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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 7, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992

Gold: USA United States
Silver: CUB Cuba
Bronze: GBR Great Britain


The US team was led by [Steve Lewis] and [Quincy Watts], who had won the 400 gold medals in 1988 and 1992 respectively. But their best runner was probably [Michael Johnson] who would eventually be considered the greatest one-lap runner ever. Led by those three, the question was the same as in 1988 – not if the US would win but by how much and how fast? The answer was 40 metres and in a world record time of 2:55.74. The mark eliminated from the record books the final world record set at the 1968 Olympics, where many of the records were assisted by altitude.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Brazil BRA
5 Nigeria NGR
6 Italy ITA
7 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
AC Kenya KEN
3 h1 r1/2 Japan JPN
3 h3 r1/2 Morocco MAR
4 h1 r1/2 France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Spain ESP
5 h1 r1/2 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/2 Unified Team EUN
5 h3 r1/2 Qatar QAT
6 h1 r1/2 Thailand THA
6 h2 r1/2 Mexico MEX
6 h3 r1/2 Papua New Guinea PNG
7 h1 r1/2 Portugal POR
7 h2 r1/2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN
8 h1 r1/2 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
AC h2 r1/2 Barbados BAR
AC h3 r1/2 Germany GER
AC h3 r1/2 Jamaica JAM