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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 26, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952

Gold: USA United States
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: HUN Hungary

Summary

Though the US had the fastest sprinters, the USSR team had won the 1950 European Championships and were known for teamwork and exact changeovers. In the final, the Soviets started out in the lead, led by Boris Tokarev, and they maintained that until 100 metre champion Lindy Remigino caught them on the final turn. Andy Stanfield received the baton about equal with Vladimir Sukharev but ran away from him to win by two metres.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Great Britain GBR
5 France FRA
6 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h1 r2/3 Argentina ARG
4 h2 r2/3 Cuba CUB
5 h1 r2/3 Poland POL
5 h2 r2/3 Nigeria NGR
6 h1 r2/3 Pakistan PAK
2 h1 r1/3 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/3 Finland FIN
4 h2 r1/3 Ghana GHA
4 h3 r1/3 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/3 Canada CAN
5 h2 r1/3 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/3 Switzerland SUI
6 h1 r1/3 Portugal POR
6 h2 r1/3 Thailand THA
7 h1 r1/3 Egypt EGY
AC h4 r1/3 Iceland ISL