Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

The men's 400 metres event at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme was held at Stadium Australia from 22 to 25 September 2000.[1] Sixty-eight athletes from 44 nations competed.[2] The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Michael Johnson of the United States, successfully defending his 1996 gold medal (the only man to do so in the history of the Olympic 400 metres race). It was the fifth in what would ultimately be 7 consecutive American victories stretching from 1984 to 2008 and the 17th overall title in the event by the United States. Gregory Haughton's bronze was Jamaica's first medal in the event since the nation won back-to-back golds in 1948 and 1952.

Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueStadium Australia
Dates22–25 September
Competitors68 from 44 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Michael Johnson
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alvin Harrison
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Gregory Haughton
 Jamaica
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BackgroundEdit

This was the 24th appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Five of the finalists from 1996 returned. Defending gold medalist Michael Johnson and fourth-place finisher Alvin Harrison of the United States, bronze medalist Davis Kamoga of Uganda, seventh-place finisher Davian Clarke of Jamaica, and eight-place Ibrahim Ismail Muftah of Qatar. Johnson had stretched his world championship streak to 4, set a new world record, and was the (overwhelming) favorite again in 2000. Both of the other medalists (Sanderlei Parrela of Brazil and Alejandro Cárdenas of Mexico) from the 1999 worlds were in Sydney as well.

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Lithuania and Ukraine appeared in this event for the first time. Russia appeared for the first time since 1912. The United States made its 23rd appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

QualificationEdit

Each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run 45.80 seconds or faster during the qualification period. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run 46.20 seconds or faster could be entered.[3]

Competition formatEdit

The competition retained the basic four-round format from 1920. The "fastest loser" system, introduced in 1964, was used for the first round. There were 9 first-round heats, each with 7 or 8 runners. The top three runners in each heat advanced, along with the next five fastest overall. The 32 quarterfinalists were divided into 4 quarterfinals with 8 runners each; the top four athletes in each quarterfinal heat advanced to the semifinals, with no "fastest loser" spots. The semifinals featured 2 heats of 8 runners each. The top four runners in each semifinal heat advanced, making an eight-man final.[4][2]

RecordsEdit

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics.

World record   Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
Olympic record   Michael Johnson (USA) 43.49 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996

No world or Olympic records were set in this event.

The following national records were established during the competition:

Nation Athlete Round Time
  Haiti Gerald Clervil Heat 1 46.69
  Saudi Arabia Hamdan O Al-Bishi Heat 8 45.22

ScheduleEdit

Following the 1984 schedule, the event was held on four separate days, with each round being on a different day.

All times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Friday, 22 September 2000 10:40 Round 1
Saturday, 23 September 2000 21:25 Quarterfinals
Sunday, 24 September 2000 21:00 Semifinals
Monday, 25 September 2000 20:25 Final

ResultsEdit

All times shown are in seconds.

Round 1Edit

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 1 Avard Moncur   Bahamas 0.266 45.23 Q
2 7 Daniel Caines   Great Britain 0.153 45.39 Q, PB
3 5 Casey Vincent   Australia 0.162 45.49 Q
4 3 Dmitriy Golovastov   Russia 0.234 45.90 q
5 2 Takahiko Yamamura   Japan 0.261 46.25
6 4 Carlos Santa   Dominican Republic 0.169 46.40
7 8 Piotr Rysiukiewicz   Poland 0.227 46.67
8 6 Gerald Clervil   Haiti 0.556 46.69 NR

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 8 Jude Monye   Nigeria 0.220 45.79 Q
2 1 Patrick Dwyer   Australia 0.196 s 45.82 s Q
3 5 Alejandro Cardenas   Mexico 0.143 s 46.14 s Q
4 2 Neil de Silva   Trinidad and Tobago 0.220 46.84
5 3 Gustavo Aguirre   Argentina 0.237 47.03
6 3 Troy McIntosh   Bahamas 0.237 47.06
7 Jonas Motiejūnas   Lithuania 0.220 DNF
4 Kennedy Ochieng   Kenya 0.178 DNF

