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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 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: CUB Cuba
Bronze: GBR Great Britain

Summary

The US team was led by [Steve Lewis] and [Quincy Watts], who had won the 400 gold medals in 1988 and 1992 respectively. But their best runner was probably [Michael Johnson] who would eventually be considered the greatest one-lap runner ever. Led by those three, the question was the same as in 1988 – not if the US would win but by how much and how fast? The answer was 40 metres and in a world record time of 2:55.74. The mark eliminated from the record books the final world record set at the 1968 Olympics, where many of the records were assisted by altitude.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Brazil BRA
5 Nigeria NGR
6 Italy ITA
7 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
AC Kenya KEN
3 h1 r1/2 Japan JPN
3 h3 r1/2 Morocco MAR
4 h1 r1/2 France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Spain ESP
5 h1 r1/2 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/2 Unified Team EUN
5 h3 r1/2 Qatar QAT
6 h1 r1/2 Thailand THA
6 h2 r1/2 Mexico MEX
6 h3 r1/2 Papua New Guinea PNG
7 h1 r1/2 Portugal POR
7 h2 r1/2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN
8 h1 r1/2 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
AC h2 r1/2 Barbados BAR
AC h3 r1/2 Germany GER
AC h3 r1/2 Jamaica JAM