2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 400 metres
|Men's 400 metres |
at the 2015 World Championships
Wayde van Niekerk fourth fastest in history
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||23 August (heats)|
24 August (semifinals)
26 August (final)
|Competitors||44 from 27 nations|
Since 2008, all of the major gold medals had been won by either reigning Olympic champion Kirani James or defending champion LaShawn Merritt. In the final, both were out ahead, along with Wayde van Niekerk and Isaac Makwala, Africans with none of those credentials. Through the final turn, van Niekerk took sole possession of the lead, Makwala passed James to hit the home stretch with a slight advantage in second. Far off the pace was Luguelín Santos. Down the home stretch, Makwala was unable to hold his position and was passed by a burst from James. James was unable to hold that burst, Merritt cruised past James but was unable to make any headway on van Niekerk's lead. Merritt made a desperate lean that actually cost him time but was well beaten, Santos followed Merritt down the home stretch to take fourth beating the National Record he set in the semi-final round. van Niekerk's 43.48 improved upon his own African Record, putting him at number 4 on the all-time list. For the first time in history, three men broke 44 seconds. Merritt set the fastest non-winning time of all time at 43.65 seconds. In fact, places 2, 3 and 4 were all the fastest ever in that position.
Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:
|World record||Michael Johnson (USA)||43.18||Sevilla, Spain||26 August 1999|
|World Leading||Isaac Makwala (BOT)||43.72||La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland||5 July 2015|
|Asian Record||Abdelalelah Haroun (QAT)||44.27||La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland||5 July 2015|
|NACAC record||Michael Johnson (USA)||43.18||Sevilla, Spain||26 August 1999|
|South American Record||Sanderlei Parrela (BRA)||44.29||Sevilla, Spain||26 August 1999|
|European Record||Thomas Schönlebe (GDR)||44.33||Rome, Italy||3 September 1987|
|Oceanian record||Darren Clark (AUS)||44.38||Seoul, South Korea||26 September 1988|
|The following records were established during the competition:|
|Asian Record||Yousef Masrahi (KSA)||43.93||Beijing, China||23 August 2015|
|World Leading||Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)||43.48||Beijing, China||26 August 2015|
|23 August 2015||11:10||Heats|
|24 August 2015||20:05||Semifinals|
|26 August 2015||21:25||Final|
All times are local times (UTC+8)
|KEY:||Q||Qualified||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
Qualification: Best 3 (Q) and next 6 fastest (q) qualify for the next round.
Qualification: Best 2 (Q) and next 2 fastest (q) qualify for the next round.
The final was held at 21:25.
|6||Wayde van Niekerk||South Africa (RSA)||43.48||WL, AR|
|8||LaShawn Merritt||United States (USA)||43.65||PB|
|5||Kirani James||Grenada (GRN)||43.78||SB|
|4||7||Luguelín Santos||Dominican Republic (DOM)||44.11||NR|
|5||4||Isaac Makwala||Botswana (BOT)||44.63|
|6||3||Rabah Yousif||Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)||44.68|
|7||2||Machel Cedenio||Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)||45.06|
|8||9||Yousef Masrahi||Saudi Arabia (KSA)||45.15|
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- Final results