Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay

The women's 4 × 400 metres relay competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 10–11 August.[1]

Women's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Women's 4x400m Relay Gold Medalists (8421810152).jpg
Gold medal winners
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date10–11 August
Winning time3:16.87
1st place, gold medalist(s) DeeDee Trotter
Allyson Felix
Francena McCorory
Sanya Richards-Ross
Keshia Baker*
Diamond Dixon*
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Christine Day
Rosemarie Whyte
Shericka Williams
Novlene Williams-Mills
Shereefa Lloyd*
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Alina Lohvynenko
Olha Zemlyak
Hanna Yaroshchuk
Nataliya Pyhyda
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From the gun USA, Russia and Jamaica were the teams to watch in this final, entering as the reigning gold, silver and bronze medallists respectively from the previous Olympic games.

From the start Yulia Gushchina of Russia - in lane 5 - went out hard making up the stagger on Christine Day of Jamaica in lane 6. Outside them in lane 7, for the Americans DeeDee Trotter was out conservatively slowly making up ground on Phara Anacharsis of France to her immediate outside.

In the last stages of the opening legs, Trotter for the USA came first into the home straight, pulling away from the entire field. Several metres back Yulia was in second place, Day coming back at her, in bid to win over the silver-medal position. Ukraine was fourth and Great Britain fifth coming in for the first handoffs.

DeeDee handed off first to Allyson Felix - the newly crowned 200 metre champion - who was out flying in a league of her own, widely extending the lead for the USA. Further back Antonina Krivoshapka was going on strong for the Russians, four metres behind her Rosemarie Whyte was in the bronze medal position for Jamaica. Several metres back, Ukraine's Olha Zemlyak was fighting to get back in contention for the bronze medal. 18 metres ahead of the field Felix handed over to Francena McCorory dropping a staggering 48.20s lap, the fastest time since her own time of 48.01s from half a decade ago, at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

Miles out in front, the USA were a different class - clearly in their own league - continuing to set the tone for the rest of the pack. The whole field was spread out, Tatyana Firova was in second-place position and Shericka Williams in third for Russia and Jamaica respectively. Ukraine was in fourth place and Great Britain fifth. Nigeria, France and the Czech Republic followed in that order.

Anchoring for the Americans Sanya Richards-Ross dropped a 49.10s leg, the second fastest of the race, giving USA a stress-free victory in the time of 3.16:87, with a 30-metre gap (It was almost 3 and a half seconds at the finish). Russia was clearly second ahead of Jamaica and Ukraine, each team keeping the same positions from the first handoffs. Nigeria was later disqualified for lane infringement. <ref"Highlights: U.S. Women Dominate 4x400m, Win Gold – Track & Field Video". NBC Olympics. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.</ref>[2]

The same three countries, USA, Russia and Jamaica, finished in identical places in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Sanya Richards (Ross) for the US, Tatyana Firova for Russia and Novlene Williams (Mills) for Jamaica have been on all three teams. Russia has subsequently been disqualified for doping in 2008 and 2012, Firova was one of the athletes involved in the doping.

On February 1, 2017, following retesting of doping samples, Antonina Krivoshapka samples tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). As they had been disqualified four years earlier, the Russian team again was disqualified.[3] Finally, the bronze medals were reallocated to the Ukrainian team.[4] Another Russian sprinter Yulia Gushchina was found guilty of doping in 2017.[5] Third Russian runner Firova also failed drug tests.


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

World record   Soviet Union
(Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Pinigina, Olga Bryzgina)
3:15.17 Seoul, South Korea 1 October 1988
Olympic record
2012 World leading   United States Red
(Francena McCorory, Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross)
3:21.18 Philadelphia, United States 28 April 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading   United States
(DeeDee Trotter, Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory, Sanya Richards-Ross)
3:16.87 London, United Kingdom 11 August 2012


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 10 August 2012 19:10 Round 1
Saturday, 11 August 2012 20:25 Finals
  • Q denotes automatic qualification (based on place).
  • q denotes provisional qualification (fastest non-automatic qualifiers).
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualified
  • AR denotes area record.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season's best.


