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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date10 – 11 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants67 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 37.10 WR / Jamaica JAM / 22 August 2008

Jamaica was heavily favored to win gold in this race. They were led by Usain Bolt, who had won the 100-200 double in both 2008 and already in London. Yohan Blake had been second to both races in London and was the 2011 World Champion in the 100. They were without former 100 world record holder Asafa Powell, injured in the 100 final, but would lead off with Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, and seemed impregnable. The Americans had Tyson Gay, the 2007 100/200 World Champion, and Justin Gatlin, 2004 Olympic 100 gold medalist and third in the short sprint in London, but they just didn’t seem to have the firepower to challenge the Jamaicans. In addition, US sprint relay teams had shown a frequent propensity to either drop the baton or run out of the zone and had not finished at several recent major internationals. Nobody else was given a chance at gold and the bronze was wide-open.

Carter put the Jamaicans ahead on the opener, with American Trell Kimmons trailing slightly. The race was very close, however, for the next two legs, as Gatlin/Frater matched second legs in 8.9, and Gay/Blake both ran 9.0 around the final curve. But this gave the lead to Usain Bolt on the anchor leg, to be challenged by American newcomer Ryan Bailey, who had been fifth in the open 100 metres. Bailey acquitted himself well, but he could not catch Bolt. The USA finished in 37.04, matching the existing world record, but Bolt brought Jamaica home in 36.84, the first time ever under 37 seconds for the gold and a new world record. Canada came home in third, it seemed, but was disqualified for a lane violation and the bronze went to Trinidad & Tobago.

Jamaica thus defended its gold medal in the event, and Bolt had doubled up with three gold medals in the 100, 200, and sprint relay in both 2008 and 2012, the first runner ever to do so (Jamaica’s 2008 relay gold would later be rescinded for doping violation by Nesta Carter). For the Americans it seemed to be some measure of redemption as they did successfully finish the race with good baton exchanges, but were simply beaten by a faster team. However, in 2014 Tyson Gay tested positive for doping, and his penalty was applied retroactively, which caused the US relay team in this event to be disqualified, although that was not announced by the IOC until May 2015.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1JamaicaJAM37.39 (1 h1)36.84 (1)Gold
Nesta CarterMichael FraterYohan BlakeUsain BoltKemar Bailey-Cole
2Trinidad and TobagoTTO38.10 (2 h2)38.12 (2)Silver
Keston BledmanMarc BurnsEmmanuel CallenderRichard Thompson
3FranceFRA38.15 (3 h2)38.16 (3)Bronze
Jimmy VicautChristophe LemaîtrePierre-Alexis PessonneauxRonald Pognon
4JapanJPN38.07 (1 h2)38.35 (4)
Ryota YamagataMasashi EriguchiShinji TakahiraShota Iizuka
5NetherlandsNED38.29 (3 h1)38.39 (5)
Brian MarianoChurandy MartinaGiovanni CodringtonPatrick van Luijk
6AustraliaAUS38.17 (4 h2)38.43 (6)
Anthony AlozieIsaac NtiamoahAndrew McCabeJoshua Ross
AC r2/2CanadaCAN38.05 (2 h1)– (AC)
Gavin SmellieSeyi SmithJared ConnaughtonJustyn Warner
4 h1 r1/2BrazilBRA38.35 (4 h1)
Aldemir GomesSandro VianaNilson AndréBruno Lins
5 h1 r1/2People's Republic of ChinaCHN38.38 (5 h1)
Guo FanLiang JiahongSu BingtianZhang Peimeng
5 h2 r1/2PolandPOL38.31 (5 h2)
Kamil MasztakDariusz KućRobert KubaczykKamil Kryński
6 h1 r1/2Saint Kitts and NevisSKN38.41 (6 h1)
Lestrod RolandJason RogersAntoine AdamsBJ Lawrence
6 h2 r1/2GermanyGER38.37 (6 h2)
Julian ReusTobias UngerAlexander KosenkowLucas Jakubczyk
7 h1 r1/2ItalyITA38.58 (7 h1)
Simone CollioJacques RiparelliDavide ManentiFabio Cerutti
7 h2 r1/2Hong Kong, ChinaHKG38.61 (7 h2)
Tang Yik ChunLai Chun HoNg Ka FungTsui Chi Ho
ACGreat BritainGBR– (AC h1)DQ
Christian MalcolmDwain ChambersDanny TalbotAdam Gemili
ACUnited StatesUSA37.38 (AC h2)37.04 (AC)DQ1
Trell KimmonsJustin GatlinTyson GayRyan BaileyJeff DempsDarvis Patton

Round One (10 August 2012 — 19:45)

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

Heat One (19:45)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
1JamaicaJAM37.390.163Q
Nesta CarterMichael FraterYohan BlakeKemar Bailey-Cole
2CanadaCAN38.050.152Q
Gavin SmellieSeyi SmithJared ConnaughtonJustyn Warner
3NetherlandsNED38.290.162Q
Brian MarianoChurandy MartinaGiovanni CodringtonPatrick van Luijk
4BrazilBRA38.350.164
Aldemir GomesSandro VianaNilson AndréBruno Lins
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN38.380.176
Guo FanLiang JiahongSu BingtianZhang Peimeng
6Saint Kitts and NevisSKN38.410.167
Lestrod RolandJason RogersAntoine AdamsBJ Lawrence
7ItalyITA38.580.207
Simone CollioJacques RiparelliDavide ManentiFabio Cerutti
ACGreat BritainGBR0.145DQ2
Christian MalcolmDwain ChambersDanny TalbotAdam Gemili

Heat Two (19:53)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
1JapanJPN38.070.167Q
Ryota YamagataMasashi EriguchiShinji TakahiraShota Iizuka
2Trinidad and TobagoTTO38.100.138Q
Richard ThompsonMarc BurnsEmmanuel CallenderKeston Bledman
3FranceFRA38.150.177q
Jimmy VicautChristophe LemaîtrePierre-Alexis PessonneauxRonald Pognon
4AustraliaAUS38.170.167q
Anthony AlozieIsaac NtiamoahAndrew McCabeJoshua Ross
5PolandPOL38.310.160
Kamil MasztakDariusz KućRobert KubaczykKamil Kryński
6GermanyGER38.370.151
Julian ReusTobias UngerAlexander KosenkowLucas Jakubczyk
7Hong Kong, ChinaHKG38.610.184
Tang Yik ChunLai Chun HoNg Ka FungTsui Chi Ho
ACUnited StatesUSA37.380.250DQ3
Jeff DempsDarvis PattonTrell KimmonsJustin Gatlin

Final (11 August 2012 — 21:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
1JamaicaJAM36.840.162WR
Nesta CarterMichael FraterYohan BlakeUsain Bolt
2Trinidad and TobagoTTO38.120.176
Keston BledmanMarc BurnsEmmanuel CallenderRichard Thompson
3FranceFRA38.160.181
Jimmy VicautChristophe LemaîtrePierre-Alexis PessonneauxRonald Pognon
4JapanJPN38.350.162
Ryota YamagataMasashi EriguchiShinji TakahiraShota Iizuka
5NetherlandsNED38.390.171
Brian MarianoChurandy MartinaGiovanni CodringtonPatrick van Luijk
6AustraliaAUS38.430.127
Anthony AlozieIsaac NtiamoahAndrew McCabeJoshua Ross
ACCanadaCAN0.155DQ4
Gavin SmellieSeyi SmithJared ConnaughtonJustyn Warner
ACUnited StatesUSA37.040.154DQ5
Trell KimmonsJustin GatlinTyson GayRyan Bailey