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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

Summary

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