Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Women's 4 × 100 metres relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 9 August 2012 (2012-08-09) (heats)
10 August 2012 (2012-08-10) (final)
Teams 16
Winning time 40.82 WR
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics

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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
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

The women's 4 × 100 metres relay competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place on 9–10 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1] The victorious United States team broke the world record by over half a second. The previous record had been set 27 years previously by East Germany, a result that was widely considered suspicious due to East Germany's record of doping.[2] The Jamaican team, 6 metres back, missed the previous world record by .04, but set a new national record. Another 7 metres back, Ukraine took the bronze, also setting a new national record.[3]

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  East Germany
(Silke Gladisch, Sabine Rieger, Ingrid Auerswald, Marlies Göhr)
41.37 Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record  East Germany
(Romy Müller, Bärbel Wöckel, Ingrid Auerswald, Marlies Göhr)
41.60 Moscow, Soviet Union 1 August 1980
2012 World leading  United States
(Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter)[4]
42.19 Philadelphia, United States 28 April 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
10 August 2012 Final Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter United States 40.82[3] WR
10 August 2012 Final Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart Jamaica 41.41[3] NR
10 August 2012 Final Olesya Povh, Hrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen, Elyzaveta Bryzgina Ukraine 42.04[3] NR
9 August 2012 Round 1 Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Kai Selvon, Semoy Hackett Trinidad and Tobago 42.31 NR
9 August 2012 Round 1 Kadene Vassell, Dafne Schippers, Eva Lubbers, Jamile Samuel Netherlands 42.45 NR
9 August 2012 Round 1 Ana Claudia Silva, Franciela Krasucki, Evelyn dos Santos, Rosângela Santos Brazil 42.55 AR

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 2 United States Tianna Madison, Jeneba Tarmoh, Bianca Knight, Lauryn Williams 41.64 Q, SB
2 4 Trinidad and Tobago Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Kai Selvon, Semoy Hackett 42.31 Q, NR
3 8 Netherlands Kadene Vassell, Dafne Schippers, Eva Lubbers, Jamile Samuel 42.45 Q, NR
4 7 Brazil Ana Claudia Silva, Franciela Krasucki, Evelyn dos Santos, Rosângela Santos 42.55 q, AR
5 3 Nigeria Christy Udoh, Gloria Asumnu, Oludamola Osayomi, Blessing Okagbare 42.74 q, SB
6 9 Bahamas Sheniqua Ferguson, Chandra Sturrup, Christine Amertil, Anthonique Strachan 43.07 SB
7 6 Switzerland Michelle Cueni, Mujinga Kambundji, Ellen Sprunger, Léa Sprunger 43.54 PB
8 5 Japan Anna Doi, Kana Ichikawa, Chisato Fukushima, Yumeka Sano 44.25

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 4 Ukraine Olesya Povh, Hrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen, Elyzaveta Bryzgina 42.36 Q, SB
2 6 Jamaica Samantha Henry-Robinson, Sherone Simpson, Schillonie Calvert, Kerron Stewart 42.37 Q, SB
3 9 Germany Leena Günther, Anne Cibis, Tatjana Pinto, Verena Sailer 42.69 Q
4 2 Poland Marika Popowicz, Daria Korczynska, Marta Jeschke, Ewelina Ptak 43.07
5 5 Colombia Yomara Hinestroza, Norma González, Darlenis Obregón, Eliecith Palacios 43.21 SB
6 7 Russia Olga Belkina, Natalia Rusakova, Elizabeta Savlinis, Aleksandra Fedoriva 43.24 SB
7 3 Belarus Alina Talay, Katsiaryna Hanchar, Elena Danilyuk-Nevmerzhytskaya, Yuliya Balykina 43.90
N/A 8 France Myriam Soumaré, Ayodelé Ikuesan, Lina Jacques-Sébastien, Johanna Danois DQ R 163.3a
  • France originally finished in seventh place over Belarus with a time of 43.77, but were disqualified due to a lane infringement.

Final[edit]

The American team had an often repeated history of relay failures, so most of the pre-race discussion focused on whether it could successfully get the baton around the track. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, both the men's and women's 4 x 100 metres teams had dropped the baton, leading one reporter to call it the "nadir in US relay history".[5]

On the first leg of the final, Tianna Madison was able to hold her own against the double 100 metre gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Allyson Felix put the USA into the lead, extended by Bianca Knight around the turn. At the final handoff to individual 100 metre silver medalist Carmelita Jeter, the team enjoyed a 3 metre lead. Secure in the handoffs, Jeter sped to the finish, noticing the time and pointing at the clock before the finish line.[6][7]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 7 United States Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter 40.82[3] WR
2 6 Jamaica Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart 41.41[3] NR
3 5 Ukraine Olesya Povh, Hrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen, Elyzaveta Bryzgina 42.04[3] NR
4 2 Nigeria Christy Udoh, Gloria Asumnu, Oludamola Osayomi, Blessing Okagbare 42.64[3] SB
5 8 Germany Leena Günther, Anne Cibis, Tatjana Pinto, Verena Sailer 42.67[3]
6 9 Netherlands Kadene Vassell, Dafne Schippers, Eva Lubbers, Jamile Samuel 42.70[3]
7 3 Brazil Ana Claudia Silva, Franciela Krasucki, Evelyn dos Santos, Rosângela Santos 42.91[3]
N/A 4 Trinidad and Tobago Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Kai Selvon, Semoy Hackett N/A DNF[3]
  • Trinidad and Tobago failed to finish as Michelle-Lee Ahye could not pass the baton to Kelly-Ann Baptiste in time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athletics/about/
  2. ^ Turnbull, Simon (11 August 2012). "Jeter brings it home to smash 27-year-old 'tainted' world record". Independent (London). Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "International Association of Athletics Federations". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ "The Penn Relays - April 26-28, 2012". Pennrelaysonline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  5. ^ Shira Springer (12 August 2012). "Gripping tale for US sprinters". Boston.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Highlights: U.S. Women Set 4x100m World Record, Win Gold - Track & Field Video". NBC Olympics. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Expert Analysis: U.S. Women Set 4x100m WR; Men On Tap - Track & Field Video". NBC Olympics. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-08-12.