Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay

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Women's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 22 August 2008 (heats)
23 August 2008 (final)
Teams 16
Winning time 3:18.54
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Mary Wineberg
Allyson Felix
Monique Henderson
Sanya Richards
Natasha Hastings*
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) vacant
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Shericka Williams
Shereefa Lloyd
Rosemarie Whyte
Novlene Williams
 Jamaica
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The women's 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 22 and 23 August at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.[1]

There were only 16 NOCs competing at this event. These 16 NOCs were selected by the average of the two best marks at the qualifying period.

In 2016, it was announced that a reanalysis of samples from the 2008 Summer Olympics resulted in a doping violation by Tatyana Firova. She was disqualified from the competition, and she and her Russian teammates were stripped of their 4 × 400 m relay silver medals.[2] 4th place Belarus was also disqualified due to doping of anchor runner Sviatlana Vusovich. Medals of other teams have not been reallocated as yet.

Records[edit]

Prior to this 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 world or Olympic records were set for this event.

Qualification summary[edit]

Pos NOC 2 races 1 2
Total Average
1  United States 6:40.71 3:20.35 3:18.55 3:22.16
2  Russia 6:43.74 3:21.87 3:20.25 3:23.49
3  Great Britain 6:45.49 3:22.74 3:20.04 3:25.45
4  Belarus 6:45.55 3:22.77 3:21.88 3:23.67
5  Jamaica 6:45.87 3:22.93 3:19.73 3:26.14
6  Poland 6:52.81 3:26.41 3:26.36 3:26.45
7  Cuba 6:54.09 3:27.04 3:27.04 3:27.05
8  Mexico 6:54.89 3:27.44 3:27.14 3:27.75
9  France 6:55.25 3:27.62 3:26.63 3:28.62
10  Ukraine 6:55.82 3:27.91 3:27.15 3:28.67
11  Germany 6:56.83 3:28.41 3:27.31 3:29.52
12  Nigeria 6:57.71 3:28.85 3:27.97 3:29.74
13  Brazil 6:58.00 3:29.00 3:28.89 3:29.11
14  Japan 7:00.70 3:30.35 3:30.17 3:30.53
15  India 7:00.84 3:30.42 3:28.29 3:32.55
16  China 7:01.89 3:30.95 3:29.75 3:32.14
Reserves
17  Italy 7:01.96 3:30.98 3:30.89 3:31.07
18  Canada 7:02.71 3:31.35 3:30.34 3:32.37
19  Greece 7:03.27 3:31.64 3:30.20 3:33.07
20  Romania 7:05.79 3:32.90 3:30.22 3:35.57

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes automatic qualification.
  • q denotes fastest losers.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualified
  • AR denotes area record.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season's best.

Round 1[edit]

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

Heat Lane Nation Competitors Results Notes
2 7  United States Mary Wineberg, Monique Henderson, Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards 3:22.45 Q, SB
2 3  Jamaica Novelene Williams, Shereefa Lloyd, Bobby-Gaye Wilkins, Shericka Williams 3:22.60 Q, SB
2 6  Belarus Yulyana Yushchanka, Iryna Khliustava, Ilona Usovich, Sviatlana Usovich 3:22.78 DQ (Q, SB)
1 3  Russia Elena Migunova, Tatyana Veshkurova, Lyudmila Litvinova, Tatiana Firova 3:23.71 DQ (Q, SB)
2 2  Nigeria Folashade Abugan, Joy Amechi Eze, Oluoma Nwoke, Ajoke Odumosu 3:24.10 q, SB
1 7  Cuba Roxana Díaz, Zulia Calatayud, Susana Clement, Indira Terrero 3:25.46 Q, SB
1 5  Great Britain Nicola Sanders, Kelly Sotherton, Marilyn Okoro, Christine Ohuruogu 3:25.48 Q, SB
1 6  Germany Jonna Valesca Tilgner, Sorina Nwachukwu, Florence Ekpo-Umoh, Claudia Hoffmann 3:25.55 q, SB
2 4  France Phara Anacharsis, Thelia Sigere, Solen Desert, Virginie Michanol 3:26.61 SB
1 8  Ukraine Oksana Shcherbak, Tetyana Petlyuk, Kseniya Karandyuk, Nataliya Pyhyda 3:27.44
1 2  Poland Monika Bejnar, Jolanta Wojcik, Anna Jesien, Grażyna Prokopek 3:28.23
1 4  India Satti Geetha, Manjeet Kaur, Chithra Kulathummuriyil Soman, Mandeep Kaur 3:28.83
2 9  Brazil Maria Laura Almirao, Josiane Tito, Emmily Pinheiro, Lucimar Teodoro 3:30.10
2 5  Mexico Ruth Grajeda, Gabriela Medina, Nallely Vela, Zudikey Rodriguez 3:30.36
1 9  Japan Satomi Kubokura, Asami Tanno, Mayu Kida, Sayaka Aoki 3:30.52 SB
2 8  China Han Ling, Chen Jingwen, Wang Jinping, Tang Xiaoyin 3:30.77

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Results Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4  United States Mary Wineberg, Allyson Felix, Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards 3:18.54 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7  Jamaica Novelene Williams, Shereefa Lloyd, Rosemarie Whyte, Shericka Williams 3:20.40 SB
5 9  Great Britain Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Sotherton, Marilyn Okoro, Nicola Sanders 3:22.68 SB
6 6  Cuba Roxana Díaz, Zulia Calatayud, Susana Clement, Indira Terrero 3:23.21 NR
7 2  Nigeria Joy Amechi Eze, Folashade Abugan, Oluoma Nwoke, Ajoke Odumosu 3:23.74 SB
8 3  Germany Jonna Valesca Tilgner, Sorina Nwachukwu, Florence Ekpo-Umoh, Claudia Hoffmann 3:28.45
DSQ (2nd) 5  Russia Yulia Gushchina, Lyudmila Litvinova, Tatyana Firova, Anastasiya Kapachinskaya DSQ (3:18.82) Doping[2]
DSQ (4th) 8  Belarus Anna Kozak, Iryna Khliustava, Ilona Usovich, Sviatlana Usovich DSQ (3:21.85) Doping[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  2. ^ a b "IOC sanctions six athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008". International Olympic Committee. 31 Aug 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  3. ^ "IOC sanctions seven athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London2012". International Olympic Committee. 25 Nov 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-08.