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4 x 100 metres Relay, Women

Date18 – 19 August 2016
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants67 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 40.82 WR / United States USA / 10 August 2012

This was expected to be a battle between the Jamaicans and the Americans, with Jamaica, led by 100-200 winner Elaine Thompson, favored for the gold. They won heat one easily and their task seemed easier when the US team botched the second exchange between Allyson Felix and English Gardner. The veteran Felix made Gardner retrieve the baton and finish the race, but the US finished sixth and seemingly out of the final. The US protested, howeer, that the adjacent Brazilian runner had moved out of her lane and interfered with the Americans and the protest was upheld. The US team was allowed to run a time trial later that evening and attempt to qualify on time, requiring them to use the same lane and the same team, and the US ran 41.77 to move into the final.

The unusual circumstances forced the US out of the prime inner lanes and they had to run in lane one. Tianna Bartoletta put the Americans in the lead on the opening leg and Felix held off Thompson on the backstretch, giving Gardner a tenuous lead. Gardner pulled the US ahead with a scorching turn run, allowing 100 metre silver medalist Tori Bowie to win easily, as she pulled away from 100 bronze medalist, and 2008-12 100 gold medalist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. The US foursome ran 41.01, the second fastest time ever.

1United StatesUSA1:06.71 (6 h2)41.01 (1)Gold
1323Tianna Bartoletta
1339Allyson Felix
1343English Gardner
1326Tori Bowie
1320Morolake Akinosun
2JamaicaJAM41.79 (1 h1)41.36 (2)Silver
905Christania Williams
903Elaine Thompson
882Veronica Campbell-Brown
887Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
885Simone Facey
886Shashalee Forbes
3Great BritainGBR41.93 (2 h1)41.77 (3)Bronze
718Asha Philip
703Desiree Henry
695Dina Asher-Smith
711Daryll Neita
4GermanyGER42.18 (1 h2)42.10 (4)
771Tatjana Pinto
763Lisa Mayer
762Gina Lückenkemper
747Rebekka Haase
5Trinidad and TobagoTTO42.62 (3 h2)42.12 (5)
1249Semoy Hackett
1245Michelle-Lee Ahye
1246Kelly-Ann Baptiste
1252Khalifa St. Fort
6CanadaCAN42.70 (3 h1)43.15 (7)
479Farah Jacques
474Crystal Emmanuel
475Phylicia George
467Khamica Bingham
7NigeriaNGR42.55 (2 h2)43.21 (8)
1052Gloria Asumnu
1059Blessing Okagbare
1057Jennifer Madu
1063Agnes Osazuwa
4 h2 r1/2FranceFRA43.07 (4 h2)
676Floriane Gnafoua
672Céline Distel-Bonnet
674Jennifer Galais
664Stella Akakpo
4 h1 r1/2People's Republic of ChinaCHN42.70 (4 h1)
533Yuan Qiqi
531Wei Yongli
515Ge Manqi
522Liang Xiaojing
5 h2 r1/2SwitzerlandSUI43.12 (5 h2)
1204Ajla Del Ponte
1201Sarah Atcho
1213Ellen Sprunger
1207Salomé Kora
5 h1 r1/2NetherlandsNED42.88 (5 h1)
1038Jamile Samuel
1039Dafne Schippers
1043Tessa van Schagen
1040Naomi Sedney
6 h1 r1/2PolandPOL43.33 (6 h1)
1117Ewa Swoboda
1112Marika Popowicz-Drapała
1105Klaudia Konopko
1103Anna Kiełbasińska
7 h1 r1/2GhanaGHA43.37 (7 h1)
794Flings Owusu-Agyapong
789Gemma Acheampong
791Beatrice Gyaman
790Janet Amponsah
AC h2 r1/2KazakhstanKAZ– (AC h2)
928Rima Kashafutdinova
941Viktoriya Zyabkina
933Yuliya Rakhmanova
936Olga Safronova
AC h2 r1/2BrazilBRA– (AC h2)
425Bruna Farias
426Franciela Krasucki
439Kauiza Venâncio
434Rosângela Santos
ACUkraineUKR42.49 (AC h1)42.36 (AC)DQ1
1301Olesia Povkh
1300Nataliya Pohrebniak
1303Mariya Riemien
1276Yelyzaveta Bryzhina

Round One (18 August 2016)

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

Heat One (11:20)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
Simone FaceyShashalee ForbesVeronica Campbell-BrownShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
27Great BritainGBR41.930.133Q
Asha PhilipDesiree HenryDina Asher-SmithDaryll Neita
Farah JacquesCrystal EmmanuelPhylicia GeorgeKhamica Bingham
46People's Republic of ChinaCHN42.700.165
Yuan QiqiWei YongliGe ManqiLiang Xiaojing
Jamile SamuelDafne SchippersTessa van SchagenNaomi Sedney
Ewa SwobodaMarika Popowicz-DrapałaKlaudia KonopkoAnna Kiełbasińska
Flings Owusu-AgyapongGemma AcheampongBeatrice GyamanJanet Amponsah
AC1UkraineUKR42.490.151DQ q2
Olesia Povkh 3Nataliya PohrebniakMariya RiemienYelyzaveta Bryzhina

Heat Two (11:28)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
Tatjana PintoLisa MayerGina LückenkemperRebekka Haase
Gloria AsumnuBlessing OkagbareJennifer MaduAgnes Osazuwa
31Trinidad and TobagoTTO42.620.149Q
Semoy HackettMichelle-Lee AhyeKelly-Ann BaptisteKhalifa St. Fort
Floriane GnafouaCéline Distel-BonnetJennifer GalaisStella Akakpo
Ajla Del PonteSarah AtchoEllen SprungerSalomé Kora
62United StatesUSA1:06.714
Tianna BartolettaAllyson FelixEnglish GardnerMorolake Akinosun
Rima KashafutdinovaViktoriya ZyabkinaYuliya RakhmanovaOlga Safronova
Bruna FariasFranciela KrasuckiKauiza VenâncioRosângela Santos

Heat Three (19:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
12United StatesUSA41.770.146q
Tianna BartolettaAllyson FelixEnglish GardnerMorolake Akinosun

Final (19 August 2016 — 22:15)

PosNrTeamNOCTimeReaction Time
11United StatesUSA41.010.158
Tianna BartolettaAllyson FelixEnglish GardnerTori Bowie
Christania WilliamsElaine ThompsonVeronica Campbell-BrownShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
35Great BritainGBR41.770.113
Asha PhilipDesiree HenryDina Asher-SmithDaryll Neita
Tatjana PintoLisa MayerGina LückenkemperRebekka Haase
57Trinidad and TobagoTTO42.120.158
Semoy HackettMichelle-Lee AhyeKelly-Ann BaptisteKhalifa St. Fort
Farah JacquesCrystal EmmanuelPhylicia GeorgeKhamica Bingham
Gloria AsumnuBlessing OkagbareJennifer MaduAgnes Osazuwa
Olesia Povkh 8Nataliya PohrebniakMariya RiemienYelyzaveta Bryzhina