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4 x 100 metres Medley Relay, Men

Date 4 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Participants94 from 21 countries
Olympic Record 3:42.22 WR / United States USA / 22 July 1976

It had been 1970 since a nation other than the United States had held the world record in this event, that being East Germany. Except for 1980, when they were not present, the USA had never lost this race at the Olympics. This was the last event of the 1984 swimming program and the result was expected to be the same. The USA had won gold in world record times at the 1982 World Championships and the 1983 Pan American Games. On the opening leg of the final backstroker Rick Carey went out in 55.41, finally erasing John Naber’s Olympic record for the 100 back. That put the USA well in front, and the race was all but over. On each leg, the US swimmers opened up more of a lead, eventually winning by almost four seconds over Canada, setting a world record of 3:39.30 in the process. Australia won bronze, with West Germany trailing in fourth. As the pro-USA audience cheered their boys wildly, on the side of the pool, American breaststroker Steve Lundquist unfurled a towel, on which he had printed, “America … than you for a dream come true!”

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:44.33 (2 h3)3:39.30 (1)Gold
Rick CareySteve LundquistPablo MoralesRowdy GainesDave WilsonRich SchroederMike HeathTom Jager
2CanadaCAN3:46.12 (1 h1)3:43.23 (2)Silver
Mike WestVictor DavisTom PontingSandy Goss
3AustraliaAUS3:43.93 (1 h3)3:43.25 (3)Bronze
Mark KerryPeter EvansGlenn BuchananMark StockwellJon SiebenNeil Brooks
4West GermanyFRG3:49.75 (1 h2)3:44.26 (4)
Stefan PeterGerald MörkenMichael GroßDirk KorthalsAndreas BehrendAlexander SchowtkaNicolaj Klapkarek (DNS) • Andreas Schmidt (DNS) • Peter Lang (DNS)
5SwedenSWE3:49.76 (4 h3)3:47.13 (5)
Bengt BaronPeter BerggrenThomas LejdströmPer JohanssonMichael Söderlund
6Great BritainGBR3:49.86 (2 h2)3:47.39 (6)
Neil HarperAdrian MoorhouseAndy JamesonRichard BurrellDavid Lowe
7SwitzerlandSUI3:48.13 (3 h3)3:47.93 (7)
Patrick FerlandÉtienne DagonThéophile DavidDano HalsallStéfan Voléry (DNS)
8JapanJPN3:50.14 (5 h3)– (AC)
Daichi SuzukiShigehiro TakahashiTaihei SakaHiroshi SakamotoShudo Kawawa (DNS) • Shigeo Ogata (DNS) • Satoshi Sumida (DNS) • Kenji Watanabe (DNS)
9New ZealandNZL3:50.56 (2 h1)
Paul KingsmanBrett AustinAnthony MosseGary Hurring
10FranceFRA3:50.75 (3 h1)
Frédéric DelcourtThierry PataXavier SavinStéphan Caron
11People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:51.71 (3 h2)
Wang HaoJin FuZheng JianMu LatiLi Zhongyi (DNS) • Wang Lin (DNS)
12BrazilBRA3:53.49 (4 h2)
Ricardo PradoLuiz CarvalhoMarcelo JucáCyro DelgadoRonald Menezes (DNS)
13VenezuelaVEN3:55.12 (4 h1)
Giovanni FrigoJorge HenaoRafael VidalAlberto Mestre
14MexicoMEX3:56.11 (5 h1)
Ernesto VelaEduardo MorilloCarlos RomoRamiro Estrada
15EgyptEGY3:59.31 (6 h3)
Sharif NourAyman NadimAhmed SaidMohamed Youssef
16SingaporeSGP4:00.07 (5 h2)
David LimOon Jin TeikAng Peng SiongOon Jin Gee
17JamaicaJAM4:05.35 (7 h3)
Allan MarshAndrew PhillipsDeryck MarksGordon Scarlett
18United States Virgin IslandsISV4:16.18 (6 h2)
Erik RosskopfHarrell WoolardScott NewkirkCollier WoolardBrian Farlow (DNS) • Keith Farlow (DNS)
19GuatemalaGUA4:16.94 (6 h1)
Ernesto José DegenhartFernando MarroquínRoberto GranadosRodrigo Leal
20HondurasHON4:22.72 (7 h1)
Salvador CoveloDavid GaloJuan José PinoRodolfo Torres
ACItalyITA– (AC h2)DQ
Paolo FalchiniGianni MinerviniFabrizio RampazzoMarcello Guarducci
DNSHong KongHKG– (DNS h3)1
DNSLebanonLBN– (DNS h2)2
DNSTurkeyTUR– (DNS h1)3

