Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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These are the official results of the men's 4 x 400 metres relay event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. There were 35 nations competing.[1]

United States ran the event without their top two qualifiers from the Olympic Trials. world record holder Butch Reynolds was injured before the games and 400 meters gold medalist Michael Johnson was injured during his 200 metres 19.32 world record.

Seizing the opportunity of a weakened US squad, Britain's Iwan Thomas shot out to a lead from the gun putting a big gap on USA's Lamont Smith to his inside. Reality set in and Thomas began to tie up toward the end of his leg, allowing Smith to gain back to almost even with Thomas by the handoff, with Michael McDonald putting Jamaica into third position. Alvin Harrison ran a solid turn and looked to put America in the lead at the break, but Jamie Baulch sprinted past him on the outside to put the Brits back in the lead. Harrison held his position behind Baulch all the way until the end of the second turn, with Greg Haughton bringing Jamaica into the three team breakaway for the medals. Harrison steadily gained on the last half of the turn pulling even by the straightaway, then cleanly separated, putting USA in the lead. Haughton followed Harrison around Baulch running down lane 2 trying to catch Harrison. USA and GBR exchanged cleanly on the inside, but as Haughton handed off to Roxbert Martin, they crossed legs with Martin coming out doing a full somersault, Jamaica losing a couple of steps on Derek Mills leading for the Americans, with Mark Richardson in hot pursuit. Richardson pulled in the gap to Millls, looking poised to pounce coming off the final turn, but Mills held him off and pulled away down the straight. Mills handed off to Anthuan Maybank, whose selection to the U.S. team was controversial. Maybank was not selected for the individual race because he had been disqualified for a lane violation in the Olympic Trials. Normally, the top six finishers would be selected and he technically did not finish.[2] Now in the absence of Johnson and Reynolds, he was thrust into the potential hero's role of anchoring the American team. With a three-meter deficit to make up, Britain's silver medalist Roger Black had other ideas. Black steadily gained on Maybank and was in perfect position to pass coming off the final turn. But Maybank never let him by, lifting his knees and pulling away from Black to bring USA home with a four-metre victory for the gold medal. Davian Clarke brought Jamaica home for bronze three seconds later. Behind the medalists, Senegal made a terrible final handoff behind Japan, leaving them even with Poland on the final lap. Ibou Faye made up the deficit, passing Japan's Shigekazu Ōmori and finished setting a new National Record that survived two decades.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
LaMont Smith
Alvin Harrison
Derek Mills
Anthuan Maybank
Jason Rouser*
 Great Britain (GBR)
Iwan Thomas
Jamie Baulch
Mark Richardson
Roger Black
Mark Hylton*
Du'aine Ladejo*
 Jamaica (JAM)
Michael McDonald
Greg Haughton
Roxbert Martin
Davian Clarke
Dennis Blake*
Garth Robinson*

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

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

World Record 2:54.29 United States Michael Johnson
United States Andrew Valmon
United States Butch Reynolds
United States Quincy Watts
Stuttgart (GER) August 22, 1993
Olympic Record 2:55.74 United States Andrew Valmon
United States Quincy Watts
United States Michael Johnson
United States Steve Lewis
Barcelona (ESP) August 8, 1992

Results[edit]

Final[edit]

RANK NATION ATHLETES FINAL LANE
Med 1.png  United States (USA) Lamont Smith
Alvin Harrison
Derek Mills
Anthuan Maybank
2:55.99 5
Med 2.png  Great Britain (GBR) Iwan Thomas
Jamie Baulch
Mark Richardson
Roger Black
2:56.60 6
Med 3.png  Jamaica (JAM) Michael McDonald
Roxbert Martin
Gregory Haughton
Davian Clarke
2:59.42 4
4.  Senegal (SEN) Tapha Diarra
Aboubakry Dia
Hachim Ndiaye
Ibou Faye
3:00.64 NR 3
5.  Japan (JPN) Shunji Karube
Koji Ito
Jun Osakada
Shigekazu Omori
Kenji Tabata*
3:00.76 7
6.  Poland (POL) Piotr Rysiukiewicz
Tomasz Jędrusik
Piotr Haczek
Robert Maćkowiak
Paweł Januszewski*
3:00.96 4
7.  Bahamas (BAH) Carl Oliver
Troy McIntosh
Dennis Darling
Timothy Munnings
Theron Cooper*
3:02.71 2
8.  Kenya (KEN) Samson Kitur
Samson Yego
Simon Kemboi
Julius Chepkwony
Kennedy Ochieng*
DNS 1

