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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
569Frank Wykoff
Jimmy Quinn
508Charley Borah
557Hank Russell
498Claude Bracey (DNS)
553Charley Paddock (DNS)
566Jackson Scholz (DNS)
510Henry Cumming (DNS)
2GermanyGER– (2 h2)41.2 (2)Silver
727Georg Lammers
707Richard Corts
717Hubert Houben
722Helmut Körnig
747Friedrich-Wilhelm Wichmann (DNS)
741Helmut Schlöske (DNS)
740Jakob Schüller (DNS)
3Great BritainGBR43.5 (2 h1)41.8 (3)Bronze
456Cyril Gill
486Teddy Smouha
480Walter Rangeley
469Jack London
445Guy Butler (DNS)
462John Heap (DNS)
459Jack Hambidge (DNS)
484Richard Robb (DNS)
4FranceFRA41.8 (1 h2)42.0 (4)
56André Cerbonney
51Gilbert Auvergne
66André Dufau
86André Mourlon
67Maurice Degrelle (DNS)
73Alfred Fischer (DNS)
5SwitzerlandSUI42.6 (2 h3)42.6 (5)
268Emmanuel Goldsmith
279Willy Weibel
278Willy Tschopp
274Hans Niggl
277Alfred Sutter (DNS)
276Walter Strebi (DNS)
269Heinz Hemmi (DNS)
AC r2/2CanadaCAN42.2 (1 h1)– (AC)
645Ralph Adams
651Johnny Fitzpatrick
654Buck Hester
667Percy Williams
Leigh Miller (DNS)
668Harry Warren (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2ItalyITA– (3 h1)
224Giuseppe Castelli
237Franco Reyser
240Edgardo Toetti
239Enrico Torre
233Ruggero Maregatti (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2BelgiumBEL– (3 h2)
605Paul Brochart
631Fred Zinner
612Adolphe Groscol
610Willy Dujardin
624François Prinsen (DNS)
628Émile Vercken (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2JapanJPN– (3 h3)
249Iwao Aizawa
251Seishichi Inuma
259Shigetoshi Osawa
255Chuhei Nanbu
257Mikio Oda (DNS)
263N. Yamaguchi (DNS)
256Yonetaro Nakazawa (DNS)
261Tatsuo Toki (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2GreeceGRE44.0 (4 h1)
137Vangelis Moiropoulos
139Konstantinos Petridis
136Angelos Lambrou
133Renos Frangoudis
128Stelios Benardis (DNS)
134Emmanuel Gneftos (DNS)
131Argyris Karagiannis (DNS)
140Nikolaos Papanikolaou (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2TurkeyTUR– (4 h3)
402Semih Türkdoğan
397Şinasi Şahingiray
399Haydar Aşan
400Mehmet Ali Aybar
398R. Eniss Bey (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2SpainESP– (5 h1)
378Juan Serrahima
375Diego Ordóñez
374Fernando Muñagorri
368Enrique de Chávarri
AC h3 r1/2HungaryHUN– (AC h3)
16Ferenc Gerő
877János Paizs
40István Sugár
36István Raggambi
21Sándor Hajdu (DNS)
Gusztáv Rózsahegyi (DNS)
33Antal Odri (DNS)
31J. Nagy (DNS)
DNSChileCHI– (DNS h2)
680Óscar Alvarado (DNS)
688Alfredo Ugarte (DNS)
689Rodolfo Wagner (DNS)
683Alex Hannig (DNS)
687José Vicente Salinas (DNS)
DNSNetherlandsNED– (DNS h1)
293Rinus van den Berge (DNS)
296Jaap Boot (DNS)
298Harry Broos (DNS)
305Wim Hennings (DNS)
292Dolf Benz (DNS)
334Toon van Welsenes (DNS)
295Hannes de Boer (DNS)
333Jan de Vries (DNS)
DNSRomaniaROU– (DNS h2)
360Ladislau Peter (DNS)
353Lothar Albrich (DNS)
359Virgil Ioan (DNS)
355Gheorghe Csegezi (DNS)
363Otto Schop (DNS)
362Tiberiu Rusu (DNS)
DNSSouth AfricaRSA– (DNS h2)
287Billie Legg (DNS)
283Aubrey Burton-Durham (DNS)
289Johannes Viljoen (DNS)
282Sid Atkinson (DNS)
286Howard Kinsman (DNS)
290George Weightman-Smith (DNS)
DNSArgentinaARG– (DNS h3)
594Juan Bautista Pina (DNS)
590Alberto Barucco (DNS)
589Eduardo Albe (DNS)
596Valerio Vallanía (DNS)

