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Athletics At the 2004 Summer Olympics %E2%80%93 Women's 4 %C3%97 400 Metres Relay
Women's 4×400 metres relay
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates27-28 August
Competitors64from 16 nations
Winning time3:19.01

The women's 4×400 metres relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 27 to 28. The sixteen teams competed in a two-heat qualifying round in which the first three teams from each heat, together with the next two fastest teams, were given a place in the final race.[1]

Russian Olesya Krasnomovets was out hard down the backstretch, passing Britain's Donna Fraser on her outside and opening up a lead over American DeeDee Trotter chasing to the inside. But Trotter did not let Krasnomovets go, gaining steadily through the second turn and speeding down the final straightaway to draw even by the handoff to Monique Henderson, giving the U.S. the lead. Novlene Williams put Jamaica in strong contention a couple of metres behind the Russians. Through her leg, Henderson expanded the American gap to six metres. Natalya Nazarova also opened up a little more space on Jamaica.

During the second handoff while in sixth place, Greece's Dimitra Dova was given an inadvertent flat tire by teammate Hrisoula Goudenoudi. Dova tried to fix her shoe, then stepped into the infield in frustration before returning to the track. Greece would eventually finish 17 seconds behind the next to last finisher.

Through the third leg, Sanya Richards held a steady three metre lead over Olesya Zykina, while Nadia Davy slightly gained on Zykina from behind. Coming onto the final straight, Richards exploded, pulling away as Davy pulled to the outside to put her move on Zykina. They ran even for half the straightaway before Zykina was able to regain command. Monique Hennagan left with a clear lead for America, the Russians exchanged cleanly with Natalya Antyukh in hot pursuit. But as the Jamaicans exchanged, Sandie Richards ran into the back of Zykina. As Richards stopped and sidestepped, she lost several metres and the chance at silver. Hennigan opened up to about 12 meters halfway through the lap, slowing the second half to cross the finish line with just less than a ten-meter advantage in the gold-medal time of 3:19.01.[2][3]

In 2010, Crystal Cox, who ran for the U.S. team in the qualifying round, admitted to using anabolic steroids from 2001 to 2004. As a result, all of her results from that time period were deleted, and she agreed to a four-year suspension until January 2014.[4][5] In 2013, both the IAAF and the IOC announced that the result would stand and the American squad, except Cox, would be allowed to retain their gold medals as the rules of the time did not allow for a team to be disqualified because of a doping offense by an athlete who did not compete in the final.[6][7]

Russia's Tatyana Firova, who ran in the qualifying round in 2004, became one of two Russian athletes to cause disqualification in 2008; Russia was also disqualified in 2012 for three doping violations, and the Russian athletics team was banned in 2016 for its state-sponsored doping program.


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

No new records were set during the competition.


The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. A National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter one qualified relay team per relay event, with a maximum of six athletes. For this event, an NOC would be invited to participate with a relay team if the average of the team's two best times, obtained in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments, would be among the best sixteen, at the end of this period.


All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Friday, 27 August 2004 20:35 Round 1
Saturday, 28 August 2004 22:00 Final


Round 1

Qualification rule: The first three teams in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall (q) moved on to the final.[8]

Heat 1

Heat 2




  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Americans romp in 4×400 men's relay". USA Today. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Denman, Elliott (28 August 2004). "U.S. women cruise to 4×400 gold". Gannett Company. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Jamaica gains Athens Olympics women's 4x400m silver". The Jamaica Observer. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Grohmann, Karolos (27 August 2004). "Cox loses Athens gold". Reuters. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ MacKay, Duncan (31 May 2013). "USA allowed to keep Athens 2004 4×400m relay gold medals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Hart, Simon (May 31, 2013). "Great Britain's 400m relay women miss out on Athens Olympic bronze". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 4×400m Relay Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 4×400m Relay Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 2015.

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