Athletics at the 2006 Commonwealth Games – Men's 400 metres

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The 400 metres at the 2006 Commonwealth Games as part of the athletics programme were held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from Monday 20 March to Wednesday 22 March 2006.

The top two runners in each of the eight heats automatically qualified for the semifinals. The next eight fastest runners from across the heats also qualified. Those 24 runners competed in 3 semi finals, with the top two runners from each and next two fastest qualifying for the final.

Records[edit]

World Record 43.18 s Michael Johnson USA Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
Games Record 44.52 s Iwan Thomas WAL Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 18 September 1998

Medals[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Australia John Steffensen, Australia Grenada Alleyne Francique, Grenada Jamaica Jermaine Gonzales, Jamaica

Qualification[edit]

Going into the event, the top ten Commonwealth athletes as ranked by the International Association of Athletics Federations were:

13 March Rank Athlete Nation Games
Result
27 March Rank
Comm. World Comm. World
1 2 Chris Brown  Bahamas 4th 1 2
=2 =3 Timothy Benjamin  Wales Did Not Compete =2 =3
=2 =3 Brandon Simpson  Jamaica Did Not Compete =2 =3
4 5 Tyler Christopher  Canada Did Not Compete 4 5
5 =7 Alleyne Francique  Grenada Silver 5 6
6 =9 Michael Blackwood  Jamaica Did Not Compete 6 =9
7 12 Davian Clarke  Jamaica Semi Finalist 7 12
8 16 Sanjay Ayre  Jamaica Did Not Compete 9 17
9 17 John Steffensen  Australia Gold 8 13
10 18 Robert Tobin  England Semi Finalist 11 19

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • GR denotes Games record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Heats[edit]

