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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
Art HarndenCliff BourlandRoy CochranMal WhitfieldDick Ault (DNS)Dave Bolen (DNS)Bob Chambers (DNS)George Guida (DNS)
2FranceFRA3:17.0 (2 h2)3:14.8 (2)Silver
Jean KérébelFrancis SchewettaRobert Chef d'HôtelJacques LunisJean-Claude Arifon (DNS)Raymond Crapet (DNS)Yves Cros (DNS)Gaston Mayordomo (DNS)
3SwedenSWE3:21.0 (2 h3)3:16.0 (3)Bronze
Kurt LundquistLars-Erik WolfbrandtFolke AlnevikRune LarssonIngvar Bengtsson (DNS)Alf Westman (DNS)
4FinlandFIN3:20.6 (1 h3)3:24.8 (4)
Tauno SuvantoOlavi TaljaRunar HolmbergBebbe Storskrubb
AC r2/2ItalyITA3:14.0 (2 h1)– (AC)
Gianni RoccaOttavio MissoniLuigi PaterliniAntonio SiddiLuciano Noferini (DNS)Gilberto Palazzi (DNS)Baldassare Porto (DNS)
AC r2/2JamaicaJAM3:14.0 (1 h2)– (AC)
George RhodenLes LaingArthur WintHerb McKenley
3 h1 r1/2Great BritainGBR3:14.2 (3 h1)
Les LewisDerek PughMartin PikeBill RobertsTom Collier (DNS)Kenneth Crowe (DNS)Donald Mackenzie (DNS)Terry Higgins (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2CanadaCAN3:19.0 (3 h2)
Ernie McCulloughBill LaRochelleDon McFarlaneBob McFarlaneJack Parry (DNS)Ezra Henniger (DNS)Jack Hutchins (DNS)Bill Parnell (DNS)
3 h3 r1/2ArgentinaARG3:21.2 (3 h3)
Antonio PocovíHermelindo AlbertiGuillermo EvansGuillermo ÁvalosRodolfo Carrera (DNS)Gerardo Bönnhoff (DNS)Adán Torres (DNS)Alberto Triulzi (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI3:23.0 (4 h1)
Oskar HardmeierWalter KellerMax TreppKarl VolkmerHans Streuli (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2ChileCHI3:23.8 (4 h2)
Carlos SilvaJaime ItlmanSergio GuzmánGustavo EhlersAlberto Labarthe (DNS)
4 h3 r1/2YugoslaviaYUG3:25.4 (4 h3)
Jerko BulićMarko RačičAleksandar ĆosićZvonko SabolovićIgor Zupančić (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2TurkeyTUR3:35.0 (5 h2)
Seydi DinçtürkRıza Maksut İşmanDoğan AcarbayKemal HoruluCahit Önel (DNS)
5 h3 r1/2GreeceGRE3:33.0 (5 h3)
Vasilios MavroidisLazaros PetropoulakisStefanos PetrakisStylianos StratakosGeorgios Karageorgos (DNS)Kyros Marinis (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2IrelandIRL– (AC h1)
Charles DenrocheReggie MylesPaul DolanJimmy ReardonCormac Ó Cléirigh (DNS)
DNSAustraliaAUS
John BartramMorris CurottaCharles GreenBill RamsayJohn TreloarRay Weinberg
DNSIcelandISL
Páll HalldórssonMagnús JónssonHaukur ClausenReynir Sigurðsson

Round One (6 August 1948 — 17:30)

Top two in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA3:12.63:12.6Q
Art HarndenCliff BourlandRoy CochranMal Whitfield
2ItalyITA3:14.0Q
Gianni RoccaOttavio MissoniLuigi PaterliniAntonio Siddi
3Great BritainGBR3:14.2
Les LewisDerek PughMartin PikeBill Roberts
4SwitzerlandSUI3:23.0
Oskar HardmeierWalter KellerMax TreppKarl Volkmer
ACIrelandIRLDQ
Charles DenrocheReggie MylesPaul DolanJimmy Reardon

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1JamaicaJAM3:14.03:14.0Q
George RhodenLes LaingArthur WintHerb McKenley
2FranceFRA3:17.0Q
Jean KérébelFrancis SchewettaRobert Chef d'HôtelJacques Lunis
3CanadaCAN3:19.0
Ernie McCulloughBill LaRochelleDon McFarlaneBob McFarlane
4ChileCHI3:23.8
Carlos SilvaJaime ItlmanSergio GuzmánGustavo Ehlers
5TurkeyTUR3:35.0
Seydi DinçtürkRıza Maksut İşmanDoğan AcarbayKemal Horulu

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1FinlandFIN3:20.63:20.7Q
Tauno SuvantoOlavi TaljaRunar HolmbergBebbe Storskrubb
2SwedenSWE3:21.0Q
Kurt LundquistLars-Erik WolfbrandtFolke AlnevikRune Larsson
3ArgentinaARG3:21.2
Antonio PocovíHermelindo AlbertiGuillermo EvansGuillermo Ávalos
4YugoslaviaYUG3:25.4
Jerko BulićMarko RačičAleksandar ĆosićZvonko Sabolović
5GreeceGRE3:33.0
Vasilios MavroidisLazaros PetropoulakisStefanos PetrakisStylianos Stratakos

Final (7 August 1948 — 16:50)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)Split (Pos)
1United StatesUSA3:10.43:10.40
660Art Harnden48.048.0 (–)
91Cliff Bourland47.31:35.3 (–)
339Roy Cochran47.82:23.1 (–)
136Mal Whitfield47.33:10.4 (–)
2FranceFRA3:14.83:15.11
644Jean Kérébel– (–)
113Francis Schewetta– (–)
152Robert Chef d'Hôtel– (–)
112Jacques Lunis– (–)
3SwedenSWE3:16.03:16.49
127Kurt Lundquist– (–)
659Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt– (–)
126Folke Alnevik– (–)
128Rune Larsson– (–)
4FinlandFIN3:24.83:24.85
110Tauno Suvanto– (–)
109Olavi Talja– (–)
108Runar Holmberg– (–)
324Bebbe Storskrubb– (–)
ACJamaicaJAMDNF
52George Rhoden48.148.1– (–)
50Les Laing48.51:36.6– (–)
122Arthur Wint– (–)
90Herb McKenley– (–)
ACItalyITADNF
658Gianni Rocca– (–)
331Ottavio Missoni– (–)
656Luigi Paterlini– (–)
636Antonio Siddi– (–)