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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 7, 1960
Date Finished: September 8, 1960

Gold: GER Germany
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: GBR Great Britain


As always, the USA was favored but the German team, led by 100 metre champion [Armin Hary] and top hurdler [Martin Lauer], was expected to challenge them. And in the first round, Germany equaled the world record with 39.5. In the final, [Frank Budd] opened for the US, and quickly pulled away, but the changeover to [Ray Norton] was made clearly out of the zone. Norton slowed dramatically, trying to keep the exchange legal, and the Germans went ahead, although Norton had a slight lead by the second exchange, outrunning Hary. Another poor exchange occurred however, and at the final exchange, Lauer had a two-metre lead on [Dave Sime]. Sime ran one of the great anchor legs to bring the US home in what was at first thought to be a world record 39.4 (39.59). But the US was properly disqualified and the Germans won the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Germany GER Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Italy ITA
5 Venezuela VEN
AC United States USA
4 h1 r2/3 Canada CAN
4 h2 r2/3 Switzerland SUI
5 h1 r2/3 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/3 Greece GRE
6 h2 r2/3 Pakistan PAK
AC h1 r2/3 Nigeria NGR
4 h1 r1/3 Iraq IRQ
4 h2 r1/3 Philippines PHI
4 h4 r1/3 Afghanistan AFG
5 h1 r1/3 Thailand THA
AC h2 r1/3 Uganda UGA
AC h3 r1/3 Poland POL
AC h4 r1/3 France FRA