4 × 200 metres relay

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 March 2020.[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 [6]
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 [7]
4 1:19.11 Santa Monica Track Club
Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard, Carl Lewis
  United States 25 April 1992 Philadelphia [8]
5 1:19.16 Shawn Crawford, Ramon Clay, Darvis Patton, Justin Gatlin   United States 26 April 2003 Philadelphia [9]
6 1:19.20 Gavin Smellie, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown   Canada 2 April 2016 Gainesville [10]
7 1:19.38 Santa Monica Track Club
Danny Everett, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard, Carl Lewis
  United States 23 August 1989 Koblenz [11]
8 1:19.39 Jon Drummond, Shawn Crawford, Bernard Williams, Maurice Greene   United States 28 April 2001 Philadelphia [12]
9 1:19.42 Gavin Smellie, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown   Canada 23 April 2017 Nassau [13]
10 1:19.45 Santa Monica Track Club
Joe DeLoach, Leroy Burrell, Carl Lewis, Floyd Heard
  United States 27 April 1991 Philadelphia [14]
11 1:19.47 Kenny Brokenburr, Alvin Harrison, Maurice Greene, Michael Johnson   United States 24 April 1999 Philadelphia [15]
12 1:19.62 Shawn Crawford, Mickey Grimes, Darvis Patton, Justin Gatlin   United States 24 April 2004 Philadelphia [16]
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 [17]
14 1:19.71 Texas Christian University
Lindel Frater
Steve Slowly
Darvis Patton
Kim Collins

  Jamaica
  Jamaica
  United States
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
27 April 2001 Philadelphia [18]
15 1:19.73 Christopher Belcher, Bryce Robinson, Vernon Norwood, Remontay McClain   United States 12 May 2019 Yokohama [19]
16 1:19.85 Nike International
Maurice Greene, Allen Johnson, Alvin Harrison, Michael Johnson

  United States
25 April 1998 Philadelphia [20]
17 1:19.88 Austin All-Stars
Obadele Thompson
Rodrigue Nordin
Vincent Henderson
Rohsaan Griffin

  Barbados
  France
  United States
  United States
3 April 1999 Austin [21]
Noah Lyles, Jarrion Lawson, Isiah Young, Ameer Webb   United States 23 April 2017 Nassau [22]
19 1:19.91 Hudson Smith International
Curtis Perry
Jon Drummond
Ato Boldon
Maurice Greene

  United States
  United States
  Trinidad and Tobago
  United States
3 April 1999 Austin [23]
Bolade Ajomale, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown   Canada 1 April 2017 Gainesville [24]
21 1:19.92 Nike International
Kenny Brokenburr, Bryan Howard, Rohsaan Griffin, Maurice Greene
  United States 29 April 2000 Philadelphia [25]
22 1:19.99 Texas Christian University
Lindel Frater
Steve Slowly
Darvis Patton
Kim Collins

  Jamaica
  Jamaica
  United States
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
28 April 2001 Philadelphia [26]
23 1:20.07 University of Technology Jamaica
Dantago Gurirab
Julian Forte
Andrew Fisher
Ronald Levy

  Namibia
  Jamaica
  Jamaica
  Jamaica
26 April 2014 Philadelphia [27]
24 1:20.12 Christopher Belcher, Bryce Robinson, Vernon Norwood, Remontay McClain   United States 12 May 2019 Yokohama [28]
25 1:20.15 Rasheed Dwyer, Jermaine Brown, Jason Livermore, Warren Weir   Jamaica 24 May 2014 Nassau [29]

WomenEdit

  • Correct as of March 2020.[30]
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 [31]
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 [32]
Pure Athletics
Kelly Ann Baptiste
Shakima Wimbley
Tori Bowie
Samantha Henry-Robinson

  Trinidad and Tobago
  United States
  United States
  Jamaica
31 March 2018 Gainesville [33]
5 1:28.78 University of Oregon
Makenzie Dunmore, Hannah Cunliffe, Deajah Stevens, Ariana Washington
  United States 1 April 2017 Gainesville [34]
6 1:29.04 Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson, Shashalee Forbes, Elaine Thompson   Jamaica 22 April 2017 Nassau [35]
7 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 [36]
8 1:29.42 Texas A&M University
Jeneba Tarmoh, Gabby Mayo, Jessica Beard, Porscha Lucas
  United States 24 April 2010 Philadelphia [37]
9 1:29.45 Shalonda Solomon, Tawanna Meadows, Bianca Knight, Kimberlyn Duncan   United States 25 May 2014 Nassau [38]
10 1:29.61 Desiree Henry, Anyika Onuora, Bianca Williams, Asha Philip   Great Britain 25 May 2014 Nassau [39]
11 1:29.64[a] Nike International
Tameka Roberts, Inger Miller, Nicole Green, Marion Jones
  United States 25 April 1998 Philadelphia [40]
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 [41]
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 [42]
14 1:29.86 Empire Athletics
Shalonda Solomon, Francena McCorory, Charonda Williams, Felicia Brown
  United States 1 April 2017 Gainesville [43]
15 1:29.89 Texas A&M University
Diamond Spaulding
Brenessa Thompson
Jaevin Reed
Danyel White

  United States
  Guyana
  United States
  United States
1 April 2017 Austin [44]
16 1:29.96 Texas A&M University
LaKeidra Stewart
Ashley Collier
Jessica Beard
Dominique Duncan

  United States
  United States
  United States
  Nigeria
30 April 2011 Philadelphia [45]
17 1:29.98 Texas A&M University
Ashton Purvis
Ashley Collier
Olivia Ekpone [b]
Kamaria Brown

  United States
  United States
  Nigeria
  United States
27 April 2013 Philadelphia [46]
18 1:30.01 Angela Daigle, Debbie Dunn, Julian Clay, Shaunta Pelham   United States 24 April 2004 Philadelphia [47]
Louisiana State University
Cassandra Tate
Semoy Hackett
Rebecca Alexander
Kimberlyn Duncan

  United States
  Trinidad and Tobago
  United States
  United States
31 March 2012 Austin, Texas [48]
20 1:30.04 Simone Facey, Sheri-Ann Brooks, Anneisha McLaughlin, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce   Jamaica 25 May 2014 Nassau [49]
21 1:30.07 Louisiana State University
Nadia Davy
Monique Hall
Stephanie Durst
Muna Lee

  United States
  Nigeria
  United States
  United States
5 April 2003 Austin, Texas [50]
22 1:30.20 Nike International
Celena Mondie-Milner, Nicole Green, Chryste Gaines, Inger Miller
  United States 26 April 1997 Philadelphia [51]
23 1:30.21 Texas A&M University
Ashton Purvis
Shamier Little
Olivier Ekpone
Kamaria Brown

  United States
  United States
  Nigeria
  United States
26 April 2014 Philadelphia [52]
24 1:30.23 Nike International
Susanthika Jayasinghe
Falilat Ogunkoya
Inger Miller
Marion Jones

  Sri Lanka
  Nigeria
  United States
  United States
24 April 1999 Philadelphia [53]
Beverly McDonald, Merlene Frazer, Veronica Campbell, Astia Walker   Jamaica 28 April 2001 Philadelphia [54]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ World Athletics report this as 1:29.24, however, contemporary newspapers and www.pennrelaysonline.com show 1:29.64
  2. ^ Ekpone transferred from NGR to USA in 2017

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