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4 x 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.

PosNrTeamNOC
1United StatesUSAGold
Sydney McLaughlinAllyson FelixDalilah MuhammadAthing MuKaylin WhitneyWadeline JonathasKendall EllisLynna IrbyQuanera Hayes (DNS)
2PolandPOLSilver
Natalia KaczmarekIga Baumgart-WitanMałgorzata Hołub-KowalikJustyna Święty-ErseticAnna Kiełbasińska
3JamaicaJAMBronze
Roneisha McGregorJanieve RussellShericka JacksonCandice McLeodJunelle BromfieldStacey-Ann WilliamsTovea Jenkins (DNS)Stephenie McPherson (DNS)
4CanadaCAN
Alicia BrownMaddy PriceKyra ConstantineSage WatsonLauren Gale (DNS)Natassha McDonald (DNS)
5Great BritainGBR
Ama PipiJodie WilliamsEmily DiamondNicole YearginZoey ClarkLaviai NielsenHannah Williams (DNS)
6NetherlandsNED
Lieke KlaverLisanne de WitteLaura de WitteFemke BolAndrea Bouma (DNS)Hanneke Oosterwegel (DNS)Anne van de Wiel (DNS)
7BelgiumBEL
Naomi Van den BroeckImke VervaetPaulien CouckuytCamille LausCynthia Bolingo
8CubaCUB
Zurian HechavarríaRose Mary AlmanzaSahily DiagoLisneidy VeitíaRoxana Gómez
4 h1 r1/2GermanyGER
Corinna SchwabCarolina KrafzikLaura MüllerRuth Spelmeyer-PreußNadine Gonska (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2FranceFRA
Sokhna LacosteAmandine BrossierBrigitte NtiamoahFloria GueïDiana Iscaye (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI
Lea SprungerSilke LemmensRachel PellaudYasmin GigerAnnina Fahr (DNS)Sarah King (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2UkraineUKR
Kateryna KlymyukAlina LohvynenkoViktoriya TkachukHanna RyzhkovaAnastasiya Bryzhina (DNS)Yana Kachur (DNS)Tetiana Melnyk (DNS)Nataliya Pyrozhenko-Chornomaz (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2AustraliaAUS
Bendere OboyaKendra HubbardEllie BeerAnnie Rubie-RenshawAngeline Blackburn (DNS)
7 h2 r1/2ItalyITA
Maria Benedicta ChigboluAlice MangionePetra NardelliRebecca BorgaAyomide Folorunso (DNS)Raphaela Lukudo (DNS)Anna Polinari (DNS)
8 h2 r1/2BelarusBLR
Aliaksandra KhilmanovichYuliya BliznetsElvira HermanAsteria LimaiHanna Mikhailava (DNS)Krystsina Muliarchyk (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2The BahamasBAH
Doneisha AndersonMegan MossBrianne BethelAnthonique StrachanLacarthea Cooper (DNS)