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2015 IAAF World Relays – Men's 4 × 200 metres relay

The men's 4 × 200 metres relay at the 2015 IAAF World Relays was held at the Thomas Robinson Stadium on 3 May.

Men's 4 × 200 metres relay
at the 2014 IAAF World Relays
VenueThomas Robinson Stadium
Dates3 May (heats & final)
Nations21
Winning time1:20.97
Medalists
gold medal 
silver medal 
bronze medal 
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On paper this race looked like a Jamaican record attempt with the American team their closest competitor. Jamaica brought all its guns, and strategically held out Usain Bolt and Nickel Ashmeade from the qualifying round. But when it came time for the final, Bolt was nowhere to be seen. A minor hamstring injury earlier in the meet kept the world record holder in the locker room listening to music when the finals were held.[1] The first two legs went as scripted with Jamaica taking a significant lead, but at the second handoff, Jason Livermore seemed completely unprepared to take a handoff, standing flatfooted as Rasheed Dwyer passed him and handed the baton backward. Still the Jamaican handoff was legal, just costing the team valuable seconds. In the adjacent lane, the American team saw Curtis Mitchell line up in the wrong spot and while Isiah Young came in on the inside of his lane, Mitchell performed first a lane violation then after being passed by Young, a pirouette to drop the baton outside of the end of the zone. Mitchell picked up the baton to continue now well back in the field. Out of this chaos, the well trained French squad was left in the lead through the final turn. It was only the difference in Warren Weir's superior speed that allowed him to pass Ben Bassaw on the home stretch to take Jamaica to victory. USA crossed the line in third, but were disqualified for the handoff violation.

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RecordsEdit

Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:

World record   Jamaica
(Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown, Yohan Blake)
1:18.63   Nassau, Bahamas 24 May 2014
Championship record
World Leading   United States
(Joseph Morris, Maurice Mitchell, Ameer Webb, Wallace Spearmon)
1:20.64   Philadelphia, United States 25 April 2015
African Record   South Africa
(Marcus la Grange, Mathew Quinn, Josef van der Linde, Paul Gorries)
1:22.06   Port Elizabeth, South Africa 1 March 2002
Asian Record   Waseda University 1:22.12   Yokohama, Japan 14 September 2014
North, Central American and Caribbean record   Jamaica
(Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown, Yohan Blake)
1:18.63   Nassau, Bahamas 24 May 2014
South American Record   Guyana
(Adam Harris, Winston George, Jeremy Bascom, Stephan James)
1:24.42   Philadelphia, United States 25 April 2015
European Record   France
(Christophe Lemaitre, Yannick Fonsat, Ben Bassaw, Ken Romain)
1:20.66   Nassau, Bahamas 24 May 2014
Oceanian record   Australia
(Scott Vassella, Shem Hollands, Dean Capobianco, Peter Vassella)
1:23.04   Sydney, Australia 6 December 1998

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
3 May 2014 19:00 Heats
3 May 2014 21:20 Final

All times are local times (UTC−4)

ResultsEdit

KEY: q Fastest non-qualifiers Q Qualified WL World leading NR National record SB Seasonal best

HeatsEdit

Qualification: First 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) advanced to the final.[2][3]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
1 1 7   Jamaica Rasheed Dwyer, Jason Livermore, Jermaine Brown, Warren Weir 1:20.19 Q, WL
2 2 2   United States Joseph Morris, Isiah Young, Justin Walker, Wallace Spearmon 1:20.78 Q
3 1 5   France Pierre Vincent, Teddy Tinmar, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Ben Bassaw 1:21.41 Q, SB
4 1 3   Germany Robin Erewa, Sven Knipphals, Aleixo-Platini Menga, Alexander Kosenkow 1:21.46 q, NR
5 2 5   Saint Kitts and Nevis Antoine Adams, Lestrod Roland, Brijesh Lawrence, Allistar Clarke 1:22.36 Q, SB
6 2 8   Poland Jakub Adamski, Remigiusz Olszewski, Karol Zalewski, Adam Pawłowski 1:22.38 q, SB
7 3 7   Bahamas Deneko Brown, Andretti Bain, Alfred Higgs, Blake Bartlett 1:22.86 Q, SB
7 2 3   Barbados Nicholas Deshong, Ramon Gittens, Levi Cadogan, Fallon Forde 1:22.86 SB
9 2 4   Turkey Yavuz Can, Ramil Guliyev, Fatih Aktaş, Ali Ekber Kayaş 1:23.55 NR
10 3 8    Switzerland Steven Gugerli, Pascal Mancini, Reto Schenkel, Suganthan Somasundaram 1:24.55 Q, NR
11 2 7   United States Virgin Islands Tabarie Henry, Leslie Murray, David Walters, Leon Hunt 1:25.31 SB
1 2   Antigua and Barbuda Rai Benjamin, Daniel Bailey, Tahir Walsh, Miguel Francis DNF
1 4   Cayman Islands Kemar Hyman, Tyrell Cuffy, Gerome Bodden, Jamal Walton DNF
3 2   Kenya Mike Mokamba Nyang'Au, Carvin Nkanata, Collins Omae Gichana, Pius Muiya Musyoki DQ 170.7
1 6   Nigeria Ejowvokoghene Oduduru, Nicholas Imhoaperamhe, Orukpe Eraiyokan, Robert Simmons DQ 170.7
2 6   China Wu Zhiqiang, Mo Youxue, Yang Yang, Xie Zhenye DQ 170.7
1 8   Namibia Jesse Urikhob, Hitjivirue Kaanjuka, Gilbert Hainuca, Adiel Van Wyk DQ 163.3
3 5   Canada Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown, Oluwasegun Makinde, Dontae Richards-Kwok DQ 170.6
3 4   Papua New Guinea Theo Piniau, Kevin Kapmatana, Richard Dotaona, Paul Pokana DQ 170.18
3 6   Italy DNS
3 3   Trinidad and Tobago DNS

FinalEdit

The final was started at 21:29.[4]

Rank Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
  6   Jamaica Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer, Jason Livermore, Warren Weir 1:20.97
  4   France Teddy Tinmar, Christophe Lemaitre, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Ben Bassaw 1:21.49
  1   Germany Robin Erewa, Sven Knipphals, Aleixo-Platini Menga, Alexander Kosenkow 1:22.65
4 2   Poland Jakub Adamski, Remigiusz Olszewski, Kamil Masztak, Karol Zalewski 1:22.85
5 3   Bahamas Deneko Brown, Andretti Bain, Alfred Higgs, Blake Bartlett 1:22.91
6 7   Saint Kitts and Nevis Antoine Adams, Lestrod Roland, Brijesh Lawrence, Allistar Clarke 1:22.92
7 8    Switzerland Steven Gugerli, Pascal Mancini, Reto Schenkel, Suganthan Somasundaram 1:24.37 NR
5   United States Wallace Spearmon, Isiah Young, Curtis Mitchell, Justin Gatlin DQ 170.7

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