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4 x 100 metres Relay, Women

Date8 – 9 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin
Participants32 from 8 countries
Olympic Record 47.0 WR / Canada CAN / 7 August 1932
47.0 WR / United States USA / 7 August 1932

The German team was favored because of their depth, as their first three runners had qualified for the 100 final. But the US had two finalists from that race, and was led by Helen Stephens, who had won the 100 gold medal. The Americans also ran 1928 100 gold medalist Betty Robinson on the third leg. She had returned from a broken hip and leg sustained in airplane accident in 1931. Despite Robinson, the Germans were running away with the race as they neared the final baton pass, leading the US by eight metres. Marie Dollinger passed off to Ilse Dörffeldt, the only German runner who had not run in the 100. In full sight of 100,000 Germans, including Adolf Hitler, Dörffeldt dropped the baton. Stephens ran a stunning anchor leg and some thought she may have been able to catch Dörffeldt, but that was not needed as the Germans did not finish. Dörffeldt broke down crying on the track and Hitler called the entire relay team up to his booth to comfort them.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA47.1 (1 h1)46.9 (1)Gold
735Harriet Bland
736Annette Rogers
807Betty Robinson
737Helen Stephens
806Olive Hasenfus (DNS)
808Louise Stokes (DNS)
766Anne O'Brien (DNS)
809Jo Warren (DNS)
2Great BritainGBR47.5 (2 h2)47.6 (2)Silver
249Eileen Hiscock
295Violet Olney
247Audrey Brown
248Barbara Burke
294Lillian Chalmers (DNS)
274Kathleen Tiffen (DNS)
275Violet Webb (DNS)
276Grethe Whitehead (DNS)
3CanadaCAN48.0 (2 h1)47.8 (3)Bronze
91Dot Brookshaw
68Jeanette Dolson
67Hilda Cameron
69Aileen Meagher
84Roxy Atkins (DNS)
85Betty Taylor (DNS)
4ItalyITA48.6 (3 h2)48.7 (4)
359Lydia Bongiovanni
343Ondina Valla
360Fernanda Bullano
326Claudia Testoni
358Franca Agorni (DNS)
361Gina Duvillard (DNS)
5NetherlandsNED48.4 (3 h1)48.8 (5)
302Kitty ter Braake
307Fanny Koen
301Ali de Vries
300Lies Koning
303Agaath Doorgeest (DNS)
317Louise Messmann (DNS)
AC r2/2GermanyGER46.4 (1 h2)– (AC)
817Emmy Albus
819Käthe Krauß
818Marie Dollinger
887Ilse Dörffeldt
852Doris Eckert (DNS)
853Hilde Klusenwerth (DNS)
888Grete Winkels (DNS)
889Carla Zimmer (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2AustriaAUT49.9 (4 h1)
483Charlotte Machmer
485Johanna Vancura
484Grete Neumann
503Veronika Kohlbach
514Herma Bauma (DNS)
507Wanda Nowak (DNS)
504Mathilde Puchberger (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2FinlandFIN49.5 (4 h2)
175Irja Lipasti
156Ebba From
157Raili Halttu
155Rauni Essman
DNSFranceFRA
224Alice Leissner (DNS)
192Yvonne Mabille (DNS)
193Marguerite Perrou (DNS)
236Lucienne Velu (DNS)
DNSYugoslaviaYUG
415Renata Čabrijan (DNS)
416Flora Hofman (DNS)
440Vera Neferović (DNS)
437Jelica Stanojević (DNS)
426Zulejka Stefanini (DNS)

Round One (8 August 1936 — 15:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1United StatesUSAQ
Harriet BlandAnnette RogersBetty RobinsonHelen Stephens
2CanadaCANQ
Dot BrookshawJeanette DolsonHilda CameronAileen Meagher
3NetherlandsNEDQ
Kitty ter BraakeFanny KoenAli de VriesLies Koning
4AustriaAUT
Charlotte MachmerJohanna VancuraGrete NeumannVeronika Kohlbach

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
1GermanyGERQWR
Emmy AlbusKäthe KraußMarie DollingerIlse Dörffeldt
2Great BritainGBRQ
Eileen HiscockViolet OlneyAudrey BrownBarbara Burke
3ItalyITAQ
Lydia BongiovanniOndina VallaFernanda BullanoClaudia Testoni
4FinlandFIN
Irja LipastiEbba FromRaili HalttuRauni Essman

Final (9 August 1936 — 15:30)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
13United StatesUSA
Harriet BlandAnnette RogersBetty RobinsonHelen Stephens
21Great BritainGBR
Eileen HiscockViolet OlneyAudrey BrownBarbara Burke
35CanadaCAN
Dot BrookshawJeanette DolsonHilda CameronAileen Meagher
42ItalyITA
Lydia BongiovanniOndina VallaFernanda BullanoClaudia Testoni
56NetherlandsNED
Kitty ter BraakeFanny KoenAli de VriesLies Koning
AC4GermanyGERDQ
Emmy AlbusKäthe KraußMarie DollingerIlse Dörffeldt