4 x 100 meter relay
The 4 x 100 meter relay race ( 4 x 100 meter relay for short ) is an Olympic athletics competition in which four runners (the relay ) each run 100 meters one after the other, i.e. a whole round of the stadium together. The change between the runners takes place by handing over a baton .
For the men, the fastest relays achieve a time of less than 37 seconds (world record: 36.84 s, as of August 11, 2012; this corresponds to 10.86 m / s or 39.09 km / h).
For women, the fastest relays achieve a time of 42 seconds and less (world record: 40.82 s, as of August 10, 2012; this corresponds to 9.80 m / s or 35.28 km / h).
The average speeds achieved are significantly higher than in the individual race over 100 meters - due to the "flying" change: the runner who takes over the baton starts before the handing over runner has reached him and takes over the baton while running.
The first runner starts with a low start from starting blocks , the starting lines of the individual lanes are offset to compensate for the length of the curve. The runners are not allowed to leave the lanes. Since November 1st, 2017, the changing room for handover begins 20 meters in front of and ends 10 meters behind the end of the respective 100-meter section. Previously there was a 20-meter-long changing area, but the runner taking over was allowed to pick up speed in an additional "acceleration area" that began 10 meters before the actual changing area. The first contact by the accepting runner is decisive for compliance with the changing area.
The baton is 28 to 30 centimeters long, has a circumference of 12 to 13 centimeters (about 4 centimeters in diameter) and weighs at least 50 grams. It is a tube made of metal or other suitable material. If a runner loses the baton, only he can pick it up again. If necessary, he may leave his path for this; however, he must return to the track in such a way that he does not shorten his running distance in this way. The details of the sequence of relay competitions are specified in rule 170 of the technical regulations of the International Athletics Federation IAAF (see web links).
The first relay races for track and field athletes were modeled on firefighters' competitions in the USA around 1880 or 1890 , who each ran 300 m and handed over a pennant. The pennant was later replaced by a wooden stick one foot long (30.48 cm).
In Germany there were relay races over 5 x 100 meters and 4 x 100 meters from 1895/96, initially without a flying change (until 1922) and with handshake. The introduction of the flying change was decided in February 1912. The 4 x 100 meter relay came into the program of the German championships for the first time on 23/24. August 1919.
The first unofficial world record was set by a German relay team from SC Nordwest Berlin in 1896 with a time of 48.2 seconds. The first unofficial world record with registered relay participants was set on July 14, 1901 by the runners Lindemann, Graßmann, Kutscher and Frank from the Academic SC Berlin . Official German records were not registered until 1921. The run must have taken place in Germany, which is why the first official world record set by the German relay in the 1912 Olympic prerun in Stockholm was not initially listed as a German record.
In English-speaking countries, relay runs over 4 x 110 yards (4 x 100.548 meters = 402.336 meters) were also common. Until 1970 the route was run at the Commonwealth Games .
The first recorded record of the German women is the time of 56.4 s, achieved on May 25, 1918 by TSV 1860 Munich (runners: Kießling, Krom, Rädler, Rodder). Already with the first participation of women in the German championships, on 14./15. August 1920, the 4-by-100-meter relay was part of the competition program (together with 100-meter run , long jump and shot put ).
At the Olympic Games in 1908 , the Olympic relay was initially included in the program, in which two 200 meters and one 400 and 800 meters each had to be run. The track lengths of 4 by 100 meters and 4 by 400 meters , which are customary to the present day, were introduced at the Olympic Games in 1912 . There were only three teams in the final, of which the German team was disqualified and therefore no bronze medal was awarded.
The modern change technique, in which the runner does not change baton to the other hand, goes back to a trainer named Boers from Eintracht Frankfurt . His season ran a world record on June 10, 1928 in Halle, after which the term Frankfurter Wechsel was coined. With the flying change, the accepting runner had to start from the respective finish line of the transferring runner until 1963. Since 1963 he has been allowed to start twenty meters in front of it.
