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2019 World Athletics Championships – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay

The women's 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2019 World Athletics Championships was held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, from 5 to 6 October 2019.[1] In the final the Jamaican team were initially disqualified, but were reinstated as the bronze medallists upon appeal.[2]

Women's 4 x 400 metres relay
at the 2019 World Championships
VenueKhalifa International Stadium
Dates5 October (heats)
6 October (final)
Competitors67 from 15 nations
Teams15
Winning time3:18.92
Medalists
gold medal    United States
silver medal    Poland
bronze medal    Jamaica
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SummaryEdit

Most events during the year do not see this level of talent. These are the all star teams of each of these countries. Even the IAAF World Relays don't always assemble the very best. So in heat 1, Jamaica ran the world leading time. In heat 2, USA bettered it setting up a good final.

Like the mixed relay, USA was able to assemble a new team of four fresh athletes. Phyllis Francis led off taking an early lead, making up the 3-turn stagger distance and passing both teams, Canada and Ukraine to her outside early into the final turn. Poland's lone fresh athlete Iga Baumgart-Witan and Jamaica's Anastasia Le-Roy held relatively close to the stagger, passing just three step and five steps behind. GBR's Zoey Clark and Belgium's Hanne Claes kept them in the mix after one leg. Second leg for USA was their young hurdling star Sydney McLaughlin. She was so far ahead at the break, there was no need for strategic maneuvering, and she ran a perfect tangent from lane 7 to the beginning of the far turn taking a 5 metre lead on Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz with Britain's Jodie Williams close behind. McLaughlin built up a 9 metre lead by her handoff to the hurdle world record holder Dalilah Muhammad, who true to form from her hurdle race, took off hard, expanding the gap to 15 metres through the first turn. It was almost 20 metres over Poland's Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik by the handoff, which behind her, Jamaica's Stephenie Ann McPherson was able to pull back lost ground against Britain's fresh Emily Diamond. On anchor USA put 400 meter 4th place Wadeline Jonathas, Jamaica had their rested bronze medalist Shericka Jackson while Poland also had their best finalist, 7th place Justyna Święty-Ersetic, but with that lead, the battle was for silver. Tightening the gap through the turn, Jackson ran by GBR's Laviai Nielsen and Święty-Ersetic on the backstretch. With Jonathas long gone over 20 metres ahead, Święty-Ersetic stayed on Jackson's shoulder through the final turn then pulled into lane 2 for running room. She couldn't sprint by Jackson, but Święty-Ersetic slowly narrowed the gap. Just before Jonathas crossed the finish line, Święty-Ersetic edged back ahead. Unable to respond, Jackson gave up the fight and eased across the finish line with bronze 3 metres behind.

Aided by legs of 49.51 by Francis, 49.78 by McLaughlin, 49.43 by Muhammad and 50.20 by Jonathas, USA ran the #18 time in history.[3] Allyson Felix ran a 49.8 leg in the preliminary round and received a gold medal. It added to her record totals, now of 13 gold and 18 total medals at the World Championships.

RecordsEdit

Before the competition records were as follows:[4]

Record Perf. Team Date Location
World 3:15.17   Soviet Union
Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Kulchunova, Olga Bryzgina
1 Oct 1988 Seoul, South Korea
Championship 3:16.71   United States
Gwen Torrence, Maicel Malone-Wallace, Natasha Kaiser-Brown, Jearl Miles Clark
22 Aug 1993 Stuttgart, Germany
World leading 3:24.04   United States U23
Alexis Holmes, Kimberley Harris, Ziyah Holman, Kayla Davis
21 Jul 2019 San José, Costa Rica
African 3:21.04   Nigeria
Olabisi Afolabi, Fatima Yusuf, Charity Opara, Falilat Ogunkoya
3 Aug 1996 Atlanta, United States
Asian record 3:24.28   China Hebei Province
An Xiaohong, Bai Xiaoyun, Cao Chunying, Ma Yuqin
13 Sep 1993 Beijing, China
NACAC 3:15.51   United States
Denean Howard-Hill, Diane Dixon, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Florence Griffith-Joyner
1 Oct 1988 Seoul, South Korea
South American 3:26.68   Brazil BM&F Bovespa
Geisa Aparecida Coutinho, Bárbara de Oliveira, Joelma Sousa, Jailma de Lima
7 Aug 2011 São Paulo, Brazil
European 3:15.17   Soviet Union
Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Kulchunova, Olga Bryzgina
1 Oct 1988 Seoul, South Korea
Oceanian 3:23.81   Australia
Nova Peris, Tamsyn Manou, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Cathy Freeman
30 Sep 2000 Sydney, Australia

The following records were matched or set at the competition:

