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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's 4 x 400m

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 3 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 13)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Russia won the first heat in a world leading 3:20.32, with Krasnomovets and Antyukh on the first two legs sealing their places in the final with legs of 50.1 and 49.4. The USA won the other heat in 3:23.38 and a great final was in prospect, except that lead-off runner Suziann Reid ran out of her lane, dooming her team to disqualification as did Moushami Robinson, who illegally switched position while waiting to start the third leg. One felt pity for Reid as she had been the one to drop the baton four years earlier in Edmonton. Russia’s Pechonkina started slowly in the final, but led Jamaica by a metre at the first handover. Krasnomovets gradually extended the lead in the last 100m of the second stage to 5m with a 49.7 split, as Novlene Williams ran 49.92 for Jamaica, some 10m ahead of Britain and Poland. The margin was 20m after Antyukh’s leg, with Jamaica and Poland neck and neck. Pospelova finished 20 metres clear of Jamaica, running the same time as Fenton (50.42), with Britain just holding off Poland for the bronze medal.
 The 4 x 400 metre relay at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 13 and August 14.
 
  4 x 400m 14 August
  Final

Event Report - Women 4x400 Relay Final

Russians Win Gold

The Russian quartet of Yuliya Pechonkina, Olesya Krasnomovets, Natalya Antyukh and Svetlana Pospelova took gold in 3min20.95sec with Jamaica in silver two and half seconds down and Great Britain taking bronze.

After the disqualification of the Americans in the semi-final for a lane infringement it was clear barring disaster the Russians would have little trouble reclaiming the title they last won in Seville 1999.

Led off in lane five by 400m hurdles gold Pechonkina she gave Krasnomovets a slender lead over Britain’s Lee McConnell from Jamaican Shericka Williams. At the break Jamaica had overtaken the GB squad with Poland closing fast. Out in front Krasnomovets was laying the foundations of a Russian victory. Behind there was a tremendous scrap brewing between Novlene Williams JAM, Donna Fraser GBR and Monika Bejnar POL.

Antyukh went through the motions on the third leg consolidating the lead and handing over to 400m fourth placer Pospelova for the lap of honour. Jamaica’s Lorraine Fenton looked safe in second but on the final lap Christine Ohuruogu GBR was having a tremendous tussle with 400m hurdler Anna Jesien POL for bronze. At the entry to the final straight the Briton moved out to force Jesien wide giving her a few precious centimetres to work with, a lead she maintained to the line. Despite the disappointment of missing out on a medal the Poland squad had the consolation of setting a national record of 3:24.49.

1 Yuliya Pechonkina, Olesya Krasnomovets, Natalya Antyukh, Svetlana Pospelova RUS 3.20.95
2 Shericka Williams, Novlene Williams-Mills, Ronetta Smith, Lorraine Fenton JAM 3.23.29
3 Lee McConnell, Donna Fraser, Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohuruogu GBR 3.24.44
4 Anna Guzowska, Monika Bejnar, Grażyna Prokopek-Janáček, Anna Jesień POL 3.24.49
5 Antonina Yefremova, Oksana Ilyushkina, Liliya Lobanova, Nataliya Pyhyda UKR 3.28.00
6 Claudia Marx, Claudia Hoffmann, Korinna Fink, Ulrike Urbansky GER 3.28.39
María Laura Almirão, Geisa Coutinho, Josiane Tito, Lucimar Teodoro BRA DQ
Alena Danilyuk-Neumiarzhytskaya, Natallia Salahub, Anna Kozak, Ilona Usovich BLR DQ
  Heats 13 August

Event Report - Women 4x400m Relay Heats

The Russian women were a class apart in the heats of the women’s 4x400 relay as they ran a world-leading 3:20.32 in the opening heat to lead all qualifiers for tomorrow’s final.   The team of Olga Krasnomovets, Natalya Antyukh, Tatyana Firova, and Oleysa Zykina lead from start to finish.  Of note was Antyukh’s unofficial 49.3. 

