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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Women's 4 x 100 m

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 30, 1988 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: October 1, 1988
(Competitors: 81; Countries: 19; Finalists: 32/8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF 1988_olympic_stadium.jpg 
The fastest heat winners with 42.39 were the USA, and they won their semi-final in 42.12, although the quickest in the second round was USSR with 42.01, ahead of the GDR’s 42.23. In the final Brown established a slim lead over Möller, with Kondratyeva a metre behind. But Malchugina and Behrendt overtook Echols on the second leg. Unsurprisingly Griffith Joyner ate up the deficit on the third leg and went into the changeover with a 2m lead. The advantage was lost with a poor change, which left Ashford in third behind Göhr and Pomoshchnikova. The Russian quickly caught Göhr, but then suffered a muscle cramp after 60m. Ashford swept by and passed Göhr with 20m remaining, giving and the US victory by a metre, with the USSR just holding off FRG for third.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The GDR had been the top 4×100 relay team since the late 70s, but the US had defeated them at the 1987 World Championships. And in Seoul, they were led by 100/200 champion Florence Griffith Joyner and 1984 100 gold medalist Evelyn Ashford. They had formidable speed but could not match the superior baton work of the East Germans. In the final, Alice Brown put the US into a slight lead on the opener. But the GDR and the Soviet Union pulled ahead on the second leg. Griffith Joyner was chosen to run the final turn and she got to the final exchange two metres in front. But she and Ashford botched the pass, and the US was in third starting the final 100. Ashford was opposed by her long-time East German rival, Marlies Göhr, and she ran her down for the gold medal. The Soviet anchor, Nataliya Pomoshchnikova, actually took the lead after the final exchange but cramped slightly at 60 metres and had to hold on to finish third.
 

Records

These were the standing World and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 41.37 East Germany Silke Gladisch
East Germany Sabine Rieger
East Germany Ingrid Auerswald
East Germany Marlies Göhr
Canberra (AUS) October 6, 1985
Olympic Record 41.60 East Germany Romy Muller
East Germany Barbel Wockel
East Germany Ingrid Auerswald
East Germany Marlies Göhr
Moscow (URS) August 1, 1980
 
Results

These are the official results of the Women's 4 × 100 m Relay event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. There were a total number of 19 nations competing.

This was a race between three strong teams with many athletes at their peak. From the gun, Alice Brown was out fastest for the USA in lane 6, almost making up the stagger on Zvetanka Ilieva leading off for Bulgaria on her outside. Meanwhile East German star, 1987 World Champion Silke Möller was losing ground in lane 5 as Soviet Lyudmila Kondratyeva was gaining in lane 4. All the handoffs were efficient before both Kerstin Behrendt and Galina Malchugina closed the gap on the American Sheila Echols on the second leg. The American handoff to the year's phenom, world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner was safe but not particularly efficient, the East German underhanded pass to Ingrid Auerswald is a textbook demonstration of an efficient handoff, and gave East Germany the lead. It would still be expected that the way FloJo dominated the sprint events, she would be able to pull away from Auerswald, but running the longer distance around the turn she only made a marginal gain and Marina Zhirova also put the Soviet team in close contention. Both the Soviet team and East German teams executed efficient handoffs, leaving Natalya Pomoshchnikova just slightly behind 1983 World Champion Marlies Goehr. The American handoff was not as efficient as Griffith-Joyner ran up on veteran anchor Evelyn Ashford leaving USA two metres behind. Pomoshchnikova accelerated and was able to pull even with Goehr while Ashford was in full stride and gaining. 50 metres from the finish it was three abreast across the center of the track. Ashford won the 1984 Olympic championship in the absence of the boycotting East Germans and Soviets, specifically Goehr. Here they were head to head. Pomoshchnikova's hamstring seized suddenly she was limping in pain. Ashford continued right past Goehr to a meter and a half victory and redemption. The three teams were so far ahead of the rest of the world, Pomoshchnikova was able to limp across the finish line ahead of the West German team for the bronze medal.

