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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date8 – 9 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants60 from 15 countries

The US team was expected to run a foursome of Frank Wykoff, Foy Draper, Marty Glickman, and Sam Stoller. But both Glickman and Stoller were Jewish, and for reasons not fully understood, American coach Lawson Robertson (himself an Olympian in 1904-08) elected to replace them by Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe. Many rumors have since circulated concerning this decision. Though Owens and Metcalfe were their fastest runners, they were not needed, and it is sometimes thought that Robertson did this so as not to offend the Nazis hatred of Jews. It is also stated that Robertson heard that the Germans had been “hiding” their fastest runners in the individual races, and would bring them onto the relay, and that Owens and Metcalfe would be needed to win the gold medal. Some stories also say that Owens asked Robertson not to change the line-up, but to let Glickman and Stoller run. In the end, Robertson’s decision stood, and Owens led off the US team. They won easily, breaking the world record with 39.8, and defeating Italy by almost 15 metres, with Germany, devoid of super runners, in third. It was Owens’ fourth gold medal of the 1936 Olympics, and Frank Wykoff won his third consecutive gold medal in the 4x100 relay. Glickman and Stoller never competed in the Olympics. Marty Glickman later became a well-known sportscaster in the US.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA40.0 (1 h1)39.8 (1)GoldWR
Jesse OwensRalph MetcalfeFoy DraperFrank WykoffMarty Glickman (DNS)Bob Packard (DNS)Mack Robinson (DNS)Sam Stoller (DNS)
2ItalyITA41.1 (2 h1)41.1 (2)Silver
Orazio MarianiGianni CaldanaElio RagniTullio GonnelliLicinio Bugna (DNS)Arturo Maffei (DNS)Luciano Martinetti (DNS)
3GermanyGER41.4 (1 h3)41.2 (3)Bronze
Wilhelm LeichumErich BorchmeyerErwin GillmeisterGerd HornbergerManfred Kersch (DNS)Karl Neckermann (DNS)Egon Schein (DNS)Albert Steinmetz (DNS)
4ArgentinaARG41.9 (2 h2)42.2 (4)
Juan LavenásAntonio SandeCarlos HofmeisterTomás BeswickAntonio Fondevilla (DNS)
5CanadaCAN41.5 (2 h3)42.7 (5)
Sam RichardsonBruce HumberLee OrrHowie McPheeMarshall Limon (DNS)Johnny Loaring (DNS)Larry O'Connor (DNS)
AC r2/2NetherlandsNED41.3 (1 h2)[41.2] (AC)
Tjeerd BoersmaWil van BeverenChris BergerTinus OsendarpHenri Geul (DNS)Bobbie Mesman-Schultz (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2South AfricaRSA41.7 (3 h1)
Eric GrimbeekPat DannaherTom LaveryMarthinus TheunissenDennis Shore (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2HungaryHUN42.0 (3 h2)
Mario MinaiGyula GyenesJózsef KovácsJózsef SírLászló Forgács (DNS)Gábor Gerő (DNS)Géza Nagy (DNS)János Paizs (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2SwedenSWE41.5 (3 h3)
Lennart LindgrenIrvin TernströmÖsten SandströmÅke StenqvistHåkan Lidman (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2FinlandFIN42.0 (4 h1)
Toivo AhjopaloToivo SariolaPalle VirtanenAki Tammisto
4 h2 r1/2Great BritainGBR42.4 (4 h2)
Charles WiardDon FinlayWalter RangeleyAlan PenningtonGodfrey Brown (DNS)Cyril Holmes (DNS)Arthur Sweeney (DNS)John Thornton (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI42.2 (4 h3)
Albert JudBernard MarchandGeorges MeyerPaul HänniConstant Bucher (DNS)Fritz Seeger (DNS)Jean Studer (DNS)Karl Borner (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2FranceFRA42.6 (5 h2)
Maurice CarltonPierre DondelingerPaul BronnerRobert PaulGeorges Guillez (DNS)Claude Heim (DNS)Pierre Skawinski (DNS)Jacques Texier (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2ChinaCHN44.8 (6 h2)
Fu JinchengHuang YingjieCheng JinguanLiu ChangchunZhang Jiakui (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2JapanJPN– (AC h1)
Takayoshi YoshiokaBunta SuzukiMutsuo TaniguchiMasao YazawaMasao Harada (DNS)Kenkichi Oshima (DNS)Kichizo Sasaki (DNS)Naoto Tajima (DNS)
DNS480AustriaAUT
Ludwig BergerJohann Baptist von GudenusEgon KarfAlfred KönigAlfred LechnerLeopold QuittanFelix RinnerRobert Struckl
DNS533PhilippinesPHI
Nemesio de GuzmanTeodoro MalasigAntonio SalcedoMiguel White
DNS696CzechoslovakiaTCH
Ladislav FišerJan HančRudolf HumlJiří JurankaKarel KněnickýBřetislav Krátký

Round One (8 August 1936 — 15:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA40.0Q=WR
Jesse OwensRalph MetcalfeFoy DraperFrank Wykoff
2ItalyITA41.1Q
Orazio MarianiGianni CaldanaElio RagniTullio Gonnelli
3South AfricaRSA41.7
Eric GrimbeekPat DannaherTom LaveryMarthinus Theunissen
4FinlandFIN42.0
Toivo AhjopaloToivo SariolaPalle VirtanenAki Tammisto
ACJapanJPNDQ
Takayoshi YoshiokaBunta SuzukiMutsuo TaniguchiMasao Yazawa

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1NetherlandsNED41.3Q
Tjeerd BoersmaWil van BeverenChris BergerTinus Osendarp
2ArgentinaARG41.9Q
Juan LavenásAntonio SandeCarlos HofmeisterTomás Beswick
3HungaryHUN42.0
Mario MinaiGyula GyenesJózsef KovácsJózsef Sír
4Great BritainGBR42.4
Charles WiardDon FinlayWalter RangeleyAlan Pennington
5FranceFRA42.6
Maurice CarltonPierre DondelingerPaul BronnerRobert Paul
6ChinaCHN44.8
Fu JinchengHuang YingjieCheng JinguanLiu Changchun

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1GermanyGER41.4Q
Wilhelm LeichumErich BorchmeyerErwin GillmeisterGerd Hornberger
2CanadaCAN41.5Q
Sam RichardsonBruce HumberLee OrrHowie McPhee
3SwedenSWE41.5
Lennart LindgrenIrvin TernströmÖsten SandströmÅke Stenqvist
4SwitzerlandSUI42.2
Albert JudBernard MarchandGeorges MeyerPaul Hänni

Final (9 August 1936 — 15:15)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA39.8WR
Jesse OwensRalph MetcalfeFoy DraperFrank Wykoff
2ItalyITA41.141.13
Orazio MarianiGianni CaldanaElio RagniTullio Gonnelli
3GermanyGER41.241.30
Wilhelm LeichumErich BorchmeyerErwin GillmeisterGerd Hornberger
4ArgentinaARG42.2
Juan LavenásAntonio SandeCarlos HofmeisterTomás Beswick
5CanadaCAN42.7
Sam RichardsonBruce HumberLee OrrHowie McPhee
ACNetherlandsNED[41.2][41.28]DQ
Tjeerd BoersmaWil van BeverenChris BergerTinus Osendarp