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4 x 100 metres Relay, Women

Date21 – 22 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants68 from 16 countries

Jamaica had swept the medals in the 100 metres so the only question was “by how much,” not if they would win. That assumed, of course, they had no problem getting the stick around. As always, the United States was thought to have a solid team, but was not expected to beat the Jamaicans. And in heat one, they lost all chances when the final exchange between Torri Edwards and Lauryn Williams was botched and they dropped the baton. Jamaica won the second heat easily and was thought to have a virtual walkover for the final, especially with the US out. The East German world record of 41.37 from 1985 was thought to be threatened. But in the final, on the second exchange, Kerron Stewart took off early, and the incoming runner, Sherone Simpson, could not get the baton to her and they were out of the race. With the Jamaicans out, the Russians scored a huge upset victory over Belgium, with Nigeria third. The final also saw Great Britain not finish because of difficulty with the baton, and Poland was disqualified for an exchange out of zone. Thus only five teams finished the final, after five teams had not finished in the heats.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

In August 2016 one of the Russian relay runners, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya was revealed to have a positive re-test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) and stanozolol. She was disqualified, as was the entire Russian team, losing their gold medal. Belgium received the gold medal, Nigeria the silver medal, and Brazil was moved up to bronze. This was only the third time Belgium had even entered this event in the 80 years since it was first held at the Olympics. The Belgian runners received their gold medals eight years after the race before 40,000 fans at the 2016 Van Damme Memorial meet in Brussels.

1BelgiumBEL42.92 (1 h1)42.54 (1)Gold
Olivia BorléeHanna MariënÉlodie OuédraogoKim GevaertFrauke Penen (DNS)Élisabeth Davin (DNS)
2NigeriaNGR43.43 (4 h1)43.04 (2)Silver
Franca IdokoGloria KemasuodeHalimat IsmailaDamola OsayomiAgnes Osazuwa
3BrazilBRA43.38 (3 h1)43.14 (3)Bronze
Rosemar CoelhoLucimar MouraThaíssa PrestiRosângela SantosAna Claudia Lemos (DNS)
4GermanyGER43.59 (2 h2)43.28 (4)
Anne MöllingerVerena SailerCathleen TschirchMarion WagnerMareike Peters (DNS)Katja Wakan (DNS)
AC r2/2Great BritainGBR43.02 (2 h1)– (DNF)
Jeannette KwakyeMontell DouglasEmily FreemanEmma AniaAshleigh Nelson (DNS)Anyika Onuora (DNS)
AC r2/2JamaicaJAM42.24 (1 h2)– (DNF)
Shelly-Ann FraserSherone SimpsonKerron StewartVeronica Campbell-BrownSheri-Ann BrooksAleen BaileyNickeisha Anderson (DNS)
AC r2/2PolandPOL43.47 (5 h1)– (DQ)
Ewelina KlocekDaria KorczyńskaDorota JędrusińskaJoanna KocielnikMarta Jeschke
4 h2 r1/2People's Republic of ChinaCHN43.78 (3 h2)
Tao YujiaWang JingJiang LanQin WangpingChen Jue (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2ThailandTHA44.38 (4 h2)
Sangwan JaksuninOrranut KlomdeeJutamass ThavoncharoenNongnuch SanratPacharin Jandang (DNS)Jintara Seangdee (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2BelarusBLR43.69 (6 h1)
Yuliya NestsiarenkaAksana DrahunAnastasiya ShuliakHanna BahdanovichVolha Ostashka (DNS)Yauheniya Valadzko (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2ItalyITA– (DQ h1)
Anita PistoneVincenza CalìGiulia ArcioniAudrey AllohMartina Giovanetti (DNS)Maria Aurora Salvagno (DNS)Manuela Grillo (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2United StatesUSA– (DQ h1)
Angela WilliamsMechelle LewisTorri EdwardsLauryn WilliamsLaShauntea Moore (DNS)
AC h2 r1/2FranceFRA– (DNF h2)
Myriam SoumaréMuriel Hurtis-HouairiLina Jacques-SébastienCarima LouamiAyodélé Ikuesan (DNS)
AC h2 r1/2Trinidad and TobagoTTO– (DNF h2)
Wanda HutsonKelly-Ann BaptisteAyanna HutchinsonSemoy HackettMonique Cabral (DNS)
AC h2 r1/2UkraineUKR– (DQ h2)
Nataliya PyhydaNataliya PohrebniakIryna ShepetiukOksana ShcherbakIryna Shtanhyeyeva (DNS)Khrystyna Stuy (DNS)Olena Chebanu (DNS)
DQRussian FederationRUS42.87 (AC h2)[42.31] (DQ)1
Yevgeniya PolyakovaAleksandra FedorivaYuliya GushchinaYuliya Chermoshanskaya 2

Round One (21 August 2008)

Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:50)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
Olivia BorléeHanna MariënÉlodie OuédraogoKim Gevaert
2Great BritainGBR43.020.187Q
Jeannette KwakyeMontell DouglasEmily FreemanEmma Ania
Rosemar CoelhoLucimar MouraThaíssa PrestiRosângela Santos
Franca IdokoGloria KemasuodeAgnes OsazuwaDamola Osayomi
Ewelina KlocekDaria KorczyńskaDorota JędrusińskaMarta Jeschke
Yuliya NestsiarenkaAksana DrahunAnastasiya ShuliakHanna Bahdanovich
Anita PistoneVincenza CalìGiulia ArcioniAudrey Alloh
DQUnited StatesUSA[0.153]
Angela WilliamsMechelle LewisTorri EdwardsLauryn Williams

Heat Two (21:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
Shelly-Ann FraserSheri-Ann BrooksAleen BaileyVeronica Campbell-Brown
Anne MöllingerVerena SailerCathleen TschirchMarion Wagner
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN43.780.159
Tao YujiaWang JingJiang LanQin Wangping
Sangwan JaksuninOrranut KlomdeeJutamass ThavoncharoenNongnuch Sanrat
Myriam SoumaréMuriel Hurtis-HouairiLina Jacques-SébastienCarima Louami
DNFTrinidad and TobagoTTO0.303
Wanda HutsonKelly-Ann BaptisteAyanna HutchinsonSemoy Hackett
Nataliya PyhydaNataliya PohrebniakIryna ShepetiukOksana Shcherbak
ACRussian FederationRUS42.870.191Q3
Yevgeniya PolyakovaAleksandra FedorivaYuliya GushchinaYuliya Chermoshanskaya 4

Final (22 August 2008 — 21:15)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
Olivia BorléeHanna MariënÉlodie OuédraogoKim Gevaert
Franca IdokoGloria KemasuodeHalimat IsmailaDamola Osayomi
Rosemar CoelhoLucimar MouraThaíssa PrestiRosângela Santos
Anne MöllingerVerena SailerCathleen TschirchMarion Wagner
DNFGreat BritainGBR0.167
Jeannette KwakyeMontell DouglasEmily FreemanEmma Ania
Shelly-Ann FraserSherone SimpsonKerron StewartVeronica Campbell-Brown
Ewelina KlocekDaria KorczyńskaDorota JędrusińskaJoanna Kocielnik
DQRussian FederationRUS[42.31][0.199]5
Yevgeniya PolyakovaAleksandra FedorivaYuliya GushchinaYuliya Chermoshanskaya 6