Kenya, like Canada, has a hard time trying to develop a pool of 100m, 200m & 400m sprinters with Olympic and IAAF “A” Standards. I can’t remember the last time Canada sent a 4x400m relay team to a World Championships or Olympics. (HINT: 1992 Olympics) The Americans are overflowing in abundance in this department.
Here is an article on Kenyaâ€™s National 100m champion Tom Musinde failing in his second attempt to secure Olympic qualifying time.
How tough are the standards for 2008?
100 Meters “A” = 10.21, “B” = 10.28
200 Meters “A” = 20.59, “B” = 20.75
400 Meters “A” = 45.55, “B” = 45.95
Here is a long list of Canadian athletes who made the IAAF A Standard based on 2007 results:
100m: Mike LeBlanc, Anson Henry
200m: Brian Barnett
400m: Tyler Christopher
Sure, Canada has Tyler Christopher, but you still need 4 sprinters for a relay. And now your relay team must be ranked top 16 in the world based on the average of the best 2 IAAF permit races.
Kenya 1968 & 1972
In the past, Kenya ranked very well in the 4x400m relay. They won a silver at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, and then a Gold in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Julius Sang also won a bronze in open 400.
Yes, that is not a typo – Kenya winning a 4x400m relay gold. That was because open 400m winners Vince Matthews & Wayne Collette did a similar demonstration like Tommie Smith and John Carlos 4 years earlier. The IOC called it a “disgusting display” on the victory stand.
Modern Day 4x400m contenders or pretenders
And let us not forget the Nigerians!
Nigerians has been a force in recent 4x400m Olympics (silver Sydney 2000, bronze in Athens 2004)
I predict USA will win the 4x400m in 2008 (a no brainer) barring a catastrophe, with the silver and bronze is up for grabs. Who will be the new silver bullets? Can Australia do it again?