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1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 4, 1928  
Date Finished: August 5, 1928  
(Competitors: 56; Countries: 14; Finalists: 24/6)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Overview by IAAF   Olympic_Stadium_Amsterdam_1928.jpg 
The track had not been kind to the sprinters at the 1928 Olympics, the heavy surface slowing times appreciably. However, the lack of big international quality 4 x 400m races meant that the world record from 1924 was vulnerable. The USA led from the gun, but after two legs their advantage was just 2m over Canada, with Germany a similar distance behind in third place. “Bud” Spencer extended the USA lead to 6m with a 47.8 leg, though Byléhn produced the fastest 400m of the race (47.4) to bring Sweden into contact with Canada. The individual champion, Barbuti, took the USA home 5m ahead in the world record time of 3:14.2, with Germany a clear second ahead of Canada. The British team, thought to be of medal capability lost two seconds when Craner started too early and had to retrace his steps to take the baton.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Great Britain had the fastest time in the heats with 3:20.6 but would finish only fifth in the final. The USA took the lead on the first leg, with George Baird running 48.2, and they were never headed. Their anchor was run by Ray Barbuti, who had won the open 400 metres, but he was probably slightly outrun by the German anchor, Hermann Engelhard. Still, Barbuti held off the German charge and the US won in world record time.
 
 
        Results        
 
4 x 400 m Men     Final 5 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.14.2     George Baird 48.2, Emerson Spencer 47.8, Fred Alderman 49.4, Ray Barbuti 48.8 United States USA   WR
2 3.14.8     Otto Neumann 48.8, Richard Krebs 49.2, Harry Storz 48.2, Hermann Engelhard 48.6 Germany GER    
3 3.15.4     Alex Wilson 49.2, Phil Edwards 48.6, Stanley Glover 50.0, James Ball47.6 Canada CAN    
4 3.15.8     Björn Kugelberg 51.0, Bertil von Wachenfeldt 49.4, Erik Byléhn 47.4, Sten-Pelle Pettersson 48.0 Sweden SWE    
5 3.16.4     Roger Leigh-Wood 48.9, William Craner 51.4, John Rinkel 48.5, Douglas Lowe 47.6 Great Britain GBR    
6 3.19.4     Georges Krotoff, Joseph Jackson, Georges Dupont, René Féger France FRA    
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat One 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.21.4   Q George Baird , Emerson Spencer , Fred Alderman , Ray Barbuti United States USA    
2 3.22.0   Q Alex Wilson , Phil Edwards , Stanley Glover , James Ball Canada CAN    
3 3.23.2     Mór Gerő, László Magdics, István Sugár, Antal Odri Hungary HUN    
4 3.24.2     Feliks Malanowski, Zygmunt Weiss, Stefan Kostrzewski, Klemens Biniakowski Poland POL    
5       Philippe Coenjaerts, Émile Vercken, François Prinsen, Émile Langenraedt Belgium BEL    
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat Two 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.20.8   Q Otto Neumann , Richard Krebs , Harry Storz , Hermann Engelhard Germany GER    
2 3.21.2   Q Björn Kugelberg, Bertil von Wachenfeldt , Erik Byléhn , Sten-Pelle Pettersson Sweden SWE    
3 3.22.6     Giacomo Carlini, Luigi Facelli, Guido Cominotto, Ettore Tavernari Italy ITA    
4       Andries Hoogerwerf, Adje Paulen, Harry Broos, Rinus van den Berge Netherlands NED    
5       Johann Bartl, Karel Kněnický, Vilém Šindler, Jaroslav Vykoupil Czechoslovakia TCH    
6       Stelios Benardis, Renos Frangoudis, Vangelis Moiropoulos, Vasilios Stavrinos Greece GRE    
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat Three 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.20.6   Q Roger Leigh-Wood, William Craner, John Rinke, Douglas Lowe Great Britain GBR    
2 3.23.0   Q Georges Krotoff, Joseph Jackson, Georges Dupont, René Féger France FRA    
3 3.23.4     Alfonso García, José Lucílo Iturbe, Jesús Moraila, Víctor Villaseñor Mexico MEX    
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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