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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
Olympic Record 3:14.2 WR / United States USA / 5 August 1928

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 Fuqua
Ed Ablowich
Karl Warner
Bill Carr
Arnold Adams (DNS)
Ben Eastman (DNS)
Eddie Genung (DNS)
James Gordon (DNS)
2Great BritainGBR3:21.8 (2 h2)3:11.2 (2)Silver
Crew Stoneley
Tommy Hampson
David, Lord Burghley
Godfrey Rampling
Jerry Cornes (DNS)
Stanley Engelhart (DNS)
Jack Powell (DNS)
Fred Reid (DNS)
3CanadaCAN3:21.8 (3 h2)3:12.8 (3)Bronze
Ray Lewis
Jimmy Ball
Phil Edwards
Alex Wilson
Eddie King (DNS)
Harold Wright (DNS)
4GermanyGER3:25.4 (3 h1)3:14.4 (4)
Jochen Büchner
Walter Nehb
Adolf Metzner
Otto Peltzer
Erich Borchmeyer (DNS)
Max Danz (DNS)
Fritz Hendrix (DNS)
Fritz Nottbrock (DNS)
5JapanJPN3:16.8 (1 h2)3:14.6 (5)
Itaro Nakajima
Iwao Masuda
Seikan Oki
Teiichi Nishi
Zhang Hsing-Hsien (DNS)
6ItalyITA3:22.8 (2 h1)3:17.8 (6)
Giacomo Carlini
Giovanni Turba
Mario De Negri
Luigi Facelli
Luigi Beccali (DNS)
Alfredo Furia (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2MexicoMEX3:28.5 (4 h2)
Ricardo Argüello
Jesús Moraila
Manuel Álvarez
Carlos de Anda
Julio Rodríquez (DNS)
José Lucílo Iturbe (DNS)
Pedro Ortíz (DNS)
DNSBrazilBRA
Esmeraldo Azuaga (DNS)
Raymundo Chrisp (DNS)
Vicente Araujo (DNS)
José de Almeida (DNS)
Mario Marques (DNS)
Sylvio Padilha (DNS)
Carlos dos Reis Júnior (DNS)
Domingos Puglisi (DNS)
DNSFranceFRA
Marcel Moulinies (DNS)
René Morel (DNS)
André Adelheim (DNS)
Jean Keller (DNS)
Séra Martin (DNS)
DNSGreeceGRE
Renos Frangoudis (DNS)
Angelos Lambrou (DNS)
Khristos Mantikas (DNS)
Vangelis Moiropoulos (DNS)
DNSSwedenSWE
Kell Areskoug (DNS)
Eric Ny (DNS)
Sten Pettersson (DNS)
Folke Skoog (DNS)
Eric Svensson (DNS)

Round One (6 August 1932 — 16:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSAQWR
Ivan Fuqua47.8 (–)
Ed Ablowich1:35.4 (–)
Karl Warner2:22.8 (–)
Bill Carr3:11.8 (–)
2ItalyITAQ
Giacomo Carlini– (–)
Giovanni Turba– (–)
Mario De Negri– (–)
Luigi Facelli– (–)
3GermanyGERQ
Jochen Büchner– (–)
Walter Nehb– (–)
Otto Peltzer– (–)
Adolf Metzner– (–)

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1JapanJPNQ
Itaro NakajimaIwao MasudaSeikan OkiTeiichi Nishi
2Great BritainGBRQ
Crew StoneleyTommy HampsonDavid, Lord BurghleyGodfrey Rampling
3CanadaCANQ
Ray LewisJimmy BallPhil EdwardsAlex Wilson
4MexicoMEX
Ricardo ArgüelloJesús MorailaManuel ÁlvarezCarlos de Anda

Final (7 August 1932 — 16:30)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA3:08.14WR
Ivan Fuqua47.1 (1)
Ed Ablowich1:34.7 (1)
Karl Warner2:22.0 (1)
Bill Carr3:08.2 (1)
2Great BritainGBR
Crew Stoneley48.8 (3)
Tommy Hampson1:36.4 (3)
David, Lord Burghley2:23.1 (2)
Godfrey Rampling3:11.2 (2)
3CanadaCAN
Ray Lewis49.5 (5)
Jimmy Ball1:37.4 (4)
Phil Edwards2:25.5 (4)
Alex Wilson3:12.8 (3)
4GermanyGER
Jochen Büchner48.0 (2)
Walter Nehb1:36.2 (2)
Adolf Metzner2:25.3 (3)
Otto Peltzer3:14.4 (4)
5JapanJPN
Itaro Nakajima49.0 (4)
Iwao Masuda1:37.8 (5)
Seikan Oki2:25.5 (5)
Teiichi Nishi3:14.6 (5)
6ItalyITA
Giacomo Carlini– (–)
Giovanni Turba– (–)
Mario De Negri– (–)
Luigi Facelli– (–)