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4 x 100 metres Relay, Women

Date19 – 20 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants60 from 15 countries

In the rarified air of Ciudad de México, the United States and the Netherlands broke the world record in the heats with 43.4. But the Americans had the fastest runners, led by anchor runner Wyomia Tyus, who had earlier defended her 100 metre gold medal. Despite mediocre exchanges the US won the gold medal with Tyus crossing the line five metres ahead.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA43.4 (1 h1)42.8 (1)GoldWR
Barbara FerrellMargaret BailesMildrette NetterWyomia Tyus
2CubaCUB44.1 (4 h2)43.3 (2)Silver
Marlene ElejaldeFulgencia RomayVioleta QuesadaMiguelina Cobián
3Soviet UnionURS43.6 (2 h2)43.4 (3)Bronze
Lyudmila ZharkovaGalina BukharinaVera PopkovaLyudmila Samotesova
4NetherlandsNED43.4 (1 h2)43.4 (4)
Wilma van den BergMieke SterkTruus Hennipman-CruimingCorrie Bakker
5AustraliaAUS43.7 (2 h1)43.4 (5)
Jennifer LamyJoyce BennettRaelene BoyleDianne Burge
6West GermanyFRG44.1 (3 h1)43.6 (6)
Renate MeyerJutta StöckRita JahnIngrid Becker
7Great BritainGBR43.9 (3 h2)43.7 (7)
Anita NeilMaureen TranterJanet SimpsonLillian Board
8FranceFRA44.3 (4 h1)44.2 (8)
Michèle AlayranguesGabrielle MeyerNicole MontandonSylviane Telliez
5 h1 r1/2CanadaCAN44.7 (5 h1)
Debbie MillerStephanie BertoJoan HendryIrene Piotrowski
5 h2 r1/2HungaryHUN44.6 (5 h2)
Etelka KispálMargit Markó-NemesháziGyörgyi Balogh-SzomovAnnamária Kovács-Tóth
6 h1 r1/2NigeriaNGR45.2 (6 h1)
Olajumoke BodunrinJanet OmorogbeMairo JinaduOyeronke Akindele
6 h2 r1/2TaiwanTPE47.2 (6 h2)
Chi ChengYeh Chu-MeiLin Chun-YuTien Ah-Mei
7 h1 r1/2MexicoMEX47.0 (7 h1)
Alma Rosa MartínezMercedes RománEnriqueta BasilioEsperanza Girón
7 h2 r1/2PolandPOL53.0 (7 h2)
Danuta StraszyńskaMirosława SarnaUrszula JóźwikIrena Szewińska
AC h1 r1/2JamaicaJAM44.8 (AC h1)
Adlin Mair-ClarkeCarmen SmithUna MorrisVilma Charlton
DNSSwedenSWE

Round One (19 October 1968 — 15:30)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA43.443.50QWR
Barbara FerrellMargaret BailesMildrette NetterWyomia Tyus
2AustraliaAUS43.743.77Q
Jennifer LamyJoyce BennettRaelene BoyleDianne Burge
3West GermanyFRG44.144.18Q
Renate MeyerJutta StöckRita JahnIngrid Becker
4FranceFRA44.344.32Q
Michèle AlayranguesGabrielle MeyerNicole MontandonSylviane Telliez
5CanadaCAN44.744.73
Debbie MillerStephanie BertoJoan HendryIrene Piotrowski
6NigeriaNGR45.245.23
Olajumoke BodunrinJanet OmorogbeMairo JinaduOyeronke Akindele
7MexicoMEX47.047.09
Alma Rosa MartínezMercedes RománEnriqueta BasilioEsperanza Girón
ACJamaicaJAM44.844.82DQ
Adlin Mair-ClarkeCarmen SmithUna MorrisVilma Charlton

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1NetherlandsNED43.443.49Q=WR
Wilma van den BergMieke SterkTruus Hennipman-CruimingCorrie Bakker
2Soviet UnionURS43.643.67Q
Lyudmila ZharkovaGalina BukharinaVera PopkovaLyudmila Samotesova
3Great BritainGBR43.943.98Q
Anita NeilMaureen TranterJanet SimpsonLillian Board
4CubaCUB44.144.15Q
Marlene ElejaldeFulgencia RomayVioleta QuesadaMiguelina Cobián
5HungaryHUN44.644.65
Etelka KispálMargit Markó-NemesháziGyörgyi Balogh-SzomovAnnamária Kovács-Tóth
6TaiwanTPE47.247.24
Chi ChengYeh Chu-MeiLin Chun-YuTien Ah-Mei
7PolandPOL53.053.02
Danuta StraszyńskaMirosława SarnaUrszula JóźwikIrena Szewińska

Final (20 October 1968 — 16:30)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1United StatesUSA42.842.88WR
Barbara FerrellMargaret BailesMildrette NetterWyomia Tyus
2CubaCUB43.343.36
Marlene ElejaldeFulgencia RomayVioleta QuesadaMiguelina Cobián
3Soviet UnionURS43.443.41
Lyudmila ZharkovaGalina BukharinaVera PopkovaLyudmila Samotesova
4NetherlandsNED43.443.44
Wilma van den BergMieke SterkTruus Hennipman-CruimingCorrie Bakker
5AustraliaAUS43.443.50
Jennifer LamyJoyce BennettRaelene BoyleDianne Burge
6West GermanyFRG43.643.70
Renate MeyerJutta StöckRita JahnIngrid Becker
7Great BritainGBR43.743.78
Anita NeilMaureen TranterJanet SimpsonLillian Board
8FranceFRA44.244.30
Michèle AlayranguesGabrielle MeyerNicole MontandonSylviane Telliez