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4 x 400 metres Relay, Women

Date10 – 11 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants71 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 3:15.18 WR / Soviet Union URS / 1 October 1988

The United States had won this title at the last four Olympic Games and was expected to do so again. They were led by Sanya Richards-Ross, the individual 400 champion, DeeDee Trotter, the bronze medalist in the 400, along with Allyson Felix, the open 200 champion, but one who often ran the 400 metres in invitational meets, and had attempted a 200/400 double at the 2011 World Championships. No other team was given much of a chance for gold.

In the end it was more a coronation than a real race. Trotter gave the USA a nice lead on the opener, posting 50.2, with Russia’s Yuliya Gushchina second at 51.0. Felix then ended any suspense with 48.2 on the second leg, the fastest of the race, as Russia trailed by more than two seconds. Francena McCorory had the third leg for the Americans and opened the lead further, giving Sanya Richards-Ross what amounted to a victory lap. She brought it home in 49.10 for a final time of 3:16.87, equal to the fifth fastest time ever. Russia trailed almost four seconds back for silver, with Ukraine getting bronze. Richards-Ross won her second gold medal of the London Olympics, while Felix won her third, including the 4×100 relay the day before. Richards-Ross also won her third consecutive gold medal in the event, emulating Frank Wykoff, who won three relay gold medals for the United States in the 4×100 in 1928-36.

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.

In February 2017, Antonina Krivoshapka was revealed to have tested positive for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone). Her disqualification led to the Russian relay team losing the silver medal. Jamaica was advanced to the silver medal, and Ukraine received the bronze medal. In early October 2017, another Russian team member, Yuliya Gushchina, also had a re-test positive (substance not announced), and in February 2019, Tatyana Firova was also disqualified for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).

1United StatesUSA3:22.09 (1 h2)3:16.87 (1)Gold
3321DeeDee Trotter
3287Allyson Felix
3307Francena McCorory
3313Sanya Richards-Ross
3267Keshia Baker
3286Diamond Dixon
2JamaicaJAM3:25.13 (1 h1)3:20.95 (2)Silver
2195Christine Day
2209Rosemarie Whyte
2211Shericka Williams
2213Novlene Williams-Mills
2201Shereefa Lloyd
3UkraineUKR3:25.90 (2 h1)3:23.57 (3)Bronze
3172Alina Lohvynenko
3199Olha Zemliak
3197Hanna Yaroshchuk
3182Nataliya Pyhyda
4Great BritainGBR3:25.05 (2 h2)3:24.76 (4)
1851Shana Cox
1864Lee McConnell
1877Perri Shakes-Drayton
1866Christine Ohuruogu
1850Eilidh Child
5FranceFRA3:25.94 (3 h1)3:25.92 (5)
1771Phara Anacharsis
1781Muriel Hurtis
1778Marie Gayot
1779Floria Gueï
6Czech RepublicCZE3:26.20 (3 h2)3:27.77 (6)
1540Denisa Rosolová
1529Zuzana Bergrová
1528Jitka Bartoničková
1532Zuzana Hejnová
AC r2/2NigeriaNGR3:26.29 (4 h1)3:26.52 (AC)DQ
2585Omolara Omotosho
2583AJ Odumosu
2581Regina George
2575Bukola Abogunloko
Idara Otu
5 h2 r1/2PolandPOL3:30.15 (4 h2)
2679Iga Baumgart
2699Justyna Święty
2688Anna Jesień
2704Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz
6 h1 r1/2CubaCUB3:27.41 (6 h1)
1497Aymée Martínez
1500Diosmely Peña
1490Yaneisi Borlot
1489Daisurami Bonne
6 h2 r1/2IrelandIRL3:30.55 (5 h2)
2105Marian Andrews-Heffernan
2104Joanne Cuddihy
2098Jessie Barr
2102Michelle Carey
7 h1 r1/2ItalyITA3:29.01 (7 h1)
2147Chiara Bazzoni
2162Maria Enrica Spacca
2148Elena Maria Bonfanti
2154Libania Grenot
7 h2 r1/2BrazilBRA3:32.95 (6 h2)
1249Joelma Sousa
1237Jailma Lima
1240Aline dos Santos
1235Geisa Coutinho
8 h1 r1/2GermanyGER3:31.06 (8 h1)
1931Esther Cremer
1947Janin Lindenberg
1932Maral Feizbakhsh
1943Fabienne Kohlmann
ACBelarusBLR3:26.52 (5 h1)DQ1
1183Alena Kiyevich
1182Iryna Khliustava
1204Ilona Usovich
1205Sviatlana Vusovich
ACTurkeyTUR3:34.71 (AC h2)DQ2
3100Pınar Saka
3098Meliz Redif
3086Birsen Engin
3080Sema Aydemir-Apak
ACRussian FederationRUS3:23.11 (AC h2)3:20.23 (AC)DQ3
2862Yuliya Gushchina
2873Antonina Krivoshapka
2856Tatyana Firova
2843Nataliya Antyukh
2883Nataliya Nazarova
2865Anastasiya Kapachinskaya

Round One (10 August 2012 — 19:10)

