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
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Athletics at the
1936 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men
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 steeple men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The men's 4x100 metres relay event at the 1936 Olympic Games took place on August 9. 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 Mariani, Caldana, Ragni, 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, B. Taniguchi, Masao Yazawa DSQ

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Time Notes
1  Netherlands 41.3
2  Argentina 41.9
3  Hungary 42.0
4  Great Britain 42.4
5  France 42.6
6  Republic of China 44.8

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Time Notes
1  Germany 41.4
2  Canada 41.5
3  Sweden 41.5
4  Switzerland 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