17 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

Men’s 4x400m preview – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio in action (Getty Images)Trinidad and Tobago's Machel Cedenio in action (Getty Images) © Copyright

Aside from 2000, when they didn’t send any relay teams, the US has only once been beaten in the men’s 4x400m at the IAAF World Junior Championships. With three of their team members appearing in the top eight on this year’s world junior season lists, the host nation looks set to win another gold in this event in Eugene.

South Africa’s team appears strong and they could provide USA’s toughest opposition. Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio, the fastest junior 400m runner in the world this year, will be a valuable member of his nation’s team, having clocked a 44.4 split on the team that set a national record at the IAAF World Relays earlier this year.

Jamaica, Nigeria and Great Britain could be among the other medal contenders.

Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF

Men's 4x400 Metres Relay Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
United States Junior USA USA 15 JUL 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
United States Junior 3:01.09 USA USA Grosseto 18 JUL 2004

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 United States Junior USA USA 3:03.31
2 Japan Junior JPN JPN 3:04.11
3 Jamaica Junior JAM JAM 3:04.47
4 Trinidad and Tobago Junior TTO TTO 3:06.02
5 Great Britain & N.I. Junior GBR GBR 3:06.42