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

Heat One (19:10)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
Christine Day50.850.8 (–)
Shereefa Lloyd52.31:43.28 (–)
Shericka Williams51.072:34.35 (–)
Rosemarie Whyte50.783:25.13 (–)
Olha Zemliak51.551.5 (–)
Alina Lohvynenko51.71:43.30 (–)
Hanna Yaroshchuk51.612:34.92 (–)
Nataliya Pyhyda50.993:25.90 (–)
Phara Anacharsis52.452.4 (–)
Muriel Hurtis51.31:43.81 (–)
Marie Gayot51.462:35.27 (–)
Floria Gueï50.673:25.94 (–)
Omolara Omotosho51.751.7 (–)
Idara Otu52.21:43.98 (–)
Bukola Abogunloko51.702:35.94 (–)
Regina George50.613:26.52 (–)
Alena Kiyevich51.751.7 (–)
Iryna Khliustava52.31:44.03 (–)
Ilona Usovich51.902:35.93 (–)
Sviatlana Vusovich50.593:26.52 (–)
Aymée Martínez51.851.8 (–)
Diosmely Peña52.51:44.37 (–)
Yaneisi Borlot52.032:36.40 (–)
Daisurami Bonne51.013:27.41 (–)
Chiara Bazzoni52.752.7 (–)
Maria Enrica Spacca51.91:44.71 (–)
Elena Maria Bonfanti52.172:36.88 (–)
Libania Grenot52.133:29.01 (–)
Esther Cremer51.951.9 (–)
Janin Lindenberg52.01:44.04 (–)
Maral Feizbakhsh53.602:37.64 (–)
Fabienne Kohlmann53.423:31.06 (–)

Heat Two (19:21)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
19United StatesUSA3:22.090.179Q
Keshia Baker51.651.6 (–)
Francena McCorory50.31:42.05 (–)
Diamond Dixon50.262:32.31 (–)
DeeDee Trotter49.783:22.09 (–)
28Great BritainGBR3:25.050.182Q
Shana Cox51.651.6 (–)
Lee McConnell51.21:42.90 (–)
Eilidh Child51.542:34.44 (–)
Christine Ohuruogu50.613:25.05 (–)
36Czech RepublicCZE3:26.200.224q
Denisa Rosolová51.551.5 (–)
Zuzana Bergrová51.91:43.51 (–)
Jitka Bartoničková51.662:35.17 (–)
Zuzana Hejnová51.033:26.20 (–)
Iga Baumgart53.053.0 (–)
Justyna Święty52.31:45.35 (–)
Anna Jesień52.272:37.62 (–)
Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz52.533:30.15 (–)
Marian Andrews-Heffernan53.553.5 (–)
Joanne Cuddihy50.61:44.25 (–)
Jessie Barr53.372:37.62 (–)
Michelle Carey52.933:30.55 (–)
Joelma Sousa52.752.7 (–)
Jailma Lima52.21:44.94 (–)
Aline dos Santos54.372:39.31 (–)
Geisa Coutinho53.643:32.95 (–)
Pınar Saka52.552.5 (–)5
Birsen Engin54.182:40.25 (–)
Sema Aydemir-Apak54.463:34.71 (–)
Meliz Redif53.41:46.07 (–)6
AC4Russian FederationRUS3:23.110.164DQ Q7
Yuliya Gushchina50.850.8 (–)8
Tatyana Firova50.61:41.55 (–)
Nataliya Nazarova50.692:32.24 (–)
Anastasiya Kapachinskaya50.873:23.11 (–)

Final (11 August 2012 — 20:25)

PosLaneTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)Reaction Time
17United StatesUSA3:16.870.217
DeeDee Trotter50.550.5 (–)
Allyson Felix47.81:38.38 (–)
Francena McCorory49.392:27.77 (–)
Sanya Richards-Ross49.103:16.87 (–)
Christine Day51.351.3 (–)
Rosemarie Whyte49.81:41.20 (–)
Shericka Williams50.292:31.49 (–)
Novlene Williams-Mills49.463:20.95 (–)
Alina Lohvynenko51.551.5 (–)
Olha Zemliak49.81:41.38 (–)
Hanna Yaroshchuk51.562:32.94 (–)
Nataliya Pyhyda50.633:23.57 (–)
49Great BritainGBR3:24.760.190
Shana Cox52.652.6 (–)
Lee McConnell51.21:43.83 (–)
Perri Shakes-Drayton50.282:34.11 (–)
Christine Ohuruogu50.653:24.76 (–)
Phara Anacharsis52.452.4 (–)
Muriel Hurtis51.31:43.84 (–)
Marie Gayot51.152:34.99 (–)
Floria Gueï50.933:25.92 (–)
62Czech RepublicCZE3:27.770.225
Denisa Rosolová51.851.8 (–)
Zuzana Bergrová52.31:44.23 (–)
Jitka Bartoničková52.622:36.85 (–)
Zuzana Hejnová50.923:27.77 (–)
Omolara Omotosho52.652.6 (–)
AJ Odumosu51.21:43.88 (–)
Regina George50.882:34.76 (–)
Bukola Abogunloko51.763:26.52 (–)
AC5Russian FederationRUS3:20.230.158DQ9
Yuliya Gushchina51.051.0 (–)10
Antonina Krivoshapka49.61:40.68 (–)11
Tatyana Firova49.882:30.56 (–)
Nataliya Antyukh49.673:20.23 (–)