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4 x 400 metres Relay, Women

Date30 – 31 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants44 from 11 countries
Olympic Record 3:22.95 WR / East Germany GDR / 10 September 1972

The GDR women were again favored, having won the 1974 European Championships, and were led by Christina Brehmer and Ellen Streidt, silver and bronze medalists in the 400. The final was almost a walkover as the only question was by how much the East German team would break the world record. Their final three runners posted sub-50 legs, as they ran the first time under 3:20, bringing the record down to 3:19.23. The US was second, over 30 metres down the track.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1East GermanyGDR3:23.38 (1 h2)3:19.23 (1)GoldWR
Doris MaletzkiBrigitte RohdeEllen StreidtChristina BrehmerMarita Koch (DNS)Margit Sinzel (DNS)
2United StatesUSA3:25.15 (2 h1)3:22.81 (2)Silver
Debra SapenterSheila IngramPam JilesRosalyn BryantDebra Armstrong (DNS)Arthurene Gainer (DNS)
3Soviet UnionURS3:24.54 (1 h1)3:24.24 (3)Bronze
Inta KļimovičaLyudmila AksyonovaNataliya SokolovaNadezhda IlyinaValentina Gerasimova (DNS)Svetlana Styrkina (DNS)
4AustraliaAUS3:25.98 (2 h2)3:25.56 (4)
Judy CantyVerna BurnardCharlene RendinaBeth NailJudy Pollock (DNS)Terri Wangman (DNS)
5West GermanyFRG3:26.31 (4 h1)3:25.71 (5)
Claudia StegerDagmar FuhrmannElke BarthRita WildenSilvia Hollmann (DNS)Erika Weinstein (DNS)
6FinlandFIN3:26.30 (3 h1)3:25.87 (6)
Marika LindholmPirjo HäggmanMona-Lisa PursiainenRiitta SalinNina Holmén (DNS)Barbro Lindström (DNS)
7Great BritainGBR3:27.09 (3 h2)3:28.01 (7)
Liz BarnesGladys TaylorVerona ElderDonna MurrayBev Goddard (DNS)Janette Roscoe (DNS)
8CanadaCAN3:28.81 (4 h2)3:28.91 (8)
Marg StrideJoyce YakubowichRachelle CampbellYvonne SaundersMarjorie Bailey (DNS)Joan Wenzel (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2BulgariaBUL3:31.08 (5 h2)
Yordanka IvanovaSvetla ZlatevaIvanka BonovaLilyana TodorovaNikolina Shtereva (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2BelgiumBEL3:32.87 (6 h2)
Lea AlaertsRegina BergAnne-Marie Van NuffelRita ThijsRosine Wallez (DNS)
AC h1 r1/2JamaicaJAM– (AC h1)
Helen BlakeCarol CummingsJackie PuseyRuth SimpsonRosie Allwood (DNS)Marilyn Neufville (DNS)
DNSAustriaAUT
Johanna BergerKaroline KäferAndrea MühlbachSilvia SchinzelChristiane Wildschek
DNSPolandPOL
Danuta JędrejekElżbieta Skowrońska-KatolikGenowefa BłaszakDanuta PiecykAniela SzubertZofia Zwolińska
DNSChinese TaipeiTPE
Chiu Mei-TsueyHuang Chow-JinLee Chiu-HsiaLin Mei-HuaLin Yueh-HsiangSui Sin-Pei

Round One (30 July 1976 — 15:40)

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

Heat One

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1Soviet UnionURS3:24.54Q
Inta KļimovičaLyudmila AksyonovaNataliya SokolovaNadezhda Ilyina
2United StatesUSA3:25.15Q
Debra SapenterSheila IngramPam JilesRosalyn Bryant
3FinlandFIN3:26.30Q
Pirjo HäggmanMarika LindholmMona-Lisa PursiainenRiitta Salin
4West GermanyFRG3:26.31q
Claudia StegerRita WildenDagmar FuhrmannElke Barth
ACJamaicaJAMDQ
Helen BlakeCarol CummingsJackie PuseyRuth Simpson

Heat Two

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)
1East GermanyGDR3:23.38Q
Doris MaletzkiBrigitte RohdeEllen StreidtChristina Brehmer
2AustraliaAUS3:25.98Q
Judy CantyVerna BurnardCharlene RendinaBeth Nail
3Great BritainGBR3:27.09Q
Liz BarnesGladys TaylorVerona ElderDonna Murray
4CanadaCAN3:28.81q
Marg StrideJoyce YakubowichRachelle CampbellYvonne Saunders
5BulgariaBUL3:31.08
Yordanka IvanovaSvetla ZlatevaIvanka BonovaLilyana Todorova
6BelgiumBEL3:32.87
Lea AlaertsRegina BergAnne-Marie Van NuffelRita Thijs

Final (31 July 1976 — 19:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)
1East GermanyGDR3:19.23WR
151Doris Maletzki50.050.0 (1)
155Brigitte Rohde49.51:39.5 (1)
164Ellen Streidt49.52:29.0 (1)
137Christina Brehmer49.73:18.7 (1)
2United StatesUSA3:22.81
380Debra Sapenter51.851.8 (3)
369Sheila Ingram50.01:41.8 (2)
371Pam Jiles51.32:33.1 (2)
360Rosalyn Bryant49.73:22.8 (2)
3Soviet UnionURS3:24.24
341Inta Kļimoviča51.451.4 (2)
325Lyudmila Aksyonova50.51:41.9 (3)
351Nataliya Sokolova51.52:33.4 (3)
338Nadezhda Ilyina50.83:24.2 (3)
4AustraliaAUS3:25.56
3Judy Canty52.452.4 (=4)
2Verna Burnard51.21:43.6 (4)
8Charlene Rendina51.62:35.2 (=4)
6Beth Nail50.43:25.6 (4)
5West GermanyFRG3:25.71
182Claudia Steger52.452.4 (=4)
172Dagmar Fuhrmann51.31:43.7 (5)
169Elke Barth51.52:35.2 (=4)
186Rita Wilden50.53:25.7 (5)
6FinlandFIN3:25.87
96Marika Lindholm52.852.8 (7)
94Pirjo Häggman51.41:44.2 (6)
98Mona-Lisa Pursiainen51.02:35.2 (=4)
99Riitta Salin50.63:25.8 (6)
7Great BritainGBR3:28.01
109Liz Barnes52.552.5 (6)
129Gladys Taylor52.61:45.1 (8)
115Verona Elder52.62:37.7 (8)
122Donna Murray50.33:28.0 (7)
8CanadaCAN3:28.91
71Marg Stride53.153.1 (8)
77Joyce Yakubowich51.61:44.7 (7)
61Rachelle Campbell52.52:37.2 (7)
70Yvonne Saunders51.73:28.9 (8)