Round One (4 August 1984 — 9:55)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14CanadaCAN3:46.12Q
Mike West58.1158.11 (1)
Victor Davis1:02.542:00.65 (1)
Tom Ponting54.222:54.87 (1)
Sandy Goss51.253:46.12 (1)
21New ZealandNZL3:50.56
Paul Kingsman58.7358.73 (2)
Brett Austin1:04.832:03.56 (2)
Anthony Mosse54.932:58.49 (2)
Gary Hurring52.073:50.56 (2)
35FranceFRA3:50.75
Frédéric Delcourt59.1159.11 (3)
Thierry Pata1:04.912:04.02 (3)
Xavier Savin55.983:00.00 (3)
Stéphan Caron50.753:50.75 (3)
43VenezuelaVEN3:55.12
Giovanni Frigo59.8559.85 (4)
Jorge Henao1:08.542:08.39 (5)
Rafael Vidal55.513:03.90 (4)
Alberto Mestre51.223:55.12 (4)
56MexicoMEX3:56.11
Ernesto Vela1:01.081:01.08 (5)
Eduardo Morillo1:06.022:07.10 (4)
Carlos Romo57.133:04.23 (5)
Ramiro Estrada51.883:56.11 (5)
67GuatemalaGUA4:16.94
Ernesto José Degenhart1:05.101:05.10 (6)
Fernando Marroquín1:09.912:15.01 (6)
Roberto Granados1:03.353:18.36 (6)
Rodrigo Leal58.584:16.94 (6)
78HondurasHON4:22.72
Salvador Covelo1:08.531:08.53 (7)
David Galo1:12.562:21.09 (7)
Juan José Pino1:02.623:23.71 (7)
Rodolfo Torres59.014:22.72 (7)
DNS2TurkeyTUR4

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14West GermanyFRG3:49.75Q
Stefan Peter58.4358.43 (1)
Gerald Mörken1:05.492:03.92 (2)
Andreas Behrend55.232:59.15 (2)
Alexander Schowtka50.603:49.75 (1)
25Great BritainGBR3:49.86Q
Neil Harper59.1259.12 (4)
Adrian Moorhouse1:04.952:04.07 (3)
Andy Jameson54.662:58.73 (1)
David Lowe51.133:49.86 (2)
36People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:51.71
Wang Hao58.8758.87 (3)
Jin Fu1:04.742:03.61 (1)
Zheng Jian56.783:00.39 (3)
Mu Lati51.323:51.71 (3)
41BrazilBRA3:53.49
Ricardo Prado58.8258.82 (2)
Luiz Carvalho1:06.212:05.03 (4)
Marcelo Jucá57.243:02.27 (4)
Cyro Delgado51.223:53.49 (4)
52SingaporeSGP4:00.07
David Lim1:00.591:00.59 (5)
Oon Jin Teik1:08.252:08.84 (5)
Ang Peng Siong57.833:06.67 (5)
Oon Jin Gee53.404:00.07 (5)
67United States Virgin IslandsISV4:16.18
Erik Rosskopf1:03.711:03.71 (6)
Harrell Woolard1:13.502:17.21 (6)
Scott Newkirk1:02.703:19.91 (6)
Collier Woolard56.274:16.18 (6)
AC3ItalyITADQ
Paolo Falchini– (AC)
Gianni Minervini– (AC)
Fabrizio Rampazzo– (AC)
Marcello Guarducci– (AC)
DNS8LebanonLBN5