- First world record officially recognized by the IAAF : 42.3 s, Germany with Otto Röhr , Max Hermann , Erwin Kern , Richard Rau , July 8, 1912, Stockholm
- First run under 41 seconds: 40.8 s, Germany with Arthur Jonath , Richard Corts , Hubert Houben , Helmut Körnig , September 2, 1928, Berlin
- First run under 40 seconds: 39.8 s, United States with Jesse Owens , Ralph Metcalfe , Foy Draper , Frank Wykoff , August 9, 1936, Berlin
- First run under 39 seconds: 38.6 s, United States Earl McCullouch , Fred Kuller , OJ Simpson , Lennox Miller , June 17, 1967, Provo
- First world record with electronic timekeeping (hundredths of a second): 38.23 s, United States with Charles Greene , Mel Pender , Ronnie Ray Smith , Jim Hines , October 20, 1968, Mexico City
- First run under 38 seconds: 37.86 s, United States with Emmit King , Willie Gault , Calvin Smith , Carl Lewis , October 10, 1983, Helsinki
- First run under 37 seconds: 36.84 s Jamaica with Nesta Carter , Michael Frater , Yohan Blake , Usain Bolt , August 11, 2012, London
- first run under 49 seconds: 48.8 s, Germany , July 20, 1930 in Nuremberg
- first run under 47 seconds: 46.5 s, Germany , June 21, 1936 in Cologne
- first runs under 46 seconds: 45.9 s, United States and Germany July 27, 1952 in Helsinki
- first run under 45 seconds: 44.9 s, Australia , December 1, 1956 in Melbourne
- first run under 44 seconds: 43.9 s, United States , October 21, 1964 in Tokyo
- first run under 43 seconds: 42.8 s, United States , October 20, 1968 in Mexico City
- first run under 42 seconds: 41.85 s, German Democratic Republic , July 13, 1980 in Potsdam
- first run under 41 seconds: 40.82 s, United States , 10 August 2012 in London
Most successful teams
- Olympic games:
- 15 wins: United States . 22 Olympic Games until 2004 the men of the squadron of the United States were only beaten twice ( in 1996 by Canada , in 2004 by the United Kingdom ). The USA relay team was disqualified three times ( 1912 , 1960 , 1988 ), and in 1980 the USA boycotted the Olympic Games.
- two wins each: United Kingdom ( 1912 , 2004 ), Soviet Union ( 1980 , 1988 ) and Jamaica ( 2008 , 2012 )
- World Championships:
Technique and tactics
As a rule, the accepting runner moves his arms when starting up and only extends his arm backwards at the request of the passing runner, approx. Two to three meters before the handover. With the thumb spread apart, the arm is stretched back as straight and parallel to the floor as possible, the stick is placed in the hand from above.
There are three types of baton change possible:
- Outside change: The transferring runner carries the baton in his left hand and runs up to the accepting runner on the outside of the track; the latter takes over the baton with his right hand. It is particularly advantageous for beginners that the runner taking over - provided he is right-handed - can use the more skilful right hand.
- Inside change: like outside change, only reversed. The advantage is the economical use of space during the first and third change, but the end of the run must run to the staff acceptance on the outside of the lane.
When changing outside and inside, the baton must be taken into the other hand immediately after taking over with the risk that the runner occasionally forgets this, which leads to a considerable disruption of the process and to a loss of speed during the handover.
- Frankfurt change: The runner does not take the baton in the other hand during his run, so that there is a combination of outside and inside change. This enables the best possible use of space. Since the stick is not changed into the other hand, the space to grip is reduced with each change, which often leads to the stick being lost.
The running routes are different for the four runners, depending on how the drainage area (20 m in front of the changeover line) and the changeover area (10 m in front of to 10 m behind the changeover line) are used. There are the following running routes and special features:
- 1st runner: 90 to 110 meters, low start, cornering
- 2nd runner: 110 to 130 meters, high start, mostly straight route
- 3rd runner: 110 to 130 meters, high start, cornering
- 4. Runner: 120 meters, high start, mostly straight route
This results in the following aspects for the distribution of the four runners:
- The runners with the best individual times have advantages over the long distances.
