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

Men

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]

Women

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.

On April 15, 2022 an American team consisting of Heather MacLean, Kendall Ellis, Roisin Willis and Elle Purrier St. Pierre set the current best indoor time of 10:33.85 at The TRACK in Boston.[4] Nevertheless the distance medley relay is only a world record discipline outdoors it is a subject to usual ratification procedure to become an outright world record because their time bettered the outdoor mark of 10:36.50.[5]

All-time top 25

Men

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 (2:50.8), Thomas Musembi (45.8), Alfred Yego (1:46.2), Alex Kipchirchir (3:52.8) 29 April 2006 Philadelphia
3 9:15.63  USA Chris Lukezic (2:51.7), James Carter (45.6), Khadevis Robinson (1:44.5), Bernard Lagat (3:53.8) 29 April 2006 Philadelphia
4 9:16.34  Ethiopia Abiyote Abinet (2:53.5), Bereket Desta (46.0), Mohammed Aman (1:44.0), Aman Wote (3:52.8) 27 April 2013 Philadelphia
5 9:17.01  Kenya Anthony Chemut (2:51.6), Kennedy Chepsiror (47.1), Timothy Kitum (1:45.4), Caleb Ndiku (3:52.9) 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 (2:48.54), Marouan Maadadi (46.36), Mohammed Laalou (1:49.50), Amine Laalou (3:53.08) 30 April 2011 Philadelphia
8 9:17.56  Australia Ryan Gregson (2:48.66), Sean Wroe (45.95), Lachlan Renshaw (1:46.29), Jeff Riseley (3:56.66) 30 April 2011 Philadelphia
9 9:18.09  USA Bernard Lagat (2:48.29), Michael Tinsley (46.13), Duane Solomon (1:46.31), Russell Brown (3:57.36) 30 April 2011 Philadelphia
10 9:18.21 United States USA Red Andrew Wheating (2:52.2), Quentin Summers (44.8), Duane Solomon (1:45.0), David Torrence (3:56.2) 27 April 2013 Philadelphia
11 9:19.31 United States USA Blue Tyler Mulder (2:52.8), David Neville (46.7), Khadevis Robinson (1:44.9), Leo Manzano (3:54.9) 28 April 2012 Philadelphia
12 9:19.33 United States USA Blue Matthew Centrowitz (2:53.4), Kind Butler (45.5), Charles Jock (1:45.7), Bernard Lagat (3:54.8) 27 April 2013 Philadelphia
13 9:19.42i University of Oregon United States Cole Hocker (2:49.89), Dominican Republic Luis Peralta (47.29), Australia Charlie Hunter (1:47.65), United States Cooper Teare (3:54.61) 29 January 2021 Fayetteville [6]
14 9:19.88 United States USA Red Russell Brown (2:52.9), Michael Tinsley (45.8), Nick Symmonds (1:44.0), Bernard Lagat (3:57.2) 28 April 2012 Philadelphia
15 9:19.93i  USA Matthew Centrowitz (2:49.47), Mike Berry (46.39), Erik Sowinski (1:47.60), Pat Casey (3:56.47) 31 January 2015 New York City
16 9:19.98i University of Oregon United States Cole Hocker (2:52.73), Jamaica Xavier Nairne (47.58), Australia Charlie Hunter (1:46.70), United States Cooper Teare (3:52.99) 12 March 2021 Fayetteville [7]
17 9:20.10 United States University of Arkansas Reuben Reina (2:53.9), Charles Williams (46.40), Robert Bradley (1:46.00), Joe Falcon (3:53.80) 28 April 1989 Philadelphia
18 9:20.24  USA David Torrence (2:48.65), Kenneth Ferguson (47.30), Nick Symmonds (1:49.00), Leo Manzano (3:55.29) 30 April 2011 Philadelphia
19 9:20.75i University of Mississippi United States Everett Smulders (2:53.32), United States Elijah Dryer (46.80), Puerto Rico John Rivera (1:47.35), Spain Mario García Romo (3:53.28) 12 March 2021 Fayetteville [8]
20 9:20.96 United States Georgetown University John Trautmann (2:53.08), Darron Outler (46.90), Miles Irish (1:46.08), Mike Stahr (3:54.90) 24 April 1987 Philadelphia [9]
21 9:21.02 Villanova University Republic of Ireland Sean O'Neill (2:52.0), South Africa Edwin Modibedi (45.3), United States Bruce Harris (1:48.5), Republic of Ireland Gerry O'Reilly (3:55.3) 24 April 1987 Philadelphia
22 9:21.10i University of Washington United States Luke Houser (2:52.90), United States Anthony Smith (46.71), United States Cass Elliott (1:48.68), Republic of Ireland Brian Fay (3:52.81) 18 February 2022 Fayetteville [10]
23 9:21.36 World All-Stars Australia Mark Fountain (2:51.2), Trinidad and Tobago Damian Barry (45.1), Trinidad and Tobago Sherridan Kirk (1:47.1), Uganda Julius Achon (3:58.0) 29 April 2006 Philadelphia
24 9:21.42  Ethiopia Tesfaye Cheru (2:56.6), Bereket Desta (46.4), Mohammed Aman (1:45.2), Aman Wote (3:53.3) 28 April 2012 Philadelphia
25 9:21.44 Mount St. Mary's University Kenya Peter Rono (2:53.4), Zambia Davison Lishebo (45.7), Kenya Charles Cheruiyot (1:49.3), Kenya Kip Cheruiyot (3:53.0) 29 April 1989 Philadelphia

