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4 x 400 metres Relay, Men

Date4 – 5 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants56 from 14 countries

Great Britain had the fastest time in the heats with 3:20.6 but would finish only fifth in the final. The USA took the lead on the first leg, with George Baird running 48.2, and they were never headed. Their anchor was run by Ray Barbuti, who had won the open 400 metres, but he was probably slightly outrun by the German anchor, Hermann Engelhard. Still, Barbuti held off the German charge and the US won in world record time.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:21.4 (1 h1)3:14.2 (1)GoldWR
George BairdBud SpencerFred AldermanRay BarbutiEuil Snider (DNS)John Lewis (DNS)Hermon Phillips (DNS)Joe Tierney (DNS)
2GermanyGER3:20.8 (1 h2)3:14.8 (2)Silver
Otto NeumannRichard KrebsHarry StorzHermann EngelhardJochen Büchner (DNS)Reinhold Schmidt (DNS)Otto Peltzer (DNS)
3CanadaCAN3:22.0 (2 h1)3:15.4 (3)Bronze
Alex WilsonPhil EdwardsStan GloverJimmy BallHarry Warren (DNS)Fred Macbeth (DNS)Brant Little (DNS)
4SwedenSWE3:21.2 (2 h2)3:15.8 (4)
Björn KugelbergBertil von WachenfeldtErik ByléhnSten PetterssonArtur Svensson (DNS)Erik Kjellström (DNS)
5Great BritainGBR3:20.6 (1 h3)3:16.4 (5)
Roger Leigh-WoodWilliam CranerJohn RinkelDouglas LoweDonald Chapman (DNS)Billy Green (DNS)John Hanlon (DNS)Guy Butler (DNS)
6FranceFRA3:23.0 (2 h3)3:19.4 (6)
Georges KrotoffJoseph JacksonGeorges DupontRené FégerWilly Wolljung (DNS)Séra Martin (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2HungaryHUN3:23.2 (3 h1)
Mór GerőLászló MagdicsLászló BarsiAntal OdriJenő Szalay (DNS)István Sugár (DNS)Ödön Ferenczy (DNS)Lajos Remetz (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2ItalyITA3:22.6 (3 h2)
Giacomo CarliniLuigi FacelliGuido CominottoEttore TavernariUgo Vianello (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2MexicoMEX3:23.4 (3 h3)
Alfonso GarcíaJosé Lucílo IturbeJesús MorailaVíctor VillaseñorMario Gómez (DNS)Ciro Chapa (DNS)Francisco Costas (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2PolandPOL3:24.2 (4 h1)
Feliks MalanowskiZygmunt WeissStefan KostrzewskiKlemens BiniakowskiFeliks Żuber (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2NetherlandsNED– (4 h2)
Andries HoogerwerfAdje PaulenHarry BroosRinus van den BergeJan Prins (DNS)H. G. van Raad (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2BelgiumBEL– (5 h1)
Philippe CoenjaertsÉmile VerckenFrançois PrinsenÉmile LangenraedtÉmile Binet (DNS)Gérard Bertheloot (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2CzechoslovakiaTCH– (5 h2)
Johann BartlKarel KněnickýVilém ŠindlerJaroslav VykoupilAdolf Kittel (DNS)Ladislav Dostál (DNS)Karel Nedobitý (DNS)E. Herdani (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2GreeceGRE– (6 h2)
Stelios BenardisRenos FrangoudisVangelis MoiropoulosVasilios StavrinosAntonios Mangos (DNS)Konstantinos Petridis (DNS)Emmanuel Gneftos (DNS)Nikolaos Papanikolaou (DNS)
DNSSwitzerlandSUI– (DNS h3)
Josef ImbachGottfried LüscherEugène BecPaul MartinAdolf Meier
DNSBritish IndiaIND– (DNS h3)
Ronald BurnsJames HallS. Abdul HamidJoseph Murphy
DNSFinlandFIN– (DNS h1)
Erkka WilénErik ÅströmArvo LindroosJukka MatilainenLauri Härö

Round One (4 August 1928 — 16:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA3:21.4Q
George BairdBud SpencerFred AldermanRay Barbuti
2CanadaCAN3:22.0Q
Alex WilsonPhil EdwardsStan GloverJimmy Ball
3HungaryHUN3:23.2
Mór GerőLászló MagdicsLászló BarsiAntal Odri
4PolandPOL3:24.2
Feliks MalanowskiZygmunt WeissStefan KostrzewskiKlemens Biniakowski
5BelgiumBEL
Philippe CoenjaertsÉmile VerckenFrançois PrinsenÉmile Langenraedt
DNSFinlandFIN
Erkka WilénErik ÅströmArvo LindroosJukka MatilainenLauri Härö

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1GermanyGER3:20.8Q
Otto NeumannRichard KrebsHarry StorzHermann Engelhard
2SwedenSWE3:21.2Q
Björn KugelbergBertil von WachenfeldtErik ByléhnSten Pettersson
3ItalyITA3:22.6
Giacomo CarliniLuigi FacelliGuido CominottoEttore Tavernari
4NetherlandsNED
Andries HoogerwerfAdje PaulenHarry BroosRinus van den Berge
5CzechoslovakiaTCH
Johann BartlKarel KněnickýVilém ŠindlerJaroslav Vykoupil
6GreeceGRE
Stelios BenardisRenos FrangoudisVangelis MoiropoulosVasilios Stavrinos

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1Great BritainGBR3:20.6Q
Roger Leigh-WoodWilliam CranerJohn RinkelDouglas Lowe
2FranceFRA3:23.0Q
Georges KrotoffJoseph JacksonGeorges DupontRené Féger
3MexicoMEX3:23.4
Alfonso GarcíaJosé Lucílo IturbeJesús MorailaVíctor Villaseñor
DNSSwitzerlandSUI
Josef ImbachGottfried LüscherEugène BecPaul MartinAdolf Meier
DNSBritish IndiaIND
Ronald BurnsJames HallS. Abdul HamidJoseph Murphy

Final (5 August 1928 — 15:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Split (Pos)
1United StatesUSA3:14.2WR
509George Baird48.248.2 (1)
563Bud Spencer47.81:36.0 (1)
496Fred Alderman49.42:25.4 (1)
499Ray Barbuti48.83:14.2 (1)
2GermanyGER3:14.8
732Otto Neumann48.848.8 (2)
725Richard Krebs49.21:38.0 (3)
742Harry Storz48.22:26.2 (2)
709Hermann Engelhard48.63:14.8 (2)
3CanadaCAN3:15.4
669Alex Wilson49.249.2 (4)
650Phil Edwards48.61:37.8 (2)
652Stan Glover50.02:27.8 (=3)
646Jimmy Ball47.63:15.4 (3)
4SwedenSWE3:15.8
848Björn Kugelberg51.051.0 (5)
865Bertil von Wachenfeldt49.41:40.4 (5)
842Erik Byléhn47.42:27.8 (=3)
860Sten Pettersson48.03:15.8 (4)
5Great BritainGBR3:16.4
466Roger Leigh-Wood48.948.9 (3)
450William Craner51.41:40.3 (4)
483John Rinkel48.52:28.8 (5)
470Douglas Lowe47.63:16.4 (5)
6FranceFRA3:19.4
77Georges Krotoff– (–)
76Joseph Jackson– (–)
65Georges Dupont– (–)
72René Féger– (–)