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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's 4 x 400m



Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 30)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF    Paris Saint Denis stadium
The United States had the individual gold and silver medallists but were not able to shake off powerful squads from France and Jamaica. Washington (44.6) put the US into a narrow lead after leg 2. Brew widened this advantage to 10m during his 44.67 run but by the end of it Clarke had put Jamaica in front with his 44.04. France were in contact so Blackwood, Young, and the exciting Raquil (4-1-3 in the original result of the individual final) were to battle it out on the last leg. Blackwood was passed by Young on the last bend. Raquil them moved through to challenge but could not quite catch the individual World Champion, despite splitting 44.15 compared with Young’s 44.31. As in the other Paris men’s relay, doping revelations were to affect the final outcome. In 2004 a doping violation of Calvin Harrison was confirmed. He had failed a test at the US Championships of June 2003 and a suspension of two years was imposed in retrospect. All his results since that date were annulled, including Paris where he had placed sixth individually and ran the opening leg for the winning United States team. The relay golds therefore went to the French team including Stéphane Diagana who in fact retired in July 2004, one week before the news broke that he had become a World Champion. In 2009 it was confirmed that US anchorman Young was also disqualified from Paris. Both Tyree Washington (1997 & 2003) and Derrick Brew (2001 & 2003) forfeited a pair of world relay golds through no fault of their own. One benificiary of the disqualifications was McFarlane of Jamaica, who in Paris effectively and uniquely claimed a fifth successive world silver.
 These are the official results of the Men's 4x400 metres event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. Their final was held on Sunday 31 August 2003 at 19:35h.
  4 x 400m 31 August

Event Report men 4x400m Relay Final

The 9th IAAF World Championships came to a thrilling conclusion with one of the closest ever finishes to a men's 4x400m Relay Final, won by just 12 hundredths of a second by the USA from a French quartet who raised the 60,000 noisy spectators to their feet and had them bellowing at their raucous best in hope of another gold.
France's silver came with a national record, 2:58.96, while USA's winning 2:58.88 gave them their seventh World Championships victory in this event. The only times they have suffered defeat was to the Soviet Union at the inaugural championships in 1983, and in 1991 when Great Britain beat them by just four hundredths, the closest ever margin.
But it wasn't just a two-horse race, for there were five teams still in the hunt for medals as the final leg runners entered the home straight. As USA and France battled it out for gold and silver, Jamaica held off the challenge of Bahamas and Great Britain to take the bronze in 2:59.60, the first three all breaking three minutes.
Calvin HARRISON led off for the USA. Running in lane three, he chased France's Leslie DJHONE a lane outside him, and Jamaica's Brandon SIMPSON in five. But former world champion Arvard MONCUR was most impressive, giving the Bahamas a strong start. Individual silver medallist Tyree WASHINGTON took over for the USA, with France's Naman KEITA in hot pursuit, followed by Danny MCFARLANE (JAM) and Dennis DARLING for Bahamas.

But the USA weren't going to have it all their own way. On the third leg Derrick BREW was overhauled by Jamaica's Davian CLARKE, who came from third to second around the final bend, and then edged into a lead. Nathaniel MCKINNEY was also running well for Bahamas and he moved onto to Brew's shoulder, as French 400m hurdler Stephane DIAGANA kept his team in touch.
It looked like these four were going to fight out the medals, and so it proved, with Jamaica's Michael BLACKWOOD in a marginal lead at the final exchange, followed closely by USA's individual 400m champion Jerome YOUNG, then the French 400m bronze medallist Marc RAQUIL. The Bahamas' Christopher BROWN was still close, and Britain's former world indoor champion Daniel CAINES made up huge ground down the back straight to challenge the top four.
As they entered the final straight, Young kicked for home, but he was challenged by the typically fast finishing Raquil, who came like a blonde train on the outside. If the line had been another five metres away he probably would have won, but Young had timed his effort well, leaving just enough left to hold on.
Blackwood was another five metres back in third, Brown brought the Bahamas home for fourth (3:00.53), and Caines's valiant efforts gave Britain fifth (3:01.00).

1 Leslie Djhone, Naman Keïta, Stéphane Diagana, Marc Raquil FRA 2.58.96
2 Brandon Simpson, Danny McFarlane, Davian Clarke, Michael Blackwood JAM 2.59.60
3 Avard Moncur, Dennis Darling, Nathaniel McKinney, Chris Brown BAH 3.00.53
4 Ian Mackie, Sean Baldock, Chris Rawlinson, Daniel Caines GBR 3.01.00
5 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez, David Canal, Salvador Rodríguez, Antonio Manuel Reina ESP 3.02.50
6 Stilianós Dimótsios, Anastásios Goúsis, Panayiótis Sarrís, Periklís Iakovákis GRE 3.02.56
7 Yuki Yamaguchi, Takahiko Yamamura, Kenji Tabata, Mitsuhiro Sato JPN 3.03.15
Calvin Harrison, Tyree Washington, Derrick Brew, Jerome Young USA (r10.8) DQ
  Heats 30 August
  Heat 1

