Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres

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Men's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Men's 400m took place.
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 12 August 2016
(Heats)
13 August 2016
(semi-final)
14 August 2016
(final)
Competitors 53 from 33 nations
Winning time 43.03 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Wayde van Niekerk  South Africa
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kirani James  Grenada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) LaShawn Merritt  United States
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The men's 400 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 12 and 14 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Summary[edit]

Kirani James was the Olympic champion in 2012 and was in good form before the competition with a run of 44.08 seconds placing him second on the global rankings. The 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt topped the lists for the season as the only man under 44 seconds. Wayde van Niekerk ranked third and was the 2015 World Championships winner. At that competition the trio had all run under 44 seconds for medals (a first for the sport) and were the principal challengers to the Olympic title. Two younger athletes, Baboloki Thebe and Machel Cedenio, were the next fastest athletes to enter.[2][3] James was the fastest in the first round with 44.93 and Cedenio was the other heat winner under 45 seconds. The 2016 World Indoor Champion Pavel Maslák, David Verburg and Rafał Omelko qualified as fastest losers. Former European champions Martyn Rooney and Kevin Borlée were eliminated. [4]

In the semi-finals, James had a season's best time of 44.02 to win the round nearly two tenths ahead of Merritt. Cedenio won the 2nd semi final ahead with van Niekerk second. Bralon Taplin won the third semi final. Fastest loser qualifiers Karabo Sibanda, Matthew Hudson-Smith and Ali Khamis all set personal bests.[5]

In the final, the three favorites James, van Niekerk and Merritt were drawn in lanes 6, 8 and 5 respectively and led from the start. By the end of the turn, van Niekerk had a clear 2 metre lead, Merritt just slightly ahead of James who had closed the gap during the turn. Cedenio was another four metres back, with Taplin another metre back. In the home straight van Niekerk increased his lead while James overtook Merritt, finishing second and third. Cedenio was fourth, Taplin faded, and in lane 1, 18-year-old Karabo Sibanda finished fifth.

Van Niekerk set a new world record of 43.03 seconds, beating Michael Johnson’s previous record set at the 1999 World Championships by 0.15 seconds. No other athlete had won a major championship from lane 8.[6] Johnson was in the stadium, working in the British commentary booth.[7]

Cedenio set the national record for Trinidad and Tobago and Ali Khamis in sixth set the national record for Bahrain.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Michael Johnson (USA) 43.18 Seville, Spain 26 August 1999
Olympic record 43.49 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996
Area
Time (s) Athlete Nation
Africa (records) 43.48 Wayde van Niekerk  South Africa
Asia (records) 43.93 Yousef Ahmed Masrahi  Saudi Arabia
Europe (records) 44.33 Thomas Schönlebe  East Germany
North, Central America
and Caribbean
(records)
43.18 Michael Johnson  United States
Oceania (records) 44.38 Darren Clark  Australia
South America (records) 44.29 Sanderlei Parrela  Brazil

The following new world, Olympic and African record were established during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time WR OR AR
14 August Final  Wayde Van Niekerk (RSA) 43.03 s WR OR AR

The following national records were established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Time Notes
Slovenia  Luka Janežič (SLO) Semifinals 45.07 s
Bahrain  Ali Khamis (BRN) Semifinals 44.49 s
South Africa  Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) Final 43.03 s WR, OR, AR
Trinidad and Tobago  Machel Cedenio (TTO) Final 44.01 s
Bahrain  Ali Khamis (BRN) Final 44.36 s

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

[8]

Qualification rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 2 Machel Cedenio  Trinidad and Tobago 0.179 44.98 Q
2 7 Gil Roberts  United States 0.168 45.27 Q
3 4 Yoandys Lescay  Cuba 0.199 45.36 Q, SB
4 6 Fitzroy Dunkley  Jamaica 0.176 45.66
5 3 Kevin Borlée  Belgium 0.138 45.90
6 5 Alberth Bravo  Venezuela 0.205 46.15
7 1 Alex Lerionka Sampao  Kenya 0.199 46.62
8 8 Ousseini Djibo Idrissa  Niger 0.173 50.06

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Bralon Taplin  Grenada 0.162 45.15 Q
2 2 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica 0.151 45.53 Q
3 7 Karabo Sibanda  Botswana 0.166 45.56 Q
4 1 Matteo Galvan  Italy 0.154 46.07
5 3 Raymond Kibet  Kenya 0.234 46.15
6 6 Mehboob Ali  Pakistan 0.212 48.37
7 8 Bachir Mahamat  Chad 0.188 48.59
5 Anas Beshr  Egypt 0.141 DQ R163.3a

