Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
The men's 4 × 400 metres relay was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the debut of the event, which along with the 4 × 100 metre relay marked the first relays of equal legs in the athletics programme (a medley relay had been held in 1908). The competition was held on Sunday, July 14, 1912, and on Monday, July 15, 1912. Twenty-eight runners from seven nations competed. NOCs could enter 1 team of 4 athletes, with up to 2 reserves.
|Men's 4×400 metres relay|
at the Games of the V Olympiad
|Venue||Stockholm Olympic Stadium|
|Dates||July 14, 1912 (semifinals)|
July 15, 1912 (final)
|Competitors||28 from 7 nations|
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||3:18.2|| Harry Schaaf
|New York (USA)||September 4, 1911|
The British squad, running in the first semifinal, set the best time of the semifinal round with 3:19.0 minutes. It was bettered by the Americans in the final, as they took the gold medal and set a new world record in 3:16.6 minutes.
All semifinals were held on Sunday, July 14, 1912.
|1||George Nicol, Ernest Henley, James Soutter, Cyril Seedhouse (GBR)||3:19.0 OR||QF|
|2||Mel Brock, John Howard, Thomas Gallon, John Tait (CAN)||3:22.2|
|1||Mel Sheppard, Edward Lindberg, Ted Meredith, Charles Reidpath (USA)||3:23.3||QF|
|2||Hanns Braun, Max Herrmann, Heinrich Burkowitz, Erich Lehmann (GER)||3:28.5|
|1||Charles Lelong, Robert Schurrer, Pierre Failliot, Charles Poulenard (FRA)||3:22.5||QF|
|2||Paul Zerling, John Dahlin, Eric Lindholm, Knut Stenborg (SWE)||3:25.0|
|3.||Ervin Szerelemhegyi, Ödön Bodor, István Déván, Frigyes Wiesner (HUN)||3:29.4|
The final was held on Monday, July 15, 1912.
|1||Mel Sheppard, Edward Lindberg, Ted Meredith, Charles Reidpath (USA)||3:16.6 WR|
|2||Charles Lelong, Robert Schurrer, Pierre Failliot, Charles Poulenard (FRA)||3:20.7|
|3||George Nicol, Ernest Henley, James Soutter, Cyril Seedhouse (GBR)||3:23.2|
- "Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- Official report, p. 61.