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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's 4 x 100m



Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 12)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005  
Nations participating: 196  
Athletes participating: 1,891  
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Every final the United States has contested it has won, but for the third time in World Championship history its team failed to make it out of the heats when Mardy Scales failed to connect with Leonard Scott. Gardener gave Britain a one-metre advantage at the end of the first leg in the final, but excellent legs by Pognon and de Lépine gave France a metre lead over Trinidad & Tobago at the last changeover. Dovy surprisingly held off Darrel Brown for the gold medal, while Frater closed very quickly, just failing to catch Britain’s Lewis-Francis for the bronzes.
 The Men's 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 12 and August 13. Great Britain just beat Jamaica (38.28, SB) and Australia (38.32, SB) to bronze medal position. The United States' team did not participate in the final, having bungled their first relay stick handoff in their qualification heat the previous day.
  4 x 100m 13 August

Event Reports - Men 4x100m Relay Final

France clinch closest relay final

We knew there would be a new champion for the first time since 1997 when the United States crashed out of the semi-finals yesterday. But few would have guessed it would be France.

The French took the gold from Trinidad and Tobago in the closest sprint relay final in World Championships history. The French won in a world leading time, 38.08, while Trinidad set a national record 38.10 for silver leaving the Olympic champions Great Britain trailing in third place in their best time of the year 38.27.

After yesterday’s semi-finals it looked like the race would be between Trinidad and Tobago and the Britain, but it was clearly going to be a close-run thing.

In the event France’s quartet of Ladji Doucouré, Ronald Pognon, Eddy de Lepine and Lueyi Dovy clinched a dramatic victory to match that of their women’s team two years ago and take the gold outside North America for the first time. After United States and Canada, France became only the third nation in World Championships history to win the title.

Britain, led off by Jason Gardner as they were in last year’s Olympic final, had an early lead. Gardener flew round the bend to hand the baton to Marlon Devonish. It was a good change.

But France, through Ronald Pognon were starting to close on the second leg, and Trinidad’s Marc Burns, in lane three, also made up ground.

It all changed around the final bend where Eddy de Lepine ran a fantastic leg for France giving them a metre lead at the final exchange. Trinidad’s Jacey Harper had also run well to hand on to Darrel Brown while Britain slipped back to third.

Britain’s Christian Malcolm – running with cramps – passed on to anchor runner Mark Lewis Francis, but he never looked like making up the ground.

If anything Brown and France’s last leg runner Dovy pulled away. Brown closed on Dovy in the final few strides and as they dipped for the line it looked like he might have stolen the victory.

But the result was on the scoreboard within moments. He had missed the gold by two hundredths of a second. France had it.

“We have to be content with a silver medal,” said Trinidad’s lead off runner Pierre Kevon. “But seeing that it was so close I cannot help thinking that the exchanging could have been a little more fluent. But I will take silver for now.”

Lewis Francis held off the fast closing Jamaican Michael Frater for the bronze. On the penultimate day, this was Britain’s first medal of the championships.

“An injury robbed the team as Christian Malcolm had cramps in the final,” said Britain’s Gardener.

“A medal and the season’s best is an achievement in a championships final,” said Lewis Francis.

But the real achievement belonged to France.

Dovy, in disbelief, ran to find his team-mates. The four Frenchmen re-united on the home straight, hugging with joy. Doucouré had won his second gold in two days.

“I mean, we just really, really wanted it, that is why it was possible,” he said. “Before coming to Helsinki I imagined winning two medals, maybe two bronzes, but this really is a dream because I know I have two gold medals.”

1 Ladji Doucouré, Ronald Pognon, Eddy De Lépine, Lueyi Dovy FRA 38.08
2 Kevon Pierre, Marc Burns, Jacey Harper, Darrel Brown TTO 38.10
3 Jason Gardener, Marlon Devonish, Christian Malcolm, Mark Lewis-Francis GBR 38.27
4 Lerone Clarke, Dwight Thomas, Ainsley Waugh, Michael Frater JAM 38.28
5 Daniel Batman, Joshua Ross, Kris Neofytou, Patrick Johnson AUS 38.32
6 Geronimo Goeloe, Charlton Raphaela, Jairo Duzant, Churandy Martina AHO 38.45
7 Alexander Kosenkow, Marc Blume, Tobias Unger, Marius Broening GER 38.48
8 Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira, Tatsuro Yoshino, Nobuharu Asahara JPN 38.77
  Heats 12 August

Event Report - Men 4x100m Relay Heats

The first race in more than three days contested on a dry track found disaster striking the US men’s 4x100 relay.  The Americans’ first handoff—from Mardy Scales to Leonard Scott—failed to connect and the certain medal-contending US team took a stumble. 

