Historically, the United States of America have dominated the men’s 4x400m relay, winning six world titles since the Championships began in 1983. World indoor champion and 2001 anchorman Tyree WASHINGTON plus Calvin HARRISON, Derrick BREW and Jerome YOUNG could make up a talented quartet whose 2003 best at 2:58.40 is three seconds better than any rival. Providing they carry the baton cleanly, history should repeat itself.
Jamaica’s team could include national champion Michael BLACKWOOD, plus Brandon SIMPSON, Davian CLARKE and Chris WILLIAMS, the 200m silver medallist in Edmonton. They will look to improve on their Edmonton bronze medal. With impressive 2003 times and great depth, the Jamaican team could cause an upset in the final event of the championships.
The Bahama’s, Edmonton silver medallists in this event, will be hoping to lay down the gauntlet to the USA this time around. Chris BROWN and Avard MONCUR will provide the basis for a reasonable challenge.
Marc RAQUIL and Leslie DJHONE may use the French crowd to help lift France into minor medal contention. Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Poland are both traditionally strong in this event, Poland having finished fourth at the last World Championships.