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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's 4 x 400m



Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 13)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
The United States team was given fair warning by Bahamas when they ran 2:59.73 in the first heat without their top runner, Chris Brown, while Jamaica finished just behind (2:59.75). The US team, resting Rock and Wariner, won their heat comfortably in 3:00.48. In the final Rock gave the US a 2 metres advantage over Jamaica and the Bahamas with a 44.7 opener, and Brew extended the lead to 5m with a 44.3. Wariner’s training partner Williamson maintained the lead over Andrae Williams of the Bahamas with a 44.40 split, with Jamaica further 4m back, just ahead of Britain. The US baton change gave them a further 2m advantage, and while Brown closed to within 2m with 100m to go, Wariner was able to move away in the finishing straight to win his country’s 100th world championship gold. Brown produced the fastest leg (43.42), marginally quicker than Wariner (43.49), and Jamaica easily held off Britain for bronze, with the Britons running the best ever time for a fourth place. Trinidad and Tobago crossed the line in sixth place, but were disqualified for illegally changing their declared running order.
 The 4 x 400 metre relay at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 13 and August 14.
  4 x 400m 14 August

Event Report - Men 4x400m Relay Final

It is six years since that sultry night in Seville when the Bahamas' women's sprint relay quartet delivered one of the shock results in World Championships history.

But their male 4x400 metres counterparts nearly came up with a bigger surprise tonight, as they took on the mighty United States and pushed them all the way in the final event of these 10th IAAF World Championships.

It took a last-leg split of 43.55 according to the official Seiko timing by Jeremy Wariner, the individual 400m champion, to finally breakaway from the dogged pursuit of the Bahamians, as he brought the Americans home in 2min 56.91sec, to 2:57.32, a Bahamas national record, bettering the time set in Edmonton in 2001, when they also took silver to the United States.

Jamaica, another geographically relatively small nation, was also in the mix, taking on the big guys for all but the final lap, and comfortably holding off Great Britain for bronze, 2:58.07 to 2:58.82.

Nathaniel McKinney had given the Bahamas a dream start on the first leg, possibly edging the run of Andrew Rock, the individual silver medallist. But at the break, Derrick Brew tok command of pole position from Avard Moncur, and Jamaica's Brandon Simpson, as teenager Martyn Rooney slotted the British in behind the three leaders, but ahead of Trinidad and Tobago.

The pattern of the race was set. Darold Williamson kept his cool in the lead on the third leg, as Andrae Williams pushed him all the way. But once Wariner got the stick in his hand, there was little question of where the gold medal was destined - extraordinarily the Americans' only medal of the final day.

1 Andrew Rock, Derrick Brew, Darold Williamson, Jeremy Wariner USA 2.56.91
2 Nathaniel McKinney, Avard Moncur, Andrae Williams, Chris Brown BAH 2.57.32
3 Sanjay Ayre, Brandon Simpson, Lansford Spence, Davian Clarke JAM 2.58.07
4 Tim Benjamin, Martyn Rooney, Robert Tobin, Malachi Davis GBR 2.58.82
5 Marcin Marciniszyn, Robert Maćkowiak, Piotr Rysiukiewicz, Piotr Klimczak POL 3.00.58
6 Leslie Djhone, Naman Keïta, Abderahim El Haouzy, Marc Raquil FRA 3.03.10
7 Dmitriy Forshev, Andrey Rudnitskiy, Oleg Mishukov, Yevgeniy Lebedev RUS 3.03.20
Ato Stephens, Julian Raeburn, Rennie Quow, Damion Barry TTO DQ
  Heats 13 August

Event Report - Men 4x400m Relay Heats

No great shocks or surprises in the three semifinals of the men's 4x400 metres relay, ahead of the final event on the programme on Sunday.

In the first race, Bahamas, with the fastest time in the world this year, 2min 59.73sec, won their battle with Jamaica, as the two island teams took the guaranteed qualification slots ahead of Poland, whose 3:00.38 clocking would be good enough for a fastest loser place in the final.

A United States quartet lacking the 400m individual gold and silver medallists from Friday night, Jeremy Wariner and Andrew Rock, still cruised through in 3:00.48, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago. Russia's 3:02.05 for third would also qualify.

