The 4x400 meter relay event for women entered the
Olympics at the 1972 Munich Summer Games. Since then, it has been
the part of Olympics athletics schedule. Traditionally, the 4x400
meter relay event has been the last event of a track meet. The event
is exciting because the race lead can change hands frequently. The
event is quite from individual 400 m performances.
Rules and Regulations
- Every team is allowed to have two substitutes.
- The baton can be passed to a team-mate only in the take-over
- The sprinters are not permitted to move about their
respective lanes after handing over and receiving the baton.
- Clear marks at every 100 meter on the track denote the
distance ran in each phase.
- The baton carried by the sprinter is passed to the fellow
athletes in the take over zone which is 20 meter long. The zone
is marked in blue lines.
- The athletes can break their lanes after covering a certain
distance in every leg.
- Causing obstruction in the race can lead to disqualification.
- The athletes are not allowed to leave the track during the
- The runners can be disqualified after two false starts.
- Athletes who fail to reach the finishing line are not given
- A team can also be disqualified for losing the baton.
The US teams have been dominating in the event. However, they have
been traditionally challenged by British and Jamaican teams.
Top performers in 4x400 meter relay event for women are Yelena
Ruzina, Mariya Pinigina, Tatyana Ledovskaya, Chandra Cheeseborough,
Tatyana Goistchik, Tatyana Prorochenko, Christina Brehmer, Olga
Nazarova, Lyudmila Dzhigalova, Olga Zaytseva, Olga Kotlyarova,
Yuliya Gushchina, Irina Nazarova, Ellen Streidt, Brigitte
Rohde,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, Rochelle Stevens,
Olga Bryzgina, and Nina Zyuskova.