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4 × 400 metres Relay, Women

Date5 – 7 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants73 from 16 countries

The United States had not lost this event since 1992, but on paper, looking at the 400 metre runners, Jamaica seemed to have the better of it for Tokyo. The only problem with that argument was that the USA would run only one of their 400 metre entrants, that being Tokyo bronze medalist Allyson Felix. To strengthen their squad, they brought in 400 metre hurdle gold and silver medalists Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad, and also added 800 gold medalist Athing Mu. Game over.

Jamaica and the USA were drawn in heat two and even with their second team, none of whom would run in the final, the USA qualified ahead of Jamaica by over a second, with Great Britain well back in third. The three auto-qualifiers from heat one were Poland, Cuba, and Belgium, with the Netherlands and Canada time qualifying from the faster heat two to fill out the final.

McLaughlin led off for the Americans in the final, and handed off to Felix with a slight lead over Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek. Felix ran 49.4 for her leg, extending the lead to 5 metres at the exchange, as Muhammad took over and turned the race into a rout, running a 48.94 leg to gave Mu about a 15-metre lead for the anchor. Mu then posted the fastest leg of the final, running 48.32, as the USA won by almost four seconds over Poland, with Jamaica close behind for the bronze.

The USA relay gold medalists represented the first time ever at the Olympics or a World Championship that a relay squad contained four individual gold medalists. Both McLaughlin and Mu won their second gold medals of the Tokyo Olympics, while Allyson Felix extended her many Olympic records. She left Tokyo with 11 medals, the most ever by a woman in Olympic athletics, and 7 gold medals, also the most ever.

PosCompetitorsNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:20.86 (1 h2)3:16.85 (1)Gold
Sydney McLaughlinAllyson FelixDalilah MuhammadAthing MuKaylin WhitneyWadeline JonathasKendall EllisLynna IrbyQuanera Hayes (DNS)
2PolandPOL3:23.10 (1 h1)3:20.53 (2)Silver
Natalia KaczmarekIga Baumgart-WitanMałgorzata Hołub-KowalikJustyna Święty-ErseticAnna Kiełbasińska
3JamaicaJAM3:21.95 (2 h2)3:21.24 (3)Bronze
Roneisha McGregorJanieve RussellShericka JacksonCandice McLeodJunelle BromfieldStacey-Ann WilliamsTovea Jenkins (DNS)Stephenie McPherson (DNS)
4CanadaCAN3:24.05 (5 h2)3:21.84 (4)
Alicia BrownMaddy PriceKyra ConstantineSage WatsonLauren Gale (DNS)Natassha McDonald (DNS)
5Great BritainGBR3:23.99 (3 h2)3:22.59 (5)
Ama PipiJodie WilliamsEmily DiamondNicole YearginZoey ClarkLaviai NielsenHannah Williams (DNS)
6NetherlandsNED3:24.01 (4 h2)3:23.74 (6)
Lieke KlaverLisanne de WitteLaura de WitteFemke BolAndrea Bouma (DNS)Hanneke Oosterwegel (DNS)Anne van de Wiel (DNS)
7BelgiumBEL3:24.08 (3 h1)3:23.96 (7)
Naomi Van den BroeckImke VervaetPaulien CouckuytCamille LausCynthia Bolingo (DNS)
8CubaCUB3:24.04 (2 h1)3:26.92 (8)
Zurian HechavarríaRose Mary AlmanzaSahily DiagoLisneidy VeitíaRoxana Gómez (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2GermanyGER3:24.77 (4 h1)
Corinna SchwabCarolina KrafzikLaura MüllerRuth Spelmeyer-PreußNadine Gonska (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2FranceFRA3:25.07 (5 h1)
Sokhna LacosteAmandine BrossierBrigitte NtiamoahFloria GueïDiana Iscaye (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI3:25.90 (6 h1)
Lea SprungerSilke LemmensRachel PellaudYasmin GigerAnnina Fahr (DNS)Sarah King (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2UkraineUKR3:24.50 (6 h2)
Kateryna KlymyukAlina LohvynenkoViktoriya TkachukHanna RyzhkovaAnastasiya Bryzhina (DNS)Yana Kachur (DNS)Tetiana Melnyk (DNS)Nataliya Pyrozhenko-Chornomaz (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2AustraliaAUS3:30.61 (7 h1)
Bendere OboyaKendra HubbardEllie BeerAnnie Rubie-RenshawAngeline Blackburn (DNS)
7 h2 r1/2ItalyITA3:27.74 (7 h2)
Maria Benedicta ChigboluAlice MangionePetra NardelliRebecca BorgaAyomide Folorunso (DNS)Raphaela Lukudo (DNS)Anna Polinari (DNS)
8 h2 r1/2BelarusBLR3:33.00 (8 h2)
Aliaksandra KhilmanovichYuliya BliznetsElvira HermanAsteria LimaiHanna Mikhailava (DNS)Krystsina Muliarchyk (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2The BahamasBAHDNF (DNF h1)
Doneisha AndersonMegan MossBrianne BethelAnthonique StrachanLacarthea Cooper (DNS)

