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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date30 November – 1 December 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants72 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 39.8 WR / United States USA / 9 August 1936

Led by Bobby Joe Morrow, who had won the 100 and 200, the US was expected to win, and posted the fastest times in the first round and semi-final. The first two US runners, Ira Murchison and Leamon King, opened a big lead on the Soviets but a poor handoff to Thane Baker allowed them to draw almost even. Baker ran a good curve, however, and Morrow received the stick slightly ahead. He had a thigh injury and was not as strong as he had been in the individual events but held on to win the gold for the US. The USSR finished second in a new European record.

PosNrTeamNOCR1SFFinal
1United StatesUSA40.5 (1 h1)40.3 (1 h1)39.5 (1)GoldWR
Ira MurchisonLeamon KingThane BakerBobby Joe MorrowJohn Bennett (DNS)Lee Calhoun (DNS)Jack Davis (DNS)Andy Stanfield (DNS)
2Soviet UnionURS40.7 (1 h3)40.3 (1 h2)39.8 (2)Silver
Leonid BartenevBoris TokarevYury KonovalovVladimir SukharevYury Bashlikov (DNS)Ardalion Ignatyev (DNS)
3Unified Team of GermanyGER40.8 (3 h2)40.5 (2 h2)40.3 (3)Bronze
Lothar KnörzerLeo PohlHeinz FüttererManfred GermarBert Steines (DNS)
4ItalyITA40.9 (2 h3)41.1 (3 h1)40.3 (4)
Franco GalbiatiGiovanni GhiselliLuigi GnocchiVincenzo LombardoMario Colarossi (DNS)Sergio D'Asnasch (DNS)
5Great BritainGBR41.2 (2 h1)40.6 (3 h2)40.6 (5)
Ken BoxRoy SandstromDavid SegalBrian ShentonPeter Higgins (DNS)Peter Hildreth (DNS)Jack Parker (DNS)Mike Wheeler (DNS)
6PolandPOL40.9 (1 h4)41.0 (2 h1)40.6 (6)
Marian FoikJan JarzembowskiEdward SzmidtZenon BaranowskiHenryk Grabowski (DNS)Kazimierz Kropidłowski (DNS)
4 h1 r2/3FranceFRA40.8 (2 h2)41.3 (4 h1)
René BoninoKonstantin LissenkoJocelyn DelecourAlain DavidYves Camus (DNS)Jacques Degats (DNS)Edmond Roudnitska (DNS)Abdou Sèye (DNS)
4 h2 r2/3AustraliaAUS40.6 (1 h2)40.8 (4 h2)
Gavin CarragherTed McGlynnRay LandHec HoganGraham Gipson (DNS)Douglas Winston (DNS)
5 h1 r2/3HungaryHUN41.5 (2 h4)41.5 (5 h1)
Sándor JakabfyGéza VarasdiGyörgy CsányiBéla GoldoványiLászló Kiss (DNS)
5 h2 r2/3PakistanPAK41.3 (3 h1)40.8 (5 h2)
Sharif ButtGhulam RaziqAbdul AzizAbdul KhaliqKalim Khawaja Ghani (DNS)Muhammad Ramzan Ali (DNS)
6 h1 r2/3BrazilBRA41.6 (3 h3)43.8 (6 h1)
João Pires SobrinhoJosé da ConceiçãoAry FaçanhaJorge de BarrosAdhemar da Silva (DNS)Ulisses dos Santos (DNS)
6 h2 r2/3JapanJPN42.2 (3 h4)41.3 (6 h2)
Masaji TajimaKanji AkagiAkira KiyofujiKyohei UshioTeruji Kogake (DNS)Koji Sakurai (DNS)Hiroshi Shibata (DNS)Yoshiro Sonoda (DNS)
4 h1 r1/3VenezuelaVEN42.0 (4 h1)
Alfonso BrunoApolinar SolórzanoClive BonasRafael RomeroAsnoldo Devonish (DNS)
4 h2 r1/3ThailandTHA44.2 (4 h2)
Vanchak VoradilokPaiboon VacharapanMontri SrinakaSneh WongchaoomManut Bumrungphuk (DNS)Somnuek Srisombat (DNS)
4 h3 r1/3CanadaCAN41.7 (4 h3)
Stan LevensonDick HardingJack ParringtonJoe ForemanLaird Sloan (DNS)Terry Tobacco (DNS)
5 h1 r1/3LiberiaLBR44.7 (5 h1)
Edward MartinsEmmanuel PutuGeorge JohnsonJames Roberts
5 h3 r1/3EthiopiaETH44.3 (5 h3)
Beyene LegesseBekele HaileRoba NegousseAbebe Hailou
AC h4 r1/3NigeriaNGR47.3 (AC h4)
Titus ErinleRafiu OluwaEdward AjadoAbdul Karim AmuThomas Obi (DNS)Karim Olowu (DNS)
DNSTrinidad and TobagoTTO
Rodney WilkesHylton MitchellMike AgostiniJoe GoddardEdmund Turton

