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The 4 × 200 metres relay is an athletics track event in which teams comprise four runners who each complete 200 metres or half a lap on a standard 400 metre track. The event is a world record eligible event, but is not a standard event at most track meets, though certain leagues regularly conduct this event as part of their program.

DescriptionEdit

There are multiple formats under which the race can be conducted. If the track is marked for a four-turn stagger format, the runners can stay in their lanes throughout the race. In such a situation, the outer lanes could appear to start 2/3 of the way through the first turn. The markings for such a special zone should be colored red, though many tracks deviate from the standard marking colors. On a conventionally marked track, the race can be run starting at the normal 400 metres (and 4x100 metres relay) start line. As a two-turn stagger, the first exchange would take place in the standard second passing zone of the 4x100 metres relay, the second pass taking place in the normal (lane one, extended) 4x400 metres relay zone. After that exchange, the runner would break into lane one and make a third exchange in lane one of the second standard 4x100 metres relay zone.

Indoors, the event is popular because each leg is one lap of a standard 200 metre indoor track.

World recordEdit

The men's world record was set in 2014 at the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. The record was set by a Jamaican team consisting of Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown and Yohan Blake in a time of 1:18.63.[1] The women's world record is 1:27.46, set by a squad called Team USA "Blue" LaTasha Jenkins, LaTasha Colander-Richardson, Nanceen Perry, and Marion Jones on April 29, 2000, at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

European recordEdit

All time Top 25Edit

MenEdit

  • Correct as of May 2019.[4]
Rank Time Team Nation Date Place Ref
1 1:18.63 Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown, Yohan Blake   Jamaica 24 May 2014 Nassau [5]
2 1:18.68 Santa Monica Track Club
Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard, Carl Lewis
  United States 17 April 1994 Walnut
3 1:19.10 World All Stars
Jon Drummond
Dennis Mitchell
Bryan Bridgewater
John Regis

  United States
  United States
  United States
  Great Britain
17 April 1994 Walnut
4 1:19.11 Santa Monica Track Club
Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard, Carl Lewis
  United States 25 April 1992 Philadelphia
5 1:19.16 Shawn Crawford, Ramon Clay, Darvis Patton, Justin Gatlin   United States 26 April 2003 Philadelphia
6 1:19.20 Gavin Smellie, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown   Canada 2 April 2016 Gainesville
7 1:19.38 Santa Monica Track Club
Danny Everett, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard, Carl Lewis
  United States 23 August 1989 Koblenz
8 1:19.39 Jon Drummond, Shawn Crawford, Bernard Williams, Maurice Greene   United States 28 April 2001 Philadelphia
9 1:19.42 Gavin Smellie
Brendon Rodney
Andre De Grasse
Aaron Brown
  Canada 23 April 2017 Nassau [6]
10 1:19.45 Santa Monica Track Club
Joe DeLoach, Leroy Burrell, Carl Lewis, Floyd Heard
  United States 27 April 1991 Philadelphia
11 1:19.47 Kenny Brokenburr, Alvin Harrison, Maurice Greene, Michael Johnson   United States 24 April 1999 Philadelphia
12 1:19.62 Shawn Crawford, Mickey Grimes, Darvis Patton, Justin Gatlin   United States 24 April 2004 Philadelphia
13 1:19.67 Texas Christian University
Lindel Frater
Ricardo Williams
Darvis Patton
Kim Collins

  Jamaica
  Jamaica
  United States
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
29 April 2000 Philadelphia
14 1:19.71 Texas Christian University
Lindel Frater
David Spencer
Darvis Patton
Kim Collins

  Jamaica
  Jamaica
  United States
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
27 April 2001 Philadelphia
15 1:19.73 Christopher Belcher
Bryce Robinson
Vernon Norwood
Remontay McClain
  United States 12 May 2019 Yokohama [7]
16 1:19.85 Nike International
Maurice Greene, Allen Johnson, Alvin Harrison, Michael Johnson

  United States
26 April 1998 Philadelphia
17 1:19.88 Austin All-Stars
Obadele Thompson
Rodrigue Nordin
Jeff Henderson
Rohsaan Griffin

  Barbados
  France

  United States
3 April 1999 Austin
Noah Lyles
Jarrion Lawson
Isiah Young
Ameer Webb
  United States 23 April 2017 Nassau [8]
19 1:19.91
20 1:20.07
21 1:20.12 Christopher Belcher
Bryce Robinson
Vernon Norwood
Remontay McClain
  United States 12 May 2019 Yokohama [9]
22 1:20.17 Smellie
Brown
Rodney
Andre De Grasse
  Canada 30 March 2019 Gainesville [10]
23 1:20.23
24 1:20.26
25 1:20.29

