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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 7, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992

Gold: USA United States
Silver: NGR Nigeria
Bronze: CUB Cuba

Summary

The US was back as the favorite, although Carl Lewis had failed to make the US team for the 100 metres. But in the 100 semi-finals, Mark Witherspoon had to retire with an Achilles’ injury and Lewis was brought back onto the relay squad. After the semi-finals they were thought to be threatened by the surprising team from Nigeria, who had won their heat in an African record of 38.21. In the final, Lewis received the baton with only a metre lead on the Nigerian anchor, Davidson Ezinwa. But his anchor leg is usually considered one of the fastest ever, challenging Bob Hayes anchor at Tokyo in 1964. Lewis was timed in 8.85 for his leg and the US won by over five metres in a world record 37.40.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Nigeria NGR Silver
3 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Great Britain GBR
5 Unified Team EUN
6 Japan JPN
7 Austria AUT
8 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h1 r2/3 France FRA
5 h2 r2/3 Spain ESP
6 h1 r2/3 Ghana GHA
6 h2 r2/3 Thailand THA
7 h1 r2/3 Sierra Leone SLE
7 h2 r2/3 Togo TOG
AC h1 r2/3 Mexico MEX
AC h2 r2/3 Canada CAN
4 h2 r1/3 Senegal SEN
4 h4 r1/3 San Marino SMR
5 h2 r1/3 Portugal POR
5 h3 r1/3 United States Virgin Islands ISV
5 h4 r1/3 Bangladesh BAN
6 h3 r1/3 Gambia GAM
AC h1 r1/3 Belize BIZ
AC h2 r1/3 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
AC h4 r1/3 Jamaica JAM