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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date21 – 22 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants52 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 42.3 WR / Germany GER / 8 July 1912

The Americans were expected to win easily. They did win and set a world record in the process, but the French team ran quite well and was fairly close behind at the finish.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA43.0 (1 h1)42.2 (1)GoldWR
Charley PaddockJackson ScholzLoren MurchisonMorris Kirksey
2FranceFRA43.0 (1 h2)42.6 (2)Silver
René LorainRené TirardRené MourlonÉmile Ali KhanLouis Renard (DNS)René Caste (DNS)Raymond Jamois (DNS)Jean-René Seurin (DNS)
3SwedenSWE43.4 (1 h3)42.8est / at 2 metres (3)Bronze
Agne HolmströmWilliam PeterssonSven MalmNils Sandström
4Great BritainGBR44.0est / at 8 metres (2 h2)43.0est / at 2 metres (4)
William HillHarold AbrahamsDenis BlackVic d'Arcy
5DenmarkDEN43.8est / at 3 metres (2 h3)43.3est / at 3 metres (5)
Henri ThorsenFritiof Normann AndersenAugust SørensenMarinus Sørensen
6LuxembourgLUX44.4est / at 12 metres (2 h1)44.0est / at 5 metres (6)
Jean ColbachPaul HammerJean ProessAlex Servais
3 h1 r1/2SpainESP44.6est / at 2 metres (3 h1)
Félix MendizábalDiego OrdóñezCarlos BotínFederico ReparazJaime Camps (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2NetherlandsNED44.1est / at 1 metre (3 h2)
Albert HeijnnemanJan de VriesHarry, Ridder van RappardCor Wezepoel
3 h3 r1/2South AfricaRSA44.2est / at 3 metres (3 h3)
Jack OosterlaakWillie BukesHenry DafelBevil Rudd
4 h2 r1/2BelgiumBEL47.0est / at 25 metres (4 h2)
Max HoubenJulien LehouckOmer SmetPaul Brochart
4 h3 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI45.0 (4 h3)
August WaibelWalter LeibundgutAdolf RyslerJosef Imbach
AC h1 r1/2ItalyITA43.6est / at 2 metres (AC h1)
Vittorio ZuccaGiovanni-Battista OrlandiGiorgio CrociMario Riccoboni
AC h1 r1/2NorwayNOR44.0est / at 9 metres (AC h1)
Bjarne GuldagerErling AastadAsle BækkedalRolf Stenersen
DNSCzechoslovakiaTCH– (DNS h2)

Round One (21 August 1920 — 14:30)

Top two teams in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA43.0Q
Charley PaddockJackson ScholzLoren MurchisonMorris Kirksey
2LuxembourgLUX44.4est / at 12 metresQ
Jean ColbachPaul HammerJean ProessAlex Servais
3SpainESP44.6est / at 2 metres
Félix MendizábalDiego OrdóñezCarlos BotínFederico Reparaz
ACItalyITA43.6est / at 2 metresDQ
Vittorio ZuccaGiovanni-Battista OrlandiGiorgio CrociMario Riccoboni
ACNorwayNOR44.0est / at 9 metresDQ
Bjarne GuldagerErling AastadAsle BækkedalRolf Stenersen

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1FranceFRA43.0Q
Émile Ali KhanRené TirardRené LorainRené Mourlon
2Great BritainGBR44.0est / at 8 metresQ
William HillHarold AbrahamsDenis BlackVic d'Arcy
3NetherlandsNED44.1est / at 1 metre
Albert HeijnnemanJan de VriesHarry, Ridder van RappardCor Wezepoel
4BelgiumBEL47.0est / at 25 metres
Max HoubenJulien LehouckOmer SmetPaul Brochart
DNSCzechoslovakiaTCH

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1SwedenSWE43.4Q
Agne HolmströmWilliam PeterssonSven MalmNils Sandström
2DenmarkDEN43.8est / at 3 metresQ
Henri ThorsenFritiof Normann AndersenAugust SørensenMarinus Sørensen
3South AfricaRSA44.2est / at 3 metres
Jack OosterlaakWillie BukesHenry DafelBevil Rudd
4SwitzerlandSUI45.0
August WaibelWalter LeibundgutAdolf RyslerJosef Imbach

Final (22 August 1920 — 14:45)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA42.2WR
Charley PaddockJackson ScholzLoren MurchisonMorris Kirksey
2FranceFRA42.6
René LorainRené TirardRené MourlonÉmile Ali Khan
3SwedenSWE42.8est / at 2 metres
Agne HolmströmWilliam PeterssonSven MalmNils Sandström
4Great BritainGBR43.0est / at 2 metres
William HillHarold AbrahamsDenis BlackVic d'Arcy
5DenmarkDEN43.3est / at 3 metres
Henri ThorsenFritiof Normann AndersenAugust SørensenMarinus Sørensen
6LuxembourgLUX44.0est / at 5 metres
Jean ColbachPaul HammerJean ProessAlex Servais