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2001 World Championships in Athletics Edmonton, Canada

2001 8th IAAF World Championships - Edmonton - Men's 4 x 100m

 

 

Host City: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Format: First round (First 3 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 11)
Dates: August 3–12, 2001 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 12)
Nations participating: 189
Athletes participating: 1677
    Main venue: Commonwealth Stadium
Overview by IAAF   EDMONTON STADIUM 
This was the final event of the Edmonton championships and was packed with incident from the first round heats, held on the penultimate morning of the meeting. The United States lead-off runner in the heats, Jon Drummond, suffered cramp in the middle of his run and only just managed to pass on the baton to Mickey Grimes. In doing so, he stepped inside his lane line, causing his team to be disqualified. There was an appeal and the team were re-instated “in the spirit of fair play.” Meanwhile medal favourites Britain and Cuba failed to finish after messing up their final exchanges. A further major contender, Jamaica, went out when their third leg runner forgot to start running as his incoming team-mate approached. The United States also very nearly went out in the semi-finals, when Montgomery had to stop at the end of the last zone in order to collect the baton safely from the experienced Dennis Mitchell. In the final, it was Trinidad who led to halfway before Mitchell and Montgomery combined to give their country the biggest winning margin in this event since 1983.
 Semi-final winners Brazil came to grief on their second exchange and South Africa came through for silver ahead of Trinidad, for whom anchor runner Darrel Brown became the youngest ever male world championship medallist at 16 years 305 days. Mitchell also set a record, initially becoming the first man to win World Championship golds medals across three decades. He had been part of the winning squad in 1987 and ran the third leg for the winning teams in 1991 and 1993. Unfortunately he was ultimately stripped of his Edmonton gold along with the United States team owing to the doping violation of Tim Montgomery. A 2005 judgement by the Court of Arbitration in Sport declared that all of the American’s performances since March 31, 2001 should be annulled. All the relay medals were redistributed, with gold going to South Africa.
 These are the official results of the Men's 4×100 metres relay event at the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Their final was held on Sunday 12 August 2001 at 17:10.

Records

Standing records prior to the 2001 World Athletics Championships
World record  United States (Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Dennis Mitchell, Carl Lewis)
 United States (Jon Drummond, André Cason, Dennis Mitchell, Leroy Burrell)
37.40 August 8, 1992
August 21, 1993
Spain Barcelona, Spain
Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Championships record  United States (Jon Drummond, André Cason, Dennis Mitchell, Leroy Burrell) 37.40 August 21, 1993 Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Season best United States Hudson Smith International (Jon Drummond, Bernard Williams, Joshua J. Johnson, Maurice Greene) 37.81 April 7, 2001 United States Austin, United States
 
