Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metres relay
|Women's 4 × 100 metres relay|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Date||18–19 August 2016|
|Competitors||from 16 nations|
The United States entered as the defending Olympic champions, having set new world and Olympic records at the 2012 London Olympics. Jamaica were the reigning world champions from 2015, having defeated the Americans there. Germany had the fastest time of the year before the event (41.62 seconds) and the other main medal contenders included Great Britain and Netherlands (all three made the 2016 European podium).
During the second heat the United States missed their second handover which was caused by Kauiza Venancio of the Brazilian team bumping Allyson Felix as she approached the handoff to English Gardner. The American appeal was upheld, and they were given a second chance to qualify for the final, which the United States team accomplished with the number one qualifying time of 41.77.
There was no further plot twist in the final. Even though the United States were along the curb in the less advantageous lane 1, Tianna Bartoletta shot out to the lead around the first turn, making up the stagger on Canada's Farah Jacques before the halfway point in the turn. It was a clean, unobstructed pass to Allyson Felix because Canada was still waiting for the incoming runner to arrive. Felix pulled away down the backstretch, gaining the stagger on Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria in lane 3, with Jamaica's double sprint gold medalist Elaine Thompson separating from the rest of the field. As English Gardner ran a great turn, USA passed Germany in lane 4, while Jamaica was just about to make up the stagger on Trinidad and Tobago to their immediate outside. By the time Gardner handed off to Tori Bowie, the USA had a 3-metre lead over Jamaica, Great Britain just ahead of Trinidad and Tobago racing for bronze. On the run in, Bowie lost some ground on the lead over Jamaica's two time Olympic gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, but still held a comfortable lead, as Great Britain's Daryll Neita separated from Trinidad and Tobago's Khalifa St. Fort, who was also caught by Germany's Rebekka Haase before the line.
Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record|| United States
(Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter)
|40.82||London, United Kingdom||10 August 2012|
|2016 World leading|| Germany
(Tatjana Pinto, Lisa Mayer, Gina Lückenkemper, Rebekka Haase)
|41.62||Mannheim, Germany||29 July 2016|
The following national records were established during the competition:
|Great Britain||Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith, Daryll Neita (GBR)||Final||41.77 s||NR|
|Thursday, 18 August 2016||11:20||Round 1|
|Friday, 19 August 2016||22:15||Finals|
Qualification rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.
|1||5||Jamaica||Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce||41.79||Q, SB|
|2||7||Great Britain||Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith, Daryll Neita||41.83||Q|
|3||1||Ukraine||Olesya Povkh, Natalia Pohrebniak, Mariya Ryemyen, Yelyzaveta Bryzgina||42.39||Q, SB|
|4||4||Canada||Farah Jacques, Crystal Emmanuel, Phylicia George, Khamica Bingham||42.60||q, SB|
|5||6||China||Yuan Qiqi, Wei Yongli, Ge Manqi, Liang Xiaojing||42.60|
|6||3||Netherlands||Jamile Samuel, Dafne Schippers, Tessa van Schagen, Naomi Sedney||42.78|
|7||8||Poland||Ewa Swoboda, Marika Popowicz-Drapała, Klaudia Konopko, Anna Kiełbasińska||43.23|
|8||2||Ghana||Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman, Janet Amponsah||43.27|
|1||7||Germany||Tatjana Pinto, Lisa Mayer, Gina Luckenkemper, Rebekka Haase||42.08||Q|
|2||8||Nigeria||Gloria Asumnu, Blessing Okagbare, Jennifer Madu, Agnes Osazuwa||42.45||Q, SB|
|3||1||Trinidad and Tobago||Semoy Hackett, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Khalifa St. Fort||42.52||Q, SB|
|4||4||France||Floriane Gnafoua, Céline Distel-Bonnet, Jennifer Galais, Stella Akakpo||42.97|
|5||5||Switzerland||Ajla Del Ponte, Sarah Atcho, Ellen Sprunger, Salomé Kora||43.02|
|–||6||Kazakhstan||Rima Kashafutdinova, Viktoriya Zyabkina, Yuliya Rakhmanova, Olga Safronova||DQ||R 163.3a|
|–||3||Brazil||Bruna Farias, Franciela Krasucki, Kauiza Venancio, Rosangela Santos||DQ||R 163.2b|
|–||2||United States||Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Morolake Akinosun||N/A||[a]|
Special Heat 3
|1||2||United States||Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Morolake Akinosun||41.77||q|
|1||United States||Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, Tori Bowie||41.01||SB|
|6||Jamaica||Christania Williams, Elaine Thompson, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce||41.36||SB|
|5||Great Britain||Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith, Daryll Neita||41.77||NR|
|4||4||Germany||Tatjana Pinto, Lisa Mayer, Gina Luckenkemper, Rebekka Haase||42.10|
|5||7||Trinidad and Tobago||Semoy Hackett, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Khalifa St. Fort||42.12||SB|
|6||8||Ukraine||Olesya Povkh, Natalia Pohrebniak, Mariya Ryemyen, Yelyzaveta Bryzgina||42.36||SB|
|7||2||Canada||Farah Jacques, Crystal Emmanuel, Phylicia George, Khamica Bingham||43.15|
|8||3||Nigeria||Gloria Asumnu, Blessing Okagbare, Jennifer Madu, Agnes Osazuwa||43.21|
- Brazil had obstructed the American baton handover and the United States were allowed a solo run to qualify for the final on time, which they did.
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