Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

The 4 x 400 metres relay races at the 1984 Summer Olympics was contested as part of the athletics program.[1]

Summary[]

The final saw Sunday Uti start off with a strong leg in lane 7, giving the Nigerian team the lead going in to the first handoff. Moses Ugbusien took the baton rather casually, the slow start giving Darren Clark the chance to pass during the curve, putting Australia into the lead at the break. Taking an efficient tangent from lane 8, Ray Armstead gained ground on Ugbusien, moving to his shoulder to try to make a pass for the home team Americans on the home stretch, 4 meters behind Clark who was running a 43.86 split, which exactly equalled Lee Evans' world record at the time. Ugbusien didn't relent and the two teams passed virtually even. On the handoff, 400 meter champion Alonzo Babers got the edge, gaining two steps then cutting in to close the door on Rotimi Peters. The long striding Babers took off in pursuit of Gary Minihan, with the three teams well ahead of the next pursuing team from Great Britain. Coming off the final turn, Babers smoothly went past Minihan and pulled away to a 7 meter lead by the handoff to Antonio McKay. Behind the action at the front, Todd Bennett steadily chipped away what was more than a 10 meter deficit to put Britain but a step behind Nigeria at the final handoff. With no challenge in sight, McKay padded the American lead for an uncontested victory. The battle was for the other medals, with Rick Mitchell holding the Australian advantage of about two meters over Innocent Egbunike for Nigeria, with Phil Brown another step back for Britain. With Egbunike training at Azusa Pacific University, he was more of a home town athlete than any of the American team members. Down the backstretch, Egbunike gained on Mitchell, moving on to his outside shoulder to pounce coming off the final turn. Behind Egbunike, Brown was staying in close contact still on the inside. Then as Egbunike attacked, Brown went to the outside making it three abreast with 70 meters to go. Mitchell couldn't keep up, but Egbunike and Brown ran stride for stride for 50 meters. In the final 20 meters, Brown gained a slight advantage and crossed the line ahead for the silver medal.

Medalists[]

Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
Ray Armstead
Alonzo Babers
Antonio McKay
Sunder Nix
Walter McCoy*
Willie Smith*
 Great Britain (GBR)
Kriss Akabusi
Todd Bennett
Phil Brown
Garry Cook
 Nigeria (NGR)
Innocent Egbunike
Rotimi Peters
Moses Ugbusien
Sunday Uti

Abbreviations[]

Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best

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[]

Heats[]

Heat 1

  1.  Australia (AUS) (Peter Van Miltenburg, Gary Minihan, Bruce Frayne, Rick Mitchell) 3:03:72
  2.  Canada (CAN) (Michael Sokolowski, Doug Hinds, Brian Saunders, Tim Béthune) 3:04.47
  3.  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) (Anton Skerritt, Michael Puckerin, Derek Archer, Michael Paul) 3:06.81
  4.  Sweden (SWE) (Tommy Johansson, Erik Josjö, Christer Gullstrand, Thomas Nyberg) 3:07.32
  5.  Japan (JPN) (Shigenori Omori, Ryoichi Yoshida, Hiroki Fuwa, Susumu Takano) 3:08.16
  6.  Mozambique (MOZ) (Leonardo Loforte, Pedro Gonçalvo, André Titos, Henrique Pereira) 3:08.95 NR
  7.  United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Rashid Al-Jirbi, Ibrahim Khamis, Mubarak Ismail Amber, Ibrahim Aziz) 3:19.90

Heat 2

  1.  Great Britain (GBR) (Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown) 3:06.10
  2.  Italy (ITA) (Roberto Ribaud, Ernesto Nocco, Mauro Zuliani, Donato Sabia) 3:06.28
  3.  Uganda (UGA) (John Goville, Moses Kyeswa, Peter Rwamuhanda, Mike Okot) 3:06.65
  4.  France (FRA) (Yann Quentrec, Didier Dubois, Jacques Fellice, Aldo Canti) 3:08.33
  5.  Antigua and Barbuda (ANT) (Alfred Browne, Larry Miller, Howard Lindsay, Dale Jones) 3:10.95
  6.  British Virgin Islands (IVB) (Guy Hill, Jerry Molyneaux, Dean Greenaway, Lindel Hodge) 3:11.89
  7.  Cameroon (CMR) (Ernest Tche Noubossie, Jean-Pierre Abossolo-Ze, Barnabe Messomo, Mama Moluh) 3:16.00