Round One

Date6 August 2021 — 19:25
FormatTop three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1

Time19:25
PosLaneCompetitorsNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction TimeSplit RankExchange
13PolandPOL3:23.100.161– (–)Q
Lead-Off3166Anna Kiełbasińska 51.01– (–)
2nd-Leg3155Iga Baumgart-Witan 50.211:41.25 (1)
3rd-Leg3162Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik 50.4312:31.68 (1)
Anchor3182Justyna Święty-Ersetic 51.424– (–)
28CubaCUB3:24.040.194– (–)Q
Lead-Off1584Zurian Hechavarría 51.76– (–)
2nd-Leg1580Rose Mary Almanza 50.841:42.57 (5)
3rd-Leg1582Sahily Diago 51.3452:33.91 (5)
Anchor1590Lisneidy Veitía 50.131– (–)
34BelgiumBEL3:24.080.139– (–)Q
Lead-Off1182Naomi Van den Broeck 51.65– (–)
2nd-Leg1185Imke Vervaet 50.731:42.39 (4)
3rd-Leg1176Paulien Couckuyt 51.0842:33.47 (3)
Anchor1178Camille Laus 50.612– (–)
45GermanyGER3:24.770.168– (–)
Lead-Off2137Corinna Schwab 51.12– (–)
2nd-Leg2114Carolina Krafzik 50.841:41.97 (3)
3rd-Leg2126Laura Müller 50.9622:32.93 (2)
Anchor2139Ruth Spelmeyer-Preuß 51.845– (–)
59FranceFRA3:25.070.279– (–)
Lead-Off1927Sokhna Lacoste 51.13– (–)
2nd-Leg1920Amandine Brossier 50.621:41.84 (2)
3rd-Leg1930Brigitte Ntiamoah 52.1872:34.02 (6)
Anchor1923Floria Gueï 51.053– (–)
66SwitzerlandSUI3:25.900.153– (–)
Lead-Off3516Lea Sprunger 51.24– (–)
2nd-Leg3510Silke Lemmens 51.361:42.60 (6)
3rd-Leg3512Rachel Pellaud 51.0732:33.67 (4)
Anchor3502Yasmin Giger 52.236– (–)
77AustraliaAUS3:30.610.197– (–)
Lead-Off1066Bendere Oboya 52.37– (–)
2nd-Leg1059Kendra Hubbard 53.881:46.13 (8)
3rd-Leg1043Ellie Beer 51.8562:37.98 (7)
Anchor1070Annie Rubie-Renshaw 52.637– (–)
DNF2The BahamasBAHDNF0.297– (–)
Lead-Off1126Doneisha Anderson 52.68– (–)
2nd-Leg1132Megan Moss 53.371:46.01 (7)
3rd-Leg1127Brianne Bethel 54.3382:40.34 (8)
Anchor1134Anthonique Strachan – (–)

