Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Men's 4 x 100 metres relay
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates August 6 (heats)
August 7 (final)
Teams 15
Winning time 40.6
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Italy
«1936 1952»
Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
Athletics pictogram.svg
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
10 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The men's 4 x 100 metres relay event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place on August 6 & August 7. The United States team easily won the final, but was initially disqualified when officials thought the pass between Barney Ewell and Lorenzo Wright had taken place outside of the zone. After further review, officials reversed the decision giving the U.S. the victory.




Rank Country Time (hand) Notes
1st United States 40.6
2nd Great Britain 41.3
3rd Italy 41.5
4 Hungary 41.6
5 Canada 41.9
6 Netherlands 41.9