Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates August 22
August 23 (final)
Teams 16
Winning time 2:55.39 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) LaShawn Merritt
Angelo Taylor
David Neville
Jeremy Wariner
Kerron Clement*
Reggie Witherspoon*
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Andretti Bain
Michael Mathieu
Andrae Williams
Chris Brown
Avard Moncur*
Ramon Miller*
 Bahamas
3rd, bronze medalist(s) vacant
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Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

The Men's 4 x 400 metres relay event at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 22 and 23 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. The final was won by the United States in the new Olympic record time 2:55.39.

Records[edit]

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

World record  United States
Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Butch Reynolds
Michael Johnson
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Michael Johnson
Steve Lewis
2:55.74 Barcelona, Spain 8 August 1992

The following Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time OR WR
23 August Final LaShawn Merritt
Angelo Taylor
David Neville
Jeremy Wariner
 United States 2:55.39 OR

Qualification summary[edit]

Pos NOC 2 races 1 2
Total Average
1  United States 5:54.74 2:57.37 2:55.56 2:59.18
2  Bahamas 5:59.55 2:59.78 2:59.18 3:00.37
3  Jamaica 6:01.20 3:00.60 3:00.44 3:00.76
4  Poland 6:01.75 3:00.87 3:00.05 3:01.70
5  Russia 6:02.69 3:01.34 3:01.07 3:01.62
6  Great Britain 6:03.14 3:01.57 3:01.22 3:01.92
7  Germany 6:03.98 3:01.99 3:01.77 3:02.21
8  Australia 6:04.05 3:02.03 3:01.52 3:02.53
9  Belgium 6:04.64 3:02.32 3:02.13 3:02.51
10  Dominican Republic 6:04.97 3:02.48 3:02.48 3:02.49
11  Japan 6:05.20 3:02.60 3:02.44 3:02.76
12  Cuba 6:05.32 3:02.66 3:02.10 3:03.22
13  France 6:05.98 3:02.99 3:02.33 3:03.65
14  Trinidad and Tobago 6:06.52 3:03.26 3:02.92 3:03.60
15  Greece 6:07.86 3:03.93 3:02.21 3:05.65
16  South Africa 6:08.24 3:04.12 3:03.58 3:04.66
Reserves
17  Italy 6:08.77 3:04.38 3:03.66 3:05.11
18  Botswana 6:09.12 3:04.56 3:03.16 3:05.96
19  Ireland 6:09.14 3:04.57 3:04.43 3:04.71
20  Brazil 6:09.51 3:04.76 3:04.36 3:05.15

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.
  • DQ denotes disqualified
  • AR denotes area record.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season's best.

Round 1[edit]

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

Rank Heat Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 2 5  Great Britain Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham, Martyn Rooney 2:59.33 Q, SB
2 2 3  Bahamas Michael Mathieu, Avard Moncur, Ramon Miller, Andrae Williams 2:59.88 Q, SB
3 1 3  United States David Neville, Kerron Clement, Reggie Witherspoon, Angelo Taylor 2:59.98 Q
4 2 7  Jamaica Michael Blackwood, Allodin Fothergill, Sanjay Ayre, Ricardo Chambers 3:00.09 Q, SB
5 1 6  Belgium Cédric Van Branteghem, Jonathan Borlée, Arnaud Ghislain, Kévin Borlée 3:00.67 Q, NR
6 1 8  Australia Joel Milburn, Mark Ormrod, John Steffensen, Clinton Hill 3:00.68 q, SB
7 1 7  Poland Marek Plawgo, Piotr Klimczak, Piotr Kędzia, Rafał Wieruszewski 3:00.74 q, SB
8 1 5  South Africa Pieter Smith, Ofentse Mogawane, Alwyn Myburgh, L.J. van Zyl 3:01.26 SB
9 1 4  Cuba Yunier Perez, Yunior Díaz, William Collazo, Omar Cisneros 3:02.24
10 1 2  France Teddy Venel, Ydrissa Mbarke, Brice Panel, Richard Maunier 3:03.19
11 2 6  Germany Simon Kirch, Kamghe Gaba, Ruwen Faller, Bastian Swillims 3:03.49
12 2 2  Trinidad and Tobago Ato Modibo, Jovon Toppin, Cowin Mills, Stann Waithe 3:04.12 SB
13 2 4  Japan Mitsuhiro Abiko, Dai Tamesue, Yoshihiro Horigome, Kenji Narisako 3:04.18 SB
14 2 9  Greece Stylianos Dimotsios, Dimitrios Gravalos, Pantelis Melachroinoudis, Konstantinos Anastasiou 3:04.30 SB
15 2 8  Dominican Republic Carlos Yohelin Santa, Arismendy Peguero, Pedro Mejía, Yoel Tapia 3:04.31 SB
DSQ 1 9  Russia Maksim Dyldin, Vladislav Frolov, Anton Kokorin, Denis Alekseyev Q

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 7  United States LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, David Neville, Jeremy Wariner 2:55.39 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5  Bahamas Andretti Bain, Michael Mathieu, Andrae Williams, Chris Brown 2:58.03 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) * 6  Great Britain Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham, Martyn Rooney 2:58.81 SB
4 8  Belgium Kévin Borlée, Jonathan Borlée, Cédric Van Branteghem, Arnaud Ghislain 2:59.37 NR
5 2  Australia Sean Wroe, John Steffensen, Clinton Hill, Joel Milburn 3:00.02 SB
6 3  Poland Rafał Wieruszewski, Piotr Klimczak, Piotr Kędzia, Marek Plawgo 3:00.32 SB
7 9  Jamaica Michael Blackwood, Ricardo Chambers, Sanjay Ayre, Lanceford Spence 3:01.45
DQ 4  Russia Maksim Dyldin, Vladislav Frolov, Anton Kokorin, Denis Alekseyev DQ[2]

* On 14 September 2016, IOC officially stripped Russia of the bronze medal for doping violations. Reallocation has not taken place pending return of the medals to the IOC, but will be awarded to Great Britain upon receipt.

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