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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 30, 1988
Date Finished: October 1, 1988

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: FRA France


With [Carl Lewis] back as anchorman, the US was the favorite but he never got to run in the event. In the first round, the US badly botched the final changeover and they were disqualified. The final was then thought to be between France and the USSR. [Viktor Bryzgin] led off for the Soviets and put them in the lead. At the final exchange the USSR led France by about a metre, and [Vitaly Savin] protected that for the gold medal. Britain’s [Linford Christie] ran a sub-9 second leg to pull Great Britain ahead of France for the silver medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Jamaica JAM
5 Italy ITA
6 West Germany FRG
7 Canada CAN
8 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r2/3 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Ghana GHA
6 h1 r2/3 Nigeria NGR
6 h2 r2/3 Kenya KEN
7 h1 r2/3 South Korea KOR
8 h1 r2/3 Qatar QAT
AC h2 r2/3 China CHN
AC h2 r2/3 Portugal POR
4 h4 r1/3 Mexico MEX
5 h1 r1/3 Chinese Taipei TPE
5 h3 r1/3 Thailand THA
5 h4 r1/3 Benin BEN
6 h1 r1/3 Uganda UGA
6 h2 r1/3 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
6 h3 r1/3 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h4 r1/3 Bangladesh BAN
7 h1 r1/3 Maldives MDV
7 h3 r1/3 Sierra Leone SLE
AC h2 r1/3 Indonesia INA
AC h2 r1/3 Senegal SEN
AC h3 r1/3 Spain ESP
AC h4 r1/3 United States USA