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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Events:
Phases:

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

Summary

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