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4 x 400 metres Relay, Women

Date27 – 28 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Stadio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants71 from 16 countries

The last three World Championships had been won by Russia (1999), Jamaica (2001), and the United States (2003). And the three dominant nations remained so in Athina. In the final the United States opened a big lead when DeeDee Trotter ran 49.8 on the opener. Given that lead the US was never headed, with all four US runners breaking 50 seconds, the lead increasing to the anchor leg, on which Monique Hennagan eased slightly to win by 10 metres. Russia ran second throughout the race, with their anchor, Nataliya Antyukh, running the fastest leg of the race, 49.43. Jamaica was well clear of Great Britain for the bronze medal.

In 2010 Crystal Cox, of the gold-medal winning USA team, admitting to doping with anabolic steroids. She was given a four-year suspension and disqualification of her results from 2001-04, including the Olympics and her gold medal. Cox ran only in the heats in Athina. However, in 2013 the IOC and IAAF (later World Athletics) ruled that the USA would keep their gold medal overall and the other runners would keep the gold medal.

PosNrTeamNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:23.79 (1 h2)3:19.01 (1)Gold1
DeeDee TrotterMonique HendersonSanya RichardsMonique HennaganMoushaumi RobinsonCrystal Cox
2Russian FederationRUS3:23.52 (1 h1)3:20.16 (2)Silver
Olesya KrasnomovetsNataliya NazarovaOlesya ZykinaNataliya AntyukhNataliya IvanovaTatyana FirovaOlga Kotlyarova (DNS)
3JamaicaJAM3:24.92 (2 h1)3:22.00 (3)Bronze
Novlene WilliamsMichelle BurgherNadia DavySandie RichardsRonetta SmithAllison Beckford (DNS)
4Great BritainGBR3:26.99 (4 h1)3:25.12 (4)
Donna FraserCatherine MurphyChristine OhuruoguLee McConnellHelen KaragounisCarey Marshall (DNS)
5PolandPOL3:25.05 (3 h1)3:25.22 (5)
Zuzanna RadeckaMonika BejnarMałgorzata PskitGrażyna Prokopek-JanacekAnna Jesień (DNS)Anna Pacholak (DNS)
6RomaniaROU3:27.36 (5 h1)3:26.81 (6)
Angela MoroșanuAlina RîpanuMaria RusIonela Târlea-ManolacheElena Iagăr (DNS)Otilia Ruicu (DNS)
7IndiaIND3:26.89 (3 h2)3:28.51 (7)
Sathi GeethaK. M. BeenamolChitra SomanRajwinder KaurManjit KaurSagardeep Kaur (DNS)
8GreeceGRE3:26.70 (2 h2)3:45.70 (8)
Khara BoudaKhrysoula GoudenoudiDimitra DovaFani KhalkiaOlga Kaidantzi (DNS)Georgia Koumnaki (DNS)
3 h2 r1/2GermanyGER3:27.75 (4 h2)
Claudia HoffmannClaudia MarxJana NeubertGrit BreuerAnke Feller (DNS)
4 h2 r1/2MexicoMEX3:27.88 (5 h2)
Liliana AllenMagali YáñezAna GuevaraMayra Marcela GonzálezRuth Grajeda (DNS)
5 h2 r1/2BrazilBRA3:28.43 (6 h2)
Maria Laura AlmirãoJosiane TitoGeisa CoutinhoLucimar TeodoroMaria Magnólia Figueiredo (DNS)Luciana Mendes (DNS)
6 h1 r1/2BelarusBLR3:27.38 (6 h1)
Natallia SalahubIryna KhliustavaIlona UsovichSviatlana VusovichHanna Kazak (DNS)Katsiaryna Stankevich (DNS)
6 h2 r1/2UkraineUKR3:28.62 (7 h2)
Oleksandra RyzhkovaOksana IlliushkinaAntonina YefremovaNataliya PyhydaNataliya Zhuravlyova-Vdovychenko (DNS)
7 h1 r1/2CameroonCMR3:29.93 (7 h1)
Mireille NguimgoHortense BéwoudaCarole Kaboud MebamMuriel Noah AhandaDelphine Atangana (DNS)Nathalie Itok (DNS)
7 h2 r1/2SenegalSEN3:35.18 (8 h2)
Aïda DiopMame Tacko DioufAminata DioufFatou Bintou FallAminata Sylla (DNS)Amy Mbacké Thiam (DNS)
8 h1 r1/2NigeriaNGR3:30.78 (8 h1)
Ngozi NwokochaGloria Amuche NwosuHalimat IsmailaChristy EkpukhonLade Akinremi (DNS)Mabel Madojemu (DNS)

Round One (27 August 2004 — 20:35-20:48)

