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Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay

The men's 4 × 100 metres relay competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held at the Olympic Stadium on 10–11 August.[1]

Men's 4 × 100 metre relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date10–11 August
Teams16
Winning time36.84 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Nesta Carter
Michael Frater
Yohan Blake
Usain Bolt
 Jamaica
2nd, silver medalist(s) Keston Bledman
Marc Burns
Emmanuel Callender
Richard Thompson
 Trinidad and Tobago
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jimmy Vicaut
Christophe Lemaitre
Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux
Ronald Pognon
 France
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OverviewEdit

On 11 August, the Jamaican national team, led by Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt, won the gold medal and broke their own world record of 37.04 set at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, with a time of 36.84.

Carter did not start well, and Trell Kimmons of the United States led the first 100 metres. Kimmons handed the baton to former world champion and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, who was in the lead. By the third changeover, America had a slight lead over the Jamaicans, but when Michael Frater handed over to Yohan Blake, Blake took the final bend and made up ground and overtook Tyson Gay of the USA. Blake then passed the baton to Bolt slightly ahead of Gay's pass to Ryan Bailey. In the final 100 metres, Bolt extended that lead to a few metres and crossed the line in a new world record time for his country for the second consecutive Olympics, with the USA finishing second. Although the Canadian team finished third, they were disqualified after third leg runner Jared Connaughton accidentally stepped on a line, and the bronze medal went to Trinidad and Tobago.[2]

While the Jamaican team were breaking the world record, the American team crossed the line in exactly the same time as the previous record of 37.04 seconds, setting a new national record.[3]

In May 2014, the US 4 × 100 m relay team member Tyson Gay received a one-year suspension for doping use and was stripped of his medals and disqualified from all results after 15 July 2012. In May 2015, the IOC told the USOC to collect the medals from teammates Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patton. The medals were reallocated, with Trinidad and Tobago awarded silver, and France the bronze.[4][5][6]

RecordsEdit

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Jamaica
(Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt)
37.04 Daegu, South Korea 4 September 2011
Olympic record   United States (USA)
Michael Marsh
Leroy Burrell
Dennis Mitchell
Carl Lewis
37.40 Barcelona 8 August 1992
2012 world leading   Racers Track Club
(Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Kimmari Roach, Usain Bolt)
37.82 Kingston, Jamaica 14 April 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
11 August Final Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt   Jamaica 36.84 WR, OR
10 August Round 1 Brian Mariano, Churandy Martina, Giovanni Codrington, Patrick van Luijk   Netherlands 38.29 NR
10 August Round 1 Guo Fan, Liang Jiahong, Su Bingtian, Zhang Peimeng   China 38.38 NR
10 August Round 1 Lestrod Roland, Jason Rogers, Antoine Adams, Brijesh Lawrence   Saint Kitts and Nevis 38.41 NR
10 August Round 1 Anthony Alozie, Isaac Ntiamoah, Andrew McCabe, Josh Ross   Australia 38.17 =AR
10 August Round 1 Kamil Masztak, Dariusz Kuć, Robert Kubaczyk, Kamil Kryński   Poland 38.31 NR

ScheduleEdit

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 10 August 2012 19:45 Round 1
Saturday, 11 August 2012 21:00 Finals

ResultEdit

Round 1Edit

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 6   Jamaica Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole 37.39 Q, SB
2 3   Canada Gavin Smellie, Oluseyi Smith, Jared Connaughton, Justyn Warner 38.05 Q, SB
3 7   Netherlands Brian Mariano, Churandy Martina, Giovanni Codrington, Patrick van Luijk 38.29 Q, NR
4 8   Brazil Aldemir da Silva Junior, Sandro Viana, Nilson Andre, Bruno de Barros 38.35 SB
5 5   China Guo Fan, Liang Jiahong, Su Bingtian, Zhang Peimeng 38.38 NR
6 4   Saint Kitts and Nevis Lestrod Roland, Jason Rogers, Antoine Adams, Brijesh Lawrence 38.41 NR
7 9   Italy Simone Collio, Jacques Riparelli, Davide Manenti, Fabio Cerutti 38.58 SB
2   Great Britain Christian Malcolm, Dwain Chambers, Danny Talbot, Adam Gemili DQ (37.93)

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 7   United States Jeff Demps, Darvis Patton, Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin 37.38 Q, NR
2 9   Japan Ryota Yamagata, Masashi Eriguchi, Shinji Takahira, Shota Iizuka 38.07 Q, SB
3 4   Trinidad and Tobago Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender, Keston Bledman 38.10 Q, SB
4 5   France Jimmy Vicaut, Christophe Lemaitre, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Ronald Pognon 38.15 q
5 2   Australia Anthony Alozie, Isaac Ntiamoah, Andrew McCabe, Josh Ross 38.17 q, =AR
6 3   Poland Kamil Masztak, Dariusz Kuć, Robert Kubaczyk, Kamil Kryński 38.31 NR
7 6   Germany Julian Reus, Tobias Unger, Alexander Kosenkow, Lucas Jakubczyk 38.37
8 8   Hong Kong Tang Yik Chun, Lai Chun Ho, Ng Ka Fung, Tsui Chi Ho 38.61

FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ Canadian men's relay team goes from bronze to heartache after disqualification The Globe and Mail 12 August 2012
  3. ^ "2012 London Olympics – Jamaica sets 4 × 100 world record behind Bolt". ESPN. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ US stripped of London 2012 Olympic relay medals
  5. ^ Tyson Gay banned for one year for positive drugs test
  6. ^ a b https://www.olympic.org/london-2012/athletics/4x100m-relay-men