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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 30, 1956
Date Finished: December 1, 1956

Gold: USA United States
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: GER Germany


Led by [Bobby Joe Morrow], who had won the 100 and 200, the US was expected to win, and posted the fastest times in the first round and semi-final. The first two US runners, [Ira Murchison] and [Leamon King], opened a big lead on the Soviets but a poor handoff to [Thane Baker] allowed them to draw almost even. Baker ran a good curve, however, and Morrow received the stick slightly ahead. He had a thigh injury and was not as strong as he had been in the individual events but held on to win the gold for the US. The USSR finished second in a new European record.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Germany GER Bronze
4 Italy ITA
5 Great Britain GBR
6 Poland POL
4 h1 r2/3 France FRA
4 h2 r2/3 Australia AUS
5 h1 r2/3 Hungary HUN
5 h2 r2/3 Pakistan PAK
6 h1 r2/3 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r2/3 Japan JPN
4 h1 r1/3 Venezuela VEN
4 h2 r1/3 Thailand THA
4 h3 r1/3 Canada CAN
5 h1 r1/3 Liberia LBR
5 h3 r1/3 Ethiopia ETH
AC h4 r1/3 Nigeria NGR