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4 x 400 metres Relay, Men

Date9 – 10 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants70 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 2:55.39 / United States USA / 23 August 2008

In 1952 Jamaica had won the gold medal in this event, which was the last time anyone besides the United States had won, when they were present at the Olympics (save 1980), and had a team present (in 1972 injuries eliminated the US team). But the USA was not favored in London. Their two best 400 metre runners over the last few years had been Jeremy Wariner (2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2005/07 World Champion) and LaShawn Merritt (2008 Olympic gold medalist and 2009 World Champion). But Wariner had not made the US Olympic team, and Merritt withdrew in the first round of the 400 with an injury was not available. The US 4x400 relay team in London was a patchwork of their back-up runners and some 400 hurdlers, notably Angelo Taylor.

It was not enough. The Bahamas started off with their two best runners, leading off with Chris Brown and Demetrius Pinder, hoping to take the lead and hold on. Brown took the lead on the opener with his 44.8, leading Trinidad & Tobago with the USA third. Pinder opened the lead further with a 43.6 second leg. On the third leg, American Tony McQuay ran the fastest split of the race, recording 43.41, giving the Americans the lead at the final exchange, as he handed the baton to Taylor. Bahamian Ramon Miller pulled up to Taylor’s shoulder at the head of the stretch, and with 50 metres left, he moved into the lead and Taylor could not match him, as the Bahamas won the gold medal, with the United States second. Trinidad & Tobago filled out the podium.

The United States was fortunate to even make the final. In the heats, Manteo Mitchell led off for the Americans and felt a pop in his leg halfway through his leg. It would turn out to be a broken fibula, but he struggled on and finished his lap in 45.9, and the last three runners brought the US home in second in the heat to qualify. In the other heat, South Africa did not finish when they were bumped by Kenyan runners at the first exchange. But after a protest South Africa was advanced to the final which allowed Oscar Pistorius, aka “The Blade Runner”, to run the anchor. They would finish eighth in the final, ahead only of Cuba, which did not finish.

1The BahamasBAH2:58.87 (1 h2)2:56.72 (1)Gold
1100Chris Brown
1108Demetrius Pinder
1104Michael Mathieu
1105Ramon Miller
2United StatesUSA2:58.87 (2 h2)2:57.05 (2)Silver
3241Bryshon Nellum
3233Josh Mance
3235Tony McQuay
3255Angelo Taylor
3239Manteo Mitchell
3Trinidad and TobagoTTO3:00.38 (1 h1)2:59.40 (3)Bronze
3044Lalonde Gordon
3048Jarrin Solomon
3037Ade Alleyne-Forte
3046Deon Lendore
4Great BritainGBR3:00.38 (2 h1)2:59.53 (4)
1842Conrad Williams
1811Jack Green
1812Dai Greene
1831Martyn Rooney
1816Nigel Levine
5BelgiumBEL3:01.70 (4 h1)3:01.83 (5)
1133Kévin Borlée
1139Antoine Gillet
1132Jonathan Borlée
1135Michael Bultheel
1137Nils Duerinck
6VenezuelaVEN3:02.62 (3 h2)3:02.18 (6)
3350Arturo Ramírez
3344Alberto Aguilar
3345Alberth Bravo
3346Omar Longart
3347José Meléndez
7South AfricaRSA– (AC h1)3:03.46 (7)
2780Shaun de Jager
2779Willie de Beer
2791L. J. van Zyl
2790Oscar Pistorius
2784Ofentse Mogawane
AC r2/2CubaCUB3:00.55 (3 h1)– (AC)
1466Williams Collazo
1462Raidel Acea
1480Noel Ruiz
1465Omar Cisneros
1479Orestes Rodríguez
4 h2 r1/2AustraliaAUS3:03.17 (4 h2)
1060Steven Solomon
1055Ben Offereins
1039Brendan Cole
1062John Steffensen
5 h1 r1/2PolandPOL3:02.86 (5 h1)
2675Piotr Wiaderek
2661Marcin Marciniszyn
2668Michał Pietrzak
2653Kacper Kozłowski
5 h2 r1/2JapanJPN3:03.86 (5 h2)
2237Kei Takase
2224Yuzo Kanemaru
2218Yoshihiro Azuma
2232Hiroyuki Nakano
6 h1 r1/2GermanyGER3:03.50 (6 h1)
1918Jonas Plass
1899Kamghe Gaba
1912Eric Krüger
1923Thomas Schneider
ACJamaicaJAM– (AC h2)DNF
2177Dane Hyatt
2178Riker Hylton
2175Jermaine Gonzales
2181Errol Nolan
ACDominican RepublicDOM3:02.35 (AC h2)DQ
1558Gustavo Cuesta
1563Félix Sánchez
1561Joel Mejía
1564Luguelín Santos
ACKenyaKEN3:21.01 (AC h1)DQ
2318Boniface Mweresa
2298Vincent Mumo
2312Boniface Tumuti
2305Alphas Leken Kishoyian
ACRussian FederationRUS3:02.01 (AC h2)3:00.09 (AC)DQ1
2806Maksim Dyldin
2799Denis Alekseyev
2812Vladimir Krasnov
2835Pavel Trenikhin

Round One (9 August 2012 — 11:35)

