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

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Women's 4×400 metres relay
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 27–28 August
Competitors 64 from 16 nations
Winning time 3:19.01
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
2000 2008
Athletics at the
2004 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
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
Wheelchair races

The women's 4×400 metres relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 27 to 28. 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.

Russian Olesya Krasnomovets was out hard down the backstretch, passing Britain's Donna Fraser on her outside and opening up a lead over American DeeDee Trotter chasing to the inside. But Trotter did not let Krasnomovets go, gaining steadily through the second turn and speeding down the final straightaway to draw even by the handoff to Monique Henderson, giving the U.S. the lead. Novlene Williams put Jamaica in strong contention a couple of metres behind the Russians. Through her leg, Henderson expanded the American gap to six metres. Natalya Nazarova also opened up a little more space on Jamaica.

During the second handoff while in sixth place, Greece's Dimitra Dova was given an inadvertent flat tire by Maria Rus. Dova tried to fix her shoe, then stepped into the infield in frustration, returning to the track after a seeming eternity. Greece would eventually finish 17 seconds behind the next to last finisher.

Through the third leg, Sanya Richards held a steady three metre lead over Olesya Zykina, while Nadia Davy slightly gained on Zykina from behind. Coming onto the final straight, Richards exploded, pulling away as Davy pulled to the outside to put her move on Zykina. They ran even for half the straightaway before Zykina was able to regain command. Monique Hennagan left with a clear lead for America, the Russians exchanged cleanly with Natalya Antyukh in hot pursuit. But as the Jamaicans exchanged, Sandie Richards ran into the back of Zykina. As she stopped and sidestepped, she lost several metres and the chance at silver. Hennigan opened up to about 12 meters half way through the lap, slowing the second half to cross the finish line with just less than a ten meter advantage in the gold-medal time of 3:19.01.[1][2]

In 2010, Crystal Cox, who only ran for the U.S. team in the prelims, 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.[3][4] 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.[5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Soviet Union (URS)
Tatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina
3:15.17 Seoul, South Korea 1 October 1988
Olympic record  Soviet Union (URS)
Tatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina
3:15.17 Seoul, South Korea 1 October 1988

No new records were set during the competition.

Qualification[edit]

The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. A National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter one qualified relay team per relay event, with a maximum of six 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.

Schedule[edit]

All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Friday, 27 August 2004 20:35 Round 1
Saturday, 28 August 2004 22:00 Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qualification rule: The first three teams in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall (q) moved on to the final.[6]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 1 Russia Olesya Krasnomovets, Natalia Ivanova, Tatyana Firova, Olesya Zykina 3:23.52 Q, SB
2 5 Jamaica Ronetta Smith, Michelle Burgher, Nadia Davy, Sandie Richards 3:24.92 Q, SB
3 3 Poland Zuzanna Radecka, Monika Bejnar, Małgorzata Pskit, Grażyna Prokopek 3:25.05 Q, SB
4 7 Great Britain Christine Ohuruogu, Catherine Murphy, Helen Karagounis, Lee McConnell 3:26.99 q, SB
5 4 Romania Angela Moroşanu, Alina Rapanu, Maria Rus, Ionela Tirlea-Manolache 3:27.36 q
6 8 Belarus Natallia Solohub, Irina Khlyustova, Ilona Usovich, Sviatlana Usovich 3:27.38 SB
7 6 Cameroon Mireille Nguimgo, Hortense Béwouda, Carole Kaboud Mebam, Muriel Noah Ahanda 3:29.93 SB
8 2 Nigeria Ngozi Cynthia Nwokocha, Gloria Amuche Nwosu, Halimat Ismaila, Christy Ekpukhon 3:30.78 SB

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 1 United States Crystal Cox, Moushaumi Robinson, Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards 3:23.79 Q
2 6 Greece Hariklia Bouda, Hrisoula Goudenoudi, Dimitra Dova, Faní Halkiá 3:26.70 Q
3 7 India Rajwinder Kaur, K. M. Beenamol, Chitra K. Soman, Manjit Kaur 3:26.89 Q, NR
4 2 Germany Claudia Hoffmann, Claudia Marx, Jana Neubert, Grit Breuer 3:27.75
5 3 Mexico Liliana Allen, Magali Yanez, Ana Guevara, Mayra González 3:27.88 NR
6 4 Brazil Maria Laura Almirao, Josiane Tito, Geisa Coutinho, Lucimar Teodoro 3:28.43 SB
7 8 Ukraine Oleksandra Ryzhkova, Oksana Ilyushkina, Antonina Yefremova, Nataliya Pyhyda 3:28.62
8 5 Senegal Aïda Diop, Mame Tacko Diouf, Aminata Diouf, Fatou Bintou Fall 3:35.18

Final[edit]

[7]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Americans romp in 4×400 men's relay". USA Today. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Denman, Elliott (28 August 2004). "U.S. women cruise to 4×400 gold". Gannett Company. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jamaica gains Athens Olympics women's 4x400m silver". The Jamaica Observer. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Grohmann, Karolos (27 August 2004). "Cox loses Athens gold, U.S. lose Sydney medal". Reuters. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  5. ^ MacKay, Duncan (31 May 2013). "USA allowed to keep Athens 2004 4×400m relay gold medals despite drugs admission". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 4×400m Relay Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 4×400m Relay Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 

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