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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 30, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988

Gold: USA United States
Silver: JAM Jamaica
Bronze: FRG West Germany

Summary

The US had the three fastest 400 metre runners ever in Harry “Butch” Reynolds, Steve Lewis, and Danny Joe Everett, so the result was not in doubt. Lewis had won the 400 gold medal and in August of 1988, Reynolds had broken Lee Evans esteemed world record from the 1968 Olympics, running 43.29 at the Welklasse Meet in Zürich. If the baton was not dropped, and nobody pulled up, the question was not if they would win, but by how much. Everett and Lewis ran the first two legs in the final, and both bettered 44 seconds, giving the US a huge early lead. Kevin Robinzine ran the third leg and Reynolds anchored, as the answer to the question became “40 metres.” The scoreboard clock showed the final time to be 2:56.17, tantalizing missing the 1968 Olympic and World record of 2:56.16, but the official time was found to be equal to the world record.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 East Germany GDR
5 Great Britain GBR
6 Australia AUS
7 Nigeria NGR
8 Kenya KEN
5 h1 r2/3 Barbados BAR
5 h2 r2/3 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h1 r2/3 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
6 h2 r2/3 Japan JPN
7 h1 r2/3 Portugal POR
7 h2 r2/3 Senegal SEN
8 h1 r2/3 Canada CAN
8 h2 r2/3 Pakistan PAK
6 h1 r1/3 Sierra Leone SLE
6 h2 r1/3 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h1 r1/3 Oman OMA
7 h2 r1/3 Zambia ZAM
7 h3 r1/3 Botswana BOT
8 h1 r1/3 South Korea KOR