Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
2012 Summer Olympics – Mens 400 metres - Kirani James.jpg
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 4–6 August
Competitors 52 from 38 nations
Winning time 43.94
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kirani James  Grenada
2nd, silver medalist(s) Luguelin Santos  Dominican Republic
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lalonde Gordon  Trinidad and Tobago
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The men's 400 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held at the Olympic Stadium on 4–6 August.[1]

The first round went largely to form, but defending champion Lashawn Merritt came to the meet injured and re-injured himself, unable to finish. Renny Quow also failed to start his heat. In the first race, Oscar Pistorius ran a season best to qualify. In the second heat, world champion Kirani James ran easily to win. The third heat featured three national records as Jonathan Borlée took his twin brother's mark for Belgium (Kevin also qualified in the seventh heat), Pavel Maslák set the mark for the Czech Republic and Donald Sanford set the mark for Israel. Most of the time qualifiers came from the hotly contested fourth heat, 45.61, the slowest time qualifier, though Conrad Williams got in with a 46.12 in the slow sixth heat.

It took under 45 seconds to make the final as Lalonde Gordon led the qualifiers from heat 1. Heat 2 featured James and Jonathan Borlée, and double-amputee Pistorius' attempt to make the final. But Pistorius' late charge was non-existent and he finished last in the heat. After the race, in a show of sportsmanship, James and Pistorius exchanged bib numbers, which James proudly showed as he celebrated. In the third heat, shotgun survivor Bryshon Nellum ran 45.02 for the fastest non-qualifier, leaving this the first Olympic 400 final other than the boycott year of 1980 not to have an American competitor. USA swept the medals in 2008 and 2004.

Aside from Chris Brown, the finals were filled by athletes under age 24, three of them still teenagers. Demetrius Pinder took the early lead down the back stretch, but reigning World Junior Champion Luguelin Santos (age 18) and reigning World Champion Kirani James (age 19) were in the lead coming off the turn. Down the stretch, James powered ahead for the gold medal. His 43.94 national record for Grenada was the first time a non-American had run in under 44 seconds.[2] It was also the first Olympic medal for his country. Lalonde Gordon came from behind but could not overtake Santos; he received a bronze. Santos' silver medal was the third medal for the Dominican Republic, coming 45 minutes after Felix Sánchez won his second gold.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 400m competition consisted of 7 heats (Round 1), 3 semifinals and a final.[3] The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semifinals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the 24 available spaces in the semifinals. A total of eight competitors qualified for the final from the semifinals.[4]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
Olympic record 43.49 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996
2012 World leading  LaShawn Merritt (USA) 44.12 Eugene, OR, United States 24 June 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Kirani James (GRN) 43.94 London, United Kingdom 6 August 2012

The following new National records were set during the competition.

Belgium National Record  Jonathan Borlée (BEL) 44.43 s
Czech Rebulic National Record  Pavel Maslák (CZE) 44.91 s
Israel National Record  Donald Sanford (ISR) 45.71 s
Grenada National Record  Kirani James (GRN) 43.94 s


Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 4 August 2012 10:35 Round 1
Sunday, 5 August 2012 20:40 Semifinals
Monday, 6 August 2012 21:30 Finals

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

[5]

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 Luguelín Santos  Dominican Republic 0.187 45.04 Q
2 Oscar Pistorius  South Africa 0.236 45.44 SB Q
3 Maksim Dyldin  Russia 0.190 45.52 Q
4 Rusheen McDonald  Jamaica 0.243 46.67
5 Vitaliy Butrym  Ukraine 0.165 47.62
N/A Ahmed Mohamed Al-Merjabi[a]  Oman N/A N/A DNS
N/A Renny Quow  Trinidad and Tobago N/A N/A DNS

[a] Ahmed Mohamed Al-Merjabi was forced to scratch from this race after he injured his foot in a training session three days earlier.[6]

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 Kirani James  Grenada 0.173 45.23 Q
2 Ramon Miller  Bahamas 0.160 45.57 Q
3 Liemarvin Bonevacia  Independent Olympic Athletes 0.232 45.60 PB Q
4 Isaac Makwala  Botswana 0.211 45.67
5 Deon Lendore  Trinidad and Tobago 0.205 45.81
6 Daundre Barnaby  Canada 0.171 46.04
7 Bereket Desta  Ethiopia 0.224 47.40
8 Bahaa Al Farra  Palestine 0.212 49.93 SB

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium 0.179 44.43 NR Q
2 Pavel Maslák  Czech Republic 0.186 44.91 NR Q
3 Pavel Trenikhin  Russia 0.194 45.00 PB Q
4 Dane Hyatt  Jamaica 0.261 45.14 q
5 Donald Sanford  Israel 0.168 45.71 NR
6 Nelson Stone  Papua New Guinea 0.193 46.71 SB
7 Sergej Zaikov  Kazakhstan 0.209 47.12
8 Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Rositi  Brunei 0.188 48.67 PB

