Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Men's 4 x 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates August 6 (heats)
August 7 (final)
Competitors  from 15 nations
Teams 15
Winning time 3:10.4
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Roy Cochran
Cliff Bourland
Arthur Harnden
Mal Whitfield
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jean Kerebel
Francis Schewetta
Robert Chef d'Hôtel
Jacques Lunis
 France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kurt Lundquist
Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt
Folke Alnevik
Rune Larsson
 Sweden
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 400 metres relay event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place on 7 August and 7 August. The United States team won the final with a time of 3:10.4.

Records[edit]

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

World record
Olympic record
 United States
(Edgar Ablowich, Bill Carr, Ivan Fuqua, Karl Warner)
3:08.2 Los Angeles, United States 7 August 1932

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 6 August 1948 17:30 Round 1
Saturday, 7 August 1948 16:50 Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The first two teams in each heat qualified for the Final.[1]

Heat 1

Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1  United States Cliff Bourland, Roy Cochran, Arthur Harnden, Mal Whitfield 3:12.6 Q
2  Italy Ottavio Missoni, Luigi Paterlini, Gianni Rocca, Antonio Siddi 3:14.0 Q
3  Great Britain Leslie Lewis, Martin Pike, Derek Pugh, Bill Roberts 3:14.2
4  Switzerland Oskar Hardmeier, Walter Keller, Max Trepp, Karl Volkmer 3:23.0
-  Ireland Charles Denroche, Paul Dolan, Reggie Myles, Jimmy Reardon DSQ

Heat 2

Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1  Jamaica Leslie Laing, Herb McKenley, George Rhoden, Arthur Wint 3:14.0 Q
2  France Robert Chef d'Hôtel, Jean Kerebel, Jacques Lunis, Francis Schewetta 3:17.0 Q
3  Canada Bill LaRochelle, Ernie McCullough, Bob McFarlane, Don McFarlane 3:19.0
4  Chile Gustavo Ehlers, Sergio Guzmán, Jaime Itlmann, Carlos Silva 3:23.8
-  Turkey Doğan Acarbay, Seydi Dinçtürk, Kemal Horulu, Rıza Maksut İşman 3:35.0

Heat 3

Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1  Finland Runar Holmberg, Bebbe Storskrubb, Tauno Suvanto, Olavi Talja 3:20.6 Q
2  Sweden Folke Alnevik, Rune Larsson, Kurt Lundquist, Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt 3:21.0 Q
3  Argentina Hermenegildo Alberti, Guillermo Avalos, Guillermo Evans, Antonio Pocovi 3:21.2
4  Yugoslavia Jerko Bulić, Aleksandar Ćosić, Marko Račič, Zvonko Sabolović 3:25.4
-  Greece Vasilios Mavroidis, Stefanos Petrakis, Lazaros Petropoulakis, Stylianos Stratakos 3:33.0

Final[edit]

Rank Nation Competitors Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States Cliff Bourland, Roy Cochran, Arthur Harnden, Mal Whitfield 3:10.4
2nd, silver medalist(s)  France Robert Chef d'Hôtel, Jean Kerebel, Jacques Lunis, Francis Schewetta 3:14.8
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Sweden Folke Alnevik, Rune Larsson, Kurt Lundquist, Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt 3:16.0
4  Finland Runar Holmberg, Bebbe Storskrubb, Tauno Suvanto, Olavi Talja 3:24.8
 Jamaica Leslie Laing, Herb McKenley, George Rhoden, Arthur Wint DNF
 Italy Ottavio Missoni, Luigi Paterlini, Gianni Rocca, Antonio Siddi DNF

Key: DNF = Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. LONDON: THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE XIV OLYMPIAD. 1948. p. 259. Retrieved 24 February 2015.