Heat 1 of 8
Date: Monday 20 March 2006
Time: ??:?? AM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 7 James Godday Nigeria Nigeria 3 0.224 s 45.93 s Q
2 =9 Chris Lloyd Dominica Dominica 4 0.166 s 46.14 s Q SB
3 19 Gakologelwang Masheto Botswana Botswana 6 0.174 s 46.43 s q PB
4 24 Jan van der Merwe South Africa South Africa 5 0.292 s 46.81 s q
5 =36 Chris Walasi Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 2 0.193 s 48.20 s
- - Moses Kamut Vanuatu Vanuatu 1 DNS
Heat 2 of 8
Date: Monday 20 March 2006
Time: ??:?? AM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 14 Robert Tobin England England 4 0.230 s 46.20 s Q
2 21 Davian Clarke Jamaica Jamaica 7 0.246 s 46.53 s Q
3 22 Damion Barry Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 3 0.244 s 46.66 s q
4 30 Julius Kirwa Kenya Kenya 5 0.213 s 47.55 s
5 31 Enote Inanga Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 6 0.216 s 47.59 s
6 =36 Samuel Egadu Uganda Uganda 2 0.217 s 48.20 s
Heat 3 of 8
Date: Monday 20 March 2006
Time: ??:?? AM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 18 Ato Modibo Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 3  ?? 46.42 s Q
2 23 Eric Milazar Mauritius Mauritius 5  ?? 46.68 s Q
3 26 Rohan Pradeep Kumara Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 7  ?? 47.03 s
4 28 Gareth Warburton Wales Wales 6  ?? 47.31 s
5 34 Waisea Finau Fiji Fiji 2  ?? 48.10 s PB
Heat 4 of 8
Date: Monday 20 March 2006
Time: ??:?? AM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 11 Chris Brown The Bahamas Bahamas 4 0.187 s 46.16 s Q
2 13 Clinton Hill Australia Australia 6 0.206 s 46.18 s Q
3 25 Prasanna Amarasekara Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 3 0.227 s 46.83 s
4 35 Fernando Augustin Mauritius Mauritius 5 0.212 s 48.11 s
5 43 Tawhidul Islam Md Bangladesh Bangladesh 7 0.239 s 51.70 s
6 44 Shaquan Been Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands 2 0.250 s 51.79 s
Heat 5 of 8
Date: Monday 20 March 2006
Time: ??:?? AM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 6 John Steffensen Australia Australia 2 0.200 s 45.87 s Q
2 15 Saul Welgopwa Nigeria Nigeria 7 0.360 s 46.26 s Q
3 20 Ofentse Mogawane South Africa South Africa 6 0.178 s 46.44 s q
4 32 Obakeng Ngwigwa Botswana Botswana 5 0.229 s 47.67 s
5 41 Nkosie Barnes Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 4 0.327 s 49.69 s
- - Daryl Vassallo Gibraltar Gibraltar 3 DNS
Heat 6 of 8
Date: Monday 20 March 2006
Time: ??:?? AM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 California Molefe Botswana Botswana 6 0.228 s 45.36 s Q
2 2 Alleyne Francique Grenada Grenada 3 0.183 s 45.60 s Q SB
3 4 Avard Moncur The Bahamas Bahamas 4 0.194 s 45.82 s q SB
4 12 Sean Wroe Australia Australia 7 0.264 s 46.17 s q
5 39 Foy Waqairadovu Fiji Fiji 2 0.224 s 48.98 s PB
6 46 Ismail Saneem Maldives Maldives 5 0.226 s 53.42 s SB
- - Bola Lawal Nigeria Nigeria 8 0.242 s DSQ 163.3
Heat 7 of 8
Date: Monday 20 March 2006
Time: ??:?? AM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 8 Lansford Spence Jamaica Jamaica 2 0.278 s 46.13 s Q
2 =9 Paul Gorries South Africa South Africa 5 0.279 s 46.14 s Q
3 16 Wambua Musembi Kenya Kenya 3 0.364 s 46.31 s q
4 17 Niko Verekauta Fiji Fiji 4 0.236 s 46.40 s q PB
5 29 Roger Polydore Dominica Dominica 6 0.323 s 47.40 s PB
6 45 Arnold Sorina Vanuatu Vanuatu 1 0.190 s 52.41 s
- - Albert Kobba Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 7 0.183 s DSQ 163.3
Heat 8 of 8
Date: Monday 20 March 2006
Time: ??:?? AM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 3 Martyn Rooney England England 7 0.255 s 45.69 s Q PB
2 5 Jermaine Gonzales Jamaica Jamaica 6 0.223 s 45.86 s Q SB
