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2015 IAAF World Relays – Men's distance medley relay

Men's distance medley relay
at the 2015 IAAF World Relays
Venue Thomas Robinson Stadium
Dates 3 May (final)
Competitors 24 from 6 nations
Winning time 9:15.50 (WR)
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Events at the
2015 World Relays
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 200 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
4 × 800 m relay men women
Distance medley relay men women

The men's Distance medley relay at the 2015 IAAF World Relays was held at the Thomas Robinson Stadium on 3 May. This was the first time the event was held at a World Championship level meet. The previous world best, set by a Kenyan team in 2006 at the Penn Relays was elevated to World Record status due to the inclusion of the event in the World Relays.

In the first leg, Australian Ryan Gregson took it out in 2:53.15 to take a 5 meter lead over American Kyle Merber with Kenya another 7 meters back. Alexander Beck held the lead but Kenya's Alphas Leken Kishoyian gained a half a second on the leading two teams to pull his team back into contention. The 800 metre leg was thrilling as Brandon Johnson quickly passed Jordan Williamsz only to be overtaken by Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich. Johnson used his best strategic tactics to edge back into the lead by the handoff. But Ben Blankenship had no interest in the lead, literally showing down and inviting Timothy Cheruiyot to take over. Cheruiyot more than obliged, accelerating to a much faster pace breaking away from Blankenship possibly trying to steal the race while Collis Birmingham brought Australia back into the mix. After a little more than 2 laps, Cheruiyot began to pay the price for his early pace. As he tied up, Blankenship cruised by, but the race wasn't over. Cheruiyot stayed on Blankenship's heels and on the final backstretch, Blankenship showed signs of vulnerability. But coming off the turn, Blankenship had more speed and was able to pull away to the finish line. Setting a new world record, a .06 of a second improvement over the 9 year old world record was just an after thought.


  • Records 1
  • Schedule 2
  • Results 3
    • Final 3.1
  • References 4


Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:

World record  KEN
(Elkanah Angwenyi, Thomas Musembi, Alfred Yego, Alex Kipchirchir)
9:15.56 Philadelphia, United States 29 April 2006
World Leading  Kenya 9:25.81 Nairobi, Kenya 10 April 2015


Date Time Round
3 May 2015 20:43 Final

All times are local times (UTC-4)


KEY: WR World record AR Area record


The final was started at 20:51.[1]

Rank Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
6  United States Kyle Merber, Brycen Spratling, Brandon Johnson, Ben Blankenship 9:15.50 WR
3  Kenya Abednego Chesebe Miti, Alphas Leken Kishoyian, Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich, Timothy Cheruiyot 9:17.20
1  Australia Ryan Gregson, Alexander Beck, Jordan Williamsz, Collis Birmingham 9:21.62
4 5  Poland Mateusz Demczyszak, Łukasz Krawczuk, Adam Kszczot, Marcin Lewandowski 9:24.07
5 4  Germany Sebastian Keiner, Jonas Plass, Robin Schembera, Florian Orth 9:24.37
6 2  Papua New Guinea George Yamak 10:50.63


  1. ^ Final Results
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