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Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay

The women's 4 × 100 metres relay competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place on 9–10 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1] The victorious United States team broke the world record by over half a second. The previous record had been set 27 years previously by East Germany, a result that was widely considered suspicious due to East Germany's record of doping.[2] The Jamaican team, 6 metres back, missed the previous world record by 0.04, but set a new national record. Another 7 metres back, Ukraine took the bronze, also setting a new national record.[3]

Women's 4 × 100 metres relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date9 August 2012 (2012-08-09) (heats)
10 August 2012 (2012-08-10) (final)
Teams16
Winning time40.82 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States (USA)
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Jamaica (JAM)
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Ukraine (UKR)
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RecordsEdit

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

World record   East Germany
(Silke Gladisch, Sabine Rieger, Ingrid Auerswald, Marlies Göhr)
41.37 Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record   East Germany
(Romy Müller, Bärbel Wöckel, Ingrid Auerswald, Marlies Göhr)
41.60 Moscow, Soviet Union 1 August 1980
2012 World leading   United States
(Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter)[4]
42.19 Philadelphia, United States 28 April 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
10 August 2012 Final Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter   United States 40.82[3] WR
10 August 2012 Final Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart   Jamaica 41.41[3] NR
10 August 2012 Final Olesya Povh, Hrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen, Elyzaveta Bryzgina   Ukraine 42.04[3] NR
9 August 2012 Round 1 Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Kai Selvon, Semoy Hackett   Trinidad and Tobago 42.31 NR
9 August 2012 Round 1 Kadene Vassell, Dafne Schippers, Eva Lubbers, Jamile Samuel   Netherlands 42.45 NR
9 August 2012 Round 1 Ana Claudia Silva, Franciela Krasucki, Evelyn dos Santos, Rosângela Santos   Brazil 42.55 AR

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 2   United States Tianna Madison, Jeneba Tarmoh, Bianca Knight, Lauryn Williams 41.64 Q, SB
2 4   Trinidad and Tobago Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Kai Selvon, Semoy Hackett 42.31 Q, NR
3 8   Netherlands Kadene Vassell, Dafne Schippers, Eva Lubbers, Jamile Samuel 42.45 Q, NR
4 7   Brazil Ana Claudia Silva, Franciela Krasucki, Evelyn dos Santos, Rosângela Santos 42.55 q, AR
5 3   Nigeria Christy Udoh, Gloria Asumnu, Oludamola Osayomi, Blessing Okagbare 42.74 q, SB
6 9   Bahamas Sheniqua Ferguson, Chandra Sturrup, Christine Amertil, Anthonique Strachan 43.07 SB
7 6   Switzerland Michelle Cueni, Mujinga Kambundji, Ellen Sprunger, Léa Sprunger 43.54 PB
8 5   Japan Anna Doi, Kana Ichikawa, Chisato Fukushima, Yumeka Sano 44.25

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 4   Ukraine Olesya Povh, Hrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen, Elyzaveta Bryzgina 42.36 Q, SB
2 6   Jamaica Samantha Henry-Robinson, Sherone Simpson, Schillonie Calvert, Kerron Stewart 42.37 Q, SB
3 9   Germany Leena Günther, Anne Cibis, Tatjana Pinto, Verena Sailer 42.69 Q
4 2   Poland Marika Popowicz, Daria Korczynska, Marta Jeschke, Ewelina Ptak 43.07
5 5   Colombia Yomara Hinestroza, Norma González, Darlenis Obregón, Eliecith Palacios 43.21 SB
6 7   Russia Olga Belkina, Natalia Rusakova, Elizabeta Savlinis, Aleksandra Fedoriva 43.24 SB
7 3   Belarus Alina Talay, Katsiaryna Hanchar, Elena Danilyuk-Nevmerzhytskaya, Yuliya Balykina 43.90
N/A 8   France Myriam Soumaré, Ayodelé Ikuesan, Lina Jacques-Sébastien, Johanna Danois DQ R 163.3a
  • France originally finished in seventh place with a time of 43.77, but were disqualified due to a lane infringement.

FinalEdit

The American team had an often repeated history of relay failures, so most of the pre-race discussion focused on whether it could successfully get the baton around the track. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, both the men's and women's 4 × 100 metres teams had dropped the baton, leading one reporter to call it the "nadir in US relay history".[5]

On the first leg of the final, Tianna Madison was able to hold her own against the double 100 metre gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Allyson Felix put the USA into the lead, extended by Bianca Knight around the turn. At the final handoff to individual 100 metre silver medalist Carmelita Jeter, the team enjoyed a 3-metre lead. Secure in the handoffs, Jeter sped to the finish, noticing the time and pointing at the clock before the finish line.[6][7]

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
  7   United States Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter 40.82[3] WR
  6   Jamaica Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart 41.41[3] NR
  5   Ukraine Olesya Povh, Hrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen, Elyzaveta Bryzgina 42.04[3] NR
4 2   Nigeria Oludamola Osayomi, Gloria Asumnu, Endurance Abinuwa, Blessing Okagbare 42.64[3] SB
5 8   Germany Leena Günther, Anne Cibis, Tatjana Pinto, Verena Sailer 42.67[3]
6 9   Netherlands Kadene Vassell, Dafne Schippers, Eva Lubbers, Jamile Samuel 42.70[3]
7 3   Brazil Ana Claudia Silva, Franciela Krasucki, Evelyn dos Santos, Rosângela Santos 42.91[3]
N/A 4   Trinidad and Tobago Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Kai Selvon, Semoy Hackett N/A DNF[3]
  • Trinidad and Tobago failed to finish as Michelle-Lee Ahye could not pass the baton to Kelly-Ann Baptiste in time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athletics/about/
  2. ^ Turnbull, Simon (11 August 2012). "Jeter brings it home to smash 27-year-old 'tainted' world record". Independent. London. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "International Association of Athletics Federations". iaaf.org. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ "The Penn Relays - April 26-28, 2012". Pennrelaysonline.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  5. ^ Shira Springer (12 August 2012). "Gripping tale for US sprinters". Boston.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Highlights: U.S. Women Set 4x100m World Record, Win Gold - Track & Field Video". NBC Olympics. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Expert Analysis: U.S. Women Set 4x100m WR; Men On Tap - Track & Field Video". NBC Olympics. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.