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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 20, 1964
Date Finished: October 21, 1964

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: TTO Trinidad and Tobago

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Bronze
4 Jamaica JAM
5 Germany GER
6 Poland POL
7 Soviet Union URS
8 France FRA
3 h2 r1/2 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/2 India IND
4 h2 r1/2 Australia AUS
4 h3 r1/2 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r1/2 Japan JPN
5 h3 r1/2 Ghana GHA
6 h1 r1/2 Senegal SEN
6 h3 r1/2 Malaysia MAS
7 h3 r1/2 Thailand THA