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400 metres, Men

Date18 – 21 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants55 from 40 countries

Since 2004 the world’s best one-lap runner was Jeremy Wariner. He was the defending gold medalist and had won the World Championships in 2005 and 2007. But his 2008 season had shown some chinks in his armor. Early in the year he split from his long-time coach, Clyde Hart, and track experts thought this might hurt him. Whether it had an effect or not could not be known for sure, but LaShawn Merritt, who Wariner had defeated 11 straight times over the past 3 years, moved up to challenge his title as the best 400 runner. Early in the year, Merritt finally defeated Wariner in Berlin, and he repeated that at the US Olympic Trials. They were the two heavy favorites. In the final, they were close coming to the final straight, but Merritt had far more left, pulling away to win easily by almost a full second, the largest margin of victory at the Olympics in this event since 1896. Wariner did shut down some in the straight but held on for the silver medal. The bronze medal looked like it would go to Bahamian Chris Brown. But America’s David Neville closed quickly down the stretch and dove at the line, edging Brown and completing an American sweep of the medals.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
13205LaShawn MerrittUSA44.96 (1 h5)44.12 (1 h3)43.75 (1)Gold
23253Jeremy WarinerUSA45.23 (1 h7)44.15 (1 h1)44.74 (2)Silver
33209David NevilleUSA45.22 (2 h1)44.91 (2 h2)44.80 (3)Bronze
41095Chris BrownBAH44.79 (1 h2)44.59 (2 h1)44.84 (4)
51733Leslie DjhoneFRA45.12 (1 h1)44.79 (1 h2)45.11 (5)
61830Martyn RooneyGBR45.00 (1 h4)44.60 (2 h3)45.12 (6)
73023Renny QuowTTO45.13 (2 h6)44.82 (4 h3)45.22 (7)
82955Johan WissmanSWE44.81 (3 h2)44.64 (3 h3)45.39 (8)
3 h1 r2/31124Kévin BorléeBEL45.43 (4 h1)44.88 (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/31049Joel MilburnAUS44.80 (2 h2)45.06 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/31436Nery BrenesCRC45.36 (1 h3)44.94 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/32166Ricardo ChambersJAM45.22 (3 h4)45.09 (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/32504Saul WeigopwaNGR45.19 (2 h5)45.02 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/31123Jonathan BorléeBEL45.25 (4 h5)45.11 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/31412Gary KikayaCOD44.89 (4 h2)44.94 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/31486William CollazoCUB45.37 (3 h1)45.06 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/32505Godday JamesNGR45.49 (2 h3)45.24 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/31096Michael MathieuBAH45.17 (3 h6)45.56 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32065Tabarie HenryISV45.36 (2 h7)45.19 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31098Andretti BainBAH45.96 (3 h3)45.52 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/31059Sean WroeAUS45.17 (2 h4)45.56 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/32097Claudio LicciardelloITA45.25 (3 h5)45.64 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31838Andrew SteeleGBR44.94 (1 h6)45.59 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/31134Cédric Van BranteghemBEL45.54 (3 h7)45.81 (8 h3)
4 h3 r1/31684Niko VerekautaFIJ46.32 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/31543Erison HurtaultDMA46.10 (4 h4)
4 h6 r1/32149Michael BlackwoodJAM45.56 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/32052David GillickIRL45.83 (4 h7)
5 h1 r1/33316Young Talkmore NyonganiZIM45.89 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/32179Sanjay AyreJAM45.66 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/31226Fernando de AlmeidaBRA46.60 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/33131Andrés SilvaURU46.34 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/33022Ato ModiboTTO45.63 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/31289Tyler ChristopherCAN45.67 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/32770Maksim DyldinRUS46.03 (5 h7)
6 h1 r1/32474Éric MilazarMRI46.06 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/31546Arismendy PegueroDOM46.28 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/33320Lewis BandaZIM46.76 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/31513Rudolf GötzCZE46.38 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/31967Alleyne FranciqueGRN46.15 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/31969Joel PhillipGRN46.30 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/33076Mykhailo KnyshUKR46.28 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/31203Gakologelwang MashetoBOT46.29 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/32891Ivano BucciSMR48.54 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/32269Vincent MumoKEN46.79 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/32188Yuzo KanemaruJPN46.39 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/31428Geiner MosqueraCOL46.59 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/32682Félix MartínezPUR46.46 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/31137Mathieu GnanligoBEN47.10 (7 h7)
8 h2 r1/31351Liu XiaoshengCHN53.11 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/32913Nagmeldin AliSUD47.12 (8 h3)
8 h5 r1/32350Siraj WilliamsLBR47.89 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/32578Daniel DąbrowskiPOL47.83 (8 h6)
8 h7 r1/32908Naiel D'AlmeidaSTP49.08 (8 h7)
DQ2768Denis AlekseyevRUS[45.52] (DQ h1)1
DNS1199California MolefeBOT– (DNS h4)

