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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 10, 1984 Format: Top three in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 11, 1984  
(Competitors: 109; Countries: 25; Finalists: 32/8)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
After the fastest time in the heats (3:01.44) and semis (3:00.19), the USA were clearly ready for a very quick time. Sunder Nix ran a solid 45.59 opening leg, but found himself behind fast-starting Bruce Frayne and Sunday Uti, who finished quickly to take a slim lead for Nigeria. A poor exchange by Nigeria allowed Australia to take the lead, and 18 year-old Darren Clark ran away from the field as Ray Armstead zipped past Ugbisie to finish 3m behind Australia, and 2m ahead of Nigeria.The 400m winner Babers settled the race on the third leg with the fastest split of the day – 43.75 – to lead by 8m from Australia. Four metres back, Nigeria were caught by Britain after a 44.17 by Todd Bennett. Antonio McKay lost ground to Britain’s Phil Brown on the last leg, but it was academic as the USA won by 10m, with Britain going past Nigeria’s Egbunike with 20m to go.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The US team had the fastest time in the heats and semi-finals. But in the semis, Walter McCoy ran a few steps in the wrong lane and a protest was lodged. But it was deemed unintentional and as it did not impeded other runners, the protest was not allowed. The final was very close on the first leg with five teams within a few metres of each other. Australia took the lead on the second leg when Darren Clark ran 43.86, although Ray Armstead ran 43.97 for the US. On the third leg, the open 400 gold medalist, Alonzo Babers, ran 43.75 to open up the race and Antonio McKay held the lead on the anchor as the US won by 10 metres.
 

Records

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

World Record 2:56.16 United States Vincent Matthews
United States Ron Freeman
United States Larry James
United States Lee Evans
Mexico City (MEX) October 20, 1968
Olympic Record 2:56.16 United States Vincent Matthews
United States Ron Freeman
United States Larry James
United States Lee Evans
Mexico City (MEX) October 20, 1968
 
