Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Men's 4 x 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates August 27 to August 28
Competitors 68 from 16 nations
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    Nigeria
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Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
Wheelchair races

The men's 4×400 metres relay was one of 23 track events of the athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens. It was contested at the Athens Olympic Stadium, from August 27 to August 28, by a total of sixteen national teams comprising 64 athletes.

The sixteen teams competed in a two-heat qualifying round in which the first three teams from each heat, together with the next two fastest teams, were given a place in the final race.


Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
Otis Harris
Derrick Brew
Jeremy Wariner
Darold Williamson
Andrew Rock*
Kelly Willie*
 Australia (AUS)
John Steffensen
Mark Ormrod
Patrick Dwyer
Clinton Hill
 Nigeria (NGR)
James Godday
Musa Audu
Saul Weigopwa
Enefiok Udo-Obong

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.


The Olympic qualification period for the athletics' relay events ran from January 1, 2003 to July 21, 2004. A National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter a maximum of one qualified relay team per relay event, with a maximum of six qualified athletes. For this event, an NOC would be invited to participate with a relay team if the average of the team's two best times — obtained in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments — would be among the best sixteen, at the end of this period.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics.

World Record 2:54.20 United States Jerome Young
United States Antonio Pettigrew
United States Tyree Washington
United States Michael Johnson
Uniondale (USA) July 22, 1998
Olympic Record 2:55.74 United States Andrew Valmon
United States Michael Johnson
United States Quincy Watts
United States Steve Lewis
Barcelona (ESP) August 8, 1992


All times are shown in minutes. The following abbreviations are used:

  • Q denotes qualification by place
  • q denotes qualification by time
  • DNF denotes "did not finish"
  • DSQ denotes "disqualification"
  • SB denotes "season best"

Round 1[edit]

First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the Final.

Rank Heat Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 2 United States Kelly Willie, Derrick Brew, Andrew Rock, Darold Williamson 2:59.30 Q
2 2 Nigeria James Godday, Musa Audu, Saul Weigopwa, Enefiok Udo-Obong 3:01.60 Q, SB
3 2 Bahamas Andrae Williams, Dennis Darling, Nathaniel McKinney, Christopher Brown 3:01.74 Q, SB
4 1 Great Britain Timothy Benjamin, Sean Baldock, Malachi Davis, Matthew Elias 3:02.40 Q, SB
5 1 Japan Yuki Yamaguchi, Jun Osakada, Tomohiro Ito, Mitsuhiro Sato 3:02.71 Q
6 1 Germany Ingo Schultz, Kamghe Gaba, Ruwen Faller, Bastian Swillims 3:02.77 Q
7 1 Australia John Steffensen, Clinton Hill, Patrick Dwyer, Mark Ormrod 3:03.06 q
8 1 Botswana Oganeditse Moseki, Johnson Kubisa, California Molefe, Kagiso Kilego 3:03.32 q, SB
9 2 Russia Aleksandr Larin, Andrey Rudnitskiy, Oleg Mishukov, Ruslan Mashchenko 3:03.35
10 2 Poland Piotr Rysiukiewicz, Piotr Klimczak, Marcin Marciniszyn, Marek Plawgo 3:03.69
11 2 Ukraine Volodymyr Demchenko, Yevgeniy Zyukov, Myhaylo Knysh, Andriy Tverdostup 3:04.01
12 1 Greece Stilianos Dimotsios, Anastasios Gousis, Panagiotis Sarris, Periklis Iakovakis 3:04.27 SB
13 1 France Ahmed Douhou, Ibrahima Wade, Abderrahim El Haouzy, Leslie Djhone 3:04.39
14 2 Spain Eduardo Ivan Rodriguez, David Canal, Luis Flores, Antonio Manuel Reina 3:05.03 SB
99 2 South Africa Marcus la Grange, Hendrick Mokganyetsi, Ockert Cilliers, Arnaud Malherbe DNF
99 1 Jamaica Michael Campbell, Michael Blackwood, Jermaine Gonzales, Davian Clarke DSQ


Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 United States Otis Harris, Derrick Brew, Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson 2:55.91 SB
2 Australia John Steffensen, Mark Ormrod, Patrick Dwyer, Clinton Hill 3:00.60 SB
3 Nigeria James Godday, Musa Audu, Saul Weigopwa, Enefiok Udo-Obong 3:00.90 SB
4 Japan Yuki Yamaguchi, Jun Osakada, Tomohiro Ito, Mitsuhiro Sato 3:00.99 SB
5 Great Britain Timothy Benjamin, Sean Baldock, Malachi Davis, Matthew Elias 3:01.07 SB
6 Bahamas Nathaniel McKinney, Aaron Cleare, Andrae Williams, Christopher Brown 3:01.88
7 Germany Ingo Schultz, Kamghe Gaba, Ruwen Faller, Bastian Swillims 3:02.22
8 Botswana Johnson Kubisa, California Molefe, Gaolesiela Salang, Kagiso Kilego 3:02.49 SB