Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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The women's 4×400 metres relay was one of 23 track events of the athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens. It was contested at the Athens Olympic Stadium, from August 27 to August 28, by a total of sixteen national teams comprising 64 athletes.

The sixteen teams competed in a two-heat qualifying round in which the first three teams from each heat, together with the next two fastest teams, were given a place in the final race.

The United States won this event in 3:19.01. In 2010 Crystal Cox (who ran in the heats but not the final) admitted to using anabolic steroids from 2001 to 2004. As a result, she forfeited all of her results from that time period, and agreed to a four-year suspension, until January 2014. The IAAF recommended to the IOC the disqualification of the entire team.[1] In 2013, both the IAAF and the IOC announced that the result would stand and the American squad (except Cox) would be allowed to retain their gold medals and that they now considered the case closed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 United States (USA)
DeeDee Trotter
Monique Henderson
Sanya Richards
Monique Hennagan
Moushaumi Robinson*
 Russia (RUS)
Olesya Krasnomovets
Natalya Nazarova
Olesya Zykina
Natalya Antyukh
Tatyana Firova*
Natalia Ivanova*
 Jamaica (JAM)
Novlene Williams
Michelle Burgher
Nadia Davy
Sandie Richards
Ronetta Smith*

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Qualification[edit]

The Olympic qualification period for the athletics' relay events ran from January 1, 2003 to July 21, 2004. A National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter a maximum of one qualified relay team per relay event, with a maximum of six qualified athletes. For this event, an NOC would be invited to participate with a relay team if the average of the team's two best times — obtained in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments — would be among the best sixteen, at the end of this period.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:15.17 Soviet Union Tatyana Ledovskaya
Soviet Union Olga Nazarova
Soviet Union Mariya Pinigina
Soviet Union Olga Bryzgina
Seoul (KOR) October 1, 1988
Olympic Record 3:15.17 Soviet Union Tatyana Ledovskaya
Soviet Union Olga Nazarova
Soviet Union Mariya Pinigina
Soviet Union Olga Bryzgina
Seoul (KOR) October 1, 1988

Results[edit]

All times are shown in minutes. The following abbreviations are used:

  • Q denotes qualification by place
  • q denotes qualification by time
  • SB denotes "season best"
  • NR denotes national record

Round 1[edit]

First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the Final.

Rank Heat Nation Competitors Results Notes
1 1 Russia Olesya Krasnomovets, Natalia Ivanova, Tatyana Firova, Olesya Zykina 3:23.52 Q, SB
2 2 United States Crystal Cox, Moushaumi Robinson, Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards 3:23.79 Q
3 1 Jamaica Ronetta Smith, Michelle Burgher, Nadia Davy, Sandie Richards 3:24.92 Q, SB
4 1 Poland Zuzanna Radecka, Monika Bejnar, Małgorzata Pskit, Grażyna Prokopek 3:25.05 Q, SB
5 2 Greece Hariklia Bouda, Hrisoula Goudenoudi, Dimitra Dova, Fani Chalkia 3:26.70 Q
6 2 India Rajwinder Kaur, K. M. Beenamol, Chitra K. Soman, Manjit Kaur 3:26.89 Q, NR
7 1 Great Britain Christine Ohuruogu, Catherine Murphy, Helen Karagounis, Lee McConnell 3:26.99 q, SB
8 1 Romania Angela Moroşanu, Alina Rapanu, Maria Rus, Ionela Tirlea-Manolache 3:27.36 q
9 1 Belarus Natallia Solohub, Irina Khlyustova, Ilona Usovich, Sviatlana Usovich 3:27.38 SB
10 2 Germany Claudia Hoffmann, Claudia Marx, Jana Neubert, Grit Breuer 3:27.75
11 2 Mexico Liliana Allen, Magali Yanez, Ana Guevara, Mayra González 3:27.88 NR
12 2 Brazil Maria Laura Almirao, Josiane Tito, Geisa Coutinho, Lucimar Teodoro 3:28.43 SB
13 2 Ukraine Oleksandra Ryzhkova, Oksana Ilyushkina, Antonina Yefremova, Nataliya Pyhyda 3:28.62
14 1 Cameroon Mireille Nguimgo, Hortense Béwouda, Carole Kaboud Mebam, Muriel Noah Ahanda 3:29.93 SB
15 1 Nigeria Ngozi Cynthia Nwokocha, Gloria Amuche Nwosu, Halimat Ismaila, Christy Ekpukhon 3:30.78 SB
16 2 Senegal Aïda Diop, Mame Tacko Diouf, Aminata Diouf, Fatou Bintou Fall 3:35.18

Final[edit]

Rank Nation Competitors Results Notes
1st United States DeeDee Trotter, Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards, Monique Hennagan 3:19.01 SB
2nd Russia Olesya Krasnomovets, Natalya Nazarova, Olesya Zykina, Natalya Antyukh 3:20.16 SB
3rd Jamaica Novlene Williams, Michelle Burgher, Nadia Davy, Sandie Richards 3:22.00 SB
4 Great Britain Donna Fraser, Catherine Murphy, Christine Ohuruogu, Lee McConnell 3:25.12 SB
5 Poland Zuzanna Radecka, Monika Bejnar, Małgorzata Pskit, Grażyna Prokopek 3:25.22
6 Romania Angela Moroşanu, Alina Rapanu, Maria Rus, Ionela Tirlea-Manolache 3:26.81 SB
7 India Sathi Geetha, K. M. Beenamol, Chitra K. Soman, Rajwinder Kaur 3:28.51
8 Greece Hariklia Bouda, Hrisoula Goudenoudi, Dimitra Dova, Fani Chalkia 3:45.70

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jamaica Observer (16 March 2010). "Jamaica gains Athens Olympics women's 4x400m silver". The Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 3 July 2011.