Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Men's 4 × 100 metres relay
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Usain Bolt (JAM) leading during the final leg of the men's 4 × 100 metres relay
VenueEstádio Olímpico João Havelange
Date18–19 August 2016
Teams16
Winning time37.27
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Asafa Powell
Yohan Blake
Nickel Ashmeade
Usain Bolt
Kemar Bailey-Cole*
Jevaughn Minzie*
 Jamaica
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ryota Yamagata
Shōta Iizuka
Yoshihide Kiryū
Asuka Cambridge
 Japan
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Akeem Haynes
Aaron Brown
Brendon Rodney
Andre De Grasse
Mobolade Ajomale*
* Indicates the sprinter only competed in the preliminary heats.
 Canada
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The men's 4 × 100 metres relay competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was held at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange on 18–19 August.[1]

Summary[edit]

Jamaica entered as the reigning 2015 World Champions and the defending Olympic champions, having set new world and Olympic records at the 2012 London Olympics. The United States were the next strongest team. The 2016 world leading time prior to the event was held by Great Britain, at 37.78 seconds. Other strong entrants were 2012 Olympic silver medallists Trinidad and Tobago and France, who earned bronze, and the 2015 world runners-up, China.[2]

For the third Olympics in a row Usain Bolt had won the 100 metres and 200 metres. In the previous two Olympics the Jamaican team with Bolt had won the gold in the relay. Jamaica with Bolt; his predecessor as world record holder Asafa Powell; and the equal second fastest man in history, Yohan Blake, were favourites. Powell had been on the 2008 winning team, Blake had been on the 2012 winning team. USA were expected to be the strongest opposition with the Olympic 100m silver medalist Gatlin; Tyson Gay tied for second fastest in history; and the World Indoor Champion Trayvon Bromell.

The Asian 4 × 100 m record was improved three times at the 2016 games. The record before the Olympics was 37.92, run by China at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. In the first semi final, with a new lead off leg, China improved the record to 37.82. Japan improved the record twice, to 37.68 in the second semi final and a new record of 37.60 in the final.

In the heats, Jamaica, USA and Canada rested their stars, while Japan and China did not. USA had the fastest qualifying time winning heat 1 ahead of China, Japan the second best time winning heat 2. Jamaica squeaked through to second place in their heat giving those four teams the preferred center lanes on the track, while Canada's third place relegated them to an outer lane.

The final began with USA in lane 3 and Jamaica in lane 4, with the USA's Mike Rodgers vs Powell. In the first leg the leaders were Jamaica, USA and Japan with lead off runner Ryota Yamagata. At the first handoff, both USA and Jamaica ran up on their outgoing runners, Gatlin and Blake, to their outside, Japan's exchange went smoother, gaining more than a meter. At the second handoff, things went smoother for all the teams as Jamaica, USA and Japan looked about even, with Nickel Ashmeade, Gay and youth world record holder Yoshihide Kiryū for the three leaders. Through the turn Kiryū appeared to gain against both Jamaica and USA. China were next, with Canada, Great Britain and Trinidad and Tobago further back. After the final baton change, the world junior record holder, Bromell, against world record holder Bolt, and Asuka Cambridge, a half-Jamaican Japanese runner, Bolt seemed to gain an edge on both Japan and USA, but had to slow as he fumbled to grab the baton. Leaving the zone Bolt only had inches on the other two leaders. Down the straightaway, Bolt pulled away to lead by two metres and Cambridge held a smaller lead over Bromell which Bromell could not close. Jamaica had a clear win, with Japan clearly second and USA third with Bromell falling after dipping at the finish line in a desperate leap to try to catch Cambridge. The Andre De Grasse-anchored Canadian team finished fourth which became significant. Almost fifteen minutes after the race, after USA had joined Jamaica and Japan in their victory lap, the USA team were disqualified for exchanging outside the designated zone in the first baton change. Replays showed the baton change began before Rodgers and Gatlin had entered the exchange zone. Gatlin's late start resulted in Rodgers reaching Gatlin too early. The disqualification meant that Canada won the bronze medal.

