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4 x 400 metres Relay, Women

Date2 – 3 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants59 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 3:15.17 WR / Soviet Union URS / 1 October 1988

The United States had won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships, Russia placing second both times. The final saw Nigeria take the lead on the opening lead and Fatima Yusuf opened up on the second leg to give them an eight-metre lead on the US at the halfway point. Kim Graham ran 49.49 on the third leg for the US to close that gap and give the baton to Jearl Miles with a slight lead on Nigeria. Miles opened the lead on the backstretch, but Nigeria’s anchor runner, 400 bronze medalist Falilat Ogunkoya, closed on the final turn and entered the homestretch right on Miles back. But she could never get to her shoulder and though both runners were almost stumbling in the final 30 metres, Miles held on to give the US the gold medal, Nigeria winning an unexpected silver.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:22.71 (1 h1)3:20.91 (1)Gold
Rochelle StevensMaicel MaloneKim GrahamJearl MilesLinetta Wilson
2NigeriaNGR3:23.24 (2 h1)3:21.04 (2)Silver
Bisi AfolabiFatima YusufCharity OparaFalilat Ogunkoya
3GermanyGER3:24.08 (1 h2)3:21.14 (3)Bronze
Uta RohländerLinda KisabakaAnja RückerGrit Breuer
4JamaicaJAM3:25.33 (4 h2)3:21.69 (4)
Merlene FrazerSandie RichardsJuliet CampbellDeon HemmingsTracey Ann BarnesInez Turner
5Russian FederationRUS3:24.86 (3 h2)3:22.22 (5)
Tatyana ChebykinaSvetlana GoncharenkoYekaterina KulikovaOlga Kotlyarova
6CubaCUB3:24.23 (2 h2)3:25.85 (6)
Idalmis BonneDaysi DuportySurella MoralesAna Fidelia Quirot
7Czech RepublicCZE3:26.82 (5 h2)3:26.99 (7)
Naděžda KoštovalováLudmila FormanováHelena FuchsováHana Benešová
8FranceFRA3:28.07 (3 h1)3:28.46 (8)
Francine LandreViviane DorsileÉvelyne ÉlienElsa Devassoigne
4 h1 r1/2Great BritainGBR3:28.13 (4 h1)
Phylis SmithAllison CurbishleyDonna FraserGeorgina Oladapo
5 h1 r1/2UkraineUKR3:28.16 (5 h1)
Viktoriya FomenkoLiudmyla KoshcheiYana ManuylovaOlha Moroz
6 h1 r1/2Antigua and BarbudaANT3:44.98 (6 h1)
Dine PotterSonia WilliamsCharmaine ThomasHeather Samuel
6 h2 r1/2AustraliaAUS3:33.78 (6 h2)
Lee NaylorKylie HaniganMelinda Gainsford-TaylorRenée Poetschka
7 h2 r1/2Saint Kitts and NevisSKN3:35.12 (7 h2)
Bernadeth PrenticeDiane FrancisValma BassTamara Wigley
AC h1 r1/2IndiaIND– (AC h1)
K. M. BeenamolRosa Kutty Kunnath ChackoJyotirmoyee SikdarShiny Wilson
DNSUnited States Virgin IslandsISV– (DNS h1)

Round One (2 August 1996)

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

Heat One (20:30)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA3:22.710.297Q
Rochelle Stevens51.5351.53 (3)
Linetta Wilson51.221:42.75 (2)
3836Kim Graham49.992:32.74 (1)
3856Maicel Malone49.973:22.71 (1)
2NigeriaNGR3:23.240.321Q
3587Bisi Afolabi51.0951.09 (1)
3603Fatima Yusuf50.291:41.38 (1)
Charity Opara52.062:33.44 (2)
3595Falilat Ogunkoya49.803:23.24 (2)
3FranceFRA3:28.070.513Q
Francine Landre51.8051.80 (4)
3291Viviane Dorsile52.901:44.70 (5)
Évelyne Élien51.452:36.15 (4)
Elsa Devassoigne51.923:28.07 (3)
4Great BritainGBR3:28.130.287
3333Phylis Smith51.4751.47 (2)
Allison Curbishley52.161:43.63 (3)
3307Donna Fraser51.982:35.61 (3)
Georgina Oladapo52.523:28.13 (4)
5UkraineUKR3:28.160.266
3793Viktoriya Fomenko53.2353.23 (5)
Liudmyla Koshchei51.361:44.59 (4)
3801Yana Manuylova52.672:37.26 (5)
Olha Moroz50.903:28.16 (5)
6Antigua and BarbudaANT3:44.980.268
Dine Potter56.4456.44 (6)
Sonia Williams56.991:53.43 (6)
Charmaine Thomas56.452:49.88 (6)
3009Heather Samuel55.103:44.98 (6)
ACIndiaIND0.386DQ
K. M. Beenamol54.7954.79 (6)
Rosa Kutty Kunnath Chacko53.641:48.43 (6)
Jyotirmoyee Sikdar54.862:43.29 (6)
Shiny Wilson– (–)
DNSUnited States Virgin IslandsISV