- Small runners have advantages in the curves because lower centrifugal forces act than larger ones.
- Runners with poor changing technique have advantages as first or fourth runner, as they are only involved in one baton change.
- The runner with the best starting ability is suitable as the first runner, the runner with the greatest willpower as the final runner.
As of November 1, 2017, the run-up area will no longer be available, the exchange area will begin 20 meters in front of and end 10 meters behind the exchange line.
World record development
Comments on the table:
- y: Time was achieved in a 4-by-110-yard run (a total of 402.34 meters) (stated here if it was faster than the following 4 by 100-meter world record)
- In brackets: automatically stopped times
The earliest record times for 4-by-100-meter runs of the women were in Finland before the First World War collected. Later, until 1921, German squadrons were at the top of the leaderboard, with US and British squadrons on the 4-by-110-yard routes. The last of these unofficial world bests:
- 52.1 s: TSV 1860 Munich ( Zenta Bauer , Maria Rädler , Emma Heiß , Marie Kießling ), August 20, 1921, Hamburg
- 51 4/5 s (4 times 110 yards): England ( Agnes Garton , Hilda Hatt , Alice Cast , Mary Lines ), October 30, 1921, Paris
In the 4 x 100 meter relay, track and field history records the only cases in which relays with the same line-up set three world records: TSV 1860 Munich ran with Rosa Kellner , Luise Holzer , Agathe Karrer and Lisa Gelius on July 15, 1928 , July 21, 1929 and July 20, 1930 world records. The GDR selection with Romy Müller (then Schneider), Bärbel Eckert (later Bärbel Wöckel), Ingrid Auerswald and Marlies Göhr set three world records in a row on July 9th and 13th and August 1st, 1980.
The Australian Shirley Strickland set world records with 4 x 100 meter relays in the unusually large distance of around four and a half years (July 27, 1952, twice on December 1, 1956).
Two GDR athletes repeated world records over an even longer period of time: Marlies Göhr was listed for the first time on May 29, 1976 and set her last relay world record more than nine years later, on October 6, 1985. Ingrid Auerswald recorded a six-year world record career ( 1979 to 1985).
In the final of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo , the Polish relay team ( Teresa Ciepły , Irena Kirszenstein , Halina Herrmann , Ewa Kłobukowska ) set a new world record with 43.6 s (43.69 s) and thus became Olympic champion. After a sex test before the European Athletics Cup in 1967, Ewa Kłobukowska was classified as a hermaphrodite . In 1969, the World Athletics Association Kłobukowskas canceled world records, including the world record from the final in Tokyo. The Polish relay team remained Olympic champion, but the world record was now awarded to the second-placed US relay team, which was also faster than the current world record at the time.
Comments on the table:
- y: Time was achieved in a 4-by-110-yard run (a total of 402.34 meters) (stated here if it was faster than the following 4 by 100-meter world record)
- A: Time was obtained under altitude conditions
- *: World record recognized by the women's sports organization FSFI , before the start of the registration of women's world records by the IAAF
- In brackets: automatically stopped times
World best list
All seasons that ran faster than 37.80 seconds. Multiple responses to the same team, provided that the run was made in a different line-up or order.