Heat 3

  1.  Barbados (BAR) (Richard Louis, David Peltier, Clyde Edwards, Elvis Forde) 3:03:31
  2.  West Germany (FRG) (Martin Weppler, Uwe Schmitt, Thomas Giessing, Erwin Skamrahl) 3:03:33
  3.  Ivory Coast (CIV) (Georges Kablan Degnan, Avognan Nogboum, René Djédjémel Mélédjé, Gabriel Tiacoh) 3:03:50 NR
  4.  Jamaica (JAM) (Steve Griffiths, Mark Senior, Dennis Wallace, Devon Morris) 3:03:85
  5.  Brazil (BRA) (João Batista da Silva, José Luiz Barbosa, Antônio Dias Ferreira, Gerson A. Souza) 3:05.08

Heat 4

  1.  United States (USA) (Willie Smith, Ray Armstead, Alonzo Babers, Walter McCoy) 3:01.44
  2.  Kenya (KEN) (John Anzarah, Simon Kitur, Jason Opicho, Elijah Sogomo) 3:06.07
  3.  Nigeria (NGR) (Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbusien, Rotimi Peters, Innocent Egbunike) 3:06.34
  4.  Spain (ESP) (Manuel González, Benjamín González, Antonio Sánchez, Angel Heras) 3:08.79
  5.  Oman (OMA) (Barakat Al-Sharji, Amor Alheshimi, Sulaiman Alakbary, Mohamed Amer Al-Malky) 3:15.87

Semi-final[]

Heat 1

  1.  United States (USA) (Sunder Nix, Walter McCoy, Willie Smith, Antonio McKay) 3:00.19
  2.  Great Britain (GBR) (Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown) 3:02.98
  3.  Canada (CAN) (Michael Sokolowski, Doug Hinds, Brian Saunders, Tim Béthune) 3:03:93
  4.  Uganda (UGA) (John Goville, Moses Kyeswa, Peter Rwamuhanda, Mike Okot) 3:04.02
  5.  West Germany (FRG) (Martin Weppler, Uwe Schmitt, Jörg Vaihinger, Erwin Skamrahl) 3:04.69
  6.  Ivory Coast (CIV) (Georges Kablan Degnan, Avognan Nogboum, René Djédjémel Mélédjé, Gabriel Tiacoh) 3:04.87
  7.  Sweden (SWE) (Tommy Johansson, Erik Josjö, Christer Gullstrand, Thomas Nyberg) 3:09.40
  8.  Japan (JPN) (Susumu Takano, Shigenori Omori, Ryoichi Yoshida, Hiroki Fuwa) 3:10.73

Heat 2

  1.  Nigeria (NGR) (Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbusien, Rotimi Peters, Innocent Egbunike) 3:02.22
  2.  Australia (AUS) (Peter van Miltenberg, Gary Minihan, Bruce Frayne, Darren Clark) 3:03:79
  3.  Italy (ITA) (Roberto Tozzi, Ernesto Nocco, Roberto Ribaud, Donato Sabia) 3:03:87
  4.  Barbados (BAR) (Richard Louis, David Peltier, Clyde Edwards, Elvis Forde) 3:03:89
  5.  Brazil (BRA) (João Batista da Silva, Wilson David Santos, José-Luiz Barbosa, Gerson A. Souza) 3:03:99
  6.  Jamaica (JAM) (Steve Griffiths, Mark Senior, Karl Smith, Devon Morris) 3:04.24
  7.  Kenya (KEN) (John Anzarah, Elijah Sogomo, Jason Opicho, David Kitur) 3:04.74

Final[]

  1.  United States (USA) (Sunder Nix, Ray Armstead, Alonzo Babers, Antonio McKay) 2:57.91
  2.  Great Britain (GBR) (Kriss Akabusi, Garry Cook, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown) 2:59.13
  3.  Nigeria (NGR) (Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbusien, Rotimi Peters, Innocent Egbunike) 2:59.32
  4.  Australia (AUS) (Bruce Frayne, Darren Clark, Gary Minihan, Rick Mitchell) 2:59.70
  5.  Italy (ITA) (Roberto Tozzi, Ernesto Nocco, Roberto Ribaud, Pietro Mennea) 3:01.44
  6.  Barbados (BAR) (Richard Louis, David Peltier, Clyde Edwards, Elvis Forde) 3:01.60 NR
  7.  Uganda (UGA) (John Goville, Moses Kyeswa, Peter Rwamuhanda, Mike Okot) 3:02.09 NR
  8.  Canada (CAN) (Michael Sokolowski, Doug Hinds, Brian Saunders, Tim Béthune) 3:02.82

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 

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