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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 7, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
(Competitors: 102; Countries: 24; Finalists: 32/8)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
Cuba (2:59.13) edged the USA (2:59.14) and Kenya (2:59.63) in the heats, but the Americans were expected to win easily, the only question mark being the health of Michael Johnson, not fully recovered from his stomach problems. Andrew Valmon ran a fine opening leg of 44.5 to give the USA a 4m lead over Britain, led off by Roger Black’s 44.9. Quincy Watts won the race on the second leg. The 400m winner sped through a 43.1 lap to lead Britain by nearly 20m. Michael Johnson maintained the USA lead without showing his real form, and Steve Lewis anchored with 43.4 to finally break the 2:56.16 world record set 24 years earlier. A long way behind them, Roberto Hernández edged past John Regis in the last 50m to win silver for Cuba.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The US team was led by Steve Lewis and Quincy Watts, who had won the 400 gold medals in 1988 and 1992 respectively. But their best runner was probably Michael Johnson who would eventually be considered the greatest one-lap runner ever. Led by those three, the question was the same as in 1988 – not if the US would win but by how much and how fast? The answer was 40 metres and in a world record time of 2:55.74. The mark eliminated from the record books the final world record set at the 1968 Olympics, where many of the records were assisted by altitude.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record
and
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
2:56.16 United States Danny Everett
United States Steve Lewis
United States Kevin Robinzine
United States Butch Reynolds
Seoul (KOR) October 1, 1988

(*) Altitude over 1000 metres

The United States set a new world record with 2:55.74 in the final.

 
Results
4 x 400 m Men Final 8 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 2.55.74 Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Michael Johnson, Steve Lewis United States USA
2 2.59.51 Lázaro Martínez, Héctor Herrera, Norberto Téllez, Roberto Hernández Cuba CUB
3 2.59.73 Roger Black, David Grindley, Kriss Akabusi, John Regis Great Britain GBR
4 3.01.61 Robson Caetano da Silva, Ediélson Tenório, Sérgio de Menêzes, Sidnei de Souza Brazil BRA
5 3.01.71 Udeme Ekpeyong, Emmanuel Okoli CAN, Hassan Bosso, Sunday Bada Nigeria NGR
6 3.02.18 Alessandro Aimar, Marco Vaccari, Fabio Grossi, Andrea Nuti Italy ITA
7 3.03.31 Alvin Daniel, Patrick Delice, Neil de Silva, Ian Morris Trinidad and Tobago TTO
DQ Samson Kitur, Abednego Matilu, Simon Kipkemboi, Simon Kemboi Kenya KEN
4 x 400 m Men Heat 1 7 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.01.05 Alvin Daniel, Patrick Delice, Neil de Silva, Ian Morris Trinidad and Tobago TTO NR
2 3.01.20 Mark Richardson, Kriss Akabusi, Roger Black, Du'aine Thorne-Ladejo Great Britain GBR
3 3.01.35 Masayoshi Kan, Susumu Takano, Yoshihiko Saito, Takahiro Watanabe Japan JPN
4 3.04.25 Jean-Louis Rapnouil, Yevgeniy Netyazhenko RUS, Stéphane Caristan, Stéphane Diagana France FRA
5 3.04.69 Mark Jackson, Anthony Wilson, Mark Graham, Freddie Williams Canada CAN
6 3.08.00 Attaporn Koonjeethong, Yuthana Thonglek, Sarapong Kumsup, Aktawat Sakoolchan Thailand THA
7 3.10.11 José Mendes, Pedro Rodrigues, Álvaro Silva, Pedro Curvelo Portugal POR
8 3.21.91 Ilunga Kafila, Luasa Batungile, Kaleka Mutoke, Shintu Kibambe DR Congo COD
4 x 400 m Men Heat 2 7 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 2.59.13 Lázaro Martínez, Héctor Herrera, Norberto Téllez, Roberto Hernández Cuba CUB
2 2.59.14 Darnell Hall, Michael Johnson, Chip Jenkins, Quincy Watts United States USA
3 2.59.63 David Kitur, Samson Kitur, Simon Kipkemboi, Simon Kemboi Kenya KEN NR
4 3.00.39 Udeme Ekpeyong, Emmanuel Okoli CAN, Hassan Bosso, Sunday Bada Nigeria NGR
5 3.05.59 Dmitriy Kosov RUS, Dmitriy Kliger RUS, Dmitriy Golovastov RUS, Oleg Tverdokhleb UKR Ethiopia EUN
6 3.05.75 Raymundo Escalante, Eduardo Nava, Luis Karin Toledo, Juan Gutierrez Vallín Mexico MEX
7 3.10.21 Lenford O'Garro, Michael Williams BAR, Eversly Linley, Eswort Coombs Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN
DQ Seibert Straughn, Roger Jordan, Edsel Chase, Steven Roberts Barbados BAR
4 x 400 m Men Heat 3 7 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.01.38 Eronilde de Araújo, Ediélson Tenório, Sérgio de Menêzes, Sidnei de Souza Brazil BRA
2 3.02.09 Alessandro Aimar, Marco Vaccari, Fabio Grossi, Andrea Nuti Italy ITA
3 3.02.28 Abdelali Kasbane, Abdelghani Guériguer, Bouchaïb Belkaïd, Benyounès Lahlou Morocco MAR
4 3.04.60 António Sánchez, Gaietà Cornet, Manuel Moreno, Ángel Heras Spain ESP
5 3.07.26 Sami Suleiman, Masoud Khamis Rahman, Ibrahim Ismail, Fareh Ibrahim Ali Qatar QAT
6 3.13.35 Baobo Neuendorf, Kaminiel Selot, Bernard Manana, Subul Babo Papua New Guinea PNG
DQ Dennis Blake, Devon Morris, Howard Davis, Patrick O'Connor Jamaica JAM
DQ Ralph Pfersisch, Rico Lieder, Jörg Vaihinger, Thomas Schönlebe Germany GER
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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