Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Men's 4 × 100 meter relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 10–11 August
Teams 16
Winning time 36.84 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    Jamaica
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Trinidad and Tobago
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The men's 4 × 100 meters relay competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held at the Olympic Stadium on 10–11 August.[1] On 11 August, the Jamaican national team, led by Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt, won the gold medal and broke their own world record of 37.04 set at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, with a time of 36.84.

Carter did not start well, and Trell Kimmons of the United States led the first 100 metres. Kimmons handed the baton to former world record holder and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, who was in the lead. By the third changeover, America had a slight lead over the Jamaicans, but when Michael Frater handed over to Yohan Blake, Blake took the final bend and made up ground and overtook Tyson Gay of the USA. Blake then passed the baton to Bolt slightly ahead of Gay's pass to Ryan Bailey. In the final 100 metres, Bolt extended that lead to a few metres and crossed the line in a new world record time for his country for the second consecutive Olympics, with the USA finishing second. Although the Canadian team finished third, they were disqualified after third leg runner Jared Connaughton accidentally stepped on a line, and the bronze medal went to Trinidad and Tobago.[2]

While the Jamaican team were breaking the world record, the American team crossed the line in exactly the same time as the old record of 37.04 seconds, setting a new national record.[3]

After Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance in 2013 he was disqualified from all results retroactive to July 15, 2012, the day he began using the product that contained the banned substance. He turned over his silver medal to the USOC who will return it to the IOC.[4]

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Jamaica
(Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt)
37.04 Daegu, South Korea 4 September 2011
Olympic record  Jamaica
(Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell)
37.10 Beijing, China 22 August 2008
2012 world leading Jamaica Racers Track Club
(Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Kimmari Roach, Usain Bolt)
37.82 Kingston, Jamaica 14 April 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
11 August Final Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt Jamaica 36.84 WR
11 August Final Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Ryan Bailey United States 37.04 NR
10 August Round 1 Brian Mariano, Churandy Martina, Giovanni Codrington, Patrick van Luijk Netherlands 38.29 NR
10 August Round 1 Guo Fan, Liang Jiahong, Su Bingtian, Zhang Peimeng China 38.38 NR
10 August Round 1 Lestrod Roland, Jason Rogers, Antoine Adams, Brijesh Lawrence Saint Kitts and Nevis 38.41 NR
10 August Round 1 Anthony Alozie, Isaac Ntiamoah, Andrew McCabe, Josh Ross Australia 38.17 =AR
10 August Round 1 Kamil Masztak, Dariusz Kuć, Robert Kubaczyk, Kamil Kryński Poland 38.31 NR

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 10 August 2012 19:45 Round 1
Saturday, 11 August 2012 21:00 Finals

Result[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 6 Jamaica Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole 37.39 Q, SB
2 3 Canada Gavin Smellie, Oluseyi Smith, Jared Connaughton, Justyn Warner 38.05 Q, SB
3 7 Netherlands Brian Mariano, Churandy Martina, Giovanni Codrington, Patrick van Luijk 38.29 Q, NR
4 8 Brazil Aldemir da Silva Junior, Sandro Viana, Nilson Andre, Bruno de Barros 38.35 SB
5 5 China Guo Fan, Liang Jiahong, Su Bingtian, Zhang Peimeng 38.38 NR
6 4 Saint Kitts and Nevis Lestrod Roland, Jason Rogers, Antoine Adams, Brijesh Lawrence 38.41 NR
7 9 Italy Simone Collio, Jacques Riparelli, Davide Manenti, Fabio Cerutti 38.58 SB
2 Great Britain Christian Malcolm, Dwain Chambers, Danny Talbot, Adam Gemili DQ (37.93)

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 7 United States Jeff Demps, Darvis Patton, Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin 37.38 Q, NR
2 9 Japan Ryota Yamagata, Masashi Eriguchi, Shinji Takahira, Shota Iizuka 38.07 Q, SB
3 4 Trinidad and Tobago Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender, Keston Bledman 38.10 Q, SB
4 5 France Jimmy Vicaut, Christophe Lemaitre, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Ronald Pognon 38.15 q
5 2 Australia Anthony Alozie, Isaac Ntiamoah, Andrew McCabe, Josh Ross 38.17 q, =AR
6 3 Poland Kamil Masztak, Dariusz Kuć, Robert Kubaczyk, Kamil Kryński 38.31 NR
7 6 Germany Julian Reus, Tobias Unger, Alexander Kosenkow, Lucas Jakubczyk 38.37
8 8 Hong Kong Tang Yik Chun, Lai Chun Ho, Ng Ka Fung, Tsui Chi Ho 38.61

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 6 Jamaica Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt 36.84 WR, OR
2 7 United States Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Ryan Bailey 37.04 NR
3 9 Trinidad and Tobago Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson 38.12
4 3 France Jimmy Vicaut, Christophe Lemaitre, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Ronald Pognon 38.16
5 4 Japan Ryota Yamagata, Masashi Eriguchi, Shinji Takahira, Shota Iizuka 38.35
6 8 Netherlands Brian Mariano, Churandy Martina, Giovanni Codrington, Patrick van Luijk 38.39
7 2 Australia Anthony Alozie, Isaac Ntiamoah, Andrew McCabe, Joshua Ross 38.43
5 Canada Gavin Smellie, Oluseyi Smith, Jared Connaughton, Justyn Warner DQ (38.07) R 163.3a

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