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400 metres, Men

Date12 – 14 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants53 from 35 countries

The two dominant 400 metre runners over the last few years had been Grenadian Kirani James and American LaShawn Merritt. Merritt was Olympic gold medalist in 2008, and World Champion in 2009 and 2013, while James was 2011 World Champion and 2012 Olympic Champion. At the 2015 World Championships, both were upset by South African Wayde van Niekerk. The Rio Olympic final was expected to be a battle between the three, but most expected the battle to be between James and Merritt.

James and Merritt were in the first semi-final and pushed hard, James winning in 44.02 to Merritt’s 44.21. In the second semi van Niekerk trailed Trinidadian Michael Cedenio, who ran 44.39 to van Niekerk’s 44.45.

In the final, James and van Niekerk, running in lane eight, led on the first turn, but Merritt took the lead at 200 metres, passing in 20.4. On the final turn, van Niekerk powered ahead, reaching 300 metres in 31.0 to 31.2 for his two adversaries. Many thought he had gone too hard and would struggle on the run-in, but he never slowed, increasing his lead and finishing his gold medal run in a world record time of 43.03, with James second in 43.76, and Merritt taking bronze in 43.85. Cedenio finished fourth in a national record time of 44.01.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
12910Wayde van NiekerkRSA45.26 (1 h3)44.45 (2 h2)43.03 (1)Gold
22539Kirani JamesGRN44.93 (1 h6)44.02 (1 h1)43.76 (2)Silver
33090LaShawn MerrittUSA45.28 (1 h5)44.21 (2 h1)43.85 (3)Bronze
42977Machel CedenioTTO44.98 (1 h1)44.39 (1 h2)44.01 (4)
52125Karabo SibandaBOT45.56 (3 h2)44.47 (3 h1)44.25 (5)
62171Ali KhamisBRN45.12 (1 h7)44.49 (3 h3)44.36 (6)
72540Bralon TaplinGRN45.15 (1 h2)44.44 (1 h3)44.45 (7)
82461Matt Hudson-SmithGBR45.26 (3 h6)44.48 (2 h3)44.61 (8)
3 h2 r2/32304Pavel MaslákCZE45.54 (5 h7)45.06 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/32327Luguelín SantosDOM45.61 (2 h3)44.71 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/32929Luka JanežičSLO45.33 (2 h4)45.07 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/33093Gil RobertsUSA45.27 (2 h1)44.65 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/32620Javon FrancisJAM45.88 (3 h3)44.96 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/33102David VerburgUSA45.48 (4 h6)45.61 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/32065Steven GardinerBAH45.24 (2 h7)44.72 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/32262Nery BrenesCRC45.53 (2 h2)45.02 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/32623Rusheen McDonaldJAM45.22 (2 h6)46.12 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32275Yoandys LescayCUB45.36 (3 h1)45.00 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32780Liemarvin BonevaciaNED45.49 (3 h7)45.03 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/32880Abdalelah HarounQAT45.76 (2 h5)46.66 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/32849Rafał OmelkoPOL45.54 (4 h7)45.28 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/32980Lalonde GordonTTO45.24 (1 h4)45.13 (8 h1)
8 h3 r2/32121Isaac MakwalaBOT45.91 (3 h5)46.60 (8 h3)
DNS r2/32126Baboloki ThebeBOT45.41 (3 h4)– (DNS h2)
4 h1 r1/32617Fitzroy DunkleyJAM45.66 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/32600Matteo GalvanITA46.07 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/32088Jonathan BorléeBEL46.01 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/32063Chris BrownBAH45.56 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/33027Vitaliy ButrymUKR45.92 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/32089Kévin BorléeBEL45.90 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/32679Raymond KibetKEN46.15 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/32685Alphas Leken KishoyianKEN46.74 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/32472Martyn RooneyGBR45.60 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/32587Donald SanfordISR46.06 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/32547Winston GeorgeGUY45.77 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/33115Alberth BravoVEN46.15 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32816Mehboob AliPAK48.37 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/33122Brandon Valentine-ParrisVIN47.62 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/32663Julian WalshJPN46.37 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/32982Deon LendoreTTO46.15 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/32254Diego PalomequeCOL46.48 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/32572Mohammad Anas YahiyaIND45.95 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/32697Alexander SampaoKEN46.62 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/32217Bachir MahamatCHA48.59 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/32321Gustavo CuestaDOM46.92 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/32147Hederson EstefaniBRA46.68 (7 h5)
7 h7 r1/32792Orukpe EraiyokanNGR47.42 (7 h7)
8 h1 r1/32801Djibo Idrissa OusseiniNIG50.06 (8 h1)
8 h4 r1/32885James Nyang ChiengjiekEOR52.89 (8 h4)
8 h7 r1/32642Yuzo KanemaruJPN48.38 (8 h7)
AC h2 r1/32333Anas BeshrEGY– (AC h2)
AC h3 r1/32073Alonzo RussellBAH– (AC h3)
AC h6 r1/32160Abubakar AbbasBRN– (AC h6)

