Womens 4x400m final: Russia cruise it


There were no surprises in the final of the womens 4x400m final as Russia fulfilled all the predictions in style, walking away with the gold in a time of 3:25.12.
In silver, more than two seconds down, was Belarus, with Poland taking bronze just 0.08 back.

At the gun, Polands Monika Bejnar was fastest away in lane eight but at 150m Svetlana Pospelova was into her running and eating into her lead. At the first changeover, it was Russia from Belarus and Poland, with Germany in fourth and Britain fifth.

Natalya Ivanova set about establishing Russias advantage, while Belarus and Poland were engaged in a ding-ding battle for silver as Germany entered the frame through Claudia Hoffman.

At the second change, the individual bronze medallist, Olga Zaitseva enjoyed a 20m lead and handed over to the 400m silver medallist, Tatayana Veshkurova for the glory leg.

Belarus, Poland and Germany were scrapping for the minor medals with Svetlana Usovich and hurdler Anna Jesien fighting it out for silver and bronzer. In the final straight Britains Nicola Sanders crept up for fourth while Claudia Marx faded.

By Matthew Brown
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