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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 4, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: GBR Great Britain

Summary

Germany and the USA were favored, with the Germans having recently twice run 40.8, although neither time was ratified as a world record. They both came thru the heats easily. The final was very even, but on the final changeover, Helmut Körnig started too quickly and had to slow down to avoid running out of the exchange zone. That allowed Hank Russell to get the US a slight lead which they held to the finish, equaling the world record of 41.0.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Switzerland SUI
AC Canada CAN
3 h1 r1/2 Italy ITA
3 h2 r1/2 Belgium BEL
3 h3 r1/2 Japan JPN
4 h1 r1/2 Greece GRE
4 h3 r1/2 Turkey TUR
5 h1 r1/2 Spain ESP
AC h3 r1/2 Hungary HUN