2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 4 × 400 metres relay

The Men's 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on 1 and 2 September. Thursday and Friday. This is a change in schedule from previous years when all the relays were at the end of the program. This might necessitate a change in strategy to allow for team members involved in other events.

Official Video

This was the fastest qualifying round in the history of the World Championships. All eight qualifying teams were faster than the fastest qualifier two years before. All but final qualifier Kenya were faster than the Bronze medal team at that championship. United States ran the world leading time, which sounds more impressive than it really was since the previous leading time was by an American collegiate team (though only seven of these national teams were better than that mark in this entire competition). The South African team set their National Record, led off by double amputee Oscar Pistorius. After the heat, South Africa elected not to include Pistorius in the final.[1][2]

In the finals, none of the medal winning teams matched their times from the qualifying heats. Jonathan Borlée put Belgium in the early lead. After the first handoff, they were passed quickly by Ofentse Mogawane putting South Africa into the lead followed by Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica. Five time defending champion United States, running hurdlers Bershawn Jackson and Angelo Taylor, was a slow third place behind South Africa's Willem de Beer watching Jamaican Riker Hylton separate from the field, but Hylton tied up on the home stretch and the race tightened going into the final handoff. Taking the baton in the unfamiliar third place, Silver medalist LaShawn Merritt ran a controlled race in lane one moving into position for one final surge on the home stretch. Merritt was actually too close to the runners ahead of him and had to dart to the right to go around to pass the two teams in green and yellow to the finish. South Africa anchor, hurdler L. J. van Zyl, held off Jamaica's Leford Green for the silver medal.[3]


 United States (USA)
Greg Nixon
Bershawn Jackson
Angelo Taylor
LaShawn Merritt
Jamaal Torrance*
Michael Berry*
 South Africa (RSA)
Shane Victor
Ofentse Mogawane
Willem de Beer
L. J. van Zyl
Oscar Pistorius*
 Jamaica (JAM)
Allodin Fothergill
Jermaine Gonzales
Riker Hylton
Leford Green
Lansford Spence*


World record  United States
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
Championship record  United States
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
World leading Texas A&M University
(Bryan Miller, Tabarie Henry, Michael Preble, Demetrius Pinder)
3:00.45 Austin, United States 9 April 2011
African record  Nigeria
(Clement Chukwu, Jude Monye, Sunday Bada, Enefiok Udo-Obong)
2:58.68 Sydney, Australia 30 September 2000
Asian record  Japan
(Shunji Karube, Koji Ito, Jun Osakada, Shigekazu Omori)
3:00.76 Atlanta, United States 3 August 1996
North, Central American and Caribbean record  United States
(Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds, Michael Johnson)
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
South American record  Brazil
(Eronilde de Araújo, Cleverson da Silva, Claudinei da Silva, Sanderlei Parrela)
2:58.56 Winnipeg, Canada 30 July 1999
European record  Great Britain
(Iwan Thomas, Jamie Baulch, Mark Richardson, Roger Black)
2:56.60 Atlanta, United States 3 August 1996
Oceanian record  Australia
(Bruce Frayne, Gary Minihan, Richard Mitchell, Darren Clark)
2:59.70 Los Angeles, United States 11 August 1984

Qualification standards

A time B time


Date Time Round
1 September 201112:30Heats
2 September 201121:15Final


KEY: qFastest non-qualifiers QQualified NRNational record PBPersonal best SBSeasonal best


Qualification: First 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) advance to the final.

11 United States (USA)Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, Michael Berry, LaShawn Merritt2:58.82Q, WL
21 Jamaica (JAM)Allodin Fothergill, Riker Hylton, Lansford Spence, Leford Green2:59.13Q, SB
31 South Africa (RSA)Oscar Pistorius, Ofentse Mogawane, Willem de Beer, Shane Victor2:59.21Q, NR
41 Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)Richard Strachan, Nigel Levine, Christopher Clarke, Martyn Rooney3:00.38q
51 Germany (GER)Jonas Plass, Kamghe Gaba, Eric Krüger, Thomas Schneider3:00.68q
62 Belgium (BEL)Antoine Gillet, Jonathan Borlée, Nils Duerinck, Kévin Borlée3:00.71Q, SB
72 Russia (RUS)Maksim Dyldin, Konstantin Svechkar, Pavel Trenikhin, Denis Alekseyev3:00.81Q, SB
82 Kenya (KEN)Vincent Kiplangat Kosgei, Anderson Mureta Mutegi, Vincent Mumo Kiilu, Mark Mutai3:00.97Q, SB
92 Bahamas (BAH)Ramon Miller, Avard Moncur, Andrae Williams, LaToy Williams3:01.54
102 Australia (AUS)Ben Offereins, Tristan Thomas, Steven Solomon, Sean Wroe3:01.56SB
112 Poland (POL)Kacper Kozłowski, Piotr Wiaderek, Jakub Krzewina, Marcin Marciniszyn3:01.84SB
121 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)Zwede Hewitt, Jarrin Solomon, Deon Lendore, Renny Quow3:02.47
131 Japan (JPN)Kei Takase, Yuzo Kanemaru, Yusuke Ishitsuka, Hideyuki Hirose3:02.64SB
142 France (FRA)Nicolas Fillon, Teddy Venel, Mamoudou Hanne, Yoann Décimus3:03.68
151 South Korea (KOR)Park Bong-Go, Lim Chan-Ho, Lee Jun, Seong Hyeok-Je3:04.05NR
162 Saudi Arabia (KSA)Ismail Al-Sabani, Yousef Ahmed Masrahi, Hamed Al-Bishi, Mohammed Al-Salhi3:05.65SB


5 United States (USA)Greg Nixon, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, LaShawn Merritt2:59.31
8 South Africa (RSA)Shane Victor, Ofentse Mogawane, Willem de Beer, L. J. van Zyl2:59.87
4 Jamaica (JAM)Allodin Fothergill, Jermaine Gonzales, Riker Hylton, Leford Green3:00.10
43 Russia (RUS)Maksim Dyldin, Konstantin Svechkar, Pavel Trenikhin, Denis Alekseyev3:00.22SB
56 Belgium (BEL)Jonathan Borlée, Antoine Gillet, Nils Duerinck, Kévin Borlée3:00.41SB
67 Kenya (KEN)Vincent Kiplangat Kosgei, Vincent Mumo Kiilu, Anderson Mureta Mutegi, Mark Mutai3:01.15
71 Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)Richard Strachan, Nigel Levine, Christopher Clarke, Martyn Rooney3:01.16
82 Germany (GER)Jonas Plass, Kamghe Gaba, Miguel Rigau, Thomas Schneider3:01.37