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 7 Wayde van Niekerk  South Africa 0.147 45.26 Q
2 2 Luguelín Santos  Dominican Republic 0.148 45.61 Q
3 8 Javon Francis  Jamaica 0.172 45.88 Q
4 6 Jonathan Borlée  Belgium 0.162 46.01
5 3 Alphas Kishoyian  Kenya 0.147 46.74
6 5 Brandon Valentine-Parris  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0.144 47.62
4 Alonzo Russell  Bahamas 0.159 DQ R163.3a

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Lalonde Gordon  Trinidad and Tobago 0.153 45.24 Q
2 4 Luka Janežič  Slovenia 0.148 45.33 Q
3 6 Baboloki Thebe  Botswana 0.155 45.41 Q
4 1 Chris Brown  Bahamas 0.147 45.56 SB
5 2 Martyn Rooney  Great Britain 0.154 45.60
6 7 Julian Jrummi Walsh  Japan 0.149 46.37
7 8 Gustavo Cuesta  Dominican Republic 0.143 46.92
8 3 James Chiengjiek  Refugee Olympic Team 0.213 52.89

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 8 LaShawn Merritt  United States 0.235 45.28 Q
2 3 Abdelalelah Haroun  Qatar 0.190 45.76 Q
3 6 Isaac Makwala  Botswana 0.242 45.91 Q
4 2 Vitaliy Butrym  Ukraine 0.166 45.92
5 4 Donald Blair-Sanford  Israel 0.163 46.06
6 5 Deon Lendore  Trinidad and Tobago 0.201 46.15
7 7 Hederson Estefani  Brazil 0.234 46.68

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Kirani James  Grenada 0.156 44.93 Q
2 5 Rusheen McDonald  Jamaica 0.179 45.22 Q, SB
3 2 Matthew Hudson-Smith  Great Britain 0.142 45.26 Q
4 3 David Verburg  United States 0.167 45.48 q
5 7 Winston George  Guyana 0.186 45.77
6 8 Diego Palomeque  Colombia 0.159 46.48
4 Abbas Abubakar Abbas  Bahrain 0.192 DQ R163.3a

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 7 Ali Khamis  Bahrain 0.161 45.12 Q
2 1 Steven Gardiner  Bahamas 0.149 45.24 Q
3 8 Liemarvin Bonevacia  Netherlands 0.142 45.49 Q
4 5 Rafał Omelko  Poland 0.177 45.54 q
5 4 Pavel Maslák  Czech Republic 0.183 45.54 q
6 6 Mohammad Anas  India 0.158 45.95
7 2 Orukpe Erayokan  Nigeria 0.180 47.42 SB
8 3 Yuzo Kanemaru  Japan 0.144 48.38

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 4 Kirani James  Grenada 0.144 44.02 Q, SB
2 6 LaShawn Merritt  United States 0.271 44.21 Q
3 2 Karabo Sibanda  Botswana 0.174 44.47 q, PB
4 7 Luguelín Santos  Dominican Republic 0.155 44.71 SB
5 1 Javon Francis  Jamaica 0.170 44.96
6 5 Nery Brenes  Costa Rica 0.181 45.02
7 8 Liemarvin Bonevacia  Netherlands 0.166 45.03 SB
8 3 Lalonde Gordon  Trinidad and Tobago 0.157 45.13

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 5 Machel Cedenio  Trinidad and Tobago 0.243 44.39 Q
2 3 Wayde van Niekerk  South Africa 0.156 44.45 Q
3 2 Pavel Maslák  Czech Republic 0.185 45.06 SB
4 6 Luka Janežič  Slovenia 0.154 45.07 NR
5 1 David Verburg  United States 0.159 45.61
6 4 Rusheen McDonald  Jamaica 0.182 46.12
7 7 Abdelalelah Haroun  Qatar 0.173 46.66
8 Baboloki Thebe  Botswana N/A N/A DNS

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Bralon Taplin  Grenada 0.171 44.44 Q
2 8 Matthew Hudson-Smith  Great Britain 0.143 44.48 Q, PB
3 3 Ali Khamis  Bahrain 0.145 44.49 q, NR
4 4 Gil Roberts  United States 0.151 44.65 SB
5 5 Steven Gardiner  Bahamas 0.156 44.72
6 7 Yoandys Lescay  Cuba 0.216 45.00 PB
7 2 Rafał Omelko  Poland 0.164 45.28
8 1 Isaac Makwala  Botswana 0.173 46.60

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 8 Wayde van Niekerk  South Africa 0.181 43.03 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 Kirani James  Grenada 0.134 43.76 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 LaShawn Merritt  United States 0.204 43.85 SB
4 3 Machel Cedenio  Trinidad and Tobago 0.203 44.01 NR
5 1 Karabo Sibanda  Botswana 0.164 44.25 PB
6 2 Ali Khamis  Bahrain 0.148 44.36 NR
7 4 Bralon Taplin  Grenada 0.181 44.45
8 7 Matthew Hudson-Smith  Great Britain 0.138 44.61

References[edit]

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  6. ^ South African beats Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old 400m world record for gold
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