2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 400 metres

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The men's 400 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on 18, 19 and 21 August.

The United States had a strong tradition in the event, with an American topping the Olympic 400 m podium every time since the 1988 Olympics. Similar to the 2007 World Championships, Jeremy Wariner and LaShawn Merritt were the clear favourites. However, on this occasion recent form favoured the Olympic champion Merritt instead of the reigning world champion Wariner. Both Americans were undefeated that season but Merritt held the world-leading time of 44.50 seconds. A gold or silver medallist outside of these two competitors seemed unlikely; Bahamian Chris Brown, Irishman David Gillick, Frenchman Leslie Djhone and the other two runners from the United States (Gil Roberts and Lionel Larry) were seen to be capable of a bronze at best.[1]

On the first day, Ramon Miller surprised as the fastest qualifier in the heats, scoring a new personal best of 45 seconds. Tabarie Henry, Djhone and Renny Quow were the next fastest, and African record holder Gary Kikaya was most high-profile casualty of the first round, having been disqualified for a lane infraction.[2]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
LaShawn Merritt
 United States
Jeremy Wariner
 United States
Renny Quow
 Trinidad and Tobago

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the established records were as follows.

World record  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
Championship record  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
World Leading  LaShawn Merritt (USA) 44.50 Baie-Mahault, France 3 July 2009
African record  Gary Kikaya (COD) 44.10 Stuttgart, Germany 9 September 2006
Asian record  Mohamed Amer Al-Malky (OMA) 44.56 Budapest, Hungary 12 August 1988
North American record  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
South American record  Sanderlei Parrela (BRA) 44.29 Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
European record  Thomas Schönlebe (GDR) 44.33 Rome, Italy 3 September 1987
Oceanian record  Darren Clark (AUS) 44.38 Seoul, South Korea 26 September 1988

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
45.55 45.95

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 18, 2009 11:05 Heats
August 19, 2009 18:15 Semifinals
August 21, 2009 21:20 Final

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification: First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 3 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Ramon Miller  Bahamas 45.00 Q, PB
2 7 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands 45.14 Q
3 5 Leslie Djhone  France 45.20 Q
4 2 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago 45.21 Q
5 4 LaShawn Merritt  United States 45.23 Q
6 7 Sean Wroe  Australia 45.31 Q
7 4 John Steffensen  Australia 45.37 Q
8 7 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain 45.45 Q
9 1 Robert Tobin  Great Britain 45.50 Q
10 2 William Collazo  Cuba 45.52 Q
11 3 Chris Brown  Bahamas 45.53 Q
12 6 Jeremy Wariner  United States 45.54 Q
12 1 David Gillick  Ireland 45.54 Q
12 3 Michael Bingham  Great Britain 45.54 Q
15 1 Rabah Yousif  Sudan 45.55 Q, PB
15 7 Erison Hurtault  Dominica 45.55 q, SB
17 3 Joel Milburn  Australia 45.56 Q, SB
17 7 Mohamed Ashour Khouaja  Libya 45.56 q, NR
19 6 Ricardo Chambers  Jamaica 45.57 Q
20 2 Kevin Borlée  Belgium 45.61 Q
21 1 Lionel Larry  United States 45.64 q
22 2 Marcin Marciniszyn  Poland 45.77 SB
23 5 Johan Wissman  Sweden 45.83 Q
24 4 Matteo Galvan  Italy 45.86 Q, PB
25 5 Maksim Dyldin  Russia 45.91
26 1 Young Talkmore Nyongani  Zimbabwe 45.92
27 1 Cédric Van Branteghem  Belgium 45.94
28 4 Héctor Carrasquillo  Puerto Rico 46.11
29 2 Arismendy Peguero  Dominican Republic 46.13
30 6 Teddy Venel  France 46.16 Q
31 3 Eric Milazar  Mauritius 46.39
32 5 Gil Roberts  United States 46.41
33 7 Saul Weigopwa  Nigeria 46.42
34 3 Isaac Makwala  Botswana 46.45
35 4 Alvin Harrison  Dominican Republic 46.67
36 3 Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr  Sudan 46.48
37 1 Hideyuki Hirose  Japan 46.80
38 6 Yuzo Kanemaru  Japan 46.83
39 7 Rondell Bartholomew  Grenada 46.85
40 3 Andrés Silva  Uruguay 46.86
41 2 Mathieu Gnanligo  Benin 47.00 SB
42 6 Yousef Ahmed Masrahi  Saudi Arabia 47.03
43 5 Mark Kiprotich Muttai  Kenya 47.04
44 2 Nelson Stone  Papua New Guinea 47.13
45 6 Pieter Smith  South Africa 48.14
46 5 Naiel d'Almeida  São Tomé and Príncipe 49.47
47 7 Moumouni Kimba  Niger 50.93 PB
48 3 Zaw Win Thet  Myanmar 51.41 PB
2 Michael Mathieu  Bahamas DSQ
4 Gary Kikaya  Democratic Republic of the Congo DSQ
4 Yannick Fonsat  France DNS
5 James Godday  Nigeria DNS
6 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica DNS

Key: NR = National record, PB = Personal best, Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best

Semifinals[edit]

First 2 in each semifinal(Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 LaShawn Merritt  United States 44.37 Q, WL
2 2 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago 44.53 Q, PB
3 1 Jeremy Wariner  United States 44.69 Q
4 1 Michael Bingham  Great Britain 44.74 Q, PB
5 1 Leslie Djhone  France 44.80 q, SB
6 1 David Gillick  Ireland 44.88 q
7 2 William Collazo  Cuba 44.93
8 3 Chris Brown  Bahamas 44.95 Q
9 3 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands 44.97 Q
10 1 Ramon Miller  Bahamas 44.99 PB
11 3 Ricardo Chambers  Jamaica 45.13 SB
12 3 Kevin Borlée  Belgium 45.28 SB
13 2 Sean Wroe  Australia 45.32
14 3 John Steffensen  Australia 45.50
15 2 Erison Hurtault  Dominica 45.59
16 2 Rabah Yousif  Sudan 45.63
17 3 Lionel Larry  United States 45.85
18 3 Robert Tobin  Great Britain 45.90
19 2 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain 45.98
20 1 Joel Milburn  Australia 46.06
21 2 Teddy Venel  France 46.30
22 1 Mohamed Ashour Khouaja  Libya 46.43
23 3 Matteo Galvan  Italy 46.87
1 Johan Wissman  Sweden DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 LaShawn Merritt  United States 44.06 WL
2 Jeremy Wariner  United States 44.60 SB
3 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago 45.02
4 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands 45.42
5 Chris Brown  Bahamas 45.47
6 David Gillick  Ireland 45.53
7 Michael Bingham  Great Britain 45.56
8 Leslie Djhone  France 45.90

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Men's 400m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  2. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Event Report - Men's 400m - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.