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US women take 4x400m relay gold

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Video - Richards leads USA to 400m relay gold

The United States won the women's 4x400m title in a dramatic finish at the Bird's Nest stadium.

Russia looked set for gold after Anastasia Kapachinskaya opened up a gap over American Sanya Richards.

But in the straight, Richards found an extra gear and sprinted past her rival to win in three minutes 18.54 seconds.

Russia took silver ahead of Jamaica but Great Britain's quartet finished fifth, after Nicola Sanders was left too much to do on the final leg.

Britain were led off by 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, who had been switched from the final leg-spot which she ran in the heats.

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The London athlete handed the baton to Kelly Sotherton, but the heptathlete by trade appeared to find the going difficult and slipped down to fifth as Marilyn Okoro took up the running.

By this point, Okoro followed by Nicola Sanders were both left with too much to do to make up the gap between themselves and the first three.

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Video - GB girls 'did all we could'

Sotherton believed that she may have been at fault for the quartet missing out on a medal.

"I felt I gave it away," the Birchfield athlete told BBC Sport.

"On the second leg was where the demolition happened - that's when the rest of the leaders ran away.

Sanders added. after running under 50 seconds: "I'm pleased with the time but it doesn't matter when you come fifth. I wasn't in touch enough."


Athletics medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forUSA 7 9 7 23
Men's 100m 0 0 1
Men's 110m Hurdles 0 1 1
Men's 200m 0 1 1
Men's 400m 1 1 1
Men's 400m Hurdles 1 1 1
Men's 4 x 400m Relay 1 0 0
Men's Decathlon 1 0 0
Men's Shot Put 0 1 0
Women's 10000m 0 0 1
Women's 100m Hurdles 1 0 0
Women's 200m 0 1 0
Women's 400m 0 0 1
Women's 400m Hurdles 0 1 0
Women's 4 x 400m Relay 1 0 0
Women's Discus Throw 1 0 0
Women's Heptathlon 0 1 0
Women's Pole Vault 0 1 0
2 also show each event results forRussia 6 5 7 18
Men's 20km Walk 1 0 0
Men's 4 x 400m Relay 0 0 1
Men's 50km Walk 0 0 1
Men's High Jump 1 0 1
Men's Pole Vault 0 1 0
Women's 20km Walk 1 0 0
Women's 3000m Steeplechase 1 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Relay 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 400m Relay 0 1 0
Women's Heptathlon 0 0 1
Women's High Jump 0 0 1
Women's Javelin Throw 0 1 0
Women's Long Jump 0 1 0
Women's Pole Vault 1 0 1
Women's Triple Jump 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forJamaica 6 3 2 11
Men's 100m 1 0 0
Men's 200m 1 0 0
Men's 4 x 100m Relay 1 0 0
Women's 100m 1 2 0
Women's 200m 1 0 1
Women's 400m 0 1 0
Women's 400m Hurdles 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 400m Relay 0 0 1
4 also show each event results forKenya 5 5 4 14
Men's 10000m 0 0 1
Men's 1500m 0 1 0
Men's 3000m Steeplechase 1 0 1
Men's 5000m 0 1 1
Men's 800m 1 0 1
Men's Marathon 1 0 0
Women's 1500m 1 0 0

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