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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 4, 1928
Date Finished: August 5, 1928

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: GBR Great Britain


Germany and the USA were favored, with the Germans having recently twice run 40.8, although neither time was ratified as a world record. They both came thru the heats easily. The final was very even, but on the final changeover, [Helmut Körnig] started too quickly and had to slow down to avoid running out of the exchange zone. That allowed [Hank Russell] to get the US a slight lead which they held to the finish, equaling the world record of 41.0.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Switzerland SUI
AC Canada CAN
3 h1 r1/2 Italy ITA
3 h2 r1/2 Belgium BEL
3 h3 r1/2 Japan JPN
4 h1 r1/2 Greece GRE
4 h3 r1/2 Turkey TUR
5 h1 r1/2 Spain ESP
AC h3 r1/2 Hungary HUN