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Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay


Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

Women's 4 x 100 metres relay
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
Dates August 8 (heats), August 9 (final)
Teams 8
Winning time 46.9
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Canada
Athletics at the
1936 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m steeple men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The women's 4 x 100 metres relay event at the 1936 Olympic Games took place on August 8 and August 9. The American team won with a time of 46.9 s after the German team, which had been in the lead, dropped the baton on the final leg.


  • Results 1
    • Heats 1.1
    • Final 1.2
  • References 2



Heat 1

Rank Country Time Notes
1 United States 47.1 Q
2 Canada 48.0 Q
3 Netherlands 48.4 Q
4 Austria 49.9

Key: Q = Qualified

Heat 2

Rank Country Time Notes
1 Germany 46.4 Q, WR
2 Great Britain 47.5 Q
3 Italy 48.6 Q
4 Finland 49.5

Key: Q = Qualified, WR = World record


Rank Country Time Notes
1st United States 46.9
2nd Great Britain 47.6
3rd Canada 47.8
4 Italy 48.7
5 Netherlands 48.8
Germany DSQ

Key: DSQ = Disqualified

In the heats, the German team set a world record of 46.4 s.[1] In the final, they built a commanding lead, but their fourth runner, Ilse Dörffeldt, dropped the baton.[2][3] The American team won in 46.9 s.[3][4][5][6]


  • 1936 Summer Olympics results: Women's 4x100 metre relay, from retrieved 2010-05-23.
  • ^ Report: Games of the Olympiad, New York: United States Olympic Committee, 1936, OCLC 17760969, p. 159.
  • ^ Bud Greenspan, 100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History, Los Angeles: General Publication Group, 1995, ISBN 9781881649663, p. 33.
  • ^ a b Duff Hart-Davis, Hitler's games: the 1936 Olympics, New York: Harper, 1986, ISBN 9780060155544, p. 200.
  • ^ Louise Mead Tricard, American Women's Track and Field: A History, 1895 through 1980, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1996, ISBN 9780786402199, p. 227.
  • ^ Reinhard Rürup, ed., 1936, die Olympischen Spiele und der Nationalsozialismus: eine Dokumentation, Berlin: Argon, 1996, ISBN 9783870243500, p. 144 (German)
  • ^ Guy Walters, Berlin Games: How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream, London: Hodder-John Murray, ISBN 978-0-7195-6783-4, pp. 268–69, wrongly stating that the time of 46.9 s was half a second faster than the record 46.4.
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