1983 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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The 4 × 400 metres relay at the 1983 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 13 and August 14.

Medals[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
 Soviet Union
Sergey Lovachov
Aleksandr Troshchilo
Nikolay Chernetskiy
Viktor Markin
 West Germany
Erwin Skamrahl
Jörg Vaihinger
Harald Schmid
Hartmut Weber
 Great Britain
Ainsley Bennett
Garry Cook
Todd Bennett
Philip Brown

Records[edit]

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  United States (USA) 2:56.16 Mexico City, Mexico October 20, 1968
Championship Record New event

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

All times shown are in minutes.

AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

DNF = did not finish | DNS = did not start | DQ = disqualification | NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result) | Q = qualification by place in heat | q = qualification by overall place

Heat 1[edit]

  1.  United States (Alonzo Babers, Willie Smith, Andre Phillips, Michael Franks) 3:06.62 Q
  2.  West Germany (Martin Weppler, Jörg Vaihinger, Harald Schmid, Hartmut Weber) 3:07.50 Q
  3.  Italy (Stefano Malinverni, Donato Sabia, Mauro Zuliani, Roberto Ribaud) 3:07.90 Q
  4.  Brazil (Antônio Dias Ferreira, Agberto Guimarães, José Luiz Barbosa, Gerson A. Souza) 3:08.25 Q
  5.  Sweden (Tommy Johansson, Eric Josjö, Sven Nylander, Per-Erik Olsson) 3:08.33 q
  6.  Canada (Mark Guthrie, Douglas Hinds, Tim Bethune, Brian Saunders) 3:08.37 q
  7.  Jamaica (Steve Griffiths, George Walcott, Devon Morris, Karl Smith) 3:09.06
  8.  Finland (Jari Niemelä, Mauri Siekkinen, Matti Rusanen, Hannu Mykrä) 3:09.23

Heat 2[edit]

  1.  Hungary (Gusztáv Menczer, Sándor Újhelyi, István Takács, Sándor Vasvári) 3:09.95 Q
  2.  Soviet Union (Viktor Markin, Sergey Lovachov, Aleksandr Troshchilo, Nikolay Chernetskiy) 3:10.16 Q
  3.  Great Britain (Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Philip Brown) 3:10.19 Q
  4.  Senegal (Amadou Dia Ba, Moussa Fall, Babacar Niang, Boubacar Diallo) 3:10.90 Q
  5.  Australia (Bruce Frayne, Gary Minihan, Paul Gilbert, Darren Clark) 3:11.62

Heat 3[edit]

  1.  France (Jacques Fellice, Yann Quentrec, Hector Llaster, Aldo Canti) 3:06.99 Q
  2.  Czechoslovakia (Miroslav Zahorak, Petr Brecka, Dušan Malovec, Ján Tomko) 3:07.03 Q
  3.  Poland (Ryszard Wichrowski, Ryszard Szparak, Andrzej Stępień, Ryszard Podlas) 3:07.18 Q
  4.  Japan (Kazunori Asaba, Tomoharu Isobe, Hirofumi Koike, Susumu Takano) 3:07.23 Q
  5.  Spain (Juan José Prado, Antonio Sánchez, Carlos Azulay, Angel Heras) 3:07.42 q
  6.  Kenya (Elijah Bitok, John Anzrah, James Atuti, Juma Ndiwa) 3:07.48 q
  7.  Ivory Coast (Georges Kablan Degnan, Rene Djedjemel Meledje, Avognan Nogboum, Gabriel Tiacoh) 3:09.23

Semi-finals[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

  1.  United States (Alonzo Babers, Sunder Nix, Willie Smith, Edwin Moses) 3:02.13 Q
  2.  West Germany (Erwin Skamrahl, Jörg Vaihinger, Edgar Nakladal, Harald Schmid) 3:04.96 Q
  3.  Poland (Ryszard Wichrowski, Ryszard Szparak, Andrzej Stępień, Ryszard Podlas) 3:05.51 Q
  4.  Italy (Stefano Malinverni, Donato Sabia, Mauro Zuliani, Roberto Ribaud) 3:05.70 Q
  5.  Canada (Brian Saunders, Douglas Hinds, Ian Newhouse, Tim Bethune) 3:06.42
  6.  Japan (Tomoharu Isobe, Kazunori Asaba, Hirofumi Koike, Susumu Takano) 3:07.11
  7.  Senegal (Moussa Fall, Babacar Niang, Mathurin Barry, Amadou Dia Ba) 3:09.63
  8.  Hungary (Gusztáv Menczer, Sándor Újhelyi, István Takács, Sándor Vasvári) 3:11.08

Heat 2[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union (Sergey Lovachov, Aleksandr Troshchilo, Nikolay Chernetskiy, Viktor Markin) 3:03.75 Q
  2.  Great Britain (Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Philip Brown) 3:04.03 Q
  3.  Czechoslovakia (Miroslav Zahorak, Petr Brecka, Dušan Malovec, Ján Tomko) 3:04.32 Q
  4.  Sweden (Tommy Johansson, Eric Josjö, Sven Nylander, Per-Erik Olsson) 3:04.32 Q
  5.  Brazil (Antônio Dias Ferreira, Agberto Guimarães, José Luiz Barbosa, Gerson A. Souza) 3:04.46 (AR)
  6.  France (Jacques Fellice, Yann Quentrec, Hector Llaster, Aldo Canti) 3:05.09
  7.  Kenya (David Kitur, John Anzrah, James Atuti, James Maina Boi) 3:05.30
  8.  Spain (Juan José Prado, Antonio Sánchez, Carlos Azulay, Angel Heras) 3:09.68

Final[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union (Sergey Lovachov, Aleksandr Troshchilo, Nikolay Chernetskiy, Viktor Markin) 3:00.79
  2.  West Germany (Erwin Skamrahl, Jörg Vaihinger, Harald Schmid, Hartmut Weber) 3:01.83
  3.  Great Britain (Ainsley Bennett, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Philip Brown) 3:03.53
  4.  Czechoslovakia (Miroslav Zahorak, Petr Brecka, Dušan Malovec, Ján Tomko) 3:03.90
  5.  Italy (Stefano Malinverni, Donato Sabia, Mauro Zuliani, Roberto Ribaud) 3:05.10
  6.  United States (Alonzo Babers, Sunder Nix, Willie Smith, Edwin Moses) 3:05.29
  7.  Sweden (Tommy Johansson, Eric Josjö, Per-Erik Olsson, Ulf Sedlacek) 3:08.57
    •  Poland (Ryszard Wichrowski, Ryszard Szparak, Andrzej Stępień, Ryszard Podlas) DNF

References[edit]