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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 10, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984

Gold: USA United States
Silver: JAM Jamaica
Bronze: CAN Canada

Summary

Running in front of their hometown fans, and led by 100/200 superstar [Carl Lewis], the USA was heavily favored. In the final, Canada led on the first leg, with [Ben Johnson] running a great turn. But then [Ron Brown] put the Americans into the lead on the backstretch. With the third leg run by 100 world record holder [Calvin Smith], the race was effectively over, the only question being the world record. Smith gave Lewis a 5-metre lead for his anchor leg but he did not coast, running a sub-nine second anchor to break the world record with 37.83, which earned him his fourth gold medal of the 1984 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Italy ITA
5 West Germany FRG
6 France FRA
7 Great Britain GBR
8 Brazil BRA
5 h1 r2/3 Ghana GHA
5 h2 r2/3 Nigeria NGR
6 h1 r2/3 Indonesia INA
6 h2 r2/3 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h1 r2/3 Senegal SEN
7 h2 r2/3 Barbados BAR
8 h1 r2/3 Thailand THA
8 h2 r2/3 Qatar QAT
6 h2 r1/3 Sierra Leone SLE
6 h3 r1/3 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
7 h1 r1/3 Gambia GAM
7 h3 r1/3 Liberia LBR