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Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

The men's 400 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 12 and 14 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Men's 400m took place.
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates12 August 2016
(Heats)
13 August 2016
(semi-final)
14 August 2016
(final)
Competitors53 from 33 nations
Winning time43.03 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Wayde van Niekerk  South Africa
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kirani James  Grenada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) LaShawn Merritt  United States
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SummaryEdit

Kirani James was the Olympic champion in 2012 and was in good form before the competition with a run of 44.08 seconds placing him second on the global rankings. The 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt topped the lists for the season as the only man under 44 seconds. Wayde van Niekerk ranked third and was the 2015 World Championships winner. At that competition the trio had all run under 44 seconds for medals (a first for the sport) and were the principal challengers to the Olympic title. Two younger athletes, Baboloki Thebe and Machel Cedenio, were the next fastest athletes to enter.[2][3] James was the fastest in the first round with 44.93 and Cedenio was the other heat winner under 45 seconds. The 2016 World Indoor Champion Pavel Maslák, David Verburg and Rafał Omelko qualified as fastest losers. Former European champions Martyn Rooney and Kevin Borlée were eliminated. [4]

In the semi-finals, James had a season's best time of 44.02 to win the round nearly two tenths ahead of Merritt. Cedenio won the 2nd semi final ahead with van Niekerk second. Bralon Taplin won the third semi final. Fastest loser qualifiers Karabo Sibanda, Matthew Hudson-Smith and Ali Khamis all set personal bests.[5]

In the final, the three favorites James, van Niekerk and Merritt led from the start. By the end of the turn, van Niekerk had a clear 2 metre lead, Merritt just slightly ahead of James who had closed the gap during the turn. Cedenio was another four metres back, with Taplin another metre back. In the home straight van Niekerk increased his lead while James overtook Merritt, finishing second and third. Cedenio was fourth, Taplin faded, and in lane 1, 18-year-old Karabo Sibanda finished fifth.

Van Niekerk set a new world record of 43.03 seconds, beating Michael Johnson’s previous record set at the 1999 World Championships by 0.15 seconds.[6] Johnson was in the stadium, working in the British commentary booth.[7]

Cedenio set the national record for Trinidad and Tobago and Ali Khamis in sixth set the national record for Bahrain.

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
Olympic record 43.49 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996
Area
Time (s) Athlete Nation
Africa (records) 43.48 Wayde van Niekerk   South Africa
Asia (records) 43.93 Yousef Ahmed Masrahi   Saudi Arabia
Europe (records) 44.33 Thomas Schönlebe   East Germany
North, Central America
and Caribbean
(records)
43.18 Michael Johnson   United States
Oceania (records) 44.38 Darren Clark   Australia
South America (records) 44.29 Sanderlei Parrela   Brazil

The following new world, Olympic and African record were established during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time WR OR AR
14 August Final   Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA) 43.03 s WR OR AR

The following national records were established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Time Notes
Slovenia   Luka Janežič (SLO) Semifinals 45.07 s
Bahrain   Ali Khamis (BRN) Semifinals 44.49 s
South Africa   Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) Final 43.03 s WR, OR, AR
Trinidad and Tobago   Machel Cedenio (TTO) Final 44.01 s
Bahrain   Ali Khamis (BRN) Final 44.36 s

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

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

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 2 Machel Cedenio   Trinidad and Tobago 0.179 44.98 Q
2 7 Gil Roberts   United States 0.168 45.27 Q
3 4 Yoandys Lescay   Cuba 0.199 45.36 Q, SB
4 6 Fitzroy Dunkley   Jamaica 0.176 45.66
5 3 Kevin Borlée   Belgium 0.138 45.90
6 5 Alberth Bravo   Venezuela 0.205 46.15
7 1 Alex Lerionka Sampao   Kenya 0.199 46.62
8 8 Ousseini Djibo Idrissa   Niger 0.173 50.06

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Bralon Taplin   Grenada 0.162 45.15 Q
2 2 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica 0.151 45.53 Q
3 7 Karabo Sibanda   Botswana 0.166 45.56 Q
4 1 Matteo Galvan   Italy 0.154 46.07
5 3 Raymond Kibet   Kenya 0.234 46.15
6 6 Mehboob Ali   Pakistan 0.212 48.37
7 8 Bachir Mahamat   Chad 0.188 48.59
5 Anas Beshr   Egypt 0.141 DQ R163.3a

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 7 Wayde van Niekerk   South Africa 0.147 45.26 Q
2 2 Luguelín Santos   Dominican Republic 0.148 45.61 Q
3 8 Javon Francis   Jamaica 0.172 45.88 Q
4 6 Jonathan Borlée   Belgium 0.162 46.01
5 3 Alphas Kishoyian   Kenya 0.147 46.74
6 5 Brandon Valentine-Parris   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.144 47.62
4 Alonzo Russell   Bahamas 0.159 DQ R163.3a

