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1964 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan - Men's 4 x 100 m

 

 

Host City: Tokyo, Japan Format: Top four in each heat to the final.
Date Started: October 20, 1964 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 21, 1964  
(Competitors: 85; Countries: 21; Finalists: 32/8)  
    Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Overview by IAAF    1964_olympic_stadium.jpg
Italy were fastest in the heats with 39.7, as compared to 39.8 for the United States and France. The US team ran 39.5 in the semis, with six other teams on 39.6; both rounds featured Hayes making up 2-3m on the opposition for the American team. Both Trenton Jackson and Mel Pender were injured in Tokyo so 200m men Drayton and Stebbins were brought into the US lineup for the final. Zieliński led on the first leg with Genevay and McNeill just behind, and Drayton, with a slight injury, half a metre back; this became 2m after a poor pass. Maniak and Foik kept Poland ahead of France and Jamaica, as the USA showed good speed but abject baton passing. Hayes took the baton in around fifth place, 3m behind Dudziak and Delecour. With virtually all eyes on him he swept past the field within 30m and kept going, winning by 3m in a world record 39.0. Times of 8.5 and 8.6 for Hayes’ leg seem a little generous, as he made up 6m on a man who ran 10.52 in the individual event, suggesting a time in the order of 8.80-8.90 for his 100m ... similar to Carl Lewis’s time in Barcelona 28 years later on a rather better surface. Hayes himself later asserted that had he run the individual 100m with the same alacrity as his relay leg, his time would have been less than 10 seconds.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The USA was probably the favorite but their team did not have the dominating runners of most years. But they were led by Bob Hayes, who had won the 100 and was easily the top sprinter in the world. They were expected to be challenged by the French, led by Claude Piquemal and Jocelyn Delecour, and the Germans, but they failed to survive the semi-finals. With injuries to 100 metre runners Trent Jackson and Mel Pender, the US substituted 200 metre silver medalist Paul Drayton and Dick Stebbins. After some poor passing, the final exchange went to Hayes for the anchor, but by then he was his in fifth place, and at least three metres behind Delacour and Poland's Marian Dudziak. And then Bob Hayes ran the fastest relay leg ever seen, possibly even still. Estimates of his 100 metre split are as low as 8.5-8.6 seconds, although most track statisticians think 8.80-8.90 is more likely. That would still be in the range of another stunning anchor run by Carl Lewis at the Barcelona Olympics, 28 years later, and on an artificial surface track. Hayes won pulling away by almost three metres, having made up at least six metres on the other anchor runners. The rumor persists that Delecour told Mel Pender after the race, )All you guys had was Hayes), and he responded, )He's all we need, baby!)
 
