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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Phases:

Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008

Gold: RUS Russia
Silver: BEL Belgium
Bronze: NGR Nigeria

Summary

Jamaica had swept the medals in the 100 metres so the only question was “by how much,” not if they would win. That assumed, of course, they had no problem getting the stick around. As always, the United States was thought to have a solid team, but was not expected to beat the Jamaicans. And in heat one, they lost all chances when the final exchange between Torri Edwards and Lauryn Williams was botched and they dropped the baton. Jamaica won the second heat easily and was thought to have a virtual walkover for the final, especially with the US out. The East German world record of 41.37 from 1985 was thought to be threatened. But in the final, on the second exchange, Kerron Stewart took off early, and the incoming runner, Sherone Simpson, could not get the baton to her and they were out of the race. With the Jamaicans out, the Russians scored a huge upset victory over Belgium, with Nigeria third. The final also saw Great Britain not finish because of difficulty with the baton, and Poland was disqualified for an exchange out of zone. Thus only five teams finished the final, after five teams had not finished in the heats.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Russia RUS Gold
2 Belgium BEL Silver
3 Nigeria NGR Bronze
4 Brazil BRA
5 Germany GER
AC Great Britain GBR
AC Jamaica JAM
AC Poland POL
4 h2 r1/2 China CHN
5 h2 r1/2 Thailand THA
6 h1 r1/2 Belarus BLR
AC h1 r1/2 Italy ITA
AC h1 r1/2 United States USA
AC h2 r1/2 France FRA
AC h2 r1/2 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
AC h2 r1/2 Ukraine UKR