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)
Competitors  from 15 nations
Teams 15
Winning time 40.6
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Barney Ewell
Lorenzo Wright
Harrison Dillard
Mel Patton
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alastair McCorquodale
Jack Gregory
Ken Jones
Jack Archer
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Michele Tito
Enrico Perucconi
Carlo Monti
Antonio Siddi
 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
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 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.

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record
Olympic record
 United States
(Foy Draper, Ralph Metcalfe, Jesse Owens, Frank Wykoff)
39.8 Berlin, Germany 9 August 1936

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 6 August 1948 16:00 Round 1
Saturday, 7 August 1948 15:30 Finals

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 1 took place on 6 August. The first two teams from each heat advanced to the final.

Heat 1

Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1  United States Harrison Dillard, Barney Ewell, Mel Patton, Lorenzo Wright 41.1 Q
2  Italy Carlo Monti, Enrico Perucconi, Antonio Siddi, Michele Tito 41.3 Q
3  Brazil Aroldo da Silva, Hélio da Silva, Ivan Hausen, Rosalvo Ramos 42.4
-  Turkey Kemal Aksur, Erdal Barkay, Raşit Öztaş, Ruhi Sarıalp DSQ

Heat 2

Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1  Great Britain Jack Archer, Jack Gregory, Ken Jones, Alastair McCorquodale 41.4 Q
2  Hungary László Bartha, György Csányi, Béla Goldoványi, Ferenc Tima 41.4 Q
3  Australia John Bartram, Bill Bruce, Morris Curotta, John Treloar 41.5
-  Uruguay Hércules Azcune, Mario Fayos, Juan López, Walter Pérez 42.8
-  Bermuda Hazzard Dill, Perry Johnson, Stanley Lines, Frank Mahoney 45.4
-  Belgium Fernand Bourgaux, Pol Braekman, Fernand Linssen, Isidoor Van De Wiele DNF

Heat 3

Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1  Netherlands Jan Lammers, Jan Meijer, Gabe Scholten, Jo Zwaan 41.7 Q
2  Canada Ted Haggis, Don McFarlane, Jim O'Brien, Don Pettie 42.3 Q
3  Argentina Alberto Biedermann, Gerardo Bönnhoff, Carlos Isaac, Fernando Lapuente 42.4
4  Iceland Ásmundur Bjarnason, Haukur Clausen, Trausti Eyjólfsson, Finnbjörn Þorvaldsson 42.9
-  France Julien Lebas, Marc Litaudon, Alain Porthault, René Valmy DNF

Final[edit]

Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States Harrison Dillard, Barney Ewell, Mel Patton, Lorenzo Wright 40.6
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Great Britain Jack Archer, Jack Gregory, Ken Jones, Alastair McCorquodale 41.3
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Italy Carlo Monti, Enrico Perucconi, Antonio Siddi, Michele Tito 41.5
4  Hungary László Bartha, György Csányi, Béla Goldoványi, Ferenc Tima 41.6
5  Canada Ted Haggis, Don McFarlane, Jim O'Brien, Don Pettie 41.9
6  Netherlands Jan Lammers, Jan Meijer, Gabe Scholten, Jo Zwaan 41.9

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