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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres

Athletics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 14, 2016

Gold: RSA Wayde van Niekerk
Silver: GRN Kirani James
Bronze: USA LaShawn Merritt

Summary

The two dominant 400 metre runners over the last few years had been Grenadian [Kirani James] and American [LaShawn Merritt]. Merritt was Olympic gold medalist in 2008, and World Champion in 2009 and 2013, while James was 2011 World Champion and 2012 Olympic Champion. At the 2015 World Championships, both were upset by South African [Wayde van Niekerk]. The Rio Olympic final was expected to be a battle between the three, but most expected the battle to be between James and Merritt.

James and Merritt were in the first semi-final and pushed hard, James winning in 44.02 to Merritt’s 44.21. In the second semi van Niekerk trailed Trinidadian [Michael Cedenio], who ran 44.39 to van Niekerk’s 44.45.

In the final, James and van Niekerk, running in lane eight, led on the first turn, but Merritt took the lead at 200 metres, passing in 20.4. On the final turn, van Niekerk powered ahead, reaching 300 metres in 31.0 to 31.2 for his two adversaries. Many thought he had gone too hard and would struggle on the run-in, but he never slowed, increasing his lead and finishing his gold medal run in a world record time of 43.03, with James second in 43.76, and Merritt taking bronze in 43.85. Cedenio finished fourth in a national record time of 44.01.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Wayde van Niekerk 24 South Africa RSA Gold
2 Kirani James 23 Grenada GRN Silver
3 LaShawn Merritt 30 United States USA Bronze
4 Machel Cedenio 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 Karabo Sibanda 18 Botswana BOT
6 Ali Khamis 21 Bahrain BRN
7 Bralon Taplin 24 Grenada GRN
8 Matt Hudson-Smith 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r2/3 Pavel Maslák 25 Czech Republic CZE
4 h1 r2/3 Luguelín Santos 22 Dominican Republic DOM
4 h2 r2/3 Luka Janežič 20 Slovenia SLO
4 h3 r2/3 Gil Roberts 27 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Javon Francis 21 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r2/3 David Verburg 25 United States USA
5 h3 r2/3 Steven Gardiner 20 Bahamas BAH
6 h1 r2/3 Nery Brenes 30 Costa Rica CRC
6 h2 r2/3 Rusheen McDonald 23 Jamaica JAM
6 h3 r2/3 Yoandys Lescay 22 Cuba CUB
7 h1 r2/3 Liemarvin Bonevacia 27 Netherlands NED
7 h2 r2/3 Abdalelah Haroun 19 Qatar QAT
7 h3 r2/3 Rafał Omelko 27 Poland POL
8 h1 r2/3 Lalonde Gordon 27 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 h3 r2/3 Isaac Makwala 29 Botswana BOT
DNS r2/3 Baboloki Thebe 19 Botswana BOT
4 h1 r1/3 Fitzroy Dunkley 23 Jamaica JAM
4 h2 r1/3 Matteo Galvan 27 Italy ITA
4 h3 r1/3 Jonathan Borlée 28 Belgium BEL
4 h4 r1/3 Chris Brown 37 Bahamas BAH
4 h5 r1/3 Vitaliy Butrym 25 Ukraine UKR
5 h1 r1/3 Kévin Borlée 28 Belgium BEL
5 h2 r1/3 Raymond Kibet 20 Kenya KEN
5 h3 r1/3 Alphas Leken Kishoyian 21 Kenya KEN
5 h4 r1/3 Martyn Rooney 29 Great Britain GBR
5 h5 r1/3 Donald Sanford 29 Israel ISR
5 h6 r1/3 Winston George 29 Guyana GUY
6 h1 r1/3 Albert Bravo 28 Venezuela VEN
6 h2 r1/3 Mehboob Ali 26 Pakistan PAK
6 h3 r1/3 Brandon Valentine-Parris 21 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN
6 h4 r1/3 Julian Walsh 19 Japan JPN
6 h5 r1/3 Deon Lendore 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 h6 r1/3 Diego Palomeque 22 Colombia COL
6 h7 r1/3 Mohammad Anas Yahiya 21 India IND
7 h1 r1/3 Alexander Sampao 19 Kenya KEN
7 h2 r1/3 Bachir Mahamat 19 Chad CHA
7 h4 r1/3 Gustavo Cuesta 27 Dominican Republic DOM
7 h5 r1/3 Hederson Estefani 24 Brazil BRA
7 h7 r1/3 Orukpe Eraiyokan 22 Nigeria NGR
8 h1 r1/3 Djibo Idrissa Ousseini 17 Niger NIG
8 h4 r1/3 James Nyang Chiengjiek 24 Refugee Olympic Athletes ROT
8 h7 r1/3 Yuzo Kanemaru 28 Japan JPN
AC h2 r1/3 Anas Beshr 23 Egypt EGY
AC h3 r1/3 Alonzo Russell 24 Bahamas BAH
AC h6 r1/3 Abubakar Abbas 20 Bahrain BRN