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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 22, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008

Gold: USA United States
Silver: BAH Bahamas
Bronze: RUS Russia

Summary

The United States had swept the medals in the 400 metre flat race and had by far the fastest team. With hand-offs less critical than in the 4x100 relay, there seemed no way for them to lose the gold medal. In the final, they used their 400 medalists, LaShawn Merritt, Jeremy Wariner, and David Neville, with 400 hurdle gold medalist Angelo Taylor running the second leg. Merritt led off with a 44.35 leg that put the US in the lead by over a second on Belgium. Taylor took over and maintained that lead, Belgium still in second at the second hand-off. Neville ran the third leg for the Americans and increased the lead over Belgium slightly to 1.28 seconds as he handed the baton to Wariner. Wariner ran 43.18 on the anchor to win the gold medal for the Americans by over 25 metres. Belgium was still in second at the bell, but they had placed their three best runners up front and they were passed by four teams on the final lap, eventually finishing fifth. The Bahamas and Russia closed quickly on the final leg to get the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Bahamas BAH Silver
3 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Great Britain GBR
5 Belgium BEL
6 Australia AUS
7 Poland POL
8 Jamaica JAM
4 h2 r1/2 Germany GER
5 h2 r1/2 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 h1 r1/2 South Africa RSA
6 h2 r1/2 Japan JPN
7 h1 r1/2 Cuba CUB
7 h2 r1/2 Greece GRE
8 h1 r1/2 France FRA
8 h2 r1/2 Dominican Republic DOM