2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
|Men's 4 × 400 metres relay |
at the 2015 World Championships
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||29 August (heats)|
30 August (final)
|Competitors||70 from 16 nations|
During the heats, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago showed they were teams to be reckoned with. Botswana showed immense raw talent but in severe need of coaching in the finesse of running competitive relays. Elite American high school teams like Long Beach Poly, where Bryshon Nellum attended, would have been taught how to deal with handoff traffic and Botswana should have qualified.
In the finals, the first legs between Trinidad and Tobago (Renny Quow), Great Britain (Rabah Yousif) and USA (David Verburg) were relatively close, exchanging in that order. France, Belgium and Jamaica were all close in the mix. American Tony McQuay sped around the turn before the break and got enough of a lead to shut the door on the other teams, gaining a couple of metres as they dropped back to regroup and try to pass. Lalonde Gordon was able to put T&T slightly ahead at the handoff with a gap back to Great Britain and France, with Jamaica a few steps further behind. Down the backstretch Rusheen McDonald brought Jamaica around into third. As he paid for his efforts on the home stretch, he served as a blockade for Britain and France, Kevin Borlée brought Belgium around the outside into third by the handoff. On the front, Deon Lendore, chased by Nellum stayed relatively even, with 400 finalist Machel Cedenio taking the baton ahead of 400 silver medalist LaShawn Merritt. Merritt fell in behind Cedenio to strategically prepare to give his best move, but Javon Francis brought Jamaica all the way from fifth place to sprinting past the lead duo on the backstretch. Merritt went around Cedenio and started moving in on Francis for that final move. Coming onto the home stretch, Merritt executed his best move on Francis leaving him behind while Martyn Rooney was edging up on Cedenio. Francis, paying for his early speed, began to look like slow motion while everybody else was in real time. Merritt went on to victory, Cedenio separated from Rooney and sped past Francis for silver, and just at the line, Rooney was able to dip past Francis for bronze so close it took the photo finish readers a minute to determine.
Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:
|Top 8 at IWR+ 8 from Top Lists|
|29 August 2015||10:40||Heats|
|30 August 2015||20:25||Final|
All times are local times (UTC+8)
Qualification: First 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) advance to the final.
The final was held at 20:25
|7||United States (USA)||David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Bryshon Nellum, LaShawn Merritt||2:57.82||WL|
|4||Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)||Renny Quow, Lalonde Gordon, Deon Lendore, Machel Cedenio||2:58.20||NR|
|6||Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)||Rabah Yousif, Delano Williams, Jarryd Dunn, Martyn Rooney||2:58.51||SB|
|4||9||Jamaica (JAM)||Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, Javon Francis||2:58.51||SB|
|5||5||Belgium (BEL)||Jonathan Borlée, Robin Vanderbemden, Kevin Borlée, Antoine Gillet||3:00.24|
|6||8||France (FRA)||Mame-Ibra Anne, Teddy Atine-Venel, Mamoudou Hanne, Thomas Jordier||3:00.65|
|7||3||Cuba (CUB)||William Collazo, Raidel Acea, Adrián Chacón, Yoandys Lescay||3:03.05|
|8||2||Russia (RUS)||Artem Denmukhametov, Pavel Trenikhin, Denis Alekseyev, Pavel Ivashko||3:03.05|
- "Beijing 2015: Timetable". Beijing 2015. 11 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
- Start list
- "REPORT: MEN'S 4X400M FINAL – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEIJING 2015". iaaf.org. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "Records & Lists – 4x400 metres relay". IAAF. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 – Standards (PDF), IAAF, 2014, retrieved 18 August 2015
- Heats results
- Final results