3 27 Ezra Sambu Kenya Kenya 3 0.269 s 47.10 s
4 33 Hassan Fullah Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 4 0.186 s 47.91 s
5 38 Jean Degrace Mauritius Mauritius 5 0.223 s 48.41 s
6 40 Lukungu Waiswa Uganda Uganda 1 0.319 s 49.10 s PB
7 42 Charmant Ollivierre Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2 0.235 s 50.31 s
- - Dennis Darling The Bahamas Bahamas 8 0.154 s DNF
Heats
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Wind Time Qual. Record
1 California Molefe Botswana Botswana 6 6 1  ?.? 45.36 s Q
2 Alleyne Francique Grenada Grenada 6 3 2  ?.? 45.60 s Q SB
3 Martyn Rooney England England 8 7 1  ?.? 45.69 s Q PB
4 Avard Moncur The Bahamas Bahamas 6 4 3  ?.? 45.82 s q SB
5 Jermaine Gonzales Jamaica Jamaica 8 6 2  ?.? 45.86 s Q SB
6 John Steffensen Australia Australia 5 2 1  ?.? 45.87 s Q
7 James Godday Nigeria Nigeria 1 3 1  ?.? 45.93 s Q
8 Lansford Spence Jamaica Jamaica 7 2 1  ?.? 46.13 s Q
9 Paul Gorries South Africa South Africa 7 5 2  ?.? 46.14 s Q
Chris Lloyd Dominica Dominica 1 4 2  ?.? 46.14 s Q SB
11 Chris Brown The Bahamas Bahamas 4 4 1  ?.? 46.16 s Q
12 Sean Wroe Australia Australia 6 7 4  ?.? 46.17 s q
13 Clinton Hill Australia Australia 4 6 2  ?.? 46.18 s Q
14 Robert Tobin England England 2 4 1  ?.? 46.20 s Q
15 Saul Welgopwa Nigeria Nigeria 5 7 2  ?.? 46.26 s Q
16 Wambua Musembi Kenya Kenya 7 3 3  ?.? 46.31 s q
17 Niko Verekauta Fiji Fiji 7 4 4  ?.? 46.40 s q PB
18 Ato Modibo Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 3 3 1  ?.? 46.42 s Q
19 Gakologelwang Masheto Botswana Botswana 1 6 3  ?.? 46.43 s q PB
20 Ofentse Mogawane South Africa South Africa 5 6 3  ?.? 46.44 s q
21 Davian Clarke Jamaica Jamaica 2 7 2  ?.? 46.53 s Q
22 Damion Barry Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2 3 3  ?.? 46.66 s q
23 Eric Milazar Mauritius Mauritius 3 5 2  ?.? 46.68 s Q
24 Jan van der Merwe South Africa South Africa 1 5 4  ?.? 46.81 s q
25 Prasanna Amarasekara Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 4 3 3  ?.? 46.83 s
26 Rohan Pradeep Kumara Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 3 7 3  ?.? 47.03 s
27 Ezra Sambu Kenya Kenya 8 3 3  ?.? 47.10 s
28 Gareth Warburton Wales Wales 3 6 4  ?.? 47.31 s
29 Roger Polydore Dominica Dominica 7 6 5  ?.? 47.40 s PB
30 Julius Kirwa Kenya Kenya 2 5 4  ?.? 47.55 s
31 Enote Inanga Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 2 6 5  ?.? 47.59 s
32 Obakeng Ngwigwa Botswana Botswana 5 5 4  ?.? 47.67 s
33 Hassan Fullah Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 8 4 4  ?.? 47.91 s
34 Waisea Finau Fiji Fiji 3 2 5  ?.? 48.10 s PB
35 Fernando Augustin Mauritius Mauritius 4 5 4  ?.? 48.11 s
36 Samuel Egadu Uganda Uganda 2 2 6  ?.? 48.20 s
Chris Walasi Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 2 2 6  ?.? 48.20 s
38 Jean Degrace Mauritius Mauritius 8 5 5  ?.? 48.41 s
39 Foy Waqairadovu Fiji Fiji 6 2 5  ?.? 48.98 s PB
40 Lukungu Waiswa Uganda Uganda 8 1 6  ?.? 49.10 s PB
41 Nkosie Barnes Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 5 4 5  ?.? 49.69 s
42 Charmant Ollivierre Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 8 2 7  ?.? 50.31 s
43 Tawhidul Islam Md Bangladesh Bangladesh 4 7 5  ?.? 51.70 s
44 Shaquan Been Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands 4 2 6  ?.? 51.79 s
45 Arnold Sorina Vanuatu Vanuatu 7 1 6  ?.? 52.41 s
46 Ismail Saneem Maldives Maldives 6 5 6  ?.? 53.42 s SB
- Dennis Darling The Bahamas Bahamas 8 8 -  ?.? DNF
Bola Lawal Nigeria Nigeria 6 8 -  ?.? DSQ 163.3
Albert Kobba Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 7 7 -  ?.? DSQ 163.3
Moses Kamut Vanuatu Vanuatu 1 1 -  ?.? DNS
Daryl Vassallo Gibraltar Gibraltar 5 3 -  ?.? DNS

