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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

The men's 400 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 18–21 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Warinerbeijing.jpg
Crossing the finish line
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates18 August
21 August (final)
Competitors56 from 40 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) LaShawn Merritt  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jeremy Wariner  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) David Neville  United States
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The defending champion was Jeremy Wariner, who also won World Championship titles in 2005 and 2007 preceding the 2008 Olympics. Wariner made headlines earlier in the season when he dropped long time coach Clyde Hart, in favor of Hart's assistant Michael Ford. All season, Wariner did not show the dominance of the previous three seasons.[2] At the Olympic Trials he was runner up to LaShawn Merritt, the World Championship silver medalist. The semi-finals showed the same two in the same position, Merritt .03 faster than Wariner.[3]

Wariner started fast in the final: running in lane 7, he caught up with Martyn Rooney to his outside making up the stagger before the 200 mark. Further outside but more difficult to calculate, David Neville was also out fast, while Merritt was even relative to the stagger against Chris Brown in lanes 4 and 5. Around the final turn Merritt separated from the others and the three Americans were ahead, with Neville in first as the turn was ending. Once they hit the straightaway, it was Merritt who had the speed, sprinting away with a high knee action that increased his gap over Wariner and Neville. Wariner had no answer, Neville looked depleted, while Brown was steadily gaining. Merritt sped away to a personal best 43.75, Wariner gave up the chase and jogged across the finish line in second, barely ahead of Brown, who looked like he had passed Neville. In the last two steps, Neville desperately leaned into a headlong dive across the finish line, his hands technically crossing the line ahead of Wariner. But it is the torso that counts and Neville's body crossed the line in third, .04 ahead of Brown and .06 behind Wariner. Merritt had gained just shy of a full second on Wariner over the last 90 metres for the win. Neville completed an American sweep of the event.[4].[5]

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RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

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

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

QualificationEdit

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was able to enter up to three entrants providing they had met the A qualifying standard (45.55) in the qualifying period (1 January 2007 to 23 July 2008). NOCs were also permitted to enter one athlete providing he had met the B standard (45.95) in the same qualifying period.[6]

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

The first round was held on 18 August. The first three runners of each heat (Q) plus the next three overall fastest runners (q) qualified for the semifinals.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 4 Leslie Djhone   France 45.12 Q 0.190
2 5 David Neville   United States 45.22 Q 0.189
3 6 William Collazo   Cuba 45.37 Q, SB 0.180
4 8 Kévin Borlée   Belgium 45.43 q 0.149
DSQ[7] 9 Denis Alekseyev   Russia 45.52 0.299
6 3 Young Talkmore Nyongani   Zimbabwe 45.89 0.249
7 7 Eric Milazar   Mauritius 46.06 0.209
8 2 Gakologelwang Masheto   Botswana 46.29 SB 0.183

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Chris Brown   Bahamas 44.79 Q 0.205
2 7 Joel Milburn   Australia 44.80 Q, PB 0.155
3 4 Johan Wissman   Sweden 44.81 Q, SB 0.229
4 5 Gary Kikaya   Democratic Republic of the Congo 44.89 q, SB 0.184
5 8 Sanjay Ayre   Jamaica 45.66 0.177
6 9 Arismendy Peguero   Dominican Republic 46.28 0.236
7 3 Ivano Bucci   San Marino 48.54 SB 0.209
8 2 Liu Xiaosheng   China 53.11 0.245

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 8 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica 45.36 Q 0.196
2 3 James Godday   Nigeria 45.49 Q 0.200
3 9 Andretti Bain   Bahamas 45.96 Q 0.225
4 7 Niko Verekauta   Fiji 46.32 SB 0.161
5 6 Fernando de Almeida   Brazil 46.60 0.158
6 2 Lewis Banda   Zimbabwe 46.76 0.244
7 4 Vincent Mumo Kiilu   Kenya 46.79 0.212
8 5 Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr   Sudan 47.12 0.247

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 7 Martyn Rooney   Great Britain 45.00 Q 0.207
2 8 Sean Wroe   Australia 45.17 Q, PB 0.182
3 5 Ricardo Chambers   Jamaica 45.22 Q 0.211
4 3 Erison Hurtault   Dominica 46.10 0.246
5 9 Andrés Silva   Uruguay 46.34 0.265
6 2 Rudolf Götz   Czech Republic 46.38 0.157
7 6 Yuzo Kanemaru   Japan 46.39 0.225
4 California Molefe   Botswana DNS

