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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's 4 x 400 m



Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: Top two in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956
(Competitors: 60; Countries: 15; Finalists: 24/6)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF 1956_melbournestadium.jpg 
Only Britain (3:08.7) and Germany (3:09.8) broke 3:10 in the heats, with Czechoslovakia the fastest non-qualifiers with 3:10.8. In the final, the United States were threatened for the first half of the race by Australia, who were level at that point, but Jenkins broke open the race with the fastest lap of the day – 45.5 – and Courtney anchored the powerful US squad home with more than 10m advantage over Australia. Jamaica were disqualified for impeding Germany on the second leg.
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Jamaica was no longer the dominant 4x400 relay team they had been from 1948-52, and the United States was favored in the final. World record holder Lou Jones gave the US the lead on the opening leg. Australia pulled even at the end of 800 metres, but after that the US pulled away for the gold medal. The Australians took silver, with future IOC Member Kevan Gosper running the anchor.
4 x 400 m Men Final 1 December
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.04.81 Lou Jones 47.1, Jesse Mashburn 46.4, Charles Jenkins 45.5, Tom Courtney 45.7 United States USA 3.04.8 h
2 3.06.19 Leon Gregory 47.6, David Lean 46.6, Graham Gipson 45.9, Kevan Gosper 46.1 Australia AUS 3.06.2 h
3 3.07.19 John Salisbury 47.4, Michael Wheeler 46.5, Peter Higgins 46.4, Derek Johnson 46.9 Great Britain GBR 3.07.2 h
4 3.08.27 Jürgen Kühl 47.7, Walter Oberste 47.1, Manfred Pörschke 47.1, Karl- Friedrich Haas 46.3 Germany GER 3.08.2 h
5 3.10.33 Laird Sloan 47.8, Murray Cockburn 48.2, Douglas Clement 47.5, Terry Tobacco 46.7 Canada CAN 3.10.2 h
AC DQ Keith Gardner 47.6, George Kerr 48.5, Malcolm Spence, Melville Spence Jamaica JAM [3.11.3] / [3.11.50]
4 x 400 m Men Round One Heat One 30 November
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.10.59 Q Laird Sloan, Murray Cockburn, Douglas Clement, Terry Tobacco Canada CAN 3.10.6 h
2 3.10.60 Q Lou Jones, Jesse Mashburn, Charles Jenkins, Tom Courtney United States USA 3.10.6 h
3 3.10.96 Jaroslav Jiranek, Josef Trousil
Vaclav Janesek, Vilem Mandlik
Czechoslovakia TCH 3.10.8 h
4 3.11.52 Eero Kivela, Osvald Mildh, Pentti Rekola, Voitto Hellstén Finland FIN 3.11.4 h
4 x 400 m Men Round One Heat Two 30 November
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.09.88 Q Jürgen Kühl, Walter Oberste, Manfred Pörschke, Karl- Friedrich Haas Germany GER 3.09.8 h
2 3.10.57 Q Leon Gregory, David Lean, Graham Gipson, Kevan Gosper Australia AUS 3.10.4 h
3 3.11.76 Jacques Degats, Jean-Paul Martin du Gard, Jean-Pierre Goudeau, Pierre Haarhoff France FRA 3.11.8 h
4 3.13.75 Kanji Akagi, Keiji Ogushi, Shigeharu Suzuki, Yoshitaka Muroya Japan JPN 3.13.8 h
5 3.13.81 Frank Rivera, Ismael Delgado, Iván Rodríguez, Ovidio de Jesús Puerto Rico PUR 3.13.8 h
6 3.27.4 Alfonso Muñoz, Carlos Sierra, Guillermo Zapata, Jaime Aparicio Colombia COL
4 x 400 m Men Round One Heat Three 30 November
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.08.76 Q John Salisbury, Michael Wheeler, Peter Higgins, Derek Johnson Great Britain GBR 3.08.8 h
2 3.11.07 Q Keith Gardner, George Kerr, Malcolm Spence, Melville Spence Jamaica JAM 3.11.0 h
3 3.11.27 Anatoliy Yulin, Ardalion Ignatyev,
Konstantin Grachev, Yuriy Lituyev
Soviet Union URS 3.11.2 h
4 3.17.68 Arap Kiptalam Keter, Bartonjo Rotich, Kamau George Wanyoke,
Kibet Boit
Kenya KEN 3.17.6 h
5 3.29.93 Ayanev Bayene, Beyene Legesse
Hailou Abebe, Mamo Wolde
Ethiopia ETH 3.30.0 h




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