Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Men's 4×100 metres relay
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Dates August 21–22
Competitors 52 from 13 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«1912 1924»
Athletics at the
1920 Summer Olympics
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Track events
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The men's 4×100 metres relay event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. It was the second appearance of this event. The competition was held on Saturday, August 21, 1920 and on Sunday, August 22, 1920.

Fifty-two runners from 13 nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 42.3 Germany Otto Röhr
Germany Max Herrmann
Germany Erwin Kern
Germany Richard Rau
Stockholm (SWE) July 8, 1912
Olympic Record 42.3 Germany Otto Röhr
Germany Max Herrmann
Germany Erwin Kern
Germany Richard Rau
Stockholm (SWE) July 8, 1912

In the final the team of the United States set a new world record with 42.2 seconds.

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

The semi-finals were held on Saturday, August 21, 1920.

Semifinal 1

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Charlie Paddock, Jackson Scholz, Loren Murchison, Morris Kirksey (USA) 43.0 Q
2  Jean Colbach, Paul Hammer, Jean Proess, Alex Servais (LUX) 44.4 Q
3  Félix Mendizábal, Diego Ordóñez, Carlos Botín, Federico Reparez (ESP) 44.6
 Bjarne Guldager, Asle Bækkedal, Rolf Stenersen, Erling Aastad (NOR) DQ
 Vittorio Zucca, Giovanni Orlandi, Giorgio Croci, Mario Riccobono (ITA) DQ

Semifinal 2

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  René Lorain, René Tirard, René Mourlon, Émile Ali-Khan (FRA) 43.0 Q
2  William Hill, Harold Abrahams, Denis Black, Victor d'Arcy (GBR) 43.3 Q
3  Albert Heijnneman, Jan de Vries, Harry van Rappard, Cor Wezepoel (NED) 43.5
4  Max Houben, Julien Lehouck, Omer Smet, Paul Brochart (BEL) 43.7

Semifinal 3

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Agne Holmström, William Petersson, Sven Malm, Nils Sandström (SWE) 43.4 Q
2  Henri Thorsen, Fritiof Andersen, August Sørensen, Marinus Sørensen (DEN) 43.8 Q
3  Jack Oosterlaak, Willie Bukes, Henry Dafel, Frank Irvine (RSA) 44.4
4  August Waibel, Walter Leibundgut, Adolf Rysler, Josef Imbach (SUI) 44.2

Final[edit]

The final was held on Sunday, August 22, 1920.

Place Athletes Time
1  Charlie Paddock, Jackson Scholz, Loren Murchison, Morris Kirksey (USA) 42.2 WR
2  René Lorain, René Tirard, René Mourlon, Émile Ali-Khan (FRA) 42.5
3  Agne Holmström, William Petersson, Sven Malm, Nils Sandström (SWE) 42.8
4  William Hill, Harold Abrahams, Denis Black, Victor d'Arcy (GBR) 43.0
5  Henri Thorsen, Fritiof Andersen, August Sørensen, Marinus Sørensen (DEN) 43.3
6  Jean Colbach, Paul Hammer, Jean Proess, Alex Servais (LUX) 43.6

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