2017 IAAF World Relays – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the 2017 IAAF World Relays
Venue Thomas Robinson Stadium
Dates 22 April (heats) & 23 April (final)
Competitors 76 from 17 nations
Winning time 3:02.13
Medalists
Gold medal icon.svg   Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Silver medal icon.svg   Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana
Bronze medal icon.svg   Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
  2015
2019  

The men's 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2017 IAAF World Relays was held at the Thomas Robinson Stadium on 22–23 April.

4 × 400 metres relay Track and field relay event covering 1600 metres

The 4 × 400 metres relay or long relay is an athletics track event in which teams consist of four runners who each complete 400 metres or one lap. It is traditionally the final event of a track meet. At top class events, the first 500 metres is run in lanes. Start lines are thus staggered over a greater distance than in an individual 400 metres race; the runners then typically move to the inside of the track. The slightly longer 4 × 440 yards relay was formerly run British and American meetings, until metrication was completed in the 1970s.

2017 IAAF World Relays

The 2017 IAAF World Relays is the third edition of the biennial, global track and field relay competition between nations. It was held April 22–23, 2017, in Nassau, Bahamas.

Thomas Robinson Stadium football stadium

Thomas Robinson Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. It is currently used mostly for soccer matches. The stadium currently has a capacity of 15,000 people, but has the ability to be expanded to hold 23,000 people. The stadium is also the home of the College Football bowl game the Bahamas Bowl.

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In the final, American David Verburg took an immediate lead, opening up a gap on French, Brazilian and Cuban teams to his inside, and making up the three turn stagger on Botswana's Isaac Makwala (the #7 400 meter runner of all time) to his outside while still in the second turn. USA had a clear lead at the handoff with Tony McQuay breaking several metres ahead of Demish Gaye for Jamaica on the far outside. Down the backstretch Trinidad and Tobago's Jereem Richards, Botswana's Baboloki Thebe and Britain's Delano Williams lined up, breaking away from the other teams. Through the turn Thebe moved onto Richards' shoulder. Richards responded and moved up to Gaye, the three teams virtually even until Thebe fell back before the handoff. Trinidad gained position on the handoff to Jarrin Solomon, who found himself only two metres back of American Kyle Clemons. Down the backstretch, Jamaica's Martin Manley ran around Solomon and pulled to within a metre of Clemons coming off the final turn. As Manley tied up, Solomon came back to his shoulder with Botswana's Onkabetse Nkobolo making a big rush on the outside to make it a 3 way battle behind the Americans. At the handoff, American LaShawn Merritt started slowly and took a secure handoff. Meanwhile, Botswana's handoff to Karabo Sibanda was almost as efficient as a 4x100 handoff, Botswana gaining the advantage and moving right behind Merritt. Behind, Jamaica's Steven Gayle pushed down the backstretch, passing Sibanda and even, for a moment, Merritt on the inside. Merritt fought back and held off Gayle going into the final turn but Sibanda used that moment to sprint around the outside, gaining a microscopic lead on Merritt. Merritt successfully held Sibanda to the outside, making him run the extra distance through the turn. Coming off the turn, Merritt had gained a slight advantage but Sibanda was not done, making one more charge at Merritt down the final straightaway. Merritt held Sibanda off again, USA taking a 1-metre win.

David Verburg American sprinter

David Verburg is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meters. He holds gold medals in the 4 × 400 m relay from the 2016 Olympics; the 2013 and 2015 World Championships; and the 2014 Indoor World Championships.

Isaac Makwala Botswana sprinter

Isaac Makwala is a Botswana sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. He was the gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. He has also won continental titles at the distance, winning at the 2015 African Games and twice at the African Championships in Athletics. He has represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics, three times at the Commonwealth Games, and five times at the World Championships in Athletics. With the Botswana 4 × 400 metres relay team he has won medals at the African Games and Championships, as well as a silver medal at the 2017 IAAF World Relays.

Tony McQuay All-American college track and field athlete, international track and field athlete, sprinter

Tony McQuay is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meters. He is a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team and competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Records

Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:

World record Flag of the United States.svg  United States
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 Flag of Germany.svg Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
Championship recordFlag of the United States.svg  United States
(David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Christian Taylor, LaShawn Merritt
2:57.25 Flag of the Bahamas.svg Nassau, Bahamas 25 May 2014
World Leading Empire Athletics
(Machel Cedenio Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago, Tony McQuay Flag of the United States.svg  United States, Kyle Clemons Flag of the United States.svg  United States, Jehue Gordon Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago
3:00.92 Flag of the United States.svg Gainesville, United States 1 April 2017
African Record Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
(Clement Chukwu, Jude Monye, Sunday Bada, Enefiok Udo-Obong)
2:58.68 Flag of Australia.svg Sydney, Australia 30 September 2000
Asian Record Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
(Shunji Karube, Koji Ito, Jun Osakada, Shigekazu Omori)
3:00.76 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta, United States3 August 1996
North, Central American and Caribbean record Flag of the United States.svg  United States
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 Flag of Germany.svg Stuttgart, Germany22 August 1993
South American Record Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
(Eronilde de Araújo, Cleverson da Silva, Claudinei da Silva, Sanderlei Parrela)
2:58.56 Flag of Canada.svg Winnipeg, Canada 30 July 1999
European Record Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
(Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch, Mark Richardson, Roger Black)
2:56.60 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta, United States3 August 1996
Oceanian record Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
(Bruce Frayne, Gary Minihan, Rick Mitchell, Darren Clark)
2:59.70 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, United States11 August 1984

