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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
Freddie WolffGodfrey RamplingBill RobertsGodfrey BrownFrank Handley (DNS)Brian MacCabe (DNS)Alan Pennington (DNS)Jack Powell (DNS)
2United StatesUSA3:13.0 (1 h1)3:11.0 (2)Silver
Harold CagleBob YoungEddie O'BrienAl FitchGlenn Hardin (DNS)Jimmy Lu Valle (DNS)Harold Smallwood (DNS)Archie Williams (DNS)
3GermanyGER3:15.0 (1 h3)3:11.8 (3)Bronze
Helmut HamannFriedrich von StülpnagelHarry VoigtRudi HarbigHermann Blazejezak (DNS)Franz Helmle (DNS)Rudolf Klupsch (DNS)Adolf Metzner (DNS)
4CanadaCAN3:15.0 (2 h3)3:11.8 (4)
Marshall LimonPhil EdwardsBill FritzJohnny LoaringHowie McPhee (DNS)Larry O'Connor (DNS)Lee Orr (DNS)
5SwedenSWE3:14.6 (2 h2)3:13.0 (5)
Sven StrömbergPer-Olof EdfeldtOlle DanielssonBertil von WachenfeldtEric Ny (DNS)Lennart Strandberg (DNS)Erik Wennberg (DNS)
6HungaryHUN3:17.0 (2 h1)3:14.8 (6)
Tibor RibényiZoltán ZsitvaJózsef VadasJózsef KovácsMario Minai (DNS)Ferenc Temesvári (DNS)Endre Zábolyi (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2PolandPOL3:17.6 (3 h1)
Tadeusz ŚliwakAntoni MaszewskiKazimierz KucharskiKlemens BiniakowskiWacław Gąssowski (DNS)Władysław Szefler (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2FranceFRA3:15.2 (3 h2)
Raymond BoissetGeorges GuillezGeorges HenryPrudent JoyeLouis Galliard (DNS)René Morel (DNS)Raymond Petit (DNS)Pierre Skawinski (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2ItalyITA3:16.6 (3 h3)
Angelo FerrarioMarsilio RossiOtello SpampaniMario LanziLuigi Beccali (DNS)Luigi Facelli (DNS)Umberto Ridi (DNS)Ettore Tavernari (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2JapanJPN3:18.4 (4 h1)
Toyoji AiharaMasao IchiharaZhang Hsing-HsienHiroyoshi KubotaKumao Aochi (DNS)Keiji Imai (DNS)Toshinao Tomie (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2South AfricaRSA3:17.8 (4 h3)
Willie BothaFrank RushtonWilliam LindequeDennis ShoreAndries Becker (DNS)
5 h3 r1/2CzechoslovakiaTCH3:22.0 (5 h3)
Heinz LorenzEvžen RošickýBřetislav KrátkýKarel KněnickýErnst Berndt (DNS)Ladislav Fišer (DNS)
DNS490AustriaAUT
Franz EichbergerJohann Baptist von GudenusEmil HübscherAlfred KönigErnst LeitnerFelix Rinner
DNS103ChinaCHN
Cheng JinguanLiu ChangchunFu JinchengShuguo “Leonard” Dai

Round One (8 August 1936 — 16:30)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1United StatesUSA3:13.0Q
Harold CagleBob YoungEddie O'BrienAl Fitch
2HungaryHUN3:17.0Q
Tibor RibényiZoltán ZsitvaJózsef VadasJózsef Kovács
3PolandPOL3:17.6
Tadeusz ŚliwakAntoni MaszewskiKazimierz KucharskiKlemens Biniakowski
4JapanJPN3:18.4
Toyoji AiharaMasao IchiharaZhang Hsing-HsienHiroyoshi Kubota

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1Great BritainGBR3:14.4Q
Freddie WolffGodfrey RamplingBill RobertsGodfrey Brown
2SwedenSWE3:14.6Q
Sven StrömbergPer-Olof EdfeldtOlle DanielssonBertil von Wachenfeldt
3FranceFRA3:15.2
Raymond BoissetGeorges GuillezGeorges HenryPrudent Joye

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1GermanyGER3:15.0Q
Helmut HamannFriedrich von StülpnagelHarry VoigtRudi Harbig
2CanadaCAN3:15.0Q
Marshall LimonPhil EdwardsBill FritzJohnny Loaring
3ItalyITA3:16.6
Angelo FerrarioMarsilio RossiOtello SpampaniMario Lanzi
4South AfricaRSA3:17.8
Willie BothaFrank RushtonWilliam LindequeDennis Shore
5CzechoslovakiaTCH3:22.0
Heinz LorenzEvžen RošickýBřetislav KrátkýKarel Kněnický

Final (9 August 1936 — 15:45)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Split (Pos)
1Great BritainGBR3:09.0
296Freddie Wolff49.249.2 (3)
251Godfrey Rampling46.71:35.9 (1)
252Bill Roberts46.42:22.3 (1)
250Godfrey Brown46.73:09.0 (1)
2United StatesUSA3:11.0
810Harold Cagle48.748.7 (2)
813Bob Young47.61:36.3 (2)
812Eddie O'Brien46.72:23.0 (2)
811Al Fitch48.03:11.0 (2)
3GermanyGER3:11.8
890Helmut Hamann49.349.3 (4)
892Friedrich von Stülpnagel48.31:37.6 (5)
893Harry Voigt46.62:24.2 (3)
826Rudi Harbig47.63:11.8 (=3)
4CanadaCAN3:11.8
71Marshall Limon48.348.3 (1)
74Phil Edwards48.51:36.8 (3)
70Bill Fritz47.92:24.7 (4)
72Johnny Loaring47.13:11.8 (=3)
5SwedenSWE3:13.0
571Sven Strömberg49.549.5 (5)
611Per-Olof Edfeldt48.01:37.5 (4)
570Olle Danielsson48.02:25.5 (5)
572Bertil von Wachenfeldt47.53:13.0 (5)
6HungaryHUN3:14.8
705Tibor Ribényi49.849.8 (6)
707Zoltán Zsitva48.61:38.4 (6)
706József Vadas48.52:26.9 (6)
715József Kovács47.93:14.8 (6)