Record Perf. Team Date
World Leading 3:22.96   United States
Jessica Beard, Allyson Felix, Kendall Ellis, Courtney Okolo
5 Oct 2019
3:23.64   Jamaica
Roneisha McGregor, Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, Stephenie Ann McPherson
Belgian 3:26.58   Belgium
Hanne Claes, Imke Vervaet, Paulien Couckuyt, Camille Laus
World leading 3:18.92   United States
Phyllis Francis, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Wadeline Jonathas
6 Oct 2019
Polish 3:21.89   Poland
Iga Baumgart-Witan, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz, Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik, Justyna Święty-Ersetic

ScheduleEdit

The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:[5]

Date Time Round
5 October 19:55 Heats
6 October 21:15 Final

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

The first three in each heat (Q) and the next two fastest (q) qualified for the final.[6]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
1 2 6   United States (USA) Jessica Beard, Allyson Felix, Kendall Ellis, Courtney Okolo 3:22.96 Q, WL
2 1 7   Jamaica (JAM) Roneisha McGregor, Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, Stephenie Ann McPherson 3:23.64 Q, WL
3 2 3   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) Zoey Clark, Jodie Williams, Jessica Turner, Laviai Nielsen 3:24.99 Q, SB
4 1 4   Poland (POL) Anna Kiełbasińska, Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz, Justyna Święty-Ersetic 3:25.78 Q
5 1 8   Canada (CAN) Alicia Brown, Aiyanna Stiverne, Madeline Price, Sage Watson 3:25.86 Q, SB
6 2 2   Ukraine (UKR) Kateryna Klymiuk, Olha Lyakhova, Tetyana Melnyk, Hanna Ryzhykova 3:26.57 Q, SB
7 2 4   Belgium (BEL) Hanne Claes, Imke Vervaet, Paulien Couckuyt, Camille Laus 3:26.58 q, NR
8 1 3   Netherlands (NED) Lieke Klaver, Lisanne de Witte, Bianca Baak, Femke Bol 3:27.40 q, SB
9 2 9   Italy (ITA) Maria Benedicta Chigbolu, Ayomide Folorunso, Giancarla Trevisan, Raphaela Lukudo 3:27.57
10 1 5   Australia (AUS) Bendere Oboya, Lauren Boden, Ellie Beer, Rebecca Bennett 3:28.64 SB
11 1 6   India (IND) Jisna Mathew, M. R. Poovamma, V. K. Vismaya, Venkatesan Subha 3:29.42 SB
12 1 9   France (FRA) Amandine Brossier, Déborah Sananes, Élise Trynkler, Agnès Raharolahy 3:29.66 SB
13 2 5   Cuba (CUB) Zurian Hechavarría, Rose Mary Almanza, Adriana Rodríguez, Roxana Gómez 3:29.84 SB
14 2 8   Switzerland (SUI) Léa Sprunger, Fanette Humair, Rachel Pellaud, Yasmin Giger 3:30.63
15 1 2   Nigeria (NGR) Blessing Oladoye, Patience Okon George, Abike Funmilola Egbeniyi, Favour Ofili 3:35.90
2 7   Botswana (BOT) DNS

FinalEdit

The final was started on 6 October at 21:19.[7]

Rank Lane Nation Athletes Time Notes
  7   United States (USA) Phyllis Francis, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Wadeline Jonathas 3:18.92 WL
  6   Poland (POL) Iga Baumgart-Witan, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz, Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik, Justyna Święty-Ersetic 3:21.89 NR
  4   Jamaica (JAM) Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, Stephenie Ann McPherson, Shericka Jackson 3:22.37 SB
4 5   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) Zoey Clark, Jodie Williams, Emily Diamond, Laviai Nielsen 3:23.02 SB
5 2   Belgium (BEL) Hanne Claes, Imke Vervaet, Paulien Couckuyt, Camille Laus 3:27.15
6 8   Ukraine (UKR) Kateryna Klymiuk, Olha Lyakhova, Tetyana Melnyk, Hanna Ryzhykova 3:27.48
7 3   Netherlands (NED) Lieke Klaver, Lisanne de Witte, Bianca Baak, Femke Bol 3:27.89
9   Canada (CAN) Alicia Brown, Aiyanna Stiverne, Madeline Price, Sage Watson DSQ 163.3(a)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Start list
  2. ^ World Athletics Championships: Great Britain finish with five medals. BBC Sport (2019-10-07). Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  3. ^ https://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships/iaaf-world-athletics-championships-doha-2019-6033/results/women/4x400-metres-relay/final/result#resultheader
  4. ^ "4x400 Metres Relay Women – Records". iaaf.org. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Women's 4 × 400 metres relay − Timetable". iaaf.org. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  6. ^ Heats results
  7. ^ [1]