| Event type

4 x 400 metres Relay, Women

Date22 – 23 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants69 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 3:15.18 WR / Soviet Union URS / 1 October 1988

The race was expected to be between the United States and Russia, with the US slight favorites. But the US sprinters had not performed well in Beijing, making this hard to call. Due to injuries, top US runner Sanya Richards was asked to run in the heats and there was concern that this would tire her for the final, where she would anchor. In the final, Yuliya Gushchina put Russia in the lead on the opening leg with 50.62, Jamaica second and the US third. Allyson Felix ran the second leg for the US, and blitzed a 48.55 lap to move slightly ahead of the Russians at the second changeover. Monique Henderson ran the third leg for the US and opened a big lead on the backstretch but Tatyana Firova caught her on the straightaway and pulled ahead by a few metres as she handed the baton to Anastasiya Kapachinskaya. Richards got the baton for the US 6/10ths down at the bell, with Jamaica another second back. Kapachinskaya opened the lead up even further on the backstretch and the US appeared to be too far behind. But on the final curve, Richards found another gear, and gradually starting closing the gap. She caught Kapachinskaya about 30 metres from the finish, but it was not over, as Kapachinskaya would not yield. But Richards held on to get the gold for the US by 0.28 seconds, with Jamaica winning the bronze medal.

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.

Russia originally received the silver medal, but two of their runners, Tatyana Firova and Anastasiya Kapachinskaya, both had positive re-tests for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone), with Firova also testing positive for 3a-hydroxy-5a-androst-1-en-17-one, and Kapachinskaya throwing in a stanozolol chaser. The Russian team was disqualified, all runners losing their silver medal, with Jamaica moving up to the silver medal, and Great Britain receiving the bronze medal. Great Britain had originally finished only fifth, with Belarus fourth. However, Belarus was also disqualified after the re-test of Svetlana Usovich, who was positive for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) in November 2016.

Firova was later quoted as saying, “We sportsmen are performers, we follow the rules that are given to us by the system. A normal person can take banned substances if they want to. So why can’t athletes take them as well? How else can we achieve high results?”

1United StatesUSA3:22.45 (1 h2)3:18.54 (1)Gold
3154Mary Wineberg
3167Allyson Felix
3182Monique Henderson
3222Sanya Richards-Ross
3179Natasha Hastings
Ebonie Floyd (DNS)
2JamaicaJAM3:22.60 (2 h2)3:20.40 (2)Silver
2170Shericka Williams
2174Shereefa Lloyd
2180Rosemarie Whyte
2169Novlene Williams-Mills
2173Bobby-Gaye Wilkins
Anastasia Le-Roy (DNS)
3Great BritainGBR3:25.48 (2 h1)3:22.68 (3)
1819Christine Ohuruogu
1837Kelly Sotherton
1820Marilyn Okoro
1832Nicola Sanders
Vicki Barr (DNS)
Donna Fraser (DNS)
4CubaCUB3:25.46 (1 h1)3:23.21 (4)
1469Roxana Díaz
1474Zulia Calatayud
1478Susana Clement
1480Indira Terrero
Diosmely Peña (DNS)
Daysiurami Bonne (DNS)
Aymée Martínez (DNS)
5NigeriaNGR3:24.10 (3 h2)3:23.74 (5)
2508Joy Eze
2515Shade Abugan
2516Oluoma Nwoke
2527AJ Odumosu
Endurance Abinuwa (DNS)
Gladys Stephen (DNS)
6GermanyGER3:25.55 (3 h1)3:28.45 (6)
1874Jonna Tilgner
1921Sorina Nwachukwu
1924Florence Ekpo-Umoh
1916Claudia Hoffmann
Janin Lindenberg (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2UkraineUKR3:27.44 (4 h1)
3115Oksana Shcherbak
3097Tetiana Petliuk
3067Kseniya Karandiuk
3065Nataliya Pyhyda
Yuliya Irkhina (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2FranceFRA3:26.61 (4 h2)
1718Phara Anacharsis
1766Thélia Sigère
1731Solen Désert
1752Virginie Michanol
Aurore Kassambara (DNS)
5 h1 r1/2PolandPOL3:28.23 (5 h1)
2569Monika Bejnar
2620Jolanta Wójcik
2586Anna Jesień
2606Grażyna Prokopek-Janacek
Agnieszka Karpiesiuk (DNS)
Izabela Jolanta Kostruba (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2BrazilBRA3:30.10 (5 h2)
1239Maria Laura Almirão
1209Josiane Tito
1207Emmily Pinheiro
1212Lucimar Teodoro
Jailma Lima (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2IndiaIND3:28.83 (6 h1)
2028Sathi Geetha
2024Manjit Kaur
2023Chitra Soman
2027Mandeep Kaur
Poovamma Raju Machettira (DNS)
Sini Jose (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2MexicoMEX3:30.36 (6 h2)
2449Ruth Grajeda
2448Gabriela Medina
2447Nallely Vela
2451Zudikey Rodríguez
Karla Dueñas (DNS)
María Teresa Rugerio (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2JapanJPN3:30.52 (7 h1)
2195Satomi Kubokura
2193Asami Tanno
2196Mayu Kida
2198Sayaka Aoki
7 h2 r1/2People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:30.77 (7 h2)
1338Han Ling
1401Chen Jingwen
1402Wang Jingpin
1354Tang Xiaoyin
ACRussian FederationRUS3:23.71 (AC h1)3:18.82 (AC)DQ1
2746Yuliya Gushchina
2818Lyudmila Litvinova
2816Tatyana Firova
2826Anastasiya Kapachinskaya
2820Yelena Migunova
2744Tatyana Veshkurova
ACBelarusBLR3:22.78 (AC h2)3:21.85 (AC)DQ2
1181Hanna Kazak
1180Iryna Khliustava
1145Ilona Usovich
1146Sviatlana Vusovich
1179Yuliyana Yushchanka
Katsiaryna Bobryk (DNS)

