Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

Men's 4×400 metres relay
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 US relay team.JPG
The winning American relay team.
VenueStockholm Olympic Stadium
DatesJuly 14, 1912 (semifinals)
July 15, 1912 (final)
Competitors28 from 7 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Edward Lindberg
Ted Merh
Charles Reidpath
Mel Sheppard
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Pierre Failliot
Charles Lelong
Charles Poulenard
Robert Schurrer
 France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ernest Henley
George Nicol
Cyril Seedhouse
James Soutter
 Great Britain
1920 →

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 4x100 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.[1]

Records[]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:18.2 United States Harry Schaaf
United States Harry Gissing
United States James Rosenberger
United States Mel Sheppard
New York (USA) September 4, 1911
Olympic Record none

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.

Results[]

The final: Edward Lindberg passing over the baton to Ted Merh.

Semifinals[]

All semifinals were held on Sunday, July 14, 1912.

Semifinal 1

Place Athletes Time Qual.
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

Semifinal 2

Place Athletes Time Qual.
1  Mel Sheppard, Edward Lindberg, Ted Merh, Charles Reidpath (USA) 3:23.3 QF
2  Hanns Braun, Max Herrmann, Heinrich Burkowitz, Erich Lehmann (GER) 3:28.5

Semifinal 3

Place Athletes Time Qual.
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

Final[]

The final was held on Monday, July 15, 1912.

Place Athletes Time
1  Mel Sheppard, Edward Lindberg, Ted Merh, 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

References[]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games: Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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