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Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay

The women's 4 × 400 metres relay competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was held at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange on 19–20 August.[1]

Women's 4 × 400 metres relay
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Provas de Atletismo nas Olimpíadas Rio 2016 (29004554952).jpg
The United States team leading the heat 1
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date19–20 August 2016
Competitors from 16 nations
Winning time3:19.06
1st, gold medalist(s) Courtney Okolo
Natasha Hastings
Phyllis Francis
Allyson Felix
Taylor Ellis-Watson*
Francena McCorory*
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stephenie Ann McPherson
Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby
Shericka Jackson
Novlene Williams-Mills
Christine Day*
Chrisann Gordon*
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Eilidh Doyle
Anyika Onuora
Emily Diamond
Christine Ohuruogu
Kelly Massey*
 Great Britain
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The United States entered as the defending Olympic champions while Jamaica was the reigning world champions from 2015, having defeated the Americans there. Great Britain entered with the fastest time recorded that year (3:25.05 minutes), which it had achieved to win the 2016 European title. France and Canada were the next strongest entries.[2]

In the final, Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica went out hard from the gun, chipping into the huge 3-turn stagger gap. By the end of the second turn she was almost side-by-side with American Courtney Okolo. Down the home stretch, Okolo accelerated and pulled away from McPherson. The USA exchanged first, followed closely by Jamaica. Already with a gap back to Eilidh Doyle, Great Britain and Canada were the next to exchange. American Natasha Hastings was first to the break and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby dropped in about 5 meters behind. Anyika Onuora was more than ten meters behind Jamaica by the time the British broke. Canada was next and a rush around the turn by Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz dropped Poland in closely behind. Through the turn McLaughlin-Whilby progressively closed the gap on Hastings, while the rest of the field fell another ten meters behind the leaders. Onuora slowed further on the home stretch, with Canada's Alicia Brown passing her on the outside and Wyciszkiewicz pulling up on her shoulder.

The USA exchanged first, though with only a 2-meter lead on Jamaica. Seconds later Canada was the next to exchange over Poland with Iga Baumgart running into the back of Brown, losing a step to dance away. Up front, USA's Phyllis Francis again opened up a gap on Jamaica's Shericka Jackson around the turn. She held the gap to the half way mark, then Jackson began to close it down. Behind them, Caitlin Sargent-Jones brought Australia around Great Britain and past Poland. After getting passed, Britain's Emily Diamond sparked up and passed both Poland and Australia, setting her marks on Canada's Noelle Montcalm, 5 meters ahead. Coming into the handoff, the bronze medalist Jackson closed down to within a meter of Francis. 40 meters back, Diamond had gotten past Canada. Sargent-Jones' exuberance brought Australia into the handoff last.

At the 2015 World Championships, Novlene Williams-Mills ran past Francena McCorory to give Jamaica the victory over the USA, wasting Allyson Felix's incredible 47.7 leg leading up to the handoff, the second fastest in history. In this race, the veteran Williams-Mills, at 34 the oldest woman in this race, was matched directly against Felix. And well behind them, Britain's hopes were in the hands of their veteran Christine Ohuruogu. All the way down the backstretch, Williams-Mills kept closing the gap, inching closer to Felix. By the middle of the final turn, it looked like Williams-Mills was about to move into the perfect position to pass Felix coming off the turn. Instead, Felix started to accelerate, the gap began to open wider. From less than a meter, Felix continued to run away, opening up to 8 meters by the finish for a clear American victory. Well behind them, in the battle for bronze, Olha Zemlyak came from seventh place to run Ukraine past Poland, Italy and Canada to get right behind Ohuruogu, but Ohuruogu stood firm through the final turn. As Zemlyak moved to Ohuruogu's shoulder to attack coming off the turn, instead Canada's Sage Watson went around Zemlyak and Ohuruogu ran away, opening up a four-metre gap to take bronze for Britain.[3]

The gold medal was Felix's sixth Olympic gold medal and also the ninth overall Olympic medal of her career, tying her with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated woman in track and field history. Ottey, however, never won Olympic gold. Furthermore, the gold medal was the sixth straight Olympic victory for the United States in this event.

Later, the medals for the competition were presented by Angela Ruggiero, United States of America, IOC member, and the gifts were presented by Stephanie Hightower, IAAF Council Member.


