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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 2, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: JAM Jamaica


Going into the Olympics, the US was again considered dominant, led by [Michael Johnson] and [Harry )Butch) Reynolds]. But Johnson injured himself in winning the 200 and Reynolds slowed with an injury in his 400 semi and they would not run the relay. The US was still considered the favorite but the race was open, with Great Britain and Jamaica considered challengers. Kenya was also highly considered but injuries prevented them starting the final. In the final, the US was given a slight lead by [LaMont Smith] on the opener. The last three American runners, [Alvin Harrison], [Derek Mills], and [Anthuan Maybank], all ran their splits under 44 seconds but the race remained close throughout, as Great Britain would not go away. Eventually the US won the gold medal by five metres as both Maybank and Britain's [Roger Black] ran 43.87 on the anchor legs.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Senegal SEN
5 Japan JPN
6 Poland POL
7 Bahamas BAH
3 h1 r2/3 Kenya KEN
5 h1 r2/3 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r2/3 Italy ITA
6 h1 r2/3 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r2/3 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r2/3 Australia AUS
7 h2 r2/3 Saudi Arabia KSA
8 h1 r2/3 Russia RUS
AC h2 r2/3 Nigeria NGR
3 h2 r1/3 Ghana GHA
4 h2 r1/3 Cuba CUB
4 h4 r1/3 Mauritius MRI
4 h5 r1/3 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/3 Saint Lucia LCA
5 h2 r1/3 Qatar QAT
5 h3 r1/3 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN
5 h4 r1/3 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 h5 r1/3 Botswana BOT
6 h1 r1/3 Fiji FIJ
6 h2 r1/3 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h3 r1/3 British Virgin Islands IVB
6 h4 r1/3 Maldives MDV
7 h1 r1/3 Sierra Leone SLE
7 h2 r1/3 Lesotho LES
7 h3 r1/3 Papua New Guinea PNG
AC h4 r1/3 Grenada GRN
AC h5 r1/3 Gambia GAM
AC h5 r1/3 Guyana GUY