Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

Men's 4×100 metres relay
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 27–28 August 2004
Competitors 65 from 16 nations
Winning time 38.07
1st place, gold medalist(s) Jason Gardener
Darren Campbell
Marlon Devonish
Mark Lewis-Francis
 Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Shawn Crawford
Justin Gatlin
Coby Miller
Maurice Greene
Darvis Patton*
* only competed in
the preliminary heats.
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Olusoji Fasuba
Uchenna Emedolu
Aaron Egbele
Deji Aliu
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The men's 4×100 metres relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 27 to 28.[1] The sixteen teams competed in a two-heat qualifying round in which the first three teams from each heat, together with the next two fastest teams, were given a place in the final race.

The Great Britain quartet of Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Mark Lewis-Francis, and Marlon Devonish produced superior exchanges to beat the United States team by 0.01 seconds in a time of 38.07 seconds.[2] The final also saw the U.S. team struggling with their relay duties, when Justin Gatlin and Coby Miller botched their baton handoff after the second leg, leaving the British team to command their lead towards the final bend. By the time Greene received the baton from Miller on the anchor leg, he burst down the home stretch to chase Lewis-Francis at the finish line, but could not get ahead despite his lower leg and head having crossed the line first, as the Americans fell short by just a hundredth of a second.[3][4]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. A National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter one qualified relay team per relay event, with a maximum of six athletes. For this event, an NOC would be invited to participate with a relay team if the average of the team's two best times, obtained in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments, would be among the best sixteen, at the end of this period.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Friday, 27 August 2004 20:10 Round 1
Saturday, 28 August 2004 21:45 Final


Round 1

Qualification rule: The first three teams in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall (q) moved on to the final.[5]




  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Gold for GB sprint four". BBC Sport. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ Bagchi, Rob (22 February 2012). "50 stunning Olympic moments No15: Great Britain's 2004 relay victory". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ Robbins, Liz (28 August 2004). "Summer 2004 Games – Track and Field: Men's 4×100-Meter Relay; An American Relay Effort Again Gets Out of Hand". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 4×100m Relay Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 4×100m Relay Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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