Olympics Summer

Women's 4x100m Relay

Who to look out for in the women's 4x100m relay

Country USA
Credentials Defending world champions. 



Country Jamaica
Credentials A Jamaican team won the 2004 Olympic gold medal. Silver medallists at the 2007 IAAF World Championships. They have four runners who have beaten 10.90 this season.




Country Great Britain
Credentials 4th at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka.



Country Russia
Credentials 2005 IAAF World Champions. Silver medallists at the 2004 Olympic Games.



The Lowdown

The last time a U.S. women's 4 x 100m relay was victorious at the Olympic Games was 12 years ago in Atlanta.  Since then women's sprinting has seen more of a level playing field. The U.S. held off the Jamaicans by the slimmest of margins at the 2007 IAAF World Championships: 41.98 to 42.01 seconds. This year the Jamaicans have four runners who have beaten 10.90 seconds for the 100. Indeed, 2007 World 100 Champion Veronica Campbell was 4th at the Jamaican trials in 10.87.

The tables have been turned ever so slightly with the Jamaicans now carrying the label of "favourites." But in this event one tiny mistake can mean the difference between gold and 4th place.

The world record has been held since 1985 by the German Democratic Republic. It is high time a team approached this record.