2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

The Men's 4 x 400 metres relay race at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships was held on March 3, 2013 at 18:45 local time.[1][2]

RecordsEdit

Standing records prior to the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships
World record   United States (USA) 3:02.83 Maebashi, Japan 7 March 1999
European record   Poland (POL) 3:03.01
Championship record 3:05.50 Vienna, Austria 3 March 2002
World Leading Texas A&M University 3:04.18 Fayetteville, United States 24 February 2013
European Leading

ResultsEdit

The final was held at 18:45.

 
Tim Rummens running on the last leg for Belgium.
Rank Lane Nationality Athlete Time Notes
  5   Great Britain Michael Bingham
Richard Buck
Nigel Levine
Richard Strachan
3:05.78
  6   Russia Pavel Trenikhin
Yuriy Trambovetskiy
Konstantin Svechkar
Vladimir Krasnov
3:06.96
  1   Czech Republic Daniel Němeček
Josef Prorok
Petr Lichý
Pavel Maslák
3:07.64
4 4   Belgium Antoine Gillet
Kevin Borlée
Arnaud Ghislain
Tim Rummens
3:07.98
5 2   Sweden Felix Francois
Nil de Oliveira
Johan Wissman
Dennis Forsman
3:09.42
3   Poland Michał Pietrzak
Rafał Omelko
Łukasz Domagała
Grzegorz Sobiński
DSQ R 163.2[3]

ControversyEdit

Originally, the British men's 4 × 400 m quartet of Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Levine and Richard Strachan finished the race first, followed by Russian and Polish Team, but their victory was questioned by the judges because during his change, Richard Buck had crossed the line streets and stepped off the track. The British team was disqualified, but the members of British Athletic Federation appealed this decision by accusing Rafal Omelko (Polish athlete) of pushing Buck out of his line.[4]

The British team was eventually reinstated as victors; the Polish squad of Michał Pietrzak, Rafal Omelko, Łukasz Domagała and Grzegorz Sobinskilost lost their third-place finish.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's 4x400m relay start list" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
  2. ^ "Men's 4x400m relay results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  3. ^ Jostling, obstruction on the track
  4. ^ a b "Joy turns to sadness after indoor athletics relay disqualification". thenews.pl. Polskie Radio. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  5. ^ "European Indoor Championships 2013: UK Athletics coach Peter Eriksson hails GB's eight-medal haul". telegraph.co.uk. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2016.