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4 x 100 metres Relay, Women

Date9 – 10 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants69 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 41.60 WR / East Germany GDR / 1 August 1980

The event was expected to come down to Jamaica against the United States, with the USA a slight favorite, led by 100 runner-up Carmelita Jeter, and 4th/5th place in that event of Tianna Madison and Allyson Felix. But Jamaica could counter with the 100 winner, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and bronze medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown. Nobody else was given a chance for gold as long as they got the stick around, something they had not done at Beijing, when the United States did not make the final, and Jamaica did not finish the final.

Fraser-Pryce opened for Jamaica and made up a bit of the stagger on Madison around the curve, but on the backstretch, Felix exploded away from Sherone Simpson, putting the American team into a lead they would not surrender. Bianca Knight ran the final curve for the USA, and Campbell-Brown did make up a small amount on that turn, although Jeter still got the baton with a 2-metre lead. Running against Kerron Stewart, Jeter poured it on, extending the lead to 0.59 seconds at the line as the USA finished in 40.82, shattering the old world record of 41.37 that had been set by an East German squad, way back in 1985. It was one of the three oldest world records on the books for women, after Czechoslovakian Jarmila Kratochvilová’s 800 metre mark, set in 1983, and East German Marita Koch’s 400 mark, set on the same day as the 4×100 record. Jamaica’s silver medal was done in 41.41, the third fastest mark ever, and even Ukraine, in third, posted the eighth fastest national mark ever.

The gold medal gave Jeter a rare complete set of medals from London, as she had won silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200. Felix would return the next day and run on the winning 4×400 relay team, giving her three gold medals in London, along with her individual 200 title.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA41.64 (1 h1)40.82 (1)Gold
Tianna MadisonAllyson FelixBianca KnightCarmelita JeterJeneba TarmohLauryn Williams
2JamaicaJAM42.37 (2 h2)41.41 (2)Silver
Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceSherone SimpsonVeronica Campbell-BrownKerron StewartSamantha Henry-RobinsonSchillonie Calvert
3UkraineUKR42.36 (1 h2)42.04 (3)Bronze
Olesia PovkhKhrystyna StuyMariya RiemienYelyzaveta Bryzhina
4NigeriaNGR42.74 (4 h1)42.64 (4)
Damola OsayomiGloria AsumnuEndurance AbinuwaBlessing OkagbareChristy Udoh
5GermanyGER42.69 (3 h2)42.67 (5)
Leena GüntherAnne CibisTatjana PintoVerena Sailer
6NetherlandsNED42.45 (2 h1)42.70 (6)
Kadene VassellDafne SchippersEva LubbersJamile Samuel
7BrazilBRA42.55 (3 h1)42.91 (7)
Ana Cláudia LemosFranciela KrasuckiEvelyn dos SantosRosângela Santos
4 h1 r1/2PolandPOL43.07 (4 h2)
Marika PopowiczDaria KorczyńskaMarta JeschkeEwelina Ptak
5 h1 r1/2The BahamasBAH43.07 (5 h1)
Sheniqua FergusonChandra SturrupChristine AmertilAnthonique Strachan
5 h2 r1/2ColombiaCOL43.21 (5 h2)
Yomara HinestrozaNorma GonzálezDarlenis ObregónEliecith Palacios
6 h1 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI43.54 (6 h1)
Michelle CueniMujinga KambundjiEllen SprungerLea Sprunger
6 h2 r1/2Russian FederationRUS43.24 (6 h2)
Olga BelkinaNataliya RusakovaYelizaveta SavlinisAleksandra Fedoriva
7 h1 r1/2JapanJPN44.25 (7 h1)
Anna DoiKana IchikawaChisato FukushimaYumeka Sano
7 h2 r1/2BelarusBLR43.90 (7 h2)
Alina TalayKatsiaryna HancharAlena Neumiarzhitskaya-DaniliokYuliya Balykina
ACFranceFRA– (AC h2)DNF
Myriam SoumaréAyodélé IkuesanLina Jacques-SébastienJohanna Danois
ACTrinidad and TobagoTTO42.31 (AC h1)– (AC)DQ1
Michelle-Lee AhyeKelly-Ann BaptisteKai SelvonSemoy Hackett

Round One (9 August 2012 — 20:20)

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

Heat One (20:20)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA41.640.165Q
Tianna MadisonJeneba TarmohBianca KnightLauryn Williams
2NetherlandsNED42.450.192Q
Kadene VassellDafne SchippersEva LubbersJamile Samuel
3BrazilBRA42.550.165q
Ana Cláudia LemosFranciela KrasuckiEvelyn dos SantosRosângela Santos
4NigeriaNGR42.740.170q
Christy UdohGloria AsumnuDamola OsayomiBlessing Okagbare
5The BahamasBAH43.070.164
Sheniqua FergusonChandra SturrupChristine AmertilAnthonique Strachan
6SwitzerlandSUI43.540.174
Michelle CueniMujinga KambundjiEllen SprungerLea Sprunger
7JapanJPN44.250.153
Anna DoiKana IchikawaChisato FukushimaYumeka Sano
ACTrinidad and TobagoTTO42.310.195DQ2
Michelle-Lee AhyeKelly-Ann BaptisteKai SelvonSemoy Hackett

Heat Two (20:28)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
1UkraineUKR42.360.166Q
Olesia PovkhKhrystyna StuyMariya RiemienYelyzaveta Bryzhina
2JamaicaJAM42.370.204Q
Samantha Henry-RobinsonSherone SimpsonSchillonie CalvertKerron Stewart
3GermanyGER42.690.213Q
Leena GüntherAnne CibisTatjana PintoVerena Sailer
4PolandPOL43.070.160
Marika PopowiczDaria KorczyńskaMarta JeschkeEwelina Ptak
5ColombiaCOL43.210.192
Yomara HinestrozaNorma GonzálezDarlenis ObregónEliecith Palacios
6Russian FederationRUS43.240.197
Olga BelkinaNataliya RusakovaYelizaveta SavlinisAleksandra Fedoriva
7BelarusBLR43.900.189
Alina TalayKatsiaryna HancharAlena Neumiarzhitskaya-DaniliokYuliya Balykina
ACFranceFRA0.218DQ
Myriam SoumaréAyodélé IkuesanLina Jacques-SébastienJohanna Danois

Final (10 August 2012 — 20:40)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA40.820.168
Tianna MadisonAllyson FelixBianca KnightCarmelita Jeter
2JamaicaJAM41.410.179
Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceSherone SimpsonVeronica Campbell-BrownKerron Stewart
3UkraineUKR42.040.158
Olesia PovkhKhrystyna StuyMariya RiemienYelyzaveta Bryzhina
4NigeriaNGR42.640.186
Damola OsayomiGloria AsumnuEndurance AbinuwaBlessing Okagbare
5GermanyGER42.670.166
Leena GüntherAnne CibisTatjana PintoVerena Sailer
6NetherlandsNED42.700.168
Kadene VassellDafne SchippersEva LubbersJamile Samuel
7BrazilBRA42.910.176
Ana Cláudia LemosFranciela KrasuckiEvelyn dos SantosRosângela Santos
ACTrinidad and TobagoTTO0.164DQ3
Michelle-Lee AhyeKelly-Ann BaptisteKai SelvonSemoy Hackett