Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Athletics at the
1988 Summer Olympics
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These are the official results of the Women's 4 × 100 m Relay event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. There were a total number of 19 nations competing.

This was a race between three strong teams with many athletes at their peak. From the gun, Alice Brown was out fastest for the USA in lane 6, almost making up the stagger on Zvetanka Ilieva leading off for Bulgaria on her outside. Meanwhile East German star, 1987 World Champion Silke Möller was losing ground in lane 5 as Soviet Lyudmila Kondratyeva was gaining in lane 4. All the handoffs were efficient before both Kerstin Behrendt and Galina Malchugina closed the gap on the American Sheila Echols on the second leg. The American handoff to the year's phenom, world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner was safe but not particularly efficient, the East German underhanded pass to Ingrid Auerswald is a textbook demonstration of an efficient handoff, and gave East Germany the lead. It would still be expected that the way FloJo dominated the sprint events, she would be able to pull away from Auerswald, but running the longer distance around the turn she only made a marginal gain and Marina Zhirova also put the Soviet team in close contention. Both the Soviet team and East German teams executed efficient handoffs, leaving Natalya Pomoshchnikova just slightly behind 1983 World Champion Marlies Goehr. The American handoff was not as efficient as Griffith-Joyner ran up on veteran anchor Evelyn Ashford leaving USA two metres behind. Pomoshchnikova accelerated and was able to pull even with Goehr while Ashford was in full stride and gaining. 50 metres from the finish it was three abreast across the center of the track. Ashford won the 1984 Olympic championship in the absence of the boycotting East Germans and Soviets, specifically Goehr. Here they were head to head. Pomoshchnikova's hamstring seized suddenly she was limping in pain. Ashford continued right past Goehr to a meter and a half victory and redemption. The three teams were so far ahead of the rest of the world, Pomoshchnikova was able to limp across the finish line ahead of the West German team for the bronze medal.

Records[edit]

These were the standing World and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 41.37 East Germany Silke Gladisch
East Germany Sabine Rieger
East Germany Ingrid Auerswald
East Germany Marlies Göhr
Canberra (AUS) October 6, 1985
Olympic Record 41.60 East Germany Romy Muller
East Germany Barbel Wockel
East Germany Ingrid Auerswald
East Germany Marlies Göhr
Moscow (URS) August 1, 1980

Final[edit]

  • Held on Saturday 1988-10-01
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
Med 1.png  United States (USA) Alice Brown
Sheila Echols
Florence Griffith-Joyner
Evelyn Ashford
41.98
Med 2.png  East Germany (GDR) Silke Möller
Kerstin Behrendt
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Goehr
42.09
Med 3.png  Soviet Union (URS) Lyudmila Kondratyeva
Galina Malchugina
Marina Zhirova
Natalya Pomoshchnikova
42.75
4.  West Germany (FRG) Sabine Richter
Ulrike Sarvari
Andrea Thomas
Ute Thimm
42.76
5.  Bulgaria (BUL) Zvetanka Ilieva
Valia Demireva
Nadeyda Gueorguieva
Yordanka Donkova
43.02
6.  Poland (POL) Joanna Smolarek
Jolanta Janota
Ewa Pisiewicz
Agnieszka Siwek
43.93
7.  France (FRA) Françoise Leroux
Muriel Leroy
Laurence Bily
Patricia Girard
44.02
 Jamaica (JAM) Ethlyn Tate
Grace Jackson
Juliet Cuthbert
Merlene Ottey
DNS

Semifinals[edit]