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 Demetrius Pinder  Bahamas 0.151 44.92 Q
2 Bryshon Nellum  United States 0.191 45.29 Q
3 Yousef Ahmed Masrahi  Saudi Arabia 0.147 45.43 PB Q
4 Tabarie Henry  Virgin Islands 0.176 45.43 q
5 Albert Bravo  Venezuela 0.197 45.61 PB q
6 Jermaine Gonzales  Jamaica 0.171 46.21
7 Kristijan Efremov  Macedonia 0.229 47.92 PB
8 Zaw Win Thet  Myanmar 0.181 50.07

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 Chris Brown  Bahamas 0.171 45.40 Q
2 Tony McQuay  United States 0.155 45.48 Q
3 Nigel Levine  Great Britain 0.148 45.58 Q
4 Yuzo Kanemaru  Japan 0.156 46.01
5 Jānis Leitis  Latvia 0.159 46.41
6 Augusto Stanley  Paraguay 0.190 47.21

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 Steven Solomon  Australia 0.145 45.18 PB Q
2 Lalonde Gordon  Trinidad and Tobago 0.178 45.43 Q
3 Conrad Williams  Great Britain 0.164 46.12 Q
4 Marcell Deák-Nagy  Hungary 0.186 46.17
5 Winston George  Guyana 0.245 46.86
6 Sajjad Hashemi  Iran 0.171 47.75
N/A LaShawn Merritt  United States 0.195 N/A DNF

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 Kevin Borlée  Belgium 0.166 45.14 Q
2 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain 0.186 45.36 Q
3 Rabah Yousif  Sudan 0.203 45.46 Q
4 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica 0.237 45.65
5 Erison Hurtault  Dominica 0.158 46.05 SB
6 Marcin Marciniszyn  Poland 0.180 46.35
N/A Mathieu Gnanligo  Benin 0.168 N/A DNF

Semi-Finals[edit]

[7]

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Semi-Final 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 7 Lalonde Gordon  Trinidad and Tobago 0.168 44.58 PB Q
2 5 Demetrius Pinder  Bahamas 0.161 44.94 Q
3 6 Steven Solomon  Australia 0.188 44.97 PB q
4 9 Rabah Yousif  Sudan 0.178 45.13 =PB
5 4 Pavel Maslák  Czech Republic 0.166 45.15
6 2 Tabarie Henry  Virgin Islands 0.167 45.19 SB
7 8 Pavel Trenikhin  Russia 0.198 45.35
8 3 Conrad Williams  Great Britain 0.153 45.53

Semi-Final 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 7 Kirani James  Grenada 0.170 44.59 SB Q
2 6 Chris Brown  Bahamas 0.174 44.67 SB Q
3 4 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium 0.164 44.99 q
4 9 Tony McQuay  United States 0.230 45.31
5 8 Maksim Dyldin  Russia 0.168 45.39
6 3 Nigel Levine  Great Britain 0.146 45.64
7 2 Albert Bravo  Venezuela 0.185 46.22
8 5 Oscar Pistorius  South Africa 0.254 46.54

Semi-Final 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes Qual.
1 5 Luguelín Santos  Dominican Republic 0.155 44.78 Q
2 4 Kevin Borlée  Belgium 0.147 44.84 Q
3 6 Bryshon Nellum  United States 0.173 45.02
4 8 Ramon Miller  Bahamas 0.190 45.11
5 7 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain 0.186 45.31
6 2 Dane Hyatt  Jamaica 0.159 45.59
7 9 Yousef Ahmed Masrahi  Saudi Arabia 0.146 45.91
8 3 Liemarvin Bonevacia  Independent Olympic Athletes 0.153 1:36.42

Final[edit]

[8] For only the third time in Olympic history, there are no runners from the United States in the final of this event.

The final turn of the 400 metres final
L-R K. Borlée, Pinder, Santos, Brown, James
Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Kirani James  Grenada 0.163 43.94 WL, NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 Luguelín Santos  Dominican Republic 0.185 44.46
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 Lalonde Gordon  Trinidad and Tobago 0.159 44.52 PB
4 6 Chris Brown  Bahamas 0.166 44.79
5 9 Kevin Borlée  Belgium 0.151 44.81
6 2 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium 0.173 44.83
7 8 Demetrius Pinder  Bahamas 0.153 44.98
8 3 Steven Solomon  Australia 0.143 45.14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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  3. ^ "Men's 400m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "400m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Men's 400m – Round 1". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Al Habsi, Salem (August 4, 2012). "Injured Merjabi 'unlikely' to run today". Times of Oman. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Men's 400m – Semifinals". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Men's 400m – Final". Retrieved 6 August 2012.