Jamaica won the gold for a third consecutive time, and Usain Bolt won his 9th track and field gold medal. This also gave him the distinction of being the first man in history to complete the Triple-Triple (winning the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay, in 3 successive Olympics). His accomplishment was later mooted by the doping disqualification of his teammate in 2008, Nesta Carter, reported in January 2017.

The following evening, the medals were presented by Valeriy Borzov, IOC member, Ukraine, and Du Zhaocai, Council Member of the IAAF.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Jamaica
(Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt)
36.84 London, United Kingdom 11 August 2012
Olympic record
2016 World leading  Great Britain
(James Dasaolu, Adam Gemili, James Ellington, CJ Ujah)
37.78 London, United Kingdom 23 July 2016

The following national records were established during the competition:

Country Athletes Round Time Notes
Turkey  Izzet Safer, Jak Ali Harvey, Emre Zafer Barnes, Ramil Guliyev (TUR) Heats 38.30 s
China  Tang Xingqiang, Xie Zhenye, Su Bingtian, Zhang Peimeng (CHN) Heats 37.82 s AR
Japan  Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu, Asuka Cambridge (JPN) Heats 37.68 s AR
Japan  Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu, Asuka Cambridge (JPN) Final 37.60 s AR
Canada  Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse (CAN) Final 37.64 s

Schedule[edit]

All times are Brazil time (UTC−3)[3]

Date Time Round
Thursday, 18 August 2016 11:40 Heats
Friday, 19 August 2016 22:35 Finals

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 3  United States Mike Rodgers, Christian Coleman, Tyson Gay, Jarrion Lawson 37.65 Q, SB
2 4  China Tang Xingqiang, Xie Zhenye, Su Bingtian, Zhang Peimeng 37.82 Q, AR
3 2  Canada Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney, Mobolade Ajomale 37.89 Q, SB
4 6  Turkey Izzet Safer, Jak Ali Harvey, Emre Zafer Barnes, Ramil Guliyev 38.30 NR
5 7  France Marvin René, Stuart Dutamby, Mickael-Meba Zeze, Jimmy Vicaut 38.35 SB
6 8  Antigua and Barbuda Chavaughn Walsh, Cejhae Greene, Jared Jarvis, Tahir Walsh 38.44 SB
7 5  Saint Kitts and Nevis Jason Rogers, Kim Collins, Allistar Clarke, Antoine Adams 39.81
1  Dominican Republic Mayobanex de Oleo, Yohandris Andújar, Stanly del Carmen, Yancarlos Martinez DQ R 162.7

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 6  Japan Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu, Asuka Cambridge 37.68 Q, AR
2 3  Jamaica Jevaughn Minzie, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole 37.94 Q, SB
3 7  Trinidad and Tobago Keston Bledman, Rondel Sorrillo, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson 37.96 Q, SB
4 1  Great Britain Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington, Chijindu Ujah 38.06 q
5 8  Brazil Ricardo de Souza, Vitor Hugo dos Santos, Bruno de Barros, Jorge Vides 38.19 q
6 4  Germany Julian Reus, Sven Knipphals, Robert Hering, Lucas Jakubczyk 38.26
7 5  Cuba César Ruiz, Roberto Skyers, Reynier Mena, Yaniel Carrero 38.47
8 2  Netherlands Solomon Bockarie, Hensley Paulina, Liemarvin Bonevacia, Giovanni Codrington 38.53

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4  Jamaica Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt 37.27 SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5  Japan Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu, Asuka Cambridge 37.60 AR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7  Canada Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse 37.64 NR
4 6  China Tang Xingqiang, Xie Zhenye, Su Bingtian, Zhang Peimeng 37.90
5 1  Great Britain Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington, Adam Gemili 37.98
6 2  Brazil Ricardo de Souza, Vitor Hugo dos Santos, Bruno de Barros, Jorge Vides 38.41
8  Trinidad and Tobago Keston Bledman, Rondel Sorrillo, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson DQ R 163.3a
3  United States Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Trayvon Bromell DQ R 170.7

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