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Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 400 metres relay


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Updated: 2017-07-11T07:25Z
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The Women's 4 x 400 metres relay races at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held on Friday, 29 September and Saturday, 30 September. The first two in each heat and the next 2 fastest overall advanced to the final.

Coming from the gun, Nigeria's Olabisi Afolabi was the first to break from the stagger formation in lane 3, gaining on Australia's Nova Peris-Kneebone to her outside. After the first half lap, Afolabi began to pay for her enthusiasm, tying up through the second turn where American Jearl Miles Clark and then Jamaican Sandie Richards began to assert themselves. The Jamaican's handed off slightly ahead of the Americans, but Monique Hennagan ran a strong turn to give the Americans the edge ahead of Catherine Scott, with the rest of the world, led by Nigeria and Australia, five metres back. Scott kept the gap less than a metre all the way to the home stretch, then moved into lane two to sprint for home, passing off to 400 hurdles silver medalist Deon Hemmings just ahead of Marion Jones. But Hemmings did not charge out ahead, instead allowing Jones to secure the baton and still hold the inside of the turn. Narrowing the gap, Nigeria, Australia, Great Britain and Russia were all just a few metres back. Jones almost casually built up a five-metre gap in the first three quarters of a lap, then she accelerated away to give the USA a twelve-metre advantage by the handoff. Hemmings held second place to that same straightaway, but a late rush on the outside by Olga Kotlyarova had Russia handing off in second place. This time Lorraine Graham held the position through the turn, forcing Irina Privalova to run the outside. With no competitors near her, LaTasha Colander expanded the American lead to almost 20 metres with 100 metres to go before slowing markedly going into the finish, jogging across the line with a 5-metre gap. Graham held off Privalova for the entire last lap. Cathy Freeman made a heroic effort to pull Australia back into fourth position, but let off the gas just before the line and was pipped by Falilat Ogunkoya. Australia's time was good enough for the Oceanian record, beating the record they set in the qualifying round.

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes:seconds) prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics.

World Record3:15.17Soviet Union USSRTatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina
Seoul, (South Korea)1 October 1988
Olympic Record3:15.17Soviet Union USSRTatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina
Seoul, (South Korea)1 October 1988

Medals

Gold: Med 1.pngSilver: Med 2.pngBronze: Med 3.png
Flag of the United States.svg United States
Jearl Miles Clark
Monique Hennagan
Marion Jones
LaTasha Colander
Andrea Anderson*
Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica
Sandie Richards
Catherine Scott
Deon Hemmings
Lorraine Graham
Charmaine Howell*
Michelle Burgher*
Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Yuliya Sotnikova
Svetlana Goncharenko
Olga Kotlyarova
Irina Privalova
Natalya Nazarova*
Olesya Zykina*

* Athletes who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Gold medals won by the United States team initially stripped due to doping by Marion Jones. On 16 July 2010, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of the non-disqualified American women, who had appealed the International Olympic Committee's decision to disqualify them from the Sydney Games. The court said that rules in place in 2000 did not allow entire teams to be disqualified because of doping by one athlete. [1]

Results

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • AR denotes area/continental record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Heats

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

Heat 1

Heat 1 of 3
Date: Friday 29 September 2000
PlaceNationAthletesLaneTimeQual.Record
HeatOverall
12 United StatesJearl Miles Clark, Monique Hennagan,
Andrea Anderson, LaTasha Colander
43:23.95QSB
25 CubaZulia Calatayud, Julia Duporty,
Idalmis Bonne, Daimí Pernía
33:25.22QSB
39 BelarusNatalya Sologub, Yelena Budnik,
Irina Khlyustova, Anna Kozak
83:26.31NR
410 GermanyShanta Ghosh, Ulrike Urbansky,
Birgit Rockmeier, Florence Ekpo-Umoh
53:27.02SB
512 CanadaKarlene Haughton, LaDonna Antoine,
Foy Williams, Samantha George
23:27.36SB
617 SpainJulia Alba, Norfalia Carabalí,
Miriam Bravo, Maite Martínez
73:32.45SB
720 YugoslaviaMila Savić, Jelena Stanisavljević,
Vukosava Đapić, Tatjana Lojanica
13:37.99
 CameroonDid Not Start

