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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Events:
Phases:

Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 29, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000

Gold: BAH Bahamas
Silver: JAM Jamaica
Bronze: USA United States

Summary

The United States was a slight favorite, led by 100 and 200 champion Marion Jones. But the Bahamas had won the 1999 World Championship. The Bahamas had the fastest time in the first round, and Jamaica posted the best time the semi-finals. The final saw Sevatheda Fynes put the Bahamas in the lead from the outset. The US speed tried to gain on them, but poor exchanges hindered their efforts. By the anchor leg, Jones was in third, trailing the Bahamas and Jamaica, and she could not make up the deficit, Debbie Ferguson anchoring the Bahamas to the gold medal. Jamaica’s anchor runner was Merlene Ottey, who had first competed in the Olympics in 1980. In 2007, Marion Jones would admit that they she had used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) at the time of the 2000 Olympics, and the US team would lose its bronze medal, France moving up from fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Bahamas BAH Gold
2 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 United States USA Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Russia RUS
6 Germany GER
7 Nigeria NGR
8 China CHN
5 h1 r2/3 Ghana GHA
5 h2 r2/3 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Ukraine UKR
6 h2 r2/3 Finland FIN
7 h1 r2/3 Greece GRE
7 h2 r2/3 Poland POL
8 h1 r2/3 Madagascar MAD
8 h2 r2/3 Colombia COL
4 h1 r1/3 Thailand THA
5 h1 r1/3 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
5 h3 r1/3 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h4 r1/3 Sri Lanka SRI
6 h2 r1/3 Canada CAN
6 h3 r1/3 India IND
6 h4 r1/3 Uzbekistan UZB
7 h4 r1/3 Cameroon CMR
AC h1 r1/3 Australia AUS