* Athletes who participated in the heats

Non-Qualifiers[edit]

RANK NATION ATHLETES SEMI HEATS
 Italy (ITA) Fabrizio Mori
Alessandro Aimar
Andrea Nuti
Ashraf Saber
Marco Vaccari*
3:02.56 3:03.60
 South Africa (RSA) Alfred Visagie
Arnaud Malherbe
Hendrik Mokganyetsi
Bobang Phiri
3:02.96 3:03.79
 Brazil (BRA) Sanderlei Parrela
Valdinei da Silva
Éverson Teixeira
Eronilde de Araujo
Osmar dos Santos*
3:03.46 3:02.51
 Australia (AUS) Mark Ladbrook
Michael Joubert
Paul Greene
Cameron Mackenzie
3:04.55 3:03.73
 Switzerland (SUI) Laurent Clerc
Kevin Widmer
Alain Rohr
Mathias Rusterholz
3:05.36 3:03.05
 Russia (RUS) Innokenty Zharov
Mikhail Vdovin
Ruslan Mashchenko
Dmitriy Kosov
3:05.63 3:04.73
 Saudi Arabia (KSA) Saleh Al-Saydan
Mohammed al-Beshi
Hashim Al-Sharfa
Hadi Somayli
3:07.18 3:04.67
 Nigeria (NGR) Udeme Ekpeyong
Clement Chukwu
Ayuba Machem
Sunday Bada
DSQ 3:02.73
 Germany (GER) Rico Lieder
Andreas Hein
Kai Karsten
Thomas Schönlebe
DNQ 3:05.16
 Ghana (GHA) Solomon Amegatcher
Abu Duah
Julius Sedame
Ahmed Ali
DNQ 3:05.53
 Cuba (CUB) Omar Meña
Jorge Crusellas
Georkis Vera
Roberto Hernández
DNQ 3:05.75
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VIN) Eswort Coombs
Thomas Dickson
Eversley Linley
Erasto Sampson
DNQ 3:06.52
 Botswana (BOT) Aggripa Matshameko
Keteng Baloseng
Rampa Mosveu
Johnson Kubisa
DNQ 3:06.62
 Mauritius (MRI) Gilbert Hashan
Désiré Pierre-Louis
Rudy Tirvengadum
Éric Milazar
DNQ 3:08.17
 Qatar (QAT) Mubarak Sultan Al-Nubi Faraj
Ali Ismail Doka
Sami al-Abdulla
Hamad al-Dosari
DNQ 3:08.25
 Antigua and Barbuda (ANT) N'kosie Barnes
Michael Terry
Mitchell Browne
Howard Lindsay
DNQ 3:09.46
 Saint Lucia (LCA) Dominic Johnson
Ivan Jean-Marie
Maxime Charlemagne
Max Seales
DNQ 3:10.51
 Fiji (FIJ) Soloveni Nakaunicina
Henry Semiti
Solomone Bole
Isireli Naikelekelevesi
DNQ 3:10.67
 Sierra Leone (SLE) Foday Sillah
Haroun Korjie
Frank Turay
Prince Amara
DNQ 3:11.65
 Zimbabwe (ZIM) Julius Masvanise
Tawanda Chiwira
Savieri Ngidhi
Ken Harnden
DNQ 3:13.35
 Lesotho (LES) Isaac Seatile
Motlatsi Maseela
Makoekoe Mahanetsa
Mpho Morobe
DNQ 3:15.67
 British Virgin Islands (IVB) Mario Todman
Steve Augustine
Greg Rhymer
Ralston Varlack
DNQ 3:17.30
 Papua New Guinea (PNG) Samuel Bai
Ivan Wakit
Amos Ali
Subul Babo
DNQ 3:19.92
 Maldives (MDV) Ahmed Shageef
Mohamed Amir
Naseer Ismail
Hussain Riyaz
DNQ 3:24.88
 The Gambia (GAM) Dawda Jallow
Momodou Drammeh
Lamin Drammeh
Assan John
DNQ DNF
 Grenada (GRN) Richard Britton
Rufus Jones
Alleyne Francique
Clint Williams
DNQ DSQ
 Guyana (GUY) Andrew Harry
Roger Gill
Lancelot Gittens
Richard Jones
DNQ DSQ

* Athletes who participated in the heats

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