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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date8 – 9 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants33 from 8 countries

With five of the six finalists in the 100 metres, the United States was a heavy favorite. But after walking over in round one, the U.S. was disqualified in the first heat of the semis for a baton exchange outside the zone.

The finalists were Great Britain, Sweden, and Germany. In the semi-finals, each of the winners broke the previous world record of 43.5, which had been set by a German team on 19 May 1912. Germany recorded 42.3 in winning heat three and was favored in the final, in the United States’ absence. But Germany also fell prey to a faulty baton pass in the final, and was disqualified.

However, even without the penalty, Germany did not win the race. Great Britain held them off, with William Applegarth refusing to allow Richard Rau to pass him in the final straight. Both were timed in 42.4, as Britain won by a few centimetres. After the German disqualification, Sweden was awarded the silver medals.

PosNrTeamNOCR1SFFinal
1Great BritainGBR45.0 (1 h3)43.0 (1 h1)42.4 (1)Gold
David Jacobs
Henry Macintosh
Vic d'Arcy
Willie Applegarth
2SwedenSWE43.6 (1 h4)42.5 (1 h2)42.6 (2)Silver
Ivan Möller
Karl August Luther
Ture Person
Knut Lindberg
AC r3/3GermanyGER43.6 (1 h5)42.3 (1 h3)42.4 (AC)
Otto Röhr
Max Herrmann
Erwin Kern
Richard Rau
Karl von Halt
2 h2 r2/3HungaryHUN43.7 (1 h6)42.9 (2 h2)
Ferenc Szobota
Vilmos Rácz
Pál Szalay
István Jankovich
2 h3 r2/3CanadaCAN46.2 (1 h1)43.5 (2 h3)
Frank McConnell
Frank Lukeman
Hal Beasley
Army Howard
AC h1 r2/3United StatesUSA43.7 (1 h2)42.2 (AC h1)
Ira Courtney
Frank Belote
Clement Wilson
Carl Cooke
2 h5 r1/3AustriaAUT44.8 (2 h5)
Gustav Krojer
Rudolf Rauch
Fritz Weinzinger
Fritz Fleischer
2 h6 r1/3FranceFRA43.8 (2 h6)
Pierre Failliot
Georges Rolot
Charles Lelong
René Mourlon
DNSBohemiaBOH
Ladislav Jiránek-Strana (DNS)
Jindřich Jirsák (DNS)
Václav Labík-Gregan (DNS)
Bedřich Vygoda (DNS)
DNSChileCHI
Pablo Eitel (DNS)
Rodolfo Hammersley (DNS)
Federico Mueller (DNS)
Leopoldo Palma (DNS)
DNSItalyITA
Francesco Bicchi (DNS)
Angelo Rossi (DNS)
Franco Giongo (DNS)
Emilio Lunghi (DNS)
DNSNorwayNOR
Ferdinand Bie (DNS)
Edvard Larsen (DNS)
Alex Pedersen (DNS)
Herman Sotaaen (DNS)
DNSRussiaRUS
Ivan Zakharov (DNS)
Pavel de Shtiglits (DNS)
Leopolds Lēvenšteins (DNS)
Richard Schwarz (DNS)

Round One (8 July 1912 — 12:00)

Winner in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1CanadaCANQORwalkover
Frank McConnellFrank LukemanHal BeasleyArmy Howard

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1United StatesUSAQORwalkover
Ira CourtneyFrank BeloteClement WilsonCarl Cooke

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1Great BritainGBRQwalkover
David JacobsHenry MacintoshVic d'ArcyWillie Applegarth

Heat Four

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1SwedenSWEQOR
Ivan MöllerKarl August LutherTure PersonKnut Lindberg

Heat Five

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1GermanyGERQ=OR
Karl von HaltMax HerrmannErwin KernRichard Rau
2AustriaAUT
Gustav KrojerRudolf RauchFritz WeinzingerFritz Fleischer

Heat Six

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1HungaryHUNQ
Ferenc SzobotaVilmos RáczPál SzalayIstván Jankovich
2FranceFRA
Pierre FailliotGeorges RolotCharles LelongRené Mourlon

Semi-Finals (8 July 1912 — 15:30)

Winner in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1Great BritainGBRQWR
David JacobsHenry MacintoshVic d'ArcyWillie Applegarth
ACUnited StatesUSADQ
Ira CourtneyFrank BeloteClement WilsonCarl Cooke

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1SwedenSWEQWR
Ivan MöllerKarl August LutherTure PersonKnut Lindberg
2HungaryHUN
Ferenc SzobotaVilmos RáczPál SzalayIstván Jankovich

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1GermanyGERQWR
Otto RöhrMax HerrmannErwin KernRichard Rau
2CanadaCAN
Frank McConnellFrank LukemanHal BeasleyArmy Howard

Final (9 July 1912 — 16:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1Great BritainGBR
David JacobsHenry MacintoshVic d'ArcyWillie Applegarth
2SwedenSWE
Ivan MöllerKarl August LutherTure PersonKnut Lindberg
ACGermanyGERDQ
Otto RöhrMax HerrmannErwin KernRichard Rau