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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: December 1, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956

Gold: AUS Australia
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: USA United States

Summary

Australia had the fastest woman sprinter in the world in Betty Cuthbert, who had won the 100 and 200. She would run the anchor and their team would be started off by Shirley Strickland-de la Hunty, who had defended her 80 metre hurdles gold medal. In the first round, Australia bettered the world record with 44.9. But in the final, the British team had very clean passes, and still held the lead as June Foulds-Paul passed off to Heather Armitage, with Cuthbert a metre in arrears. But Cuthbert, the “Golden Girl,” caught Armitage by 50 metres and won by half a metre.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 United States USA Bronze
4 Soviet Union URS
5 Italy ITA
6 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/2 France FRA
4 h2 r1/2 Poland POL
5 h1 r1/2 Canada CAN