Athletics at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

The men's 4 × 400 metres relay event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1924 Summer Olympics. It was the third appearance of this event. The competition was held on Saturday, July 12, 1924, and on Sunday, July 13, 1924.

Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
VenueStade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
DatesJuly 12 (semifinals)
July 13 (final)
Competitors28 from 7 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Cochran, Helffrich, MacDonald, Stevenson
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Byléhn, Engdahl, Svensson, Wejnarth
 Sweden
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Butler, Renwick, Ripley, Toms
 Great Britain
← 1920
1928 →

As for all other events the track was 500 metres in circumference. Twenty-eight runners from seven nations competed.[1]

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:16.6   Mel Sheppard
  Edward Lindberg
  Ted Meredith
  Charles Reidpath
Stockholm (SWE) July 15, 1912
Olympic Record 3:16.6   Mel Sheppard
  Edward Lindberg
  Ted Meredith
  Charles Reidpath
Stockholm (SWE) July 15, 1912

In the final, the United States team set a new world record with 3:16.0.

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The heats were held on Saturday, July 12, 1924, and started at 4 p.m. The top two in each heat qualified for the semi-finals which means that only one team (Finland) was eliminated.

Heat 1

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1   Raymond Fritz, Gaston Féry, Francis Galtier, Barthélémy Favodon (FRA) 3:30.0 Q
2   Artur Svensson, Erik Byléhn, Gustaf Wejnarth, Nils Engdahl (SWE) 3:37.5 Q

Heat 2

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1   Edward Toms, George Renwick, Richard Ripley, Guy Butler (GBR) 3:22.0 Q
2   Guido Cominotto, Luigi Facelli, Alfredo Gargiullo, Ennio Maffiolini (ITA) 3:30.0 Q
3   Erik Åström, Hirsch Drisin, Eero Lehtonen, Erik Wilén (FIN) 3:32.2

Heat 3

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1   Commodore Cochran, William Stevenson, Oliver MacDonald, Alan Helffrich (USA) 3:27.0 Q
2   Horace Aylwin, Alan Christie, David Johnson, William Maynes (CAN) 3:34.5 Q

FinalEdit

The final was held on Sunday, July 13, 1924, and was started at 5:15 p.m.

Place Athletes Time
1   Commodore Cochran, William Stevenson, Oliver MacDonald, Alan Helffrich (USA) 3:16.0 WR
2   Artur Svensson, Erik Byléhn, Gustaf Wejnarth, Nils Engdahl (SWE) 3:17.0
3   Edward Toms, George Renwick, Richard Ripley, Guy Butler (GBR) 3:17.4
4   Horace Aylwin, Alan Christie, David Johnson, William Maynes (CAN) 3:22.8
5   Raymond Fritz, Gaston Féry, Francis Galtier, Barthélémy Favodon (FRA) 3:23.4
  Guido Cominotto, Luigi Facelli, Alfredo Gargiullo, Ennio Maffiolini (ITA) 3:28.0
 
The winning USA relay team.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1924 Paris Summer Games: Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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