2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay

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The Women's 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on 2 and 3 September. Friday and Saturday. This is a change in schedule from previous years when all the relays were at the end of the program. This might necessitate a change in strategy to allow for team members involved in other events.

The United States held the two fastest relay times before the championships and had won the 2007 and 2009 world titles, as well as the 2008 Olympic gold medals. Jamaica and Russia – the only other nations to have won a world title since 2000 – were the other primary contenders. A Brazilian team had broken the South American record a month before the championships and was the third fastest qualifying nation. Great Britain, Ukraine and Germany comprised the other major nations at the competition.[1]

Twenty teams, instead of the normal sixteen, started this event, necessitating three heats instead of two. United States was an easy winner in heat one, with Ukraine edging out neighboring Belarus for the second automatic qualifying spot, but Belarus qualified on time. Russia, with the fastest time, was an easy winner in heat two with Nigeria taking the second automatic spot and Czech Republic taking the second time qualifier. Jamaica and Great Britain separated cleanly from their competitors in heat three.

In the final, the United States led off with previous world champion Sanya Richards-Ross, who handed off to silver medalist Allyson Felix in the lead. Felix extended the lead with Russian Natalya Antyukh and then Jamaica 's Davita Prendergast chasing about 5 metres back. Prendergast passed a fading Antyukh, who had charged after Felix and was slowing, just before the handoff. Novlene Williams-Mills solidified Jamaica's hold on second place during the third leg. On the anchor leg, Francena McCorory burst away from the handoff, extending the lead to 10 metres and discouraging a challenge. McCorory paid for that burst on the home stretch, but still maintained the 5 metre lead at the finish. Jamaica knocked a second off their National record.

On 21 June 2017, Russia forfeited the bronze medal following the disqualification of Kapachinskaya. The medal was reallocated by IAAF to Great Britain.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 United States
Sanya Richards-Ross
Allyson Felix
Jessica Beard
Francena McCorory
Natasha Hastings*
Keshia Baker*
 Jamaica
Rosemarie Whyte
Davita Prendergast
Novlene Williams-Mills
Shericka Williams
Shereefa Lloyd*
Patricia Hall*
 Great Britain
Perri Shakes-Drayton
Nicola Sanders
Christine Ohuruogu
Lee McConnell

Records[edit]

World record  Soviet Union
(Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Kulchunova, Olga Bryzgina)
3:15.17 Seoul, South Korea 1 October 1988
Championship record  United States
(Gwen Torrence, Maicel Malone-Wallace, Natasha Kaiser-Brown, Jearl Miles Clark)
3:16.71 Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
World leading  United States Red
(Debbie Dunn, Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross)
3:22.92 Philadelphia, PA, United States 30 April 2011
African record  Nigeria
(Olabisi Afolabi, Fatima Yusuf, Charity Opara, Falilat Ogunkoya)
3:21.04 Atlanta, GA, United States 3 August 1996
Asian record China Hebei Province
(Xiaohong An, Xiaoyun Bai, Chunying Cao, Yuqin Ma)
3:24.28 Beijing, China 13 September 1993
North, Central American and Caribbean record  United States
(Denean Howard-Hill, Diane Dixon, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Florence Griffith-Joyner)
3:15.51 Seoul, South Korea 1 October 1988
South American record Brazil BM&F Bovespa
(Geisa Aparecida Coutinho, Bárbara de Oliveira, Joelma Sousa, Jailma de Lima)
3:26.68 São Paulo, Brazil 7 August 2011
European record  Soviet Union
(Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Kulchunova, Olga Bryzgina)
3:15.17 Seoul, South Korea 1 October 1988
Oceanian record  Australia
(Nova Peris, Tamsyn Manou, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Cathy Freeman)
3:23.81 Sydney, Australia 30 September 2000

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
3:32.00

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
2 September 2011 12:10 Heats
3 September 2011 20:40 Final

Results[edit]

KEY: q Fastest non-qualifiers Q Qualified NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best

Heats[edit]

