Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Men's 4 × 100 metres relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates August 21
August 22 (final)
Teams 16
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) vacant
2nd, silver medalist(s) Keston Bledman
Marc Burns
Emmanuel Callender
Richard Thompson
Aaron Armstrong*
 Trinidad and Tobago
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Naoki Tsukahara
Shingo Suetsugu
Shinji Takahira
Nobuharu Asahara
 Japan
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The Men's 4 × 100 metre relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 21 and 22 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

There were 16 NOCs competing at this event. These 16 NOCs were selected by the average of the two best marks at the qualifying period. Australia was 14th but withdrew and the Netherlands was invited instead.[2] The final was won by Jamaica in the new World record time 37.10.

On 25 January 2017, the Jamaican team was stripped of the gold medal place due to Nesta Carter testing positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.[3][4] Medals of other teams have not been reallocated as yet.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  United States
Michael Marsh
Leroy Burrell
Dennis Mitchell
Carl Lewis

 United States
Jon Drummond
Andre Cason
Dennis Mitchell
Leroy Burrell
37.40 s Barcelona




Stuttgart
8 August 1992




21 August 1993
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Michael Marsh
Leroy Burrell
Dennis Mitchell
Carl Lewis
37.40 s Barcelona 8 August 1992

Qualification summary[edit]

Pos NOC 2 races 1 2
Total Average
1  United States 75.88 37.94 37.78 38.10
2  Jamaica 75.91 37.96 37.89 38.02
3  Great Britain 76.20 38.10 37.90 38.30
4  Japan 76.24 38.12 38.03 38.21
5  Brazil 76.26 38.13 37.99 38.27
6  Germany 77.12 38.56 38.56 38.56
7  France 77.18 38.59 38.40 38.78
8  Poland 77.23 38.62 38.61 38.62
9  Nigeria 77.34 38.67 38.43 38.91
10  Canada 77.53 38.77 38.72 38.81
11  Italy 77.56 38.78 38.54 39.02
12  Trinidad and Tobago 77.56 38.78 38.54 39.02
13  South Africa 77.80 38.90 38.75 39.05
 Australia 77.82 38.91 38.73 39.09
14  China 77.85 38.93 38.81 39.04
15  Thailand 77.89 38.95 38.94 38.95
16  Netherlands 77.95 38.98 38.92 39.03
Reserves
17  Switzerland 78.01 39.01 38.99 39.02
18  Ghana 78.08 39.04 38.91 39.17
19  Russia 78.45 39.23 39.08 39.37

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes automatic qualification.
  • q denotes fastest losers.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DSQ denotes disqualified
  • AR denotes area record.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season's best.

Heats[edit]

First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the Final.

Heat 1

Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
8  Trinidad and Tobago Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Aaron Armstrong, Richard Thompson 38.26 Q
4  Japan Naoki Tsukahara, Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira, Nobuharu Asahara 38.52 Q, SB
3  Netherlands Maarten Heisen, Guus Hoogmoed, Patrick van Luijk, Caimin Douglas 38.87 Q, SB
2  Brazil Jose Carlos Moreira, Bruno de Barros, Vicente Lima, Sandro Viana 39.01 q
6  Nigeria Onyeabor Ngwogu, Obinna Metu, Chinedu Oriala, Uchenna Emedolu DNF
9  Poland Marcin Nowak, Łukasz Chyła, Marcin Jędrusiński, Dariusz Kuć DNF
5  South Africa Hannes Dreyer, Leigh Julius, Ishmael Kumbane, Thuso Mpuang DNF
7  United States Rodney Martin, Travis Padgett, Darvis Patton, Tyson Gay DNF

Heat 2

Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
6  Jamaica Dwight Thomas, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell 38.31 DSQ
2  Canada Hank Palmer, Anson Henry, Jared Connaughton, Pierre Browne 38.77 Q
3  Germany Tobias Unger, Till Helmke, Alexander Kosenkow, Martin Keller 38.93 Q
9  China Wen Yongyi, Zhang Peimeng, Lu Bin, Hu Kai 39.13 q
7  Thailand Apinan Sukaphai, Siriroj Darasuriyong, Sompote Suqannarangsri, Sittichai Suwonprateep 39.40
4  France Yannick Lesourd, Martial Mbandjock, Manuel Reynaert, Samuel Coco-Viloin 39.53
5  Great Britain Simeon Williamson, Tyrone Edgar, Marlon Devonish, Craig Pickering DSQ
8  Italy Fabio Cerutti, Simone Collio, Emanuele Di Gregorio, Jacques Riparelli DSQ

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4  Trinidad and Tobago Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson, Aaron Armstrong* 38.06
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7  Japan Naoki Tsukahara, Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira, Nobuharu Asahara 38.15 SB
4 3  Brazil Vicente Lima, Sandro Viana, Bruno de Barros, José Carlos Moreira 38.24 SB
5 9  Germany Tobias Unger, Till Helmke, Alexander Kosenkow, Martin Keller 38.58
6 6  Canada Hank Palmer, Anson Henry, Jared Connaughton, Pierre Browne 38.66 SB
7 8  Netherlands Maarten Heisen, Guus Hoogmoed, Patrick van Luijk, Caimin Douglas 45.81
DSQ 5  Jamaica Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell 37.10 DSQ (doping)[5]
2  China Wen Yongyi, Zhang Peimeng, Lu Bin, Hu Kai DSQ
  • Note: * Indicates athletes who ran in heats and also received medals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  3. ^ Ingle, Sean (2017-01-25). "Usain Bolt stripped of 2008 Olympic relay gold after Nesta Carter fails drug test". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold medal as Nesta Carter tests positive". BBC Sport. 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  5. ^ IOC report