2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Men's 4 x 100 metres relay
at the 2019 World Championships
VenueKhalifa International Stadium
Dates4 October (heats)
5 October (final)
Competitors68 from 15 nations
Teams15
Winning time37.10
Medalists
gold medal    United States
silver medal    Great Britain
bronze medal    Japan
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The men's 4 × 100 metres relay at the 2019 World Athletics Championships was held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, from 4 to 5 October 2019.[1]

Summary[edit]

Background[edit]

Defending champion Great Britain was back with two members of their winning team, taking the qualifying heats with a world leading time. South Africa set the African continental record as they qualified winning the other heat. In a familiar situation, despite having the gold and silver medalists on their team, USA struggled with their handoff, completing their handoff at the end of the third zone and missing disqualification by inches or a favorable judge's decision. USA was the slowest qualifier into the final, just .08 ahead of Italy setting their national record in the adjacent lane. Because of the poor qualification position, USA drew lane 8. Instead of a substitute anchor runner, they went with their "A" team, putting in 200 meter champion Noah Lyles. Lyles spent the 2019 season coming back after slow starts, essentially demonstrating his superior top end speed. In a relay with a rolling start, his slow starts are negated. USA put the fastest starter, now the fastest man in the world, Christian Coleman in the blocks running against GBR's fastest turn runner Adam Gemili.

Race[edit]

Coleman did his part, gaining rapidly on China's best starter Su Bingtian to his outside. With a smooth handoff, as Justin Gatlin took his first step, he was ahead of China meaning USA would have no traffic interference for the rest of the race. One lane inside of Coleman, Gemili also did his job, keeping GBR close. Yuki Koike for Japan also gained on World Relays champion Brazil.

On the second leg, Gatlin separated from Xu Zhouzheng and Zharnel Hughes also lost a little to the Olympic champion, but USA was right where GBR could watch them. Mike Rodgers had to hesitate to get the baton from Gatlin, but with USA's history, there was no disaster. GBR's handoff was also hesitant, with Richard Kilty having to decelerate to not run out of the handoff zone, but Japan passed quickly to former junior world record holder Yoshihide Kiryū to keep them close. Through the turn, Rodgers separated from Kilty, Kiryū also gained with Japan passing in second place and South Africa was pulling close to Brazil to create a traffic jam. USA handed off cleanly to Lyles, as if they had practiced the handoff in advance. Japan handed off to their national record holder Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, GBR handed off to Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, South Africa gave it to #6 on the season Akani Simbine and Brazil had Paulo André de Oliveira. And they were off to the races.

With a metre and a half advantage, Lyles expanded it to three metres by the finish. Lyles crossed the line holding the baton in the air in victory. Mitchell-Blake gained slightly to battle Brown for the medals, taking silver by a half a metre. Behind them de Oliveira came back on Simbine to nip South Africa at the line.

USA's 37.10 tied Jamaica's recinded[check spelling] Usain Bolt/Asafa Powell powered 2008 Olympic team for the third fastest ever and the American record. Great Britain's 37.36 tied two more Bolt led Jamaican World Championship teams from 2013 and 2015 for the sixth best ever and the European record. Japan's 37.43 moved them into #14 in history, #4 as a country and the Asian record. And Brazil moved to become the #8 country, just behind South Africa's now #7 place from their faster race the trials and set the South American record improving on the one they tied in the trials. In all four continental records and nine national records among the 16 team event.

Records[edit]

Before the competition records were as follows:[2]

Record Perf. Team Date Location
World 36.84  Jamaica
Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt
11 Aug 2012 London, United Kingdom
Championship 37.04  Jamaica
Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt
4 Sep 2011 Daegu, South Korea
World leading 37.60  Great Britain
Chijindu Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
21 Jul 2019 London, United Kingdom
African 37.94  Nigeria
Osmond Ezinwa, Olapade Adeniken, Francis Obikwelu, Davidson Ezinwa
9 Aug 1997 Athens, Greece
Asian 37.60  Japan
Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu, Asuka Cambridge
19 Aug 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NACAC 36.84  Jamaica
Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt
11 Aug 2012 London, United Kingdom
South American 37.90  Brazil
Vicente de Lima, Édson Ribeiro, André da Silva, Claudinei da Silva
30 Sep 2000 Sydney, Australia
European 37.47  Great Britain
Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Daniel Talbot, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
12 Aug 2017 London, United Kingdom
Oceanian 38.17  Australia
Paul Henderson, Tim Jackson, Steve Brimacombe, Damien Marsh
12 Aug 1995 Gothenburg, Sweden
 Australia
Anthony Alozie, Isaac Ntiamoah, Andrew McCabe (sprinter), Josh Ross
10 Aug 2012 London, United Kingdom

The following records were matched or set at the competition:

