Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
|Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
August 23 (final)
|Winning time||2:55.39 OR|
|Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4 × 100 m relay||men||women|
|4 × 400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
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.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record|| United States
|2:54.29||Stuttgart, Germany||22 August 1993|
|Olympic record|| United States (USA)
|2:55.74||Barcelona, Spain||8 August 1992|
The following Olympic record was set during this competition.
|23 August||Final||LaShawn Merritt
|14||Trinidad and Tobago||6:06.52||3:03.26||3:02.92||3:03.60|
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.
First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the Final.
|7||United States||LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, David Neville, Jeremy Wariner||2:55.39||OR|
|5||Bahamas||Andretti Bain, Michael Mathieu, Andrae Williams, Chris Brown||2:58.03||SB|
|*||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|
* 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.
- "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.