| Event type

4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date5 – 6 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants64 from 16 countries

Jamaica had “won” the last three gold medals, anchored by Usain Bolt, although the 2008 title was later voided when Nesta Carter had a positive doping re-test. Jamaica was still strong but without Bolt and Asafa Powell, they were no longer favored. The United States had the fastest set of sprinters, but in the last few decades they had shown a propensity to botch baton exchanges at major championships. Great Britain and Japan were also expected to challenge for medals, with Japan not having the best sprinters, but their exchanges were nonpareil.

There were two opening heats, with Jamaica winning heat one, followed by automatic qualifiers Great Britain and Japan, as expected. The United States lined up in heat two, but on the second exchange Fred Kerley was to pass to Ronnie Baker, but the exchange was done so poorly that the USA was left with a huge deficit, and anchor Cravon Gillespie could not recover, as the US finished sixth and was shockingly out of the final. Sprint legend Carl Lewis described it as a “clown show.” Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

The final was thus left with no clear favorite. Japan stunningly dropped the baton on the first exchange and was out. The race came down to a battle between Italy and Great Britain, who were close throughout. On the anchor leg Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake led until the final metres when Italy’s Filippo Tortu surged ahead to give the Italians the gold, as Great Britain took silver. Canada filled out the podium, as 200 metre champion Andre De Grasse stormed the final 100 to get bronze.

Lorenzo PattaLamont Marcell JacobsEseosa DesaluFilippo TortuDavide Manenti (DNS)Hillary Polanco (DNS)
2Great BritainGBRSilver
Chijindu UjahZharnel HughesRichard KiltyNethaneel Mitchell-BlakeJona Efoloko (DNS)Reece Prescod (DNS)
Aaron BrownJerome BlakeBrendon RodneyAndre De GrasseMobolade Ajomale (DNS)Bismark Boateng (DNS)Gavin Smellie (DNS)
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Tang XingqiangXie ZhenyeSu BingtianWu ZhiqiangYan Haibin (DNS)
Jevaughn MinzieJulian ForteYohan BlakeOblique SevilleNigel Ellis (DNS)Tyquendo Tracey (DNS)
Julian ReusJoshua HartmannDeniz AlmasLucas Ansah-PeprahOwen Ansah (DNS)Marvin Schulte (DNS)
AC r2/2JapanJPNDNF
Shuhei TadaRyota YamagataYoshihide KiryuYuki KoikeBruno Dede (DNS)
AC r2/2GhanaGHADQ
Sean Safo-AntwiBenjamin Azamati-KwakuEmmanuel YeboahJoseph Paul AmoahSarfo Ansah (DNS)Joseph Oduro Manu (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2FranceFRA
Mouhamadou FallJimmy VicautMickaël-Méba ZézéRyan ZézéAmaury Golitin (DNS)Marvin René (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2BrazilBRA
Rodrigo Do NascimentoFelipe BardiDerick Silva Paulo AndréJorge Vides (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2Trinidad and TobagoTTO
Kion BenjaminEric Harrison, Jr.Akanni HislopRichard ThompsonAdell Colthrust (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2United StatesUSA
Trayvon BromellFred KerleyRonnie BakerCravon GillespieMicah Williams (DNS)
7 h2 r1/2DenmarkDEN
Simon HansenTazana KamangaKojo MusahFrederik Schou NielsenKris Hari (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2NetherlandsNED
Joris van GoolTaymir BurnetChris GariaChurandy MartinaSolomon Bockarie-Bayoh (DNS)Hensley Paulina (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2South AfricaRSA
Clarence MunyaiShaun MaswanganyiChederick van WykAkani SimbineTlotliso Leotlela (DNS)Galaletsang Ramorwa (DNS)
AC h2 r1/2TurkeyTUR
Ertan ÖzkanJak Ali HarveyKayhan ÖzerRamil GuliyevEmre Zafer Barnes (DNS)Oğuz Uyar (DNS)