Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

The women's 4×100 metres relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 26 to 27.[1] The sixteen teams competed in a two-heat qualifying round in which the first three teams from each heat, together with the next two fastest teams, were given a place in the final race.

Women's 4×100 metres relay
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates26–27 August
Competitors65 from 16 nations
Winning time41.73 NR
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Jamaica (JAM)
Tayna Lawrence, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey, Veronica Campbell, Beverly McDonald*
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Russia (RUS)
Olga Fyodorova, Yuliya Tabakova, Irina Khabarova, Larisa Kruglova
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)

 France (FRA)
Véronique Mang, Muriel Hurtis, Sylviane Félix, Christine Arron

*Indicates the athlete only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The final started off quickly with an early lead from Jamaica, before the U.S. team, led by Angela Williams, made a tactical move to pass their Jamaican rivals towards the exchange zone. Marion Jones ran the second leg confidently to put the Americans a more decent lead, until she finally approached the 100 metres silver medalist Lauryn Williams to do the handoff. By the time Williams was about to move off her mark on the third leg, Jones lunged out of breath with baton and desperately tried to catch her at the exchange zone that never happened, costing the Americans' chances for the Olympic medal.[2] As the race continued without the U.S. team, the Jamaicans, anchored by 200 metres champion Veronica Campbell, scorched their way down the home stretch to an effortless victory in 41.73 seconds. They were soon followed by Russia taking the silver, and the French quartet rounding out the medal podium with the bronze.[3][4]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   East Germany (GDR)
Silke Gladisch
Sabine Rieger
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
41.37 s Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record   East Germany (GDR)
Romy Müller
Bärbel Wöckel
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
41.60 s Moscow, Soviet Union 1 August 1980

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. A National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter one qualified relay team per relay event, with a maximum of six athletes. For this event, an NOC would be invited to participate with a relay team if the average of the team's two best times, obtained in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments, would be among the best sixteen, at the end of this period.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 26 August 2004 22:00 Round 1
Friday, 27 August 2004 22:45 Final


Round 1Edit

Qualification rule: The first three teams in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall (q) moved on to the final.[5]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 1   United States LaTasha Colander, Lauryn Williams, Marion Jones, Angela Williams 41.67 Q, =SB
2 6   Bahamas Debbie Ferguson, Shandria Brown, Chandra Sturrup, Tamicka Clarke 43.02 Q, SB
3 4   Belgium Kim Gevaert, Élodie Ouédraogo, Lien Huyghebaert, Katleen De Caluwé 43.08 Q, NR
4 3   Brazil Luciana dos Santos, Rosemar Coelho Neto, Lucimar de Moura, Kátia Regina Santos 43.12
5 2   Colombia Norma González, Digna Murillo, Felipa Palacios, Melisa Murillo 43.30
6 8   Germany Katja Wakan, Birgit Rockmeier, Marion Wagner, Sina Schielke 43.64 SB
7 5   Ukraine Zhanna Block, Tetyana Tkalich, Maryna Maydanova, Iryna Kozhemyakina 43.77
8 7   Greece Maria Karastamati, Marina Vasarmidou, Effrosíni Patsoú, Georgia Kokloni 44.45 SB

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 4   Russia Larisa Kruglova, Irina Khabarova, Yuliya Tabakova, Olga Fyodorova 42.12 Q, SB
2 1   Jamaica Aleen Bailey, Beverly McDonald, Sherone Simpson, Tayna Lawrence 42.20 Q, SB
3 8   France Christine Arron, Sylviane Félix, Muriel Hurtis, Véronique Mang 42.98 Q
4 2   Nigeria Endurance Ojokolo, Oludamola Osayomi, Mercy Nku, Gloria Kemasuode 43.00 q, SB
5 5   Belarus Aksana Drahun, Alena Neumiarzhitskaya, Natallia Safronnikava, Yulia Nestsiarenka 43.06 q
6 3   Cuba Misleydis Lazo, Ana López, Roxana Díaz, Virgen Benavides 43.60
6   Netherlands Annemarie Kramer, Pascal van Assendelft, Jacqueline Poelman, Joan van den Akker DNF
7   Trinidad and Tobago Ayanna Hutchinson, Wanda Hutson, Fana Ashby, Kelly-Ann Baptiste DNF



Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
  4   Jamaica Tayna Lawrence, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey, Veronica Campbell 41.73 NR
  6   Russia Olga Fyodorova, Yuliya Tabakova, Irina Khabarova, Larisa Kruglova 42.27
  2   France Veronique Mang, Muriel Hurtis, Sylviane Felix, Christine Arron 42.54
4 3   Bahamas Tamicka Clarke, Chandra Sturrup, Shandria Brown, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie 42.69 SB
5 1   Belarus Yulia Nestsiarenka, Natallia Safronnikava, Alena Neumiarzhitskaya, Aksana Drahun 42.94 NR
6 7   Belgium Katleen De Caluwe, Lien Huyghebaert, Elodie Ouedraogo, Kim Gevaert 43.11
7 8   Nigeria Gloria Kemasuode, Mercy Nku, Oludamola Osayomi, Endurance Ojokolo 43.42
5   United States Angela Williams, Marion Jones, Lauryn Williams, LaTasha Colander DNF


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Marion Jones shut out of medals after short jump and bad handoff". Casper Star-Tribune. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Baton blunder costs USA". BBC Sport. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Inside track: Jones out the back door". EuroSport. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 4×100m Relay Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 4×100m Relay Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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