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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 6, 1948
Date Finished: August 7, 1948

Gold: USA United States
Silver: FRA France
Bronze: SWE Sweden


The final was thought to be a shoot-out between Jamaica and the United States, with Jamaica led by 400 champion [Arthur Wint] and 400 world record holder [Herb McKenley]. But [Art Harnden] and [Cliff Bourland] gave the USA a 10-metre lead. Wint took over on the third leg for Jamaica but pulled a muscle and fell to the track, leaving the US unchallenged on the way to the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 France FRA Silver
3 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Finland FIN
AC Italy ITA
AC Jamaica JAM
3 h1 r1/2 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/2 Canada CAN
3 h3 r1/2 Argentina ARG
4 h1 r1/2 Switzerland SUI
4 h2 r1/2 Chile CHI
4 h3 r1/2 Yugoslavia YUG
5 h2 r1/2 Turkey TUR
5 h3 r1/2 Greece GRE
AC h1 r1/2 Ireland IRL