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4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date10 – 11 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationSchwimmstadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants74 from 18 countries

Although eighteen teams took part in the relay competition, only two teams could realistically challenge for the championship. Once again it fell between the United States and Japan to fight for gold. Japan fielded three of the first finishers from the individual and soon moved clear of the Americans to break their own world record and finish ten seconds ahead. Masanori Yusa swam the relay only three times in international competition breaking the world record each time. Hungary finished clear of France for the bronze medals with Germany back in fifth. One of the more remarkable stories in Olympic history concerns French team member Artem Nakache. Nakache returned to the Olympic arena twelve years later in London despite having spent time as a prisoner at Auschwitz extermination camp. He is the only known Olympian to have competed before and after internment in a concentration camp.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1JapanJPN8:56.1 (1 h3)8:51.5 (1)Gold
Masanori YusaShigeo SugiuraMasaharu TaguchiShigeo AraiRokuhei Shimma (DNS)Sakae Tsuruoka (DNS)
2United StatesUSA9:10.4 (1 h2)9:03.0 (2)Silver
Ralph FlanaganJohn MacionisPaul WolfJack MedicaRalph GilmanCharles Hutter
3HungaryHUN9:20.8 (2 h2)9:12.3 (3)Bronze
Árpád LengyelOszkár Abay-NemesÖdön GrófFerenc CsíkIstván Angyal (DNS)Gyula Zolyomy (DNS)
4FranceFRA9:21.7 (1 h1)9:18.2 (4)
Artem NakacheChristian TalliRené CavaleroJean TarisClaude Desusclade (DNS)Marco Diener (DNS)
5GermanyGER9:21.4 (2 h3)9:19.0 (5)
Werner PlathWolfgang HeimlichHermann HeibelHelmut FischerHeiko Schwartz (DNS)Gerhardt Nuske (DNS)
6Great BritainGBR9:30.8 (3 h2)9:21.5 (6)
Mickey Ffrench-WilliamsRom GabrielsenBobby LeiversNorman WainwrightFreddie Dove (DNS)Willie Pearson (DNS)
7CanadaCAN9:40.0 (2 h1)9:27.5 (7)
Munroe BourneBob HamertonRobert HooperBob PirieGeorge Larson (DNS)
8SwedenSWE9:35.3 (3 h3)9:37.5 (8)
Björn BorgSten-Olof BolldénSven PetterssonGunnar WernerÅke Julin (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2BrazilBRA9:42.5 (3 h1)
Aluizio LageLeônidas da SilvaManoel VillarIsaac MoraesJoão Havelange (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2PhilippinesPHI9:45.8 (4 h1)
Jikirum AdjaluddinArasad AlpadNils ChristiansenJosé ObialTeófilo Yldefonso (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2DenmarkDEN9:39.6 (4 h2)
Poul PetersenJørgen JørgensenAage HellstrømJohn ChristensenBørge Bæth (DNS)Finn Jensen (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2YugoslaviaYUG9:40.3 (4 h3)
Draško VilfanTonko GazzariZmaj DefilipisTone CererLuka Ciganović (DNS)Mirko Simović (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2BermudaBER10:50.5 (5 h1)
Edmund CooperLeonard SpenceDudley SpurlingJohn YoungFoster Cooper (DNS)Ross Doe (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2AustriaAUT10:58.4 (5 h2)
Herbert HnatekFranz SeltenheimEdmund PaderGünther ZobernigHans Schiller (DNS)Gerhardt Seefranz (DNS)
5 h3 r1/2EgyptEGY10:05.3 (5 h3)
Higazi SaidFadl IbrahimQadri MahmudZaki Saad al-Dine
6 h1 r1/2GreeceGRE10:51.0 (6 h1)
Rikhardos BrousalisSpyridon MavrogiorgosPanagiotis ProvatopoulosAngelos Vlakhos
6 h2 r1/2LuxembourgLUX10:59.8 (6 h2)
Norbert FranckPierre HastertMarcel NeumannGeorges TandelBoyty Staudt (DNS)
AC h2 r1/2PolandPOL– (AC h2)DQ
Kazimierz BocheńskiHelmut BaryszJoachim KarliczekIlja SzrajbmanKazimierz Karpiński (DNS)
DNSChileCHI– (DNS h1)
Jorge BerroetaAlfonso CasasempereWashington GuzmánCarlos Reed
DNSPeruPER– (DNS h3)
Alfredo Álvarez CalderónArturo Álvarez CalderónWalter Ledgard JiménezJuan PazDaniel Carpio

Round One (10 August 1936 — 10:30)