Round One (12 August 2016)

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

Heat #1 (21:05)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Machel CedenioTTO44.980.179Q
27Gil RobertsUSA45.270.168Q
34Yoandys LescayCUB45.360.199Q
46Fitzroy DunkleyJAM45.660.176
53Kévin BorléeBEL45.900.138
65Alberth BravoVEN46.150.205
71Alexander SampaoKEN46.620.199
88Djibo Idrissa OusseiniNIG50.060.173

Heat #2 (21:13)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Bralon TaplinGRN45.150.162Q
22Nery BrenesCRC45.530.151Q
37Karabo SibandaBOT45.560.166Q
41Matteo GalvanITA46.070.154
53Raymond KibetKEN46.150.234
66Mehboob AliPAK48.370.212
78Bachir MahamatCHA48.590.188
AC5Anas BeshrEGY0.141DQ1

Heat #3 (21:21)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Wayde van NiekerkRSA45.260.147Q
22Luguelín SantosDOM45.610.148Q
38Javon FrancisJAM45.880.172Q
46Jonathan BorléeBEL46.010.162
53Alphas Leken KishoyianKEN46.740.147
65Brandon Valentine-ParrisVIN47.620.144
AC4Alonzo RussellBAH0.159DQ

Heat #4 (21:29)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Lalonde GordonTTO45.240.153Q
24Luka JanežičSLO45.330.148Q
36Baboloki ThebeBOT45.410.155Q
41Chris BrownBAH45.560.147
52Martyn RooneyGBR45.600.154
67Julian WalshJPN46.370.149
78Gustavo CuestaDOM46.920.143
83James Nyang ChiengjiekEOR52.890.213

Heat #5 (21:37)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18LaShawn MerrittUSA45.280.235Q
23Abdalelah HarounQAT45.760.190Q
36Isaac MakwalaBOT45.910.242Q
42Vitaliy ButrymUKR45.920.166
54Donald SanfordISR46.060.163
65Deon LendoreTTO46.150.201
77Hederson EstefaniBRA46.680.234

Heat #6 (21:45)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Kirani JamesGRN44.930.156Q
25Rusheen McDonaldJAM45.220.179Q
32Matt Hudson-SmithGBR45.260.142Q
43David VerburgUSA45.480.167q
57Winston GeorgeGUY45.770.186
68Diego PalomequeCOL46.480.159
AC4Abubakar AbbasBRN0.192DQ

Heat #7 (21:53)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Ali KhamisBRN45.120.161Q
21Steven GardinerBAH45.240.149Q
38Liemarvin BonevaciaNED45.490.142Q
45Rafał OmelkoPOL45.540.177q
54Pavel MaslákCZE45.540.183q
66Mohammad Anas YahiyaIND45.950.158
72Orukpe EraiyokanNGR47.420.180
83Yuzo KanemaruJPN48.380.144

Semi-Finals (13 August 2016)

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

Heat #1 (20:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Kirani JamesGRN44.020.144Q
26LaShawn MerrittUSA44.210.271Q
32Karabo SibandaBOT44.470.174q
47Luguelín SantosDOM44.710.155
51Javon FrancisJAM44.960.170
65Nery BrenesCRC45.020.181
78Liemarvin BonevaciaNED45.030.166
83Lalonde GordonTTO45.130.157

Heat #2 (20:37)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Machel CedenioTTO44.390.243Q
23Wayde van NiekerkRSA44.450.156Q
32Pavel MaslákCZE45.060.185
46Luka JanežičSLO45.070.154
51David VerburgUSA45.610.159
64Rusheen McDonaldJAM46.120.182
77Abdalelah HarounQAT46.660.173
DNS8Baboloki ThebeBOT

Heat #3 (20:44)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Bralon TaplinGRN44.440.171Q
28Matt Hudson-SmithGBR44.480.143Q
33Ali KhamisBRN44.490.145q
44Gil RobertsUSA44.650.151
55Steven GardinerBAH44.720.156
67Yoandys LescayCUB45.000.216
72Rafał OmelkoPOL45.280.164
81Isaac MakwalaBOT46.600.173

Final (14 August 2016 — 22:00)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Wayde van NiekerkRSA43.030.181WR
26Kirani JamesGRN43.760.134
35LaShawn MerrittUSA43.850.204
43Machel CedenioTTO44.010.203
51Karabo SibandaBOT44.250.164
62Ali KhamisBRN44.360.148
74Bralon TaplinGRN44.450.181
87Matt Hudson-SmithGBR44.610.138