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Sanderlei Claro Parrela   Brazil 0.472 45.55 Q
2 3 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 0.480 45.84 Q
3 3 Soufiene Labidi   Tunisia 0.252 45.84 Q
4 6 Jun Osakada   Japan 0.231 45.88 q
5 1 Tawanda Chiwira   Zimbabwe 0.203 46.50
6 7 Nduka Awazie   Nigeria 0.319 46.81
7 8 Johnson Kubisa   Botswana 0.387 46.97
2 Evripedes Demosthenous   Cyprus 0.179 DNF

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 8 Gregory Haughton   Jamaica 0.295 45.63 Q
2 2 David Kirui   Kenya 0.207 45.69 Q, PB
3 3 Marc Raquil   France 0.238 45.72 Q
4 7 Arnaud Malherbe   South Africa 0.200 45.73 q
5 6 Sunday Bada   Nigeria 0.554 45.75 q
6 5 Ato Modibo   Trinidad and Tobago 0.486 45.91
7 4 Benjamin Youla   Democratic Republic of the Congo 0.183 47.54
8 1 Iliya Dzhivondov   Bulgaria 0.200 48.64

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 2 Hendrick Mokganyetsi   South Africa 0.209 45.22 Q
2 3 Piotr Haczek   Poland 0.248 45.61 Q, SB
3 7 Alessandro Attene   Italy 0.134 45.79 Q
4 4 Rohan Pradeep Kumara   Sri Lanka 0.499 46.00
5 8 Salaheddine Bakar Al-Safi   Qatar 0.414 46.16
6 5 Zsolt Szeglet   Hungary 0.176 46.19
7 6 Jamie Baulch   Great Britain 0.164 46.52

Heat 6Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Alvin Harrison   United States 0.467 44.96 Q
2 5 Davian Clarke   Jamaica 0.204 45.30 Q
3 2 Robert Maćkowiak   Poland 0.236 45.39 Q
4 3 Anastasios Gousis   Greece 0.211 46.38
5 7 Fawzi Al Shammari   Kuwait 0.157 46.38
6 8 Paramjit Singh   India 0.188 46.64
7 4 Philip Mukomana   Zimbabwe 0.503 47.11

Heat 7Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Michael Johnson   United States 0.176 45.25 Q
2 2 David Canal   Spain 0.189 45.53 Q, SB
3 3 Ibrahima Wade   France 0.262 45.72 Q
4 7 Malik Louahla   Algeria 0.158 46.06
5 4 Sean Baldock   Great Britain 0.180 46.45
6 8 Fabian Rollins   Barbados 0.447 46.85
7 6 Oleksandr Kaydash   Ukraine 0.586 46.88

Heat 8Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Hamdan O Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia 0.153 45.22 Q, NR
2 2 Sugath Thilakaratne   Sri Lanka 0.211 45.48 Q
3 1 Ibrahim Ismail Muftah   Qatar 0.234 45.48 Q
4 5 Eric Milazar   Mauritius 0.459 45.66 q
5 3 Štefan Balošák   Slovakia 0.192 46.42
6 7 Kenji Tabata   Japan 0.143 46.59
7 8 Rudieon Sylvan   Grenada 0.241 48.17
8 6 Basheer Al-Khewani   Yemen 0.452 49.72 PB

Heat 9Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 3 Antonio Pettigrew   United States 0.328 45.62 Q
2 4 Christopher Brown   Bahamas 0.505 45.80 Q
3 6 Davis Kamoga   Uganda 0.625 45.92 Q, SB
4 7 Metija Sestak   Slovenia 0.295 45.95
5 5 Tomas Coman   Ireland 0.263 46.17
6 2 Juan Pedro Toledo   Mexico 0.282 46.82
8 Daniel Batman   Australia 0.378 DNF

