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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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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: GBR Great Britain
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: NGR Nigeria


The IAAF had changed the rules to allow only 16 teams into event, which shortened it to only two rounds. The US was favored with the 2004 100 champion in [Justin Gatlin] and the 2000 100 champion in [Maurice Greene]. They easily made it thru their heat, winning in 38.02. In the final, the Americans botched the first two baton passes, and Great Britain took the lead with crisp passes. [Mark Lewis-Francis] had two metres when he started his anchor leg but Maurice Greene closed very quickly. But he could not get ahead and Britain won by 1/100th of a second. Nigeria won bronze, their second medal in this event.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsFinalRound One

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 United States USA Silver
3 Nigeria NGR Bronze
4 Japan JPN
5 Poland POL
6 Australia AUS
7 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r1/2 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r1/2 Italy ITA
6 h1 r1/2 Germany GER
6 h2 r1/2 Ghana GHA
7 h1 r1/2 Canada CAN
7 h2 r1/2 France FRA
8 h1 r1/2 Russia RUS
AC h2 r1/2 Netherlands NED