2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 400 metres

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LaShawn Merritt, Kirani James, and Kévin Borlée.
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The men's 400 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on August 28, 29 and 30.

Going into the Championships, defending champion LaShawn Merritt was serving a 2-year ban. The ban was still in effect during the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, so Merritt was unable to compete. Ordinarily, since 1997, the defending champion is automatically invited to the championships, but the United States stipulates that the champion must compete in the national championships. It took a special decision by USATF to allow Merritt to enter. Merritt had minimal racing opportunities prior to the championships.

In qualifying, ordinarily athletes try to use the minimum effort to advance to the next round, but Merritt ran the year's world leading time of 44.35 in heat 3. The media focused on double amputee Oscar Pistorius, who ran 45.39 to qualify into the semi-finals.

In the semi finals, Merritt ran a more controlled and relaxed 44.76 in semi 1, while Jermaine Gonzales controlled semi 3 in 44.99 and 18-year-old Kirani James ran an easy 45.20 to take semi 2. Rondell Bartholomew also qualified, placing two athletes from tiny Grenada in the final. Also twins Kévin and Jonathan Borlée placed two athletes from Belgium in the final. While his time from the trials would have made the final, Pistorius ran 46.19 in his semi and did not advance. Kirani James won the final beating LaShawn Merritt on the line with a time of 44.60.[1][2]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Kirani James
 Grenada
LaShawn Merritt
 United States
Kévin Borlée
 Belgium

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
World Leading  Kirani James (GRN) 44.61 London, Great Britain 5 August 2011
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, Central American and Caribbean 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
45.25 45.70

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 28, 2011 11:15 Heats
August 29, 2011 20:00 Semifinals
August 30, 2011 21:45 Final

Results[edit]

KEY: q Fastest non-qualifiers Q Qualified NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best

Heats[edit]

Qualification: First 4 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 LaShawn Merritt  United States 44.35 Q, WL
2 3 Kévin Borlée  Belgium 44.77 Q
3 1 Rondell Bartholomew  Grenada 44.82 Q
4 1 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago 44.84 Q, SB
5 2 Jermaine Gonzales  Jamaica 45.12 Q
5 4 Kirani James  Grenada 45.12 Q
7 1 Greg Nixon  United States 45.16 Q
7 4 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium 45.16 Q
9 3 Rabah Yousif  Sudan 45.20 Q
10 1 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands 45.22 Q
11 5 Chris Brown  Bahamas 45.29 Q
12 5 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain 45.30 Q, SB
13 4 Ramon Miller  Bahamas 45.31 Q, SB
14 5 Oscar Pistorius  South Africa 45.39 Q
15 5 Femi Seun Ogunode  Qatar 45.42 Q, SB
16 2 Jamaal Torrance  United States 45.44 Q
17 5 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica 45.47 q
18 2 Marcin Marciniszyn  Poland 45.51 Q
19 3 Yuzo Kanemaru  Japan 45.51 Q
20 2 Demetrius Pinder  Bahamas 45.53 Q
21 1 Riker Hylton  Jamaica 45.54 q
22 3 Pavel Trenikhin  Russia 45.55 q, PB
23 4 William Collazo  Cuba 45.89 Q
24 2 Erison Hurtault  Dominica 46.10 q
25 4 Park Bong-Go  South Korea 46.42 SB
26 5 Tony McQuay  United States 46.76
27 4 Pako Seribe  Botswana 46.97
28 1 Mathieu Gnanligo  Benin 47.01
29 4 Augusto Stanley  Paraguay 47.31
30 1 Nelson Stone  Papua New Guinea 47.86
31 5 Ahmed Mohamed Al-Merjabi  Oman 47.99
32 3 Arnold Sorina  Vanuatu 48.76 SB
33 4 Bahaa Al Farra  Palestine 49.04 PB
34 2 Nicolau Palanca  Angola 49.37 SB
35 1 Kerfalla Camara  Guinea 49.74 PB
36 2 Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Rositi  Brunei 50.12
99 5 Abdou Razack Rabo Samma  Niger DSQ
99 3 Arismendy Peguero  Dominican Republic DNS
99 3 Gary Kikaya  Democratic Republic of the Congo DNS

Semifinals[edit]

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

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 LaShawn Merritt  United States 44.76 Q
2 3 Jermaine Gonzales  Jamaica 44.99 Q
3 1 Kévin Borlée  Belgium 45.02 Q
4 3 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium 45.14 Q
5 3 Rondell Bartholomew  Grenada 45.17 q
6 2 Kirani James  Grenada 45.20 Q
7 3 Femi Seun Ogunode  Qatar 45.41 q, SB
8 1 Rabah Yousif  Sudan 45.43
9 3 Greg Nixon  United States 45.51
10 2 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands 45.53 Q
11 2 Chris Brown  Bahamas 45.54
12 3 Pavel Trenikhin  Russia 45.68
13 1 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago 45.72
14 2 Jamaal Torrance  United States 45.73
15 3 Demetrius Pinder  Bahamas 45.87
16 1 Ramon Miller  Bahamas 45.88
17 2 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica 45.93
18 2 Marcin Marciniszyn  Poland 45.94
19 2 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain 46.09
20 1 Yuzo Kanemaru  Japan 46.11
21 1 William Collazo  Cuba 46.13
22 3 Oscar Pistorius  South Africa 46.19
23 1 Erison Hurtault  Dominica 46.41
24 2 Riker Hylton  Jamaica 46.99

Finals[edit]

The finish.
Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 5 Kirani James  Grenada 44.60
2nd 4 LaShawn Merritt  United States 44.63
3rd 6 Kévin Borlée  Belgium 44.90
4 3 Jermaine Gonzales  Jamaica 44.99
5 8 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium 45.07
6 2 Rondell Bartholomew  Grenada 45.45
7 7 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands 45.55
8 1 Femi Seun Ogunode  Qatar 45.55

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kirani James captures 400m gold". BBC Sport. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Teenager James wins thrilling gold for Grenada". Reuters. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 

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