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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Women's 4 x 100m



Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 29)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
The first round previewed a titantic battle between the United States and France, whose teams each won with times of 42.03 and 42.04 respectively. Whereas the French were at full strength in their heat, the US had rested the original individual 10mm gold and silver medallists, Kelli White and Torri Edwards. The plan had been to bring those two in for the final, but the prospect of disqualification was hanging over White because of her positive test for a stimulant after the individual 100m. Had she contested the relay, then her team’s result would have been ultimately annulled following her later admission of drug-taking. Actually White withdrew herself from consideration, but the US team for the final was still strengthened by the insertion of Edwards on the anchor. The draw put the USA in lane 4 with France in 6. The two teams were close throughout the race with neither making major mistakes. Edwards got the baton with a slight lead. French anchor Arron was a disappointed sixth/fifth in the individual final but was a renowned relay runner. To the crowd’s delight she gradually caught then passed Edwards, giving France their second gold of the day just 20 minutes after that of long jumper Eunice Barber
 These are the official results of the Women's 4x100 metres event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. Their final was held on Saturday 30 August 2001 at 19:45h.
  4 x 100m 30 August

Event Report Women 4x100m Final

To the delight of the thunderously vocal French crowd there was a major upset in the final of the women's 4 x 100m relay. Rarely beaten when they get the baton around, Christine ARRON drove her team home for France's first title in this event.
Controversy hit the event with 100m champion Kelli WHITE (USA) embroiled in a doping investigation and accordingly dropped from the relay team. This clearly weakened the US line up but a French upset still seemed only an outside chance.
Four time NCAA champion Angela WILLIAMS (USA) got the defending champions away to a great start. 100m hurdles finalist Patricia GIRARD lost little for the home team although had to stretch to get the baton in the hand of European 200m champion Muriel HURTIS (FRA). Hurtis held her American rival Chryste GAINES. At the end of the second leg Gaines passed to 1999 world 200m champion Inger MILLER (USA), while Hurtis handed off to 1996 world junior 200m champion Sylviane FELIX (FRA). It was here that the race was decided as Felix closed the two metre gap to Miller running a slashing bend.
At the final change the teams were even and it was up to the raucous Paris crowd to get the statuesque Arron home. Arron took 50m to get an advantage on Torri EDWARDS (USA), the 100m silver medallist last Sunday. Arron pulled away to erase any disappointment from her sixth placing in the 100m. The team's time was a new national record 41.78, lowering the 42.04 run in the semi-final. The USA were .05 away in second, 41.83.
It was a tumultuoùus half hour with the iconic Eunice BARBER (FRA) clinching the long jump with her final leap.
Behind the emotion up front Russia were clearly the next best team finishing in 42.66. Ukraine and Germany filled the next two places. The Jamaicans failed to finish with final runner, silver medallist in the 100m hurdles, Brigitte FOSTER falling to the track injured just short of the line.
1 Patricia Girard, Muriel Hurtis, Sylviane Félix, Christine Arron FRA 41.78
2 Angela Williams, Chryste Gaines, Inger Miller, Torri Edwards USA 41.83
3 Olga Fyodorova, Yuliya Tabakova, Marina Kislova, Larisa Kruglova RUS 42.66
4 Tetyana Tkalich, Anzhela Kravchenko, Olena Sinyavina, Oksana Kaydash UKR 43.07
5 Melanie Paschke, Marion Wagner, Sandra Möller, Katja Tengel GER 43.27
6 Katleen de Caluwé, Audrey Rochtus, Elodie Ouédraogo, Kim Gevaert BEL 43.45
7 Yulia Nestsiarenka BLR, Elva Goulbourne, Aksana Drahun BLR, Alena Danilyuk-Neumiarzhytskaya BLR, Natallia Safronnikava BLR BLR 43.47
Vonette Dixon, Elva Goulbourne, Beverly McDonald, Brigitte Foster JAM DNF
  Heats 29 August

