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1948 Olympic Games London, Great Britain - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: London, Great Britain Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 6, 1948  
Date Finished: August 7, 1948  
(Competitors: 60; Countries: 15; Finalists: 24/6)  
    Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Overview by IAAF    1948_olympic_stadium.jpg
The USA and Jamaica were set to have a titanic battle, with the Caribbean team boosted by the 400m champion Wint, and the world 400m record holder – Herb McKenley. The USA built up a lead of over 10m on the first two legs, and Wint began to cut down Cochran’s lead with his gigantic strides, when a pulled muscle cut down the Jamaican, leaving him lying on the infield while the USA cruised to victory. For Cochran it was a case of keeping things in the family, as his older brother Commodore had won relay gold in 1924.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The final was thought to be a shoot-out between Jamaica and the United States, with Jamaica led by 400 champion Arthur Wint and 400 world record holder Herb McKenley. But Art Harnden and Cliff Bourland gave the USA a 10-metre lead. Wint took over on the third leg for Jamaica but pulled a muscle and fell to the track, leaving the US unchallenged on the way to the gold medal.
 
 
        Results          
   
4 x 400 m Men     Final 7 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.10.4     Arthur Harnden 48.0, Cliff Bourland 47.3, Roy Cochran 47.8, Mal Whitfield 47.3 United States USA     3.10.4 h
2 3.14.8     Jean Kerebel, Francis Schewetta, Robert Chefdhôtel, Jacques Lunis France FRA     at 4.71
3 3.16.0     Kurt Lundqvist, Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt, Folke Alnevik, Rune Larsson Sweden SWE     at 6.08
4 3.24.8     Tauno Suvanto, Olli Talja, Runar Holmberg, Bertil Storskrubb Finland FIN     at 14.45
AC DNF     George Rhoden 48.1, Leslie Laing 48.5, Arthur Wint DNF, Herb McKenley Jamaica JAM      
AC DNF     Giovanni Rocca, Ottavio Missoni, Luigi Paterlini, Antonio Siddi Italy ITA      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat One 6 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.12.6   Q Roy Cochran, Cliff Bourland
Arthur Harnden, Mal Whitfield
United States USA     3.12.6 h
2 3.14.0   Q Giovanni Rocca, Ottavio Missoni, Luigi Paterlini, Antonio Siddi Italy ITA      
3 3.14.2     Les Lewis, Derek Pugh, Martin Pike, Bill Roberts Great Britain GBR      
4 3.23.0     Oskar Hardmeier, Walter Keller, Max Trepp, Karl Volkmer Switzerland SUI      
AC DQ     Charles Denroche, Reggie Myles, Paul Dolan, Jimmy Reardon Ireland IRL      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat Two 6 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.14.0   Q George Rhoden, Les Laing, Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley Jamaica JAM     3.14.0 h
2 3.17.0   Q Jean Kérébel, Francis Schewetta, Robert Chef d'Hôtel, Jacques Lunis France FRA      
3 3.19.0     Ernie McCullough, Bill LaRochelle, Don McFarlane, Bob McFarlane Canada CAN      
4 3.23.8     Carlos Silva, Jaime Itlmann, Sergio Guzmán, Gustavo Ehlers Chile CHI      
5 3.35.0     Seydi Dinçtürk, Rıza Maksut İşman, Doğan Acarbay, Kemal Horulu Turkey TUR      
4 x 400 m Men     Round One Heat Three 6 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records Notes
1 3.20.7   Q Tauno Suvanto, Olavi Talja, Runar Holmberg, Bebbe Storskrubb Finland FIN     3.20.6 h
2 3.21.0   Q Kurt Lundquist, Lars-Erik Wolfbrandt, Folke Alnevik, Rune Larsson Sweden SWE      
3 3.21.2     Antonio Pocoví, Hermenegildo Alberti, Guillermo Evans, Guillermo Avalos Argentina ARG      
4 3.25.4     Jerko Bulić, Marko Račič, Aleksandar Ćosić, Zvonko Sabolović Yugoslavia YUG      
5 3.33.0     Vasilios Mavroidis, Lazaros Petropoulakis, Stefanos Petrakis, Stylianos Stratakos Greece GRE      
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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