The video replays seemed to indicate that Scott had taken the baton from Scales without incident, but that Scales failed to release the stick within a reasonable time.   Scott sensed a problem and let go from his end, and the baton went tumbling to the ground. 

Meanwhile, Lueyi Dovi directed the French team to a world-leading 38.34 victory.  The Australian team, anchored by Matt Shirvington, was in second at the last exchange, but Michael Frater (JAM) and Marius Broening (GER) led their quartets past the muscular Shirvington just before the finish to take the next two auto-qualifying spots in 38.37 and 38.58, respectively. 

The Polish team, running in the second heat, suffered the same ignominy as the Americans when their second handoff went awry as Marcin Jedrusinski suffered a hamstring pull metres before the exchange with Marcin Nowak. 

The British squad, with Mark Lewis-Francis in the final position, came off the curve in the lead, but Darrel Brown brought his Trinidad and Tobago relay across the line first in yet another world-leading time of 38.28. 

The team from Great Britain was second in 38.32, ahead of the Japanese team with 38.46. 

Despite slipping back two places at the end, the Australian team advanced to the final with their 38.65 time, as did the Netherlands Antilles relay in 38.60.

  Heat 1
1 Oudere Kankarafou, Ronald Pognon, Eddy De Lépine, Lueyi Dovy FRA 38.34 Q
2 Lerone Clarke, Dwight Thomas, Ainsley Waugh, Michael Frater JAM 38.37 Q
3 Alexander Kosenkow, Marc Blume, Tobias Unger, Marius Broening GER 38.58 Q
4 Daniel Batman, Joshua Ross, Patrick Johnson, Matt Shirvington AUS 38.65 q
5 Cláudio Roberto Souza, Bruno Pacheco, Basílio de Morães, André Domingos da Silva BRA 38.92
6 Markus Pöyhönen, Nghi Tran, Jarkko Ruostekivi, Tommi Hartonen FIN 39.30
Mardy Scales, Leonard Scott, Tyson Gay, Maurice Greene USA DNF
  Heat 2
1 Kevon Pierre, Marc Burns, Jacey Harper, Darrel Brown TTO 38.28 Q
2 Jason Gardener, Marlon Devonish, Christian Malcolm, Mark Lewis-Francis GBR 38.32 Q
3 Nobuharu Asahara, Shinji Takahira, Tatsuro Yoshino, Shingo Suetsugu JPN 38.46 Q
4 Geronimo Goeloe, Charlton Raphaela, Jairo Duzant, Churandy Martina AHO 38.60 q
5 Richard Adu-Bobie, Pierre Browne, Anson Henry, Nicolas Macrozonaris CAN 38.67
6 Olusoji Fasuba, Uchenna Emedolu, Chinedu Oriala, Deji Aliu NGR 39.29
Luca Verdecchia, Simone Collio, Massimiliano Donati, Andrew Howe ITA DQ
Michał Bielczyk, Marcin Jędrusiński, Marcin Nowak, Marcin Urbaś POL DNF

Heat 1 12 AUG 2005 19:00

1 France FRA FRA 38.34 Q WL 0.178
2 Jamaica JAM JAM 38.37 Q SB 0.173
3 Germany GER GER 38.58 Q SB 0.146
4 Australia AUS AUS 38.65 q SB 0.168
5 Brazil BRA BRA 38.92 SB 0.137
6 Finland FIN FIN 39.30 NR 0.177
  United States USA USA DNF 0.153

Heat 2 12 AUG 2005 19:10 

1 Trinidad and Tobago TTO TTO 38.28 Q WL 0.155
2 Great Britain & N.I. GBR GBR 38.32 Q SB 0.147
3 Japan JPN JPN 38.46 Q SB 0.150
4 Netherlands Antilles AHO AHO 38.60 q NR 0.162
5 Canada CAN CAN 38.67 SB 0.137
6 Nigeria NGR NGR 39.29 SB 0.148
  Italy ITA ITA DQ 0.130
  Poland POL POL DNF 0.184




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