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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's 4 x 100m

 

 

Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: First round (First 3 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 31)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF    nagai stadium01
The US team was favoured to win, but after Powell gained more than 3m on Dixon on the anchor leg in the heats, the odds began to shift towards Jamaica. The final saw surprising de Lima leading at the first exchange with a 0.03 advantage over Patton. Britain were 1½m behind, and Jamaica’s Anderson a further two metres back. Bolt and Pickering were the fastest on the second leg, both running 9.05 seconds, with Britain, USA and Brazil level at the halfway point and Jamaica still two metres or so in arrears. Gay confirmed his sprint double with a searing 9.05 leg on the bend, giving the US a two-metre lead over Britain at the final exchange, with Jamaica in fifth place. Powell, eager to make up for his relatively poor run in the 100m final, ate up the deficit, catching DOHA 2019  PAST RESULTS/WORLD CHAMPS MEN’S 4x100m RELAY 231 Britain’s Mark Lewis-Francis in the last metre with his 8.84 split while both gained on Dixon who held on to win. There were a record four teams under 38.00 in one race, with Brazil, and Japan clocking the fastest ever times for fourth and fifth
 The men's 4 x 100 metre relay at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Nagai Stadium on 31 August and 1 September.

Records

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

World record  United States (USA)
Jon Drummond, Andre Cason, Dennis Mitchell, Leroy Burrell
37.40 Stuttgart, Germany 21 August 1993
Championship record  United States (USA)
Jon Drummond, Andre Cason, Dennis Mitchell, Leroy Burrell
37.40 Stuttgart, Germany 21 August 1993
 
 
  4 x 100m 1 September
  Final

Event report: Men’s 4x100m Relay Final

Tyson Gay became only the third man to win three gold medals at one World Championships tonight as the United States regained the World 4x100m Relay title it last won in 2003, after a thrilling final.

Gay ran the third leg for the US quartet, meaning there was no repeat of the 100m showdown between Gay and the world record-holder Asafa Powell in the home straight.

By then Darvis Patton, Wallace Spearmon and, in particular, Gay, had given them a slender lead that proved unassailable, despite an almost fumbled exchange between Gay and Leroy Dixon, who brought the baton home in 37.78sec.

Gay joins his countrymen Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene as a three gold-winner at one championships. Lewis did it twice, winning 100m, long jump and relay in 1983 and 1987, while Greene took the sprint double and relay in 1999.

A brilliant anchor leg by Powell brought the Jamaicans from fourth at the last changeover to second, snatching the silver medal from Britain by just 0.01s in a national record 37.89.

Britain’s anchor, Mark Lewis Francis, had received the baton from 100m finallist Marlon Devonish level with the Americans, but Dixon proved too strong while Powell, still fourth with 20m to go, clawed back the deficit and dipped ahead of him on the line.

Brazil finshed fourth in 37.99, missing out on a medal by just 0.09s while the loudest roar of the week was saved for the Japanese team of Naoki Tsukahara, Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira and Nobuharu Asahara, who also ran a superb race to finish fifth in an Asian record 38.03.

It was always meant to be Jamaica versus US and so it proved, although the Jamaicans were playing catch up from the second change between Usain Bolt and Nesta Carter, which left Powell simply too much to do.

The Americans also had a bad change between Spearmon and Gay, but the double sprint champion still had the power in his legs to push the US into a winning position. Dixon, though, had to reach back and almost snatch the stick away from Gay before he could get into his running.

Britain, with a quartet containing two of its 2004 Olympic gold medallists, had much slicker baton changing and after Christian Malcolm and Craig Pickering had put them in contention, Devonish handed to Lewis Francis with a golden chance.

As Dixon stretched away for United States’ seventh gold in this event, it looked like Brazil’s Sandro Viana would be the one breathing down Lewis-Francis’s neck.

But Powell had other ideas. The big Jamaican turned on the power as he blasted past Viana and nipped ahead of the Briton on the line, just 0.11 behind the Americans.

Dixon was soon embraced by Gay and his teammates and the four sank to their knees for the customary team huddle. Powell made a point of shaking each of them by the hand. He had won his second medal of the championships and given Jamaica a second medal at this event to go with the bronze they won in 1987.

