2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay
|Men's 4 × 400 metres relay |
at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships
|Venue||Oregon Convention Center|
|Dates||March 19 (heats)|
March 20 (final)
|Competitors||28 from 7 nations|
In the first leg of the final, Bahamas' Michael Mathieu was the first to break, keeping Kyle Clemons behind him through the entire leg. Dylan Borlée from the Borlée Brothers Team, Belgium, held off Jamaica's Ricardo Chambers until just before the handoff. The USA executed an ideal first handoff, with Clemons just edging ahead of Mathieu on the final straightaway, reaching across the zone to hand off to Calvin Smith Jr. who gained a two-metre lead over Alonzo Russell in the exchange. From there, USA went unchallenged to the gold medal, continually expanding the lead. After a short battle with Jamaica's Dane Hyatt, Jonathan Borlée ducked in behind Russell. Lalonde Gordon also ran a strong leg for Trinidad and Tobago to put them near Borlée at the handoff. Robin Vanderbemden was the only non-Borlée brother on the Belgian team. Almost immediately after getting the baton in his right hand, he tangled elbows with Ade Alleyne-Forte, suddenly the Belgian baton was on the ground with Vanderbemden running back into the infield to retrieve it, their race was over and the medal positions established. With the US 25 metres ahead, Deon Lendore made an attempt to pass Chris Brown on the anchor leg but the veteran, Masters world record holder Brown held him off.
First 2 teams of each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) qualified for the final.
|1||2||United States||Elvyonn Bailey, Calvin Smith Jr., Christopher Giesting, Patrick Feeney||3:05.41||Q|
|2||2||Jamaica||Ricardo Chambers, Dane Hyatt, Demish Gaye, Nathon Allen||3:07.30||Q, SB|
|3||1||Belgium||Dylan Borlée, Jonathan Borlée, Robin Vanderbemden, Kévin Borlée||3:07.39||Q, SB|
|4||1||Bahamas||Michael Mathieu, Shavez Hart, Ashley Riley, Chris Brown||3:07.55||Q, SB|
|5||1||Trinidad and Tobago||Rondel Sorrillo, Jarrin Solomon, Ade Alleyne-Forte, Machel Cedenio||3:07.83||q, SB|
|6||2||Nigeria||Chidi Okezie, Noah Akwu, Abiola Onakoya, Isah Salihu||3:07.98||q, SB|
|7||1||South Africa||Thapelo Phora, Ofentse Mogawane, Jon Seeliger, Shaun de Jager||3:08.45||NR|
The race started on March 20 at 14:50.
|United States||Kyle Clemons, Calvin Smith Jr., Christopher Giesting, Vernon Norwood||3:02.45||WL|
|Bahamas||Michael Mathieu, Alonzo Russell, Shavez Hart, Chris Brown||3:04.75||NR|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Jarrin Solomon, Lalonde Gordon, Ade Alleyne-Forte, Deon Lendore||3:05.51||NR|
|4||Jamaica||Ricardo Chambers, Dane Hyatt, Demish Gaye, Fitzroy Dunkley||3:06.02||SB|
|5||Nigeria||Noah Akwu, Chidi Okezie, Abiola Onakoya, Samson Oghenewegba Nathaniel||3:08.55|
|6||Belgium||Dylan Borlée, Jonathan Borlée, Robin Vanderbemden, Kévin Borlée||3:09.71|