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
15AustraliaAUS3:43.93Q
Mark Kerry57.4157.41 (2)
Peter Evans1:02.672:00.08 (2)
Jon Sieben54.242:54.32 (1)
Neil Brooks49.613:43.93 (1)
24United StatesUSA3:44.33Q
Dave Wilson57.0657.06 (1)
Rich Schroeder1:02.661:59.72 (1)
Mike Heath54.602:54.32 (1)
Tom Jager50.013:44.33 (2)
33SwitzerlandSUI3:48.13Q
Patrick Ferland58.6858.68 (4)
Étienne Dagon1:03.872:02.55 (4)
Théophile David55.242:57.79 (3)
Dano Halsall50.343:48.13 (3)
48SwedenSWE3:49.76Q
Michael Söderlund58.7958.79 (5)
Peter Berggren1:05.222:04.01 (5)
Bengt Baron54.982:58.99 (5)
Per Johansson50.773:49.76 (4)
56JapanJPN3:50.14
Daichi Suzuki58.3158.31 (3)
Shigehiro Takahashi1:04.052:02.36 (3)
Taihei Saka55.662:58.02 (4)
Hiroshi Sakamoto52.123:50.14 (5)
62EgyptEGY3:59.31
Sharif Nour59.0959.09 (6)
Ayman Nadim1:09.532:08.62 (6)
Ahmed Said57.733:06.35 (6)
Mohamed Youssef52.963:59.31 (6)
71JamaicaJAM4:05.35
Allan Marsh1:00.531:00.53 (7)
Andrew Phillips1:09.632:10.16 (7)
Deryck Marks1:00.353:10.51 (7)
Gordon Scarlett54.844:05.35 (7)
DNS7Hong KongHKG6

Final (4 August 1984 — 18:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
15United StatesUSA3:39.30WR
Rick Carey55.4155.41 (1)
Steve Lundquist1:01.861:57.27 (1)
Pablo Morales52.872:50.14 (1)
Rowdy Gaines49.163:39.30 (1)
23CanadaCAN3:43.23
Mike West56.6156.61 (2)
Victor Davis1:02.331:58.94 (2)
Tom Ponting54.012:52.95 (2)
Sandy Goss50.283:43.23 (2)
34AustraliaAUS3:43.25
Mark Kerry57.1257.12 (3)
Peter Evans1:02.291:59.41 (3)
Glenn Buchanan54.682:54.09 (3)
Mark Stockwell49.163:43.25 (3)
42West GermanyFRG3:44.26
Stefan Peter58.2158.21 (5)
Gerald Mörken1:03.552:01.76 (4)
Michael Groß52.812:54.57 (4)
Dirk Korthals49.693:44.26 (4)
57SwedenSWE3:47.13
Bengt Baron57.1657.16 (4)
Peter Berggren1:05.002:02.16 (6)
Thomas Lejdström54.982:57.14 (6)
Per Johansson49.993:47.13 (5)
61Great BritainGBR3:47.39
Neil Harper58.3758.37 (6)
Adrian Moorhouse1:03.612:01.98 (5)
Andy Jameson54.102:56.08 (5)
Richard Burrell51.313:47.39 (6)
76SwitzerlandSUI3:47.93
Patrick Ferland58.6458.64 (7)
Étienne Dagon1:03.702:02.34 (7)
Théophile David55.342:57.68 (7)
Dano Halsall50.253:47.93 (7)
AC8JapanJPNDQ
Daichi Suzuki– (AC)
Shigehiro Takahashi– (AC)
Taihei Saka– (AC)
Hiroshi Sakamoto– (AC)