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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date6 – 7 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants60 from 15 countries

The US team was originally to have had Ed Conwell but he had to withdraw with asthma, and was replaced by Lorenzo Wright, who had medaled in the long jump. The US won the final quite comfortably, but were initially disqualified for a faulty exchange between Barney Ewell and Wright. On reviewing film of the race, it could be seen that the exchange had occurred within the legal zone, and the DQ was reversed, giving the United States the gold medal. However, the final decision did not become official for three days.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA41.1 (1 h1)40.6 (1)Gold
Barney EwellLorenzo WrightHarrison DillardMel PattonEd Conwell (DNS)Cliff Bourland (DNS)Bill Porter (DNS)Clyde Scott (DNS)
2Great BritainGBR41.4 (1 h2)41.3 (2)Silver
Jack ArcherJack GregoryAlastair McCorquodaleKen JonesKen Anderson (DNS)Allan Watt (DNS)John Fairgrieve (DNS)Paul Vallé (DNS)
3ItalyITA41.3 (2 h1)41.5 (3)Bronze
Enrico PerucconiAntonio SiddiCarlo MontiMichele TitoPiero Bassetti (DNS)Giuseppe Guzzi (DNS)
4HungaryHUN41.4 (2 h2)41.6 (4)
Ferenc TimaLászló BarthaGyörgy CsányiBéla GoldoványiFerenc Bánhalmi (DNS)
5CanadaCAN42.3 (2 h3)41.9 (5)
Don McFarlaneJimmy O'BrienDon PettieTed HaggisJack Parry (DNS)Ezra Henniger (DNS)Ernie McCullough (DNS)Bob McFarlane (DNS)
6NetherlandsNED41.7 (1 h3)41.9 (6)
Jan LammersJan MeijerGabe ScholtenJo ZwaanJan Kleyn (DNS)
3 h1 r1/2BrazilBRA42.4 (3 h1)
Rosalvo RamosHélio da SilvaHaroldo da SilvaIvan HausenAlexandre Pereira Netto (DNS)Geraldo de Oliveira (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2AustraliaAUS41.5 (3 h2)
Bill BruceJohn BartramMorris CurottaJohn TreloarPeter Gardner (DNS)Charles Green (DNS)Ray Weinberg (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2ArgentinaARG42.4 (3 h3)
Gerardo BönnhoffAlberto BidermanCarlos IsaackFernando LapuenteRodolfo Carrera (DNS)Guillermo Geary (DNS)Enrique Kistenmacher (DNS)Alberto Triulzi (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2UruguayURU42.8 (4 h2)
Mario FayosJuan LópezWalter PérezHércules Azcune
4 h3 r1/2IcelandISL42.9 (4 h3)
Ásmundur BjarnasonFinnbjörn ÞorvaldssonTrausti EyjólfssonHaukur ClausenÖrn Clausen (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2BermudaBER45.4 (5 h2)
Hazzard DillPerry JohnsonStanley LinesFrank Mahoney
AC h1 r1/2TurkeyTUR– (AC h1)
Kemal AksurErdal BarkayRaşit ÖztaşRuhi SarıalpDoğan Acarbay (DNS)
AC h2 r1/2BelgiumBEL– (AC h2)
Fernand BourgauxPol BraekmanFernand LinssenIsidoor Van De WieleHector Gosset (DNS)
AC h3 r1/2FranceFRA– (AC h3)
Alain PorthaultMarc LitaudonJulien LebasRené ValmyChristian Brac (DNS)Étienne Bally (DNS)Marcel Gerdil (DNS)Joseph Stéphan (DNS)
DNSJamaicaJAM
Les LaingHerb McKenleyBasil McKenzieGeorge RhodenArthur Wint

Round One (6 August 1948 — 16:00)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA41.141.20Q
Barney EwellLorenzo WrightHarrison DillardMel Patton
2ItalyITA41.341.31Q
Michele TitoEnrico PerucconiCarlo MontiAntonio Siddi
3BrazilBRA42.4
Rosalvo RamosHélio da SilvaHaroldo da SilvaIvan Hausen
ACTurkeyTURDQ
Kemal AksurErdal BarkayRaşit ÖztaşRuhi Sarıalp

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Great BritainGBR41.441.4Q
Jack ArcherJack GregoryAlastair McCorquodaleKen Jones
2HungaryHUN41.4Q
Ferenc TimaLászló BarthaGyörgy CsányiBéla Goldoványi
3AustraliaAUS41.5
Bill BruceJohn BartramMorris CurottaJohn Treloar
4UruguayURU42.8
Mario FayosJuan LópezWalter PérezHércules Azcune
5BermudaBER45.4
Hazzard DillPerry JohnsonStanley LinesFrank Mahoney
ACBelgiumBELDNF
Fernand BourgauxPol BraekmanFernand LinssenIsidoor Van De Wiele

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)
1NetherlandsNED41.7Q
Jan LammersJan MeijerGabe ScholtenJo Zwaan
2CanadaCAN42.3Q
Don McFarlaneJimmy O'BrienDon PettieTed Haggis
3ArgentinaARG42.4
Gerardo BönnhoffAlberto BidermanCarlos IsaackFernando Lapuente
4IcelandISL42.9
Ásmundur BjarnasonFinnbjörn ÞorvaldssonTrausti EyjólfssonHaukur Clausen
ACFranceFRADNF
Alain PorthaultMarc LitaudonJulien LebasRené Valmy

Final (7 August 1948 — 15:30)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA40.640.70
Barney EwellLorenzo WrightHarrison DillardMel Patton
2Great BritainGBR41.341.41
Jack ArcherJack GregoryAlastair McCorquodaleKen Jones
3ItalyITA41.541.71
Enrico PerucconiAntonio SiddiCarlo MontiMichele Tito
4HungaryHUN41.641.90
Ferenc TimaLászló BarthaGyörgy CsányiBéla Goldoványi
5CanadaCAN41.941.92
Don McFarlaneJimmy O'BrienDon PettieTed Haggis
6NetherlandsNED41.941.97
Jan LammersJan MeijerGabe ScholtenJo Zwaan