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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

Summary

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