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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 6, 1932
Date Finished: August 7, 1932

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: CAN Canada

Summary

In the heats the US team broke the world record with 3:11.8. Heavy favorites in the final, Ivan Fuqua put the US in the lead with 47.1, leading Germany by almost 10 metres, and the US was never challenged, breaking their world record from the heats with 3:08.2 and winning by three seconds over Great Britain. On the third leg, David, Lord Burghley did gain a bit on the Americans, and their anchor runner, Godfrey Rampling, also started to close a bit. But his early fast pace was too much for him to hold and he paid the price in the last 100 metres. Rampling was the father of actress Charlotte Rampling.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 Japan JPN
6 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/2 Mexico MEX