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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 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: CAN Canada


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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Sweden SWE
5 Great Britain GBR
6 France FRA
3 h1 r1/2 Hungary HUN
3 h2 r1/2 Italy ITA
3 h3 r1/2 Mexico MEX
4 h1 r1/2 Poland POL
4 h2 r1/2 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r1/2 Belgium BEL
5 h2 r1/2 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 h2 r1/2 Greece GRE