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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 2, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996

Gold: CAN Canada
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: BRA Brazil

Summary

The early story of this event concerned the make-up of the US team and whether Carl Lewis would be allowed to run. He had not qualified for the 100 metres at the US Olympic Trials, and then he did not attend a relay training camp in North Carolina, which was considered mandatory for the relay runners. But after he won the long jump, he lobbied both the coaches and the press to allow him to run in the relay. But he was not chosen. Canada was led by 100 metre champion Donovan Bailey. In the heats the US (38.58) and Canada (38.68) posted the fastest times. The final saw Canada open up a lead on the second leg, and Bailey received the baton two metres clear of US anchor Dennis Mitchell. Athletics historian Richard Hymans has noted that Mitchell would have had to have been Bob Hayes at his best to catch Bailey, but that was not the case and Bailey brought Canada home the gold medalists by four metres.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Canada CAN Gold
2 United States USA Silver
3 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Ukraine UKR
5 Sweden SWE
6 Cuba CUB
AC France FRA
4 h1 r2/3 Ghana GHA
5 h1 r2/3 Sierra Leone SLE
6 h1 r2/3 Spain ESP
7 h1 r2/3 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
AC h1 r2/3 Germany GER
AC h2 r2/3 Australia AUS
AC h2 r2/3 Bahamas BAH
AC h2 r2/3 Jamaica JAM
AC h2 r2/3 Nigeria NGR
4 h2 r1/3 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
4 h3 r1/3 Thailand THA
4 h4 r1/3 Togo TOG
4 h5 r1/3 Austria AUT
5 h1 r1/3 Cameroon CMR
5 h2 r1/3 Equatorial Guinea GEQ
5 h3 r1/3 Fiji FIJ
5 h4 r1/3 Gabon GAB
5 h5 r1/3 Cyprus CYP
6 h1 r1/3 Saint Vincent VIN
6 h4 r1/3 Benin BEN
6 h5 r1/3 Liberia LBR
7 h1 r1/3 Mauritius MRI
7 h4 r1/3 Gambia GAM
7 h5 r1/3 British Virgin Islands IVB
8 h1 r1/3 Laos LAO
AC h2 r1/3 Japan JPN
AC h2 r1/3 Papua New Guinea PNG
AC h3 r1/3 Great Britain GBR
AC h4 r1/3 Italy ITA
AC h5 r1/3 Greece GRE