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 2 LaShawn Merritt   United States 44.96 Q 0.214
2 7 Saul Weigopwa   Nigeria 45.19 Q 0.172
3 8 Claudio Licciardello   Italy 45.25 Q, PB 0.186
4 3 Jonathan Borlée   Belgium 45.25 q, PB 0.225
5 6 Ato Modibo   Trinidad and Tobago 45.63 0.195
6 9 Alleyne Francique   Grenada 46.15 0.215
7 5 Geiner Mosquera   Colombia 46.59 0.268
8 4 Siraj Williams   Liberia 47.89 0.288

Heat 6Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 7 Andrew Steele   Great Britain 44.94 Q, PB 0.248
2 5 Renny Quow   Trinidad and Tobago 45.13 Q 0.266
3 6 Michael Mathieu   Bahamas 45.17 Q, PB 0.193
4 8 Michael Blackwood   Jamaica 45.56 0.204
5 2 Tyler Christopher   Canada 45.67 0.172
6 3 Joel Phillip   Grenada 46.30 0.198
7 9 Félix Martínez   Puerto Rico 46.46 0.347
8 4 Daniel Dąbrowski   Poland 47.83 0.260

Heat 7Edit

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 9 Jeremy Wariner   United States 45.23 Q 0.253
2 6 Tabarie Henry   Virgin Islands 45.36 Q, NR 0.165
3 2 Cedric van Branteghem   Belgium 45.54 Q 0.203
4 4 David Gillick   Ireland 45.83 0.275
5 5 Maksim Dyldin   Russia 46.03 0.194
6 3 Myhaylo Knysh   Ukraine 46.28 0.260
7 7 Mathieu Gnanligo   Benin 47.10 0.207
8 8 Naiel Santiago d'Almeida   São Tomé and Príncipe 49.08 0.178

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

19 August 2008 - 21:45
Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Jeremy Wariner   United States 44.15 Q 0.224
2 5 Chris Brown   Bahamas 44.59 Q 0.244
3 6 Kévin Borlée   Belgium 44.88 NR 0.162
4 7 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica 44.94 NR 0.169
5 4 Saul Weigopwa   Nigeria 45.02 SB 0.168
6 2 William Collazo   Cuba 45.06 PB 0.191
7 8 Tabarie Henry   Virgin Islands 45.19 NR 0.165
8 2 Claudio Licciardello   Italy 45.64 0.259

Semifinal 2Edit

19 August 2008 - 21:52
Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 6 Leslie Djhone   France 44.79 Q, SB 0.159
2 4 David Neville   United States 44.91 Q 0.190
3 5 Joel Milburn   Australia 45.06 0.187
4 9 Ricardo Chambers   Jamaica 45.09 0.220
5 3 Jonathan Borlée   Belgium 45.11 PB 0.191
6 8 James Godday   Nigeria 45.24 0.185
7 2 Andretti Bain   Bahamas 45.52 0.196
8 7 Andrew Steele   Great Britain 45.59 0.216

Semifinal 3Edit

19 August 2008 - 21:59
Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes React
1 7 LaShawn Merritt   United States 44.12 Q 0.187
2 6 Martyn Rooney   Great Britain 44.60 Q, PB 0.126
3 8 Johan Wissman   Sweden 44.64 q, SB 0.211
4 5 Renny Quow   Trinidad and Tobago 44.82 q, PB 0.204
5 2 Gary Kikaya   Democratic Republic of the Congo 44.94 0.187
6 9 Michael Mathieu   Bahamas 45.56 0.203
7 4 Sean Wroe   Australia 45.56 0.205
8 3 Cedric van Branteghem   Belgium 45.81 0.199

FinalEdit

 
LaShawn Merritt won by a margin of almost a second.
Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Reaction
time
Notes
  4 LaShawn Merritt   United States 43.75 0.318 PB
  7 Jeremy Wariner   United States 44.74 0.209
  9 David Neville   United States 44.80 0.293
4 5 Chris Brown   Bahamas 44.84 0.231
5 6 Leslie Djhone   France 45.11 0.164
6 8 Martyn Rooney   Great Britain 45.12 0.208
7 2 Renny Quow   Trinidad and Tobago 45.22 0.201
8 3 Johan Wissman   Sweden 45.39 0.218

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ Hersh, Philip (2008-07-01). Wariner's, coach's stories don't match. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  3. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2008-09-13). Merritt vs. Wariner 2008 – final score: Merritt 4, Wariner 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  4. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2008-08-21). Men's 400m - FINAL Archived 2016-08-08 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  5. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2008-08-21). Men's 400m - FINAL Archived 2016-08-08 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-16.
  6. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  7. ^ https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-sanctions-four-athletes-for-failing-anti-doping-tests-at-beijing-2008-and-london-2012-1

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