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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 18, 2016
Date Finished: August 19, 2016

Gold: JAM Jamaica
Silver: JPN Japan
Bronze: CAN Canada


Jamaica had won the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, led by superstar sprinter [Usain Bolt], and Bolt and the Jamaicans were back for a three-peat. The United States was expected to be their biggest challenge, led by [Justin Gatlin], [Tyson Gay], and [Trayvon Bromell]. However, the US was renowned for botching baton exchanges, having done so at the last 143 major internationals, or so it seemed.

Both teams made it to the final, and the Jamaicans won the expected gold medal, with the United States finishing, but trailing the surprise Japanese team, who won the silver medal. Moments after the finish, the requisite disqualification of the US team occurred, as video showed the first exchange had been made out of the zone, and the US continued its streak of being DQed in this event, as Canada moved up to bronze. The Japanese team’s individual 100 metre PRs were not even close to the marks of the other teams, but their baton exchanges were impeccable, which led to their silver medal.

Bolt’s gold medal in this event was his ninth overall, equaling the mark for track & field athletics held by [Paavo Nurmi] and [Carl Lewis], although still trailing the 10 won by [Ray Ewry], if one includes the 1906 Olympics. However, shortly after the Olympics, in re-testing of samples from the Beijing Olympics, one of his teammates on the 2008 relay, [Nesta Carter], had a positive test for methylhexanamine. He was initially disqualified but appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). At this writing, in May 2017, the appeal is still ongoing, but if not successful, Bolt would likely lose his 2008 relay gold medal, affecting his medal standings as noted above.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Japan JPN Silver
3 Canada CAN Bronze
4 China CHN
5 Great Britain GBR
6 Brazil BRA
AC r2/2 United States USA
AC r2/2 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
4 h1 r1/2 Turkey TUR
5 h1 r1/2 France FRA
6 h1 r1/2 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h2 r1/2 Germany GER
7 h1 r1/2 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
7 h2 r1/2 Cuba CUB
8 h2 r1/2 Netherlands NED
AC h1 r1/2 Dominican Republic DOM