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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's 4 x 400m



Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: First round (First 3 & 2 fastest to final) (Sep 1)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF   nagai stadium01 
The two questions to ask before the final were would the US threaten the world record, would the Bahamas be run close for the silver medal. The answer was “no” to both questions. Merritt set the USA off to an easy victory with an opener of 44.4, and successively the USA produced the fastest run on each leg, with Angelo Taylor (43.8), Darold Williamson (44.32) and Jeremy Wariner (43.10) carrying his team to a win by well over 40m. No world record, but nevertheless the second DOHA 2019  PAST RESULTS/WORLD CHAMPS MEN’S 4x400m RELAY 241 fastest legitimate time in history. Behind them Jamaica were in the silver medal position until Ayre succumbed to individual fourth-placer Brown. Then, shockingly, Poland also got past the Jamaican anchor, who, suffering cramp, was reduced to 46.54 in the final.
The men's 4 x 400 metres relay at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Nagai Stadium on 1 and 2 September. 


Prior to the competition, the following records were as follows.

World record  United States (USA)
Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Butch Reynolds, Michael Johnson
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
Championship record  United States (USA)
Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Butch Reynolds, Michael Johnson
2:54.29 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
  4 x 400m 2 September

Event report: men's 4x400m Relay Final

Only disaster would have stopped the United States winning the last title on offer at these championships. It was just a matter of how many superlatives they could accrue along the way.

As the individual 400m gold medallist Jeremy Wariner put it: “We had the top three for the quarter, so we were dominating the relay. A world record? Well, we cannot do both.

“The first goal was to win the relay, win the gold medal and a second goal would have been the world record. We can do that another time."

As Wariner took the baton for the final grandstand lap, the flashbulbs popped and he responded with a notional world record 43.08 from a rolling start.

He also stopped the clock at 2:55.56, the third fastest time ever and the night was complete. As they did the night before in the short relay, the victorious American women waited to celebrate together.

“It is the first time we have run together,” said Wariner. “The other guys put it right before me and I just got it home strong.''

Silver, almost four seconds back were the Bahamas followed by Poland for yet another surprise bronze after third places in both men’s and women’s 400m hurdles.

"I got the baton quite a little behind, maybe fourth or fifth,” said Bahamas’ anchor Chris Brown. “The gap opened by the USA was bigger than I expected. Then I had to do what I had to do. It's another medal to add to our collection. We've shown the others that they will need to work hard if they want to get us off the podium.''

"We calculated that USA, Jamaica and Bahamas are the favourites,” said Poland’s lead-off and 400m hurdles bronze medallist Marek Plawgo.

“But we believed in luck and our team spirit. It is a great tradition in the relay in our country. We have something special in us for this race."

Individual silver medallist LaShawn Merritt led off for the USA, handing over to former Olympic hurdles gold Angelo Taylor. The juggernaut was on its way.

Taking the baton in third place, Jamaica’s Ricardo Chambers immediately overtook Michael Mathieu of the Bahamas and the ensuing Caribbean battle was to last for the next three laps with Poland also entering the fray.

By the next handover, Chambers had moved back into silver with Poland’s Daniel Dobrowski forcing his way past Mathieu. If it had not been for the overwhelming superiority of the Americans, the battle for the minor medals would have been epic.

In the lead, Darold Williamson worked on increasing the USA’s lead with Olympian detachment, but behind him the order was constantly changing.

Down the back straight, Poland’s Marcin Marciniszyn had shot past Jamaica’s Leyford Green who immediately came back at him around the top bend, quickly followed by the Bahamas’ Andrae Williams. At this stage Poland were out of the medals.

While Wariner was forging his glory leg, the Brown forced his way past Jamaica’s Sanjay Ayre to move into a definitive silver.

Seeing his chance, as Ayre began to falter, Kacper Koslowski gave it his all in the final 80m to snatch bronze to the delirium of his team-mates.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mb

1 LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, Darold Williamson, Jeremy Wariner USA 2.55.56
2 Avard Moncur, Michael Mathieu, Andrae Williams, Chris Brown BAH 2.59.18
3 Marek Plawgo, Daniel Dabrowski, Marcin Marciniszyn, Kacper Kozlowski POL 3.00.05
4 Michael Blackwood, Ricardo Chambers, Leford Green, Sanjay Ayre JAM 3.00.76
5 Maksim Dyldin, Vladislav Frolov, Konstantin Svechkar, Denis Alekseyev RUS 3.01.62
6 Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin, Richard Buck, Martyn Rooney GBR 3.02.94
7 Felix Sanchez, Yoel Tapia, Carlos Santa, Arismendy Peguero DOM 3.03.56
8 Ingo Schultz, Simon Kirch, Kamghe Gaba, Bastian Swillims GER 3.07.40
  Heats 1 September

Event report: 4x400 metres relay men heats

You cannot beat a good 4x400m relay for rousing the fans at the end of a track meet, and these two semi-finals certainly did that, with a spirited charge at qualification by the Japanese quartet in the second really getting the Osaka crowd, a full-house for the first time since last weekend, involved in the action.

