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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Women's 4 x 100m

 

 

Host City: Athens, Greece Format: First round (First 3 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 8)
Dates: August 1–10, 1997
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
The fastest ever heat time of 41.52 by the Americans suggested the GDR’s 1985 world record of 41.37 would be in danger in the final, but the squad had to be content with victory in history’s second quickest time of 41.47. Anchored by Devers in 9.86 for her flying 100, the USA won by a good six metres over an Ottey-less Jamaica with France (sans Pérec) setting a national record in third place. The most disappointed team must have been that from Bahamas; their winning heat time of 42.19 would have sufficed for a medal but a bungled baton change putthem down to sixth in the final.
 The 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on August 8 and August 9.
 
  4 x 100m 9 August

Event report women 4x100 metres final

As expected the USA 4x100m relay quartet of Chryste Gaines, Marion Jones, Inger Miller and Gail Devers won the gold medal. They did so by more than half a second in a time of 41.47, a new national and world championship record. Jamaica, in lane three, just inside the Americans, took the silver, thanks largely to a superb run by Juliet Cuthbert on the third leg. France were the surprise medallists in third place, setting a new national record of 42.21. In stark contrast to the USA men’s quartet, the women’s team displayed smooth hand-offs at every exchange. The individual 100m gold medallist, Marion Jones, capitalising on Gaines’ excellent start, powered down the back straight to create an unassailable lead which Inger Miller maintained around the bend before handing to the Olympic 100m champion Gail Devers for the final stretch. Jamaica were in fourth or fifth place by the second exchange but Cuthbert ran an excellent turn to overtake France and the Bahamas, who messed up their final changeover. Beverley Grant brought the Jamaicans home in second place and France edged out Germany for bronze.
  Final
1 Chryste Gaines, Marion Jones, Inger Miller, Gail Devers USA 41.47
2 Beverly McDonald, Merlene Frazer, Juliet Cuthbert, Beverley Grant JAM 42.10
3 Patricia Girard, Christine Arron, Delphine Combe, Sylviane Félix FRA 42.21
4 Melanie Paschke, Esther Möller, Birgit Rockmeier, Andrea Philipp GER 42.44
5 Olga Povtaryova, Galina Malchugina, Marina Trandenkova, Yekaterina Grigoryeva RUS 42.50
6 Eldece Clarke-Lewis, Savatheda Fynes, Debbie Ferguson McKenzie, Pauline Davis-Thompson BAH 42.77
7 Beatrice Utondu-Okoye, Endurance Ojokolo, Angela Atede, Falilat Ogunkoya NGR 43.27
8 Pei Fang, Yan Jiankui, Liu Xiaomei, Li Xuemei CHN 43.32
 
  Semifinals 8 August
  Heat 1
1 Chryste Gaines, Marion Jones, Inger Miller, Gail Devers USA 41.52
2 Frédérique Bangué, Christine Arron, Delphine Combe, Sylviane Félix FRA 42.53
3 Beatrice Utondu, Endurance Ojokolo, Angela Atede, Chioma Ajunwa NGR 43.00
4 Maria Tsoni, Ekaterini Koffa, Marina Vasarmidou, Ekaterini Thanou GRE 43.15
5 Nova Peris, Lauren Hewitt, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Cathy Freeman AUS 43.21
6 Rita da Cassia Araujo Gomes, Katia Regina Santos, Cleide Amaral, Lucimar Aparecida de Moura BRA 43.89
7 Elena Sordelli, Giada Gallina, Manuela Grillo, Manuela Levorato ITA 44.16
Oksana Kaydash, Viktoriya Fomenko, Iryna Pukha, Anzhela Kravchenko UKR DNF
  Heat 2
1 Eldece Clarke-Lewis, Savatheda Fynes, Debbie Ferguson, Pauline Davis-Thompson BAH 42.19
2 Beverly McDonald, Merlene Frazer, Juliet Cuthbert, Beverly Grant JAM 42.31
3 Melanie Paschke, Esther Möller, Birgit Rockmeier, Andrea Philipp GER 42.51
4 Olga Povtaryova, Galina Malchugina, Marina Trandenkova, Yekaterina Leshchova RUS 42.69
5 Pei Fang, Yan Jiankui, Liu Xiaomei, Li Xuemei CHN 42.92
6 Sandra Borrero, Felipa Palacios, Patricia Rodríguez, Mirtha Brock COL 43.51
7 Sanna Koivisto, Johanna Manninen, Sanna Hernesniemi-Kyllönen, Anu Pirttimaa FIN 44.08
8 Hideko Kijinami, Kaori Yoshida, Toshie Iwamoto, Motoka Arai JPN 44.56

Heat 1 08 AUG 1997 20:20

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Italy ITA ITA 43.67  
2 France FRA FRA 42.56  
3 Greece GRE GRE 43.07 43.07
4 Nigeria NGR NGR 42.39  
5 Australia AUS AUS 43.18  
6 United States USA USA 41.49  
7 Brazil BRA BRA 44.60  
8 Ukraine UKR UKR 42.97  

Heat 2 08 AUG 1997 20:30 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Finland FIN FIN 43.37  
2 Japan JPN JPN 44.57  
3 Bahamas BAH BAH 42.14  
4 Colombia COL COL 43.42  
5 Jamaica JAM JAM 41.94  
6 PR of China CHN CHN 43.16  
7 Germany GER GER 41.91  
8 Russia RUS RUS 41.49

 

 

 

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