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4x400 meter Relay for Women at Olympics

4x400 meter Relay for Women at Olympics: The 4x400 meter relay event is a long relay event. In the event, four athletes of a team run one 400 meter long lap each. The 4x400 meter relay event is usually held at the end of the athletics

competition. In the event, the athletes carry a baton while running the laps.

4x400 meter Relay for Women in Summer Olympics: The 4x400 meter relay event was included in the women's athletics program at the 1972 Munich Summer Games. The event has been contested regularly at every Olympics after the 1972 Games.

Rules for 4x400 meter Relay for Women at Olympics: The rules for the track and field events are set by the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF. The rules vital for the 4x400 meter relay event at the international competitions are-

  • Every 100 meter on the running track should be properly marked.

  • The "take-over zone" is the area where the baton is passed to the next athlete. The take-over zone is 20 meter long. The receiving athlete is responsible for the passing of baton in the 4x400 meter event.

  • The passing of baton is only permitted in the take-over zone specified by the IAAF.

  • In baton used in the relay races is a smooth hollow tube made of wood. The IAAF has specified the size of baton used in the event.

  • The IAAF approved automatic timing device is generally used for measuring time during the race.

  • The number of substitutes allowed in a relay team during the 4x400 meter relay race is two.

  • Wearing of gloves or using of any substance to enhance the gripping power is not allowed in the relay races.

  • After two consecutive false starts, an athlete is disqualified from the competition.

  • In the 4x400 meter relay event, the athletes can break their lanes after a certain distance in each leg.

  • The athletes are not allowed to leave their respective lanes after handing over the baton and after receiving the baton.

  • An athlete leaving the track during the race is not permitted to enter the race again.

  • The athlete found intentionally obstructing her competitors' way during the race can be disqualified from the competition. The referee can also arrange for a re-run of the event.

  • The athlete, unable to reach the finishing line, is not given any credit for her performance.

Medal Winners in the 4x400 meter Relay for Women at Olympics:

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Monique Hennagan, Sanya Richards, Monique Henderson, DeeDee Trotter, LaTasha Colander, Marion Jones, Jearl Miles-Clark, Kim Graham, Maicel Malone-Wallace, Rochelle Stevens, Olga Bryzgina, Olga Nazarova, Lyudmila Dzhigalova, Yelena Ruzina, Mariya Pinigina, Tatyana Ledovskaya, Chandra Cheeseborough, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Sherri Howard, Lillie Leatherwood, Olesya Krasnomovets, Olga Zaytseva, Olga Kotlyarova, Yuliya Gushchina, Irina Nazarova, Nina Zyuskova, Tatyana Goistchik, Tatyana Prorochenko, Christina Brehmer, Ellen Streidt, Brigitte Rohde, Monika Zehrt, Helga Seidler, Rita Kuhne and Dagmar Kasling are some of the leading athletes in the domain of the 4x400 meter relay event.

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