Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 9 September & 10 September
Medalists
Gold medal    Kenya
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    France
«1968 1976»
Athletics at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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100 m   men   women
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The men's 4 × 100 metres relay was the longer of the two men's relays on the Athletics at the 1972 Summer Olympics program in Munich. It was held on 9 September and 10 September 1972. The United States had the three best 400 metre runners at the Olympics. The 400 metres had been won by Vince Matthews earlier in the games. Matthews and 400 metres silver medalist, Wayne Collett staged a protest on the podium, where they were talking to each other and not standing at attention during the National Anthem. These actions caused the IOC to ban them from the rest of the Olympics. This combined with, John Smith’s hamstring injury, suffered earlier in the Olympics, caused the heavy favorite United States team to not have enough runners even with the two alternates. The U.S. was unable to compete in the event. With the U.S. team out of this opened up the field for everyone.[1]

Results[edit]

Top two in each heat (blue) and the next two fastest (green) advanced to the finals.

Heats[edit]

Heat one[edit]

Rank Names Nationality Time
1 Martin Reynolds, Alan Pascoe, Dave Hemery, David Jenkins Great Britain 3:01.26
2 Charles Asati, Munyoro Nyamau, Robert Ouko, Julius Sang Kenya 3:01.27
3 Erik Carlgren, Anders Faager, Kent Öhman, Ulf Rönner Sweden 3:03.05
4 Ian Gordon, Brian McLaren, Craig Blackman, Tony Powell Canada 3:04.22
5 Miro Kocuvan, Laszlo Ubori, Jozo Alebić, Milorad Čikić Yugoslavia 3:05.70
6 Omar Ghizlat, Ahmed Hasnaoui, Salah Fettouh, Mohamed Boubound Morocco 3:05.92
7 Silva Fernando, Alberto Matos, José Carvalho, Fernando Mamede Portugal 3:10.00
Maurice Peoples, Tommie Turner, Lee Evans, John Smith United States DNS

Heat two[edit]

Rank Names Nationality Time
1 Bernd Herrmann, Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske, Hermann Köhler, Karl Honz West Germany 3:03.27
2 Arthur Cooper, Pat Marshall, Charles Joseph, Edwin Roberts Trinidad and Tobago 3:03.48
3 Musa Dogon Yaro, Bruce Ijirighwo, Mamman Makama, Robert Ojo Nigeria 3:04.31
4 Tegegne Bezabeh, Shoangizaw Worku, Ketema Benti, Mulugetta Tadesse Ethiopia 3:08.59
5 Daniele Giovanardi, Giacomo Puosi, Lorenzo Cellerino, Sergio Bello Italy 3:09.7
6 Hamad Ndee, Obedi Mwanga, Omari Abdallah, Claver Kamanya Tanzania 3:10.1
7 Omar Ba, Abdou Mamadou Sow, Samba Dièye, Jean-Pierre Mango Senegal 3:11.2
8 Mohamed Musa Gadou, Dafallah Sultan Farah, Ibrahim Saad Abdel Galil, Angelo Hussein Sudan 3:14.5

Heat three[edit]

Rank Names Nationality Time
1 Jan Werner, Jan Balachowski, Zbigniew Jaremski, Andrzej Badeński Poland 3:02.52
2 Stig Lönnqvist, Ari Salin, Ossi Karttunen, Markku Kukkoaho Finland 3:02.97
3 Gilles Bertould, Daniel Velasques, Francis Kerbiriou, Jacques Carette France 3:03.13
4 Leighton Priestley, Kim Rowe, Trevor Campbell, Alfred Daley Jamaica 3:03.83
5 Raúl Dome, Félix Pérez, José Jacinto Hidalgo, Eric Phillips Venezuela 3:06.99
6 Tambusamy Krishnan, Sinnayah Sabapathy, Mohamed Hassan bin Osman, Baba Singhe Peyadesa Malaysia 3:13.51
Mohamad Younas, Norman Brinkworth, M. Seediq, Iqbal Nusrat Pakistan DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Names Nationality Time
1 Charles Asati, Munyoro Nyamau, Robert Ouko, Julius Sang Kenya 2:59.83
2 Martin Reynolds, Alan Pascoe, Dave Hemery, David Jenkins Great Britain 3:00.46
3 Gilles Bertould, Daniel Velasques, Francis Kerbiriou, Jacques Carette France 3:00.65
4 Bernd Herrmann, Horst-Rüdiger Schlöske, Hermann Köhler, Karl Honz West Germany 3:00.88
5 Jan Werner, Jan Balachowski, Zbigniew Jaremski, Andrzej Badeński Poland 3:01.05
6 Stig Lönnqvist, Ari Salin, Ossi Karttunen, Markku Kukkoaho Finland 3:01.12
7 Erik Carlgren, Anders Faager, Kent Öhman, Ulf Rönner Sweden 3:02.57
8 Arthur Cooper, Pat Marshall, Charles Joseph, Edwin Roberts Trinidad and Tobago 3:03.58

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