Round One (18 August 2008)

Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1 (9:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Leslie DjhoneFRA45.120.190Q
25David NevilleUSA45.220.189Q
36William CollazoCUB45.370.180Q
48Kévin BorléeBEL45.430.149q
53Young Talkmore NyonganiZIM45.890.249
67Éric MilazarMRI46.060.209
72Gakologelwang MashetoBOT46.290.183
DQ9Denis AlekseyevRUS[45.52][0.299]2

Heat #2 (9:08)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Chris BrownBAH44.790.205Q
27Joel MilburnAUS44.800.155Q
34Johan WissmanSWE44.810.229Q
45Gary KikayaCOD44.890.184q
58Sanjay AyreJAM45.660.177
69Arismendy PegueroDOM46.280.236
73Ivano BucciSMR48.540.209
82Liu XiaoshengCHN53.110.245

Heat #3 (9:16)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Nery BrenesCRC45.360.196Q
23Godday JamesNGR45.490.200Q
39Andretti BainBAH45.960.225Q
47Niko VerekautaFIJ46.320.161
56Fernando de AlmeidaBRA46.600.158
62Lewis BandaZIM46.760.244
74Vincent MumoKEN46.790.212
85Nagmeldin AliSUD47.120.247

Heat #4 (9:24)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Martyn RooneyGBR45.000.207Q
28Sean WroeAUS45.170.182Q
35Ricardo ChambersJAM45.220.211Q
43Erison HurtaultDMA46.100.246
59Andrés SilvaURU46.340.265
62Rudolf GötzCZE46.380.157
76Yuzo KanemaruJPN46.390.225
DNS4California MolefeBOT

Heat #5 (9:32)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12LaShawn MerrittUSA44.960.214Q
27Saul WeigopwaNGR45.190.172Q
38Claudio LicciardelloITA45.250.186Q
43Jonathan BorléeBEL45.250.225q
56Ato ModiboTTO45.630.195
69Alleyne FranciqueGRN46.150.215
75Geiner MosqueraCOL46.590.268
84Siraj WilliamsLBR47.890.288

Heat #6 (9:40)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Andrew SteeleGBR44.940.248Q
25Renny QuowTTO45.130.266Q
36Michael MathieuBAH45.170.193Q
48Michael BlackwoodJAM45.560.204
52Tyler ChristopherCAN45.670.172
63Joel PhillipGRN46.300.198
79Félix MartínezPUR46.460.347
84Daniel DąbrowskiPOL47.830.260

Heat #7 (9:48)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
19Jeremy WarinerUSA45.230.253Q
26Tabarie HenryISV45.360.165Q
32Cédric Van BranteghemBEL45.540.203Q
44David GillickIRL45.830.275
55Maksim DyldinRUS46.030.194
63Mykhailo KnyshUKR46.280.260
77Mathieu GnanligoBEN47.100.207
88Naiel D'AlmeidaSTP49.080.178

Semi-Finals (19 August 2008)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1 (21:45)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Jeremy WarinerUSA44.150.224Q
25Chris BrownBAH44.590.244Q
33Kévin BorléeBEL44.880.162
47Nery BrenesCRC44.940.169
54Saul WeigopwaNGR45.020.168
62William CollazoCUB45.060.191
78Tabarie HenryISV45.190.165
89Claudio LicciardelloITA45.640.259

Heat #2 (21:52)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Leslie DjhoneFRA44.790.159Q
24David NevilleUSA44.910.190Q
35Joel MilburnAUS45.060.187
49Ricardo ChambersJAM45.090.220
53Jonathan BorléeBEL45.110.191
68Godday JamesNGR45.240.185
72Andretti BainBAH45.520.196
87Andrew SteeleGBR45.590.216

Heat #3 (21:59)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17LaShawn MerrittUSA44.120.187Q
26Martyn RooneyGBR44.600.126Q
38Johan WissmanSWE44.640.211q
45Renny QuowTTO44.820.204q
52Gary KikayaCOD44.940.187
69Michael MathieuBAH45.560.203
74Sean WroeAUS45.560.205
83Cédric Van BranteghemBEL45.810.199

Final (21 August 2008 — 21:20)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14LaShawn MerrittUSA43.750.318
27Jeremy WarinerUSA44.740.209
39David NevilleUSA44.800.293
45Chris BrownBAH44.840.231
56Leslie DjhoneFRA45.110.164
68Martyn RooneyGBR45.120.2083
72Renny QuowTTO45.220.201
83Johan WissmanSWE45.390.218