Behind the Russians, the Polish quartet, thanks to a critical third leg by Grazyna Prokopek, overtook the German team with 650 metres left and finished second in 3:26.04. 

The Germans fell further back on the final lap, being pipped right before the finish by Ilona Usovich, who brought her Belarus team home third in 3:27.65.  The German squad clocked 3:27.96, still fast enough to take one of the time-qualifying spots. 

The second section appeared to have been won by the US team, but that squad was later disqualified for a lane violation by one of the first two runners.     

This moved the British women into the first position in the heat with a time of 3:26.19. 

Even before the race had been finished, a collision involving Jamaican and Brazilian runners scrambled the positions going into the final carry.    While the Jamaicans were becoming untangled, the final Brazilian runner—Lucimar Teodoro—sailed onward and successfully held off Nataliya Pyhyda running for Ukraine. 

The final 3:26.82 clocking for Brazil was a South American record, as Ukraine was timed in 3:27.23. 

Lorraine Fenton, not realizing that the US team would be disqualified, made a futile scramble to move her team forward, but the Jamaicans easily took the other time-qualifying place in the final with 3:27.87.

  Heat 1
1 Olesya Krasnomovets, Natalya Antyukh, Tatyana Firova, Olesya Zykina RUS 3.20.32 Q
2 Anna Guzowska, Monika Bejnar, Grażyna Prokopek-Janáček POL 3.26.04 Q
3 Natallia Salahub, Yulianna Yushchanka, Anna Kozak, Ilona Usovich BLR 3.27.65 Q
4 Claudia Marx, Claudia Hoffmann, Korinna Fink, Ulrike Urbansky GER 3.27.96
5 Aïda Diop, Fatou Binetou Fall, Aminata Diouf, Amy Mbacké Thiam SEN 3.29.03
6 Angela Moroşanu, Mihaela Neacşu, Alina Râpanu, Maria Rus ROU 3.30.97
7 Monika Gachevska, Mariyana Dimitrova, Nedyalka Nedkova, Monika Ivanova BUL 3.38.96
  Heat 2
1 Lee McConnell, Donna Fraser, Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohuruogu GBR 3.26.19 Q
2 María Laura Almirão, Geisa Coutinho, Josiane Tito, Lucimar Teodoro BRA 3.26.82 Q
3 Antonina Yefremova, Oksana Ilyushkina, Liliya Lobanova, Nataliya Pyhyda UKR 3.27.23 Q
4 Shericka Williams, Novlene Williams-Mills, Ronetta Smith, Lorraine Fenton JAM 3.27.87 q
5 Ruth Grajeda, Gabriela Medina, Mayra González, Magali Yáñez MEX 3.31.41
6 Amanda Kotze, Dominique Koster, Surita Febbraio, Estie Wittstock RSA 3.31.71
Suziann Reid, Monique Hennagan, Moushaumi Robinson, Monique Henderson USA DQ
 Startlist
 
Heat 1
Saturday 13 August 2005 - 21:05
LaneTeamCountry2005Personal
2 Russia RUS 3:20.32 3:18.38
3 Romania ROU 3:27.78 3:25.68
4 Germany GER 3:27.92 3:20.92
5 Belarus BLR 3:27.65 3:21.88
6 Senegal SEN 3:29.03 3:28.02
7 Poland POL 3:24.49 3:24.49
8 Bulgaria BUL 3:34.38 3:25.81
Heat 2
Saturday 13 August 2005 - 21:15
LaneTeamCountry2005Personal
2 South Africa RSA 3:31.71 3:30.12
3 Great Britain & N.I. GBR 3:24.44 3:20.04
4 Brazil BRA 3:26.82 3:26.82
5 Mexico MEX 3:31.41 3:27.14
6 United States USA 3:22.93 3:15.51
7 Jamaica JAM 3:23.29 3:19.73
8 Ukraine UKR 3:26.72 3:21.94
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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