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Lalonde Gordon   Trinidad and Tobago 0.153 45.24 Q
2 4 Luka Janežič   Slovenia 0.148 45.33 Q
3 6 Baboloki Thebe   Botswana 0.155 45.41 Q
4 1 Chris Brown   Bahamas 0.147 45.56 SB
5 2 Martyn Rooney   Great Britain 0.154 45.60
6 7 Julian Jrummi Walsh   Japan 0.149 46.37
7 8 Gustavo Cuesta   Dominican Republic 0.143 46.92
8 3 James Chiengjiek   Refugee Olympic Team 0.213 52.89

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 8 LaShawn Merritt   United States 0.235 45.28 Q
2 3 Abdelalelah Haroun   Qatar 0.190 45.76 Q
3 6 Isaac Makwala   Botswana 0.242 45.91 Q
4 2 Vitaliy Butrym   Ukraine 0.166 45.92
5 4 Donald Blair-Sanford   Israel 0.163 46.06
6 5 Deon Lendore   Trinidad and Tobago 0.201 46.15
7 7 Hederson Estefani   Brazil 0.234 46.68

Heat 6Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Kirani James   Grenada 0.156 44.93 Q
2 5 Rusheen McDonald   Jamaica 0.179 45.22 Q, SB
3 2 Matthew Hudson-Smith   Great Britain 0.142 45.26 Q
4 3 David Verburg   United States 0.167 45.48 q
5 7 Winston George   Guyana 0.186 45.77
6 8 Diego Palomeque   Colombia 0.159 46.48
4 Abbas Abubakar Abbas   Bahrain 0.192 DQ R163.3a

Heat 7Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 7 Ali Khamis   Bahrain 0.161 45.12 Q
2 1 Steven Gardiner   Bahamas 0.149 45.24 Q
3 8 Liemarvin Bonevacia   Netherlands 0.142 45.49 Q
4 5 Rafał Omelko   Poland 0.177 45.54 q
5 4 Pavel Maslák   Czech Republic 0.183 45.54 q
6 6 Mohammad Anas   India 0.158 45.95
7 2 Orukpe Erayokan   Nigeria 0.180 47.42 SB
8 3 Yuzo Kanemaru   Japan 0.144 48.38

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Kirani James   Grenada 0.144 44.02 Q, SB
2 6 LaShawn Merritt   United States 0.271 44.21 Q
3 2 Karabo Sibanda   Botswana 0.174 44.47 q, PB
4 7 Luguelín Santos   Dominican Republic 0.155 44.71 SB
5 1 Javon Francis   Jamaica 0.170 44.96
6 5 Nery Brenes   Costa Rica 0.181 45.02
7 8 Liemarvin Bonevacia   Netherlands 0.166 45.03 SB
8 3 Lalonde Gordon   Trinidad and Tobago 0.157 45.13

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Machel Cedenio   Trinidad and Tobago 0.243 44.39 Q
2 3 Wayde van Niekerk   South Africa 0.156 44.45 Q
3 2 Pavel Maslák   Czech Republic 0.185 45.06 SB
4 6 Luka Janežič   Slovenia 0.154 45.07 NR
5 1 David Verburg   United States 0.159 45.61
6 4 Rusheen McDonald   Jamaica 0.182 46.12
7 7 Abdelalelah Haroun   Qatar 0.173 46.66
8 Baboloki Thebe   Botswana N/A N/A DNS

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Bralon Taplin   Grenada 0.171 44.44 Q
2 8 Matthew Hudson-Smith   Great Britain 0.143 44.48 Q, PB
3 3 Ali Khamis   Bahrain 0.145 44.49 q, NR
4 4 Gil Roberts   United States 0.151 44.65 SB
5 5 Steven Gardiner   Bahamas 0.156 44.72
6 7 Yoandys Lescay   Cuba 0.216 45.00 PB
7 2 Rafał Omelko   Poland 0.164 45.28
8 1 Isaac Makwala   Botswana 0.173 46.60

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
  8 Wayde van Niekerk   South Africa 0.181 43.03 WR
  6 Kirani James   Grenada 0.134 43.76 SB
  5 LaShawn Merritt   United States 0.204 43.85 SB
4 3 Machel Cedenio   Trinidad and Tobago 0.203 44.01 NR
5 1 Karabo Sibanda   Botswana 0.164 44.25 PB
6 2 Ali Khamis   Bahrain 0.148 44.36 NR
7 4 Bralon Taplin   Grenada 0.181 44.45
8 7 Matthew Hudson-Smith   Great Britain 0.138 44.61

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's 400m". Rio 2016 Organisation. Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
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  3. ^ senior outdoor 2016 400 Metres men. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-12.
  4. ^ Minshull, Phil (2016-08-13). Report: men's 400m heats – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-13.
  5. ^ Minshull, Phli (2016-08-14). Report: men's 400m semi-finals – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  6. ^ South African beats Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400m world record for gold
  7. ^ "Wayde van Niekerk smashes Michael Johnson's record to claim 400m gold". Guardian. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Start List" (PDF). Olympics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.