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4 x 400 metres Relay, Men

Date8 – 9 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants48 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 3:08.2 WR / United States USA / 7 August 1932

For some reason, the American chose not to run Archie Williams and Jimmy LuValle, gold and bronze medalists in the 400 metres. Without them, the British were stronger and won fairly comfortably. The early lead was set by Canada and Marshall Limon, but Godfrey Rampling stormed ahead on the second leg for Britain, and they took the lead for good.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1Great BritainGBR3:14.4 (1 h2)3:09.0 (1)Gold
296Freddie Wolff
251Godfrey Rampling
252Bill Roberts
250Godfrey Brown
253Frank Handley (DNS)
254Brian MacCabe (DNS)
243Alan Pennington (DNS)
255Jack Powell (DNS)
2United StatesUSA3:13.0 (1 h1)3:11.0 (2)Silver
810Harold Cagle
813Bob Young
812Eddie O'Brien
811Al Fitch
763Glenn Hardin (DNS)
740Jimmy Lu Valle (DNS)
741Harold Smallwood (DNS)
742Archie Williams (DNS)
3GermanyGER3:15.0 (1 h3)3:11.8 (3)Bronze
890Helmut Hamann
892Friedrich von Stülpnagel
893Harry Voigt
826Rudi Harbig
823Hermann Blazejczak (DNS)
891Franz Helmle (DNS)
824Rudolf Klupsch (DNS)
825Adolf Metzner (DNS)
4CanadaCAN3:15.0 (2 h3)3:11.8 (4)
71Marshall Limon
74Phil Edwards
70Bill Fritz
72Johnny Loaring
65Howie McPhee (DNS)
82Larry O'Connor (DNS)
66Lee Orr (DNS)
5SwedenSWE3:14.6 (2 h2)3:13.0 (5)
571Sven Strömberg
611Per-Olof Edfeldt
570Olle Danielsson
572Bertil von Wachenfeldt
573Eric Ny (DNS)
568Lennart Strandberg (DNS)
574Erik Wennberg (DNS)
6HungaryHUN3:17.0 (2 h1)3:14.8 (6)
705Tibor Ribényi
707Zoltán Zsitva
706József Vadas
715József Kovács
704Mario Minai (DNS)
709Ferenc Temesvári (DNS)
731Endre Zábolyi (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2PolandPOL3:17.6 (3 h1)
557Tadeusz Śliwak
556Antoni Maszewski
541Kazimierz Kucharski
540Klemens Biniakowski
555Wacław Gąssowski (DNS)
558Władysław Szefler (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2FranceFRA3:15.2 (3 h2)
195Raymond Boisset
242Georges Guillez
196Georges Henry
218Prudent Joye
217Louis Gailliard (DNS)
198René Morel (DNS)
199Raymond Petit (DNS)
197Pierre Skawinski (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2ItalyITA3:16.6 (3 h3)
362Angelo Ferrario
329Marsilio Rossi
330Otello Spampani
328Mario Lanzi
331Luigi Beccali (DNS)
340Luigi Facelli (DNS)
342Umberto Ridi (DNS)
363Ettore Tavernari (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2JapanJPN3:18.4 (4 h1)
371Toyoji Aihara
388Masao Ichihara
411Zhang Hsing-Hsien
373Hiroyoshi Kubota
374Kumao Aochi (DNS)
372Keiji Imai (DNS)
375Toshinao Tomie (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2South AfricaRSA3:17.8 (4 h3)
650Willie Botha
659Frank Rushton
651William Lindeque
649Dennis Shore
658Andries Becker (DNS)
5 h3 r1/2CzechoslovakiaTCH3:22.0 (5 h3)
700Heinz Lorenz
664Evžen Rošický
678Břetislav Krátký
662Karel Kněnický
673Ernst Berndt (DNS)
696Ladislav Fišer (DNS)
DNSAustriaAUT
490Franz Eichberger (DNS)
489Johann Baptist von Gudenus (DNS)
491Emil Hübscher (DNS)
486Alfred König (DNS)
501Ernst Leitner (DNS)
487Felix Rinner (DNS)
DNSChinaCHN
103Chen Kingkwan (DNS)
104Liu Changchun (DNS)
105Poh Kimseng (DNS)
107Leonard Tay (DNS)

Round One (8 August 1936 — 16:30)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1United StatesUSAQ
Harold CagleBob YoungEddie O'BrienAl Fitch
2HungaryHUNQ
Tibor RibényiZoltán ZsitvaJózsef VadasJózsef Kovács
3PolandPOL
Tadeusz ŚliwakAntoni MaszewskiKazimierz KucharskiKlemens Biniakowski
4JapanJPN
Toyoji AiharaMasao IchiharaZhang Hsing-HsienHiroyoshi Kubota

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1Great BritainGBRQ
Freddie WolffGodfrey RamplingBill RobertsGodfrey Brown
2SwedenSWEQ
Sven StrömbergPer-Olof EdfeldtOlle DanielssonBertil von Wachenfeldt
3FranceFRA
Raymond BoissetGeorges GuillezGeorges HenryPrudent Joye

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1GermanyGERQ
Helmut HamannFriedrich von StülpnagelHarry VoigtRudi Harbig
2CanadaCANQ
Marshall LimonPhil EdwardsBill FritzJohnny Loaring
3ItalyITA
Angelo FerrarioMarsilio RossiOtello SpampaniMario Lanzi
4South AfricaRSA
Willie BothaFrank RushtonWilliam LindequeDennis Shore
5CzechoslovakiaTCH
Heinz LorenzEvžen RošickýBřetislav KrátkýKarel Kněnický

Final (9 August 1936 — 15:45)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
1Great BritainGBR
Freddie Wolff49.2 (3)
Godfrey Rampling1:35.9 (1)
Bill Roberts2:22.3 (1)
Godfrey Brown3:09.0 (1)
2United StatesUSA
Harold Cagle48.7 (2)
Bob Young1:36.3 (2)
Eddie O'Brien2:23.0 (2)
Al Fitch3:11.0 (2)
3GermanyGER
Helmut Hamann49.3 (4)
Friedrich von Stülpnagel1:37.6 (5)
Harry Voigt2:24.2 (3)
Rudi Harbig3:11.8 (=3)
4CanadaCAN
Marshall Limon48.3 (1)
Phil Edwards1:36.8 (3)
Bill Fritz2:24.7 (4)
Johnny Loaring3:11.8 (=3)
5SwedenSWE
Sven Strömberg49.5 (5)
Per-Olof Edfeldt1:37.5 (4)
Olle Danielsson2:25.5 (5)
Bertil von Wachenfeldt3:13.0 (5)
6HungaryHUN
Tibor Ribényi49.8 (6)
Zoltán Zsitva1:38.4 (6)
József Vadas2:26.9 (6)
József Kovács3:14.8 (6)