04 MAR 2014 Preview Sopot, Poland

Men's 400m preview – IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014

Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago competes in the Men's 400m Semi Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 (Getty Images)Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago competes in the Men's 400m Semi Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 (Getty Images) © Copyright

Lalonde Gordon, the Olympic bronze medallist from Trinidad and Tobago, is by far the fastest man among the entrants having run 45.17 this winter.

His compatriot Deon Lendore, the current world leader with 45.03, will be focusing on the NCAA Championships and so won't be in Sopot, but Trinidad and Tobago still have a great shot of the gold medal with Gordon.

Dominican Republic’s Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos and Costa Rica’s 2012 World Indoor Championships winner Nery Brenes are also in the field but next quickest on season’s bests are the one-two from the US Championships, Kyle Clemons and David Verburg.

Czech Republic’s reigning European champion, indoors and outdoors, Pavel Maslek and Great Britain’s Nigel Levine should also feature.

Simon Turnbull for the IAAF

Men's 400 Metres Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Nery Brenes CRC CRC 10 MAR 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Nery Brenes 45.11 CRC CRC Istanbul (Ataköy Arena) 10 MAR 2012

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Deon Lendore TTO TTO 45.03
2 Lalonde Gordon TTO TTO 45.17
3 Pavel Maslák CZE CZE 45.24
4 Arman Hall USA USA 45.28
5 Vernon Norwood USA USA 45.39