Overall results for Round 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Alvin Harrison   United States 6 6 1 44.96 s Q
2 Hamdan O Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia 8 4 1 45.22 s Q NR
Hendrick Mokganyetsi   South Africa 5 2 1 45.22 s Q
4 Avard Moncur   Bahamas 1 1 1 45.23 s Q
5 Michael Johnson   United States 7 5 1 45.25 s Q
6 Davian Clarke   Jamaica 6 5 2 45.30 s Q
7 Daniel Caines   Great Britain 1 7 2 45.39 s Q PB
Robert Maćkowiak   Poland 6 2 3 45.39 s Q
9 Ibrahim Ismail Muftah   Qatar 8 1 3 45.48 s Q
Sugath Thilakaratne   Sri Lanka 8 2 2 45.48 s Q
11 Casey Vincent   Australia 1 5 3 45.49 s Q
12 David Canal   Spain 7 2 2 45.53 s Q SB
13 Sanderlei Claro Parrela   Brazil 3 4 1 45.55 s Q
14 Piotr Haczek   Poland 5 3 2 45.61 s Q SB
15 Antonio Pettigrew   United States 9 3 1 45.62 s Q
16 Gregory Haughton   Jamaica 4 8 1 45.63 s Q
17 Eric Milazar   Mauritius 8 5 4 45.66 s q
18 David Kipkorir Kirui   Kenya 4 2 2 45.69 s Q PB
19 Marc Raquil   France 4 3 3 45.72 s Q
Ibrahima Wade   France 7 3 3 45.72 s Q
21 Arnaud Malherbe   South Africa 4 7 4 45.73 s q
22 Sunday Bada   Nigeria 4 6 5 45.75 s q
23 Alessandro Attene   Italy 5 7 3 45.79 s Q
Jude Monye   Nigeria 2 8 1 45.79 s Q
25 Christopher Brown   Bahamas 8 4 2 45.80 s Q
26 Patrick Dwyer   Australia 2 1 2 45.82 s Q
27 Soufiene Labidi   Tunisia 3 3 3 45.84 s Q
Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 3 5 2 45.84 s Q
29 Jun Osakada   Japan 3 6 4 45.88 s q
30 Dmitriy Golovastov   Russia 1 3 4 45.90 s q
31 Ato Modibo   Trinidad and Tobago 4 5 6 45.91 s
32 Davis Kamoga   Uganda 9 6 3 45.82 s Q SB
33 Matija Sestak   Slovenia 9 7 4 45.95 s
34 Rhohan Pradeep Kumar   Sri Lanka 5 4 4 46.00 s
35 Malik Louahla   Algeria 7 4 4 46.06 s
36 Alejandro Cardenas   Mexico 2 5 3 46.14 s Q
37 Salaheldin E Bakkar   Qatar 5 8 5 46.16 s
38 Tomas Coman   Ireland 9 5 5 46.17 s
39 Zsolt Szeglet   Hungary 5 5 6 46.19 s
40 Takahiko Yamamura   Japan 1 2 5 46.25 s
41 Fawzi Al Shammari   Kuwait 6 7 5 46.38 s
Anastasios Gousis   Greece 6 3 4 46.38 s
43 Carlos Santa   Dominican Republic 1 4 6 46.40 s
44 Štefan Balošák   Slovakia 8 3 5 46.42 s
45 Sean Baldock   Great Britain 7 4 5 46.45 s
46 Tawanda Chiwira   Zimbabwe 3 1 5 46.50 s
47 Jamie Baulch   Great Britain 5 6 7 46.52 s
48 Kenji Tabata   Japan 8 7 6 46.59 s
49 Paramjit Singh   India 6 8 8 46.64 s
50 Piotr Rysiukiewicz   Poland 1 8 7 46.67 s
51 Gerald Clervil   Haiti 1 6 8 46.69 s NR
52 Nduka Awazie   Nigeria 3 7 6 46.81 s
53 Juan Pedro Toledo   Mexico 9 2 6 46.82 s
54 Neil de Silva   Trinidad and Tobago 2 2 4 46.84 s
55 Fabian Rollins   Barbados 7 8 6 46.85 s
56 Oleksandr Kaydash   Ukraine 7 6 7 46.88 s
57 Johnson Kubisa   Botswana 3 8 7 46.97 s
58 Gustavo Aguirre   Argentina 2 3 5 47.03 s
59 Troy McIntosh   Bahamas 2 6 6 47.06 s
60 Philip Mukomana   Zimbabwe 6 4 7 47.11 s
61 Benjamin Youla   Democratic Republic of the Congo 4 4 7 47.54 s
62 Rudieon Sylvan   Grenada 8 8 7 48.17 s
63 Iliya Dzhivondov   Bulgaria 4 1 8 48.64 s
64 Basheer Al Khewani   Yemen 8 6 8 49.72 s PB
- Daniel Batman   Australia 9 8 - DNF
Evripedes Demosthenous   Cyprus 3 2 - DNF
Jonas Motiejunas   Lithuania 2 7 - DNF
Kennedy Ochieng   Kenya 2 4 - DNF

