Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Men's 4 x 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Dates July 26 (heats)
July 27 (final)
Teams 18
Winning time 3:03.9 (hand)
3:04.04 (automatic)
Medalists
Gold medal    Jamaica
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Germany
«1948 1956»
Athletics at the
1952 Summer Olympics
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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
steeplechase
men
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 400 metres relay event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place on July 26 & July 27. The Jamaican team won the final. Herb McKenley's remarkable 44.6 third leg is credited with pulling Jamaica into contention from 10 metres back. It is considered one of the greatest relay legs in history.[1] George Rhoden, the 400 metres champion and Mal Whitfield the 800 metres champion ran virtually shoulder to shoulder the entire last lap, but Whitfield was never able to take the lead.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Round One Heat One[edit]

Rank Country Time (hand) Time (automatic) Notes
1 Jamaica 3:12.1 3:12.13 Q
2 France 3:12.6 3:12.72 Q
3 Sweden 3:13.4 3:13.55
4 Belgium 3:15.8 3:16.05
5 Luxembourg 3:16.2 3:16.38
6 Finland 3:16.4 3:16.67
7 Japan 3:20.3 3:20.55

Round One Heat Two[edit]

Rank Country Time (hand) Time (automatic) Notes
1 United States 3:11.5 3:11.67 Q
2 Great Britain 3:12.5 3:12.67 Q
3 Hungary 3:13.8 3:13.96
4 Italy 3:15.2 3:15.23
5 Switzerland 3:15.4 3:15.36
6 Pakistan 3:23.2

Round One Heat Three[edit]

Rank Country Time (hand) Time (automatic) Notes
1 Germany 3:10.5 3:10.57 Q
2 Canada 3:11.2 3:11.49 Q
3 Soviet Union 3:12.5 3:12.65
4 South Africa 3:14.8 3:15.09
5 Australia 3:15.8 3:16.00

Final[edit]

Rank Country Time (hand) Time (automatic) Notes
1st Jamaica 3:03.9 3:04.04 WR
2nd United States 3:04.0 3:04.21
3rd Germany 3:06.6 3:06.78
4 Canada 3:09.3 3:09.37
5 Great Britain 3:10.0 3:10.23
6 France 3:10.1 3:10.33

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]