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4 x 400 metres Relay, Men

Date6 – 7 August 1932
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants28 from 7 countries

In the heats the US team broke the world record with 3:11.8. Heavy favorites in the final, Ivan Fuqua put the US in the lead with 47.1, leading Germany by almost 10 metres, and the US was never challenged, breaking their world record from the heats with 3:08.2 and winning by three seconds over Great Britain. On the third leg, David, Lord Burghley did gain a bit on the Americans, and their anchor runner, Godfrey Rampling, also started to close a bit. But his early fast pace was too much for him to hold and he paid the price in the last 100 metres. Rampling was the father of actress Charlotte Rampling.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:11.8 (1 h1)3:08.2 (1)GoldWR
Ivan FuquaEd AblowichKarl WarnerBill CarrArnold Adams (DNS)Ben Eastman (DNS)Eddie Genung (DNS)James Gordon (DNS)
2Great BritainGBR3:21.8 (2 h2)3:11.2 (2)Silver
Crew StoneleyTommy HampsonDavid, Lord BurghleyGodfrey RamplingJerry Cornes (DNS)Stanley Engelhart (DNS)Jack Powell (DNS)Fred Reid (DNS)
3CanadaCAN3:21.8 (3 h2)3:12.8 (3)Bronze
Ray LewisJimmy BallPhil EdwardsAlex WilsonEddie King (DNS)Harold Wright (DNS)
4GermanyGER3:25.4 (3 h1)3:14.4 (4)
Jochen BüchnerWalter NehbAdolf MetznerOtto PeltzerErich Borchmeyer (DNS)Max Danz (DNS)Fritz Hendrix (DNS)Fritz Nottbrock (DNS)
5JapanJPN3:16.8 (1 h2)3:14.6 (5)
Itaro NakajimaIwao MasudaSeikan OkiTeiichi NishiZhang Hsing-Hsien (DNS)
6ItalyITA3:22.8 (2 h1)3:17.8 (6)
Giacomo CarliniGiovanni TurbaMario De NegriLuigi FacelliLuigi Beccali (DNS)Alfredo Furia (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2MexicoMEX3:28.5 (4 h2)
Ricardo ArgüelloJesús MorailaManuel ÁlvarezCarlos de AndaJulio Rodríquez (DNS)José Lucílo Iturbe (DNS)Pedro Ortiz (DNS)
DNSGreeceGRE– (DNS h1)
Renos FrangoudisAngelos LambrouKhristos MantikasVangelis Moiropoulos
DNSSwedenSWE– (DNS h1)
Kell AreskougEric NySten PetterssonFolke SkoogEric Svensson
DNSBrazilBRA– (DNS h2)
Esmeraldo AzuagaRaymundo ChrispVicente AraujoJosé de AlmeidaMario MarquesSylvio PadilhaCarlos dos Reis JúniorDomingos Puglisi
DNSFranceFRA– (DNS h2)
Marcel MouliniesRené MorelAndré AdelheimJean KellerSéra Martin

Round One (6 August 1932 — 16:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Split (Pos)
1United StatesUSA3:11.8QWR
Ivan Fuqua47.847.8 (–)
Ed Ablowich47.61:35.4 (–)
Karl Warner47.42:22.8 (–)
Bill Carr49.03:11.8 (–)
2ItalyITA3:22.8Q
Giacomo Carlini– (–)
Giovanni Turba– (–)
Mario De Negri– (–)
Luigi Facelli– (–)
3GermanyGER3:25.4Q
Jochen Büchner– (–)
Walter Nehb– (–)
Otto Peltzer– (–)
Adolf Metzner– (–)
DNSGRE
DNSSWE

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1JapanJPN3:16.8Q
Itaro NakajimaIwao MasudaSeikan OkiTeiichi Nishi
2Great BritainGBR3:21.8Q
Crew StoneleyTommy HampsonDavid, Lord BurghleyGodfrey Rampling
3CanadaCAN3:21.8Q
Ray LewisJimmy BallPhil EdwardsAlex Wilson
4MexicoMEX3:28.5
Ricardo ArgüelloJesús MorailaManuel ÁlvarezCarlos de Anda
DNSBRA
DNSFRA

Final (7 August 1932 — 16:30)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)Split (Pos)
1United StatesUSA3:08.23:08.14WR
Ivan Fuqua47.147.1 (1)
Ed Ablowich47.61:34.7 (1)
Karl Warner47.32:22.0 (1)
Bill Carr46.23:08.2 (1)
2Great BritainGBR3:11.2
Crew Stoneley48.848.8 (3)
Tommy Hampson47.61:36.4 (3)
David, Lord Burghley46.72:23.1 (2)
Godfrey Rampling48.13:11.2 (2)
3CanadaCAN3:12.8
Ray Lewis49.549.5 (5)
Jimmy Ball47.91:37.4 (4)
Phil Edwards48.12:25.5 (4)
Alex Wilson47.33:12.8 (3)
4GermanyGER3:14.4
Jochen Büchner48.048.0 (2)
Walter Nehb48.21:36.2 (2)
Adolf Metzner49.12:25.3 (3)
Otto Peltzer49.13:14.4 (4)
5JapanJPN3:14.6
Itaro Nakajima49.049.0 (4)
Iwao Masuda48.81:37.8 (5)
Seikan Oki47.72:25.5 (5)
Teiichi Nishi49.13:14.6 (5)
6ItalyITA3:17.8
Giacomo Carlini– (–)
Giovanni Turba– (–)
Mario De Negri– (–)
Luigi Facelli– (–)