Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay
|Women's 4 × 100 metres relay|
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||21 August 2008 (heats)|
22 August 2008 (final)
There were 16 NOCs competing at this event, selected by the average of the two best marks at the qualifying period. Finland and Cuba qualified but withdrew, and were replaced by Thailand and Nigeria.
Originally, the Russian team won the gold medal, but were disqualified in 2016 after Yuliya Chermoshanskaya had her blood and urine samples re-analyzed, and tested positive for two prohibited substances. One of her teammates, Yulia Guschina, was also later sanctioned for doping.
Prior to this 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||Canberra, Australia||6 October 1985|
|Olympic record|| East Germany (GDR)
(Romy Müller, Bärbel Wöckel, Ingrid Auerswald, Marlies Göhr)
|41.60||Moscow, Soviet Union||1 August 1980|
No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.
|14||Trinidad and Tobago||87.19||43.60||43.43||43.76|
All times shown are in seconds.
- Q denotes automatic qualification.
- q denotes fastest losers.
- DNS denotes did not start.
- DNF denotes did not finish.
- DSQ denotes disqualified
- AR denotes area record.
- NR denotes national record.
- PB denotes personal best.
- SB denotes season's best.
First 3 in each heat(Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the Final.
|5||Belgium||Olivia Borlée, Hanna Mariën, Élodie Ouédraogo, Kim Gevaert||42.54||NR|
|3||Nigeria||Franca Idoko, Gloria Kemasuode, Halimat Ismaila, Oludamola Osayomi||43.04||SB|
|8||Brazil||Rosemar Coelho Neto, Lucimar de Moura, Thaissa Presti, Rosângela Santos||43.14||SB|
|4||9||Germany||Anne Möllinger, Verena Sailer, Cathleen Tschirch, Marion Wagner||43.28|
|DNF||7||Great Britain||Jeanette Kwakye, Montell Douglas, Emily Freeman, Emma Ania||DNF|
|DNF||6||Jamaica||Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Veronica Campbell-Brown||DNF|
|DSQ||2||Poland||Ewelina Klocek, Daria Korczyńska, Dorota Jędrusińska, Joanna Kocielnik||DSQ|
|DSQ (1st)||4||Russia||Evgeniya Polyakova, Aleksandra Fedoriva, Yulia Gushchina, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya||DSQ (42.31)||Doping case|
- "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
- IOC sanctions Yulia Chermoshanskaya for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008
- Guschina fails 2012 drug test after forfeiting 2008 gold