4 × 800 metres relay

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The 4 × 800 metres relay is an athletics track event in which teams consist of four runners who each complete 800 metres or 2 laps on a standard 400 metre track.

The IAAF ratifies world records in the event and became a world championship event in 2014 as part of the IAAF World Relays.

The men's world record is 7:02.43 by a Kenyan team of Joseph Mutua, William Yiampoy, Ismael Kombich and Wilfred Bungei, set August 25, 2006, at the Memorial Van Damme meet in Brussels, Belgium. The women's world record is 7:50.17, set by a team representing the Soviet Union, Nadiya Olizarenko, Lyubov Gurina, Lyudmila Borisova and Irina Podyalovskaya on August 15, 1984, in Moscow.[1]

All-time top 10[edit]

Men[edit]

  • Correct as of September 2021.[2]
Rank Time Team Athletes Date Place Ref
1 7:02.43 Kenya Joseph Mutua Mwengi Kenya, William Yiampoy Kenya, Ismael Kombich Kenya, Wilfred Bungei Kenya 25 August 2006 Brussels
2 7:02.82 Santa Monica Track Club Jebreh Harris United States, Khadevis Robinson United States, Sam Burley United States, David Krummenacker United States 25 August 2006 Brussels
3 7:03.89 Great Britain & N.I. Peter Elliott United Kingdom, Garry Cook United Kingdom, Steve Cram United Kingdom, Sebastian Coe United Kingdom 30 August 1982 London
4 7:04.70 South Africa Gideon van Oudtshoorn South Africa, Hezekiél Sepeng South Africa, Jurgens Kotzé South Africa, Johan Botha South Africa 6 June 1999 Stuttgart
5 7:04.84 USA Duane Solomon United States, Eric Sowinski United States, Casimir Loxsom United States, Robby Andrews United States 2 May 2015 Nassau
6 7:04.89 St. Patrick's School David Kiptoo Singoei Kenya, Joseph Tengelei Kenya, William Chirchir Kenya, Japheth Kimutai Kenya 6 June 1999 Stuttgart
7 7:06:12 Benelux Bram Som Netherlands, David Fiegen Luxembourg, Arnoud Okken Netherlands, Thomas Matthys Belgium 25 August 2006 Brussels
8 7:06.5 Santa Monica Track Club James Robinson United States, David Mack United States, Earl Jones United States, Johnny Gray United States 26 April 1986 Walnut
9 7:06.66 Qatar Majid Saeed Sultan Qatar, Salem Amer Al-Badri Qatar, Abdulrahman Suleiman Qatar, Ali Abubaker Kamal Qatar 25 August 2006 Brussels
10 7:07.1 Kericho ?, ?, ?, Abraham Kiplagat Kenya 7 March 2014 Nairobi

Women[edit]

  • Correct as of September 2021.[3]
Rank Time Team Athletes Date Place Ref
1 7:50.17  Soviet Union I Nadezhda Olizarenko, Lyubov Gurina, Lyudmila Borisova, Irina Podyalovskaya 5 August 1984 Moscow
2 7:51.62  Soviet Union II Nina Ruchayeva, Ravilya Agletdinova, Nadezhda Loboyko, Valentina Parkhuta 5 August 1984 Moscow
3 7:52.24  Soviet Union Yekaterina Podkopayeva, Nadezhda Loboyko, Nadezhda Olizarenko, Ravilya Agletdinova 4 August 1985 Leningrad
4 7:52.3  Soviet Union Tatyana Providokhina, Valentina Gerasimova, Svetlana Styrkina, Tatyana Kazankina 16 August 1976 Podolsk
5 7:54.10  German Democratic Republic Elfi Zinn, Gunhild Hoffmeister, Anita Weiß, Ulrike Bruns 6 August 1976 Karl-Marx-Stadt
6 7:56.6  Russian SFSR Zoya Rigel, Lyubov Gurina, Yekaterina Podkopayeva, Tatyana Mishkel 8 September 1980 Donetsk
7 7:56:6  Ukrainian SSR Lyubov Smolka, Maryna Sheberova, Svetlana Popova, Tamara Koba 8 September 1980 Donetsk
8 7:56.9  Leningrad Zoya Rigel, Lyubov Gurina, Olga Dvirna, Lyudmila Veselkova 8 September 1980 Donetsk
9 7:57.08  Russia Olga Kuzenkova, Natalya Betekhtina, Olga Burkanova, Svetlana Masterkova 5 June 1993 Portsmouth
10 7:57.21  Romania Liliana Salageanu, Mitica Constantin, Violeta Szekely, Laura Itcou 5 June 1993 Portsmouth

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/records/inout=o/discType=5/disc=4X8/detail.html
  2. ^ "All-time men's best 4 × 800m Relay". 9 September 2021. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  3. ^ "All-time women's best 4 × 800m Relay". 9 September 2021. Retrieved 9 September 2021.

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