The distance medley relay (DMR) is an athletic event in which four athletes compete as part of a relay. With its inclusion in the IAAF World Relays program, the IAAF announced on May 1, 2015 that the event would be an official world record event.[1]

Unlike most track relays, each member of the team runs a different distance. A distance medley relay is made up of a 1200-meter leg (three laps on a standard 400 meter track), a 400-meter leg (one lap), an 800-meter leg (two laps), and a 1600-meter leg (four laps) in that order. The total distance run is 4000 meters, or nearly 2.5 miles. Aside from the 400 meter segment, which is a sprint, all legs are a middle distance run. Prior to going metric, the distance medley relay consisted of a 440-yard leg, an 880-yard leg, a 1320-yard leg and a one-mile leg. The total distance for the old distance medley relay was 4400 yards and the total distance for the current metric distance medley relay is 4374.45 yards - slightly over 25 yards shorter than the old race.

World best


The United States currently holds world record in the men's DMR with a time of 9:15.50, set on May 3, 2015. This was set during the 2015 IAAF World Relays at Thomas Robinson Stadium, located in Nassau, Bahamas. The team consisted of Kyle Merber 2:53.56 (1200m), Brycen Spratling 45.95 (400m), Brandon Johnson 1:44.75 (800m), and Ben Blankenship 3:51.24 (1600m). They shaved off 0.06s from Kenya's previous world record time set in 2006.

The Kenyan team of 2006 ran the DMR in 9:15.56, currently the second fastest time ever run. At the time of the IAAF announcement of world record status, this mark became the ratified world record.[1] Elkanah Angwenyi in 2:50.8 (1,200 meters), Thomas Musembi in 45.8 (400), Alfred Yego in 1:46.2 (800) and Alex Kipchirchir in 3:52.8 (1,600). This mark was set on April 29, 2006, at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Oregon Track and Field team of Cole Hocker in 2:49.89 (1,200 meters), Luis Peralta in 47.29 (400), Charlie Hunter in 1:47.65 (800), and Cooper Teare in 3:54.61 (1,600) currently hold the indoor world best in a time of 9:19.42. The mark was set on January 29, 2021 at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. [2]


At the same 2015 IAAF World Relays, the women's world record was set by the American team of Treniere Moser 3:18.38 (1200m), Sanya Richards-Ross (50.12) (400m), Ajee' Wilson 2:00.08 (800m), and Shannon Rowbury 4:27.92 (1600m) running 10:36.50. They beat the outdoor record of 10:48.38 set by a team from Villanova University of Kathy Franey (1200m), Michelle Bennett (400m), Celeste Halliday (800m), and Vicki Huber (1600m) at the Penn Relays in April 1988 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 27 years earlier.

The United States women's team of Sarah Brown, Mahagony Jones, Megan Krumpoch, and Brenda Martinez set the first indoor world record for the event with a time of 10:42.57 at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in 2015.[3] At the time of the IAAF announcement, this time, superior to the best time outdoors, became the ratified world record[1] even though it was set on an indoor banked track.

This record was broken by the United States team with a time of 10:40.31, set at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on January 28, 2017. The team consisted of Olympic medalist Emma Coburn 3:18.40 (1,200m), Sydney McLaughlin 52.32 (400m), Brenda Martinez, member of the old record setting team, in 2:01.92 (800 m) and in addition Olympic medalist and former world 1,500m champion Jenny Simpson 4:27.66 (1600 m).[4]

All-time top 10


Rank Time Team Athletes Date Place Ref
1 9:15.50  USA Kyle Merber, Brycen Spratling, Brandon Johnson, Ben Blankenship 3 May 2015 Nassau
2 9:15.56  Kenya Elkanah Angwenyi, Thomas Musembi, Alfred Yego, Alex Kipchirchir 29 April 2006 Philadelphia
3 9:15.63  USA Chris Lukezic, James Carter, Khadevis Robinson, Bernard Lagat 29 April 2006 Philadelphia
4 9:16.34  Ethiopia Aisinet Abiyot, Bereket Desta, Mohammed Aman, Aman Wote 27 April 2013 Philadelphia
5 9:17.01  Kenya Anthony Chemut, Kennedy KipKosgei Chepsiror, Timothy Kitum, Caleb Ndiku 27 April 2013 Philadelphia
6 9:17.20  Kenya Abednego Chesebe Miti, Alphas Leken Kishoyian, Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich, Timothy Cheruiyot 3 May 2015 Nassau
7 9:17.48  Morocco Mohammed Moustaoui, Marouan Maadadi, Mohammed Laalou, Amine Laalou 30 April 2011 Philadelphia
8 9:17.56  Australia Ryan Gregson, Sean Wroe, Lachlan Renshaw, Jeff Riseley 30 April 2011 Philadelphia
9 9:18.09  USA Bernard Lagat, Michael Tinsley, Duane Solomon, Russell Brown 30 April 2011 Philadelphia
10 9:18.21  USA Andrew Wheating, Quentin Summers, Duane Solomon, David Torrence 27 April 2013 Philadelphia


Rank Time Team Athletes Date Place Ref
1 10:36.50  USA Treniere Moser, Sanya Richards-Ross, Ajee' Wilson, Shannon Rowbury 2 May 2015 Nassau
2 10:40.31 i  USA Emma Coburn, Sydney McLaughlin, Brenda Martinez, Jenny Simpson 28 January 2017 Boston
3 10:42.57 i  New Balance Sarah Brown, Mahogany Jones, Megan Krumpoch, Brenda Martinez 7 February 2015 Boston
4 10:42.79 i  New York All-Stars Stephanie Charnigo, Katie Hoaldridge, Latavia Thomas, Nicole Tully 7 February 2015 Boston
5 10:43.35  Kenya Selah Jepleting Busienei, Joy Nakhumicha Sakari, Sylivia Chematui Chesebe,
Virginia Nyambura Nganga
2 May 2015 Nassau
6 10:45.32  Poland Katarzyna Broniatowska, Monika Szczęsna, Angelika Cichocka, Sofia Ennaoui 2 May 2015 Nassau
7 10:46.94  Australia Melissa Duncan, Samantha Lind, Brittany McGowan, Heidi See 2 May 2015 Nassau
8 10:48.38 United States Villanova Kathy Franey, Michelle Bennett, Celeste Halliday, Vicki Huber 28 April 1988 Philadelphia
9 10:48.77 i Oregon Lilli Burdon New Zealand, Ashante Horsley United States, Raevyn Rogers United States, Katie Rainsberger United States 27 January 2017 New York City
10 10:49.39 i New Balance Europe Lisanne De Witte Netherlands, Esther Guerrero Spain, Anna Silvander Sweden, Sarah McDonald United Kingdom 28 January 2017 Boston

See also


  1. ^ a b c "$1.4million in prize money on offer at IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Men's Distance Medley Relay Results" (PDF). 29 January 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  3. ^ Parker Morse (8 February 2015). "Willis mile win leads the string of indoor superlatives in Boston". IAAF. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Coburn, McLaughlin, Martinez, Simpson Break DMR World Record". Retrieved 2017-01-29.