1983 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Events at the
1983 World Championships
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
3000 m women
5000 m men
10,000 m men
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
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Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
 


The 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1983 World Championships in Athletics was held in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 10. Although this event was won by the East German team, it is generally accepted that those athletes were part of a programme of performance enhancing drug usage (doping in East Germany). There are strong calls for the Great Britain team to be awarded the gold medal since they can be considered to have been the real winners, as is often the case involving those who lost out to East German drug cheats in the 1980s.[1]

Medals[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
 East Germany
Silke Gladisch-Möller
Marita Koch
Ingrid Auerswald-Lange
Marlies Göhr
 Great Britain
Joan Baptiste
Kathy Smallwood-Cook
Beverley Callender
Shirley Thomas
 Jamaica
Leleith Hodges
Jacqueline Pusey
Juliet Cuthbert
Merlene Ottey

Records[edit]

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  East Germany (GDR) 41.53 Berlin, Germany July 31, 1983
Championship Record New event

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

DNF = did not finish | DNS = did not start | DQ = disqualification | NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result) | Q = qualification by place in heat | q = qualification by overall place

Heat 1[edit]

  1.  Great Britain (Joan Baptiste, Kathy Smallwood-Cook, Beverley Callender, Shirley Thomas) 43.06 Q
  2.  Bulgaria (Ginka Zagorcheva, Anelia Nuneva, Nadezhda Georgieva, Pepa Pavlova) 43.19 Q
  3.  Soviet Union (Lyudmila Kondratyeva, Yelena Vinogradova, Irina Olkhovnikova, Olga Antonova) 43.51 Q
  4.  Czechoslovakia (Jarmila Nygrýnová-Strejčková, Stepanka Sokolova, Radislava Soborova, Eva Murková) 43.89 Q
  5.  West Germany (Monika Hirsch, Elke Vollmer, Michaela Schabinger, Ute Thimm) 44.21
  6.  Italy (Carla Mercurio, Erica Rossi, Daniela Ferrian, Marisa Masullo) 44.46
  7.  Finland (Sisko Markkanen-Hanhijoki, Helinä Marjamaa, Margareete Honkaharju, Riitta Ketonen) 44.77
  8.  Denmark (Britt Hansen, Lisbet Nissen-Petersen, Helle Theil, Dorthe A. Rasmussen) 45.04 (NR)

Heat 2[edit]

  1.  East Germany (Silke Gladisch-Möller, Marita Koch, Ingrid Auerswald-Lange, Marlies Göhr) 42.59 Q
  2.  Jamaica (Leleith Hodges, Jacqueline Pusey, Juliet Cuthbert, Merlene Ottey) 43.10 Q
  3.  France (Marie-France Loval, Marie-Christine Cazier-Ballo, Rose-Aimée Bacoul, Liliane Gaschet) 43.52 Q
  4.  Canada (Angela Bailey, Marita Payne-Wiggins, Tanya Brothers, Molly Killingbeck) 44.19 Q
  5.  United States (Alice Brown, Diane Williams, Chandra Cheeseborough, Randy Givens) 44.20
  6.  Bahamas (Shonel Ferguson, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Whelma Colebrook, Oralee Fowler) 44.76
  7.  Ghana (Grace Armah, Mercy Addy, Elisabeth Wilson, Mary Mensah) 47.51

Final[edit]

  1.  East Germany (Silke Gladisch-Möller, Marita Koch, Ingrid Auerswald-Lange, Marlies Göhr) 41.76
  2.  Great Britain (Joan Baptiste, Kathy Smallwood-Cook, Beverley Callender, Shirley Thomas) 42.71
  3.  Jamaica (Leleith Hodges, Jacqueline Pusey, Juliet Cuthbert, Merlene Ottey) 42.73
  4.  Bulgaria (Ginka Zagorcheva, Anelia Nuneva, Nadezhda Georgieva, Pepa Pavlova) 42.93
  5.  Canada (Angela Bailey, Marita Payne-Wiggins, Tanya Brothers, Molly Killingbeck) 43.05
  6.  Soviet Union (Lyudmila Kondratyeva, Yelena Vinogradova, Irina Olkhovnikova, Olga Antonova) 43.22
  7.  France (Marie-France Loval, Marie-Christine Cazier-Ballo, Rose-Aimée Bacoul, Liliane Gaschet) 43.40
  8.  Czechoslovakia (Jarmila Nygrýnová-Strejčková, Stepanka Sokolova, Radislava Soborova, Eva Murková) 43.78

References[edit]