Last change: October 5th, 2019
- 36.84s Jamaica ( Nesta Carter , Michael Frater , Yohan Blake , Usain Bolt ), London , 11th August 2012
- 37.04s Jamaica ( Nesta Carter , Yohan Blake , Michael Frater , Usain Bolt ), Daegu , September 4, 2011
- 37.10s United States ( Christian Coleman , Justin Gatlin , Mike Rodgers , Noah Lyles ), Doha , October 5, 2019
- 37.27s Jamaica ( Asafa Powell , Yohan Blake , Nickel Ashmeade , Usain Bolt ), Rio de Janeiro , August 19, 2016
- 37.31s Jamaica ( Steve Mullings , Michael Frater , Usain Bolt , Asafa Powell ), Berlin , August 22, 2009
- 37.36s Jamaica ( Nesta Carter , Kemar Bailey-Cole , Nickel Ashmeade , Usain Bolt ), Moscow , August 18, 2013
- 37.36s Jamaica ( Nesta Carter , Asafa Powell , Nickel Ashmeade , Usain Bolt ), Beijing , August 29, 2015
- 37.36s United Kingdom ( Adam Gemili , Zharnel Hughes , Richard Kilty , Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake ), Doha , October 5, 2019
- 37.38s United States ( Mike Rodgers , Justin Gatlin , Tyson Gay , Ryan Bailey ), Nassau , May 2, 2015
- 37.39s Jamaica ( Nesta Carter , Michael Frater , Yohan Blake , Kemar Bailey-Cole ), London , August 10, 2012
- 37.40s United States ( Michael Marsh , Leroy Burrell , Dennis Mitchell , Carl Lewis ), Barcelona , August 8, 1992
- 37.40 s United States ( Jon Drummond , Andre Cason , Dennis Mitchell , Leroy Burrell ), Stuttgart , August 21, 1993
- 37.41s Jamaica ( Nesta Carter , Asafa Powell , Rasheed Dwyer , Nickel Ashmeade ), Beijing , August 29, 2015
- 37.43s Japan ( Shūhei Tada , Kirara Shiraishi , Yoshihide Kiryū , Abdul Hakim Sani Brown ), Doha , October 5, 2019
- 37.45s United States ( Trell Kimmons , Wallace Spearmon , Tyson Gay , Mike Rodgers ), Zurich , August 19, 2010
- 37.47s United Kingdom ( Chijindu Ujah , Adam Gemili , Daniel Talbot , Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake ), London , August 12, 2017
- 37.50s United States ( Andre Cason , Leroy Burrell , Dennis Mitchell , Carl Lewis ), Tokyo , September 1, 1991
- 37.52s United States ( Mike Rodgers , Justin Gatlin , Jaylen Bacon , Christian Coleman ), London , August 12, 2017
- 37.58s United States ( Charles Silmon , Mike Rodgers , Rakieem Salaam , Justin Gatlin ), Monaco , July 19, 2013
- 37.58s Jamaica ( Jason Livermore , Kemar Bailey-Cole , Nickel Ashmeade , Usain Bolt ), Glasgow , 2nd August 2014
- 37.59s United States ( Jon Drummond , Tim Montgomery , Brian Lewis , Maurice Greene ), Seville , August 29, 1999
- 37.59s United States ( Kaaron Conwright , Wallace Spearmon , Tyson Gay , Jason Smoots ), Athens , September 16, 2006
- 37.60 s Japan ( Ryōta Yamagata , Shōta Iizuka , Yoshihide Kiryū , Asuka Cambridge ), Rio de Janeiro , August 19, 2016
- 37.61s United States ( Jon Drummond , Bernard Williams , Brian Lewis , Maurice Greene ), Sydney , September 30, 2000
- 37.61s United Kingdom ( Chijindu Ujah , Zharnel Hughes , Adam Gemili , Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake ), London , July 22, 2018
- 37.62s Trinidad and Tobago ( Darrel Brown , Marc Burns , Emmanuel Callander , Richard Thompson ) August 22, 2009
- 37.64s Canada ( Akeem Haynes , Aaron Brown , Brendon Rodney , Andre De Grasse ), Rio de Janeiro , August 19, 2016
- 37.65s United States , Hudson Smith International ( Jon Drummond , Bernard Williams , Curtis Johnson , Maurice Greene ), Berlin , September 1, 2000
- 37.65s United States ( Mike Rodgers , Christian Coleman , Tyson Gay , Jarrion Lawson ), Rio de Janeiro , August 18, 2016