  4 x 100m 12 August
Men's 4x100m relay
As they have done in five of the previous seven World Championships, the USA won the men's 4x100m relay in a season's best 37.96 ahead of South Africa who ran a national record, 38.47, and Trinidad and Tobago in third, also running a national record, 38.58.
This victory, however, was not the fait accompli other US victories have been. There was no Maurice GREENE, injured in winning the individual title, and they had been disqualified in the heats only to be reinstated. The disqualification was overturned due to the injury to John DRUMMOND. Given DRUMMOND'S speed, starting ability and experience in major meets this was something that further weakened their team.
In his place, Mickey GRIMES lead off and the field was relatively even at the first change. On the back straight, Ato BOLDON (TRI), who had been whipping up the crowd before the race, and Edson RIBEIRO (BRA) ran strong legs, but Bernard WILLIAMS was close behind.
It was another experienced big time performer, Dennis MITCHELL, who gave the US team a clear lead with his explosive third leg. The result was almost inevitable when MITCHELL handed the baton to this year's world leader and 100m silver medallist, Tim MONTGOMERY. MONTGOMERY ran strongly to take gold while the race continued behind him for the minor medals. Matthew QUINN held off Darren BROWN to give the elated South Africans a silver ahead of Trinidad and Tobago in bronze.
  Final
1 Morne Nagel, Corné du Plessis, Lee-Roy Newton, Mathew Quinn RSA 38.47
2 Marc Burns, Ato Boldon, Jacey Harper, Darrel Brown TTO 38.58
3 Matt Shirvington, Paul Di Bella, Steve Brimacombe, Adam Basil AUS 38.83
4 Ryo Matsuda, Shingo Suetsugu, Toshiyuki Fujimoto, Nobuharu Asahara JPN 38.96
5 Jean-Marie Irie Bi, Ahmed Douhou, Yves Sonan, Eric N'Dri CIV 39.18
6 Ryszard Pilarczyk, Łukasz Chyła, Piotr Balcerzak, Marcin Jędrusiński POL 39.71
Cláudio Roberto Souza, Édson Luciano Ribeiro, André Domingos da Silva, Claudinei Quirino da Silva BRA DNF
Mickey Grimes, Bernard Williams, Dennis Mitchell, Tim Montgomery USA DQ 32.2.a 37.96
Men's 4x100m relay semi final
The United States survived a very shaky final baton change to qualify for the final of the men's 4x100m relay. Brazil, however, were quicker in winning the first heat in a season's best 38.22.
In the first heat, Morne NAGEL gave South Africa the lead at the first change but Edson RIBEIRO brought Brazil back into first with a fast leg down the back straight. At the final change, Claudenei DA SILVA took the baton first and was not challenged. South Africa changed second but Nobuharu ASAHARA of Japan and Eric N'DRI from the Ivory Coast ran down Matthew QUINN to give Japan second in 38.54, a season's best, and Ivory Coast third in a national record 38.60. South Africa qualified in fourth with 38.63.
After being reinstated following their initial disqualification in yesterday's heat, the Americans caused another scare when they almost ran out of the legal zone before changing the baton in the home straight. Tim MONTGOMERY held on to the baton though and took them home in 38.60.
Trinidad and Tobago, again benefitting from Ato BOLDON'S second leg, finished second. Their anchor leg, Darrel BROWN, held his ground to finish with 38.76. Poland were third in 38.92 and Australia were the last to qualify with 38.97.
  Semifinals 12 August
  Heat 1
1 Cláudio de Souza, Édson Ribeiro, André da Silva, Claudinei da Silva BRA 38.23 Q
2 Ryo Matsuda, Shingo Suetsugu, Toshiyuki Fujimoto, Nobuharu Asahara JPN 38.54 Q
3 Ibrahim Meité, Ahmed Douhou, Yves Sonan, Eric N’Dri CIV 38.60 Q
4 Morne Nagel, Corne Du Plessis, Lee-Roy Newton, Mathew Quinn RSA 38.63
5 Francesco Scuderi, Marco Torrieri, Maurizio Checcucci, Andrea Colombo ITA 38.71
6 Yahya Saed Al-Kahes, Mubarak Mubarak Atah, Salem Al-Yami, Jamal Al-Saffar KSA 39.04
7 Kfir Golan, Tommy Kafri, Gideon Jablonka, Alex Porkhomovskiy ISR 39.39
Fabrice Calligny, Frédéric Krantz, Christoph Cheval DQ (r10.8), David Patros FRA DQ
  Heat 2
1 Marc Burns, Ato Boldon, Jacey Harper, Darrel Brown TTO 38.76 Q
2 Ryszard Pilarczyk, Lukasz Chyla, Piotr Balcerzak, Marcin Urbás POL 38.92 Q
3 Matt Shirvington, Paul Di Bella, Steve Brimacombe, Adam Basil AUS 38.97 Q
4 Taiwo Bamidele, Chinedu Orialla, Tamunosiki Aforudibo, Uchenna Emedolu NGR 39.05 q
5 Nick Macrozonaris, Glenroy Gilbert, Jermaine Joseph, Anson Henry CAN 39.16
Renward Wells, Andrew Tynes, Iram Lewis, Dominic Demeritte BAH 39.20
Arnaud Casquette, Eric Milazar, Fernando Augustin, Stéphan Buckland MRI 39.25
Mickey Grimes, Bernard Williams, Dennis Mitchell, Tim Montgomery DQ (r10.8) USA DQ
Men's 4x100m relay heats
Disqualifications, dropped batons and an injury to significant teams defined the heats of the men's 4x100m relay. Great Britian, USA, Germany, Cuba and Jamaica all suffered.
The US team were disqualified for lane violations and will not contest the final, stripping this event of it's strongest team. Nor will
Great Britian after Christian MALCOLM and Jonathan BARBOUR failed to pass the baton within the legal zone at the final exchange. A similar mistake, at the first exchange, kept the team out of last year's Olympic final.
At the same exchange, CUBA, another strong team, dropped the baton.
USA's John DRUMMOND collapsed on the track after completing the first leg of his relay heat, but the US team still won the heat in 38.35, ahead of Japan, 38.67, and France, 38.97, both season's bests. Mickey GRIMES made up some distance on the Germans and Japanese after DRUMMOND ran limping to the change area. Dennis MITCHELL brought them back into contention. But after reviewing the race, the judges decided to disqualify the Olympic champions for a lane violation, making DRUMMOND's heroics worthless. The Germans crossed the line in third but were also disqualified. The Nigerian team, who ran 39.10, were subsequently promoted to third and qualified.
In the first heat, Ato BOLDON made all the difference, taking his Trinidad and Tobago team from third to first after the longest leg down the back straight. BOLDON's team mates changed level with Brazil at the last change but Claudenei DE SILVA pulled away to win in a season's best 38.44. Trinidad was second with a national record 38.60. Poland was third with a season's best 38.79.
The Canadian team delighted fans in winning the third heat ahead of Australia. Veteran Glenroy GILBERT ran the second leg to put the team in a strong position. They changed level with the Australians with 100m to go and MACROZANARIS pulled away from Adam BASIL. Canada ran 38.83 and Australia 38.96, both season's bests. Italy qualified in third in 38.97. Jamaica were the big losers, making a mistake at the second exchange and finishing sixth, failing to qualify.
In Britain's absence, South Africa (38.72) beat Ivory Coast (38.74) and Mauritius in heat four. Mauritius took the last qualifying spot with a national record of 38.99, while Israel, with 39.13 in fourth, got an unexpected fastest losers place in tomorrow's final.
  Heats 11 August
  Heat 1
1 Cláudio Roberto Souza, Édson Luciano Ribeiro, Andre da Silva, Claudinei Quirino da Silva BRA 38.44 Q
2 Marc Burns, Ato Boldon, Jacey Harper, Darrel Brown TTO 38.60 Q
3 Ryszard Pilarczyk, Łukasz Chyła, Piotr Balcerzak, Marcin Urbaś POL 38.79 Q
Kongdech Natenee, Vissanu Sophanich, Ekkachai Janthana, Reanchai Srihawong THA DQ
Juan Morillo, William Hernández, José Carabali, Ellis Ollarves VEN DQ
  Heat 2
1 Jon Drummond, Mickey Grimes, Dennis Mitchell, J.J. Johnson USA 38.35 Q
2 Ryo Matsuda, Shingo Suetsugu, Toshiyuki Fujimoto, Nobuharu Asahara JPN 38.67 Q
3 Fabrice Calligny, Frédéric Krantz, David Patros, Needy Guims FRA 38.97 Q
4 Taiwo Bamidele, Chinedu Oriala, Sunday Emmanuel, Uchenna Emedolu NGR 39.10 q
5 Nathan Bongelo, Anthony Ferro, Kevin Rans, Erik Wijmeersch BEL 39.22
Rasgawa Pinnock, Steffen Otto, Alexander Kosenkow, Tim Goebel GER DQ
Kouty Mawenh, Sayon Cooper, Sultan Tucker, Abraham Morlu LBR DNF
  Heat 3
1 Okiki Akinremi, Glenroy Gilbert, Jermaine Joseph, Nicolas Macrozonaris CAN 38.83 Q
2 Matt Shirvington, Paul Di Bella, Steve Brimacombe, Adam Basil AUS 38.96 Q
3 Francesco Scuderi, Marco Torrieri, Maurizio Checcucci, Andrea Colombo ITA 38.97 Q
4 Mohamed Al-Yami, Mubarak Ata Mubarak, Salem Mubarak Al-Yami, Jamal Al-Saffar KSA 39.15 q
5 Renward Wells, Andrew Tynes, Iram Lewis, Dominic Demeritte BAH 39.16 q
6 Julien Dunkley, Dwight Thomas, Chris Williams, Ricardo Williams JAM 40.05
  Heat 4
1 Morne Nagel, Corné du Plessis, Lee-Roy Newton, Mathew Quinn RSA 38.72 Q
2 Ibrahim Meité, Ahmed Douhou, Yves Sonan, Eric N'Dri CIV 38.74 Q
3 Arnaud Casquette, Éric Milazar, Fernando Augustin, Stéphan Buckland MRI 38.99 Q
4 Kfir Golan, Tamás Mezei, Gideon Jablonka, Alex Porkhomovski ISR 39.13 q
5 Alfred Moussambani, Serge Bengono, Joseph Batangdon, Claude Toukene CMR 39.29
Dwain Chambers, Marlon Devonish, Christian Malcolm, Jon Barbour GBR DNF
José A. César, Luis Pérez-Rionda, Iván García, Fredi Mayola CUB DNF