Round One (4 August 1928 — 14:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
13CanadaCANQ
Ralph AdamsJohnny FitzpatrickBuck HesterPercy WilliamsLeigh Miller (DNS) • Harry Warren (DNS)
26Great BritainGBRQ
Cyril GillTeddy SmouhaWalter RangeleyJack LondonGuy Butler (DNS) • John Heap (DNS) • Jack Hambidge (DNS) • Richard Robb (DNS)
35ItalyITA
Giuseppe CastelliFranco ReyserEdgardo ToettiEnrico TorreRuggero Maregatti (DNS)
42GreeceGRE
Vangelis MoiropoulosKonstantinos PetridisAngelos LambrouRenos FrangoudisStelios Benardis (DNS) • Emmanuel Gneftos (DNS) • Argyris Karagiannis (DNS) • Nikolaos Papanikolaou (DNS)
51SpainESP
Juan SerrahimaDiego OrdóñezFernando MuñagorriEnrique de Chávarri
DNS4NetherlandsNED
Rinus van den BergeJaap BootHarry BroosWim HenningsDolf BenzToon van WelsenesHannes de BoerJan de Vries

Heat Two

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
11FranceFRAQ
André CerbonneyGilbert AuvergneAndré DufauAndré MourlonMaurice Degrelle (DNS) • Alfred Fischer (DNS)
24GermanyGERQ
Georg LammersRichard CortsHubert HoubenHelmut KörnigFriedrich-Wilhelm Wichmann (DNS) • Helmut Schlöske (DNS) 1Jakob Schüller (DNS)
36BelgiumBEL
Paul BrochartFred ZinnerAdolphe GroscolWilly DujardinFrançois Prinsen (DNS) • Émile Vercken (DNS)
DNS2ChileCHI
Óscar AlvaradoAlfredo UgarteRodolfo WagnerAlex HannigJosé Vicente Salinas
DNS3South AfricaRSA
Billie LeggAubrey Burton-DurhamJohannes ViljoenSid AtkinsonHoward KinsmanGeorge Weightman-Smith
DNS5RomaniaROU
Ladislau PeterLothar AlbrichVirgil IoanGheorghe CsegeziOtto SchopTiberiu Rusu

Heat Three

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
15United StatesUSAQ
Frank WykoffJimmy QuinnCharley BorahHank RussellClaude Bracey (DNS) • Charley Paddock (DNS) • Jackson Scholz (DNS) • Henry Cumming (DNS)
24SwitzerlandSUIQ
Emmanuel GoldsmithWilly WeibelWilly TschoppHans NigglAlfred Sutter (DNS) • Walter Strebi (DNS) • Heinz Hemmi (DNS)
33JapanJPN2
Iwao AizawaSeishichi InumaShigetoshi OsawaChuhei NanbuMikio Oda (DNS) • N. Yamaguchi (DNS) • Yonetaro Nakazawa (DNS) • Tatsuo Toki (DNS)
46TurkeyTUR
Semih TürkdoğanŞinasi ŞahingirayHaydar AşanMehmet Ali AybarR. Eniss Bey (DNS)
AC1HungaryHUNDQ
Ferenc GerőJános PaizsIstván SugárIstván RaggambiSándor Hajdu (DNS) • Gusztáv Rózsahegyi (DNS) • Antal Odri (DNS) • J. Nagy (DNS)
DNS2ArgentinaARG
Juan Bautista PinaAlberto BaruccoEduardo AlbeValerio Vallanía

Final (5 August 1928 — 14:15)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
15United StatesUSA=WR
Frank WykoffJimmy QuinnCharley BorahHank Russell
23GermanyGER
Georg LammersRichard CortsHubert HoubenHelmut Körnig
32Great BritainGBR
Cyril GillTeddy SmouhaWalter RangeleyJack London
44FranceFRA
André CerbonneyGilbert AuvergneAndré DufauAndré Mourlon
56SwitzerlandSUI
Emmanuel GoldsmithWilly WeibelWilly TschoppHans Niggl
AC1CanadaCANDQ
Ralph AdamsJohnny FitzpatrickBuck HesterPercy Williams