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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 30, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976

Gold: USA United States
Silver: POL Poland
Bronze: FRG West Germany

Summary

The US was favored but both Great Britain and Kenya were thought to be legitimate challengers. However, Kenya had joined the African boycott of the 1976 Olympics and was not present. In the heats Britain was eliminated when Alan Pascoe had the baton knocked from his hand by a Jamaican runner at the final exchange. This left the final almost a walkover for the Americans who won over Poland by almost three seconds. The 400/800 champion, Alberto Juantorena of Cuba, anchored their team but he did not have enough support and they finished seventh.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Poland POL Silver
3 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Canada CAN
5 Jamaica JAM
6 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 Cuba CUB
8 Finland FIN
4 h2 r1/2 France FRA
5 h2 r1/2 Australia AUS
6 h1 r1/2 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h2 r1/2 Soviet Union URS
7 h1 r1/2 Saudi Arabia KSA
7 h2 r1/2 Barbados BAR
8 h2 r1/2 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
AC h1 r1/2 Great Britain GBR