Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Warinerbeijing.jpg
Crossing the finish line
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 18 August
21 August (final)
Competitors 56 from 40 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
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Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
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Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
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Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

The Men's 400 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 18–21 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

The qualifying standards were 45.55 s (A standard) and 45.95 s (B standard).[2]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record United States Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 s Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
Olympic record  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.49 s Atlanta, USA 29 July 1996

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The first round was held on 18 August. The first three runners of each heat (Q) plus the next three overall fastest runners (q) qualified for the semifinals.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 4 Leslie Djhone France 45.12 Q 0.190
2 5 David Neville United States 45.22 Q 0.189
3 6 William Collazo Cuba 45.37 Q, SB 0.180
4 8 Kévin Borlée Belgium 45.43 q 0.149
5 9 Denis Alekseyev Russia 45.52 0.299
6 3 Young Talkmore Nyongani Zimbabwe 45.89 0.249
7 7 Eric Milazar Mauritius 46.06 0.209
8 2 Gakologelwang Masheto Botswana 46.29 SB 0.183

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Chris Brown Bahamas 44.79 Q 0.205
2 7 Joel Milburn Australia 44.80 Q, PB 0.155
3 4 Johan Wissman Sweden 44.81 Q, SB 0.229
4 5 Gary Kikaya DR Congo 44.89 q, SB 0.184
5 8 Sanjay Ayre Jamaica 45.66 0.177
6 9 Arismendy Peguero Dominican Republic 46.28 0.236
7 3 Ivano Bucci San Marino 48.54 SB 0.209
8 2 Liu Xiaosheng China 53.11 0.245

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 8 Nery Brenes Costa Rica 45.36 Q 0.196
2 3 James Godday Nigeria 45.49 Q 0.200
3 9 Andretti Bain Bahamas 45.96 Q 0.225
4 7 Niko Verekauta Fiji 46.32 SB 0.161
5 6 Fernando de Almeida Brazil 46.60 0.158
6 2 Lewis Banda Zimbabwe 46.76 0.244
7 4 Vincent Mumo Kiilu Kenya 46.79 0.212
8 5 Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr Sudan 47.12 0.247

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 7 Martyn Rooney Great Britain 45.00 Q 0.207
2 8 Sean Wroe Australia 45.17 Q, PB 0.182
3 5 Ricardo Chambers Jamaica 45.22 Q 0.211
4 3 Erison Hurtault Dominica 46.10 0.246
5 9 Andrés Silva Uruguay 46.34 0.265
6 2 Rudolf Götz Czech Republic 46.38 0.157
7 6 Yuzo Kanemaru Japan 46.39 0.225
4 California Molefe Botswana DNS

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 2 LaShawn Merritt United States 44.96 Q 0.214
2 7 Saul Weigopwa Nigeria 45.19 Q 0.172
3 8 Claudio Licciardello Italy 45.25 Q, PB 0.186
4 3 Jonathan Borlée Belgium 45.25 q, PB 0.225
5 6 Ato Modibo Trinidad and Tobago 45.63 0.195
6 9 Alleyne Francique Grenada 46.15 0.215
7 5 Geiner Mosquera Colombia 46.59 0.268
8 4 Siraj Williams Liberia 47.89 0.288

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 7 Andrew Steele Great Britain 44.94 Q, PB 0.248
2 5 Renny Quow Trinidad and Tobago 45.13 Q 0.266
3 6 Michael Mathieu Bahamas 45.17 Q, PB 0.193
4 8 Michael Blackwood Jamaica 45.56 0.204
5 2 Tyler Christopher Canada 45.67 0.172
6 3 Joel Phillip Grenada 46.30 0.198
7 9 Félix Martinez Puerto Rico 46.46 0.347
8 4 Daniel Dąbrowski Poland 47.83 0.260

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 9 Jeremy Wariner United States 45.23 Q 0.253
2 6 Tabarie Henry Virgin Islands 45.36 Q, NR 0.165
3 2 Cedric van Branteghem Belgium 45.54 Q 0.203
4 4 David Gillick Ireland 45.83 0.275
5 5 Maksim Dyldin Russia 46.03 0.194
6 3 Myhaylo Knysh Ukraine 46.28 0.260
7 7 Mathieu Gnanligo Benin 47.10 0.207
8 8 Naiel Santiago d'Almeida São Tomé and Príncipe 49.08 0.178

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

19 August 2008 - 21:45
Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Jeremy Wariner United States 44.15 Q 0.224
2 5 Chris Brown Bahamas 44.59 Q 0.244
3 6 Kévin Borlée Belgium 44.88 NR 0.162
4 7 Nery Brenes Costa Rica 44.94 NR 0.169
5 4 Saul Weigopwa Nigeria 45.02 SB 0.168
6 2 William Collazo Cuba 45.06 PB 0.191
7 8 Tabarie Henry Virgin Islands 45.19 NR 0.165
8 2 Claudio Licciardello Italy 45.64 0.259

Semifinal 2[edit]

19 August 2008 - 21:52
Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Leslie Djhone France 44.79 Q, SB 0.159
2 4 David Neville United States 44.91 Q 0.190
3 5 Joel Milburn Australia 45.06 0.187
4 9 Ricardo Chambers Jamaica 45.09 0.220
5 3 Jonathan Borlée Belgium 45.11 PB 0.191
6 8 James Godday Nigeria 45.24 0.185
7 2 Andretti Bain Bahamas 45.52 0.196
8 7 Andrew Steele Great Britain 45.59 0.216

Semifinal 3[edit]

19 August 2008 - 21:59
Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 7 LaShawn Merritt United States 44.12 Q 0.187
2 6 Martyn Rooney Great Britain 44.60 Q, PB 0.126
3 8 Johan Wissman Sweden 44.64 q, SB 0.211
4 5 Renny Quow Trinidad and Tobago 44.82 q, PB 0.204
5 2 Gary Kikaya DR Congo 44.94 0.187
6 9 Michael Mathieu Bahamas 45.56 0.203
7 4 Sean Wroe Australia 45.56 0.205
8 3 Cedric van Branteghem Belgium 45.81 0.199

Final[edit]

LaShawn Merritt won by a margin of almost a second.
Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Reaction
time
Notes
1 4 LaShawn Merritt United States 43.75 0.318 PB
2 7 Jeremy Wariner United States 44.74 0.209
3 9 David Neville United States 44.80 0.293
4 5 Chris Brown Bahamas 44.84 0.231
5 6 Leslie Djhone France 45.11 0.164
6 8 Martyn Rooney Great Britain 45.12 0.208
7 2 Renny Quow Trinidad and Tobago 45.22 0.201
8 3 Johan Wissman Sweden 45.39 0.218

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.