2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's 400 metres
|Men's 400 metres |
at the 2019 World Championships
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Dates||1 October (heats)|
2 October (semi-finals)
4 October (final)
|Competitors||42 from 31 nations|
Kirani James had the pedigree, a World Championship and an Olympic gold medal. But those were back in 2011 and 2012. He finished second behind Wayde van Niekerk's world record at the last Olympics. van Niekerk couldn't be here because he ruined his knee in a celebrity rugby game and James was battling Graves' disease, the same ailment that affected Gail Devers. With a faster personal best, American champion Fred Kerley had been anticipated as USA's next golden boy until Michael Norman came on the scene with a relaxed, early season personal best that only equalled the #4 time in history. But Norman took himself out of the final, jogging home the second half of his semi-final. The other sub-44 qualifiers were Steven Gardiner, who had run his on this track in May and Akeem Bloomfield, who was the last time qualifier to get in. Gardiner led the qualifing, while Anthony Zambrano had to set a Colombian national record to get in.
In the final, James went out hard, passing Zambrano to his outside as they entered the backstretch. Inside of James, Machel Cedenio, James, Gardiner and Demish Gaye were running true to the stagger. James held that lead until midway through the final turn when he began to fade back as Gardiner was emerging slightly ahead. Coming onto the home straight, Gardiner held a 2 metre lead over James and Kerley, with Cedenio just slightly behind them. A further 2 metres back was Zambrano and Gaye. Down the stretch, Gardiner widened his lead, with Kerley the next best to chase. From far back, Zambrano was in another gear, speeding past Cedenio, James and a metre before the line, Kerley.
Before the competition records were as follows:
|World record||Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)||43.03||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||14 August 2016|
|Championship record||Michael Johnson (USA)||43.18||Sevilla, Spain||26 August 1999|
|World Leading||Michael Norman (USA)||43.45||Torrance, United States||20 April 2019|
|African Record||Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)||43.03||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||14 August 2016|
|Asian Record||Youssef Ahmad Masrahi (KSA)||43.93||Beijing, China||23 August 2015|
|North, Central American and Caribbean record||Michael Johnson (USA)||43.18||Sevilla, Spain||26 August 1999|
|South American Record||Sanderlei Claro 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 set at the competition:
|Malagasy||46.80||Todiasoa Rabearison||MAD||1 Oct 2019|
|Colombian||44.55||Anthony Zambrano||COL||2 Oct 2019|
|Bahamian||43.48||Steven Gardiner||BAH||4 Oct 2019|
|South American||44.15||Anthony Zambrano||COL|
The standard to qualify automatically for entry was 45.30.
The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:
The first three in each heat (Q) and the next six fastest (q) qualified for the semifinal.
The first two in each heat (Q) and the next two fastest (q) qualified for the final.
The final was started on 4 October at 22:20.
|4||Steven Gardiner||Bahamas (BAH)||43.48||NR|
|8||Anthony Zambrano||Colombia (COL)||44.15||AR|
|5||Fred Kerley||United States (USA)||44.17|
|4||3||Demish Gaye||Jamaica (JAM)||44.46||PB|
|5||7||Kirani James||Grenada (GRN)||44.54|
|6||9||Emmanuel Korir||Kenya (KEN)||44.94|
|7||6||Machel Cedenio||Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)||45.30|
|8||2||Akeem Bloomfield||Jamaica (JAM)||45.36|
- "400 Metres Men − Round 1 − Start List" (PDF). IAAF. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
- "100 Metres Men − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
- "Competitions Entry Standards 2019 – IAAF World Championships – PDF title, Qualification Standards for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019". iaaf.org. 2 August 2019.
- "400 Metres Men − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
- Heats results
- Semi-finals results
- Final results