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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Athletics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 10, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012

Gold: USA United States
Silver: RUS Russia
Bronze: JAM Jamaica
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The United States had won this title at the last four Olympic Games and was expected to do so again. They were led by Sanya Richards-Ross, the individual 400 champion, DeeDee Trotter, the bronze medalist in the 400, along with Allyson Felix, the open 200 champion, but one who often ran the 400 metres in invitational meets, and had attempted a 200/400 double at the 2011 World Championships. No other team was given much of a chance for gold.

In the end it was more a coronation than a real race. Trotter gave the USA a nice lead on the opener, posting 50.2, with Russia's Yuliya Gushchina second at 51.0. Felix then ended any suspense with 48.2 on the second leg, the fastest of the race, as Russia trailed by more than two seconds. Francena McCorory had the third leg for the Americans and opened the lead further, giving Sanya Richards-Ross what amounted to a victory lap. She brought it home in 49.10 for a final time of 3:16.87, equal to the fifth fastest time ever. Russia trailed almost four seconds back for silver, with the Ukraine getting bronze. Richards-Ross won her second gold medal of the London Olympics, while Felix won her third, including the 4×100 relay the day before. Richards-Ross also won her third consecutive gold medal in the event, emulating Frank Wykoff, who won three relay gold medals for the United States in the 4×100 in 1928-36.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Russia RUS Silver
3 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Ukraine UKR
5 Great Britain GBR
6 France FRA
7 Czech Republic CZE
AC r2/2 Nigeria NGR DQ
5 h1 r1/2 Belarus BLR
5 h2 r1/2 Poland POL
6 h1 r1/2 Cuba CUB
6 h2 r1/2 Ireland IRL
7 h1 r1/2 Italy ITA
7 h2 r1/2 Brazil BRA
8 h1 r1/2 Germany GER
AC h2 r1/2 Turkey TUR DQ