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4 x 400 metres Relay, Men

Date22 – 23 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants24 from 6 countries
Olympic Record 3:16.6 WR / United States USA / 15 July 1912

The British team was the favorite and won with ease. Bevil Rudd, who had won the 400 earlier in the Games, ran a great anchor lap for South Africa to bring Britain’s margin of victory to less than a second. There were only six teams entered, but for some reason, the officials conducted two semi-finals with three teams in each. All teams in the semi-finals advanced to the final, in what were surely the most meaningless semi-finals in Olympic history.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1Great BritainGBR3:40.9est / at 15 metres (2 h1)3:22.2 (1)Gold
Cecil GriffithsRobert LindsayJohn Ainsworth-DavisGuy Butler
2South AfricaRSA3:43.6 (1 h2)3:23.4est / at 8 metres (2)Silver
Henry DafelClarence OldfieldJack OosterlaakBevil Rudd
3France 1FRA3:46.6est / at 40 metres (3 h1)3:24.2 (3)Bronze
Géo AndréGaston FéryMaurice DelvartAndré Devaux
4United StatesUSA3:45est / at 12 metres (2 h2)3:24.4est / at 1 metre (4)
George SchillerGeorge BretnallTed MeredithFrank Shea
5SwedenSWE3:51est / at 50 metres (3 h2)3:25.8est / at 8 metres (5)
Sven KrokströmSven MalmEric SundbladNils Engdahl
6BelgiumBEL3:38.8 (1 h1)3:28est / at 25 metres (6)
Jules MigeotOmer CorteynOmer SmetFrançois Morren
DNSFrance 2FRA
Maurice MerceryJules GuichardRobert BigetEugène Bayon
DNSItalyITA– (DNS h1)
DNSLuxembourgLUX– (DNS h1)
DNSCzechoslovakiaTCH– (DNS h1)
DNSCanadaCAN– (DNS h2)
DNSJapanJPN– (DNS h2)

Round One (22 August 1920 — 10:50)

Top three teams in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1BelgiumBEL3:38.8Q
Jules MigeotOmer CorteynOmer SmetFrançois Morren
2Great BritainGBR3:40.9est / at 15 metresQ
Cecil GriffithsRobert LindsayJohn Ainsworth-DavisGuy Butler
3France 1FRA3:46.6est / at 40 metresQ
Maurice DelvartAndré DevauxGéo AndréGaston Féry
DNSItalyITA
DNSLuxembourgLUX
DNSCzechoslovakiaTCH

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1South AfricaRSA3:43.6Q
Henry DafelClarence OldfieldJack OosterlaakBevil Rudd
2United StatesUSA3:45est / at 12 metresQ
George SchillerTed MeredithGeorge BretnallFrank Shea
3SwedenSWE3:51est / at 50 metresQ
Sven KrokströmSven MalmEric SundbladNils Engdahl
DNSCanadaCAN
DNSJapanJPN

Final (23 August 1920 — 15:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Split (Pos)
1Great BritainGBR3:22.2
392Cecil Griffiths50.650.6 (–)
407Robert Lindsay50.61:41.2 (–)
376John Ainsworth-Davis51.02:32.2 (–)
382Guy Butler50.03:22.2 (–)
2South AfricaRSA3:23.4est / at 8 metres
551Henry Dafel– (–)
558Clarence Oldfield– (–)
559Jack Oosterlaak– (–)
561Bevil Rudd– (–)
3France 1FRA3:24.2
311Maurice Delvart– (–)
313André Devaux– (–)
294Géo André– (–)
324Gaston Féry– (–)
4United StatesUSA3:24.4est / at 1 metre
235George Schiller– (–)
203Ted Meredith– (–)
138George Bretnall– (–)
234Frank Shea– (–)
5SwedenSWE3:25.8est / at 8 metres
597Sven Krokström– (–)
610Sven Malm– (–)
622Eric Sundblad– (–)
576Nils Engdahl– (–)
6BelgiumBEL3:28est / at 25 metres
38Jules Migeot– (–)
11Omer Corteyn– (–)
52Omer Smet– (–)
39François Morren– (–)