Tokyo previews – Men’s 4 x 100m Relay

A team full of superstars or a well oiled engine? The men’s 4 x 100m isn’t quite as simple as it seems. While the USA possess by far the fastest individuals on paper experience tells us relays are about so much more. Here’s our men’s 4 x 100m preview.


Thursday 5 August 03:30 UK Time (Round 1) Friday 6 August 14:50 UK Time (Final)

Fastest Times since 2019

2017- present ranking TimeTeam
137.1United States
237.36Great Britain & NI
437.65South Africa

British interest

The British squad is as follows Jona Efoloko, Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Reece Prescod, CJ Ujah. All have significant experience with World gold and silvers in 2017 and 2019 respectively. They have every chance of a medal and could sneak gold.

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  1. Brazil – Felipe Bardi Dos Santos, Paulo Andre Camilo de Oliveira, Rodrigo do Nascimiento, Derick Silva, Jorge Vides
  2. Canada – Bolade Ajomale, Jerome Blake, Bismark Boateng, Andre de Grasse, Gavin Smellie
  3. China – Bingtian Su, Gaofei Sui, Xingquang Tang, Zhiqiang Wi, Zhenya Xie, Haibin Yan
  4. Denmark – Simon Hansen, Kristoffer Hari, Tazana Mikkel Kamanga-Dyrbak, Emil Kjaer, Kojo Musah, Frederik Schou-Neilsen
  5. France – Mouhamadou Fall, Amaury Golitin, Marvin Rene, Jimmy Vicaut, Meba Mickael Zeze, Ryan Zeze
  6. Germany – Denis Almas, Owen Ansah, Lucas Ansah-Peprah, Joshua Hartmann, Julian Reus, Marvin Schulte
  7. GB – as above
  8. Ghana – Sarfo Ansah, Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku, Joseph Oduro Manu, Sean Safo-Antwi, Emmanuel Yeboah
  9. Italy – Lamont Marcell-Jacobs, Davide Manenti, Lorenzo Patta, Hillary Wanderson Polanco Rico, Filippo Tortu
  10. Jamaica – Yohan Blake, Nigel Ellis, Jevaughn Minzie, Oblique Seville, Tyquendo Tracey, Hiroki Yanagita
  11. Japan – Bruno Dede, Yoshihide Kiryu, Yuki Koike, Shuhei Tada, Ryota Yamagata
  12. Netherlands – Solomon Bockarie, Christopher Garia, Churandy Martina, Hensley Paulina, Joris Van Gool
  13. South Africa – Gift Leotlela, Shaun Maswanganyi, Clarence Munyai, Galaletsang Ramorwa, Akani Simbine, Chederik Van Wyk
  14. Trinidad & Tobago – Adell Colthurst, Jonathan Farinha, Eric Harrison Jr, Richard Thompson
  15. Turkey – Emre Zafer Barnes, Jak Ali Harvey, Kayhan Ozer, Ertan Ozkan, Oguz Uyar
  16. USA – Ronnie Baker, Trayvon Bromell, Cravon Gillespie, Fred Kerley, Michal Williams
  17. Turkey

The favourites

The USA have the fastest team on paper with Cravon Gillespie the slowest member of their squad still having run 9.93. No other country has such depth but others do have a very strong chance.

Shuhei Tada is the slowest in the Japanese team but has run 10.01 and you can bet they will be well drilled. This is one event where Japan are hoping to have a home champion.

South Africa will be competitive. Akani Simbine and Gift Letlela have run 9.84 and 9.94 respectively. Shaun Maswanganyi 10.04 this year but they may be a bit short with a 10.22 their next best (Clarence Munyai & Chederick Van Wyk).

Brazil may not have had a single sub ten clocking in the last year but their whole team have run below 10.20. They could be in contention for a medal. Likewise China have a deep if unspectacular squad. Canada are in the same position and will hope to leave Andre De Grasse with a medal to chase.

Italy should also make the final and Trinidad and Tobago could be the neutrals favourite. Their squad is a deep one.

Our medal prediction

  1. USA
  2. Japan
  3. Great Britain & NI


WR: 36.84 (Jamaica 2012)

OR: 36.84 (Jamaica 2012)

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