Round 1Edit

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

Heat 1

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 2   Jamaica Christine Day, Shereefa Lloyd, Shericka Williams, Rosemarie Whyte 3:25.13 Q, SB
2 3   Ukraine Olha Zemlyak, Alina Lohvynenko, Hanna Yaroshchuk, Nataliya Pyhyda 3:25.90 Q
3 6   France Phara Anacharsis, Muriel Hurtis, Marie Gayot, Floria Guei 3:25.94 Q
4 8   Nigeria Omolara Omotosho, Idara Otu, Bukola Abogunloko, Regina George 3:26.29 q, SB
5 4   Belarus Alena Kiyevich, Iryna Khliustava, Ilona Usovich, Sviatlana Usovich 3:26.52 SB
6 5   Cuba Aymée Martínez, Diosmely Peña, Yaimeisi Borlot, Daysiurami Bonne 3:27.41 SB
7 9   Italy Chiara Bazzoni, Elena Maria Bonfanti, Libania Grenot, Maria Enrica Spacca 3:29.01 SB
8 7   Germany Esther Cremer, Janin Lindenberg, Maral Feizbakhsh, Fabienne Kohlmann 3:31.06

Heat 2

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 9   United States Keshia Baker, Francena McCorory, Diamond Dixon, DeeDee Trotter 3:22.09 Q
2 4   Russia Yuliya Gushchina, Tatyana Firova, Natalya Nazarova, Anastasiya Kapachinskaya 3:23.11 Q, SB
3 8   Great Britain Shana Cox, Lee McConnell, Eilidh Child, Christine Ohuruogu 3:25.05 Q
4 6   Czech Republic Denisa Rosolová, Zuzana Bergrová, Jitka Bartoničková, Zuzana Hejnová 3:26.20 q
5 7   Poland Iga Baumgart, Justyna Święty, Anna Jesień, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz 3:30.15
6 2   Ireland Marian Heffernan, Joanne Cuddihy, Jessie Barr, Michelle Carey 3:30.55 SB
7 5   Brazil Joelma Sousa, Jailma de Lima, Aline dos Santos, Geisa Coutinho 3:32.95
8 3   Turkey Pınar Saka, Meliz Redif, Birsen Engin, Sema Apak 3:34.71


Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
  7   United States DeeDee Trotter, Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory, Sanya Richards-Ross 3:16.87 WL
  6   Jamaica Christine Day, Rosemarie Whyte, Shericka Williams, Novlene Williams-Mills 3:20.95 SB
  4   Ukraine Alina Lohvynenko, Olha Zemlyak, Hanna Yaroshchuk, Nataliya Pyhyda 3:23.57 SB
4 9   Great Britain Shana Cox, Lee McConnell, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Christine Ohuruogu 3:24.76 SB
5 8   France Phara Anacharsis, Muriel Hurtis, Marie Gayot, Floria Guei 3:25.92
6 2   Czech Republic Denisa Rosolova, Zuzana Bergrová, Jitka Bartoničková, Zuzana Hejnova 3:27.77
N/A 5   Russia Yulia Gushchina, Antonina Krivoshapka, Tatyana Firova, Natalya Antyukh DQ (3:20.23) Doping
N/A 3   Nigeria Omolara Omotosho, Muizat Ajoke Odumosu, Regina George, Bukola Abogunloko DQ R 163.3a[6]


  • Nigeria originally finished in seventh place in the final but were disqualified due to a lane infringement.


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "International Association of Athletics Federations". 11 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  3. ^ "IOC sanctions three athletes for failing anti-doping test at London 2012". International Olympic Committee. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  4. ^ "London 2012 4x400m relay women - Olympic Athletics". International Olympic Committee. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  5. ^ "More Russian track athletes banned for doping at London Olympics". CBC Sports. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  6. ^ Lane infringement
  7. ^ "Women's 4 x 400m Relay". London 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.