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

Heat One (20:35)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)Reaction Time
1Russian FederationRUS3:23.520.207Q
2970Olesya Krasnomovets50.7150.71 (1)
2886Nataliya Ivanova51.411:42.12 (1)
2872Tatyana Firova50.942:33.06 (1)
2966Olesya Zykina50.463:23.52 (1)
2JamaicaJAM3:24.920.306Q
2246Ronetta Smith51.6051.60 (4)
2221Michelle Burgher51.491:43.09 (3)
2225Nadia Davy51.092:34.18 (3)
2242Sandie Richards50.743:24.92 (2)
3PolandPOL3:25.050.275Q
2694Zuzanna Radecka51.0351.03 (2)
2663Monika Bejnar52.041:43.07 (2)
2692Małgorzata Pskit51.022:34.09 (2)
2691Grażyna Prokopek-Janacek50.963:25.05 (3)
4Great BritainGBR3:26.990.387q
1828Christine Ohuruogu52.2952.29 (7)
1823Catherine Murphy51.921:44.21 (5)
1812Helen Karagounis52.192:36.40 (4)
1821Lee McConnell50.593:26.99 (4)
5RomaniaROU3:27.360.335q
2790Angela Moroșanu51.7451.74 (5)
2794Alina Rîpanu53.351:45.09 (8)
2796Maria Rus52.252:37.34 (7)
2801Ionela Târlea-Manolache50.023:27.36 (5)
6BelarusBLR3:27.380.219
1197Natallia Salahub51.9351.93 (6)
1177Iryna Khliustava52.631:44.56 (6)
1207Ilona Usovich51.942:36.50 (5)
1208Sviatlana Vusovich50.883:27.38 (6)
7CameroonCMR3:29.930.365
1404Mireille Nguimgo51.4051.40 (3)
1400Hortense Béwouda52.591:43.99 (4)
1402Carole Kaboud Mebam53.122:37.11 (6)
1405Muriel Noah Ahanda52.823:29.93 (7)
8NigeriaNGR3:30.780.242
2605Ngozi Nwokocha52.5752.57 (8)
2606Gloria Amuche Nwosu52.361:44.93 (7)
2600Halimat Ismaila53.172:38.10 (8)
2595Christy Ekpukhon52.683:30.78 (8)

Heat Two (20:44)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA3:23.790.240Q2
3245Crystal Cox51.8251.82 (2)DQ
3334Moushaumi Robinson51.991:43.81 (1)
3278Monique Henderson49.642:33.45 (1)
3329Sanya Richards50.343:23.79 (1)
2GreeceGRE3:26.700.235Q
1968Khara Bouda51.6651.66 (1)
1977Khrysoula Goudenoudi53.541:45.20 (6)
1973Dimitra Dova51.102:36.30 (3)
1980Fani Khalkia50.403:26.70 (2)
3IndiaIND3:26.89Q
2111Rajwinder Kaur51.8651.86 (2)
2105K. M. Beenamol52.671:44.53 (2)
2121Chitra Soman52.512:37.04 (4)
2110Manjit Kaur49.853:26.89 (3)
4GermanyGER3:27.750.255
1895Claudia Hoffmann52.4952.49 (5)
1909Claudia Marx52.331:44.82 (4)
1916Jana Neubert52.732:37.55 (=6)
1865Grit Breuer50.203:27.75 (4)
5MexicoMEX3:27.880.203
2508Liliana Allen52.6352.63 (7)
2535Magali Yáñez52.821:45.45 (7)
2517Ana Guevara50.272:35.72 (2)
2515Mayra Marcela González52.163:27.88 (5)
6BrazilBRA3:28.43
1227Maria Laura Almirão52.5652.56 (6)
1262Josiane Tito52.441:45.00 (5)
1231Geisa Coutinho52.092:37.09 (5)
1261Lucimar Teodoro51.343:28.43 (6)
7UkraineUKR3:28.620.335
3192Oleksandra Ryzhkova52.2452.24 (4)
3174Oksana Illiushkina52.551:44.79 (3)
3206Antonina Yefremova52.762:37.55 (=6)
3190Nataliya Pyhyda51.073:28.62 (7)
8SenegalSEN3:35.180.443
2990Aïda Diop52.1452.14 (3)
2992Mame Tacko Diouf54.011:46.15 (8)
2991Aminata Diouf54.682:40.83 (8)
2993Fatou Bintou Fall54.353:35.18 (8)

Final (28 August 2004 — 22:00)

PosNrTeamNOCTime (A)Split (Pos)Reaction Time
1United StatesUSA3:19.010.3373
3354DeeDee Trotter49.1949.19 (1)
3278Monique Henderson50.281:39.47 (1)
3329Sanya Richards49.812:29.28 (1)
3279Monique Hennagan49.733:19.01 (1)
2Russian FederationRUS3:20.160.352
2970Olesya Krasnomovets49.7349.73 (2)
2915Nataliya Nazarova50.911:40.64 (2)
2966Olesya Zykina50.092:30.73 (2)
2851Nataliya Antyukh49.433:20.16 (2)
3JamaicaJAM3:22.000.312
2256Novlene Williams50.3750.37 (4)
2221Michelle Burgher50.831:41.20 (3)
2225Nadia Davy50.252:31.45 (3)
2242Sandie Richards50.553:22.00 (3)
4Great BritainGBR3:25.120.180
1805Donna Fraser50.0850.08 (3)
1823Catherine Murphy54.201:44.28 (5)
1828Christine Ohuruogu50.532:34.81 (5)
1821Lee McConnell50.313:25.12 (4)
5PolandPOL3:25.220.299
2694Zuzanna Radecka51.0851.08 (5)
2663Monika Bejnar51.811:42.89 (4)
2692Małgorzata Pskit51.492:34.38 (4)
2691Grażyna Prokopek-Janacek50.843:25.22 (5)
6RomaniaROU3:26.810.232
2790Angela Moroșanu52.8152.81 (7)
2794Alina Rîpanu52.761:45.57 (8)
2796Maria Rus53.292:38.86 (7)
2801Ionela Târlea-Manolache47.953:26.81 (6)
7IndiaIND3:28.510.244
2115Sathi Geetha52.9152.91 (8)
2105K. M. Beenamol51.521:44.43 (6)
2121Chitra Soman52.552:36.98 (6)
2111Rajwinder Kaur51.533:28.51 (7)
8GreeceGRE3:45.700.270
1968Khara Bouda52.5152.51 (6)
1977Khrysoula Goudenoudi52.461:44.97 (7)
1973Dimitra Dova1:07.412:52.38 (8)
1980Fani Khalkia53.323:45.70 (8)