4 x 100 m Women Final 1 October
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 41.98 Alice Brown, Sheila Echols, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Evelyn Ashford United States USA
2 42.09 Silke Möller GER, Kerstin Behrendt GER, Ingrid Lange GER, Marlies Göhr GER East Germany GDR
3 42.75 Lyudmila Kondratyeva RUS, Galina Malchugina RUS, Marina Zhirova RUS, Natalya Voronova RUS Soviet Union URS
4 42.76 Sabine Richter GER, Ulrike Sarvari GER, Andrea Thomas GER, Ute Thimm GER West Germany FRG
5 43.02 Tsvetanka Ilieva, Valya Demireva, Nadezhda Georgieva, Yordanka Donkova Bulgaria BUL
6 43.93 Joanna Smolarek, Jolanta Janota, Ewa Pisiewicz, Agnieszka Siwek Poland POL
7 44.02 Françoise Leroux, Muriel Leroy, Laurence Bily, Patricia Girard France FRA
4 x 100 m Women Semifinal 1 1 October
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 42.01 Lyudmila Kondratyeva RUS, Galina Malchugina RUS, Marina Zhirova RUS, Natalya Voronova RUS Soviet Union URS
2 42.23 Silke Möller GER, Kerstin Behrendt GER, Ingrid Lange GER, Marlies Göhr GER East Germany GDR
3 43.30 Grace Jackson Small, Vivienne Spence-Gardner, Ethlyn Tate, Merlene Ottey SLO Jamaica JAM
4 43.44 Joanna Smolarek, Jolanta Janota, Ewa Pisiewicz, Agnieszka Siwek Poland POL
5 43.48 Nelli Cooman, Marjan Olyslager, Gretha Tromp, Els Vader Netherlands NED
6 43.50 Sallyanne Short, Bev Kinch, Simmone Jacobs, Paula Dunn Great Britain GBR
7 43.97 Rita Angotzi, Rossella Tarolo, Daniela Ferrian, Marisa Masullo Italy ITA
8 45.74 Maria Tsoni, Paraskeví Patoulídou, Katerína Kóffa, Marina Skourti Greece GRE
4 x 100 m Women Semifinal 2 1 October
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 42.12 Alice Brown, Sheila Echols, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Evelyn Ashford United States USA
2 42.69 Sabine Richter GER, Ulrike Sarvari GER, Andrea Thomas GER, Ute Thimm GER West Germany FRG
3 43.07 Tsvetanka Ilieva, Valya Demireva, Nadezhda Georgieva, Yordanka Donkova Bulgaria BUL
4 43.66 Françoise Leroux, Marie-Christine Cazier, Muriel Leroy, Laurence Bily France FRA
5 43.82 Angela Bailey, Angela Phipps, Angella Issajenko, Katie Anderson Canada CAN
6 44.30 Veronica Bawuah, Dinah Yankey, Mercy Addy, Martha Appiah Ghana GHA
7 44.36 Zhang Xiaoqiong, Liu Shaomei, Xie Zhiling, Zhang Gaihua China CHN
4 x 100 m Women Heat 1 30 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 42.88 Lyudmila Kondratyeva RUS, Galina Malchugina RUS, Marina Zhirova RUS, Natalya Voronova RUS Soviet Union URS
2 42.99 Sabine Richter GER, Ulrike Sarvari GER, Andrea Thomas GER, Ute Thimm GER West Germany FRG
3 43.43 Françoise Leroux, Marie-Christine Cazier, Muriel Leroy, Laurence Bily France FRA
4 43.92 Tsvetanka Ilieva, Valya Demireva, Nadezhda Georgieva, Yordanka Donkova Bulgaria BUL
5 45.46 Amparo Caicedo, Norfalia Carabalí ESP, Olga Escalante, Ximena Restrepo Colombia COL
6 46.21 Chang Feng-Hua, Chen Wen-Xing, Chen Ya-Li, Wang Huei-Chen Chinese Taipei TPE
4 x 100 m Women Heat 2 30 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 42.92 Silke Möller GER, Ingrid Lange GER, Kerstin Behrendt GER, Marlies Göhr GER East Germany GDR
2 43.50 Laurel Johnson, Grace Jackson Small, Vivienne Spence-Gardner, Ethlyn Tate Jamaica JAM
3 43.92 Angela Bailey, Angela Phipps, Angella Issajenko, Katie Anderson Canada CAN
4 44.29 Zhang Xiaoqiong, Liu Shaomei, Xie Zhiling, Zhang Gaihua China CHN
5 44.33 Rita Angotzi, Rossella Tarolo, Daniela Ferrian, Marisa Masullo Italy ITA
6 45.44 Maria Tsoni, Paraskeví Patoulídou, Georgia Zouganeli, Marina Skourti Greece GRE
7 45.83 Yoon Mi-Kyong, Woo Yang-Ja, Park Mi-Sun, Lee Young-Sook South Korea KOR
4 x 100 m Women Heat 3 30 September
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 42.39 Alice Brown, Sheila Echols, Dannette Young, Evelyn Ashford United States USA
2 43.91 Sallyanne Short, Bev Kinch, Simmone Jacobs, Paula Dunn Great Britain GBR
3 43.96 Nelli Cooman, Marjan Olyslager, Gretha Tromp, Els Vader Netherlands NED
4 43.98 Joanna Smolarek, Jolanta Janota, Ewa Pisiewicz, Agnieszka Siwek Poland POL
5 44.12 Veronica Bawuah, Dinah Yankey, Mercy Addy, Martha Appiah Ghana GHA
6 46.55 Ruth Kyalisima, Farida Kyakutewa, Oliver Acii, Grace Buzu Uganda UGA
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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