The 4x100 meter relay event for women was
introduced in the Olympics in the 1972 Munich Summer Games. After
that, it has been played in all the Olympics. In the competition,
four athletes of a team run one 100 meter long lap each. The race is
usually held at the end of the athletics competition. The
competition is also called sprint relay event for women.
Rules and Regulations
- Various legs of the race must be properly marked. Each leg is
of 100 meter.
- The athletes are required to carry a wooden baton. It is a
hollow tube with its size specified by the International
Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF.
- For measuring time during the race, only IAAF approved
devices are used.
- Two substitutes are allowed in a team during the race.
- Sprinters are not allowed to use anything which enhances
their grip on the baton.
- The baton has to be passed to the next athlete in the 'take
over zone' which is 20 meter long. If the baton falls down, the
team is out of the competition.
- All athletes run their part of race and then pass the baton
to their colleagues who have to run their phase of the event.
- Athletes are disqualified from the competition after two
- After running for a certain distance in the competition, the
runners can break their lanes.
- Any runner found obstructing her competitor's path will be
barred from participating in the competition.
Some players who have performed well in the competition are Yelena
Ruzina, Mariya Pinigina, Tatyana Ledovskaya, Chandra Cheeseborough,
Tatyana Goistchik, Tatyana Prorochenko, Christina Brehmer, Rochelle
Stevens, Olga Bryzgina, Olga Nazarova, Lyudmila Dzhigalova, Olga
Zaytseva, Olga Kotlyarova, Yuliya Gushchina, Irina Nazarova, Ellen
Streidt, Brigitte Rohde, Monika Zehrt,Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Sherri
Howard, Lillie Leatherwood, Olesya Krasnomovets, Monique Hennagan,
Sanya Richards, Monique Henderson, DeeDee Trotter, LaTasha Colander,
Marion Jones, Jearl Miles-Clark, Kim Graham, Maicel Malone-Wallace
and Nina Zyuskova.