Heat #2

Time19:37
PosLaneCompetitorsNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction TimeSplit RankExchange
18United StatesUSA3:20.860.177– (–)Q
Lead-Off3896Kaylin Whitney 50.71– (–)
2nd-Leg3857Wadeline Jonathas 49.611:40.46 (1)
3rd-Leg3845Kendall Ellis 50.0622:30.52 (2)
Anchor3856Lynna Irby 50.343– (–)
29JamaicaJAM3:21.950.177– (–)Q
Lead-Off2458Junelle Bromfield 51.02– (–)
2nd-Leg2500Roneisha McGregor 49.821:40.86 (2)
3rd-Leg2513Janieve Russell 49.5212:30.38 (1)
Anchor2534Stacey-Ann Williams 51.576– (–)
33Great BritainGBR3:23.990.169– (–)Q
Lead-Off2003Emily Diamond 51.54– (–)
2nd-Leg2001Zoey Clark 50.951:42.48 (4)
3rd-Leg2018Laviai Nielsen 50.9242:33.40 (4)
Anchor2034Nicole Yeargin 50.594– (–)
47NetherlandsNED3:24.010.220– (–)q
Lead-Off2995Lieke Klaver 51.23– (–)
2nd-Leg2991Lisanne de Witte 51.881:43.02 (6)
3rd-Leg2990Laura de Witte 51.8562:34.87 (6)
Anchor2987Femke Bol 49.141– (–)
56CanadaCAN3:24.050.162– (–)q
Lead-Off1385Alicia Brown 51.85– (–)
2nd-Leg1414Sage Watson 50.531:42.35 (3)
3rd-Leg1407Maddy Price 50.8032:33.15 (3)
Anchor1388Kyra Constantine 50.905– (–)
65UkraineUKR3:24.500.173– (–)
Lead-Off3742Kateryna Klymyuk 52.07– (–)
2nd-Leg3745Alina Lohvynenko 51.061:43.14 (7)
3rd-Leg3766Viktoriya Tkachuk 51.0552:34.19 (5)
Anchor3757Hanna Yaroshchuk-Ryzhkova 50.312– (–)
74ItalyITA3:27.740.150– (–)
Lead-Off2386Maria Benedicta Chigbolu 52.06– (–)
2nd-Leg2399Alice Mangione 50.741:42.76 (5)
3rd-Leg2402Petra Nardelli 52.1372:34.89 (7)
Anchor2384Rebecca Borga 52.857– (–)
82BelarusBLR3:33.000.214– (–)
Lead-Off1234Aliaksandra Khilmanovich 52.48– (–)
2nd-Leg1229Yuliya Bliznets 51.671:44.10 (8)
3rd-Leg1232Elvira Herman 55.3482:39.44 (8)
Anchor1235Asteria Limai 53.568– (–)

Final

Date7 August 2021 — 21:30
PosLaneCompetitorsNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction TimeSplit RankExchange
17United StatesUSA3:16.850.145– (–)
Lead-Off3870Sydney McLaughlin 50.21– (–)
2nd-Leg3847Allyson Felix 49.311:39.59 (1)
3rd-Leg3876Dalilah Muhammad 48.9412:28.53 (1)
Anchor3875Athing Mu 48.321– (–)
24PolandPOL3:20.530.183– (–)
Lead-Off3164Natalia Kaczmarek 50.21– (–)
2nd-Leg3155Iga Baumgart-Witan 49.941:40.20 (2)
3rd-Leg3162Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik 49.8922:30.09 (2)
Anchor3182Justyna Święty-Ersetic 50.444– (–)
35JamaicaJAM3:21.240.192– (–)
Lead-Off2500Roneisha McGregor 50.64– (–)
2nd-Leg2513Janieve Russell 50.051:40.71 (3)
3rd-Leg2491Shericka Jackson 50.1842:30.89 (4)
Anchor2501Candice McLeod 50.353– (–)
43CanadaCAN3:21.840.179– (–)
Lead-Off1385Alicia Brown 50.95– (–)
2nd-Leg1407Maddy Price 49.931:40.90 (4)
3rd-Leg1388Kyra Constantine 49.9832:30.88 (3)
Anchor1414Sage Watson 50.967– (–)
59Great BritainGBR3:22.590.163– (–)
Lead-Off2021Ama Pipi 52.38– (–)
2nd-Leg2033Jodie Williams 49.421:41.74 (5)
3rd-Leg2003Emily Diamond 50.4152:32.15 (5)
Anchor2034Nicole Yeargin 50.444– (–)
62NetherlandsNED3:23.740.207– (–)
Lead-Off2995Lieke Klaver 50.63– (–)
2nd-Leg2991Lisanne de Witte 51.981:42.60 (7)
3rd-Leg2990Laura de Witte 52.1772:34.77 (7)
Anchor2987Femke Bol 48.972– (–)
78BelgiumBEL3:23.960.173– (–)
Lead-Off1182Naomi Van den Broeck 51.97– (–)
2nd-Leg1185Imke Vervaet 50.061:42.03 (6)
3rd-Leg1176Paulien Couckuyt 51.0462:33.07 (6)
Anchor1178Camille Laus 50.896– (–)
86CubaCUB3:26.920.219– (–)
Lead-Off1584Zurian Hechavarría 51.56– (–)
2nd-Leg1580Rose Mary Almanza 51.371:42.89 (8)
3rd-Leg1582Sahily Diago 52.2782:35.16 (8)
Anchor1590Lisneidy Veitía 51.768– (–)