Qualification: First 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Nation Athletes Time Notes
1 2  Russia Kseniya Vdovina, Ksenia Zadorina, Lyudmila Litvinova, Antonina Krivoshapka 3:20.94 Q, WL
2 3  Jamaica Rosemarie Whyte, Shereefa Lloyd, Patricia Hall, Davita Prendergast 3:22.01 Q, SB
3 3  Great Britain Christine Ohuruogu, Nicola Sanders, Lee McConnell, Perri Shakes-Drayton 3:23.05 Q, SB
4 1  United States Natasha Hastings, Jessica Beard, Francena McCorory, Keshia Baker 3:23.57 Q
5 1  Belarus Hanna Tashpulatava, Yulyana Yushchanka, Ilona Usovich, Sviatlana Usovich 3:24.28 q, SB
6 2  Nigeria Omolara Omotosho, Muizat Ajoke Odumosu, Margaret Etim, Bukola Abogunloko 3:25.59 Q, SB
7 2  Czech Republic Denisa Rosolová, Zuzana Bergrová, Jitka Bartoničková, Zuzana Hejnová 3:26.01 q, SB
8 3  Italy Chiara Bazzoni, Maria Enrica Spacca, Libania Grenot, Marta Milani 3:26.48 SB
9 2  Cuba Aymée Martínez, Diosmely Peña, Susana Clement, Daisurami Bonne 3:26.74 SB
10 1  Germany Janin Lindenberg, Esther Cremer, Lena Schmidt, Claudia Hoffmann 3:27.31 SB
11 3  Ireland Marian Andrews-Heffernan, Joanne Cuddihy, Claire Bergin, Michelle Carey 3:27.48 NR
12 2  Canada Adrienne Power, Esther Akinsulie, Jenna Martin, Lemlem Bereket 3:27.92 SB
13 1  France Phara Anacharsis, Muriel Hurtis-Houairi, Marie Gayot, Floria Guei 3:28.02 SB
14 3  Turkey Nagihan Karadere, Birsen Engin, Meliz Redif, Pınar Saka 3:32.15
15 1  Australia Caitlin Sargent, Caitlin Willis-Pincott, Lauren Boden, Anneliese Rubie 3:32.27 SB
16 3  China Chen Yanmei, Tang Xiaoyin, Zheng Zhihui, Chen Jingwen 3:32.39 SB
17 2  Brazil Geisa Coutinho, Bárbara de Oliveira, Joelma Sousa, Jailma de Lima 3:32.43
18 3  South Korea Woo Yu-jin, Lee Ha-nee, Park Seongmyun, Oh Se-ra 3:43.22 SB
99 1  Kazakhstan Alexandra Kuzina, Viktoriya Yalovtseva, Marina Maslenko, Tatyana Khadjimuradova DNF
99 1  Ukraine Nataliya Pyhyda, Olha Zavhorodnya, Hanna Yaroshchuk, Antonina Yefremova (3:24.13) DQ1

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 6  United States Sanya Richards-Ross, Allyson Felix, Jessica Beard, Francena McCorory 3:18.09 WL
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4  Jamaica Rosemarie Whyte, Davita Prendergast, Novlene Williams-Mills, Shericka Williams 3:18.71 NR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3  Great Britain Perri Shakes-Drayton, Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohuruogu, Lee McConnell 3:23.63
4 1  Belarus Hanna Tashpulatava, Yulyana Yushchanka, Ilona Usovich, Sviatlana Usovich 3:25.64
5 2  Czech Republic Denisa Rosolová, Zuzana Bergrová, Jitka Bartoničková, Zuzana Hejnová 3:26.57
6 8  Nigeria Omolara Omotosho, Muizat Ajoke Odumosu, Margaret Etim, Bukola Abogunloko 3:29.82
99 5  Russia Antonina Krivoshapka, Natalya Antyukh, Lyudmila Litvinova, Anastasiya Kapachinskaya 3:19.36 DQ1
99 7  Ukraine Nataliya Pyhyda, Anastasiya Rabchenyuk, Hanna Yaroshchuk, Antonina Yefremova 3:23.86 DQ2

1 Positive drug test of Kapachinskaya 2 Positive drug test of Yefremova

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (21 August 2011). Women's 4x400m Relay – PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 25 August 2011.

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