2013 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay
|Women's 4 × 400 metres relay |
at the 2013 World Championships
|Dates||16 August (heats)|
17 August (final)
|Competitors||68 from 17 nations|
After giving up .08 in reaction time at the start, Jessica Beard split 50.79 to give the United States the early lead. By the time Natasha Hastings broke, she had a clear lead of more than 10 meters over the Tatyana Firova from Russia in second place. But after a 49.88 lap by Hastings (Firova obviously much faster than that), the Russian team had pulled even at the handoff. Kseniya Ryzhova went around the outside of Ashley Spencer and into the lead. Ryzhova opened up as much as a 2-meter lead, but by the home stretch, Spencer had gained that back and passed Ryzhova on the inside. But Ryzhova fought back to a slight lead. With the American team in second place coming off the turn, Francena McCorory was waiting in lane 2. Spencer had to cross behind Ryzhova to hand off. It was 400-meter bronze medalist Antonina Krivoshapka against 6th placer Francena McCorory, with Great Britain anchored by gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu a distant third. Krivoshapka opened up about a 5-meter lead on the back stretch, but McCorory looked to run within herself and came back to pass Krivoshapka on the home stretch. But Krivoshapka fought back, retaking the lead and holding it across the finish. Ohuruogu found herself challenged by Floria Guei on the backstretch but ran away from her on the home stretch for a clear third place.
In 2016, Russia's anchor runner Antonina Krivoshapka's samples from the 2012 Olympics were retested and found to contain turinabol. In 2017 she was given a two-year ban including this race and Russia was disqualified. All teams advanced one place. The IAAF conducted the medal ceremony at the 2017 World Championships.
Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:
|16 August 2013||11:30||Heats|
|17 August 2013||19:30||Final|
All times are local times (UTC+4)
|KEY:||Q||Qualified||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
The final was started at 19:30.
|5||United States (USA)||Jessica Beard, Natasha Hastings, Ashley Spencer, Francena McCorory||3:20.41||SB|
|6||Great Britain & N.I. (GBR)||Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Margaret Adeoye, Christine Ohuruogu||3:22.61||SB|
|1||France (FRA)||Marie Gayot, Lénora Guion-Firmin, Muriel Hurtis-Houairi, Floria Guei||3:24.21||SB|
|4||2||Ukraine (UKR)||Daryna Prystupa, Olha Lyakhova, Alina Lohvynenko, Nataliya Pyhyda||3:27.38||SB|
|5||3||Nigeria (NGR)||Omolara Omotoso, Patience Okon George, Bukola Abogunloko, Regina George||3:27.57|
|6||8||Romania (ROM)||Adelina Pastor, Elena Mirela Lavric, Sanda Belgyan, Bianca Răzor||3:28.40||SB|
|7||Italy (ITA)||Chiara Bazzoni, Marta Milani, Maria Enrica Spacca, Libania Grenot||DQ||170.6|
|DSQ||4||Russia (RUS)||Yuliya Gushchina, Tatyana Firova, Kseniya Ryzhova, Antonina Krivoshapka||DQ||AD 11.1|
- Start list
- ENNIS-HILL AND US WOMEN’S 4X400M TEAM TO RECEIVE REALLOCATED GOLD MEDALS IN LONDON IAAF, 26 July 2017
- "Records & Lists – 5000 meters". IAAF. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013 – Standards, All Russia Athletic Federation, 2012, archived from the original on 16 August 2013, retrieved 8 August 2013
- Heats Results
- Lane infringement
- Final Results
- Finishing the race without the baton
- Entire team disqualified on Krivoshapka's failed drug test
- 4 x 400 metres relay results at IAAF website