Round One (22 August 2008)

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

Heat One (19:40)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
Roxana Díaz51.7751.77 (2)
Zulia Calatayud51.201:42.97 (3)
Susana Clement51.382:34.35 (3)
Indira Terrero51.113:25.46 (2)
25Great BritainGBR3:25.480.214Q
Nicola Sanders50.9550.95 (1)
Kelly Sotherton50.571:41.52 (2)
Marilyn Okoro51.022:32.54 (2)
Christine Ohuruogu52.943:25.48 (3)
Jonna Tilgner52.9052.90 (5)
Sorina Nwachukwu51.571:44.47 (4)
Florence Ekpo-Umoh50.942:35.41 (4)
Claudia Hoffmann50.143:25.55 (4)
Oksana Shcherbak52.6552.65 (4)
Tetiana Petliuk52.561:45.21 (8)
Kseniya Karandiuk52.062:37.27 (6)
Nataliya Pyhyda50.173:27.44 (5)
Monika Bejnar52.9952.99 (6)
Jolanta Wójcik51.721:44.71 (5)
Anna Jesień51.392:36.10 (5)
Grażyna Prokopek-Janacek52.133:28.23 (6)
Sathi Geetha53.7453.74 (8)
Manjit Kaur51.431:45.17 (7)
Chitra Soman52.492:37.66 (7)
Mandeep Kaur51.173:28.83 (7)
Satomi Kubokura53.5953.59 (7)
Asami Tanno51.571:45.16 (6)
Mayu Kida52.722:37.88 (8)
Sayaka Aoki52.643:30.52 (8)
AC3Russian FederationRUS3:23.710.338DQ Q3
Yelena Migunova51.8051.80 (3)
Tatyana Veshkurova49.681:41.48 (1)
Lyudmila Litvinova50.322:31.80 (1)
Tatyana Firova51.912:31.80 (1)4

Heat Two (19:50)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
17United StatesUSA3:22.450.284Q
Mary Wineberg51.0351.03 (2)
Monique Henderson49.781:40.81 (2)
Natasha Hastings49.972:30.78 (1)
Sanya Richards-Ross51.673:22.45 (1)
Novlene Williams-Mills50.4650.46 (1)
Shereefa Lloyd50.071:40.53 (1)
Bobby-Gaye Wilkins50.942:31.47 (2)
Shericka Williams51.133:22.60 (2)
Shade Abugan51.4751.47 (4)
Joy Eze50.421:41.89 (4)
Oluoma Nwoke51.832:33.72 (4)
AJ Odumosu50.383:24.10 (4)
Phara Anacharsis51.7651.76 (5)
Thélia Sigère51.751:43.51 (5)
Solen Désert51.202:34.71 (5)
Virginie Michanol51.903:26.61 (5)
Maria Laura Almirão53.4953.49 (6)
Josiane Tito52.601:46.09 (8)
Emmily Pinheiro51.952:38.04 (6)
Lucimar Teodoro52.063:30.10 (6)
Ruth Grajeda54.7154.71 (8)
Gabriela Medina51.031:45.74 (7)
Nallely Vela53.012:38.75 (8)
Zudikey Rodríguez51.613:30.36 (7)
78People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:30.770.234
Han Ling53.5153.51 (7)
Chen Jingwen52.081:45.59 (6)
Wang Jingpin52.912:38.50 (7)
Tang Xiaoyin52.273:30.77 (8)
AC6BelarusBLR3:22.780.250DQ Q5
Yuliyana Yushchanka51.4051.40 (3)
Iryna Khliustava50.371:41.77 (3)
Ilona Usovich49.932:31.70 (3)
Sviatlana Vusovich51.083:22.78 (3)6

Final (23 August 2008 — 20:40)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
14United StatesUSA3:18.540.327
Mary Wineberg51.0051.00 (3)
Allyson Felix48.551:39.55 (1)
Monique Henderson50.062:29.61 (2)
Sanya Richards-Ross48.933:18.54 (1)
Shericka Williams50.8850.88 (2)
Shereefa Lloyd49.321:40.20 (3)
Rosemarie Whyte50.342:30.54 (3)
Novlene Williams-Mills49.863:20.40 (3)
39Great BritainGBR3:22.680.264
Christine Ohuruogu51.2751.27 (5)
Kelly Sotherton50.351:41.62 (5)
Marilyn Okoro51.522:33.14 (7)
Nicola Sanders49.543:22.68 (5)
Roxana Díaz51.1151.11 (4)
Zulia Calatayud51.171:42.28 (6)
Susana Clement50.472:32.75 (5)
Indira Terrero50.463:23.21 (6)
Joy Eze51.4651.46 (6)
Shade Abugan50.031:41.49 (4)
Oluoma Nwoke51.532:33.02 (6)
AJ Odumosu50.723:23.74 (7)
Jonna Tilgner53.1253.12 (8)
Sorina Nwachukwu52.601:45.72 (8)
Florence Ekpo-Umoh51.662:37.38 (8)
Claudia Hoffmann51.073:28.45 (8)
AC5Russian FederationRUS3:18.820.314DQ7
Yuliya Gushchina50.6250.62 (1)
Lyudmila Litvinova49.181:39.80 (2)
Tatyana Firova49.202:29.00 (1)8
Anastasiya Kapachinskaya49.823:18.82 (2)9
Hanna Kazak51.9851.98 (7)
Iryna Khliustava50.331:42.31 (7)
Ilona Usovich49.852:32.16 (4)
Sviatlana Vusovich49.693:21.85 (4)11