Event Report men's 4x400m Heats

The United States men's 4 x 400m relay squad qualified smoothly for the final tomorrow with the best time of the semi-finals. With the first two teams home due to qualify automatically, the US quartet of Calvin HARRISON, Mitch POTTER, Adam STEELE and Derrick BREW left nothing to chance, winning the first heat in 3:00.98 from a Bahamas line-up boasting former world champion Avard MONCUR.
The Bahamas recorded 3:01.33, benefiting from a fast final leg by Christopher BROWN, who saw off the challenge of Spain's Antonio REINA, and Australia's Mark ORMROD in the last 200m. Spain's 3:02.22, in third place, was still quick enough for them to qualify as one of the two fastest losers.
Jamaica look like being the USA's most likely challengers, after their foursome of Michael CAMPBELL, Brandon SIMPSON, Lanceford SPENCE and Davian CLARKE won heat two in a relaxed 3:01.37. After holding off the challenge of Canada, Botswana and Greece on the first three legs, it was Clarke who streaked away from the competition on the final lap.
Botswana's third leg runner Kagiso KILEGO effectively ended his team's chances of making the final when he stepped on the inside curb of the track and crashed onto his back in the home straight, leaving Greece, Japan and Canada to fight for the second qualifying spot. Kilego picked himself up and carried on but Botswana's chances had gone.
Greece's 400m hurdles silver medallist Periklis IAKOVAKIS finished fast in the final straight to beat Canada's Keston NELSON and Japan's Mitsuhiro SATO in a battle for the second automatic qualifying spot, claiming a hard-earned national record, 3:02.31, in the process.
There was another national record in the third heat, won by France in front of a deafening home crowd. Individual medallist Marc RAQUIL collected the baton in front, was passed briefly by South Africa's Paul GORRIES, but had saved enough for his famous finishing kick and came home to win comfortably in 3:01.79.
The battle for the all important second spot appeared to be between South Africa and Great Britain, but the 400m hurdles champion Felix SANCHEZ ran a blistering leg to bring his team from fourth to second and secure them a national record of 3:01.98. Britain finished third in 3:02.22, good enough to qualify for tomorrow's final.
1 Avard Moncur, Nathaniel McKinney, Carl Oliver, Chris Brown BAH 3.01.33 Q
2 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez, David Canal, Salvador Rodríguez, Antonio Manuel Reina ESP 3.02.26 q
3 John Steffensen, Clinton Hill, Paul Pearce, Mark Ormrod AUS 3.02.89
4 Ingo Schultz, Sebastian Gatzka, Ruwen Faller, Bastian Swillims GER 3.04.72
Calvin Harrison, Mitch Potter, Adam Steele, Derrick Brew USA DQ
Aliaksandr Yelistratau, Yauheni Mikheika, Leanid Viarshynin, Siarhei Kazlou BLR DQ
Hamed Hamadan Al-Bishi, Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily, Mohammed Al-Salhi, Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi KSA DQ
Calvin Harrison, Mitch Potter, Adam Steele, Derrick Brew USA (r10.8) 3.00.98 Q
  Heat 2
1 Michael Campbell, Brandon Simpson, Lansford Spence, Davian Clarke JAM 3.01.37 Q
2 Stilianós Dimótsios, Anastásios Goúsis, Panayiótis Sarrís, Periklís Iakovákis GRE 3.02.31 Q
3 Yuki Yamaguchi, Takahiko Yamamura, Jun Osakada, Mitsuhiro Sato JPN 3.02.35 q
4 Tyler Christopher, Shane Niemi, Gary Reed, Keston Nelson CAN 3.02.97
5 Florin Suciu, Alexandru Mardan, Alexandru Cristea, Ioan Vieru ROU 3.06.42
6 Oganeditse Moseki, Johnson Kubisa, Kagiso Kilego, Gaolisela Salang BOT 3.07.91
Musa Audu, Bolaji Lawal, Godday James, Abayomi Agunbiade NGR DQ
  Heat 3
1 Ahmed Douhou, Naman Keïta, Stéphane Diagana, Marc Raquil FRA 3.01.79 Q
2 Tim Benjamin, Sean Baldock, Ian Mackie, Daniel Caines GBR 3.02.22 Q
3 Marcus la Grange, Ockert Cilliers, Alwyn Myburgh, Paul Gorries RSA 3.03.05
4 Anton Galkin-Samitov, Aleksandr Usov, Andrey Rudnitskiy, Ruslan Mashchenko RUS 3.03.62
5 Paul McKee, Gary Ryan, David McCarthy, David Gillick IRL 3.04.31
Prasanna S. Amarasekara, Rohan Pradeep Kumara, Ranga Wiwalawansa, R.A. Sugath Thilakaratne SRI DQ
Vincent Mumo, Joseph Mutua, Victor Kibet, Ezra Sambu KEN DQ
Arismendy Peguero, Carlos Santa, Geraldo José Peralta, Félix Sánchez DOM DQ




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