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Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 10, 1936
Date Finished: August 11, 1936

Gold: JPN Japan
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: HUN Hungary

Summary

Although eighteen teams took part in the relay competition, only two teams could realistically challenge for the championship. Once again it fell between the United States and Japan to fight for gold. Japan fielded three of the first finishers from the individual and soon moved clear of the Americans to break their own world record and finish ten seconds ahead. Masanori Yusa swam the relay only three times in international competition breaking the world record each time. Hungary finished clear of France for the bronze medals with Germany back in fifth. One of the more remarkable stories in Olympic history concerns French team member Artem Nakache. Nakache returned to the Olympic arena twelve years later in London despite having spent time as a prisoner at Auschwitz extermination camp. He is the only known Olympian to have competed before and after internment in a concentration camp.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Japan JPN Gold WR
2 United States USA Silver
3 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Germany GER
6 Great Britain GBR
7 Canada CAN
8 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r1/2 Brazil BRA
4 h1 r1/2 Philippines PHI
4 h2 r1/2 Denmark DEN
4 h3 r1/2 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h1 r1/2 Bermuda BER
5 h2 r1/2 Austria AUT
5 h3 r1/2 Egypt EGY
6 h1 r1/2 Greece GRE
6 h2 r1/2 Luxembourg LUX
AC h2 r1/2 Poland POL DQ