Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 30, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976
As in 1972, the final again came down to a close match race between the two German teams. East Germany had Renate Stecher, who had won the 100 and 200 in 1972 and was the silver medalist in the 1976 100, while West Germany was led by Annegret Richter, who won the 1976 100 gold medal. But neither ran the anchor leg, as Stecher ran the second leg and Richter the third leg for their teams. The GDR anchor runner was Bärbel Eckert, who had won the 200 title in Montréal. At the final exchange, the FRG had a small lead, but Eckert overcame their anchor runner, Annegret Kroniger, to win by ½-metre.