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. 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
|Venue||Athens Olympic Stadium|
|Competitors||65 from 16 nations|
|Winning time||41.73 NR|
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. 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.
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record|| East Germany (GDR)
|41.37 s||Canberra, Australia||6 October 1985|
|Olympic record|| East Germany (GDR)
|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)
|Thursday, 26 August 2004||22:00||Round 1|
|Friday, 27 August 2004||22:45||Final|
Qualification rule: The first three teams in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall (q) moved on to the final.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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