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Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

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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


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.

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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