Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Men's 4 × 100 metres relay
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 British relay team.JPG
The winning British relay team.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Dates July 8 (heats, semifinals)
July 9 (final)
Competitors 33 from 8 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
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Athletics at the
1912 Summer Olympics
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The men's 4 x 100 metres relay was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the debut of the event, which along with the 4x400 metre relay marked the first relays of equal legs in the athletics programme (a medley relay had been held in 1908). The competition was held on Monday, July 8, 1912 and on Tuesday, July 9, 1912.

Thirty-three runners from 8 nations competed. Only Germany replaced one runner.

Records[edit]

The record for the new event progressed quickly, with the Canadians winning the first heat. The Americans and then the Swedes then took the record, with the Germans tying the Swedes. The British took the record in the first semifinal, only to lose it quickly to the Swedes in the second. This time, the Germans running in the third semifinal bested the Swedish team's time to take the record for themselves after replacing Karl Halt with Otto Röhr as their lead-off runner.

The German team held the record at the finish, despite finishing in second (and then being disqualified for a baton-passing fault) in the final. Their disqualification left the event without a bronze medalist, making it the only athletics event to award only two medals.

The record of the German team with 42.3 became the first official world record for the 4x100 metres relay.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

All heats were held on Monday, July 8, 1912.

Only two teams were eliminated after the first round.

Heat 1

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Frank McConnell, Frank Lukeman, Harry Beasley, John Howard (CAN) 46.2 OR QS

Heat 2

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Ira Courtney, Frank Belote, Clement Wilson, Carl Cooke (USA) 43.7 OR QS

Heat 3

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  David Jacobs, Henry Macintosh, Victor d'Arcy, Willie Applegarth (GBR) 45.0 QS

Heat 4

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Ivan Möller, Charles Luther, Ture Person, Knut Lindberg (SWE) 43.6 OR QS

Heat 5

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Karl Halt, Max Herrmann, Erwin Kern, Richard Rau (GER) 43.6 =OR QS
2  Gustav Kröjer, Rudolf Rauch, Fritz Weinzinger, Fritz Fleischer (AUT) 44.8

Heat 6

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Ferenc Szobota, Vilmos Rácz, Pál Szalay, István Jankovich (HUN) 43.7 QS
2  Pierre Failliot, Georges Rolot, Charles Lelong, René Mourlon (FRA) 43.8

Semifinals[edit]

All semifinals were held on Monday, July 8, 1912.

Semifinal 1

The United States team was disqualified after a baton-passing fault on the first transfer.

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  David Jacobs, Henry Macintosh, Victor d'Arcy, Willie Applegarth (GBR) 43.0 OR QF
 Ira Courtney, Frank Belote, Clement Wilson, Carl Cooke (USA) Disqualified

Semifinal 2

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Ivan Möller, Charles Luther, Ture Person, Knut Lindberg (SWE) 42.5 OR QF
2  Ferenc Szobota, Vilmos Rácz, Pál Szalay, István Jankovich (HUN) 42.9

Semifinal 3

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Otto Röhr, Max Herrmann, Erwin Kern, Richard Rau (GER) 42.3 OR QF
2  Frank McConnell, Frank Lukeman, Harry Beasley, John Howard (CAN) 43.5

Final[edit]

The final was held on Tuesday, July 9, 1912.

Rau, erasing a deficit held since the first runners in the order, finished barely behind Applegarth, but the German team had committed a fault with its second baton passing as Kern passed the 20 metre line before receiving the baton. The Germans were disqualified, leaving no bronze medalist in the event as the British team finished with the gold and the Swedes moved up to second place.

Place Athletes Time
1  David Jacobs, Henry Macintosh, Victor d'Arcy, Willie Applegarth (GBR) 42.4
2  Ivan Möller, Charles Luther, Ture Person, Knut Lindberg (SWE) 42.6
 Otto Röhr, Max Herrmann, Erwin Kern, Richard Rau (GER) Disqualified

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 1 January 2007.