Heat 1 11 AUG 2001 15:00

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
2 Poland POL POL 38.33 38.84
3 Brazil BRA BRA 37.90 38.67
4 Benin BEN BEN 40.17  
5 Venezuela VEN VEN 39.31 39.31
6 Trinidad and Tobago TTO TTO 38.92 39.70
7 Thailand THA THA 38.80 39.18

Heat 2 11 AUG 2001 15:10

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
2 France FRA FRA 37.79 39.34
3 Germany GER GER 38.58 38.99
4 Belgium BEL BEL 39.48 39.52
5 Japan JPN JPN 38.31 38.90
6 United States USA USA 37.40 37.88
7 Nigeria NGR NGR 37.94  
8 Liberia LBR LBR 39.77  

Heat 3 11 AUG 2001 15:20

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
2 Jamaica JAM JAM 38.20 38.68
3 Italy ITA ITA 38.37 38.69
4 Australia AUS AUS 38.17 39.19
5 Saudi Arabia KSA KSA 39.45  
6 Canada CAN CAN 37.69 38.93
7 Bahamas BAH BAH 38.98 39.26

Heat 4 11 AUG 2001 15:30

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2001
2 Ivory Coast CIV CIV 38.73 39.33
3 Mauritius MRI MRI 39.04 39.04
4 Israel ISR ISR 38.81 39.57
5 Cuba CUB CUB 38.00 38.90
6 Cameroon CMR CMR 39.25  
7 Great Britain & N.I. GBR GBR 37.73 38.52
8 South Africa RSA RSA 38.50 40.88
 
 
 

 

 

 

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