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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 26, 2004
Date Finished: August 27, 2004

Gold: JAM Jamaica
Silver: RUS Russia
Bronze: FRA France

Summary

At the 2003 World Championships, France had upset the United States to win the gold medal. But the US had posted some fast times early in 2004 and was a slight favorite. Jamaica took the early lead but Marion Jones, 100/200 champion from 2000, ran the second leg for the US, though she was not the runner she had been in 2000. And on the second baton pass, she and 2005 100 metre World Champion Lauryn Williams ran out of the exchange zone and the US team pulled up. This left the way open for Jamaica, which won quite easily over Russia, France winning the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Russia RUS Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Bahamas BAH
5 Belarus BLR
6 Belgium BEL
7 Nigeria NGR
AC United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 Brazil BRA
5 h1 r1/2 Colombia COL
6 h1 r1/2 Germany GER
6 h2 r1/2 Cuba CUB
7 h1 r1/2 Ukraine UKR
8 h1 r1/2 Greece GRE
AC h2 r1/2 Netherlands NED
AC h2 r1/2 Trinidad and Tobago TTO