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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's 4 x 100m

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 12)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005  
Nations participating: 196  
Athletes participating: 1,891  
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
The United States were the fastest in the heats, clocking 42.16 in the first heat with the Bahamian team failing to finish after Sturrup was accidentally knocked over while waiting for the baton at the start of the backstraight. France edged Jamaica in the second race and Belarus won the final heat in 42.80, where Russia messed up their final baton change and did not finish. Using the same squad in the final, the United States team was led off by Daigle, who ran even with Nesterenko, and a metre ahead of Jamaica. Lee then held Simpson, with Belarus losing ground. Barber extended the US lead to 3m, and 100m winner Lauryn Williams took the US team to a 2m win, as Campbell gained a metre on the last leg. Belarus held on to third place, as Arron closed quickly to take the slowstarting French team from sixth to fourth on the anchor leg. Barber became only the second athlete to win gold in both relays, the other being Gwen Torrence in 1993. Allyson Felix was to follow soon. The winning time was identical to that of 2003.
 The 4 x 100 metre relay at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 13 and August 14.
 
  4 x 100m 13 August
  Final

Event Reports - Men 4x100m Relay Final

France clinch closest relay final

We knew there would be a new champion for the first time since 1997 when the United States crashed out of the semi-finals yesterday. But few would have guessed it would be France.

The French took the gold from Trinidad and Tobago in the closest sprint relay final in World Championships history. The French won in a world leading time, 38.08, while Trinidad set a national record 38.10 for silver leaving the Olympic champions Great Britain trailing in third place in their best time of the year 38.27.

After yesterday’s semi-finals it looked like the race would be between Trinidad and Tobago and the Britain, but it was clearly going to be a close-run thing.

In the event France’s quartet of Ladji Doucouré, Ronald Pognon, Eddy de Lepine and Lueyi Dovy clinched a dramatic victory to match that of their women’s team two years ago and take the gold outside North America for the first time. After United States and Canada, France became only the third nation in World Championships history to win the title.

Britain, led off by Jason Gardner as they were in last year’s Olympic final, had an early lead. Gardener flew round the bend to hand the baton to Marlon Devonish. It was a good change.

But France, through Ronald Pognon were starting to close on the second leg, and Trinidad’s Marc Burns, in lane three, also made up ground.

It all changed around the final bend where Eddy de Lepine ran a fantastic leg for France giving them a metre lead at the final exchange. Trinidad’s Jacey Harper had also run well to hand on to Darrel Brown while Britain slipped back to third.

Britain’s Christian Malcolm – running with cramps – passed on to anchor runner Mark Lewis Francis, but he never looked like making up the ground.

If anything Brown and France’s last leg runner Dovy pulled away. Brown closed on Dovy in the final few strides and as they dipped for the line it looked like he might have stolen the victory.

But the result was on the scoreboard within moments. He had missed the gold by two hundredths of a second. France had it.

“We have to be content with a silver medal,” said Trinidad’s lead off runner Pierre Kevon. “But seeing that it was so close I cannot help thinking that the exchanging could have been a little more fluent. But I will take silver for now.”

Lewis Francis held off the fast closing Jamaican Michael Frater for the bronze. On the penultimate day, this was Britain’s first medal of the championships.

“An injury robbed the team as Christian Malcolm had cramps in the final,” said Britain’s Gardener.

“A medal and the season’s best is an achievement in a championships final,” said Lewis Francis.

But the real achievement belonged to France.

Dovy, in disbelief, ran to find his team-mates. The four Frenchmen re-united on the home straight, hugging with joy. Doucouré had won his second gold in two days.

“I mean, we just really, really wanted it, that is why it was possible,” he said. “Before coming to Helsinki I imagined winning two medals, maybe two bronzes, but this really is a dream because I know I have two gold medals.”

1 Angela Daigle-Bowen, Muna Lee, Me'Lisa Barber, Lauryn Williams USA 41.78
2 Danielle Browning, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey, Veronica Campbell-Brown JAM 41.99
3 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Natallia Salahub, Alena Danilyuk-Neumiarzhytskaya, Aksana Drahun BLR 42.56
4 Mixed nationalities: Patricia Buval, Lina Jacques-Sébastien, Fabé Dia Longo ITA, Christine Arron FRA 42.85
5 Raquel da Costa, Lucimar de Moura, Tathiana Regina Ignácio, Luciana dos Santos BRA 42.99
6 Melisa Murillo, Felipa Palácios, Darlenis Obregón, Norma González COL 43.07
7 Gloria Kemasuode, Endurance Ojokolo, Damola Osayomi, Mercy Nku NGR 43.25
8 Iwona Ziółkowska, Daria Korczyńska, Dorota Jędrusińska, Iwona Brzezińska POL 43.49
  Heats 12 August

Event Report - Men 4x100m Relay Heats

The first race in more than three days contested on a dry track found disaster striking the US men’s 4x100 relay.  The Americans’ first handoff—from Mardy Scales to Leonard Scott—failed to connect and the certain medal-contending US team took a stumble. 

