Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Men's 4x100 metre relay
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
Venue Olympiastadion: Berlin, Germany
Dates August 9 (heats, final)
Competitors  from 15 nations
Teams 15
Winning time 39.8
1st, gold medalist(s) Jesse Owens
Ralph Metcalfe
Foy Draper
Frank Wykoff
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Orazio Mariani
Gianni Caldana
Elio Ragni
Tullio Gonnelli
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Wilhelm Leichum
Erich Borchmeyer
Erwin Gillmeister
Gerd Hornberger
← 1932
1948 →

The men's 4x100 metres relay event at the 1936 Olympic Games took place on August 9.[1] The United States team of Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe, Foy Draper and Frank Wykoff won in a world record time of 39.8. Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller, both Jewish, were originally slated to compete in the American relay team but were unexpectedly replaced by Owens and Metcalfe.



The fastest two teams in each of the three heats advanced to the final round.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Competitors Time Notes
1  United States Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe, Foy Draper, Frank Wykoff 40.0 =WR
2  Italy Orazio Mariani, Gianni Caldana, Elio Ragni, Tullio Gonnelli 41.1
3  South Africa Eric Grimbeek, Pat Dannaher, Tom Lavery, Marthinus Theunissen 41.7
4  Finland Toivo Ahjopalo, Toivo Sariola, Palle Virtanen, Aki Tammisto 42.0
 Japan Takayoshi Yoshioka, Monta Suzuki, Mutsuo Taniguchi, Masao Yazawa DSQ

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Athletes Time Notes
1  Netherlands Tjeerd Boersma, Wil van Beveren, Chris Berger, Tinus Osendarp 41.3
2  Argentina Juan Lavenás, Antonio Sande, Carlos Hofmeister, Tomás Beswick 41.9
3  Hungary Mario Minai, Gyula Gyenes, József Kovács, József Sir 42.0
4  Great Britain Charles Wiard, Don Finlay, Walter Rangeley, Alan Pennington 42.4
5  France Maurice Carlton, Pierre Dondelinger, Paul Bronner, Robert Paul 42.6
6  Republic of China Poh Kimseng, Huang Yingjie, Chen Kingkwan, Liu Changchun 44.8

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Athletes Time Notes
1  Germany Wilhelm Leichum, Erich Borchmeyer, Erwin Gillmeister, Gerd Hornberger 41.4
2  Canada Sam Richardson, Bruce Humber, Lee Orr, Howie McPhee 41.5
3  Sweden Lennart Lindgren, Irvin Ternström, Östen Sandström, Åke Stenqvist 41.5
4  Switzerland Albert Jud, Bernard Marchand, Georges Meyer, Paul Hänni 42.2


Rank Country Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States 39.8 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Italy 41.1
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Germany 41.2
4  Argentina 42.2
5  Canada 42.7
 Netherlands DSQ

Key: DSQ = Disqualified, WR = World record


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games: Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay". Retrieved 11 August 2017.