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
2016 World leading   Great Britain
(Emily Diamond, Anyika Onuora, Eilidh Doyle, Seren Bundy-Davies)
3:25.05 Amsterdam, Netherlands 10 July 2016

The following national records were established during the competition:

Country Athletes Round Time Notes
Netherlands   Madiea Ghafoor, Lisanne de Witte, Nicky van Leuveren, Laura de Witte (NED) Heats 3:26.98
Italy   Maria Benedicta Chigbolu, Maria Enrica Spacca, Ayomide Folorunso, Libania Grenot (ITA) Heats 3:25.16
Bahamas   Lanece Clarke, Anthonique Strachan, Carmiesha Cox, Christine Amertil (BAH) Heats 3:26.36


All times are Brazil time (UTC−3)[4]

Date Time Round
Friday, 19 August 2016 20:40 Heats
Saturday, 20 August 2016 22:00 Finals



Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the Final

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 4   United States Courtney Okolo, Taylor Ellis-Watson, Francena McCorory, Phyllis Francis 3:21.42 Q, SB
2 8   Ukraine Alina Logvynenko, Olha Bibik, Tetiana Melnyk, Olha Zemlyak 3:24.54 Q, SB
3 2   Poland Małgorzata Hołub, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz, Iga Baumgart, Justyna Święty 3:25.34 Q, SB
4 1   Australia Jessica Thornton, Anneliese Rubie, Caitlin Sargent-Jones, Morgan Mitchell 3:25.71 q, SB
5 3   France Phara Anacharsis, Brigitte Ntiamoah, Marie Gayot, Floria Gueï 3:26.18
6 6   Netherlands Madiea Ghafoor, Lisanne de Witte, Nicky van Leuveren, Laura de Witte 3:26.98 NR
7 5   Romania Adelina Pastor, Anamaria Ioniță, Andrea Miklós, Bianca Răzor 3:29.87
8 7   Brazil Joelma Sousa, Geisa Coutinho, Leticia de Souza, Jailma de Lima 3:30.27 SB

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
1 4   Jamaica Christine Day, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Chrisann Gordon, Novlene Williams-Mills 3:22.38 Q, SB
2 2   Great Britain Emily Diamond, Anyika Onuora, Kelly Massey, Christine Ohuruogu 3:24.81 Q, SB
3 8   Canada Carline Muir, Alicia Brown, Noelle Montcalm, Sage Watson 3:24.94 Q, SB
4 3   Italy Maria Benedicta Chigbolu, Maria Enrica Spacca, Ayomide Folorunso, Libania Grenot 3:25.16 q, NR
5 5   Germany Laura Muller, Friederike Möhlenkamp, Lara Hoffmann, Ruth Spelmeyer 3:26.02 SB
6 6   Bahamas Lanece Clarke, Anthonique Strachan, Carmiesha Cox, Christine Amertil 3:26.36 NR
7 1   India Nirmala Sheoran, Tintu Lukka, Poovamma Raju Machettira, Anilda Thomas 3:29.53
8 7   Cuba Lisneidy Veitia, Gilda Casanova, Roxana Gomez, Daisurami Bonne 3:30.11 SB


Rank Lane Nation Competitors Time Notes
  6   United States Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis, Allyson Felix 3:19.06 SB
  5   Jamaica Stephenie Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Shericka Jackson, Novlene Williams-Mills 3:20.34 SB
  3   Great Britain Eilidh Doyle, Anyika Onuora, Emily Diamond, Christine Ohuruogu 3:25.88
4 7   Canada Carline Muir, Alicia Brown, Noelle Montcalm, Sage Watson 3:26.43
5 4   Ukraine Alina Lohvynenko, Olha Bibik, Tetyana Melnyk, Olha Zemlyak 3:26.64
6 1   Italy Maria Benedicta Chigbolu, Maria Enrica Spacca, Ayomide Folorunso, Libania Grenot 3:27.05
7 8   Poland Małgorzata Hołub, Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz, Iga Baumgart, Justyna Święty 3:27.28
8 2   Australia Jessica Thornton, Anneliese Rubie, Caitlin Sargent, Morgan Mitchell 3:27.45


  1. ^ Timetable by discipline The XXXI Olympic Games BRAZIL Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL 05 AUG 2016 - 21 AUG 2016. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-09.
  2. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2016-08-06). Preview: women’s 4x400m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF . Retrieved on 2016-08-09.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-08-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ women's 4 × 400 metres Relay The XXXI Olympic Games Timetable. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-09.