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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date 2 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Participants99 from 23 countries

It had been 1962 since the world records was held by a nation other than the United States. The current world mark was set by the US team that won the 1982 World Championships, and with this history, there was little reason to expect a different conclusion. In the heats the USA sent out their B team, and unlike in other years, when they were good enough to qualify first, this time they placed only second to move on to the final. The Americans won once again, and bettered their own world record with a time of 3:19.03. But it was close this time. Australia placed second, only .65 seconds behind the gold medalists. The American team led through most of the race although Australia edged ahead at the end of the second leg, and on the anchor, Mark Stockwell passed the US’s Rowdy Gaines just before the final turn, forcing Gaines to claw back with a strong second lap to secure the gold.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:20.14 (2 h3)3:19.03 (1)Gold
Chris CavanaughMike HeathMatt BiondiRowdy GainesTom JagerRobin Leamy
2AustraliaAUS3:19.94 (1 h3)3:19.68 (2)Silver
Greg FasalaNeil BrooksMichael DelanyMark StockwellGraeme Brewer (DNS)Peter Dale (DNS)Mark Kerry (DNS)
3SwedenSWE3:23.86 (1 h2)3:22.69 (3)Bronze
Thomas LejdströmBengt BaronMikael ÖrnPer JohanssonRikard MiltonMichael SöderlundTom Werner (DNS)
4West GermanyFRG3:24.69 (1 h1)3:22.98 (4)
Dirk KorthalsAndreas SchmidtAlexander SchowtkaMichael GroßNicolaj KlapkarekThomas Fahrner (DNS)
5Great BritainGBR3:24.59 (3 h3)3:23.61 (5)
David LoweRoland LeePaul EasterRichard Burrell
6FranceFRA3:24.68 (2 h2)3:24.63 (6)
Stéphan CaronLaurent NeuvilleDominique BatailleBruno Lesaffre
7CanadaCAN3:25.94 (5 h3)3:24.70 (7)
Dave ChurchillBlair HickenAlex BaumannSandy GossLevente MadyPeter Szmidt (DNS)
8ItalyITA3:25.37 (4 h3)3:24.97 (8)
Marcello GuarducciMarco ColomboMetello SavinoFabrizio RampazzoRaffaele FranceschiGiovanni Franceschi (DNS)Paolo Revelli (DNS)
9SwitzerlandSUI3:26.61 (2 h1)
Dano HalsallStéfan VoléryThierry JacotRoger BirrerFrançois David (DNS)
10BrazilBRA3:27.33 (3 h2)
Cyro DelgadoJorge FernandesDjan MadrugaRonald Menezes
11NetherlandsNED3:27.60 (4 h2)
Edsard SchlingemannPeter DrostFrank DrostHans KroesCees Vervoorn (DNS)
12VenezuelaVEN3:30.24 (3 h1)
Alberto MestreAlberto José UmañaRafael VidalJean-Marie François
13JapanJPN3:30.45 (5 h2)
Hiroshi SakamotoShigeo OgataTaihei SakaSatoshi SumidaShinji Ito (DNS)Keisuke Okuno (DNS)
14Puerto RicoPUR3:30.66 (6 h2)
Fernando CanalesMiguel FigueroaTony PortelaRafael Gandarillas
15People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:30.82 (4 h1)
Mu LatiFeng DaweiChen QinShen JianqiangLi Zhongyi (DNS)
16MexicoMEX3:33.86 (5 h1)
José MedinaRamiro EstradaCésar SánchezCarlos Romo
17SingaporeSGP3:34.63 (6 h3)
Ang Peng SiongOon Jin TeikDavid LimOon Jin Gee
18JamaicaJAM3:34.87 (6 h1)
Andrew PhillipsDeryck MarksAllan MarshGordon Scarlett
19TurkeyTUR3:36.54 (7 h3)
Kemal Sadri Özünİhsan Sabri ÖzünAhmet NakkaşGökhan Attaroğlu
20United States Virgin IslandsISV3:43.49 (7 h1)
Erik RosskopfBrian FarlowCollier WoolardScott NewkirkKeith Farlow (DNS)Harrell Woolard (DNS)
21GuatemalaGUA3:52.18 (8 h3)
Rodrigo LealFernando MarroquínRoberto GranadosErnesto José Degenhart
22HondurasHON3:55.87 (7 h2)
Salvador CoveloJuan José PinoDavid GaloRodolfo Torres
ACEgyptEGY– (AC h2)DQ
Mohamed YoussefSharif NourAhmed EidAhmed SaidAyman Nadim (DNS)
DNSKuwaitKUW
Khaled Al-AssafAdel Al-GhaithSad Al-HarshaniHasan Al-ShammariJamal Al-Shamari