Semi Finals[edit]

Semi Final 1 of 3
Date: Tuesday 21 March 2006
Time: ??:?? PM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 3 Lansford Spence Jamaica Jamaica 5 0.323 s 45.32 s Q
2 4 Martyn Rooney England England 3 0.221 s 45.35 s Q PB
3 8 Paul Gorries South Africa South Africa 6 0.177 s 45.41 s q SB
4 9 Ato Modibo Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 4 0.256 s 45.44 s
5 10 Avard Moncur The Bahamas Bahamas 2 0.166 s 45.72 s SB
6 16 Saul Welgopwa Nigeria Nigeria 1 0.168 s 46.12 s
7 18 Niko Verekauta Fiji Fiji 7 0.189 s 46.28 s PB
8 21 Sean Wroe Australia Australia 8 0.207 s 46.47 s
Semi Final 2 of 3
Date: Thursday 23 March 2006
Time: ??:?? PM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 John Steffensen Australia Australia 5 0.283 s 45.05 s Q PB
2 =5 Alleyne Francique Grenada Grenada 3 0.215 s 45.36 s Q SB
3 7 Jermaine Gonzales Jamaica Jamaica 6 0.350 s 45.38 s q PB
4 13 James Godday Nigeria Nigeria 4 0.308 s 45.80 s
5 19 Wambua Musembi Kenya Kenya 7 0.370 s 46.34 s
6 20 Ofentse Mogawane South Africa South Africa 8 0.350 s 46.46 s
7 22 Eric Milazar Mauritius Mauritius 1 0.254 s 46.48 s
8 24 Gakologelwang Masheto Botswana Botswana 2 0.150 s 46.97 s
Semi Final 3 of 3
Date: Thursday 23 March 2006
Time: ??:?? PM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 2 Chris Brown The Bahamas Bahamas 6 0.182 s 45.24 s Q SB
2 =5 California Molefe Botswana Botswana 3 0.289 s 45.36 s Q FS 1
3 11 Robert Tobin England England 4 0.236 s 45.74 s
4 12 Davian Clarke Jamaica Jamaica 7 0.213 s 45.74 s
5 14 Clinton Hill Australia Australia 1 0.206 s 45.86 s
6 15 Jan van der Merwe South Africa South Africa 2 0.250 s 45.93 s
7 17 Chris Lloyd Dominica Dominica 5 0.162 s 46.24 s
8 23 Damion Barry Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 8 0.418 s 46.96 s
Semi Finals
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Wind Time Qual. Record
1 John Steffensen Australia Australia 2 5 1  ?.? 45.05 s Q PB
2 Chris Brown  the Bahamas 3 6 1  ?.? 45.24 s Q SB
3 Lansford Spence Jamaica Jamaica 1 5 1  ?.? 45.32 s Q
4 Martyn Rooney England England 1 3 2  ?.? 45.35 s Q PB
5 Alleyne Francique Grenada Grenada 2 3 2  ?.? 45.36 s Q SB
California Molefe Botswana Botswana 3 3 2  ?.? 45.36 s Q FS 1
7 Jermaine Gonzales Jamaica Jamaica 2 6 3  ?.? 45.38 s q PB
8 Paul Gorries South Africa South Africa 1 6 3  ?.? 45.41 s q SB
9 Ato Modibo Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 1 4 4  ?.? 45.44 s
10 Avard Moncur The Bahamas Bahamas 1 2 5  ?.? 45.72 s SB
11 Robert Tobin England England 3 4 3  ?.? 45.74 s
12 Davian Clarke Jamaica Jamaica 3 7 4  ?.? 45.74 s
13 James Godday Nigeria Nigeria 2 4 4  ?.? 45.80 s
14 Clinton Hill Australia Australia 3 1 5  ?.? 45.86 s
15 Jan van der Merwe South Africa South Africa 3 2 6  ?.? 45.93 s
16 Saul Welgopwa Nigeria Nigeria 1 1 6  ?.? 46.12 s
17 Chris Lloyd Dominica Dominica 3 5 7  ?.? 46.24 s
18 Niko Verekauta Fiji Fiji 1 7 7  ?.? 46.28 s PB
19 Wambua Musembi Kenya Kenya 2 7 5  ?.? 46.34 s
20 Ofentse Mogawane South Africa South Africa 2 8 6  ?.? 46.46 s
21 Sean Wroe Australia Australia 1 8 8  ?.? 46.47 s
22 Eric Milazar Mauritius Mauritius 2 1 7  ?.? 46.48 s
23 Damion Barry Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 3 8 8  ?.? 46.96 s
24 Gakologelwang Masheto Botswana Botswana 2 2 8  ?.? 46.97 s

Final[edit]

Final
Date: Wednesday 22 March 2006
Time: ??:?? PM
Wind: ?.? m/s
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Record
1 John Steffensen Australia Australia 4 0.201 s 44.73 s PB
2 Alleyne Francique Grenada Grenada 7 0.206 s 45.09 s SB
3 Jermaine Gonzales Jamaica Jamaica 8 0.216 s 45.16 s PB
4 Chris Brown The Bahamas Bahamas 3 0.264 s 45.19 s SB
5 Martyn Rooney England England 5 0.182 s 45.51 s
6 California Molefe Botswana Botswana 2 0.283 s 45.78 s
7 Paul Gorries South Africa South Africa 1 0.161 s 45.79 s
7 Lansford Spence Jamaica Jamaica 6 0.322 s 45.79 s

References[edit]