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1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Stockholm, Sweden Format: Winner in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 14, 1912  
Date Finished: July 15, 1912  
(Competitors: 28; Countries: 7; Finalists: 12/3)  
    Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Overview by IAAF    
Britain were the fastest of the heat winners, clocking 3:19.0 ahead of Canada (3:22.2). Both the United States (3:23.3) and France (3:22.5) were comfortable victors in their preliminaries. Sheppard gained 5m on Lelong on the first leg, with Nicol, injured, well back, and thereafter the USA gained on each leg, winning by a comfortable 30m with a world record 3:16.6.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
This was the first time this event was on the Olympic program. In 1908, a 1,600 metre medley relay (200, 200, 400, 800) had been contested at the London Olympics. The world record for the 4 x 400 relay was 3:18.2 which had been set on 4 September 1911 by the Irish-American Athletic Club of New York.
With four of the five 400 metre finalists, the United States was heavily favored. There were three heats, and the U.S., Great Britain, and France advanced to the final, with Britain posting the fastest qualifying time - 3:19.0.
The final was no contest as the favored Americans shattered the world record, running 3:16.6. Britain was hampered when their lead-off runner, George Nicol, pulled up and limped most of his lap, allowing France to garner the silver medal.
Britain’s third runner was James Soutter. Shortly after the Olympics, in 1913, he forsook track athletics in favor of the gospel ministry and was ordained the minister of the Scots Kirk in Nairobi, the first Scottish minister in Kenya. He returned to Scotland in 1917 and became minister of the parish of Whitekirk and Tynninghame, East Lothian where he served until he retired in 1949. In early August 1966, he oddly disappeared one day, and was never found, being presumed dead on 8 August 1966.
 
 
        Results          

The British squad, running in the first semifinal, set the best time of the semifinal round with 3:19.0 minutes. It was bettered by the Americans in the final, as they took the gold medal and set a new world record in 3:16.6 minutes.
4 x 400 m Men     Final 8 July        

1912 US relay team.JPG
The winning American relay team.




 
The final: Edward Lindberg passing over the baton to Ted Meredith.


Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.16.6     Mel Sheppard, Edward Lindberg, Ted Meredith, Charles Reidpath United States USA   WR  
2 3.20.7     Charles Lelong, Robert Schurrer, Pierre Failliot, Charles Poulenard France FRA      
3 3.23.2     George Nicol, Ernest Henley, James Soutter, Cyril Seedhouse Great Britain GBR      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat One 14 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.19.0   Q
George Nicol, Ernest Henley, James Soutter, Cyril Seedhouse (GBR)
Great Britain GBR   OR  
2 3.22.2    
Mel Brock, John Howard, Thomas Gallon, John Tait (CAN)
Canada CAN      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat Two 14 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.23.3   Q
Mel Sheppard, Edward Lindberg, Ted Meredith, Charles Reidpath (USA)
United States USA      
2 3.28.2    
Hanns Braun, Max Herrmann, Heinrich Burkowitz, Erich Lehmann (GER)
Germany GER      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat Three 14 July        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.22.5   Q
Charles Lelong, Robert Schurrer, Pierre Failliot, Charles Poulenard (FRA)
France FRA      
2 3.25.0    
Paul Zerling, John Dahlin, Eric Lindholm, Knut Stenborg (SWE)
Sweden SWE      
3 3.29.4    
Ervin Szerelemhegyi, Ödön Bodor, István Déván, Frigyes Wiesner (HUN)
Hungary HUN      
 
 

 

 

 

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