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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 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: USA United States
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: WIF West Indies Federation

Summary

Led by 400 metre gold medalist Otis Davis and 400 hurdle gold medalist Glenn Davis, the US was favored in this event. Jack Yerman led off for the US and took the lead with 46.29. After three legs, the US led by about eight metres over Germany, when Otis Davis took the baton. Germany's anchor was Carl Kaufmann, who had narrowly lost the 400 gold to Davis. With a comfortable lead, Davis was slightly outrun by Kaufmann, who actually closed in the first 200 metres, but the outcome was never in doubt, the US breaking the world record in 3:02.2 and winning by half a second.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Germany GER Silver
3 West Indies Federation WIF Bronze
4 South Africa RSA
5 Great Britain GBR
6 Switzerland SUI
4 h1 r2/3 Italy ITA
4 h2 r2/3 Poland POL
5 h1 r2/3 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/3 Ghana GHA
6 h1 r2/3 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h2 r2/3 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/3 Finland FIN
4 h2 r1/3 Belgium BEL
4 h4 r1/3 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h1 r1/3 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h2 r1/3 Luxembourg LUX
5 h4 r1/3 Soviet Union URS
AC h3 r1/3 Greece GRE