The men's 4×100 metres relay
was one of 23 track events of the athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics
, in Athens
. It was contested at the Athens Olympic Stadium
, from August 27 and August 28, by a total of sixteen national teams comprising 64 athletes.
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 final was won by the team of Great Britain
in a time of 38.07 seconds.
<nowiki>*</nowiki> Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.
The Olympic qualification period for the athletics' relay events ran from January 1, 2003 to July 21, 2004. A National Olympic Committee
(NOC) could enter a maximum of one qualified relay team per relay event, with a maximum of six qualified 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.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics.
All times shown are in seconds.
- Q denotes automatic qualification.
- q denotes fastest losers.
- DNS denotes did not start.
- DNF denotes did not finish.
- AR denotes area record.
- NR denotes national......