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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Women's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 2, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
(Competitors: 61; Countries: 14; Finalists: 32/8)
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF 1996_olympic_stadium.jpg 
With the Soviet teams finally broken up, the USA was favoured to win. It was fastest in the heats with 3:22.71, (thanks to sub-50 legs by Graham and Malone). Nigeria led after the first leg in the final, with individual semi-finalist Afolabi 3m up with 51.13. The tall (1.80/64Kg) Yusuf burned off Goncharenko and Malone with her 49.73, giving Nigeria a lead of 8m at halfway. Graham then gave the USA a winning chance, making up 15m on Opara to put her team 6m ahead at the final exchange. Miles needed all her experience to hold off Ogunkoya who closed to within a metre before tiring too much to dent the lead further. Fastest of all on the anchor leg was Breuer, who gained 5m on the leading two in the last 30m.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The United States had won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships, Russia placing second both times. The final saw Nigeria take the lead on the opening lead and Fatima Yusuf opened up on the second leg to give them an eight-metre lead on the US at the halfway point. Kim Graham ran 49.49 on the third leg for the US to close that gap and give the baton to Jearl Miles with a slight lead on Nigeria. Miles opened the lead on the backstretch, but Nigeria’s anchor runner, 400 bronze medalist Falilat Ogunkoya, closed on the final turn and entered the homestretch right on Miles back. But she could never get to her shoulder and though both runners were almost stumbling in the final 30 metres, Miles held on to give the US the gold medal, Nigeria winning an unexpected silver.
 
 
Results
4 x 400 m Women Final 3 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.20.91 Rochelle Stevens, Maicel Malone-Wallace, Kim Graham, Jearl Miles-Clark United States USA
2 3.21.04 Bisi Afolabi, Fatima Yusuf-Olukoju, Charity Opara, Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria NGR AR
3 3.21.14 Uta Rohländer-Fromm, Linda Kisabaka, Anja Rücker, Grit Breuer Germany GER
4 3.21.69 Merlene Frazer, Sandie Richards, Juliet Campbell, Deon Hemmings Jamaica JAM
5 3.22.22 Tatyana Chebykina, Svetlana Goncharenko, Yekaterina Kulikova, Olga Kotlyarova Russia RUS
6 3.25.85 Idalmis Bonne, Julia Duporty, Surella Morales, Ana Fidelia Quirot Cuba CUB
7 3.26.99 Nadezda Kostovalová, Ludmila Formanová, Helena Fuchsová, Hana Benešová Czech Republic CZE
8 3.28.46 Francine Landre, Viviane Dorsile, Evelyne Elien, Elsa Devassoigne France FRA
4 x 400 m Women Heat 1 2 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.22.71 Rochelle Stevens, Linetta Wilson, Kim Graham, Maicel Malone-Wallace United States USA
2 3.23.24 Bisi Afolabi, Fatima Yusuf-Olukoju, Charity Opara, Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria NGR
3 3.28.07 Francine Landre, Viviane Dorsile, Evelyne Elien, Elsa Devassoigne France FRA
4 3.28.13 Phylis Smith, Allison Curbishley, Donna Fraser, Georgina Oladapo Great Britain GBR
5 3.28.16 Viktoriya Fomenko, Lyudmila Koshchey, Yana Manuylova, Olga Moroz Ukraine UKR
6 3.44.98 Dine Potter, Sonia Williams, Charmaine Thomas, Heather Samuel Antigua and Barbuda ANT
DQ Jyotirmoy Sikdar, Rosa Kutty, K. Mathews Beenamol, Shiny Wilson India IND
4 x 400 m Women Heat 2 2 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.24.08 Uta Rohländer-Fromm, Linda Kisabaka, Anja Rücker, Grit Breuer Germany GER
2 3.24.23 Idalmis Bonne, Julia Duporty, Surella Morales, Ana Fidelia Quirot Cuba CUB NR
3 3.24.86 Tatyana Chebykina, Olga Kotlyarova, Yekaterina Kulikova, Svetlana Goncharenko Russia RUS
4 3.25.33 Juliet Campbell, Tracey Barnes, Merlene Frazer, Inez Turner Jamaica JAM
5 3.26.82 Nadezda Kostovalová, Ludmila Formanová, Helena Fuchsová, Hana Benešová Czech Republic CZE
6 3.33.78 Lee Naylor, Kylie Hanigan, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Renée Poetschka Australia AUS
7 3.35.12 Bernadeth Prentice, Diane Francis, Valma Bass ISV, Tamara Wigley Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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