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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 30, 1988 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
(Competitors: 99; Countries: 22; Finalists: 32/8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF 1988_olympic_stadium.jpg 
With the three fastest men in the world, the question was not would the United States win, but how fast would they run ? Everett ran the fastest opening leg ever – 43.79 – to hand over the baton 9m ahead of GDR’s Carlowitz. The GDR had been the fastest team in the two preliminary rounds (3:00.60 in the semis), but found themselves nearly 20m down after two legs. Lewis had run 43.69, and passed to fourth-string Robinzine, who ran “only” 44.44 but still gained on the second placed team, now Jamaica, as the USA led by 30m. Reynolds ran a solo 43.74 to win by almost 40m as the USA tied its own world record from 1968. Behind them Cameron won his first Olympic medal in his final Olympic appearance.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The US had the three fastest 400 metre runners ever in Harry “Butch” Reynolds, Steve Lewis, and Danny Joe Everett, so the result was not in doubt. Lewis had won the 400 gold medal and in August of 1988, Reynolds had broken Lee Evans esteemed world record from the 1968 Olympics, running 43.29 at the Welklasse Meet in Zürich. If the baton was not dropped, and nobody pulled up, the question was not if they would win, but by how much. Everett and Lewis ran the first two legs in the final, and both bettered 44 seconds, giving the US a huge early lead. Kevin Robinzine ran the third leg and Reynolds anchored, as the answer to the question became “40 metres.” The scoreboard clock showed the final time to be 2:56.17, tantalizing missing the 1968 Olympic and World record of 2:56.16, but the official time was found to be equal to the world record.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1988 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

The United States equalled the world record in the final.

 
Results
4 x 400 m Men Final 2 October
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 2.56.16 Danny Everett, Steve Lewis, Kevin Robinzine, Butch Reynolds United States USA
2 3.00.30 Howard Davis, Devon Morris, Winthrop Graham, Bert Cameron Jamaica JAM
3 3.00.56 Norbert Dobeleit GER, Edgar Itt GER, Jörg Vaihinger GER, Ralf Lübke GER West Germany FRG
4 3.01.13 Jens Carlowitz GER, Mathias Schersing GER, Frank Möller GER, Thomas Schönlebe GER East Germany GDR
5 3.02.00 Brian Whittle, Kriss Akabusi, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown Great Britain GBR
6 3.02.49 Robert Ballard, Mark Garner, Miles Murphy, Darren Clark Australia AUS
7 3.02.50 Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbisie, Henry Amike, Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR
8 3.04.69 Tito Sawe, Lucas Sang, Paul Ereng, Simon Kipkemboi Kenya KEN
4 x 400 m Men Semifinal 1 30 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.02.84 Andrew Valmon, Kevin Robinzine, Antonio McKay, Steve Lewis United States USA
2 3.03.24 Tito Sawe, Lucas Sang, Paul Ereng, Simon Kipkemboi Kenya KEN
3 3.04.60 Brian Whittle, Kriss Akabusi, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown Great Britain GBR
4 3.06.63 Miles Murphy, Mark Garner, Robert Ballard, Darren Clark Australia AUS
5 3.06.93 Seibert Straughn, Richard Louis, Allan Ince, Elvis Forde Barbados BAR
