4 × 200 metres relay

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The 4 × 200 metres relay is an athletics track event in which teams comprise four runners who each complete 200 metres or half a lap on a standard 400 metre track. The event is a world record eligible event, but is not a standard event at most track meets, though certain leagues regularly conduct this event as part of their program.

Description[edit]

There are multiple formats under which the race can be conducted. If the track is marked for a four-turn stagger format, the runners can stay in their lanes throughout the race. In such a situation, the outer lanes could appear to start 2/3 of the way through the first turn. The markings for such a special zone should be colored red, though many tracks deviate from the standard marking colors. On a conventionally marked track, the race can be run starting at the normal 400 metres (and 4x100 metres relay) start line. As a two-turn stagger, the first exchange would take place in the standard second passing zone of the 4x100 metres relay, the second pass taking place in the normal (lane one, extended) 4x400 metres relay zone. After that exchange, the runner would break into lane one and make a third exchange in lane one of the second standard 4x100 metres relay zone.

Indoors, the event is popular because each leg is one lap of a standard 200 metre indoor track.

World record[edit]

The men's world record was set at the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. The record was set by a Jamaican team consisting of Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown and Yohan Blake in a time of 1:18.63.[1] The women's world record is 1:27.46, set by a squad called Team USA "Blue" LaTasha Jenkins, LaTasha Colander-Richardson, Nanceen Perry, and Marion Jones on April 29, 2000, at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

European record[edit]

All time Top 20[edit]

Men[edit]

  • Correct as of April 2017.[4]
Rank Time Team Nation Date Place Ref
1 1:18.63 Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown, Yohan Blake  Jamaica 24 May 2014 Nassau [5]
2 1:18.68 Santa Monica Track Club
Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard, Carl Lewis
 United States 17 April 1994 Walnut
3 1:19.10 World All Stars
Jon Drummond
Dennis Mitchell
Bryan Bridgewater
John Regis

 United States
 United States
 United States
 Great Britain
17 April 1994 Walnut
4 1:19.11 Santa Monica Track Club
Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard, Carl Lewis
 United States 25 April 1992 Philadelphia
5 1:19.16 Shawn Crawford, Ramon Clay, Darvis Patton, Justin Gatlin  United States 26 April 2003 Philadelphia
6 1:19.20 Gavin Smellie, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown  Canada 2 April 2016 Gainesville
7 1:19.38 Santa Monica Track Club
Danny Everett, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard, Carl Lewis
 United States 23 August 1989 Koblenz
8 1:19.39 Jon Drummond,Shawn Crawford,Bernard Williams,Maurice Greene  United States 28 April 2001 Philadelphia
9 1:19.42 Gavin Smellie
Brendon Rodney
Andre De Grasse
Aaron Brown
 Canada 23 April 2017 Nassau [6]
10 1:19.45 Santa Monica Track Club
Joe DeLoach,Leroy Burrell,Carl Lewis,Floyd Heard
 United States 27 April 1991 Philadelphia
11 1:19.47 Kenny Brokenburr,Alvin Harrison,Maurice Greene,Michael Johnson  United States 24 April 1999 Philadelphia
12 1:19.62 Shawn Crawford, Mickey Grimes, Darvis Patton, Justin Gatlin  United States 24 April 2004 Philadelphia
13 1:19.67 Texas Christian University
Lindel Frater
Ricardo Williams
Darvis Patton
Kim Collins

 Jamaica
 Jamaica
 United States
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
29 April 2000 Philadelphia
14 1:19.71 Texas Christian University
Lindel Frater
David Spencer
Darvis Patton
Kim Collins

 Jamaica
 Jamaica
 United States
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
27 April 2001 Philadelphia
15 1:19.85 Nike International
Maurice Greene,Allen Johnson,Alvin Harrison,Michael Johnson

 United States
26 April 1998 Philadelphia
16 1:19.88 Austin All-Stars
Obadele Thompson
Rodrigue Nordin
Jeff Henderson
Rohsaan Griffin

 Barbados
 France

 United States
3 April 1999 Austin
Noah Lyles
Jarrion Lawson
Isiah Young
Ameer Webb
 United States 23 April 2017 Nassau [7]
18
19
20

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of April 2017.[8]
Rank Time Team Nation Date Place Ref
1 1:27.46 LaTasha Jenkins
LaTasha Colander-Richardson
Nanceen Perry
Marion Jones
 United States 29 April 2000 Philadelphia
2 1:28.15 Marlies Göhr, Romy Schneider-Müller, Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel, Marita Koch  East Germany 9 August 1980 Jena
3
4
5 1:29.04 Jura Levy
Shericka Jackson
Sashalee Forbes
Elaine Thompson
 Jamaica 22 April 2017 Nassau [9]
6
18 1:30.04 Simone Facey
Sheri-Ann Brooks
Anneisha McLaughlin
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
 Jamaica 25 May 2014 Nassau [10]
19
20

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/27563638
  2. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/toplists/inout=o/age=n/season=0/sex=W/all=y/legal=A/disc=4X2/detail.html
  3. ^ "Area Outdoor Records - Men - EUROPE". iaaf.org. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "All-time men's best 4 × 200m Relay". IAAF. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Simon Hart (25 May 2014). "Jamaica men break 4x200 metre relay record at IAAF World Relays in Nassau - and without Usain Bolt". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "4×200m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "4×200m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "All-time women's best 4 × 200m Relay". IAAF. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "4×200m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Women's 4×200m Relay Results". IAAF. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.