISV40.48 (5 h3)
980Derry Pemberton
977Neville Hodge
981Mitch Peters
975Wyndell Dickinson
5 h4 r1/3BangladeshBAN42.18 (5 h4)
92Golam Ambia
94Mohamed Mehdi Hasan
93Shahanuddin Choudhury
95Mohamed Shah Jalal
6 h3 r1/3The GambiaGAM40.98 (6 h3)
677Dawda Jallow
680Momodou Sarr
678Abdulieh Janneh
679Lamin Marikong
AC h1 r1/3BelizeBIZ– (AC h1)
118Emery Gill
122Elston Shaw
120Michael Joseph
121John Palacio
AC h2 r1/3CongoCGO41.26 (AC h2)
256Médard Makanga
255Michael Dzong
254Armand Biniakounou
257David Nkoua
AC h4 r1/3JamaicaJAM– (AC h4)
1047Michael Green
1054Rudolph Mighty
1067Anthony Wallace
1064Ray Stewart

Round One (7 August 1992)

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

Heat One (9:30)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
13CubaCUB38.81Q
Andrés SimónJoel LamelaJoel IsasiJorge Aguilera
25United StatesUSA38.95Q
Mike MarshLeroy BurrellDennis MitchellJames Jett
32JapanJPN39.16Q
Shinji AotoHisatsugu SuzukiSatoru InoueTatsuo Sugimoto
46MexicoMEX39.77q
Genaro RojasEduardo NavaRaymundo EscalanteAlejandro Cárdenas
54TogoTOG39.77q
Kouame AholouBoevi LawsonKoukou Franck AmégniganKossi Akoto
67Côte d'IvoireCIV40.02q
Franck WaotaJean-Olivier ZirignonGilles BoguiOuattara Lagazane
AC8BelizeBIZDQ
Emery GillElston ShawMichael JosephJohn Palacio

Heat Two (9:40)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
12FranceFRA39.49Q
Max MorinièreDaniel SangoumaGilles QuénéhervéBruno Marie-Rose
27Unified TeamEUN40.07Q
Pavel GalkinEdvin IvanovAndrey FedorivVitaly Savin
35Sierra LeoneSLE40.11Q
Francis KeitaDenton Guy-WilliamsPaul ParkinsonSanusi Turay
44SenegalSEN40.13
Charles-Louis SeckAmadou M'BayeSeydou LoumOumar Loum
53PortugalPOR40.30
Luís CunhaPedro Miguel CurveloLuís BarrosoPedro Agostinho
AC6CongoCGO41.26DQ
Médard MakangaMichael DzongArmand BiniakounouDavid Nkoua

Heat Three (9:50)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
15CanadaCAN39.34Q
Ben JohnsonGlenroy GilbertPeter OgilvieBruny Surin
24Great BritainGBR39.73Q
Tony JarrettJason JohnMarcus AdamLinford Christie
36AustriaAUT39.86Q
Christoph PöstingerThomas RennerAndreas BergerFranz Ratzenberger
47GhanaGHA40.11q
John Myles-MillsEric AkogyiramEmmanuel TuffourNelson Boateng
53United States Virgin IslandsISV40.48
Derry PembertonNeville HodgeMitch PetersWyndell Dickinson
62The GambiaGAM40.98
Dawda JallowMomodou SarrAbdulieh JannehLamin Marikong

Heat Four (10:00)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
13NigeriaNGR38.98Q
Osmond EzinwaChidi ImohOlapade AdenikenDavidson Ezinwa
22SpainESP39.60Q
José Javier ArquésEnrique TalaveraJuan Jesús TraperoSergio López
36ThailandTHA39.91Q
Kriengkrai NaromSeaksarn BoonratNiti PiyapanVisut Watanasin
45San MarinoSMR42.08
Nicola SelvaManlio MolinariDominique CantiAldo Canti
57BangladeshBAN42.18
Golam AmbiaMohamed Mehdi HasanShahanuddin ChoudhuryMohamed Shah Jalal
AC4JamaicaJAMDNF
Michael GreenRudolph MightyAnthony WallaceRay Stewart

Semi-Finals (7 August 1992)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (19:30)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
14United StatesUSA38.14Q
Mike MarshLeroy BurrellDennis MitchellCarl Lewis
23CubaCUB38.49Q
Andrés SimónJoel LamelaJoel IsasiJorge Aguilera
32Unified TeamEUN38.69Q
Pavel GalkinEdvin IvanovAndrey FedorivVitaly Savin
45JapanJPN38.81Q
Shinji AotoHisatsugu SuzukiSatoru InoueTatsuo Sugimoto
56FranceFRA39.02
Max MorinièreDaniel SangoumaGilles QuénéhervéBruno Marie-Rose
61GhanaGHA39.28
John Myles-MillsEric AkogyiramEmmanuel TuffourNelson Boateng
77Sierra LeoneSLE40.46
Francis KeitaDenton Guy-WilliamsPaul ParkinsonSanusi Turay
AC8MexicoMEXDQ
Genaro RojasEduardo NavaRaymundo EscalanteAlejandro Cárdenas

Heat Two (19:40)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
14NigeriaNGR38.21Q
Oluyemi KayodeChidi ImohOlapade AdenikenDavidson Ezinwa
23Great BritainGBR38.64Q
Tony JarrettJohn RegisMarcus AdamLinford Christie
37AustriaAUT39.34Q
Christoph PöstingerThomas RennerAndreas BergerFranz Ratzenberger
48Côte d'IvoireCIV39.46Q
Franck WaotaJean-Olivier ZirignonGilles BoguiOuattara Lagazane
56SpainESP39.62
José Javier ArquésEnrique TalaveraJuan Jesús TraperoSergio López
61ThailandTHA39.73
Kriengkrai NaromSeaksarn BoonratNiti PiyapanVisut Watanasin
72TogoTOG39.84
Kouame AholouBoevi LawsonKoukou Franck AmégniganKossi Akoto
AC5CanadaCANDNF
Ben JohnsonGlenroy GilbertAtlee MahornBruny Surin

Final (8 August 1992 — 19:20)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
14United StatesUSA37.40WR
Mike MarshLeroy BurrellDennis MitchellCarl Lewis
2NigeriaNGR37.98
Oluyemi KayodeChidi ImohOlapade AdenikenDavidson Ezinwa
3CubaCUB38.00
Andrés SimónJoel LamelaJoel IsasiJorge Aguilera
46Great BritainGBR38.08
Marcus AdamTony JarrettJohn RegisLinford Christie
58Unified TeamEUN38.17
Pavel GalkinEdvin IvanovAndrey FedorivVitaly Savin
67JapanJPN38.77
Shinji AotoHisatsugu SuzukiSatoru InoueTatsuo Sugimoto
71AustriaAUT39.30
Christoph PöstingerThomas RennerAndreas BergerFranz Ratzenberger
82Côte d'IvoireCIV39.31
Franck WaotaJean-Olivier ZirignonGilles BoguiOuattara Lagazane