WomenEdit

  • Correct as of April 2019.[11]
Rank Time Team Nation Date Place Ref
1 1:27.46 LaTasha Jenkins
LaTasha Colander-Richardson
Nanceen Perry
Marion Jones
  United States 29 April 2000 Philadelphia
2 1:28.15 Marlies Göhr
Romy Schneider-Müller
Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel
Marita Koch
  East Germany 9 August 1980 Jena
3 1:28.77 Tumbleweed Track Club
Desiree Henry
Anyika Onuora
Tianna Bartoletta
Dafne Schippers
  United Kingdom
  United Kingdom
  United States
  Netherlands
1 April 2017 Gainesville
Pure Athletics
Kelly Ann Baptiste
Shakima Wimbley
Tori Bowie
S. Henry-Robinson
  Trinidad and Tobago
  United States
  United States
  United States
31 March 2018 Gainesville
5 1:28.78 University of Oregon
Makenzie Dunmore, Hannah Cunliffe, Deajah Stevens, Ariana Washington
  United States 1 April 2017 Gainesville
6 1:29.04 Jura Levy
Shericka Jackson
Sashalee Forbes
Elaine Thompson
  Jamaica 22 April 2017 Nassau [12]
7 1:29.24 Nike International
Tameka Roberts, Inger Miller, Nicole Green, Marion Jones
  United States 25 April 1998 Philadelphia
8 1:29.25 Pure Athletics
Kelly Ann Baptiste
Shakima Wimbley
Desirèe Henry
Shaunae Miller-Uibo
  Trinidad and Tobago
  United States
  Great Britain
  Bahamas
30 March 2019 Gainesville [13]
9 1:29.42 Texas A&M University
Jeneba Tarmoh
Gabby Mayo
Jessica Beard
Porscha Lucas
  United States 24 April 2010 Philadelphia
10 1:29.45 Shalonda Solomon, Tawanna Meadows, Bianca Knight, Kimberlyn Duncan   United States 25 May 2014 Nassau
11 1:29.61 Desiree Henry, Anyika Onuora, Bianca Williams, Asha Philip   Great Britain 25 May 2014 Nassau
12 1:29.71 Pure Athletics
Hanna-Maari Latvala
Shaunae Miller
Kelly Ann Baptiste
Tori Bowie
  Finland
  Bahamas
  Trinidad and Tobago
  United States
1 April 2017 Gainesville [citation needed]
13 1:29.78 Louisiana State University
Nadia Davy, Monique Hall, Stephanie Durst, Muna Lee
  Jamaica
  United States
  United States
  United States
26 April 2003 Philadelphia
14 1:29.86 Empire Athletics
Shalonda Solomon, Francena McCorory, Charonda Williams, Felica Brown
  United States 1 April 2017 Gainesville
15 1:29.89 Texas A&M University
Diamond Spaulding
Brenessa Thompson
Jaevin Reed
Danyel White
  United States 1 April 2017 Austin [citation needed]
16 1:30.04 Simone Facey
Sheri-Ann Brooks
Anneisha McLaughlin
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
  Jamaica 25 May 2014 Nassau [14]
17 1:30.26 University of Texas
Morolake Akinosun, Christy Udoh, Briana Nelson, Ashley Spencer
  United States
  Nigeria
  United States
  United States
26 April 2014 Philadelphia
18 1:30.43
19 1:30.52
20 1:30.65
21 1:30.68
22 1:30.74
23 1:30.76
24 1:30.80
25 1:30.99

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/27563638
  2. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/toplists/inout=o/age=n/season=0/sex=W/all=y/legal=A/disc=4X2/detail.html
  3. ^ "Area Outdoor Records - Men - EUROPE". iaaf.org. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  4. ^ "All-time men's best 4 × 200m Relay". IAAF. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  5. ^ Simon Hart (25 May 2014). "Jamaica men break 4x200 metre relay record at IAAF World Relays in Nassau - and without Usain Bolt". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  6. ^ "4×200m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  7. ^ "4×200m Relay Round 1 Heats Results". IAAF. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  8. ^ "4×200m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  9. ^ "4×200m Relay Results". IAAF. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  10. ^ Peter McKenzie (3 April 2019). "Florida Relays — Comebacking De Grasse Powers Canada". trackandfieldnews.com. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  11. ^ "All-time women's best 4 × 200m Relay". IAAF. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  12. ^ "4×200m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Florida Relays — Comebacking De Grasse Powers Canada". deltatiming.com. 30 March 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Women's 4×200m Relay Results". IAAF. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.

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