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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date4 – 5 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants52 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 41.0 WR / United States USA / 13 July 1924
41.0 WR / United States USA / 13 July 1924

Germany and the USA were favored, with the Germans having recently twice run 40.8, although neither time was ratified as a world record. They both came thru the heats easily. The final was very even, but on the final changeover, Helmut Körnig started too quickly and had to slow down to avoid running out of the exchange zone. That allowed Hank Russell to get the US a slight lead which they held to the finish, equaling the world record of 41.0.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA41.2 (1 h3)41.0 (1)Gold
Frank WykoffJimmy QuinnCharley BorahHank RussellClaude Bracey (DNS)Charley Paddock (DNS)Jackson Scholz (DNS)Henry Cumming (DNS)
2GermanyGER– (2 h2)41.2 (2)Silver
Georg LammersRichard CortsHubert HoubenHelmut KörnigFriedrich-Wilhelm Wichmann (DNS)Helmut Schlöske (DNS) 1Jakob Schüller (DNS)
3Great BritainGBR43.5 (2 h1)41.8 (3)Bronze
Cyril GillTeddy SmouhaWalter RangeleyJack LondonGuy Butler (DNS)John Heap (DNS)Jack Hambidge (DNS)Richard Robb (DNS)
4FranceFRA41.8 (1 h2)42.0 (4)
André CerbonneyGilbert AuvergneAndré DufauAndré MourlonMaurice Degrelle (DNS)Alfred Fischer (DNS)
5SwitzerlandSUI42.6 (2 h3)42.6 (5)
Emmanuel GoldsmithWilly WeibelWilly TschoppHans NigglAlfred Sutter (DNS)Walter Strebi (DNS)Heinz Hemmi (DNS)
AC r2/2CanadaCAN42.2 (1 h1)– (AC)
Ralph AdamsJohnny FitzpatrickBuck HesterPercy WilliamsLeigh Miller (DNS)Harry Warren (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2ItalyITA– (3 h1)
Giuseppe CastelliFranco ReyserEdgardo ToettiEnrico TorreRuggero Maregatti (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2BelgiumBEL– (3 h2)
Paul BrochartFred ZinnerAdolphe GroscolWilly DujardinFrançois Prinsen (DNS)Émile Vercken (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2JapanJPN– (3 h3)
Iwao AizawaSeishichi InumaShigetoshi OsawaChuhei NanbuMikio Oda (DNS)N. Yamaguchi (DNS)Yonetaro Nakazawa (DNS)Tatsuo Toki (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2GreeceGRE44.0 (4 h1)
Vangelis MoiropoulosKonstantinos PetridisAngelos LambrouRenos FrangoudisStelios Benardis (DNS)Emmanuel Gneftos (DNS)Argyris Karagiannis (DNS)Nikolaos Papanikolaou (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2TurkeyTUR– (4 h3)
Semih TürkdoğanŞinasi ŞahingirayHaydar AşanMehmet Ali AybarR. Eniss Bey (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2SpainESP– (5 h1)
Juan SerrahimaDiego OrdóñezFernando MuñagorriEnrique de Chávarri
AC h3 r1/2HungaryHUN– (AC h3)
Ferenc GerőJános PaizsIstván SugárIstván RaggambiSándor Hajdu (DNS)Gusztáv Rózsahegyi (DNS)Antal Odri (DNS)J. Nagy (DNS)
DNSChileCHI– (DNS h2)
Óscar AlvaradoAlfredo UgarteRodolfo WagnerAlex HannigJosé Vicente Salinas
DNSNetherlandsNED– (DNS h1)
Rinus van den BergeJaap BootHarry BroosWim HenningsDolf BenzToon van WelsenesHannes de BoerJan de Vries
DNSRomaniaROU– (DNS h2)
Ladislau PeterLothar AlbrichVirgil IoanGheorghe CsegeziOtto SchopTiberiu Rusu
DNSSouth AfricaRSA– (DNS h2)
Billie LeggAubrey Burton-DurhamJohannes ViljoenSid AtkinsonHoward KinsmanGeorge Weightman-Smith
DNSArgentinaARG– (DNS h3)
Juan Bautista PinaAlberto BaruccoEduardo AlbeValerio Vallanía

Round One (4 August 1928 — 14:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1CanadaCAN42.2Q
Ralph AdamsJohnny FitzpatrickBuck HesterPercy Williams
2Great BritainGBR43.5Q
Cyril GillTeddy SmouhaWalter RangeleyJack London
3ItalyITA
Giuseppe CastelliFranco ReyserEdgardo ToettiEnrico Torre
4GreeceGRE44.0
Vangelis MoiropoulosKonstantinos PetridisAngelos LambrouRenos Frangoudis
5SpainESP
Juan SerrahimaDiego OrdóñezFernando MuñagorriEnrique de Chávarri
DNSNetherlandsNED
Rinus van den BergeJaap BootHarry BroosWim HenningsDolf BenzToon van WelsenesHannes de BoerJan de Vries

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1FranceFRA41.8Q
André CerbonneyGilbert AuvergneAndré DufauAndré Mourlon
2GermanyGERQ
Georg LammersRichard CortsHubert HoubenHelmut Körnig
3BelgiumBEL
Paul BrochartFred ZinnerAdolphe GroscolWilly Dujardin
DNSChileCHI
Óscar AlvaradoAlfredo UgarteRodolfo WagnerAlex HannigJosé Vicente Salinas
DNSSouth AfricaRSA
Billie LeggAubrey Burton-DurhamJohannes ViljoenSid AtkinsonHoward KinsmanGeorge Weightman-Smith
DNSRomaniaROU
Ladislau PeterLothar AlbrichVirgil IoanGheorghe CsegeziOtto SchopTiberiu Rusu

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA41.2Q
Frank WykoffJimmy QuinnCharley BorahHank Russell
2SwitzerlandSUI42.6Q
Emmanuel GoldsmithWilly WeibelWilly TschoppHans Niggl
3JapanJPN2
Iwao AizawaSeishichi InumaShigetoshi OsawaChuhei Nanbu
4TurkeyTUR
Semih TürkdoğanŞinasi ŞahingirayHaydar AşanMehmet Ali Aybar
ACHungaryHUNDQ
Ferenc GerőJános PaizsIstván SugárIstván Raggambi
DNSArgentinaARG
Juan Bautista PinaAlberto BaruccoEduardo AlbeValerio Vallanía

Final (5 August 1928 — 14:15)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA41.0=WR
Frank WykoffJimmy QuinnCharley BorahHank Russell
2GermanyGER41.2
Georg LammersRichard CortsHubert HoubenHelmut Körnig
3Great BritainGBR41.8
Cyril GillTeddy SmouhaWalter RangeleyJack London
4FranceFRA42.0
André CerbonneyGilbert AuvergneAndré DufauAndré Mourlon
5SwitzerlandSUI42.6
Emmanuel GoldsmithWilly WeibelWilly TschoppHans Niggl
ACCanadaCANDQ
Ralph AdamsJohnny FitzpatrickBuck HesterPercy Williams