 
        Results          
   
4 x 100 m Men     Final 21 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 39.06     Paul Drayton, Gerry Ashworth, Richard Stebbins, Bob Hayes United States USA   WR 39.0 h
2 39.36     Andrzej Zieliński, Wiesław Maniak, Marian Foik, Marian Dudziak Poland POL     39.3 h
3 39.36     Paul Genevay, Bernard Laidebeur, Claude Piquemal, Jocelyn Delecour France FRA     39.3 h
4 39.49     Pablo McNeill, Patrick Robinson, Lynworth Headley, Dennis Johnson Jamaica JAM     39.4 h
5 39.5     Edvin Ozolin/RUS, Boris Zubov/RUS, Gusman Kosanov/KAZ, Boris Savchuk/UKR Soviet Union URS     39.4 h
6 39.53     Arquimedes Herrera, Lloyd Murad, Rafael Romero, Hortensio Fucil Venezuela VEN     39.5 h
7 39.54     Livio Berruti, Ennio Preatoni. Sergio Ottolina, Pasquale Giannattasio Italy ITA     39.5 h
8 39.69     Peter Radford, Ronald Jones, Menzies “Ming” Campbell, Lynn Davies Great Britain GBR     39.6 h
4 x 100 m Men     Semi-Finals Heat One 20 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 39.50   Q   United States USA   (=)OR 39.5 h
2 39.66   Q   France FRA     39.6 h
3 39.68   Q   Jamaica JAM     39.6 h
4 40.13   Q   Great Britain GBR     40.1 h
5 40.19       Australia AUS     40.1 h
6 40.19       Nigeria NGR     40.1 h
7 40.31       Hungary HUN     40.3 h
8 40.7       Ghana GHA      
4 x 100 m Men     Semi-Finals Heat Two 20 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 39.63   Q   Italy ITA     39.6 h
2 39.63   Q   Poland POL     39.6 h
3 39.65   Q   Venezuela VEN     39.6 h
4 39.70   Q   Soviet Union URS     39.7 h
5 40.16       Germany GER     40.1 h
6 40.26       Senegal SEN     40.2 h
7 40.5       India IND      
8 40.6       Japan JPN      
4 x 100 m Men     Round One Heat One 20 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 39.74   Q   Italy ITA     39.7 h
2 39.96   Q   Poland POL     39.9 h
3 40.13   Q   Great Britain GBR     40.1 h
4 40.32   Q   Hungary HUN     40.3 h
5 40.44   Q   Nigeria NGR     40.4 h
6 41.4       Malaysia MAS      
AC DQ       Iraq IRQ      
4 x 100 m Men     Round One Heat Two 20 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 39.83   Q   United States USA     39.8 h
2 40.10   Q   Venezuela VEN     40.1 h
3 40.21   Q   Germany GER     40.2 h
4 40.55   Q   Senegal SEN     40.5 h
5 40.68   Q   India IND     40.6 h
6 41.0   Q   Japan JPN      
7 41.8       Thailand THA      
4 x 100 m Men     Round One Heat Three 20 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 39.84   Q   France FRA     39.8 h
2 40.11   Q   Jamaica JAM     40.1 h
3 40.19   Q   Soviet Union URS     40.1 h
4 40.64   Q   Australia AUS     40.6 h
5 40.85   Q   Ghana GHA     40.8 h
6 41.4       Uganda UGA      
7 41.7       Philippines PHI      

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Results

First round

The top four teams in each of the 3 heats as well as the four fastest remaining team advanced.

First round, heat 1

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 Italy Livio Berruti, Ennio Preatoni, Sergio Ottolina, Pasquale Giannattasio 39.7 seconds
2 Poland Andrzej Zielinski, Wieslaw Jan Maniak, Marian Foik, Marian Dudziak 39.9 seconds
3 Great Britain Peter Radford, Ronald Jones, Menzies Campbell, Lynn Davies 40.1 seconds
4 Hungary Huba Rozsnyai, Csaba Csutoras, Laszlo Mihalyfi, Gyula Rabai 40.3 seconds
5 Nigeria Sydney Asiodu, Folu Erinle, James Omagbemi, Abdul Amu 40.4 seconds
6 Malaysia Hamzah Maklan, John Dukom, Canagasabai Kunalan, Mani Jegathesan 41.4 seconds
Iraq Jasim Karim Kuraishi, Samir Ambrose Vincent, Khalif Tawfik Lazim, Khudher Zalada Did not start

First round, heat 2

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 United States Paul Drayton, Gerry Ashworth, Richard Stebbins, Bob Hayes 39.8 seconds
2 Venezuela Arquímedes Herrera, Lloyd Murad, Rafael Romero, Hortensio Fucil 40.1 seconds
3 Germany Heinz Erbstosser, Rainer Berger, Peter Wallach, Volker Loffler 40.2 seconds
4 Senegal Malang Mane, Bassirou Doumya, Malick Diop, Alioune Sow 40.5 seconds
5 India Anthony Francis Coutinho, Makhan Singh, Kenneth Powell, Rajasekaran Pichaya 40.6 seconds
6 Japan Iijima Hideo, Kamata Masaru, Asai Kiyoshi, Muro Yojiro 41.0 seconds
7 Thailand Taweesit Arjtaweekul, Suthi Manyakass, Maitri Vilaikit, Chalit Kanitasut 41.8 seconds