QuarterfinalsEdit

Quarterfinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Michael Johnson   United States 0.150 45.31 Q
2 1 Piotr Haczek   Poland 0.251 45.43 Q, PB
3 5 Avard Moncur   Bahamas 45.43 Q
4 8 Casey Vincent   Australia 0.163 45.45 Q
5 7 Eric Milazar   Mauritius 0.364 45.52
6 6 Sugath Thilakaratne   Sri Lanka 0.199 45.54
7 3 David Canal   Spain 0.221 45.54
8 2 Arnaud Malherbe   South Africa 0.192 45.59

Quarterfinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 3 Davian Clarke   Jamaica 0.283 45.06 Q, SB
2 4 Antonio Pettigrew   United States 0.475 45.35 Q
3 6 Hamdan O Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia 0.600 45.35 Q
4 8 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 0.183 45.40 Q
5 7 Ibrahima Wade   France 0.223 45.61
6 2 Davis Kamoga   Uganda 0.207 45.74 SB
7 5 David Kirui   Kenya 46.00
8 1 Jun Osakada   Japan 0.217 46.15

Quarterfinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Alvin Harrison   United States 0.195 44.25 Q
2 4 Gregory Haughton   Jamaica 0.475 45.08 Q
3 7 Alessandro Attene   Italy 0.150 45.35 Q, PB
4 8 Patrick Dwyer   Australia 0.174 45.38 Q
5 1 Dmitriy Golovastov   Russia 0.184 45.66
6 5 Christopher Brown   Bahamas 0.204 45.76
7 2 Soufiene Labidi   Tunisia 0.215 46.01
8 3 Jude Monye   Nigeria 0.203 46.32

Quarterfinal 4Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 7 Robert Maćkowiak   Poland 0.194 45.01 Q, PB
2 4 Hendrick Mokganyetsi   South Africa 0.440 45.15 Q
3 5 Daniel Caines   Great Britain 0.161 45.37 Q, PB
4 3 Sanderlei Claro Parrela   Brazil 0.302 45.55 Q
5 2 Marc Raquil   France 0.224 45.56
6 1 Alejandro Cardenas   Mexico 0.139 45.66
7 8 Sunday Bada   Nigeria 0.226 45.83
8 6 Ibrahim Ismail Muftah   Qatar 0.549 45.96

Overall results for quarterfinalsEdit

Rank Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Alvin Harrison   United States 3 6 1 44.25 s Q
2 Robert Maćkowiak   Poland 4 7 1 45.01 s Q PB
3 Davian Clarke   Jamaica 2 3 1 45.06 s Q SB
4 Gregory Haughton   Jamaica 3 4 2 45.08 s Q
5 Hendrick Mokganyetsi   South Africa 4 4 2 45.15 s Q
6 Michael Johnson   United States 1 4 1 45.31 s Q
7 Hamdan O Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia 2 6 3 45.35 s Q
Alessandro Attene   Italy 3 7 3 45.35 s Q PB
Antonio Pettigrew   United States 2 4 2 45.35 s Q
10 Daniel Caines   Great Britain 4 5 3 45.37 s Q PB
11 Patrick Dwyer   Australia 3 8 4 45.38 s Q
12 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 2 8 4 45.40 s Q
13 Piotr Haczek   Poland 1 1 2 45.43 s Q PB
Avard Moncur   Bahamas 1 5 3 45.43 s Q
15 Casey Vincent   Australia 1 8 4 45.45 s Q
16 Eric Milazar   Mauritius 1 7 5 45.52 s
17 David Canal   Spain 1 3 7 45.54 s
Sugath Thilakaratne   Sri Lanka 1 6 6 45.54 s
19 Sanderlei Claro Parrela   Brazil 4 3 4 45.50 s Q
20 Marc Raquil   France 4 2 5 45.56 s
21 Arnaud Malherbe   South Africa 1 2 8 45.59 s
22 Ibrahima Wade   France 2 7 5 45.61 s
23 Alejandro Cardenas   Mexico 4 1 6 45.66 s
Dmitriy Golovastov   Russia 3 1 5 45.66 s
25 Davis Kamoga   Uganda 2 2 6 45.74 s
26 Christopher Brown   Bahamas 3 5 6 45.76 s
27 Sunday Bada   Nigeria 4 8 7 45.83 s
28 Ibrahim Ismail Muftah   Qatar 4 6 8 45.96 s
29 David Kirui   Kenya 2 5 7 46.00 s
30 Soufiene Labidi   Tunisia 3 2 7 46.01 s
31 Jun Osakada   Japan 2 1 8 46.15 s
32 Jude Monye   Nigeria 3 3 8 46.32 s

