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

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Women's 4 x 100 metres relay
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
Dates August 8 (heats), August 9 (final)
Competitors  from 8 nations
Teams 8
Winning time 46.9
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Harriet Bland
Annette Rogers
Betty Robinson
Helen Stephens
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Eileen Hiscock
Violet Olney
Audrey Brown
Barbara Burke
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dorothy Brookshaw
Mildred Dolson
Hilda Cameron
Aileen Meagher
 Canada
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Athletics at the
1936 Summer Olympics
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4×100 m relay men women
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The women's 4 x 100 metres relay event at the 1936 Olympic Games took place on August 8 and August 9. The American team won with a time of 46.9 s after the German team, which had been in the lead, dropped the baton on the final leg.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Country Competitors Time Notes
1  United States Harriet Bland, Annette Rogers, Betty Robinson, Helen Stephens 47.1 Q
2  Canada Dorothy Brookshaw, Jeanette Dolson, Hilda Cameron, Aileen Meagher 48.0 Q
3  Netherlands Kitty ter Braake, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Ali de Vries, Lies Koning 48.4 Q
4  Austria Charlotte Machmer, Johanna Vancura, Grete Neumann, Veronika Kohlbach 49.9

Key: Q = Qualified

Heat 2

Rank Country Competitors Time Notes
1  Germany Emmy Albus, Käthe Krauß, Marie Dollinger, Ilse Dörffeldt 46.4 Q, WR
2  Great Britain Eileen Hiscock, Violet Olney, Audrey Brown, Barbara Burke 47.5 Q
3  Italy Lydia Bongiovanni, Ondina Valla, Fernanda Bullano, Claudia Testoni 48.6 Q
4  Finland Irja Lipasti, Ebba From, Raili Halttu, Rauni Essman 49.5

Key: Q = Qualified, WR = World record

Final[edit]

Rank Country Competitors Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States Harriet Bland, Annette Rogers, Betty Robinson, Helen Stephens 46.9
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Great Britain Eileen Hiscock, Violet Olney, Audrey Brown, Barbara Burke 47.6
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Canada Dorothy Brookshaw, Jeanette Dolson, Hilda Cameron, Aileen Meagher 47.8
4  Italy Lydia Bongiovanni, Ondina Valla, Fernanda Bullano, Claudia Testoni 48.7
5  Netherlands Kitty ter Braake, Fanny Blankers-Koen, Ali de Vries, Lies Koning 48.8
 Germany Emmy Albus, Käthe Krauß, Marie Dollinger, Ilse Dörffeldt DSQ

Key: DSQ = Disqualified

In the heats, the German team set a world record of 46.4 s.[1] In the final, they built a commanding lead, but their fourth runner, Ilse Dörffeldt, dropped the baton.[2][3] The American team won in 46.9 s.[3][4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Report: Games of the Olympiad, New York: United States Olympic Committee, 1936, OCLC 17760969, p. 159.
  2. ^ Bud Greenspan, 100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History, Los Angeles: General Publication Group, 1995, ISBN 9781881649663, p. 33.
  3. ^ a b Duff Hart-Davis, Hitler's games: the 1936 Olympics, New York: Harper, 1986, ISBN 9780060155544, p. 200.
  4. ^ Louise Mead Tricard, American Women's Track and Field: A History, 1895 through 1980, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1996, ISBN 9780786402199, p. 227.
  5. ^ Reinhard Rürup, ed., 1936, die Olympischen Spiele und der Nationalsozialismus: eine Dokumentation, Berlin: Argon, 1996, ISBN 9783870243500, p. 144 (German)
  6. ^ Guy Walters, Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream, London: Hodder-John Murray, ISBN 978-0-7195-6783-4, pp. 268–69, wrongly stating that the time of 46.9 s was half a second faster than the record 46.4.