Britain’s bronze brought Devonish’s World Championships relay haul to four, more than any other athlete.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mkb

1 Darvis Patton, Wallace Spearmon, Tyson Gay, Leroy Dixon USA 37.78
2 Marvin Anderson, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell JAM 37.89
3 Christian Malcolm, Craig Pickering, Marlon Devonish, Mark Lewis-Francis GBR 37.90
4 Vicente de Lima, Rafael Ribeiro, Basilio de Moraes, Sandro Viana BRA 37.99
5 Naoki Tsukahara, Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira, Nobuharu Asahara JPN 38.03
6 Ronny Ostwald, Tobias Unger, Alexander Kosenkow, Julian Reus GER 38.62
Michal Bielczyk, Lukasz Chyla, Marcin Jedrusinski, Dariusz Kuc POL DNF
Obinna Metu, Uche Isaac, Chinedu Oriala, Olusoji Fasuba NGR DNF
  Heats 31 August

Event report: Men's 4x100m Relay Heats

Jamaica set worldleading figures of 38.02, beating the United States by 0.19.

Third fastest of the round were Japan with an Asian record of 38.21.

For the final, the United States are expected to draft-in the double sprint champion, Tyson Gay, and must be regarded as favourites for the title.

In tonight's first heat, Christian Malcolm got Britain off to a good start, but on his outside Brazil’s Vicente de Lima was holding his own.

At the final changeover, Basilio de Moraes and Marlon Devonish handed over to their respective anchors level.

In the end it was Sandro Viana who put daylight between himself and Mark Lewis-Francis to come home first in a then world-leading 38.27

Poland qualified for the final in third in 38.70

In the second heat, a magnificent second leg from Wallace Spearmon, taking over from Rodney Martin, gave the US quartet the edge as bend runner Darvis Patton handed over to Leroy Dixon, the sixth placer in the US trials.

Taking over about a metre and a half down, the Jamaican quartet anchored by the 100m silver medallist Asafa Powell made up the deficit almost immediately.

Going away from Dixon, Powell cruised to a new World lead of 38.02 erasing the previous best from the first heat.

In third and qualifying in an Asian record came the host squad anchored by Nobu Asahara clocking 38.21.

The two qualifiers by time, Nigeria and Germany, both came from the second heat.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mb

  Heat 1
1 Vicente de Lima, Rafael Ribeiro, Basilio de Moraes, Sandro Viana BRA 38.27 Q
2 Christian Malcolm, Craig Pickering, Marlon Devonish, Mark Lewis-Francis GBR 38.33 Q
3 Michal Bielczyk, Lukasz Chyla, Marcin Jedrusinski, Dariusz Kuc POL 38.70 Q
4 Rosario La Mastra, Simone Collio, Maurizio Checcucci, Jacques Riparelli ITA 38.81
5 Christiaan Krone, Leigh Julius, Snyman Prinsloo, Sherwin Vries RSA 39.05
6 Aleksandr Volkov, Mikhail Yegorychev, Roman Smirnov, Ivan Teplykh RUS 39.08
7 Richard Adu-Bobie, Anson Henry, Jared Connaughton, Neville Wright CAN 39.43
  Heat 2
1 Dwight Thomas, Steve Mullings, Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell JAM 38.02 Q
2 Rodney Martin, Wallace Spearmon, Darvis Patton, Leroy Dixon USA 38.10 Q
3 Naoki Tsukahara, Shingo Suetsugu, Shinji Takahira, Nobuharu Asahara JPN 38.21 Q
4 Obinna Metu, Uche Isaac, Chinedu Oriala, Olusoji Fasuba NGR 38.43 q
5 Ronny Ostwald, Tobias Unger, Alexander Kosenkow, Julian Reus GER 38.56 q
6 Matt Shirvington, Adam Miller, Tim Williams, Aaron Rouge-Serret AUS 38.73

Heat 1 31 AUG 2007 20:40 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 Russia RUS RUS 38.46 39.37
3 Poland POL POL 38.33 38.62
4 Italy ITA ITA 38.37 38.63
5 Canada CAN CAN 37.69 38.81
6 South Africa RSA RSA 38.47 39.11
7 Great Britain & N.I. GBR GBR 37.73 38.30
8 Brazil BRA BRA 37.90 38.77

Heat 2 31 AUG 2007 20:48 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
2 Australia AUS AUS 38.17 39.09
3 Nigeria NGR NGR 37.94 38.91
4 United States USA USA 37.40 38.35
5 Jamaica JAM JAM 38.20 38.75
6 Germany GER GER 38.30 38.56
7 Japan JPN JPN 38.31 38.74

 

 

 

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