2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 400 metres

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LaShawn Merritt, Kirani James, and Kévin Borlée.

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] At 18 years, 363 days old, James became the youngest ever world medallist for the men's 400 m.[3]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Kirani James
 Grenada (GRN)
LaShawn Merritt
 United States (USA)
Kévin Borlée
 Belgium (BEL)

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 (USA) 44.35 Q, WL
2 3 Kévin Borlée  Belgium (BEL) 44.77 Q
3 1 Rondell Bartholomew  Grenada (GRN) 44.82 Q
4 1 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 44.84 Q, SB
5 2 Jermaine Gonzales  Jamaica (JAM) 45.12 Q
5 4 Kirani James  Grenada (GRN) 45.12 Q
7 1 Greg Nixon  United States (USA) 45.16 Q
7 4 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium (BEL) 45.16 Q
9 3 Rabah Yousif  Sudan (SUD) 45.20 Q
10 1 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands (ISV) 45.22 Q
11 5 Chris Brown  Bahamas (BAH) 45.29 Q
12 5 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.30 Q, SB
13 4 Ramon Miller  Bahamas (BAH) 45.31 Q, SB
14 5 Oscar Pistorius  South Africa (RSA) 45.39 Q
15 5 Femi Seun Ogunode  Qatar (QAT) 45.42 Q, SB
16 2 Jamaal Torrance  United States (USA) 45.44 Q
17 5 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica (CRC) 45.47 q
18 2 Marcin Marciniszyn  Poland (POL) 45.51 Q
19 3 Yuzo Kanemaru  Japan (JPN) 45.51 Q
20 2 Demetrius Pinder  Bahamas (BAH) 45.53 Q
21 1 Riker Hylton  Jamaica (JAM) 45.54 q
22 3 Pavel Trenikhin  Russia (RUS) 45.55 q, PB
23 4 William Collazo  Cuba (CUB) 45.89 Q
24 2 Erison Hurtault  Dominica (DMA) 46.10 q
25 4 Park Bong-Go  South Korea (KOR) 46.42 SB
26 5 Tony McQuay  United States (USA) 46.76
27 4 Pako Seribe  Botswana (BOT) 46.97
28 1 Mathieu Gnanligo  Benin (BEN) 47.01
29 4 Augusto Stanley  Paraguay (PAR) 47.31
30 1 Nelson Stone  Papua New Guinea (PNG) 47.86
31 5 Ahmed Mohamed Al-Merjabi  Oman (OMN) 47.99
32 3 Arnold Sorina  Vanuatu (VAN) 48.76 SB
33 4 Bahaa Al Farra  Palestine (PLE) 49.04 PB
34 2 Nicolau Palanca  Angola (ANG) 49.37 SB
35 1 Kerfalla Camara  Guinea (GUI) 49.74 PB
36 2 Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Rositi  Brunei (BRU) 50.12
5 Abdou Razack Rabo Samma  Niger (NIG) DSQ
3 Arismendy Peguero  Dominican Republic (DOM) DNS
3 Gary Kikaya  Democratic Republic of the Congo (COD) 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 (USA) 44.76 Q
2 3 Jermaine Gonzales  Jamaica (JAM) 44.99 Q
3 1 Kévin Borlée  Belgium (BEL) 45.02 Q
4 3 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium (BEL) 45.14 Q
5 3 Rondell Bartholomew  Grenada (GRN) 45.17 q
6 2 Kirani James  Grenada (GRN) 45.20 Q
7 3 Femi Seun Ogunode  Qatar (QAT) 45.41 q, SB
8 1 Rabah Yousif  Sudan (SUD) 45.43
9 3 Greg Nixon  United States (USA) 45.51
10 2 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands (ISV) 45.53 Q
11 2 Chris Brown  Bahamas (BAH) 45.54
12 3 Pavel Trenikhin  Russia (RUS) 45.68
13 1 Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 45.72
14 2 Jamaal Torrance  United States (USA) 45.73
15 3 Demetrius Pinder  Bahamas (BAH) 45.87
16 1 Ramon Miller  Bahamas (BAH) 45.88
17 2 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica (CRC) 45.93
18 2 Marcin Marciniszyn  Poland (POL) 45.94
19 2 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 46.09
20 1 Yuzo Kanemaru  Japan (JPN) 46.11
21 1 William Collazo  Cuba (CUB) 46.13
22 3 Oscar Pistorius  South Africa (RSA) 46.19
23 1 Erison Hurtault  Dominica (DMA) 46.41
24 2 Riker Hylton  Jamaica (JAM) 46.99

Final[edit]

The finish.
Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Kirani James  Grenada (GRN) 44.60
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 LaShawn Merritt  United States (USA) 44.63
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Kévin Borlée  Belgium (BEL) 44.90
4 3 Jermaine Gonzales  Jamaica (JAM) 44.99
5 8 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium (BEL) 45.07
6 2 Rondell Bartholomew  Grenada (GRN) 45.45
7 7 Tabarie Henry  U.S. Virgin Islands (ISV) 45.55
8 1 Femi Seun Ogunode  Qatar (QAT) 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. 
  3. ^ "World Championship Statistics Handbook" (Press release). IAAF. Retrieved 2017-08-03. 

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