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Bobsleigh at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Men's Four

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): , Trebević
Date Started: February 17, 1984
Date Finished: February 18, 1984
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GDR East Germany-1
Silver: GDR East Germany-2
Bronze: SUI Switzerland-1

Summary

The event was expected by to be between crews from Switzerland, world champions in 1982 and 1983, and East and West Germany, but at the end of the event one nation emerged head and shoulders above the opposition. The final result echoed the situation in the two-man event with the subtle difference that the East German drivers nominally swapped sleds. Wolfgang Hoppe, the two-man champion, switching from East Germany II to East Germany I and vice versa for Bernhard Lehmann.

Each of the four runs conformed to the same pattern, East Germany I with the fastest time, East Germany in second with Switzerland I always in third. At the end Hoppe’s crew were 0.5 seconds ahead of their sister crew with only Switzerland I within two seconds of the GDR crews.

Further down the field in twenty-first place Carl-Erik Eriksson of Sweden bade farewell to the Olympic Games. Already in his mid-thirties at the time of his Olympic début in 1964, he was 53 and the oldest ever bobsleigh competitor in this his sixth, and final, appearance.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 East Germany-1 GDR Gold 3:20.22
2 East Germany-2 GDR Silver 3:20.78
3 Switzerland-1 SUI Bronze 3:21.39
4 Switzerland-2 SUI 3:22.90
5 United States-1 USA 3:23.33
6 Soviet Union-1 URS 3:23.51
7 Romania ROU 3:23.76
8 Italy-2 ITA 3:23.77
9 West Germany-1 FRG 3:24.15
10 Austria-1 AUT 3:24.21
11 Austria-2 AUT 3:24.63
12 Soviet Union-2 URS 3:25.20
13 France FRA 3:25.26
14 West Germany-2 FRG 3:25.31
15 Great Britain-2 GBR 3:25.34
16 United States-2 USA 3:25.50
17 Italy-1 ITA 3:25.51
18 Canada CAN 3:26.47
19 Yugoslavia-1 YUG 3:26.48
20 Great Britain-1 GBR 3:26.93
21 Sweden SWE 3:27.07
22 Chinese Taipei TPE 3:27.58
23 Yugoslavia-2 YUG 3:28.31
24 Japan JPN 3:28.75