The third semi-final was won by a young team from Great Britain, which included the European Junior champion, Martyn Rooney, on the second leg. In a tight race for second position, Mohammed Al Salhi, for the Saudi Arabia team, stormed from fifth to second on the final leg, clocking 3:02.21 for what would have been a national record had they not been disqualified for a takeover infringement. As a consequence, France were promoted to second place and the final.
  Heat 1
1 Nathaniel McKinney, Avard Moncur, Troy McIntosh, Andrae Williams BAH 2.59.73 Q
2 Michael Blackwood, Sanjay Ayre, Lansford Spence, Davian Clarke JAM 2.59.75 Q
3 Piotr Klimczak, Marcin Marciniszyn, Robert Maćkowiak, Rafał Wieruszewski POL 3.00.38 q
4 Simon Kirch, Kamghe Gaba, Florian Seitz, Bastian Swillims GER 3.03.17
5 Mattias Claesson, Jimisola Laursen, Johan Wissman, Thomas Nikitin SWE 3.03.62
6 Obakeng Ngwigwa, California Molefe, Tshepho Kelaotse, Garologelwane Masheto BOT 3.06.39
  Heat 2
1 Miles Smith, Derrick Brew, LaShawn Merritt, Darold Williamson USA 3.00.48 Q
2 Ato Stephens, Julian Raeburn, Rennie Quow, Damion Barry TTO 3.01.91 Q
3 Dmitriy Forshev, Andrey Rudnitskiy, Andrey Polukeyev, Yevgeniy Lebedev RUS 3.02.05 q
4 Oleksiy Rachkovskyy, Andriy Tverdostup, Myhaylo Knysh, Vitaliy Dubonosov UKR 3.03.41
5 David Testa, David Canal, David Melo, Antonio Manuel Reina ESP 3.08.03
6 Nelton Ndebele, Young Talkmore Nyongani, Brian Dzingai, Themba Ncube ZIM 3.08.26
Yuzo Kanemaru, Kenji Narisako, Yoshihiro Horigome, Mitsuhiro Sato JPN DQ
  Heat 3
1 Robert Tobin, Martyn Rooney, Malachi Davis, Graham Hedman GBR 3.01.95
2 Leslie Djhone, Naman Keïta, Abderahim El Haouzy, Marc Raquil FRA 3.02.86
3 Arismendy Peguero, Carlos Santa, Danny García, Antonio Side DOM 3.03.57
4 Claudio Licciardello, Edoardo Vallet, Luca Galletti, Andrea Barberi ITA 3.04.40
5 Jan van der Merwe, Ockert Cilliers, Pieter de Villiers, LJ van Zyl RSA 3.04.64
6 Saul Welgopwa, Musa Audu, Bolaji Lawal, Enefiok Udo-Obong NGR 3.07.91
Hamdan Odha Al-Bishi, Hadi Sou’an Al-Somaily, Hamed Hamadan Al-Bishi, Mohammed Al-Salhi KSA DQ
Heat 1
Saturday 13 August 2005 - 19:30
2 Botswana BOT 3:06.39 3:02.24
3 Germany GER 3:02.94 2:59.99
4 Sweden SWE 3:03.62 3:02.57
5 Bahamas BAH 2:57.32 2:57.32
6 Poland POL 3:00.38 2:58.00
7 Jamaica JAM 2:58.07 2:56.75
Heat 2
Saturday 13 August 2005 - 19:40
2 Spain ESP 3:03.65 3:01.42
3 Trinidad and Tobago TRI 3:01.43 3:01.05
4 Zimbabwe ZIM 3:08.26 3:00.79
5 Ukraine UKR 3:03.41 3:02.35
6 United States USA 2:56.91 2:54.20
7 Russia RUS 3:02.05 3:00.44
8 Japan JPN 3:03.20 3:00.76
Heat 3
Saturday 13 August 2005 - 19:50
2 Saudi Arabia KSA 3:04.35 3:02.47
3 Italy ITA 3:01.96 3:01.37
4 Dominican Republic DOM 3:03.57 3:02.02
5 Great Britain & N.I. GBR 2:58.82 2:56.60
6 France FRA 3:01.65 2:58.96
7 South Africa RSA 3:04.64 3:00.20
8 Nigeria NGR 3:07.91 2:58.68




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