Schedule

Date Time Round
22 April 2017 21:12 Heats
23 April 2017 20:22 Final B
23 April 2017 21:55 Final

All times are local times (UTC-4)

Results

KEY:QQualifiedqFastest non-qualifiersNRNational recordPBPersonal bestSBSeasonal best*WC2017 World Championships qualification

Heats

Qualification: First 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) advanced to the final. The next 8 fastest times qualified for the final B. [1] [2]

Rank Heat Nation Athletes Time Notes
1 2 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago Renny Quow, Jereem Richards, Deon Lendore, Lalonde Gordon 3:02.51 Q, SB
2 2 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Kyle Clemons, Najee Glass, Tony McQuay, David Verburg 3:02.62 Q
3 3 Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana Isaac Makwala, Karabo Sibanda, Onkabetse Nkobolo, Baboloki Thebe 3:03.09 Q, SB
4 3 Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Javere Bell, Javon Francis, Peter Matthews, Demish Gaye 3:03.52 Q, SB
5 1 Flag of France.svg  France Mamadou Kassé Hanne, Teddy Atine-Venel, Mamoudou-Elimane Hanne, Thomas Jordier 3:04.74 Q, SB
6 2 Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba Williams Collazo, Adrián Chacón, Osmaidel Pellicier, Yoandys Lescay 3:04.97 q, SB
7 3 Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Anderson Henriques, Alexander Russo, Lucas Carvalho, Hugo de Sousa 3:05.05 q, SB
8 1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Matthew Hudson-Smith, Delano Williams, Jarryd Dunn, Theo Campbell 3:05.19 Q, SB
9 1 Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder, Andretti Bain, Steven Gardiner 3:05.37 SB
10 1 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Dylan Borlée, Julien Watrin, Michaël Rossaert, Kévin Borlée 3:05.45 SB
11 3 Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Collins Gichana, Boniface Mweresa, Geoffrey Kiprotich, Alphas Kishoyian 3:05.93 SB
12 1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Michal Desenský, Patrik Šorm, Jan Tesař, Vít Müller 3:07.58 SB
13 1 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Alexander Gladitz, Alexander Juretzko, Johannes Trefz, Thomas Schneider 3:07.80 SB
14 1 Flag of Canada.svg  Canada Daniel Harper, Graeme Thompson, Benjamin Ayesu-Attah, Rayshaun Franklin 3:08.05
15 2 Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Kacper Kozłowski, Łukasz Krawczuk, Przemysław Waściński, Rafał Omelko 3:08.42
16 2 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic Luis Charles, Gustavo Cuesta, Franklin Luis, Máximo Mercedes R170.6(c) [3]
16 2 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Julian Jrummi Walsh, Tomoya Tamura, Naoki Kobayashi, Kosuke Horii [4]
17 3 Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela

Final B

[5]

Rank Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
1 6 Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Alphas Kishoyian, Collins Gichana, Geoffrey Kiprotich, Boniface Mweresa 3:06.36
2 5 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Dylan Borlée, Julien Watrin, Michaël Rossaert, Kévin Borlée 3:07.14
3 2 Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Kacper Kozłowski, Łukasz Krawczuk, Bartłomiej Chojnowski, Rafał Omelko 3:07.89
4 7 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Patrik Šorm, Vít Müller, Michal Desenský, Jan Tesař 3:08.17
5 4 Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas Andretti Bain, Demetrius Pinder, Elroy McBride, Andre Colebrook 3:08.29
6 8 Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Alexander Juretzko, Johannes Trefz, Fabian Dammermann, Thomas Schneider 3:09.53
7 3 Flag of Canada.svg  Canada Daniel Harper, Graeme Thompson, Rayshaun Franklin, Benjamin Ayesu-Attah 3:12.52

Final

[6]

Rank Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes Points
4 Flag of the United States.svg  United States David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Kyle Clemons, LaShawn Merritt 3:02.13 *WC 8
5 Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana Isaac Makwala, Baboloki Thebe, Onkabetse Nkobolo, Karabo Sibanda 3:02.28 *WC 7
8 Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica Peter Matthews, Demish Gaye, Martin Manley, Steven Gayle 3:02.84 *WC 6
4 6 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago Renny Quow, Jereem Richards, Jarrin Solomon, Lalonde Gordon 3:03.17 *WC 5
5 1 Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba Williams Collazo, Adrián Chacón, Osmaidel Pellicier, Yoandys Lescay 3:03.60 *WC 4
6 7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Matthew Hudson-Smith, Delano Williams, Jarryd Dunn, Theo Campbell 3:03.84 *WC 3
7 2 Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Anderson Henriques, Alexander Russo, Hugo de Sousa, Lucas Carvalho 3:05.96 *WC 2
8 3 Flag of France.svg  France Mamadou Kasse Hann, Teddy Atine-Venel, Mamoudou Eliman Hanne, Thomas Jordier 3:06.33 *WC 1

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References

  1. Heats Results
  2. Heats Summary
  3. Fault at recovering a dropped baton
  4. The lead-off runner got injured on the first bend and failed to finish
  5. Final B Results
  6. Final Results