Heat 2

Heat 2 of 3
Date: Friday 29 September 2000
PlaceNationAthletesLaneTimeQual.Record
HeatOverall
16 Great BritainHelen Frost, Donna Fraser,
Allison Curbishley, Katharine Merry
53:25.28QSB
27 JamaicaCharmaine Howell, Catherine Scott,
Michelle Burgher, Sandie Richards
83:25.65QSB
38 RussiaYuliya Sotnikova, Olesya Zykina,
Svetlana Goncharenko, Natalya Nazarova
43:26.05q
411 ItalyDaniela Graglia, Francesca Carbone,
Fabiola Piroddi, Virna De Angeli
33:27.23SB
515 IndiaParamjeet Kaur, Jincy Philip,
Rosa Kutty, K.M.Beena Mol
23:31.46
618 Puerto RicoMilitza Castro, Sandra Moya,
Beatriz Cruz, Maritza Salas
63:33.30NR
7 Colombia7Did Not Start

Heat 3

Heat 3 of 3
Date: Friday 29 September 2000
PlaceNationAthletesLaneTimeQual.Record
HeatOverall
11 NigeriaDoris Jacob, Olabisi Afolabi,
Rosemary Okafor, Charity Opara
53:22.99QSB
23 AustraliaTamsyn Lewis, Susan Andrews,
Jana Pittman, Nova Peris-Kneebone
23:24.05QAR
34 Czech RepublicJitka Burianová, Hana Benešová,
Lenka Ficková, Helena Dziurova-Fuchsová
33:24.40qSB
413 SenegalAïda Diop, Mame Tacko Diouf,
Aminata Diouf, Amy Mbacke Thiam
13:28.02NR
514 BarbadosMelissa Straker, Andrea Blackett,
Michael Williams, Tanya Oxley
73:30.83SB
616 IrelandKaren Shinkins, Martina McCarthy,
Emily Maher, Ciara Sheehy
63:32.24NR
719 SloveniaMeta Macus, Brigita Langerholc,
Jolanda Steblovnik-Ceplak, Saša Prokofijev
83:35.00NR
821 UzbekistanNatalya Kobina, Yelena Piskunova,
Zamira Amirova, Natalya Senkina
43:43.96

Final

The United States originally won gold, but on 10 April 2008, following Marion Jones's admission that she had used performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the Olympics, the entire team was stripped of their gold medals. On 16 July 2010, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of the non-disqualified American women, who had appealed the International Olympic Committee's decision to disqualify them from the Sydney Games. The court said that rules in place in 2000 did not allow entire teams to be disqualified because of doping by one athlete. [2]

The American squad with gold medals (l to r): Jones, Colander, Hennegan, Miles Clark
Final
Date: Saturday 30 September 2000
PlaceNationAthletesLaneTimeRecord
1st, gold medalist(s) United StatesJearl Miles Clark, Monique Hennagan,
Marion Jones, LaTasha Colander
53:22.62
2nd, silver medalist(s) JamaicaSandie Richards, Catherine Scott,
Deon Hemmings, Lorraine Graham
73:23.25SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) RussiaYuliya Sotnikova, Svetlana Goncharenko,
Olga Kotlyarova, Irina Privalova
13:23.46SB
4 NigeriaOlabisi Afolabi, Charity Opara,
Rosemary Okafor, Falilat Ogunkoya
33:23.80
5 AustraliaNova Peris-Kneebone, Tamsyn Lewis,
Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Cathy Freeman
43:23.81AR
6 Great BritainNatasha Danvers, Donna Fraser,
Allison Curbishley, Katharine Merry
63:25.67
7 Czech RepublicJitka Burianová, Hana Benešová,
Lenka Ficková, Helena Dziurova-Fuchsová
23:29.17
8 CubaZulia Calatayud, Julia Duporty,
Idalmis Bonne, Daimí Pernía
83:29.47

External links

Source: Official Report of the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics available at https://web.archive.org/web/20080522105330/http://www.la84foundation.org/5va/reports_frmst.htm

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