2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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The Men's 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on 1 and 2 September. Thursday and Friday. This is a change in schedule from previous years when all the relays were at the end of the program. This might necessitate a change in strategy to allow for team members involved in other events.

This was the fastest qualifying round in the history of the World Championships. All eight qualifying teams were faster than the fastest qualifier two year before. All but final qualifier Kenya were faster than the Bronze medal team at that championship. United States ran the world leading time, which sounds more impressive than it really was since the previous leading time was by an American collegiate team (though only seven of these national teams were better than that mark in this entire competition). The South African team set their National Record, led off by double amputee Oscar Pistorius. After the heat, South Africa elected not to include Pistorius in the final.[1][2]

In the finals, none of the medal winning teams matched their times from the qualifying heats. Jonathan Borlée put Belgium in the early lead. After the first handoff, they were passed quickly by Ofentse Mogawane putting South Africa into the lead followed by Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica. Five time defending champion United States, running hurdlers Bershawn Jackson and Angelo Taylor, was a slow third place behind South Africa's Willem de Beer watching Jamaican Riker Hylton separate from the field, but Hylton tied up on the home stretch and the race tightened going into the final handoff. Taking the baton in the unfamiliar third place, Silver medalist LaShawn Merritt ran a controlled race in lane one moving into position for one final surge on the home stretch. Merritt was actually too close to the runners ahead of him and had to dart to the right to go around to pass the two teams in green and yellow to the finish. South Africa anchor, hurdler L. J. van Zyl, held off Jamaica's Leford Green for the silver medal.[3]


Gold Silver Bronze
 United States
Greg Nixon
Bershawn Jackson
Angelo Taylor
LaShawn Merritt
Jamaal Torrance*
Michael Berry*
 South Africa
Shane Victor
Ofentse Mogawane
Willem de Beer
L. J. van Zyl
Oscar Pistorius*
Allodin Fothergill
Jermaine Gonzales
Riker Hylton
Leford Green
Lansford Spence*


World record  United States
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
Championship record  United States
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
World leading Texas A&M University
(Bryan Miller, Tabarie Henry, Michael Preble, Demetrius Pinder)
3:00.45 Austin, United States 9 April 2011
African record  Nigeria
(Clement Chukwu, Jude Monye, Sunday Bada, Enefiok Udo-Obong)
2:58.68 Sydney, Australia 30 September 2000
Asian record  Japan
(Shunji Karube, Koji Ito, Jun Osakada, Shigekazu Omori)
3:00.76 Atlanta, United States 3 August 1996
North, Central American and Caribbean record  United States
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
South American record  Brazil
(Eronilde de Araújo, Cleverson da Silva, Claudinei da Silva, Sanderlei Parrela)
2:58.56 Winnipeg, Canada 30 July 1999
European record  Great Britain
(Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch, Mark Richardson, Roger Black)
2:56.60 Atlanta, United States 3 August 1996
Oceanian record  Australia
(Bruce Frayne, Gary Minihan, Richard Mitchell, Darren Clark)
2:59.70 Los Angeles, United States 11 August 1984

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time


Date Time Round
1 September 2011 12:30 Heats
2 September 2011 21:15 Final


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


Qualification: First 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Nation Athletes Time Notes
1 1  United States Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, Michael Berry, LaShawn Merritt 2:58.82 Q, WL
2 1  Jamaica Allodin Fothergill, Riker Hylton, Lansford Spence, Leford Green 2:59.13 Q, SB
3 1  South Africa Oscar Pistorius, Ofentse Mogawane, Willem de Beer, Shane Victor 2:59.21 Q, NR
4 1  Great Britain Richard Strachan, Nigel Levine, Christopher Clarke, Martyn Rooney 3:00.38 q
5 1  Germany Jonas Plass, Kamghe Gaba, Eric Krüger, Thomas Schneider 3:00.68 q
6 2  Belgium Antoine Gillet, Jonathan Borlée, Nils Duerinck, Kévin Borlée 3:00.71 Q, SB
7 2  Russia Maksim Dyldin, Konstantin Svechkar, Pavel Trenikhin, Denis Alekseyev 3:00.81 Q, SB
8 2  Kenya Vincent Kiplangat Kosgei, Anderson Mureta Mutegi, Vincent Mumo Kiilu, Mark Mutai 3:00.97 Q, SB
9 2  Bahamas Ramon Miller, Avard Moncur, Andrae Williams, LaToy Williams 3:01.54
10 2  Australia Ben Offereins, Tristan Thomas, Steven Solomon, Sean Wroe 3:01.56 SB
11 2  Poland Kacper Kozłowski, Piotr Wiaderek, Jakub Krzewina, Marcin Marciniszyn 3:01.84 SB
12 1  Trinidad and Tobago Zwede Hewitt, Jarrin Solomon, Deon Lendore, Renny Quow 3:02.47
13 1  Japan Kei Takase, Yuzo Kanemaru, Yusuke Ishitsuka, Hideyuki Hirose 3:02.64 SB
14 2  France Nicolas Fillon, Teddy Venel, Mamoudou Hanne, Yoann Décimus 3:03.68
15 1  South Korea Park Bong-Go, Lim Chan-Ho, Lee Jun, Seong Hyeok-Je 3:04.05 NR
16 2  Saudi Arabia Ismail Al-Sabani, Yousef Ahmed Masrahi, Hamed Al-Bishi, Mohammed Al-Salhi 3:05.65 SB


Rank Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5  United States Greg Nixon, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, LaShawn Merritt 2:59.31
2nd, silver medalist(s) 8  South Africa Shane Victor, Ofentse Mogawane, Willem de Beer, L. J. van Zyl 2:59.87
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4  Jamaica Allodin Fothergill, Jermaine Gonzales, Riker Hylton, Leford Green 3:00.10
4 3  Russia Maksim Dyldin, Konstantin Svechkar, Pavel Trenikhin, Denis Alekseyev 3:00.22 SB
5 6  Belgium Jonathan Borlée, Antoine Gillet, Nils Duerinck, Kévin Borlée 3:00.41 SB
6 7  Kenya Vincent Kiplangat Kosgei, Vincent Mumo Kiilu, Anderson Mureta Mutegi, Mark Mutai 3:01.15
7 1  Great Britain Richard Strachan, Nigel Levine, Christopher Clarke, Martyn Rooney 3:01.16
8 2  Germany Jonas Plass, Kamghe Gaba, Miguel Rigau, Thomas Schneider 3:01.37


  1. ^ "Oscar Pistorius wins relay silver". BBC Sport. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oscar Pistorius dropped from South Africa's 4x400m relay final team". Guardian. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Silver lining for axed Pistorius as US land 10th successive 4x400m relay win". Daily Mail (London). 2 September 2011. Archived from the original on 12 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 

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