Women

Rank Time Team Athletes Date Place Ref
1 10:33.85i  New Balance Heather MacLean (3:14.92), Kendall Ellis (52.04), Roisin Willis (2:03.30), Elle Purrier St. Pierre (4:23.55) 15 April 2022 Boston [11]
2 10:36.50  USA Treniere Moser, Sanya Richards-Ross, Ajeé Wilson, Shannon Rowbury 2 May 2015 Nassau
3 10:39.91i  Nike Union Athletic Club Ella Donaghu, Raevyn Rogers, Sinclaire Johnson, Shannon Osika 11 February 2022 Spokane [12][13]
4 10:40.31i  USA Emma Coburn, Sydney McLaughlin, Brenda Martinez, Jenny Simpson 28 January 2017 Boston [14]
5 10:42.57i  New Balance Sarah Brown, Mahogany Jones, Megan Krumpoch, Brenda Martinez 7 February 2015 Boston
6 10:42.79i  New York All-Stars Stephanie Charnigo, Katie Hoaldridge, Latavia Thomas, Nicole Tully 7 February 2015 Boston
7 10:43.35  Kenya Selah Jepleting Busienei, Joy Nakhumicha Sakari, Sylivia Chematui Chesebe, Virginia Nyambura Nganga 2 May 2015 Nassau
8 10:45.32  Poland Katarzyna Broniatowska, Monika Szczęsna, Angelika Cichocka, Sofia Ennaoui 2 May 2015 Nassau
9 10:46.94  Australia Melissa Duncan, Samantha Lind, Brittany McGowan, Heidi See 2 May 2015 Nassau
10 10:48.38 United States Villanova University Kathy Franey (3:20.9), Michelle Bennett (52.9), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9) 28 April 1988 Philadelphia
11 10:48.77i University of Oregon New Zealand Lilli Burdon (3:20.56), United States Ashante Horsley (53.77), United States Raevyn Rogers (2:03.53), United States Katie Rainsberger (4:30.93) 27 January 2017 New York City
12 10:49.39i New Balance Europe Netherlands Lisanne De Witte, Spain Esther Guerrero , Sweden Anna Silvander, United Kingdom Sarah McDonald 28 January 2017 Boston [15]
13 10:49.58 University of Michigan United States Danielle Tauro (3:22.2), United States Serita Williams (53.4), United States Geena Gall (2:02.1), Canada Nicole Edwards 4:31.9 24 April 2008 Philadelphia
14 10:49.81 Villanova University Republic of Ireland Sonia O'Sullivan (3:18.7), Jamaica Michelle Bennett (52.0), United States Michele Torelli (2:06.3), United StatesKathy Franey (4:32.8) 28 April 1990 Philadelphia
15 10:50.22 United States Brigham Young University Lauren Ellsworth (3:18.22), Alena Ellsworth (53.63), Claire Seymour (2:05.95), Courtney Wayment (4:32.39) 29 April 2022 Philadelphia [16]
16 10:50.51 United States University of Tennessee Brittany Sheffey (3:24.4), Latonya Loche 51.5, Phoebe Wright (2:01.7), Sarah Bowman (4:32.9) 24 April 2008 Philadelphia
17 10:50.98i United States University of Tennessee Phoebe Wright (3:23.18), Brittany Jones (53.51), Chanelle Price (2:03.18), Sarah Bowman (4:31.11) 13 March 2009 College Station
18 10:51.37i United States University of Arkansas Isabel Van Camp (3:22.76), Paris Peoples (52.65), Krissy Gear (2:03.75), Logan Jolly (4:32.21) 11 March 2022 Birmingham
19 10:51.49 United States Georgetown University Renee Tomlin (3:19.81), Amanda Kimbers (54.54), Chelsea Cox (2:05.58), Emily Infeld (4:31.56) 28 April 2011 Philadelphia
20 10:51.89i University of Arkansas United States Jessica Kamilos (3:22.87), Trinidad and Tobago Sparkle McKnight (52.84), United States Therese Haiss (2:07.29), South Africa Dominique Scott (4:28.89) 13 March 2015 Fayetteville
21 10:51.99i University of Oregon Australia Jessica Hull (3:19.97), United States Venessa D’Arpino (54.17), Kenya Susan Ejore (2:04.18), New Zealand Lilli Burdon (4:33.67) 9 March 2018 College Station
22 10:52.02i United States Stanford University Vanessa Fraser (3:20.44), Missy Mongiovi (53.59), Elise Cranny (2:04.64), Christina Aragon (4:33.35) 9 March 2018 College Station
23 10:52.52i Villanova University United States Emily Lipari (3:21.82), United States Christie Verdier (53.72), United States Ariann Neutts (2:07.06), Canada Shiela Reid (4:29.91) 11 March 2011 College Station
24 10:52.90i University of Oregon Germany Anne Kesselring (3:20.52), Nigeria Chizoba Okodogbe (53.87), United States Becca Friday (2:08.05), United States Jordan Hasay (3:40.46) 11 March 2011 College Station
25 10:52.96i United States Brigham Young University Olivia Hoj (3:21.92), Alena Ellsworth (52.41), Lauren Ellsworth (2:05.74), Courtney Wayment (4:32.89) 12 March 2021 Fayetteville [17]

See also

References

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