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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 6, 1948
Date Finished: August 7, 1948

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: ITA Italy


The US team was originally to have had Ed Conwell but he had to withdraw with asthma, and was replaced by [Lorenzo Wright], who had medaled in the long jump. The US won the final quite comfortably, but were initially disqualified for a faulty exchange between [Barney Ewell] and Wright. On reviewing film of the race, it could be seen that the exchange had occurred within the legal zone, and the DQ was reversed, giving the United States the gold medal. However, the final decision did not become official for three days.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Hungary HUN
5 Canada CAN
6 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r1/2 Brazil BRA
3 h2 r1/2 Australia AUS
3 h3 r1/2 Argentina ARG
4 h2 r1/2 Uruguay URU
4 h3 r1/2 Iceland ISL
5 h2 r1/2 Bermuda BER
AC h1 r1/2 Turkey TUR
AC h2 r1/2 Belgium BEL
AC h3 r1/2 France FRA