6 3.07.15 Kpidi Akissi, René Meledje Djédjémel, Djetenan Kouadio, Gabriel Tiacoh Cote d'Ivoire CIV
7 3.07.75 Pedro Curvelo, Felipe Lombá, António Abrantes, Álvaro Silva Portugal POR
8 3.09.48 John Graham, Carl Folkes, Paul Osland, Anton Skerritt Canada CAN
4 x 400 m Men Semifinal 2 30 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.00.60 Jens Carlowitz GER, Frank Möller GER, Mathias Schersing GER, Thomas Schönlebe GER East Germany GDR
2 3.00.66 Norbert Dobeleit GER, Mark Henrich GER, Jörg Vaihinger GER, Ralf Lübke GER West Germany FRG
3 3.00.94 Trevor Graham, Devon Morris, Bert Cameron, Howard Davis Jamaica JAM
4 3.01.13 Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbisie, Henry Amike, Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR
5 3.01.59 Branislav Karaulic, Slobodan Popovic SRB, Slobodan Brankovic SRB, Ismail Macev MKD Yugoslavia YUG
6 3.03.80 Hirofumi Koike, Kenji Yamauchi, Hiromi Kawasumi, Susumu Takano Japan JPN
7 3.07.19 Ousmane Diarra MLI, Babacar Niang, Moussa Fall, Amadou Dia Bâ Senegal SEN
8 3.09.50 Bashir Ahmad, Muhammed Sadaqat, Muhammed Afzal Khan, Muhammed Fayyaz Pakistan PAK
4 x 400 m Men Heat 1 30 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.03.90 Bodo Kuhn GER, Mark Henrich GER, Jörg Vaihinger GER, Ralf Lübke GER West Germany FRG
2 3.04.18 Brian Whittle, Paul Harmsworth, Todd Bennett, Phil Brown Great Britain GBR
3 3.05.63 Hirofumi Koike, Kenji Yamauchi, Hiromi Kawasumi, Susumu Takano Japan JPN
4 3.05.93 Robert Ballard, Mark Garner, Leigh Miller, Miles Murphy Australia AUS
5 3.06.03 Seibert Straughn, Richard Louis, Allan Ince, Elvis Forde Barbados BAR
6 3.10.47 Horace Dove-Edwin, Felix Sandy, Benjamin Grant, David Sawyer Sierra Leone SLE NR
7 3.12.89 Suleiman Al-Habsi, Mohamed Al-Malky, Abdelsalem Al-Khalidi, Mansoor Al-Bulushi Oman OMA
8 3.14.71 Hwang Hong-Chul, Yoon Nam-Han, Ryu Tae-Kyong, Cho Jing-Saeng South Korea KOR
4 x 400 m Men Heat 2 30 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.04.00 Howard Burnett, Devon Morris, Trevor Graham, Howard Davis Jamaica JAM
2 3.05.62 Branislav Karaulic, Slobodan Popovic SRB, Slobodan Brankovic SRB, Ismail Macev MKD Yugoslavia YUG
3 3.07.75 Pedro Curvelo, Felipe Lombá, António Abrantes, Álvaro Silva Portugal POR
4 3.08.15 Jens Carlowitz GER, Michael Schimmer GER, Mathias Schersing GER, Thomas Schönlebe GER East Germany GDR
5 3.09.52 John Graham, Carl Folkes, Paul Osland, Anton Skerritt Canada CAN
6 3.11.04 Howard Lindsay, Alfred Browne, Oral Selkridge, Lawrence Miller Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 3.11.35 Douglas Kalembo, Enock Musonda, Jonathan Chipalo, Samuel Matete Zambia ZAM
4 x 400 m Men Heat 3 30 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.02.16 Andrew Valmon, Kevin Robinzine, Antonio McKay, Steve Lewis United States USA
2 3.05.21 Tito Sawe, Lucas Sang, Paul Ereng, Simon Kipkemboi Kenya KEN
3 3.06.59 Sunday Uti, Moses Ugbisie, Henry Amike, Innocent Egbunike Nigeria NGR
4 3.06.93 Ousmane Diarra MLI, Babacar Niang, Moussa Fall, Amadou Dia Bâ Senegal SEN
5 3.07.40 Kpidi Akissi, Anatole Zongo Kuyo, Lancina Fofana, Gabriel Tiacoh Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 3.08.54 Bashir Ahmad, Muhammed Sadaqat, Muhammed Afzal Khan, Muhammed Fayyaz Pakistan PAK
7 3.13.16 Joseph Ramutshabi, Bobby Gaseitsiwe, Benny Kgarametso, Sunday Maweni Botswana BOT
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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