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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Women's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 7, 1992
Date Finished: August 8, 1992
(Competitors: 62; Countries: 14; Finalists: 32/8)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
The USA were the fastest team in the heats with 3:22.29, featuring a 49.6 leg from Miles, while the Unified team ran 3:22.91. The former Soviets were considered slight favourites with Nazarova and Bryzgina saved for the final. Britain, led off by their fastest runner, Smith, were the leaders at the first exchange, just ahead of Kaiser and Ruzina, but Torrence took the lead for the USA after 200m of the second leg, coming home with an advantage of 4m, with Canada now third a further 7m behind. Miles ran 0.1 faster in the final than in the heats, but the experienced Nazarova closed in on the American to hand over inches behind. The battle for third had reverted to Britain, now some 10m ahead of Canada, but 25m behind the top two teams. Stevens held off Bryzgina for 300m, but the Ukrainian star went past the American with 60m to go, to win her third Olympic gold medal by some 5m.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
East Germany had won the 1990 European Championships, while the Soviet Union had won the 1991 World Championships, but neither team was around in 1992. The Soviet Union remnant of the Unified Team, however, had all of the top former Soviet runners. The Unifieds and the United States were considered favorites, with the US running the fastest time in the heats with 3:22.29. As in 1988, the former Soviets Olga Nazarova and Olga Bryzgina led the team, with Bryzgina again running the anchor. The US led by less than a metre at the final exchange, but Bryzgina pulled ahead of US anchor Rochelle Stevens, but only in the final straight, to win the gold medal, with the US second and Great Britain getting the bronze.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3:15.17 Soviet Union Tatyana Ledovskaya
Soviet Union Olga Nazarova
Soviet Union Mariya Pinigina
Soviet Union Olga Bryzgina
Seoul (KOR) October 1, 1988
Olympic Record 3:15.17 Soviet Union Tatyana Ledovskaya
Soviet Union Olga Nazarova
Soviet Union Mariya Pinigina
Soviet Union Olga Bryzgina
Seoul (KOR) October 1, 1988
 
Results
4 x 400 m Women Final 8 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.20.20 Yelena Ruzina RUS, Lyudmila Dzhigalova UKR, Olga V. Nazarova RUS, Olga Bryzgina UKR Ethiopia EUN
2 3.20.92 Natasha Kaiser-Brown, Gwen Torrence, Jearl Miles-Clark, Rochelle Stevens United States USA
3 3.24.23 Phylis Smith, Sandra Douglas, Jennifer Stoute, Sally Gunnell Great Britain GBR
4 3.25.20 Rosey Edeh, Charmaine Crooks, Camille-Anise Noel, Jillian Richardson Briscoe Canada CAN
5 3.25.68 Catherine Scott, Cathy Rattray-Williams, Juliet Campbell, Sandie Richards Jamaica JAM
6 3.26.37 Uta Rohländer-Fromm, Heike Meißner, Linda Kisabaka, Anja Rücker Germany GER
7 3.26.42 Cathy Freeman, Susan Andrews, Renée Poetschka, Michelle Lock Australia AUS
8 3.36.85 Marta Moreira, Lucrécia Jardim, Elsa Amaral, Eduarda Coelho Portugal POR
4 x 400 m Women Heat 1 7 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.22.29 Denean Howard-Hill, Jearl Miles-Clark, Dannette Young, Natasha Kaiser-Brown United States USA
2 3.25.55 Catherine Scott, Cathy Rattray-Williams, Claudine Williams, Juliet Campbell Jamaica JAM
3 3.25.68 Cathy Freeman, Susan Andrews, Renée Poetschka, Michelle Lock Australia AUS
4 3.26.09 Rosey Edeh, Karen Clarke, Camille-Anise Noel, Charmaine Crooks Canada CAN
5 3.33.81 Edit Molnár, Ágnes Kozáry, Éva Barati, Judit Forgács Hungary HUN
6 3.35.48 Salerat Srimek, Sukanya Sangngueng, Srirat Chimrak, Noodang Phimphoo Thailand THA
DQ Nancy McLeon, Odalmis Limonta, Julia Duporty, Ana Fidelia Quirot Cuba CUB
4 x 400 m Women Heat 2 7 August
Rank Mark Team Country NOC Records
1 3.22.91 Marina Shmonina RUS, Lyudmila Dzhigalova UKR, Yelena Ruzina RUS, Liliya Nurutdinova RUS Ethiopia EUN
2 3.25.20 Sandra Douglas, Phylis Smith, Jennifer Stoute, Sally Gunnell Great Britain GBR
3 3.26.25 Uta Rohländer-Fromm, Heike Meißner, Linda Kisabaka, Anja Rücker Germany GER
4 3.29.38 Marta Moreira, Lucrécia Jardim, Elsa Amaral, Eduarda Coelho Portugal POR NR
5 3.31.26 Kathrin Lüthi, Regula Zürcher, Martha Grossenbacher, Helen Burkart Switzerland SUI
6 3.31.35 Esther Lahoz, Cristina Pérez, Gregoria Ferrer, Julia Merino Spain ESP
7 3.53.65 Jacqueline Soliz, Sandra Antelo, Gloria Burgos BOT, More Galetovic Bolivia BOL
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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