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1960 Olympic Games Roma, Italy - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Roma, Italy Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 7, 1960 Format: Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals
Date Finished: September 8, 1960
(Competitors: 76; Countries: 19; Finalists: 24/6)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Overview by IAAF  1960_olympico_stadio1.jpg
The fastest leg in the first round came from Josef Trousil (TCH) – 45.4 – but his team was eliminated in 3:11.2. In the semi-finals Canada was anchored by Terry Tobacco’s 45.8, but his team was fifth and eliminated, despite being quicker than the British West Indies, runners-up in the other semi-final. Yerman, US Trials winner who had been ill in Rome, gave the USA a 3m lead over BWI’s Spence in the final, with Reske of Germany in fourth place. Kinder ran a superb leg for Germany, pulling them to within 3m of the USA, with South Africa a metre ahead of BWI. Glenn Davis ensured gold for the USA with his strong 45.31 leg, giving the USA a lead of almost 8m. With Davis – the 400m winner – on the anchor leg, victory was almost assured, but Kaufmann ran a blistering anchor leg of 44.86 in a valiant attempt to catch the USA. Davis ran away from the German in the last 100m after letting Kaufmann get to his shoulder on the final curve. Kerr ran 45.64 in splendid isolation in third place, ahead of South Africa’s Spence.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Led by 400 metre gold medalist Otis Davis and 400 hurdle gold medalist Glenn Davis, the US was favored in this event. Jack Yerman led off for the US and took the lead with 46.29. After three legs, the US led by about eight metres over Germany, when Otis Davis took the baton. Germany's anchor was Carl Kaufmann, who had narrowly lost the 400 gold to Davis. With a comfortable lead, Davis was slightly outrun by Kaufmann, who actually closed in the first 200 metres, but the outcome was never in doubt, the US breaking the world record in 3:02.2 and winning by half a second.
 
 
Results
4 x 400 m Men Final 8 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.02.37 Jack Yerman 46.29, Earl Young 45.52, Glenn Davis 45.31, Otis Davis45.25 United States USA WR 3.02.2 h
2 3.02.84 Hans-Jochen Reske 47.11, Manfred Kinder 45.04, Johannes Kaiser 45.83, Carl Kaufmann 44.86 Germany GER 3.02.7 h
3 3.04.13 Malcolm Spence/JAM 46.58, James Wedderburn/BAR 46.41, Keith Gardner /JAM 45.70, George Kerr/JAM 45.64 West Indies Federation WIF 3.04.0 h
4 3.05.18 Edward Jefferys 47.08, Brian Davis 45.82, Gordon Day 46.39, Malcolm Spence 45.89 South Africa RSA 3.05.0 h
5 3.08.47 Malcolm Yardley 47.26, Barry Jackson 46.89, John Wrighton 47.63, Robbie Brightwell 46.68 Great Britain GBR 3.08.3 h
6 3.09.55 René Weber 47.62, Ernst Zaugg 47.82, Hansrüdi Bruder 46.87, Christian Wägli 47.24 Switzerland SUI 3.09.4 h
4 x 400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat One 7 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.06.53 Q South Africa RSA 3.06.4 h
2 3.07.60 Q Germany GER 3.07.4 h
3 3.07.67 Q Great Britain GBR 3.07.5 h
4 3.07.83 Italy ITA 3.07.7 h
5 3.08.37 Canada CAN 3.08.2 h
6 3.10.34 Yugoslavia YUG 3.10.2 h
4 x 400 m Men Semi-Finals Heat Two 7 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.08.57 Q United States USA 3.08.4 h
2 3.09.34 Q West Indies Federation WIF 3.09.2 h
3 3.09.77 Q Switzerland SUI 3.09.7 h
4 3.10.88 Poland POL 3.10.8 h
5 3.11.03 Ghana GHA 3.10.9 h
6 3.11.05 Sweden SWE 3.10.9 h
4 x 400 m Men Round One Heat One 7 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.10.58 Q Germany GER 3.10.4 h
2 3.10.65 Q Canada CAN 3.10.5 h
3 3.10.75 Q Yugoslavia YUG 3.10.6 h
4 3.11.90 Finland FIN 3.11.7 h
5 3.13.91 Puerto Rico PUR 3.13.9 h
4 x 400 m Men Round One Heat Two 7 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.09.28 Q West Indies Federation WIF 3.09.1 h
2 3.09.67 Q Poland POL 3.09.5 h
3 3.10.00 Q Italy ITA 3.09.8 h
4 3.15.26 Belgium BEL 3.15.1 h
5 3.21.87 Luxembourg LUX 3.21.7 h
4 x 400 m Men Round One Heat Three 7 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.10.79 Q Switzerland SUI 3.10.7 h
2 3.16.32 Q South Africa RSA 3.16.1 h
3 3.20.47 Q Great Britain GBR 3.20.3 h
AC DNF Greece GRE
4 x 400 m Men Round One Heat Four 7 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records Notes
1 3.10.58 Q United States USA 3.10.4 h
2 3.10.66 Q Ghana GHA 3.10.5 h
3 3.10.91 Q Sweden SWE 3.10.7 h
4 3.11.33 Czechoslovakia TCH 3.11.2 h
5 3.12.31 Soviet Union URS 3.12.1 h
 

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Heats

The fastest three teams in each of the four heats advanced to the semifinal round.