Round One (2 August 1984 — 10:45)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14West GermanyFRG3:24.69QOR
Dirk Korthals51.3151.31 (2)
Alexander Schowtka50.901:42.21 (2)
Nicolaj Klapkarek51.272:33.48 (1)
Andreas Schmidt51.213:24.69 (1)
25SwitzerlandSUI3:26.61
Dano Halsall51.6851.68 (3)
Stéfan Voléry50.241:41.92 (1)
Thierry Jacot52.332:34.25 (2)
Roger Birrer52.363:26.61 (2)
33VenezuelaVEN3:30.24
Alberto Mestre51.1851.18 (1)
Alberto José Umaña53.131:44.31 (3)
Rafael Vidal53.152:37.46 (3)
Jean-Marie François52.783:30.24 (3)
46People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:30.82
Mu Lati52.2152.21 (4)
Feng Dawei52.811:45.02 (4)
Chen Qin53.312:38.33 (4)
Shen Jianqiang52.493:30.82 (4)
52MexicoMEX3:33.86
José Medina54.1254.12 (6)
Ramiro Estrada52.391:46.51 (5)
César Sánchez54.052:40.56 (6)
Carlos Romo53.303:33.86 (5)
61JamaicaJAM3:34.87
Andrew Phillips52.9752.97 (5)
Deryck Marks54.441:47.41 (6)
Allan Marsh52.972:40.38 (5)
Gordon Scarlett54.493:34.87 (6)
77United States Virgin IslandsISV3:43.49
Erik Rosskopf55.4055.40 (7)
Brian Farlow57.771:53.17 (7)
Collier Woolard55.762:48.93 (7)
Scott Newkirk54.563:43.49 (7)

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14SwedenSWE3:23.86QOR
Rikard Milton51.8051.80 (2)
Michael Söderlund50.981:42.78 (2)
Mikael Örn50.892:33.67 (2)
Per Johansson50.193:23.86 (1)
25FranceFRA3:24.68Q
Stéphan Caron50.8350.83 (1)
Laurent Neuville50.841:41.67 (1)
Dominique Bataille51.772:33.44 (1)
Bruno Lesaffre51.243:24.68 (2)
31BrazilBRA3:27.33
Cyro Delgado52.1052.10 (5)
Jorge Fernandes51.391:43.49 (3)
Djan Madruga52.442:35.93 (3)
Ronald Menezes51.403:27.33 (3)
43NetherlandsNED3:27.60
Edsard Schlingemann51.9451.94 (4)
Peter Drost52.691:44.63 (5)
Frank Drost51.592:36.22 (4)
Hans Kroes51.383:27.60 (4)
52JapanJPN3:30.45
Hiroshi Sakamoto52.3152.31 (6)
Shigeo Ogata52.221:44.53 (4)
Taihei Saka52.852:37.38 (5)
Satoshi Sumida53.073:30.45 (5)
66Puerto RicoPUR3:30.66
Fernando Canales51.9051.90 (3)
Miguel Figueroa53.631:45.53 (6)
Tony Portela51.922:37.45 (6)
Rafael Gandarillas53.213:30.66 (6)
78HondurasHON3:55.87
Salvador Covelo58.2058.20 (7)
Juan José Pino59.921:58.12 (7)
David Galo58.662:56.78 (7)
Rodolfo Torres59.093:55.87 (7)
AC7EgyptEGYDQ
Mohamed Youssef– (AC)
Sharif Nour– (AC)
Ahmed Eid– (AC)
Ahmed Said– (AC)

