4x400 meter Relay for Men at Olympics: The 4x400 meter relay event is also known as the long relay event. In the event, four runners run one lap of 400 meter length each. Generally the 4x400 meter relay event is the last event to be held in a competition. Like other relay events, the athletes competing in the 4x400 meter relay event are also bound to carry the baton with
4x400 meter Relay for Men in Summer Olympics: The 4x400 meter relay event was included into the Olympic schedule in the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games. After the 1912 Games, the event has always been held in the Summer Games. The United States of America has always been leading the domain of the 4x400 meter relay event.
Rules for 4x400 meter Relay for Men at Olympics: The rules followed at the international competitions for the track and field events are set by the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF. The rules generally followed in the 4x400 meter relay event at the international competitions are-
- There should be marks on the track at every 100 meter to denote the distance covered in each leg.
- The "take-over zone" is the area where the baton is passed to the next. The length of the take-over zone is 20 meter. The receiving athlete is responsible for the passing of baton in the 4x400 meter event.
- In the 4x400 meter relay event, the athletes are allowed to break their lanes after a certain distance in each leg.
- The number of substitutes a team can have in the 4x400 meter relay event is two.
- In baton used in the relay races are made of wood. The baton should be a smooth hollow tube. The IAAF has specified the size of baton used in the relay race.
- The passing of baton is only permitted in the take-over zone specified by the IAAF.
- Wearing of gloves or using of any substance to enhance the gripping power is prohibited in the relay races.
- No athlete is allowed to obstruct other athletes' way during the race. The offending athlete can be disqualified from the competition. The referee can also arrange for a re-run of the event.
- The athletes are not allowed to leave their respective lanes after handing over the baton and after receiving the baton.
- An athlete leaving the track during the race is not permitted to enter the race again.
- After two consecutive false starts, an athlete is disqualified from the competition.
- The athlete, who is unable to make it to the finishing line, is not given any credit for his performance.
- The IAAF approved automatic timing device is used for measuring time during the race.
Medal Winners in the 4x400 meter Relay for Men at Olympics: The American athletes have been dominating the 4x400 meter relay event since the time of its advent. Milton Campbell, Deon Minor, Dameon Johnson, Andre Morris, Michael Johnson, Tyree Washington, Antonio Pettigrew, Jerome Young, Ron Freeman, Herb McKenley, Julius Sang, Darold Williamson, Jeremy Wariner, Derrick Brew, Otis Harris, Calvin Harrison, Alvin Harrison, Anthuan Maybank, Derek Mills, LaMont Smith, Steve Lewis, Quincy Watts, Andrew Valmon, Butch Reynolds, Kevin Robinzine, Danny Everett, Antonio McKay, Alonzo Babers, Ray Armstead, Herman Frazier, Robert Ouko, Lee Evans, Larry James, Vincent Matthews, Henry Carr, Glenn Ashby Davis, Earl Young, Tom Courtney, Herb McKenley, Mal Whitfield, Mel Sheppard, Ted Meredith and Oliver MacDonald are some important athletes who are known for their achievements in the 4x400 meter relay event.