Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

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Women's 4 × 100 metres relay
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Provas de Atletismo nas Olimpíadas Rio 2016 (29004556542).jpg
Felix, Gardner, Bartoletta and Bowie (USA) celebrating their victory in the women's 4 × 100 metres relay
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 18–19 August 2016
Competitors  from 16 nations
Teams 16
Winning time 41.01
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tianna Bartoletta
Allyson Felix
English Gardner
Tori Bowie
Morolake Akinosun*
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Christania Williams
Elaine Thompson
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Simone Facey*
Sashalee Forbes*
 Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Asha Philip
Desiree Henry
Dina Asher-Smith
Daryll Neita
 Great Britain
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The women's 4 × 100 metres relay competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was held at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange on 18–19 August.[1]

Summary[edit]

The United States entered as the defending Olympic champions, having set new world and Olympic records at the 2012 London Olympics. Jamaica were the reigning world champions from 2015, having defeated the Americans there. Germany had the fastest time of the year before the event (41.62 seconds) and the other main medal contenders included Great Britain and Netherlands (all three made the 2016 European podium).[2]

During the second heat the United States missed their second handover which was later judged to be caused by Franciela Krasucki of the Brazilian team bumping Allyson Felix as she approached the handoff to English Gardner. The American appeal was upheld without reference to Brazil, and they were given a second chance to qualify for the final.[3] A qualifying time faster than 42.70 would displace China from the final, which the United States team accomplished seven and a half hours later with the number one qualifying time of 41.77.

There was no further plot twist in the final. Even though the United States were along the curb in the less advantageous lane 1, Tianna Bartoletta shot out to the lead around the first turn, making up the stagger on Canada's Farah Jacques before the halfway point in the turn. It was a clean, unobstructed pass to Allyson Felix because Canada was still waiting for the incoming runner to arrive. Felix held the advantage down the backstretch, with Jamaica's double sprint gold medalist Elaine Thompson separating from the rest of the field. As English Gardner ran the turn, USA passed Germany in lane 4, while Jamaica was just about to make up the stagger on Trinidad and Tobago to their immediate outside. By the time Gardner handed off to Tori Bowie, the USA had a 3-metre lead over Jamaica, Great Britain just ahead of Trinidad and Tobago racing for bronze. On the run in, Bowie lost some ground on the lead over Jamaica's two time Olympic gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, but still held a comfortable lead, as Great Britain's Daryll Neita separated from Trinidad and Tobago's Khalifa St. Fort, who was also caught by Germany's Rebekka Haase before the line.

The British team claimed their national record. USA ran the second fastest time in history (only behind their own world record four years earlier). Jamaica ran the fifth fastest time in history.[4]

The following evening the medals were presented by Adam Pengilly, IOC member, Great Brittan and Víctor López, Council Member of the IAAF.

Records[edit]

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

World record  United States
(Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter)
40.82 London, United Kingdom 10 August 2012
Olympic record
2016 World leading  Germany
(Tatjana Pinto, Lisa Mayer, Gina Lückenkemper, Rebekka Haase)
41.62 Mannheim, Germany 29 July 2016

The following national records were established during the competition:

Country Athletes Round Time Notes
Great Britain  Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith, Daryll Neita (GBR) Final 41.77 s

Schedule[edit]

All times are Brazil time (UTC−3)[5]

Date Time Round
Thursday, 18 August 2016 11:20 Round 1
Friday, 19 August 2016 22:15 Finals

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

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

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 5  Jamaica Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 41.69 Q, SB
2 7  Great Britain Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith, Daryll Neita 41.83 Q
3 1  Ukraine Olesya Povkh, Natalia Pohrebniak, Mariya Ryemyen, Yelyzaveta Bryzgina 42.39 Q, SB
4 4  Canada Farah Jacques, Crystal Emmanuel, Phylicia George, Khamica Bingham 42.60 q, SB
5 6  China Yuan Qiqi, Wei Yongli, Ge Manqi, Liang Xiaojing 42.60
6 3  Netherlands Jamile Samuel, Dafne Schippers, Tessa van Schagen, Naomi Sedney 42.78
7 8  Poland Ewa Swoboda, Marika Popowicz-Drapała, Klaudia Konopko, Anna Kiełbasińska 43.23
8 2  Ghana Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman, Janet Amponsah 43.27

Heat 2[edit]

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Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 7  Germany Tatjana Pinto, Lisa Mayer, Gina Luckenkemper, Rebekka Haase 42.08 Q
2 8  Nigeria Gloria Asumnu, Blessing Okagbare, Jennifer Madu, Agnes Osazuwa 42.45 Q, SB
3 1  Trinidad and Tobago Semoy Hackett, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Khalifa St. Fort 42.52 Q, SB
4 4  France Floriane Gnafoua, Céline Distel-Bonnet, Jennifer Galais, Stella Akakpo 42.97
5 5  Switzerland Ajla Del Ponte, Sarah Atcho, Ellen Sprunger, Salomé Kora 43.02
6  Kazakhstan Rima Kashafutdinova, Viktoriya Zyabkina, Yuliya Rakhmanova, Olga Safronova DQ R 163.3a
3  Brazil Bruna Farias, Franciela Krasucki, Kauiza Venancio, Rosangela Santos DQ R 163.2b
2  United States Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Morolake Akinosun N/A [a]

Special Heat 3[edit]

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Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 2  United States Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Morolake Akinosun 41.77 q

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 1  United States Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Tori Bowie 41.01 SB
2nd, silver medalist(s) 6  Jamaica Christania Williams, Elaine Thompson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 41.36 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5  Great Britain Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith, Daryll Neita 41.77 NR
4 4  Germany Tatjana Pinto, Lisa Mayer, Gina Luckenkemper, Rebekka Haase 42.10
5 7  Trinidad and Tobago Semoy Hackett, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Khalifa St. Fort 42.12 SB
6 8  Ukraine Olesya Povkh, Natalia Pohrebniak, Mariya Ryemyen, Yelyzaveta Bryzgina 42.36 SB
7 2  Canada Farah Jacques, Crystal Emmanuel, Phylicia George, Khamica Bingham 43.15
8 3  Nigeria Gloria Asumnu, Blessing Okagbare, Jennifer Madu, Agnes Osazuwa 43.21

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The United States were initially disqualified from heat 2 but were later allowed to rerun having been judged to be impeded by the Brazilian team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timetable by discipline The XXXI Olympic Games Brazil Rio de Janeiro". IAAF. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ Landells, Steve (6 August 2016). "Preview: women's 4x100m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games". IAAF. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  3. ^ "US Relay Women Get Extra Shot after bungled race". NBC. 18 August 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.iaaf.org/records/toplists/relays/4x100-metres-relay/outdoor/women/senior
  5. ^ "Women's 4x100 metres Relay The XXXI Olympic Games Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 9 August 2016.