Unfortunately for the host nation, and possibly for the atmosphere on the final day of the meeting on Sunday, too, the Japanese only managed fourth place in 3min 02.76sec, behind the largely second string United States quartet that included 400m Hurdles champion Kierron Clement and Darold Williamson (3:01.46), Germany (3:02.21) and Poland (3:02.39).

None of those times were as quick as the first four teams in the first heat, which was ultra-competitive from the off, and perhaps suggests that the Bahamas, already with two medals in the vault from Osaka, could be heading for a third.

The Bahamian quartet of McKinney, Mathieu, Brown and Williams led for most the race, a  44.49 third-leg split from Chris Brown proving decisive as the islanders beat their rivals from the Caribbean, Jamaica, 3:00.37 to 3:00.99, with Russia in the third automatic qualifying slot with 3:01.07.

Britain and the Dominican Republic had been duelling things out from the gun, and both clocked fast enough times to progress as fastest losers (3:01.22 and 3:02.49). Had Australia (3:02.59)had the fortune to be drawn in the later heat, they too, might have been in tomorrow’s final event of the championships.

Osaka 2007 News Team/sd

  Heat 1
1 Nathaniel McKinney, Michael Mathieu, Chris Brown, Andrae Williams BAH 3.00.37 Q
2 Michael Blackwood, Ricardo Chambers, Leford Green, Sanjay Ayre JAM 3.00.99 Q
3 Maksim Dyldin, Vladislav Frolov, Konstantin Svechkar, Denis Alekseyev RUS 3.01.07 Q
4 Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin, Richard Buck, Martyn Rooney GBR 3.01.22 q
5 Carlos Santa, Arismendy Peguero, Yoel Tapia, Felix Sanchez DOM 3.02.49 q
6 Sean Wroe, Dylan Grant, Kurt Mulcahy, Mark Ormrod AUS 3.02.59
7 Mathieu Lahaye, Brice Panel, Fadil Bellaabouss, Leslie Djhone FRA 3.04.45
8 Bolaji Lawal, Godday James, Victor Isaiah, Saul Welgopwa NGR 3.06.04
  Heat 2
1 Bershawn Jackson, Kerron Clement, Darold Williamson, Angelo Taylor USA 3.01.46 Q
2 Ingo Schultz, Kamghe Gaba, Simon Kirch, Bastian Swillims GER 3.02.21 Q
3 Rafal Wieruszewski, Witold Banka, Marcin Marciniszyn, Daniel Dabrowski POL 3.02.39 Q
4 Yuki Yamaguchi, Yusuke Ishitsuka, Kenji Narisako, Mitsuhiro Sato JPN 3.02.76
5 Ato Stephens, Jovan Toppin, Jarrin Solomon, Rennie Quow TTO 3.02.92
6 Dimitrios Regas, Yeoryios Doupis, Dimitrios Gravalos, Periklis Iakovakis GRE 3.05.65
7 Isaac Makwala, Obakeng Ngwigwa, Zacharia Kamberuka, California Molefe BOT 3.05.96

Heat 1 01 SEP 2007 21:00 

2 Nigeria NGR NGR 2:58.68 3:03.99
3 France FRA FRA 2:58.96 3:03.65
4 Jamaica JAM JAM 2:56.75 3:00.44
5 Australia AUS AUS 2:59.70 3:02.76
6 Bahamas BAH BAH 2:57.32 3:00.64
7 Russia RUS RUS 3:00.44 3:02.13
8 Great Britain & N.I. GBR GBR 2:56.60 3:01.92
9 Dominican Republic DOM DOM 3:02.02 3:02.48

Heat 2 01 SEP 2007 21:10 

2 Botswana BOT BOT 3:02.24 3:03.16
3 Japan JPN JPN 3:00.76 3:02.44
4 Greece GRE GRE 3:02.21 3:02.21
5 United States USA USA 2:54.29 2:59.18
6 Germany GER GER 2:59.99 3:01.77
7 Poland POL POL 2:58.00 3:01.70
8 Trinidad and Tobago TTO TTO 3:01.05 3:03.60




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