Heat Two (20:40)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)Reaction Time
1GermanyGER3:24.080.328Q
Uta Rohländer51.7351.73 (=1)
3356Linda Kisabaka51.161:42.89 (3)
Anja Rücker51.082:33.97 (2)
3344Grit Breuer50.113:24.08 (1)
2CubaCUB3:24.230.298Q
Idalmis Bonne51.9151.91 (3)
Daysi Duporty50.921:42.83 (2)
Surella Morales51.312:34.14 (3)
3201Ana Fidelia Quirot50.093:24.23 (2)
3Russian FederationRUS3:24.860.275Q
Tatyana Chebykina51.7351.73 (=1)
3692Olga Kotlyarova50.631:42.36 (1)
Yekaterina Kulikova51.502:33.86 (1)
3681Svetlana Goncharenko51.003:24.86 (3)
4JamaicaJAM3:25.330.356q
3467Juliet Campbell52.0752.07 (4)
Tracey Ann Barnes51.431:43.50 (4)
3469Merlene Frazer50.882:34.38 (4)
3484Inez Turner50.953:25.33 (4)
5Czech RepublicCZE3:26.820.472q
3208Naděžda Koštovalová53.7053.70 (6)
3205Ludmila Formanová51.701:45.40 (6)
3206Helena Fuchsová50.582:35.98 (6)
3204Hana Benešová50.843:26.82 (5)
6AustraliaAUS3:33.780.282
3040Lee Naylor52.6252.62 (5)
Kylie Hanigan51.211:43.83 (5)
3026Melinda Gainsford-Taylor51.882:35.71 (5)
3042Renée Poetschka58.073:33.78 (6)
7Saint Kitts and NevisSKN3:35.120.441
Bernadeth Prentice54.2254.22 (7)
3728Diane Francis52.031:46.25 (7)
Valma Bass55.882:42.13 (7)
Tamara Wigley52.993:35.12 (7)

Final (3 August 1996 — 21:15)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA3:20.910.343
Rochelle Stevens51.6851.68 (4)
3856Maicel Malone50.271:41.95 (3)
3836Kim Graham49.492:31.44 (1)
3857Jearl Miles49.473:20.91 (1)
2NigeriaNGR3:21.040.353
3587Bisi Afolabi51.1351.13 (1)
3603Fatima Yusuf49.721:40.85 (1)
Charity Opara51.292:32.14 (2)
3595Falilat Ogunkoya48.903:21.04 (2)
3GermanyGER3:21.140.169
Uta Rohländer51.7251.72 (5)
3356Linda Kisabaka50.431:42.15 (=5)
Anja Rücker50.362:32.51 (4)
3344Grit Breuer48.633:21.14 (3)
4JamaicaJAM3:21.690.446
3469Merlene Frazer51.4251.42 (3)
3480Sandie Richards50.721:42.14 (4)
3467Juliet Campbell50.212:32.35 (3)
3473Deon Hemmings49.343:21.69 (4)
5Russian FederationRUS3:22.220.301
Tatyana Chebykina51.3551.35 (2)
3681Svetlana Goncharenko50.431:41.78 (2)
Yekaterina Kulikova50.862:32.64 (5)
3692Olga Kotlyarova49.583:22.22 (5)
6CubaCUB3:25.850.326
Idalmis Bonne51.9451.94 (7)
Daysi Duporty50.211:42.15 (=5)
Surella Morales53.982:36.13 (6)
3201Ana Fidelia Quirot49.723:25.85 (6)
7Czech RepublicCZE3:26.99
3208Naděžda Koštovalová54.1354.13 (8)
3205Ludmila Formanová51.461:45.59 (8)
3206Helena Fuchsová50.792:36.38 (7)
3204Hana Benešová50.613:26.99 (7)
8FranceFRA3:28.460.249
Francine Landre51.8151.81 (6)
3291Viviane Dorsile51.691:43.50 (7)
Évelyne Élien53.162:36.66 (8)
Elsa Devassoigne51.803:28.46 (8)