17 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

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

The victorious US 4x400m team at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships: Erika Rucker, Olivia Ekpone, Kendall Baisden and Ashley Spencer (Getty Images)The victorious US 4x400m team at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships: Erika Rucker, Olivia Ekpone, Kendall Baisden and Ashley Spencer (Getty Images) © Copyright

The long relay has been a US domain for years – the last time they didn't win was in 2000, when they didn't enter a team – but the USA has not put together a junior team so far in 2014, so the list is led by Cuba (3:36.15), Jamaica (3:37.65), and Nigeria (3:37.68).

The fourth mark on the year’s list is by a single US high school, Long Beach Poly, at 3:38.05; with Kendall Baisden and Shamier Little on the team, the USA can expect to run notably faster than that in Eugene.

Also intriguing is the presence of an Indian junior quartet 10th on the 2014 list; they should have a good chance of reaching the final, and their 3:40.53 mark is just .03 from their national junior record.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Women'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 3:27.60 USA USA Grosseto 18 JUL 2004

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 United States Junior USA USA 3:30.42
2 Great Britain & N.I. Junior GBR GBR 3:32.00
3 Germany Junior GER GER 3:33.02
4 Canada Junior CAN CAN 3:33.17
5 Nigeria Junior NGR NGR 3:34.99