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The Australians took 47.6s slightly over a second outside the Olympic record, but remarkably fast time considering the slow, rain-soaked track. Only a few people know that Joyce King was ill after racing during the week and June Maston ran with her leg showing long bruises and a five-inch cut caused by an accident in her bedroom.Australia lost a gold medal by inches in the women's 400m relay when Blankers-Koen, running last for Holland, beat Australia's fourth runner, King, in a photo finish which brought the crowd to its feet. Strickland sent Australia to the front in the first relay; Maston and McKinnon continued to hold their positions and the latter handed over to King two yards ahead of Blankers-Koen. King was half-way down the straight and it was obvious that the Dutchwoman was all out in an attempt to overtake her. Blankers-Koen gradually caught up, but King fought back and the pair crossed with little seperating them. King, because of illness, has been unable to reach top form. Had she done so Australian would have won.
Shirley Strickland gave Australia the lead in the first stage of the final just as she had done in the heat. Australia qualified for the final by finishing second, about a foot behind Canada. Holland had a hollow win in the 3rd heat. The Task was made easier by a bad changeover between America's first and second runners.