        Results        
 
4 x 400 m Men     Final 11 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 2.57.91     Sunder Nix, Ray Armstead, Alonzo Babers, Antonio McKay United States USA    
2 2.59.13     Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown Great Britain GBR    
3 2.59.32     Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbisie, Rotimi Peters, Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR    
4 2.59.70     Bruce Frayne, Darren Clark, Rick Mitchell Australia AUS   AR
5 3.01.44     Roberto Tozzi, Ernesto Nocco, Roberto Ribaud, Pietro Mennea Italy ITA    
6 3.01.60     Richard Louis, David Peltier, Clyde Edwards, Elvis Forde Barbados BAR   NR
7 3.02.09     John Goville, Moses Kyeswa, Peter Rwamuhanda, Mike Okot Uganda UGA   NR
8 3.02.82     Mike Sokolowski, Doug Hinds, Brian Saunders, Tim Bethune Canada CAN    
4 x 400 m Men     Semifinal 1 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.00.19     Sunder Nix, Walter McCoy, Willie Smith NAM, Antonio McKay United States USA    
2 3.02.98     Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown Great Britain GBR    
3 3.03.93     Mike Sokolowski, Doug Hinds, Brian Saunders, Tim Bethune Canada CAN    
4 3.04.02     John Goville, Moses Kyeswa, Mike Okot Uganda UGA    
5 3.04.69     Martin Weppler GER, Uwe Schmitt GER, Jörg Vaihinger GER, Erwin Skamrahl GER West Germany FRG    
6 3.04.87     Kablan Degnan, Avognan Nogboum, René Meledje Djédjémel, Gabriel Tiacoh Cote d'Ivoire CIV    
7 3.09.40     Tommy Björnquist, Eric Josjö, Christer Gullstrand, Thomas Nyberg Sweden SWE    
8 3.10.73     Shigenobu Omori, Ryoichi Yoshida, Hiroki Fuwa, Susumu Takano Japan JPN    
4 x 400 m Men     Semifinal 2 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.02.22     Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbisie, Rotimi Peters, Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR    
2 3.03.79     Peter van Miltenburg, Gary Minihan, Bruce Frayne, Darren Clark Australia AUS    
3 3.03.87     Roberto Tozzi, Ernesto Nocco, Roberto Ribaud, Donato Sabia Italy ITA    
4 3.03.89     Richard Louis, David Peltier, Clyde Edwards, Elvis Forde Barbados BAR    
5 3.03.99     João Eugênio da Silva, Wilson dos Santos, José Luiz Barbosa, Gerson de Souza Brazil BRA    
6 3.04.24     Steve Griffiths, Mark Senior, Karl Smith, Devon Morris Jamaica JAM    
7 3.04.74     John Anzrah, Elijah Sogomo, Jason Opicho, David Kitur Kenya KEN    
  DQ     Anton Skerritt CAN, Michael Puckerin, Derek Archer CAN, Mike Paul Trinidad and Tobago TTO    
4 x 400 m Men     Heat 1 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.03.72     Darren Clark, Gary Minihan, Peter van Miltenburg, Rick Mitchell Australia AUS    
2 3.04.47     Mike Sokolowski, Doug Hinds, Brian Saunders, Tim Bethune Canada CAN    
3 3.06.81     Anton Skerritt CAN, Michael Puckerin, Derek Archer CAN, Mike Paul Trinidad and Tobago TTO    
4 3.07.32     Tommy Björnquist, Eric Josjö, Christer Gullstrand, Sven Nylander Sweden SWE    
5 3.08.16     Shigenobu Omori, Ryoichi Yoshida, Hiroki Fuwa, Susumu Takano Japan JPN    
6 3.08.95     Leonardo Loforte, Pedro Gonçalvo, Andre Titos, Henriqué Ferreira Mozambique MOZ    
7 3.19.90     Rached Al-Jirbi, Khamis Ibrahim Khamis, Moubarak Amber, Ibrahim Aziz United Arab Emirates UAE    
4 x 400 m Men     Heat 2 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.06.10     Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown Great Britain GBR    
2 3.06.28     Roberto Tozzi, Ernesto Nocco, Mauro Zuliani, Donato Sabia Italy ITA    
3 3.06.65     John Goville, Moses Kyeswa, Peter Rwamuhanda, Mike Okot Uganda UGA    
4 3.08.33     Yann Quentrec, Didier Dubois, Jacques Fellice, Aldo Canti SMR France FRA    
5 3.10.95     Alfred Browne, Lawrence Miller, Howard Lindsay, Dale Jones Antigua and Barbuda ANT    
6 3.11.89     Guy Hill, Jeremy Molyneaux, Dean Greenaway, Lindel Hodge British Virgin Islands IVB    
7 3.16.00     Ernest Tche, Jean Pierre Abossolo, Barnabe Messomo, Mama Moluh Cameroon CMR    
4 x 400 m Men     Heat 3 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.03.31     Richard Louis, David Peltier, Clyde Edwards, Elvis Forde Barbados BAR    
2 3.03.33     Martin Weppler GER, Uwe Schmitt GER, Thomas Giessing GER, Erwin Skamrahl GER West Germany FRG    
3 3.03.50     Kablan Degnan, Avognan Nogboum, René Meledje Djédjémel, Gabriel Tiacoh Cote d'Ivoire CIV    
4 3.03.85     Steve Griffiths, Mark Senior, Dennis Wallace, Devon Morris Jamaica JAM    
5 3.05.08     João Eugênio da Silva, José Luiz Barbosa, Antônio Euzébio Ferreira, Gerson de Souza Brazil BRA    
  DQ     Boubacar Diallo SEN, Babacar Niang SEN, Moussa Fall SEN, Amadou Dia Bâ SEN Brazil BRA    
4 x 400 m Men     Heat 4 10 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.01.44     Willie Smith NAM, Ray Armstead, Alonzo Babers, Walter McCoy United States USA    
2 3.06.07     John Anzrah, Simon Kitur, Jason Opicho, Elijah Sogomo Kenya KEN    
3 3.06.34     Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbisie, Rotimi Peters, Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR    
4 3.08.79     Manuel Gonzalez, Benjamín González, António Sánchez, Ángel Heras Spain ESP    
5 3.15.87     Barakat Al-Sharji, Mohamed Al-Hashimi, Suleiman Al-Akbary, Mohamed Al-Malky Oman OMA    
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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