Event report Women 4x100 relay heats

The relays began in predictable fashion, with the USA apparently asserted themselves as clear-cut favourites for the final of the women's 4x100m. But they'll have a fight on their hands after France proved their worth this evening by setting a new national record, 42.04.
Missing newly crowned duel world champion Kelli WHITE, plus medallist Torri EDWARDS, the Americans clocked 42.03, the fastest time this year. Chryste GAINES set up their heat win, with a blistering run down the back straight in the second leg.
The US team in tomorrow's final may be quicker, but the question is, can they exchange the baton as swiftly as they can sprint?
France, fielding a strong team which included Christine ARRON and Muriel HURTIS, controlled their changeovers with precision, to finish 1.01 seconds in front of Jamaica who will be strengthened by the addition of Aleen BAILEY. The French appear to be the only team capable of upsetting the USA, and could well take gold in front of their home crowd.
Despite fumbling on their final changeover, RUSSIA was the only other team to break 43 seconds, crossing the line in 42.62 to qualify. They look like they could challenge for a minor medal.
The UKRAINE won the second heat in a relatively slow 43.26m but can improve in the final with the possible inclusion of last Sunday's 100m bronze medallist, Zhanna BLOCK.
  Heat 1
1 Angela Williams, Chryste Gaines, Inger Miller, Lauryn Williams USA 42.03 Q
2 Olga Fyodorova, Yuliya Tabakova, Marina Kislova, Larisa Kruglova RUS 42.62 Q
3 Yulia Nestserava, Aksana Drahun, Alena Danilyuk-Neumiarzhytskaya, Natallia Safronnikava BLR 43.11 q
4 Yeoryía Koklóni, Magdaliní Padaléon, Marína Vasarmídou, Ekateríni Thánou GRE 43.81
5 Carme Blay, Belén Recio, Cristina Sanz, Glory Alozie ESP 44.08
6 Matagari Diazasouba, Amandine Allou Affoué, Marie Gnahore, Louise Ayétotché CIV 45.60
  Heat 2
1 Katleen de Caluwé, Audrey Rochtus, Elodie Ouédraogo, Kim Gevaert BEL 43.36 Q
2 Tameka Clarke, Savatheda Fynes, Debbie Ferguson McKenzie, Shandria Brown BAH 43.64
3 Dainelky Pérez, Roxana Díaz, Virgen Benavídes, Mileydis Lazo CUB 43.82
4 Joan van den Akker, Jacqueline Poelman, Pascal van Assendelft, Annemarie Kramer NED 43.96
5 Amy Harris, Sharon Cripps, Lauren Hewitt, Sally Pearson AUS 44.11
Tetyana Tkalich, Anzhela Kravchenko, Olena Sinyavina, Oksana Kaydash UKR 43.26 Q
  Heat 3
1 Patricia Girard, Muriel Hurtis, Sylviane Félix, Christine Arron FRA 42.04 Q
2 Lacena Golding-Clarke, Elva Goulbourne, Beverly McDonald, Brigitte Foster-Hylton JAM 43.05 Q
3 Melanie Paschke, Marion Wagner, Sandra Möller, Katja Tengel GER 43.34 q
4 Tomoko Ota, Ayumi Suzuki, Kaori Sakagami, Motoka Kojima JPN 44.57
5 Guzel Khubbieva, Lyudmila Dmitriadi, Anna Kazakova, Anastasiya Juravlyeva UZB 45.74
Alenka Bikar, Kristina Žumer, Maja Nose, Merlene Ottey SLO DQ
Susanna Kallur, Carolina Klüft, Jenny Kallur, Jenny Ljunggren SWE DNF

Heat 1 29 AUG 2003 21:10 

  United States USA USA 41.47 42.55
2 Belarus BLR BLR 43.21 43.21
3 Greece GRE GRE 43.07 43.95
5 Spain ESP ESP 43.78 43.95
6 Ivory Coast CIV CIV 43.89  
7 Russia RUS RUS 41.49 43.14

Heat 2 29 AUG 2003 21:18 

  Nigeria NGR NGR 42.39 46.52
3 Cuba CUB CUB 42.89 43.40
4 Belgium BEL BEL 43.22 43.47
5 Netherlands NED NED 43.44 44.11
6 Ukraine UKR UKR 42.96 42.96
7 Australia AUS AUS 42.99 44.30
8 Bahamas BAH BAH 41.92 43.06

Heat 3 29 AUG 2003 21:26 

2 Uzbekistan UZB UZB 43.82  
3 Japan JPN JPN 44.10 44.10
4 France FRA FRA 42.06 42.62
5 Jamaica JAM JAM 41.94 43.30
6 Slovenia SLO SLO 43.91 43.91
7 Sweden SWE SWE 43.97 44.38
8 Germany GER GER 41.91 43.13




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