Heat one

RankNameNationalityTimeNotes
1 Joachim Reske
Manfred Kinder
Jo Kaiser
Carl Kaufmann
Germany 3:10.58  
2 Ergas Leps
Joe Mullins
Sig Ohlemann
Terry Tobacco
Canada 3:10.65  
3 Srđan Savić
Ðani Kovač
Miloje Grujić
Viktor Šnajder
Yugoslavia 3:10.75  
4 Pentti Rekola
Börje Strand
Voitto Hellstén
Jussi Rintamäki
Finland 3:11.90  
5 Ovidio de Jesús
José Luis Villalongo
Ramón Vega
German Guenard
Puerto Rico 3:13.91  

Heat two

RankNameNationalityTimeNotes
1 Malcolm Spence
Jim Wedderburn
Keith Gardner
George Kerr
British West Indies 3:09.28  
2 Edward Bożek
Stanisław Swatowski
Bogusław Gierajewski
Jerzy Kowalski
Poland 3:09.67  
3 Giuseppe Bommarito
Mario Fraschini
Nereo Fossati
Renato Panciera
Italy 3:10.00  
4 Marcel Lambrechts
Jos Lambrechts
Lodewijk De Clerck
Roger Moens
Belgium 3:15.26  
5 Roger Bofferding
Felix Heuertz
Norbert Haupert
Ramon Humbert
Luxembourg 3:21.87  

Heat three

RankNameNationalityTimeNotes
1 René Weber
Ernst Zaugg
Hansruedi Bruder
Christian Wägli
Switzerland 3:10.79  
2 Edward Jefferys
Edgar Davis
Gordon Day
Malcolm Spence
South Africa 3:16.32  
3 Malcolm Yardley
Barry Jackson
John Wrighton
Robbie Brightwell
Great Britain 3:20.47  
- Leonidas Kormalis
Konstantinos Moragiemos
Evangelos Depastas
Vasilios Sillis
Greece   DNF

Heat four

RankNameNationalityTimeNotes
1 Jack Yerman
Earl Young
Glenn Davis
Otis Davis
United States 3:10.58  
2 William Quaye
James Addy
Frederick Owusu
John Asare-Antwi
Ghana 3:10.66  
3 Hans-Olof Johansson
Per-Owe Trollsås
Lennart Jonsson
Alf Petersson
Sweden 3:10.91  
4 Zdeněk Váňa
Jaromír Šlégr
Jaroslav Jirásek
Josef Trousil
Czechoslovakia 3:11.33  
5 Konstantin Grachev
Boris Kriunov
Vladimir Polyanichev
Arnold Matsulevich
Soviet Union 3:12.31  

Semifinals

The fastest three runners in each of the two heats advanced to the final round.

Heat one

RankNameNationalityTimeNotes
1 Edward Jefferys
Edgar Davis
Gordon Day
Malcolm Spence
South Africa 3:06.53  
2 Joachim Reske
Manfred Kinder
Jo Kaiser
Carl Kaufmann
Germany 3:07.60  
3 Malcolm Yardley
Barry Jackson
John Wrighton
Robbie Brightwell
Great Britain 3:07.67  
4 Giuseppe Bommarito
Mario Fraschini
Nereo Fossati
Renato Panciera
Italy 3:07.83  
5 Ergas Leps
Joe Mullins
Sig Ohlemann
Terry Tobacco
Canada 3:08.37  
6 Srđan Savić
Ðani Kovač
Miloje Grujić
Viktor Šnajder
Yugoslavia 3:10.34  

Heat two

RankNameNationalityTimeNotes
1 Jack Yerman
Earl Young
Glenn Davis
Otis Davis
United States 3:08.57  
2 Malcolm Spence
Jim Wedderburn
Keith Gardner
George Kerr
British West Indies 3:09.34  
3 René Weber
Ernst Zaugg
Hansruedi Bruder
Christian Wägli
Switzerland 3:09.77  
4 Edward Bożek
Stanisław Swatowski
Bogusław Gierajewski
Jerzy Kowalski
Poland 3:10.88  
5 William Quaye
James Addy
Frederick Owusu
John Asare-Antwi
Ghana 3:11.03  
6 Hans-Olof Johansson
Per-Owe Trollsås
Lennart Jonsson
Alf Petersson
Sweden 3:11.05  

Final

RankNameNationalityTimeNotes
1st Jack Yerman
Earl Young
Glenn Davis
Otis Davis
United States 3:02.37 WR
2nd Joachim Reske
Manfred Kinder
Jo Kaiser
Carl Kaufmann
Germany 3:02.84  
3rd Malcolm Spence
Jim Wedderburn
Keith Gardner
George Kerr
British West Indies 3:04.13  
4 Edward Jefferys
Edgar Davis
Gordon Day
Malcolm Spence
South Africa 3:05.18  
5 Malcolm Yardley
Barry Jackson
John Wrighton
Robbie Brightwell
Great Britain 3:08.47  
6 René Weber
Ernst Zaugg
Hansruedi Bruder
Christian Wägli
Switzerland 3:09.55  

Key: WR = world record; DNF = did not finish

 
 

 

 

 

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