Record Perf. Team Date
World leading 37.56  Great Britain
Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
4 Oct 2019
African 37.65  South Africa
Thando Dlodlo, Simon Magakwe, Clarence Munyai, Akani Simbine
South African
Chinese 37.79  China
Su Bingtian, Xu Zhouzheng, Wu Zhiqiang, Xie Zhenye
South American 37.90  Brazil
Rodrigo do Nascimento, Vitor Hugo dos Santos, Derick Silva, Paulo André de Oliveira
Brazilian
Dutch 37.91  Netherlands
Joris van Gool, Taymir Burnet, Hensley Paulina, Churandy Martina
Italian 38.11  Italy
Federico Cattaneo, Marcell Jacobs, Davide Manenti, Filippo Tortu
World leading 37.10  United States
Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Noah Lyles
5 Oct 2019
United States
European 37.36  Great Britain
Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
British
Asian 37.43  Japan
Shuhei Tada, Kirara Shiraishi, Yoshihide Kiryū, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown
Japanese
South American 37.72  Brazil
Rodrigo do Nascimento, Vitor Hugo dos Santos, Derick Silva, Paulo André de Oliveira
Brazilian

Schedule[edit]

The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:[3]

Date Time Round
4 October 21:05 Heats
5 October 22:15 Final

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

The first three in each heat (Q) and the next two fastest (q) qualified for the final.[4]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
1 1 6  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake 37.56 Q, WL
2 2 4  South Africa (RSA) Thando Dlodlo, Simon Magakwe, Clarence Munyai, Akani Simbine 37.65 Q, AR
3 2 5  Japan (JPN) Yuki Koike, Kirara Shiraishi, Yoshihide Kiryū, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown 37.78 Q, SB
4 2 9  China (CHN) Su Bingtian, Xu Zhouzheng, Wu Zhiqiang, Xie Zhenye 37.79 Q, NR
5 2 6  France (FRA) Amaury Golitin, Jimmy Vicaut, Méba-Mickaël Zeze, Mouhamadou Fall 37.88 q, SB
6 1 2  Brazil (BRA) Rodrigo do Nascimento, Vitor Hugo dos Santos, Derick Silva, Paulo André de Oliveira 37.90 Q, =AR
7 2 3  Netherlands (NED) Joris van Gool, Taymir Burnet, Hensley Paulina, Churandy Martina 37.91 q, NR
8 2 2  Canada (CAN) Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse 37.91 SB
9 1 5  United States (USA) Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Cravon Gillespie 38.03 Q, SB
10 1 4  Italy (ITA) Federico Cattaneo, Marcell Jacobs, Davide Manenti, Filippo Tortu 38.11 NR
11 1 7  Jamaica (JAM) Oshane Bailey, Yohan Blake, Rasheed Dwyer, Tyquendo Tracey 38.15 SB
12 2 7  Germany (GER) Julian Reus, Joshua Hartmann, Roy Schmidt, Marvin Schulte 38.24 SB
13 1 8  Ghana (GHA) Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku, Martin Owusu Antwi, Joseph Amoah 38.24 SB
1 3  Turkey (TUR) Kayhan Özer, Jak Ali Harvey, Emre Zafer Barnes, Ramil Guliyev DQ 170.7
2 8  Nigeria (NGR) Enoch Olaoluwa Adegoke, Usheoritse Itsekiri, Ogho-Oghene Egwero, Adeseye Ogunlewe DQ 163.3(a)
1 9  Qatar (QAT) DNS

Final[edit]

The final was started on 5 October at 22:15.[5]

Rank Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 8  United States (USA) Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Noah Lyles 37.10 WL, NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 7  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake 37.36 AR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4  Japan (JPN) Shuhei Tada, Kirara Shiraishi, Yoshihide Kiryū, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown 37.43 AR
4 6  Brazil (BRA) Rodrigo do Nascimento, Vitor Hugo dos Santos, Derick Silva, Paulo André de Oliveira 37.72 AR
5 5  South Africa (RSA) Thando Dlodlo, Simon Magakwe, Clarence Munyai, Akani Simbine 37.73
6 9  China (CHN) Su Bingtian, Xu Zhouzheng, Wu Zhiqiang, Bie Ge 38.07
2  France (FRA) Amaury Golitin, Jimmy Vicaut, Méba-Mickaël Zeze, Christophe Lemaitre DNF
3  Netherlands (NED) Joris van Gool, Taymir Burnet, Hensley Paulina, Churandy Martina DQ
37.80
170.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4 x 100 Metres Relay Men − Round 1 − Start list" (PDF). IAAF. 4 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ "4x100 Metres Relay Men – Records". IAAF. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Men's 4x100 Metres Relay − Timetable". iaaf.org. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  4. ^ Heats results
  5. ^ "4 x 100 Metres Relay Men − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2019.