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

Heat One (11:35)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
11Trinidad and TobagoTTO3:00.380.193Q
Lalonde Gordon44.944.97 (1)
Jarrin Solomon44.81:29.77 (1)
Ade Alleyne-Forte46.122:15.89 (3)
Deon Lendore44.493:00.38 (2)
22Great BritainGBR3:00.380.150Q
Nigel Levine45.945.94 (3)
Conrad Williams45.11:31.12 (3)
Jack Green44.422:15.54 (1)
Martyn Rooney44.843:00.38 (1)
Williams Collazo45.945.92 (2)
Raidel Acea44.51:30.47 (2)
Orestes Rodríguez45.192:15.66 (2)
Omar Cisneros44.893:00.55 (3)
Nils Duerinck47.147.17 (8)
Jonathan Borlée44.11:31.35 (4)
Antoine Gillet46.102:17.45 (5)
Kévin Borlée44.253:01.70 (4)
Piotr Wiaderek46.246.20 (5)
Marcin Marciniszyn45.31:31.54 (5)
Michał Pietrzak45.192:16.73 (4)
Kacper Kozłowski46.133:02.86 (5)
Jonas Plass46.346.36 (6)
Kamghe Gaba45.71:32.11 (6)
Eric Krüger45.472:17.58 (6)
Thomas Schneider45.923:03.50 (6)
AC4South AfricaRSA0.190ADVDNF2
Shaun de Jager46.746.78 (7)
Ofentse Mogawane– (–)
Oscar Pistorius– (–)
Willie de Beer– (–)
Boniface Mweresa45.945.98 (4)
Vincent Mumo59.21:45.21 (7)
Boniface Tumuti47.792:33.00 (7)
Alphas Leken Kishoyian48.013:21.01 (7)

Heat Two (11:45)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
17The BahamasBAH2:58.870.243Q
Ramon Miller45.745.78 (2)
Demetrius Pinder43.71:29.51 (1)
Michael Mathieu44.782:14.29 (1)
Chris Brown44.582:58.87 (1)
22United StatesUSA2:58.870.204Q
Manteo Mitchell46.146.16 (6)
Josh Mance44.61:30.85 (2)
Tony McQuay43.652:14.50 (2)
Bryshon Nellum44.372:58.87 (2)
Arturo Ramírez45.845.85 (3)
Alberto Aguilar45.71:31.57 (6)
Alberth Bravo45.592:17.16 (4)
José Meléndez45.463:02.62 (5)
Steven Solomon45.645.66 (1)
Ben Offereins46.31:32.02 (8)
Brendan Cole45.482:17.50 (5)
John Steffensen45.673:03.17 (6)
Kei Takase46.446.40 (7)
Yuzo Kanemaru45.11:31.59 (7)
Yoshihiro Azuma46.542:18.13 (6)
Hiroyuki Nakano45.733:03.86 (7)
Dane Hyatt46.146.16 (5)
Riker Hylton45.11:31.27 (3)
Jermaine Gonzales– (–)
Errol Nolan– (–)
AC1Dominican RepublicDOM3:02.350.158DQ5
Gustavo Cuesta46.446.46 (8)
Félix Sánchez44.81:31.28 (4)
Joel Mejía46.882:18.16 (7)
Luguelín Santos44.193:02.35 (4)
AC6Russian FederationRUS3:02.010.203DQ Q6
Maksim Dyldin46.146.10 (4)7
Denis Alekseyev45.31:31.46 (5)
Vladimir Krasnov45.382:16.84 (3)
Pavel Trenikhin45.173:02.01 (3)

Final (10 August 2012 — 21:20)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
16The BahamasBAH2:56.720.163
Chris Brown44.944.9 (1)
Demetrius Pinder43.51:28.46 (1)
Michael Mathieu44.252:12.71 (2)
Ramon Miller44.012:56.72 (1)
27United StatesUSA2:57.050.181
Bryshon Nellum45.245.2 (4)
Josh Mance43.51:28.79 (2)
Tony McQuay43.412:12.20 (1)
Angelo Taylor44.852:57.05 (2)
34Trinidad and TobagoTTO2:59.400.231
Lalonde Gordon45.145.1 (2)
Jarrin Solomon43.91:29.16 (3)
Ade Alleyne-Forte45.512:14.67 (3)
Deon Lendore44.732:59.40 (3)
45Great BritainGBR2:59.530.167
Conrad Williams45.245.2 (3)
Jack Green44.61:29.91 (5)
Dai Greene45.532:15.44 (5)
Martyn Rooney44.092:59.53 (4)
Kévin Borlée45.445.4 (6)
Antoine Gillet45.51:30.97 (7)
Jonathan Borlée44.552:15.52 (6)
Michael Bultheel46.313:01.83 (6)
Arturo Ramírez46.146.1 (8)
Alberto Aguilar45.11:31.31 (8)
Alberth Bravo45.112:16.42 (7)
Omar Longart45.763:02.18 (7)
71South AfricaRSA3:03.460.185
Shaun de Jager46.246.2 (9)
Willie de Beer45.21:31.50 (9)
L. J. van Zyl46.272:17.77 (8)
Oscar Pistorius45.693:03.46 (8)
Williams Collazo45.345.3 (5)
Raidel Acea44.31:29.74 (4)
Noel Ruiz– (–)
Omar Cisneros– (–)
AC2Russian FederationRUS3:00.090.191DQ8
Maksim Dyldin45.445.4 (7)9
Denis Alekseyev45.11:30.57 (6)
Vladimir Krasnov44.692:15.26 (4)
Pavel Trenikhin44.833:00.09 (5)