The video replays seemed to indicate that Scott had taken the baton from Scales without incident, but that Scales failed to release the stick within a reasonable time.   Scott sensed a problem and let go from his end, and the baton went tumbling to the ground. 

Meanwhile, Lueyi Dovi directed the French team to a world-leading 38.34 victory.  The Australian team, anchored by Matt Shirvington, was in second at the last exchange, but Michael Frater (JAM) and Marius Broening (GER) led their quartets past the muscular Shirvington just before the finish to take the next two auto-qualifying spots in 38.37 and 38.58, respectively. 

The Polish team, running in the second heat, suffered the same ignominy as the Americans when their second handoff went awry as Marcin Jedrusinski suffered a hamstring pull metres before the exchange with Marcin Nowak. 

The British squad, with Mark Lewis-Francis in the final position, came off the curve in the lead, but Darrel Brown brought his Trinidad and Tobago relay across the line first in yet another world-leading time of 38.28. 

The team from Great Britain was second in 38.32, ahead of the Japanese team with 38.46. 

Despite slipping back two places at the end, the Australian team advanced to the final with their 38.65 time, as did the Netherlands Antilles relay in 38.60.

  Heat 1
1 Angela Daigle-Bowen, Muna Lee, Me'Lisa Barber, Lauryn Williams USA 42.16 Q
2 Gloria Kemasuode, Endurance Ojokolo, Damola Osayomi, Mercy Nku NGR 43.53 Q
3 Emma Rienas, Carolina Klüft, Jenny Kallur, Susanna Kallur SWE 43.67
4 Emily Freeman, Emma Ania, Laura Turner-Alleyne, Katherine Endacott GBR 43.83
Pascal van Assendelft, Jacqueline Poelman, Annemarie Kramer, Judith Baarssen NED DQ
Tameka Clarke, Chandra Sturrup, Savatheda Fynes, Philippa Arnett-Willey BAH DNF
  Heat 2
1 Mixed nationalities: Patricia Buval, Lina Jacques-Sébastien, Fabé Dia Longo ITA, Christine Arron FRA 42.86 Q
2 Danielle Browning, Sherone Simpson, Beverly McDonald, Aleen Bailey JAM 42.97 Q
3 Melisa Murillo, Felipa Palácios, Darlenis Obregón, Norma González COL 43.03 q
4 Raquel da Costa, Lucimar de Moura, Tathiana Regina Ignácio, Luciana dos Santos BRA 43.22 q
5 Elena Sordelli, Vincenza Calì, Manuela Grillo, Maria Aurora Salvagno ITA 44.03
Ilona Punkkinen, Katja Salivaara, Sari Eero, Heidi Hannula FIN DNF
  Heat 3
1 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Natallia Salahub, Alena Danilyuk-Neumiarzhytskaya, Aksana Drahun BLR 42.80 Q
2 Iwona Ziółkowska, Daria Korczyńska, Dorota Jędrusińska, Iwona Brzezińska POL 43.37 Q
3 Katleen de Caluwé, Nancy Callaerts, Elodie Ouédraogo, Kim Gevaert BEL 43.40
4 Iryna Kozhemyakina, Iryna Shepetyuk, Iryna Shtanhyeyeva, Olena Sinyavina UKR 43.62
5 Tomoko Ota, Ayumi Shimazaki, Yuka Sato, Sakie Nobuoka JPN 44.52
Yekaterina Kondratyeva, Yuliya Gushchina, Irina Khabarova, Larisa Kruglova RUS DNF

Heat 1 12 AUG 2005 21:05 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 Great Britain & N.I. GBR GBR 42.43 44.18
3 Sweden SWE SWE 43.67 43.67
4 Bahamas BAH BAH 41.92 43.48
5 United States USA USA 41.47 42.65
6 Netherlands NED NED 43.44 44.00
7 Nigeria NGR NGR 42.39  

Heat 2 12 AUG 2005 21:14 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 Brazil BRA BRA 42.97 43.78
3 France FRA FRA 41.78 43.75
4 Jamaica JAM JAM 41.73 43.21
5 Finland FIN FIN 43.37 44.33
6 Italy ITA ITA 43.44 43.83
7 Colombia COL COL 43.03 43.17

Heat 3 12 AUG 2005 21:23 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 Belgium BEL BEL 43.08 43.71
3 Russia RUS RUS 41.49 42.73
4 Belarus BLR BLR 42.94 43.41
5 Ukraine UKR UKR 42.96 44.18
6 Japan JPN JPN 43.77  
7 Poland POL POL 42.71 43.85

 

 

 

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