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1964 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Tokyo, Japan Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 20, 1964  
Date Finished: October 21, 1964  
(Competitors: 68; Countries: 17; Finalists: 32/8)  
    Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Overview by IAAF    1964_olympic_stadium.jpg
Showing good judgement, the USA picked the Olympic 200m Champion Henry Carr to run the anchor for them. He had run only the 200m in the US Trials, but had produced a 44.3 for the US team in 1963, and was generally considered the best 400m man in the world – though scheduling in 1964 was less kind to 200/400 doublers than in the current era. Great Britain were the fastest in the heats with 3:04.7, with France the slowest qualifier on 3:07.5. Tim Graham ran a storming opening leg for Britain, the fastest lap of his life – 45.9 – to lead Ollan Cassell and Edwin Skinner by a metre. Adrian Metcalfe went 5m clear of Larrabee by 600m, but the American then turned on the power and went 5m ahead by the changeover, with Bernard and Spence closing on the tiring Briton. Williams maintained the USA’s lead, though Ed Roberts caught him after 200m of the leg, and the second Spence twin (Mel) produced a good finish to pass Roberts and hand over 1m ahead of Trinidad and Britain. Mottley and Kerr charged after Carr, catching him momentarily with 200m to go, at which point Carr flowed away elegantly, and won by 8m. Behind him Brightwell ran a fine last 100m cutting down Kerr and then Mottley to take the silver medal.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The US was led by the gold medalists from the 200 and 400, Henry Carr and Mike Larrabee. Carr had not run the 400 at the Olympics, but was considered the equal of any one-lapper and was chosen to run the anchor leg. With Tim Graham running the opener for Britain, they led by one metre after the first lap. Britain's Adrian Metcalfe then powered away and led Larrabee by five metres on the backstretch. But that was it, as Larrabee stormed to a 44.8 split, distancing Metcalfe by five metres. Ulis Williams maintained the lead for the US on the third leg, but the race was still close when Carr received the baton. He then ran 44.5 for the anchor to win easily, a time that only he had bettered in a relay split for the US – in 1963, when he ran 44.3 at the Pan American Games.
 
 
        Results          
   
4 x 400 m Men     Final 21 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.00.7     Ollan Cassell 46.0, Mike Larrabee 44.8, Ulis Williams 45.4, Henry Carr44.5 United States USA   WR  
2 3.01.6     Tim Graham 45.9, Adrian Metcalfe 45.5, John Cooper 45.4, Robbie Brightwell 44.8 Great Britain GBR      
3 3.01.7     Edwin Skinner 46.0, Kent Bernard 45.3, Edwin Roberts 45.4, Wendell Mottley 45.0 Trinidad and Tobago TTO      
4 3.02.3     Lawrence Kahn 46.1, Malcolm Spence 45.4, Melville Spence 45.2, George Kerr 45.6 Jamaica JAM      
5 3.04.3     Jörg Jüttner/FRG 47.1, Hans-Ullrich Schulz/GDR 45.7, Johannes Schmitt/FRG 45.9, Manfred Kinder/FRG 45.6 Germany GER      
6 3.05.3     Marian Filipiuk 47.5, Ireneusz Kluczek 46.0, Stanisław Swatowski 46.3, Andrzej Badeński 45.5 Poland POL      
7 3.05.9     Grigoriy Sverbetov/UKR 46.8, Viktor Bychkov/RUS 46.3, Vasiliy Anisimov/UKR 46.5, Vadims Arkhipchuk/UKR 46.3 Soviet Union URS      
8 3.07.4     Michel Hiblot 47.1, Bernard Martin 46.4, Germain Nelzy 47.1, Jean- Pierre Boccardo 46.8 France FRA      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat One 20 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.05.3   Q   United States USA      
2 3.07.4   Q   Soviet Union URS      
3 3.07.5   Q   France FRA      
4 3.08.8       India IND      
5 3.12.3       Japan JPN      
6 3.12.5       Senegal SEN      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat Two 20 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.05.0   Q   Trinidad and Tobago TTO      
2 3.07.2   Q   Poland POL      
3 3.07.6       Italy ITA      
4 3.08.2       Australia AUS      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat Three 20 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.04.7   Q   Great Britain GBR      
2 3.04.9   Q   Germany GER      
3 3.05.3   Q   Jamaica JAM      
4 3.09.3       Switzerland SUI      
5 3.10.4       Ghana GHA      
6 3.17.6       Malaysia MAS      
7 3.18.4       Thailand THA      