  • Heat 1
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
1.  Soviet Union (URS) Lyudmila Kondratyeva
Galina Malchugina
Marina Zhirova
Natalya Pomoshchnikova
42.01
2.  East Germany (GDR) Silke Möller
Kerstin Behrendt
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Goehr
42.23
3.  Jamaica (JAM) Ethlyn Tate
Grace Jackson
Juliet Cuthbert
Merlene Ottey
43.30
4.  Poland (POL) Joanna Smolarek
Jolanta Janota
Ewa Pisiewicz
Agnieszka Siwek
43.44
5.  Netherlands (NED) Nelli Fiere-Cooman
Marjan Olyslager
Gretha Tromp
Els Vader
43.48
6.  Great Britain (GBR) Sallyanne Short
Bev Kinch
Simmone Jacobs
Paula Dunn
43.50
7.  Italy (ITA) Anna Rita Angotzi
Rosella Tarolo
Daniela Ferrian
Marisa Masullo
43.97
8.  Greece (GRE) Maria Tsoni
Maria Tsoni
Katerina Koffa
Marina Skordi
45.74
  • Heat 2
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
1.  United States (USA) Alice Brown
Sheila Echols
Florence Griffith-Joyner
Evelyn Ashford
42.12
2.  West Germany (FRG) Sabine Richter
Ulrike Sarvari
Andrea Thomas
Ute Thimm
42.69
3.  Bulgaria (BUL) Zvetanka Ilieva
Valia Demireva
Nadeyda Gueorguieva
Yordanka Donkova
43.07
4.  France (FRA) Françoise Leroux
Muriel Leroy
Laurence Bily
Patricia Girard
43.66
5.  Canada (CAN) Angela Bailey
Angela Phipps
Angella Taylor-Issajenko
Katie Anderson
43.82
6.  Ghana (GHA) Veronica Bawuah
Diana Yankey
Mercy Addy
Martha Appiah
44.30
7.  China (CHN) Zhang Xiaoqiong
Liu Shaomei
Xie Zhiling
Zhang Caihua
44.36
 Colombia (COL) Amparo Caicedo
Norfalia Carabali
Olga Escalante
Ximena Restrepo
DNS

Heats[edit]

  • Heat 1
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
1.  Soviet Union (URS) Maia Azarashvili
Galina Malchugina
Marina Zhirova
Natalya Pomoshchnikova
42.88
2.  West Germany (FRG) Sabine Richter
Ulrike Sarvari
Andrea Thomas
Ute Thimm
42.99
3.  France (FRA) Françoise Leroux
Muriel Leroy
Laurence Bily
Marie-Christine Cazier-Ballo
43.43
4.  Bulgaria (BUL) Zvetanka Ilieva
Valia Demireva
Nadeyda Gueorguieva
Yordanka Donkova
43.92
5.  Colombia (COL) Amparo Caicedo
Norfalia Carabali
Olga Escalante
Ximena Restrepo
45.46
6.  Chinese Taipei (TPE) Chang Feng-Hua
Chen Wen-Xing
Chen Ya-Li
Wang Shu-Hua
46.21
  • Heat 2
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
1.  East Germany (GDR) Silke Möller
Kerstin Behrendt
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Goehr
42.92
2.  Jamaica (JAM) Ethlyn Tate
Grace Jackson
Laurel Johnson
Vivienne Spence
43.50
3.  Canada (CAN) Angela Bailey
Angela Phipps
Angella Taylor-Issajenko
Katie Anderson
43.92
4.  China (CHN) Zhang Xiaoqiong
Liu Shaomei
Xie Zhiling
Zhang Caihua
44.29
5.  Italy (ITA) Anna Rita Angotzi
Rosella Tarolo
Daniela Ferrian
Marisa Masullo
44.33
6.  Greece (GRE) Maria Tsoni
Voula Patoulidou
Georgia Zouganeli
Marina Skordi
45.44
7.  South Korea (KOR) Yun Mi-Gyeong
U Yang-Ja
Park Mi-Seon
Lee Yeong-Suk
45.83
  • Heat 3
RANK NATION ATHLETES TIME
1.  United States (USA) Alice Brown
Sheila Echols
Dannette Young
Evelyn Ashford
42.39
2.  Great Britain (GBR) Sallyanne Short
Bev Kinch
Simmone Jacobs
Paula Dunn
43.91
3.  Netherlands (NED) Nelli Fiere-Cooman
Marjan Olyslager
Gretha Tromp
Els Vader
43.96
4.  Poland (POL) Joanna Smolarek
Jolanta Janota
Ewa Pisiewicz
Agnieszka Siwek
43.98
5.  Ghana (GHA) Veronica Bawuah
Diana Yankey
Mercy Addy
Martha Appiah
44.12
6.  Uganda (UGA) Oliver Acii
Grace Buzu
Farida Kyakutewa
Ruth Kyalisima
46.55

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