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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's 4 x 100 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 10, 1984 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 11, 1984  
(Competitors: 85; Countries: 20; Finalists: 32/8)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Jamaica (38.93/38.67) and the USA (38.89/38.44) were the fastest in the first two rounds, with Lewis supplying the quickest leg; a relaxed looking 9.12 in the semi-finals. In the final Ben Johnson started well, and gained a metre on Graddy’s 10.29. Ron Brown pulled back the lead of Canada, and a good exchange sent Calvin Smith half a metre clear of Desai Williams. Smith ran a superb curve and passed to Lewis nearly 5m ahead of the field. The gold – Lewis’s fourth of the Games – was already decided, but the question was whether the USA could beat their world record from the 1983 World Championships. Lewis ran a flowing powerful leg of 8.94 to beat the record by 0.03 seconds, with Jamaica passing Canada with 25m to go.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
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.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

World Record 37.86 United States Carl Lewis
United States Calvin Smith
United States Willie Gault
United States Emmit King
Helsinki (FIN) August 10, 1983
Olympic Record 38.19 United States Larry Black
United States Robert Taylor
United States Gerald Tinker
United States Eddie Hart
Munich (FRG) September 10, 1972
 
        Results        
 
4 x 100 m Men     Final 11 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 37.83     Sam Graddy, Ron Brown, Calvin Smith, Carl Lewis United States USA    
2 38.62     Albert Lawrence, Greg Meghoo, Don Quarrie, Ray Stewart Jamaica JAM    
3 38.70     Ben Johnson, Tony Sharpe, Desai Williams, Sterling Hinds Canada CAN    
4 38.87     Antonio Ullo, Giovanni Bongiorni, Stefano Tilli, Pietro Mennea Italy ITA    
5 38.99     Jürgen Koffler GER, Peter Klein GER, Jürgen Evers GER, Ralf Lübke GER West Germany FRG    
6 39.10     Antoine Richard, Jean-Jacques Boussemart, Marc Gasparoni, Bruno Marie-Rose France FRA    
7 39.13     Daley Thompson, Donovan Reid, Mike McFarlane, Allan Wells Great Britain GBR    
8 39.40     Arnaldo Oliveira Silva, Nelson dos Santos, Katsuhiko Nakaya, Paulo Roberto Correia Brazil BRA    
4 x 100 m Men     Semifinal 1 11 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 38.44     Sam Graddy, Ron Brown, Calvin Smith, Carl Lewis United States USA    
2 39.32     Antonio Ullo, Giovanni Bongiorni, Stefano Tilli, Pietro Mennea Italy ITA    
3 39.39     Ben Johnson, Tony Sharpe, Desai Williams, Sterling Hinds Canada CAN    
4 39.52     Arnaldo Oliveira Silva, Nelson dos Santos, Katsuhiko Nakaya, Paulo Roberto Correia Brazil BRA    
5 40.19     Philip Attipoe, Makarlos Djan, Collins Mensah, Rex Brobby Ghana GHA    
6 40.37     Yohanes Kardioni, Mohamed Yudi Purnomo, Christian Nenepath, Ernawan Witarsa Indonesia INA    
7 40.63     Mamadou Sene, Ibrahima Fall, Charles-Louis Seck Senegal SEN    
8 40.83     Vichan Choocherd, Rangsam Inthachai, Prasit Boonprasert, Sumet Promna Thailand THA    
4 x 100 m Men     Semifinal 2 11 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 38.67     Albert Lawrence, Greg Meghoo, Don Quarrie, Ray Stewart Jamaica JAM    
2 38.68     Daley Thompson, Donovan Reid, Mike McFarlane, Allan Wells Great Britain GBR    
3 38.70     Jürgen Koffler GER, Peter Klein GER, Jürgen Evers GER, Ralf Lübke GER West Germany FRG    
4 38.91     Antoine Richard, Jean-Jacques Boussemart, Marc Gasparoni, Bruno Marie-Rose France FRA    
5 38.98     Iziak Adeyanju, Ikpoto Eseme, Olajidie Oyeledun, Chidi Imoh Nigeria NGR    
6 40.14     Anthony Henry, Lester Benjamin, Lawrence Miller Antigua and Barbuda ANT    
7 40.18     John Mayers, Hamil Grimes, Clyde Edwards, Anthony Jones USA Barbados BAR    
8 40.43     Wahed Khamis Salem, Faraj Marzouk, Jalal Al-Abdallah, Talal Mansoor Qatar QAT    
4 x 100 m Men     Heat 1 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 38.89     Sam Graddy, Ron Brown, Calvin Smith, Carl Lewis United States USA    
2 39.04     Christian Zirkelbach GER, Peter Klein GER, Jürgen Evers GER, Ralf Lübke GER West Germany FRG    
3 40.04     Antoine Richard, Jean-Jacques Boussemart, Marc Gasparoni, Bruno Marie-Rose France FRA    
4 40.15     Mamadou Sene, Hamidou Diawara, Saliou Seck, Charles-Louis Seck Senegal SEN    
5 40.58     Vichan Choocherd, Rangsam Inthachai, Prasit Boonprasert, Sumet Promna Thailand THA    
6 40.60     Wahed Khamis Salem, Faraj Marzouk, Jalal Al-Abdallah, Talal Mansoor Qatar QAT    
7 40.73     Banana Jarjue, Dawda Jallow, Abdourahman Jallow, Oumar Fye Gambia GAM   NR
4 x 100 m Men     Heat 2 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 39.20     Ben Johnson, Tony Sharpe, Desai Williams, Sterling Hinds Canada CAN    
2 39.27     Arnaldo Oliveira Silva, Robson Caetano da Silva, Katsuhiko Nakaya, Paulo Roberto Correia Brazil BRA    
3 39.87     Antonio Ullo, Giovanni Bongiorni, Stefano Tilli, Pietro Mennea Italy ITA    
4 39.94     Iziak Adeyanju, Ikpoto Eseme, Lawrence Adegbeingbe, Chidi Imoh Nigeria NGR    
5 40.20     Philip Attipoe, Collins Mensah, Rex Brobby Ghana GHA    
6 40.77     Abdul Mansaray, David Sawyer, Felix Sandy, Ivan Benjamin Sierra Leone SLE    
4 x 100 m Men     Heat 3 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 38.93     Albert Lawrence, Greg Meghoo, Don Quarrie, Ray Stewart Jamaica JAM    
2 39.00     Daley Thompson, Donovan Reid, Mike McFarlane, Allan Wells Great Britain GBR    
3 40.43     Yohanes Kardioni, Mohamed Yudi Purnomo, Christian Nenepath, Ernawan Witarsa Indonesia INA    
4 40.47     John Mayers, Hamil Grimes, Clyde Edwards, Anthony Jones USA Barbados BAR    
5 40.70     Anthony Henry, Lester Benjamin, Alfred Browne, Lawrence Miller Antigua and Barbuda ANT    
6 40.74     Théophile Nkounkou, Henri Ndinga, Antoine Kiakouama, Jean-Didace Bemou Congo CGO    
7 42.05     Wallace Obey, Hassan Tall, Oliver Daniels, Augustus Moulton Liberia LBR    
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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