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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 JacobsHenry MacintoshVic d'ArcyWillie Applegarth
2SwedenSWE43.6 (1 h4)42.5 (1 h2)42.6 (2)Silver
Ivan MöllerKarl August LutherTure PersonKnut Lindberg
AC r3/3GermanyGER43.6 (1 h5)42.3 (1 h3)42.4 (AC)
Otto RöhrMax HerrmannErwin KernRichard RauKarl von Halt
2 h2 r2/3HungaryHUN43.7 (1 h6)42.9 (2 h2)
Ferenc SzobotaVilmos RáczPál SzalayIstván Jankovich
2 h3 r2/3CanadaCAN46.2 (1 h1)43.5 (2 h3)
Frank McConnellFrank LukemanHal BeasleyArmy Howard
AC h1 r2/3United StatesUSA43.7 (1 h2)42.2 (AC h1)
Ira CourtneyFrank BeloteClement WilsonCarl Cooke
2 h5 r1/3AustriaAUT44.8 (2 h5)
Gustav KrojerRudolf RauchFritz WeinzingerFritz Fleischer
2 h6 r1/3FranceFRA43.8 (2 h6)
Pierre FailliotGeorges RolotCharles LelongRené Mourlon
DNSBohemiaBOH
Ladislav Jiránek-StranaJindřich JirsákVáclav Labík-GreganBedřich Vygoda
DNSChileCHI
Pablo EitelRodolfo HammersleyFederico MuellerLeopoldo Palma
DNSItalyITA
Francesco BicchiAngelo RossiFranco GiongoEmilio Lunghi
DNSNorwayNOR
Ferdinand BieEdvard LarsenAlex PedersenHerman Sotaaen
DNSRussiaRUS
Ivan ZakharovPavel de ShtiglitsLeopolds LēvenšteinsRichard Schwarz

Round One (8 July 1912 — 12:00)

Winner in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1CanadaCAN46.2QORwalkover
Frank McConnellFrank LukemanHal BeasleyArmy Howard

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA43.7QORwalkover
Ira CourtneyFrank BeloteClement WilsonCarl Cooke

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1Great BritainGBR45.0Qwalkover
David JacobsHenry MacintoshVic d'ArcyWillie Applegarth

Heat Four

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1SwedenSWE43.6QOR
Ivan MöllerKarl August LutherTure PersonKnut Lindberg

Heat Five

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1GermanyGER43.6Q=OR
Karl von HaltMax HerrmannErwin KernRichard Rau
2AustriaAUT44.8
Gustav KrojerRudolf RauchFritz WeinzingerFritz Fleischer

Heat Six

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1HungaryHUN43.7Q
Ferenc SzobotaVilmos RáczPál SzalayIstván Jankovich
2FranceFRA43.8
Pierre FailliotGeorges RolotCharles LelongRené Mourlon

Semi-Finals (8 July 1912 — 15:30)

Winner in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1Great BritainGBR43.0QWR
David JacobsHenry MacintoshVic d'ArcyWillie Applegarth
ACUnited StatesUSA42.2DQ
Ira CourtneyFrank BeloteClement WilsonCarl Cooke

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1SwedenSWE42.5QWR
Ivan MöllerKarl August LutherTure PersonKnut Lindberg
2HungaryHUN42.9
Ferenc SzobotaVilmos RáczPál SzalayIstván Jankovich

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1GermanyGER42.3QWR
Otto RöhrMax HerrmannErwin KernRichard Rau
2CanadaCAN43.5
Frank McConnellFrank LukemanHal BeasleyArmy Howard

Final (9 July 1912 — 16:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1Great BritainGBR42.4
David JacobsHenry MacintoshVic d'ArcyWillie Applegarth
2SwedenSWE42.6
Ivan MöllerKarl August LutherTure PersonKnut Lindberg
ACGermanyGER42.4DQ
Otto RöhrMax HerrmannErwin KernRichard Rau