First round, heat 3

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 France Paul Genevay, Bernard Laidebeur, Claude Piquemal, Jocelyn Delecour 39.8 seconds
2 Jamaica Pablo McNeil, Patrick Robinson, Lynsworth Headley, Dennis Johnson 40.1 seconds
3 Soviet Union Edvin Ozolin, Boris Zubov, Gusman Kosanov, Boris Savchuk 40.1 seconds
4 Australia Bob Lay, Eric Bigby, William Earle, Gary Holdsworth 40.6 seconds
5 Ghana Michael Okantey, Michael Ahey, Ebenezer Addy, Stanley Fabian Allotey 40.8 seconds
6 Uganda Aggrey Awori, Erasmus Amukun, James Odongo Oduka, Amos Omolo 41.4 seconds
7 Philippines Arnulfo Valles, Miguel Ebreo, Claro Pellosis, Rogelio Onofre 41.7 seconds

Semifinals

The top four teams in each of the two semifinals advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Okorafor took Amu's place for Nigeria.

The American team tied the old Olympic record at 39.5 seconds.

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 United States Paul Drayton, Gerry Ashworth, Richard Stebbins, Bob Hayes 39.5 seconds =OR
2 France Paul Genevay, Bernard Laidebeur, Claude Piquemal, Jocelyn Delecour 39.7 seconds
3 Jamaica Pablo McNeil, Patrick Robinson, Lynsworth Headley, Dennis Johnson 39.6 seconds
4 Great Britain Peter Radford, Ronald Jones, Menzies Campbell, Lynn Davies 40.1 seconds
5 Australia Robert William Lay, Eric James Bigby, William Joseph Earle, Gary Alfred Holdsworth 40.1 seconds
6 Nigeria Sydney Asiodu, Folu Erinle, James Omagbemi, Lawrence Okorafor 40.1 seconds
7 Hungary Huba Rozsnyai, Csaba Csutoras, Laszlo Mihalyfi, Gyula Rabai 40.3 seconds
8 Ghana Michael Okantey, Michael Ahey, Ebenezer Addy, Stanley Fabian Allotey 40.7 seconds

Semifinal 2

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 Italy Livio Berruti, Ennio Preatoni, Sergio Ottolina, Pasquale Giannattasio 39.6 seconds
2 Poland Andrzej Zielinski, Wieslaw Maniak, Marian Foik, Marian Dudziak 39.6 seconds
3 Venezuela Arquimedes Herrera, Lloyd Murad, Rafael Romero, Hortensio Herrera Fucil 39.6 seconds
4 Soviet Union Edvin Ozolin, Boris Zubov, Gusman Kosanov, Boris Savchuk 39.7 seconds
5 Germany Heinz Erbstosser, Rainer Berger, Peter Wallach, Volker Loffler 40.1 seconds
6 Senegal Malang Mane, Bassirou Doumya, Malick Diop, Alioune Sow 40.2 seconds
7 India Anthony Francis Coutinho, Makhan Singh, Kenneth Lawrence Powell, Rajasekaran Pichaya 40.5 seconds
8 Japan Iijima Hideo, Kamata Masaru, Asai Kiyoshi, Muro Yojiro 40.6 seconds

Final

Venezuela and Italy tied the old Olympic record. The United States, Poland, France, Jamaica, and the Soviet Union all broke it, with the U.S. also breaking the world record.

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 United States Paul Drayton, Gerry Ashworth, Richard Stebbins, Bob Hayes 39.0 seconds WR
2 Poland Andrzej Zielinski, Wieslaw Maniak, Marian Foik, Marian Dudziak 39.3 seconds
3 France Paul Genevay, Bernard Laidebeur, Claude Piquemal, Jocelyn Delecour 39.3 seconds
4 Jamaica Pablo McNeil, Patrick Robinson, Lynsworth Headley, Dennis Johnson 39.4 seconds
5 Soviet Union Edvin Ozolin, Boris Zubov, Gusman Kosanov, Boris Savchuk 39.4 seconds
6 Venezuela Arquimedes Herrera, Lloyd Murad, Rafael Romero, Hortensio Herrera Fucil 39.5 seconds
7 Italy Livio Berruti, Ennio Preatoni, Sergio Ottolina, Pasquale Giannattasio 39.5 seconds
8 Great Britain Peter Radford, Ronald Jones, Menzies Campbell, Lynn Davies 39.6 seconds
 
 
 

 

 

 

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