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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 18, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008

Gold: USA LaShawn Merritt
Silver: USA Jeremy Wariner
Bronze: USA David Neville

Summary

Since 2004 the world's best one-lap runner was Jeremy Wariner. He was the defending gold medalist and had won the World Championships in 2005 and 2007. But his 2008 season had shown some chinks in his armor. Early in the year he split from his long-time coach, Clyde Hart, and track experts thought this might hurt him. Whether it had an effect or not could not be known for sure, but LaShawn Merritt, who Wariner had defeated 11 straight times over the past 3 years, moved up to challenge his title as the best 400 runner. Early in the year, Merritt finally defeated Wariner in Berlin, and he repeated that at the US Olympic Trials. They were the two heavy favorites. In the final, they were close coming to the final straight, but Merritt had far more left, pulling away to win easily by almost a full second, the largest margin of victory at the Olympics in this event since 1896. Wariner did shut down some in the straight but held on for the silver medal. The bronze medal looked like it would go to Bahamian Chris Brown. But America's David Neville closed quickly down the stretch and dove at the line, edging Brown and completing an American sweep of the medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 LaShawn Merritt 22 United States USA Gold
2 Jeremy Wariner 24 United States USA Silver
3 David Neville 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Chris Brown 29 Bahamas BAH
5 Leslie Djhone 27 France FRA
6 Martyn Rooney 21 Great Britain GBR
7 Renny Quow 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 Johan Wissman 25 Sweden SWE
3 h1 r2/3 Kevin Borlée 20 Belgium BEL
3 h2 r2/3 Joel Milburn 22 Australia AUS
4 h1 r2/3 Nery Brenes 22 Costa Rica CRC
4 h2 r2/3 Ricardo Chambers 23 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r2/3 Saul Weigopwa 22 Nigeria NGR
5 h2 r2/3 Jonathan Borlée 20 Belgium BEL
5 h3 r2/3 Gary Kikaya 30 Congo (Kinshasa) COD
6 h1 r2/3 Williams Collazo 21 Cuba CUB
6 h2 r2/3 Godday James 24 Nigeria NGR
6 h3 r2/3 Michael Mathieu 24 Bahamas BAH
7 h1 r2/3 Tabarie Henry 20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
7 h2 r2/3 Dretti Bain 22 Bahamas BAH
7 h3 r2/3 Sean Wroe 23 Australia AUS
8 h1 r2/3 Claudio Licciardello 22 Italy ITA
8 h2 r2/3 Andrew Steele 23 Great Britain GBR
8 h3 r2/3 Cédric Van Branteghem 29 Belgium BEL
4 h3 r1/3 Niko Verakauta 21 Fiji FIJ
4 h4 r1/3 Erison Hurtault 23 Dominica DMA
4 h6 r1/3 Michael Blackwood 29 Jamaica JAM
4 h7 r1/3 David Gillick 25 Ireland IRL
5 h1 r1/3 Denis Alekseyev 20 Russia RUS
5 h2 r1/3 Sanjay Ayre 28 Jamaica JAM
5 h3 r1/3 Fernando de Almeida 23 Brazil BRA
5 h4 r1/3 Andrés Silva 22 Uruguay URU
5 h5 r1/3 Ato Modibo 29 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h6 r1/3 Tyler Christopher 24 Canada CAN
5 h7 r1/3 Maksim Dyldin 21 Russia RUS
6 h1 r1/3 Young Talkmore Nyongani 24 Zimbabwe ZIM
6 h2 r1/3 Arismendy Peguero 28 Dominican Republic DOM
6 h3 r1/3 Lewis Banda 25 Zimbabwe ZIM
6 h4 r1/3 Rudolf Götz 25 Czech Republic CZE
6 h5 r1/3 Alleyne Francique 32 Grenada GRN
6 h6 r1/3 Joel Phillip 20 Grenada GRN
6 h7 r1/3 Mykhailo Knysh 24 Ukraine UKR
7 h1 r1/3 Éric Milazar 33 Mauritius MRI
7 h2 r1/3 Ivano Bucci 21 San Marino SMR
7 h3 r1/3 Vincent Mumo 26 Kenya KEN
7 h4 r1/3 Yuzo Kanemaru 20 Japan JPN
7 h5 r1/3 Geiner Mosquera 24 Colombia COL
7 h6 r1/3 Félix Martínez 23 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h7 r1/3 Mathieu Gnanligo 21 Benin BEN
8 h1 r1/3 Gakologelwang Masheto 23 Botswana BOT
8 h2 r1/3 Liu Xiaosheng 20 China CHN
8 h3 r1/3 Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr 22 Sudan SUD
8 h5 r1/3 Siraj Williams 24 Liberia LBR
8 h6 r1/3 Daniel Dąbrowski 24 Poland POL
8 h7 r1/3 Naiel D'Almeida 21 Sao Tome and Principe STP