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4 x 400 metres Relay, Men

Date6 – 7 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants60 from 15 countries
Olympic Record 3:08.2 WR / United States USA / 7 August 1932

The final was thought to be a shoot-out between Jamaica and the United States, with Jamaica led by 400 champion Arthur Wint and 400 world record holder Herb McKenley. But Art Harnden and Cliff Bourland gave the USA a 10-metre lead. Wint took over on the third leg for Jamaica but pulled a muscle and fell to the track, leaving the US unchallenged on the way to the gold medal.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:12.6 (1 h1)3:10.4 (1)Gold
660Art Harnden
91Cliff Bourland
339Roy Cochran
136Mal Whitfield
338Dick Ault (DNS)
134Dave Bolen (DNS)
173Bob Chambers (DNS)
135George Guida (DNS)
2FranceFRA3:17.0 (2 h2)3:14.8 (2)Silver
644Jean Kérébel
113Francis Schewetta
152Robert Chef d'Hôtel
112Jacques Lunis
326Jean-Claude Arifon (DNS)
111Raymond Crapet (DNS)
327Yves Cros (DNS)
153Gaston Mayordomo (DNS)
3SwedenSWE3:21.0 (2 h3)3:16.0 (3)Bronze
127Kurt Lundquist
659Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt
126Folke Alnevik
128Rune Larsson
164Ingvar Bengtsson (DNS)
336Alf Westman (DNS)
4FinlandFIN3:20.6 (1 h3)3:24.8 (4)
110Tauno Suvanto
109Olavi Talja
108Runar Holmberg
324Bebbe Storskrubb
AC r2/2ItalyITA3:14.0 (2 h1)– (AC)
658Gianni Rocca
331Ottavio Missoni
656Luigi Paterlini
636Antonio Siddi
653Luciano Noferini (DNS)
654Gilberto Palazzi (DNS)
657Baldassare Porto (DNS)
AC r2/2JamaicaJAM3:14.0 (1 h2)– (AC)
52George Rhoden
50Les Laing
122Arthur Wint
90Herb McKenley
3 h1 r1/2Great BritainGBR3:14.2 (3 h1)
116Les Lewis
117Derek Pugh
649Martin Pike
118Bill Roberts
645Tom Collier (DNS)
646Kenneth Crowe (DNS)
648Donald Mackenzie (DNS)
647Terry Higgins (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2CanadaCAN3:19.0 (3 h2)
97Ernie McCullough
321Bill LaRochelle
99Don McFarlane
98Bob McFarlane
20Jack Parry (DNS)
145Ezra Henniger (DNS)
146Jack Hutchins (DNS)
147Bill Parnell (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2ArgentinaARG3:21.2 (3 h3)
94Antonio Pocoví
320Hermelindo Alberti
93Guillermo Evans
140Guillermo Ávalos
92Rodolfo Carrera (DNS)
1Gerardo Bönnhoff (DNS)
141Adán Torres (DNS)
291Alberto Triulzi (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI3:23.0 (4 h1)
129Oskar Hardmeier
130Walter Keller
131Max Trepp
167Karl Volkmer
166Hans Streuli (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2ChileCHI3:23.8 (4 h2)
24Carlos Silva
101Jaime Itlman
322Sergio Guzmán
100Gustavo Ehlers
23Alberto Labarthe (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2YugoslaviaYUG3:25.4 (4 h3)
137Jerko Bulić
138Marko Račič
661Aleksandar Ćosić
139Zvonko Sabolović
662Igor Zupančić (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2TurkeyTUR3:35.0 (5 h2)
169Seydi Dinçtürk
170Rıza Maksut İşman
132Doğan Acarbay
133Kemal Horulu
171Cahit Önel (DNS)
5 h3 r1/2GreeceGRE3:33.0 (5 h3)
154Vasilios Mavroidis
303Lazaros Petropoulakis
38Stefanos Petrakis
114Stylianos Stratakos
115Georgios Karageorgos (DNS)
37Kyros Marinis (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2IrelandIRL– (AC h1)
640Charles Denroche
642Reggie Myles
641Paul Dolan
107Jimmy Reardon
643Cormac Ó Cléirigh (DNS)
DNSAustraliaAUS
4John Bartram (DNS)
5Morris Curotta (DNS)
293Charles Green (DNS)
95Bill Ramsay (DNS)
6John Treloar (DNS)
294Ray Weinberg (DNS)
DNSIcelandISL
650Páll Halldórsson (DNS)
652Magnús Jónsson (DNS)
651Haukur Clausen (DNS)
120Reynir Sigurðsson (DNS)

Round One (6 August 1948 — 17:30)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
11United StatesUSA3:12.6Q
Art HarndenCliff BourlandRoy CochranMal Whitfield
25ItalyITAQ
Gianni RoccaOttavio MissoniLuigi PaterliniAntonio Siddi
32Great BritainGBR
Les LewisDerek PughMartin PikeBill Roberts
44SwitzerlandSUI
Oskar HardmeierWalter KellerMax TreppKarl Volkmer
AC3IrelandIRLDQ
Charles DenrocheReggie MylesPaul DolanJimmy Reardon

Heat Two

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
13JamaicaJAM3:14.0Q
George RhodenLes LaingArthur WintHerb McKenley
22FranceFRAQ
Jean KérébelFrancis SchewettaRobert Chef d'HôtelJacques Lunis
31CanadaCAN
Ernie McCulloughBill LaRochelleDon McFarlaneBob McFarlane
45ChileCHI
Carlos SilvaJaime ItlmanSergio GuzmánGustavo Ehlers
56TurkeyTUR
Seydi DinçtürkRıza Maksut İşmanDoğan AcarbayKemal Horulu

Heat Three

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
16FinlandFIN3:20.7Q
Tauno SuvantoOlavi TaljaRunar HolmbergBebbe Storskrubb
21SwedenSWEQ
Kurt LundquistLars-Erik WolfbrandtFolke AlnevikRune Larsson
34ArgentinaARG
Antonio PocovíHermelindo AlbertiGuillermo EvansGuillermo Ávalos
45YugoslaviaYUG
Jerko BulićMarko RačičAleksandar ĆosićZvonko Sabolović
53GreeceGRE
Vasilios MavroidisLazaros PetropoulakisStefanos PetrakisStylianos Stratakos

Final (7 August 1948 — 16:50)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA3:10.40
Art Harnden48.0 (–)
Cliff Bourland1:35.3 (–)
Roy Cochran2:23.1 (–)
Mal Whitfield3:10.4 (–)
2FranceFRA3:15.11
Jean Kérébel– (–)
Francis Schewetta– (–)
Robert Chef d'Hôtel– (–)
Jacques Lunis– (–)
3SwedenSWE3:16.49
Kurt Lundquist– (–)
Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt– (–)
Folke Alnevik– (–)
Rune Larsson– (–)
4FinlandFIN3:24.85
Tauno Suvanto– (–)
Olavi Talja– (–)
Runar Holmberg– (–)
Bebbe Storskrubb– (–)
ACJamaicaJAMDNF
George Rhoden48.1– (–)
Les Laing1:36.6– (–)
Arthur Wint– (–)
Herb McKenley– (–)
ACItalyITADNF
Gianni Rocca– (–)
Ottavio Missoni– (–)
Luigi Paterlini– (–)
Antonio Siddi– (–)