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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Events:

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.”

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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