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4 x 100 metres Relay, Women

Date5 – 6 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants68 from 16 countries

Jamaica had finished 1-2-3 in the women’s 100 metres, with Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson, so as long as they got the baton around, the gold medal was going to be theirs. The United States had the second-best set of sprinters, but they were no match for the Jamaicans.

In the first heat Great Britain surprisingly finished first, ahead of the United States with Jamaica third, although they did not run their first squad. Britain was aided by the return of Dina Asher-Smith, who had injured her hamstring in the 100 and did not run the 200, in which she was favored. Germany won the second heat.

The final was close throughout, as Briana Williams started off for Jamaica, and handed off to Thompson-Herah, but they had no significant advantage over the USA, who opened with Javianne Oliver and Teahna Daniels. On the third leg Fraser-Pryce took over but could not gain ground on the turn against Jenna Prandini, primarily a 200 runner. The Jamaicans really only took the lead when Prandini and US anchor Gabrielle Thomas had a slightly rough exchange. That gave Jackson the gap she needed, and Jamaica won gold in 41.02, with the United States taking silver in 41.45. Great Britain anchor Daryll Neita closed quickly to bring them home for the bronze.

For Thompson-Herah this completed her sprint triple, after winning the 100 and 200 in Tokyo, making her only the fifth woman to win gold in the three sprint events – after Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED-1948), Betty Cuthbert (AUS-1956), Wilma Rudolph (USA-1960), and Florence Griffith Joyner (USA-1988).

PosNrTeamNOC
1JamaicaJAMGold
Briana WilliamsElaine Thompson-HerahShelly-Ann Fraser-PryceShericka JacksonNatasha MorrisonRemona Burchell
2United StatesUSASilver
Javianne OliverTeahna DanielsJenna PrandiniGabby ThomasEnglish GardnerAleia Hobbs
3Great BritainGBRBronze
Asha PhilipImani-Lara LansiquotDina Asher-SmithDaryll NeitaAshleigh Nelson (DNS)
4SwitzerlandSUI
Riccarda DietscheAjla Del PonteMujinga KambundjiSalomé KoraCynthia Reinle (DNS)
5GermanyGER
Rebekka HaaseAlexandra BurghardtTatjana PintoGina LückenkemperLisa Mayer (DNS)Jennifer Montag (DNS)Lisa Nippgen (DNS)
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Liang XiaojingGe ManqiHuang GuifenWei YongliLi Yuting (DNS)
7FranceFRA
Carolle ZahiOrlann Ombissa-DzangueGémima JosephCynthia LeducEva Berger (DNS)Maroussia Paré (DNS)
AC r2/2NetherlandsNED
Nadine VisserDafne SchippersMarije van HunenstijnNaomi SedneyJamile Samuel (DNS)Leonie van Vliet (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2PolandPOL
Marika Popowicz-DrapałaKlaudia AdamekPaulina PaluchPia SkrzyszowskaMarlena Gola (DNS)Paulina Guzowska (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2BrazilBRA
Bruna FariasAna Cláudia LemosVitória RosaRosângela SantosAna Carolina Azevedo (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2ItalyITA
Irene SiragusaGloria HooperAnna BongiorniVittoria FontanaZaynab Dosso (DNS)Johanelis Herrera (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2NigeriaNGR
Tobi AmusanNzubechi Grace NwokochaPatience Okon GeorgeEse BrumeRosemary Chukwuma (DNS)Favour Ofili (DNS)Blessing Okagbare (DNS)Knowledge Omovoh (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2JapanJPN
Hanae AoyamaMei KodamaAmi SaitoRemi TsurutaYu Ishikawa (DNS)
7 h2 r1/2DenmarkDEN
Mathilde KramerAstrid Glenner-FrandsenEmma Beiter BommeIda KarstoftMette Graversgaard (DNS)
8 h1 r1/2EcuadorECU
Marizol LandázuriGabriela SuárezYuliana AnguloÁngela TenorioVirginia Villalba (DNS)
8 h2 r1/2Trinidad and TobagoTTO
Khalifa St. FortMichelle-Lee AhyeKai SelvonKelly-Ann BaptisteSemoy Hackett (DNS)Ayla Stanisclaus (DNS)