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
15AustraliaAUS3:19.94QOR
Neil Brooks50.3650.36 (1)
Greg Fasala50.351:40.71 (2)
Michael Delany50.032:30.74 (2)
Mark Stockwell49.203:19.94 (1)
24United StatesUSA3:20.14Q
Matt Biondi50.5050.50 (2)
Chris Cavanaugh49.941:40.44 (1)
Tom Jager49.892:30.33 (1)
Robin Leamy49.813:20.14 (2)
36Great BritainGBR3:24.59Q
David Lowe51.5151.51 (5)
Roland Lee51.371:42.88 (3)
Paul Easter51.032:33.91 (3)
Richard Burrell50.683:24.59 (3)
48ItalyITA3:25.37Q
Marcello Guarducci51.4951.49 (4)
Raffaele Franceschi51.511:43.00 (5)
Metello Savino51.002:34.00 (4)
Marco Colombo51.373:25.37 (4)
53CanadaCAN3:25.94Q
Sandy Goss51.8251.82 (6)
Alex Baumann51.141:42.96 (4)
Blair Hicken51.232:34.19 (5)
Levente Mady51.753:25.94 (5)
62SingaporeSGP3:34.63
Ang Peng Siong51.1851.18 (3)
Oon Jin Teik54.531:45.71 (6)
David Lim54.702:40.41 (6)
Oon Jin Gee54.223:34.63 (6)
77TurkeyTUR3:36.54
Kemal Sadri Özün53.5053.50 (7)
İhsan Sabri Özün53.941:47.44 (7)
Ahmet Nakkaş54.592:42.03 (7)
Gökhan Attaroğlu54.513:36.54 (7)
81GuatemalaGUA3:52.18
Rodrigo Leal58.3958.39 (8)
Fernando Marroquín58.331:56.72 (8)
Roberto Granados58.562:55.28 (8)
Ernesto José Degenhart56.903:52.18 (8)

Final (2 August 1984 — 17:15)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
15United StatesUSA3:19.03WR
Chris Cavanaugh50.8350.83 (1)
Mike Heath49.601:40.43 (2)
Matt Biondi49.672:30.10 (1)
Rowdy Gaines48.933:19.03 (1)
24AustraliaAUS3:19.68
Greg Fasala51.0051.00 (2)
Neil Brooks49.361:40.36 (1)
Michael Delany50.262:30.62 (2)
Mark Stockwell49.063:19.68 (2)
33SwedenSWE3:22.69
Thomas Lejdström51.2951.29 (5)
Bengt Baron50.831:42.12 (3)
Mikael Örn51.282:33.40 (4)
Per Johansson49.293:22.69 (3)
47West GermanyFRG3:22.98
Dirk Korthals51.1151.11 (4)
Andreas Schmidt51.481:42.59 (6)
Alexander Schowtka50.912:33.50 (5)
Michael Groß49.483:22.98 (4)
56Great BritainGBR3:23.61
David Lowe51.3851.38 (6)
Roland Lee51.171:42.55 (5)
Paul Easter50.822:33.37 (3)
Richard Burrell50.243:23.61 (5)
62FranceFRA3:24.63
Stéphan Caron51.0351.03 (3)
Laurent Neuville51.381:42.41 (4)
Dominique Bataille51.172:33.58 (6)
Bruno Lesaffre51.053:24.63 (6)
78CanadaCAN3:24.70
Dave Churchill51.7351.73 (8)
Blair Hicken51.131:42.86 (8)
Alex Baumann51.282:34.14 (7)
Sandy Goss50.563:24.70 (7)
81ItalyITA3:24.97
Marcello Guarducci51.5351.53 (7)
Marco Colombo51.211:42.74 (7)
Metello Savino51.542:34.28 (8)
Fabrizio Rampazzo50.693:24.97 (8)