Round One (30 November 1956 — 15:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA40.540.53Q
Ira MurchisonLeamon KingThane BakerBobby Joe Morrow
2Great BritainGBR41.241.30Q
Ken BoxRoy SandstromDavid SegalBrian Shenton
3PakistanPAK41.341.42Q
Sharif ButtGhulam RaziqAbdul AzizAbdul Khaliq
4VenezuelaVEN42.042.10
Alfonso BrunoApolinar SolórzanoClive BonasRafael Romero
5LiberiaLBR44.744.96
Edward MartinsEmmanuel PutuGeorge JohnsonJames Roberts

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1AustraliaAUS40.640.72Q
Gavin CarragherTed McGlynnRay LandHec Hogan
2FranceFRA40.840.99Q
René BoninoKonstantin LissenkoJocelyn DelecourAlain David
3Unified Team of GermanyGER40.841.00Q
Lothar KnörzerLeo PohlHeinz FüttererManfred Germar
4ThailandTHA44.244.37
Vanchak VoradilokPaiboon VacharapanMontri SrinakaSneh Wongchaoom

Heat Three

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Soviet UnionURS40.740.77Q
Leonid BartenevBoris TokarevYury KonovalovVladimir Sukharev
2ItalyITA40.941.07Q
Franco GalbiatiGiovanni GhiselliLuigi GnocchiVincenzo Lombardo
3BrazilBRA41.641.70Q
João Pires SobrinhoJosé da ConceiçãoAry FaçanhaJorge de Barros
4CanadaCAN41.741.75
Stan LevensonDick HardingJack ParringtonJoe Foreman
5EthiopiaETH44.344.47
Beyene LegesseBekele HaileRoba NegousseAbebe Hailou

Heat Four

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1PolandPOL40.940.97Q
Marian FoikJan JarzembowskiEdward SzmidtZenon Baranowski
2HungaryHUN41.541.45Q
Sándor JakabfyGéza VarasdiGyörgy CsányiBéla Goldoványi
3JapanJPN42.242.30Q
Masaji TajimaKanji AkagiAkira KiyofujiKyohei Ushio
ACNigeriaNGR47.347.39DQ
Titus ErinleRafiu OluwaEdward AjadoAbdul Karim Amu

Semi-Finals (1 December 1956 — 14:30)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA40.340.34Q
Ira MurchisonLeamon KingThane BakerBobby Joe Morrow
2PolandPOL41.041.12Q
Marian FoikJan JarzembowskiEdward SzmidtZenon Baranowski
3ItalyITA41.141.14Q
Franco GalbiatiGiovanni GhiselliLuigi GnocchiVincenzo Lombardo
4FranceFRA41.341.37
René BoninoKonstantin LissenkoJocelyn DelecourAlain David
5HungaryHUN41.541.51
Sándor JakabfyGéza VarasdiGyörgy CsányiBéla Goldoványi
6BrazilBRA43.843.87
João Pires SobrinhoJosé da ConceiçãoAry FaçanhaJorge de Barros

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1Soviet UnionURS40.340.36Q
Leonid BartenevBoris TokarevYury KonovalovVladimir Sukharev
2Unified Team of GermanyGER40.540.64Q
Lothar KnörzerLeo PohlHeinz FüttererManfred Germar
3Great BritainGBR40.640.68Q
Ken BoxRoy SandstromDavid SegalBrian Shenton
4AustraliaAUS40.840.72
Gavin CarragherTed McGlynnRay LandHec Hogan
5PakistanPAK40.840.78
Sharif ButtGhulam RaziqAbdul AzizAbdul Khaliq
6JapanJPN41.341.57
Masaji TajimaKanji AkagiAkira KiyofujiKyohei Ushio

Final (1 December 1956 — 16:35)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)Split (Pos)
1United StatesUSA39.539.60WR
56Ira Murchison10.810.8 (–)
Leamon King9.220.0 (–)
54Thane Baker9.729.7 (–)
55Bobby Joe Morrow9.839.5 (–)
2Soviet UnionURS39.839.93
57Leonid Bartenev– (–)
59Boris Tokarev– (–)
58Yury Konovalov– (–)
Vladimir Sukharev– (–)
3Unified Team of GermanyGER40.340.34
Lothar Knörzer– (–)
69Leo Pohl– (–)
13Heinz Fütterer– (–)
14Manfred Germar– (–)
4ItalyITA40.340.43
21Franco Galbiati– (–)
74Giovanni Ghiselli– (–)
22Luigi Gnocchi– (–)
75Vincenzo Lombardo– (–)
5Great BritainGBR40.640.74
16Ken Box– (–)
17Roy Sandstrom– (–)
18David Segal– (–)
70Brian Shenton– (–)
6PolandPOL40.640.75
38Marian Foik– (–)
39Jan Jarzembowski– (–)
40Edward Szmidt– (–)
82Zenon Baranowski– (–)