2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 400 metres

The men's 400 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Beijing National Stadium on 23, 24 and 26 August.[1][2]

Men's 400 metres
at the 2015 World Championships
Wayde van Niekerk Beijing 2015.jpg
Wayde van Niekerk fourth fastest in history
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates23 August (heats)
24 August (semifinals)
26 August (final)
Competitors44 from 27 nations
Winning time43.48
Medalists
gold medal    South Africa
silver medal    United States
bronze medal    Grenada
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SummaryEdit

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

RecordsEdit

Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:[6]

World record   Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 Sevilla, Spain 26 August 1999
Championship record
World Leading   Isaac Makwala (BOT) 43.72 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 5 July 2015
African Record
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
African Record

Qualification standardsEdit

Entry standards[7]
45.50

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
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)

ResultsEdit

KEY: Q Qualified q Fastest non-qualifiers NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best

HeatsEdit

Qualification: Best 3 (Q) and next 6 fastest (q) qualify for the next round.[8]

 
Heat 2
Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Yousef Masrahi   Saudi Arabia (KSA) 43.93 Q, AR
2 2 Rusheen McDonald   Jamaica (JAM) 43.93 Q, NR
3 2 Isaac Makwala   Botswana (BOT) 44.19 Q
4 6 Wayde van Niekerk   South Africa (RSA) 44.42 Q
5 1 David Verburg   United States (USA) 44.43 Q
6 2 Martyn Rooney   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 44.45 q, PB
7 3 LaShawn Merritt   United States (USA) 44.51 Q
8 1 Machel Cedenio   Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 44.54 Q
8 6 Renny Quow   Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 44.54 Q, SB
10 4 Kirani James   Grenada (GRN) 44.56 Q
11 4 Luguelín Santos   Dominican Republic (DOM) 44.62 Q
12 6 Bryshon Nellum   United States (USA) 44.65 Q, PB
13 1 Jonathan Borlée   Belgium (BEL) 44.67 Q, SB
14 6 Chris Brown   Bahamas (BAH) 44.68 q
15 1 Peter Matthews   Jamaica (JAM) 44.69 q, PB
16 2 Liemarvin Bonevacia   Netherlands (NED) 44.72 q, NR
17 3 Javon Francis   Jamaica (JAM) 44.83 Q
18 4 Lalonde Gordon   Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 44.97 Q
19 3 Kevin Borlée   Belgium (BEL) 45.01 Q, SB
20 3 Michael Mathieu   Bahamas (BAH) 45.07 q
21 3 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica (CRC) 45.08 q
22 2 Pavel Maslák   Czech Republic (CZE) 45.16
23 4 Onkabetse Nkobolo   Botswana (BOT) 45.17 PB
24 5 Rabah Yousif   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.24 Q
25 1 Pavel Ivashko   Russia (RUS) 45.25 PB
25 6 Winston George   Guyana (GUY) 45.25 NR
27 5 Steven Gardiner   Bahamas (BAH) 45.26 Q
28 1 Luka Janežič   Slovenia (SLO) 45.28 NR
28 1 Alberth Bravo   Venezuela (VEN) 45.28
30 4 Hederson Estefani   Brazil (BRA) 45.36 SB
31 6 Hugo de Sousa   Brazil (BRA) 45.42 SB
32 4 Jarryd Dunn   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.49
33 5 Vernon Norwood   United States (USA) 45.53 Q
34 5 Mame-Ibra Anne   France (FRA) 45.55
35 6 Gustavo Cuesta   Dominican Republic (DOM) 45.59
36 5 Abubakar Abbas   Bahrain (BHR) 45.64
37 3 Yuzo Kanemaru   Japan (JPN) 45.65
38 3 Aliaksandr Linnik   Belarus (BLR) 45.79
39 4 Vitaliy Butrym   Ukraine (UKR) 45.88
40 5 Alphas Kishoyian   Kenya (KEN) 46.02
41 1 Bralon Taplin   Grenada (GRN) 46.27
42 3 Guo Zhongze   China (CHN) 46.42
43 5 Mohamed Khouaja   Libya (LBA) 46.50 SB
44 5 Berend Koekemoer   South Africa (RSA) 46.52
2 Donald Sanford   Israel (ISR) DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification: Best 2 (Q) and next 2 fastest (q) qualify for the next round.[9]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Isaac Makwala   Botswana (BOT) 44.11 Q
2 1 Kirani James   Grenada (GRN) 44.16 Q
3 1 Luguelín Santos   Dominican Republic (DOM) 44.26 Q, NR
4 3 Wayde van Niekerk   South Africa (RSA) 44.31 Q
5 3 LaShawn Merritt   United States (USA) 44.34 Q, SB
6 2 Yousef Masrahi   Saudi Arabia (KSA) 44.40 Q
7 2 Rabah Yousif   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 44.54 q, PB
8 3 Machel Cedenio   Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 44.64 q
9 2 Lalonde Gordon   Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 44.70
10 1 David Verburg   United States (USA) 44.71
11 1 Kevin Borlée   Belgium (BEL) 44.74 SB
12 3 Javon Francis   Jamaica (JAM) 44.77
12 2 Bryshon Nellum   United States (USA) 44.77
14 3 Jonathan Borlée   Belgium (BEL) 44.85
15 2 Rusheen McDonald   Jamaica (JAM) 44.86
16 1 Renny Quow   Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 44.98
16 2 Steven Gardiner   Bahamas (BAH) 44.98
18 1 Vernon Norwood   United States (USA) 45.07
18 1 Chris Brown   Bahamas (BAH) 45.07
20 3 Martyn Rooney   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 45.29
21 2 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica (CRC) 45.41
22 1 Peter Matthews   Jamaica (JAM) 45.42
23 3 Michael Mathieu   Bahamas (BAH) 45.43
24 3 Liemarvin Bonevacia   Netherlands (NED) 45.65

FinalEdit

The final was held at 21:25.[10]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 10 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Start list" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  3. ^ "World Championships 2015: Wayde van Niekerk wins 400m gold and is taken to hospital with exhaustion". Daily Telegraph. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ "World Championships: Wayde van Niekerk wins superb 400m". BBC Sport. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Wayde van Niekerk wins men's 400m final at world championships". Guardian. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Records & Lists – 400 meters". IAAF. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  7. ^ IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2014, retrieved 17 August 2015
  8. ^ "Heats results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Semifinals results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  10. ^ Final results