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Results

First round

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

First round, heat 1

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 United States Henry Carr
Ollan Cassell
Mike Larrabee
Ulis Williams
3:05.3
2 Soviet Union Grigory Sverbetov
Victor Bychkov
Vasily Anisimov
Vadim Arkhipchuk
3:07.4
3 France Germain Nelzy
Michel Hiblot
Bernard Martin
Jean Pierre Boccardo
3:07.5
4 India Makhan Singh
Amrit Pal
Ajmer Singh
Milkha Singh
3:08.8
5 Japan Handa Toru
Hayase Hirotada
Amano Yoshihiro
Yoshida Masami
3:12.3
6 Senegal Gueye Daour
Daniel Alexandre Thiaw
Mamadou Ndiaye
Mambaye Ndiaye
3:12.5
Uganda Unknown Did not start

First round, heat 2

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 Trinidad and Tobago Edwin Skinner
Kent Bernard
Edwin Roberts
Wendell Mottley
3:05.0
2 Poland Marian Filipiuk
Ireneusz Kluczek
Stanislaw Swatowski
Andrzej Badeński
3:07.2
3 Italy Bruno Bianchi
Salvatore Morale
Roberto Frinolli
Sergio Bello
3:07.6
4 Australia Peter Vassella
Gary Knoke
Gary Eddy
Ken Roche
3:08.2
Hungary Unknown Did not start
Iraq Unknown Did not start

First round, heat 3

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 Great Britain Tim Graham
Adrian Metcalfe
John Cooper
Robbie Brightwell
3:04.7
2 Germany Jorg Juttner
Hans-Ulrich Schulz
Johannes Schmitt
Manfred Kinder
3:04.9
3 Jamaica Laurie Khan
Malcolm Spence
Mel Spence
George E. Kerr
3:05.3
4 Switzerland Jean-Louis Descloux
Hans-Joerg Bosshard
Marius Theiler
Peter Laeng
3:09.3
5 Ghana James Addy
Brobbey Mensah
Samuel Zanya Bugri
Ebenezer Quartey
3:10.4
6 Malaysia Karu Selvaratnam
Kuda Ditta
Mohamed Abdul Rahiman
Victor Asirvatham
3:17.6
7 Thailand Somsakdi Tongsuke
Nipon Pensuvabharp
Adisorn Vitsudhamakul
Manun Bumroonspruek
3:18.4

Final

Carr moved from initial position to anchor for the United States team as they set a new world record, followed closely by Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as Trinidad and Tobago. All three teams were under the old world record time.

France also shuffled their lineup, moving Nelzy to third from first.

Place Nation Athletes Time
1 United States Ollan Cassell
Mike Larrabee
Ulis Williams
Henry Carr
3:00.7 WR
2 Great Britain Tim Graham
Adrian Metcalfe
John Cooper
Robbie Brightwell
3:01.6
3 Trinidad and Tobago Edwin Skinner
Kent Bernard
Edwin Roberts
Wendell Mottley
3:01.7
4 Jamaica Laurie Khan
Malcolm Spence
Melville Spence
George E. Kerr
3:02.3
5 Germany Jorg Juttner
Hans-Ulrich Schulz
Johannes Schmitt
Manfred Kinder
3:04.3
6 Poland Marian Filipiuk
Ireneusz Kluczek
Stanislaw Swatowski
Andrzej Badeński
3:05.3
7 Soviet Union Grigory Sverbetov
Victor Bychkov
Vasily Anisimov
Vadim Arkhipchuk
3:05.9
8 France Michel Hiblot
Bernard Martin
Germain Nelzy
Jean Pierre Boccardo
3:07.4
 
 
 

 

 

 

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