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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 27, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004

Gold: USA United States
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: NGR Nigeria

Summary

Having swept the medals in the 400 metre event, the 4x400 relay gold medals was conceded to the United States. Otis Harris led off for the US in the final and gave them a lead they never relinquished. All four US runners posted the fastest times for their respective legs, and the margin of victory was the biggest ever for the event – 4.69 seconds. In a close finish for the other medals, Australia outlasted Nigeria to win the silver medal, with Japan and Great Britain within a metre of the bronze medal at the end. The Australian anchor runner, Clinton Hill, later commented, “If the US dropped the baton, we still wouldn’t have caught them.”

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Australia AUS Silver
3 Nigeria NGR Bronze
4 Japan JPN
5 Great Britain GBR
6 Bahamas BAH
7 Germany GER
8 Botswana BOT
4 h2 r1/2 Russia RUS
5 h2 r1/2 Poland POL
6 h1 r1/2 Greece GRE
6 h2 r1/2 Ukraine UKR
7 h1 r1/2 France FRA
7 h2 r1/2 Spain ESP
AC h1 r1/2 Jamaica JAM
AC h2 r1/2 South Africa RSA