Top two in each heat and the next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
14FranceFRA9:21.7Q
René Cavalero– (–)
Artem Nakache– (–)
Christian Talli– (–)
Jean Taris– (–)
22CanadaCAN9:40.0Q
Munroe Bourne– (–)
Bob Hamerton– (–)
Robert Hooper– (–)
Bob Pirie– (–)
31BrazilBRA9:42.5
Aluizio Lage– (–)
Leônidas da Silva– (–)
Manoel Villar– (–)
Isaac Moraes– (–)
47PhilippinesPHI9:45.8
Jikirum Adjaluddin– (–)
Arasad Alpad– (–)
Nils Christiansen– (–)
José Obial– (–)
56BermudaBER10:50.5
Edmund Cooper– (–)
Leonard Spence– (–)
Dudley Spurling– (–)
John Young– (–)
63GreeceGRE10:51.0
Rikhardos Brousalis– (–)
Spyridon Mavrogiorgos– (–)
Panagiotis Provatopoulos– (–)
Angelos Vlakhos– (–)
DNS5ChileCHI
Jorge Berroeta (DNS)– (–)
Alfonso Casasempere (DNS)– (–)
Washington Guzmán (DNS)– (–)
Carlos Reed (DNS)– (–)

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
12United StatesUSA9:10.4Q
Ralph Gilman– (–)
Charles Hutter– (–)
Jack Medica– (–)
Paul Wolf– (–)
25HungaryHUN9:20.8Q
Oszkár Abay-Nemes– (–)
Ferenc Csík– (–)
Ödön Gróf– (–)
Árpád Lengyel– (–)
31Great BritainGBR9:30.8q
Mickey Ffrench-Williams– (–)
Rom Gabrielsen– (–)
Bobby Leivers– (–)
Norman Wainwright– (–)
47DenmarkDEN9:39.6
Poul Petersen– (–)
Jørgen Jørgensen– (–)
Aage Hellstrøm– (–)
John Christensen– (–)
56AustriaAUT10:58.4
Herbert Hnatek– (–)
Franz Seltenheim– (–)
Edmund Pader– (–)
Günther Zobernig– (–)
64LuxembourgLUX10:59.8
Norbert Franck– (–)
Pierre Hastert– (–)
Marcel Neumann– (–)
Georges Tandel– (–)
AC3PolandPOLDQ
Kazimierz Bocheński– (–)
Helmut Barysz– (–)
Joachim Karliczek– (–)
Ilja Szrajbman– (–)

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
15JapanJPN8:56.1QOR
Shigeo Arai– (–)
Shigeo Sugiura– (–)
Masaharu Taguchi– (–)
Masanori Yusa– (–)
23GermanyGER9:21.4Q
Helmut Fischer– (–)
Hermann Heibel– (–)
Wolfgang Heimlich– (–)
Werner Plath– (–)
31SwedenSWE9:35.3q
Björn Borg– (–)
Sten-Olof Bolldén– (–)
Sven Pettersson– (–)
Gunnar Werner– (–)
42YugoslaviaYUG9:40.3
Draško Vilfan– (–)
Tonko Gazzari– (–)
Zmaj Defilipis– (–)
Tone Cerer– (–)
54EgyptEGY10:05.3
Higazi Said– (–)
Fadl Ibrahim– (–)
Qadri Mahmud– (–)
Zaki Saad al-Dine– (–)
DNS6PeruPER
Alfredo Álvarez Calderón (DNS)– (–)
Arturo Álvarez Calderón (DNS)– (–)
Walter Ledgard Jiménez (DNS)– (–)
Juan Paz (DNS)– (–)
Daniel Carpio (DNS)– (–)

Final (11 August 1936 — 15:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
12JapanJPN8:51.5WR
Masanori Yusa– (–)
Shigeo Sugiura– (–)
Masaharu Taguchi– (–)
Shigeo Arai– (–)
25United StatesUSA9:03.0
Ralph Flanagan– (–)
John Macionis– (–)
Paul Wolf– (–)
Jack Medica– (–)
34HungaryHUN9:12.3
Árpád Lengyel– (–)
Oszkár Abay-Nemes– (–)
Ödön Gróf– (–)
Ferenc Csík– (–)
48FranceFRA9:18.2
Artem Nakache– (–)
Christian Talli– (–)
René Cavalero– (–)
Jean Taris– (–)
51GermanyGER9:19.0
Werner Plath– (–)
Wolfgang Heimlich– (–)
Hermann Heibel– (–)
Helmut Fischer– (–)
67Great BritainGBR9:21.5
Mickey Ffrench-Williams– (–)
Rom Gabrielsen– (–)
Bobby Leivers– (–)
Norman Wainwright– (–)
76CanadaCAN9:27.5
Munroe Bourne– (–)
Bob Hamerton– (–)
Robert Hooper– (–)
Bob Pirie– (–)
83SwedenSWE9:37.5
Björn Borg– (–)
Sten-Olof Bolldén– (–)
Sven Pettersson– (–)
Gunnar Werner– (–)