Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
DatesJuly 26 (heats)
July 27 (final)
Competitors from 18 nations
Teams18
Winning time3:03.9 (hand)
3:04.04 (automatic)
Medalists
Gold medal icon.svg Arthur Wint
Leslie Laing
Herb McKenley
George Rhoden
Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica
Silver medal icon.svg Ollie Matson
Gerrard Cole
Charles Moore
Mal Whitfield
US flag 48 stars.svg  United States
Bronze medal icon.svg Günter Steines
Hans Geister
Heinz Ulzheimer
Karl-Friedrich Haas
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
  1948
1956  

The men's 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place on July 26 & July 27. [1] The Jamaican team won the final. Herb McKenley's third leg of 44.6, credited with pulling Jamaica into contention from 10 metres back, is considered one of the greatest relay legs in history. [2] George Rhoden, the 400 metres champion and Mal Whitfield the 800 metres champion ran virtually shoulder to shoulder the entire last lap, but Whitfield was never able to take the lead.

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Results

Heats

Round One Heat One

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Video on YouTube Heat 1 amateur film
RankCountryAthletesTime (hand)Time (automatic)Notes
1Flag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica Arthur Wint, Les Laing, Herb McKenley, George Rhoden 3:12.13:12.13Q
2Flag of France.svg  France Jean-Pierre Goudeau, Robert Bart, Jacques Degats, Jean-Paul Martin du Gard 3:12.63:12.72Q
3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Gösta Brännström, Tage Ekfeldt, Rune Larsson, Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt 3:13.43:13.55
4Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Albert Lowagie, Antoine Uyterhoeven, Roger Moens, Fernand Linssen 3:15.83:16.05
5Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Roby Schaeffer, Jean Hamilius, Fred Hammer, Gérard Rasquin 3:16.23:16.38
6Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Pauli Tavisalo, Ossi Mildh, Ragnar Graeffe, Rolf Back 3:16.43:16.67
7Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan Junkichi Matoba, Eitaro Okano, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Yoshitaka Muroya 3:20.33:20.55

Round One Heat Two

RankCountryAthletesTime (hand)Time (automatic)Notes [3]
1US flag 48 stars.svg  United States Ollie Matson, Gene Cole, Charlie Moore, Mal Whitfield 3:11.53:11.67Q
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Les Lewis, Alan Dick, Terry Higgins, Nick Stacey 3:12.53:12.67Q
3Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg  Hungary Ferenc Bánhalmi, Lajos Szentgáli, Egon Solymossy, Zoltán Adamik 3:13.83:13.96
4Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Baldassare Porto, Gianni Rocca, Luigi Grossi, Armando Filiput 3:15.23:15.23
5Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland Hans Ernst Schneider, Josef Steger, Paul Stalder, Ernst von Gunten 3:15.43:15.36
6Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Abdul Rehman, Muhammad Shafi, Mirza Khan, Aurang Zeb 3:23.2

Round One Heat Three

RankCountryAthletesTime (hand)Time (automatic)Notes
1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Hans Geister, Günther Steines, Heinz Ulzheimer, Karl-Friedrich Haas 3:10.53:10.57Q
2Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada Doug Clement, Jack Hutchins, Jack Carroll, James Lavery 3:11.23:11.49Q
3Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg  Soviet Union Ardalion Ignatyev, Gennady Slepnyov, Edmunds Pīlāgs, Yury Lituyev 3:12.53:12.65
4Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa Louis van Biljon, Ron Wilkie, John Anderton, Bill Chivell 3:14.83:15.09
5Flag of Australia.svg  Australia Ray Weinberg, Morris Curotta, Ken Doubleday, Edwin Carr Jr. 3:15.83:16.00

Final

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Video on YouTube Official film of the final
RankCountryTime (hand)Time (automatic)Notes
Gold medal icon.svgFlag of Jamaica (1906-1957).svg  Jamaica 3:03.93:04.04 WR
Silver medal icon.svgUS flag 48 stars.svg  United States 3:04.03:04.21
Bronze medal icon.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 3:06.63:06.78
4Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg  Canada 3:09.33:09.37
5Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 3:10.03:10.23
6Flag of France.svg  France 3:10.13:10.33

Key: WR = World record

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