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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