SemifinalsEdit

 
Semifinal 1

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Alvin Harrison   United States 0.220 44.53 Q
2 5 Michael Johnson   United States 0.164 44.65 Q
3 3 Gregory Haughton   Jamaica 0.258 44.93 Q
4 2 Sanderlei Claro Parrela   Brazil 0.212 45.17 Q
5 8 Avard Moncur   Bahamas 0.198 45.18
6 4 Piotr Haczek   Poland 0.470 45.66
7 1 Patrick Dwyer   Australia 0.176 45.70
8 7 Hamdan O Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia 0.179 45.98

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Antonio Pettigrew   United States 0.499 45.24 Q
2 7 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 0.253 45.38 Q
3 5 Hendrick Mokganyetsi   South Africa 0.529 45.52 Q
4 6 Robert Maćkowiak   Poland 0.192 45.53 Q
5 8 Daniel Caines   Great Britain 0.168 45.55
6 2 Casey Vincent   Australia 0.229 45.61
7 1 Alessandro Attene   Italy 0.221 46.41
3 Davian Clarke   Jamaica 0.270 DNF

Overall results for semifinalsEdit

Rank Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Alvin Harrison   United States 1 6 1 44.53 s Q
2 Michael Johnson   United States 1 5 2 44.65 s Q
3 Gregory Haughton   Jamaica 1 3 3 44.93 s Q
4 Sanderlei Claro Parrela   Brazil 1 2 4 45.17 s Q
5 Avard Moncur   Bahamas 1 8 5 45.18 s
6 Antonio Pettigrew   United States 2 4 1 45.24 s Q
7 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 2 7 2 45.38 s Q
8 Hendrick Mokganyetsi   South Africa 2 5 3 45.52 s Q
9 Robert Maćkowiak   Poland 2 6 4 45.53 s Q
10 Daniel Caines   Great Britain 2 8 5 45.55 s
11 Casey Vincent   Australia 2 2 6 45.61 s
12 Piotr Haczek   Poland 1 4 6 45.66 s
13 Patrick Dwyer   Australia 1 1 7 45.70 s
14 Hamdan O Al-Bishi   Saudi Arabia 1 7 8 45.98 s
15 Alessandro Attene   Italy 2 1 7 46.41 s
- Davian Clarke   Jamaica 2 3 DNF

FinalEdit

 
The finish of the race
Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time Notes
  6 Michael Johnson   United States 0.610 43.84
  4 Alvin Harrison   United States 0.490 44.40
  8 Gregory Haughton   Jamaica 0.346 44.70 SB
4 2 Sanderlei Claro Parrela   Brazil 0.280 45.01
5 1 Robert Maćkowiak   Poland 0.232 45.14
6 7 Hendrick Mokganyetsi   South Africa 0.442 45.26
7 3 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 0.332 45.55
5 Antonio Pettigrew   United States 0.576 45.42 DSQ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Men's 400 metres". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "400 metres, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  3. ^ http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/images/stories/tfn_pdfs/ogqualifying_standards.pdf[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Official Report, Results Book for Athletics.

External linksEdit

Source: Official Report of the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics available at https://web.archive.org/web/20080522105330/http://www.la84foundation.org/5va/reports_frmst.htm