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4 x 100 metres Relay, Men

Date18 – 19 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants70 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 36.84 WR / Jamaica JAM / 11 August 2012

Jamaica had won the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, led by superstar sprinter Usain Bolt, and Bolt and the Jamaicans were back for a three-peat. The United States was expected to be their biggest challenge, led by Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, and Trayvon Bromell. However, the US was renowned for botching baton exchanges, having done so at the last 143 major internationals, or so it seemed.

Both teams made it to the final, and the Jamaicans won the expected gold medal, with the United States finishing, but trailing the surprise Japanese team, who won the silver medal. Moments after the finish, the requisite disqualification of the US team occurred, as video showed the first exchange had been made out of the zone, and the US continued its streak of being DQed in this event, as Canada moved up to bronze. The Japanese team’s individual 100 metre PRs were not even close to the marks of the other teams, but their baton exchanges were impeccable, which led to their silver medal.

Bolt’s gold medal in this event was his 9th overall, equaling the mark for track & field athletics held by Paavo Nurmi and Carl Lewis, although still trailing the 10 won by Ray Ewry, if one includes the 1906 Intercalated Olympics. However, shortly after the Olympics, in re-testing of samples from the Beijing Olympics, one of his teammates on the 2008 relay, Nesta Carter, had a positive test for methylhexanamine. He was initially disqualified but appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). However, the appeal was not successful, meaning Carter remained disqualified and Bolt lost his 2008 relay gold medal, affecting his medal standings as noted above.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1JamaicaJAM37.94 (2 h2)37.27 (1)Gold
Asafa PowellYohan BlakeNickel AshmeadeUsain BoltJevaughn MinzieKemar Bailey-Cole
2JapanJPN37.68 (1 h2)37.60 (2)Silver
Ryota YamagataShota IizukaYoshihide KiryuAska Cambridge
3CanadaCAN37.89 (3 h1)37.64 (3)Bronze
Akeem HaynesAaron BrownBrendon RodneyAndre De GrasseMobolade Ajomale
4People's Republic of ChinaCHN37.82 (2 h1)37.90 (4)
Tang XingqiangXie ZhenyeSu BingtianZhang Peimeng
5Great BritainGBR38.06 (4 h2)37.98 (5)
Richard KiltyHarry Aikines-AryeeteyJames EllingtonAdam GemiliChijindu Ujah
6BrazilBRA38.19 (5 h2)38.41 (6)
Ricardo MárioVítor Hugo dos SantosBruno LinsJorge Vides
AC r2/2United StatesUSA37.65 (1 h1)– (AC)
Mike RodgersJustin GatlinTyson GayTrayvon BromellChristian ColemanJarrion Lawson
AC r2/2Trinidad and TobagoTTO37.96 (3 h2)– (AC)
Keston BledmanRondel SorrilloEmmanuel CallenderRichard Thompson
4 h1 r1/2TurkeyTUR38.30 (4 h1)
İzzet SaferJak Ali HarveyEmre Zafer BarnesRamil Guliyev
5 h1 r1/2FranceFRA38.35 (5 h1)
Marvin RenéStuart DutambyMickaël-Méba ZézéJimmy Vicaut
6 h1 r1/2Antigua and BarbudaANT38.44 (6 h1)
Chavaughn WalshCejhae GreeneJared JarvisTahir Walsh
6 h2 r1/2GermanyGER38.26 (6 h2)
Julian ReusSven KnipphalsRobert HeringLucas Jakubczyk
7 h1 r1/2Saint Kitts and NevisSKN39.81 (7 h1)
Jason RogersKim CollinsAllistar ClarkeAntoine Adams
7 h2 r1/2CubaCUB38.47 (7 h2)
César RuizRoberto SkyersReynier MenaYaniel Carrero
8 h2 r1/2NetherlandsNED38.53 (8 h2)
Solomon BayohHensley PaulinaLiemarvin BonevaciaGiovanni Codrington
AC h1 r1/2Dominican RepublicDOM– (AC h1)
Mayobanex de ÓleoYoundry AndújarStanly del CarmenYancarlos Martínez

Round One (18 August 2016)

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

Heat One (11:40)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13United StatesUSA37.650.194Q
Mike RodgersChristian ColemanTyson GayJarrion Lawson
24People's Republic of ChinaCHN37.820.151Q
Tang XingqiangXie ZhenyeSu BingtianZhang Peimeng
32CanadaCAN37.890.152Q
Akeem HaynesAaron BrownBrendon RodneyMobolade Ajomale
46TurkeyTUR38.300.165
İzzet SaferJak Ali HarveyEmre Zafer BarnesRamil Guliyev
57FranceFRA38.350.157
Marvin RenéStuart DutambyMickaël-Méba ZézéJimmy Vicaut
68Antigua and BarbudaANT38.440.156
Chavaughn WalshCejhae GreeneJared JarvisTahir Walsh
75Saint Kitts and NevisSKN39.810.151
Jason RogersKim CollinsAllistar ClarkeAntoine Adams
AC1Dominican RepublicDOMDQ1
Mayobanex de ÓleoYoundry AndújarStanly del CarmenYancarlos Martínez

Heat Two (11:48)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16JapanJPN37.680.144Q
Ryota YamagataShota IizukaYoshihide KiryuAska Cambridge
23JamaicaJAM37.940.159Q
Jevaughn MinzieAsafa PowellNickel AshmeadeKemar Bailey-Cole
37Trinidad and TobagoTTO37.960.134Q
Keston BledmanRondel SorrilloEmmanuel CallenderRichard Thompson
41Great BritainGBR38.060.153q
Richard KiltyHarry Aikines-AryeeteyJames EllingtonChijindu Ujah
58BrazilBRA38.190.163q
Ricardo MárioVítor Hugo dos SantosBruno LinsJorge Vides
64GermanyGER38.260.155
Julian ReusSven KnipphalsRobert HeringLucas Jakubczyk
75CubaCUB38.470.184
César RuizRoberto SkyersReynier MenaYaniel Carrero
82NetherlandsNED38.530.143
Solomon BayohHensley PaulinaLiemarvin BonevaciaGiovanni Codrington

Final (19 August 2016 — 22:35)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14JamaicaJAM37.270.150
Asafa PowellYohan BlakeNickel AshmeadeUsain Bolt
25JapanJPN37.600.144
Ryota YamagataShota IizukaYoshihide KiryuAska Cambridge
37CanadaCAN37.640.129
Akeem HaynesAaron BrownBrendon RodneyAndre De Grasse
46People's Republic of ChinaCHN37.900.230
Tang XingqiangXie ZhenyeSu BingtianZhang Peimeng
51Great BritainGBR37.980.122
Richard KiltyHarry Aikines-AryeeteyJames EllingtonAdam Gemili
62BrazilBRA38.410.184
Ricardo MárioVítor Hugo dos SantosBruno LinsJorge Vides
AC3United StatesUSA0.150DQ2
Mike RodgersJustin GatlinTyson GayTrayvon Bromell
AC8Trinidad and TobagoTTO0.148DQ
Keston BledmanRondel SorrilloEmmanuel CallenderRichard Thompson