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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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Phases:

Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 22, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008

Gold: USA United States
Silver: RUS Russia
Bronze: JAM Jamaica

Summary

The race was expected to be between the United States and Russia, with the US slight favorites. But the US sprinters had not performed well in Beijing, making this hard to call. Due to injuries, top US runner Sanya Richards was asked to run in the heats and there was concern that this would tire her for the final, where she would anchor. In the final, Yuliya Gushchina put Russia in the lead on the opening leg with 50.62, Jamaica second and the US third. Allyson Felix ran the second leg for the US, and blitzed a 48.55 lap to move slightly ahead of the Russians at the second changeover. Monique Henderson ran the third leg for the US and opened a big lead on the backstretch but Tatyana Firova caught her on the straightaway and pulled ahead by a few metres as she handed the baton to Anastasiya Kapachinskaya. Richards got the baton for the US 6/10ths down at the bell, with Jamaica another second back. Kapachinskaya opened the lead up even further on the backstretch and the US appeared to be too far behind. But on the final curve, Richards found another gear, and gradually starting closing the gap. She caught Kapachinskaya about 30 metres from the finish, but it was not over, as Kapachinskaya would not yield. But Richards held on to get the gold for the US by 0.28 seconds, with Jamaica winning the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Russia RUS Silver
3 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Belarus BLR
5 Great Britain GBR
6 Cuba CUB
7 Nigeria NGR
8 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/2 Ukraine UKR
5 h2 r1/2 France FRA
6 h1 r1/2 Poland POL
6 h2 r1/2 Brazil BRA
7 h1 r1/2 India IND
7 h2 r1/2 Mexico MEX
8 h1 r1/2 Japan JPN
8 h2 r1/2 China CHN