World Championships in Athletics, 26 August 2023, Budapest. Vít Müller (right) from the Czech Republic and Kentaro Sato from Japan in the men's 4×400 meter relay race.
Budapest – The Czech relay team of Matěj Krsek, Pavel Maslák, Vít Müller, Patrik Šorm did not advance to the final of the 4×400 meters at the World Championships in Budapest. She finished sixth in the first heat and even the national record of 3:00.99 was not enough to advance. The Czechs will not repeat last year's eighth place from the championship in Eugene.
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Just like the bronze mix, Krsek started the race and passed in fourth place. However, the Czech quartet gradually fell to seventh place. The other owner of the bronze, Patrik Šorm, this time in the role of the finisher, had 44.44 on the flying section, better than the advancing Americans and the British, and even overtook the Trinidad relay team. The time of 3:00.99 is 64 hundredths better than the previous record from the final in Eugene.
Overall, the Czech quartet placed 12th, last year this time would have been the second best in the heats. Šorm did not expect that the promotion would hang so high. “I thought that 3:01.20 would be enough. I believed that if we ran under 3:01, we would advance, on the other hand, here is a much better and faster stadium than in Oregon, so they ran here in in all 'cajty' disciplines,” he said.
The Americans were the fastest in 2:58.47. They also fielded two members of the golden mix Matthew Boling and Justin Robinson. So far, Quincy Hall and Vernon Norwood, third and fourth from the individual quartet, have been given time off, with them the relay can be even faster.