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Athletics at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

These are the official results of the men's 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were a total number of 24 nations competing, with three qualifying heats.[1]

MedalistsEdit

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record
and
Olympic Record
2:56.16(*)   Vincent Matthews
  Ron Freeman
  Larry James
  Lee Evans
Mexico City (MEX) October 20, 1968
2:56.16   Danny Everett
  Steve Lewis
  Kevin Robinzine
  Butch Reynolds
Seoul (KOR) October 1, 1988

(*) Altitude over 1000 metres

The United States set a new world record with 2:55.74 in the final.

SummaryEdit

Coming out of the start in the final, Lázaro Martínez for Cuba began to pull away from Samson Kitur for Kenya to the inside. Similarly American Andrew Valmon gained on Udeme Ekpeyong for Nigeria to his outside. Coming off the turn, Valmon had the lead and further separated from a slowing Martínez. Kitur and GBR's Roger Black closed to tighten the battle for second. Kenya passed second as Abednego Matilu led the group through the turn. But American Gold medalist Quincy Watts was long gone with a 10-metre lead by the break. Down the backstretch, GBR's David Grindley was able to pass Matilu on the inside followed by Cuba's Héctor Herrera on the outside. At the 200 metre start line, halfway through the lap, Matilu just stopped like he had finished a 200-metre interval, taking Kenya out of the race. Watts padded another 5 metres to the American lead, passing to future world record holder Michael Johnson. Watts' 43.1 split was at the time the fastest relay split in history, and today still ranks tied for #4. Grindley held a metre lead into the handoff to Kriss Akabusi. Johnson had suffered from food poisoning in Barcelona, which took him out of the 200 metres competition just a few days earlier. Here Johnson appeared healthy, again padding the American lead to over 20 metres. Behind him, Cuban Norberto Téllez moved onto Akabusi's shoulder, ready to pounce coming off the final turn, but Akabusi held him off. Johnson passed off to 1988 gold medalist, world junior record holder Steve Lewis two and a half seconds before Akabusi passed to John Regis and Téllez to Roberto Hernández. The more experienced Hernández pounced on 200 metre runner Regis through the first turn. USA had a half a straightaway lead to take the gold unchallenged. Their new world record time flashed on the scoreboard around the stadium for almost 4 seconds before Hernández and Regis arrived.

FinalEdit

HeatsEdit

RANK NATION HEAT 1 TIME
1.   Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) Patrick Delice
Alvin Daniel
Neil de Silva
Ian Morris
3:01.05
(NR)
2.   Great Britain (GBR) Mark Richardson
Kriss Akabusi
Roger Black
Du'aine Ladejo
3:01.20
3.   Japan (JPN) Masayoshi Kan
Susumu Takano
Yoshihiko Saito
Takahiro Watanabe
3:01.35
4.   France (FRA) Jean-Louis Rapnouil
Yann Quentrec
Stéphane Caristan
Stéphane Diagana
3:04.25
5.   Canada (CAN) Mark Jackson
Anthony Wilson
Mark Graham
Frederick Williams
3:04.69
6.   Thailand (THA) Athiaporn Koonjarthong
Yuthana Thonglek
Sarapong Kumsup
Aktawat Sakoolchan
3:08.00
7.   Portugal (POR) José Mendes
Pedro Rodrigues
Alvaro Silva
Paulo Curvelo
3:10.11
8.   Zaire (ZAI) Ilunga Kafila
Luasa Batungile
Kaleka Mutoke
Shintu Kibambe
3:21.91


RANK NATION HEAT 2 TIME
1.   Cuba (CUB) Lázaro Martínez
Héctor Herrera
Norberto Téllez
Roberto Hernández
2:59.13
2.   United States (USA) Darnell Hall
Michael Johnson
Charles Jenkins
Quincy Watts
2:59.14
3.   Kenya (KEN) David Kitur
Samson Kitur
Simeon Kipkemboi
Simon Kemboi
2:59.63
4.   Nigeria (NGR) Udeme Ekpeyong
Emmanuel Okoli
Hassan Bosso
Sunday Bada
3:00.39
5.   Unified Team (EUN) Dmitry Kosov
Dmitry Kliger
Dmitry Golovastov
Oleg Tverdokhleb
3:05.59
6.   Mexico (MEX) Raymundo Escalante
Eduardo Nava
Luis Karin Toledo
Juan Jesús Gutiérrez
3:05.75
7.   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VIN) Lenford O'Garro
Michael Williams
Eversley Linley
Eswort Coombs
3:10.21
  Barbados (BAR) Seibert Straughn
Roger Jordan
Edsel Chase
Stevon Roberts
DSQ


RANK NATION HEAT 3 TIME
1.   Brazil (BRA) Eronilde de Araujo
Ediélson Rocha
Sergio Matias de Menezes
Sidney Telles de Souza
3:01.38
2.   Italy (ITA) Alessandro Aimar
Marco Vaccari
Fabio Grossi
Andrea Nuti
3:02.09
3.   Morocco (MAR) Abdelali Kasbane
Abdel Ghani Guériguer
Bouchaib Belkaid
Benyounes Lahlou
3:02.28
4.   Spain (ESP) Antonio Sánchez Muñoz
Cayetano Cornet
Manuel Moreno Sánchez
Angel de la Heras
3:04.60
5.   Qatar (QAT) Sami Al-Abdullah
Masoud Abdul Khamis
Ibrahim Ismail Muftah
Fareh Ibrahim Ali
3:07.26
6.   Papua New Guinea (PNG) Baobo Neuendorf
Kaminiel Selot
Bernard Manana
Subul Babo
3:13.35
  Germany (GER) Ralph Pfersich
Rico Lieder
Jörg Vaihinger
Thomas Schönlebe
DSQ
  Jamaica (JAM) Dennis Blake
Devon Morris
Howard Davis
Patrick O'Connor
DSQ

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games: Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 5 September 2017.

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