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 (USA)
Jeremy Wariner
 United States (USA)
Renny Quow
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)

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 (BAH) 45.00 Q, PB
2 7 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands (ISV) 45.14 Q
3 5 Leslie Djhone  France (FRA) 45.20 Q
4 2 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 45.21 Q
5 4 LaShawn Merritt  United States (USA) 45.23 Q
6 7 Sean Wroe  Australia (AUS) 45.31 Q
7 4 John Steffensen  Australia (AUS) 45.37 Q
8 7 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.45 Q
9 1 Robert Tobin  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.50 Q
10 2 William Collazo  Cuba (CUB) 45.52 Q
11 3 Chris Brown  Bahamas (BAH) 45.53 Q
12 6 Jeremy Wariner  United States (USA) 45.54 Q
12 1 David Gillick  Ireland (IRL) 45.54 Q
12 3 Michael Bingham  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.54 Q
15 1 Rabah Yousif  Sudan (SUD) 45.55 Q, PB
15 7 Erison Hurtault  Dominica (DMA) 45.55 q, SB
17 3 Joel Milburn  Australia (AUS) 45.56 Q, SB
17 7 Mohamed Ashour Khouaja  Libya 45.56 q, NR
19 6 Ricardo Chambers  Jamaica (JAM) 45.57 Q
20 2 Kevin Borlée  Belgium (BEL) 45.61 Q
21 1 Lionel Larry  United States (USA) 45.64 q
22 2 Marcin Marciniszyn  Poland (POL) 45.77 SB
23 5 Johan Wissman  Sweden (SWE) 45.83 Q
24 4 Matteo Galvan  Italy (ITA) 45.86 Q, PB
25 5 Maksim Dyldin  Russia (RUS) 45.91
26 1 Young Talkmore Nyongani  Zimbabwe (ZIM) 45.92
27 1 Cédric Van Branteghem  Belgium (BEL) 45.94
28 4 Héctor Carrasquillo  Puerto Rico (PUR) 46.11
29 2 Arismendy Peguero  Dominican Republic (DOM) 46.13
30 6 Teddy Venel  France (FRA) 46.16 Q
31 3 Eric Milazar  Mauritius (MRI) 46.39
32 5 Gil Roberts  United States (USA) 46.41
33 7 Saul Weigopwa  Nigeria (NGR) 46.42
34 3 Isaac Makwala  Botswana (BOT) 46.45
35 4 Alvin Harrison  Dominican Republic (DOM) 46.67
36 3 Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr  Sudan (SUD) 46.48
37 1 Hideyuki Hirose  Japan (JPN) 46.80
38 6 Yuzo Kanemaru  Japan (JPN) 46.83
39 7 Rondell Bartholomew  Grenada (GRN) 46.85
40 3 Andrés Silva  Uruguay (URU) 46.86
41 2 Mathieu Gnanligo  Benin (BEN) 47.00 SB
42 6 Yousef Ahmed Masrahi  Saudi Arabia (KSA) 47.03
43 5 Mark Kiprotich Muttai  Kenya (KEN) 47.04
44 2 Nelson Stone  Papua New Guinea (PNG) 47.13
45 6 Pieter Smith  South Africa (RSA) 48.14
46 5 Naiel d'Almeida  São Tomé and Príncipe (STP) 49.47
47 7 Moumouni Kimba  Niger (NIG) 50.93 PB
48 3 Zaw Win Thet  Myanmar (MYA) 51.41 PB
2 Michael Mathieu  Bahamas (BAH) DSQ
4 Gary Kikaya  Democratic Republic of the Congo (COD) DSQ
4 Yannick Fonsat  France (FRA) DNS
5 James Godday  Nigeria (NGR) DNS
6 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica (CRC) 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 (USA) 44.37 Q, WL
2 2 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 44.53 Q, PB
3 1 Jeremy Wariner  United States (USA) 44.69 Q
4 1 Michael Bingham  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 44.74 Q, PB
5 1 Leslie Djhone  France (FRA) 44.80 q, SB
6 1 David Gillick  Ireland (IRL) 44.88 q
7 2 William Collazo  Cuba (CUB) 44.93
8 3 Chris Brown  Bahamas (BAH) 44.95 Q
9 3 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands (ISV) 44.97 Q
10 1 Ramon Miller  Bahamas (BAH) 44.99 PB
11 3 Ricardo Chambers  Jamaica (JAM) 45.13 SB
12 3 Kevin Borlée  Belgium (BEL) 45.28 SB
13 2 Sean Wroe  Australia (AUS) 45.32
14 3 John Steffensen  Australia (AUS) 45.50
15 2 Erison Hurtault  Dominica (DMA) 45.59
16 2 Rabah Yousif  Sudan (SUD) 45.63
17 3 Lionel Larry  United States (USA) 45.85
18 3 Robert Tobin  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.90
19 2 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.98
20 1 Joel Milburn  Australia (AUS) 46.06
21 2 Teddy Venel  France (FRA) 46.30
22 1 Mohamed Ashour Khouaja  Libya 46.43
23 3 Matteo Galvan  Italy (ITA) 46.87
1 Johan Wissman  Sweden (SWE) DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) LaShawn Merritt  United States (USA) 44.06 WL
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jeremy Wariner  United States (USA) 44.60 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 45.02
4 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands (ISV) 45.42
5 Chris Brown  Bahamas (BAH) 45.47
6 David Gillick  Ireland (IRL) 45.53
7 Michael Bingham  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.56
8 Leslie Djhone  France (FRA) 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 Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.