- 37.69s Canada ( Robert Esmie , Glenroy Gilbert , Bruny Surin , Donovan Bailey ), Atlanta , August 3, 1995
- 37.70 s Jamaica ( Lerone Clarke , Michael Frater , Steve Mullings , Usain Bolt ), Zurich , August 28, 2009
- 37.70s United States ( Mike Rodgers , Justin Gatlin , Beejay Lee , Christian Coleman ), London , August 12, 2017
- 37.71s Jamaica ( Nesta Carter , Kemar Bailey-Cole , Julian Forte , Andrew Fisher ), Nassau , May 25, 2014
- 37.72s Brazil ( Rodrigo do Nascimento , Vitor Hugo dos Santos , Derick Silva , Paulo André Camilo de Oliveira ), Doha , October 5, 2019
- 37.73s United Kingdom ( Jason Gardener , Darren Campbell , Marlon Devonish , Dwain Chambers ), Seville , August 29, 1999
- 37.73s United States ( Terrence Trammell , Mike Rodgers , Darvis Patton , Wallace Spearmon ), Zurich , August 28, 2009
- 37.73 s South Africa ( Thando Dlodlo , Simon Magakwe , Clarence Munyai , Akani Simbine ), Doha , October 5, 2019
- 37.75s United States ( Andre Cason , Leroy Burrell , Dennis Mitchell , Michael Marsh ), Tokyo , August 31, 1991
- 37.75s Jamaica , Racers Track Club ( Mario Forsythe , Kemar Bailey-Cole , Warren Weir , Usain Bolt ), London , July 27th 2013
- 37.76s Jamaica ( Mario Forsythe , Michael Frater , Steve Mullings , Yohan Blake ), Zurich , August 19, 2010
- 37.77s United Kingdom ( Colin Jackson , Tony Jarrett , John Regis , Linford Christie ), Stuttgart , August 22, 1993
- 37.77s United States ( Jon Drummond , Bernard Williams , Darvis Patton , Maurice Greene ), Berlin , August 10, 2003
- 37.77s Jamaica ( Nesta Carter , Nickel Ashmeade , Julian Forte , Yohan Blake ), Nassau , May 25, 2014
- 37.78 s United States ( Darvis Patton , Wallace Spearmon , Tyson Gay , Leroy Dixon ), Osaka , September 1st 2007
- 37.78s United Kingdom ( James Dasaolu , Adam Gemili , James Ellington , Chijindu Ujah ), London , July 23, 2016
- 37.79s France ( Max Morinière , Daniel Sangouma , Jean-Charles Trouabal , Bruno Marie-Rose ), Split , September 1, 1990
- 37.79s United States ( Santa Monica Track Club ), ( Michael Marsh , Leroy Burrell , Floyd Heard , Carl Lewis ), Monaco , August 3, 1991
- 37.79s United States ( Michael Marsh , Leroy Burrell , Floyd Heard , Carl Lewis ), Walnut , April 17, 1994
- 37.79s United States ( Trell Kimmons , Justin Gatlin , Maurice Mitchell , Travis Padgett ), Daegu , September 4, 2011
- 37.80s United States ( Rodney Martin , Travis Padgett , Shawn Crawford , Darvis Patton ), London , July 26, 2008
- 37.80 s United Kingdom ( Chijindu Ujah , Zharnel Hughes , Adam Gemili , Harry Aikines-Aryeetey ), Berlin , August 12, 2018
- German record: 38.02 s, ( Julian Reus , Tobias Unger , Alexander Kosenkow , Lucas Jakubczyk ), Weinheim , July 27, 2012
- Austrian record: 39.16 s, national relay (Martin Schützenauer, Martin Lachkovics, Thomas Griesser, Christoph Pöstinger ), Lucerne , June 25, 1996
- Swiss record: 38.54 s, SUI ( Pascal Mancini , Reto Amaru Schenkel , Suganthan Somasundaran , Alex Wilson ), Zurich , August 16, 2014
- Former GDR record: 38.29 s ( Thomas Schröder , Detlef Kübeck , Olaf Prenzler , Frank Emmelmann ), Karl-Marx-Stadt , July 9, 1982
All seasons that ran 41.84 seconds or faster. A: Run in high altitude conditions.
Last modified: October 6, 2019
- 40.82s United States ( Tianna Madison , Allyson Felix , Bianca Knight , Carmelita Jeter ), London , August 10, 2012
- 41.01s United States ( Tianna Bartoletta , Allyson Felix , English Gardner , Tori Bowie ), Rio de Janeiro , August 19, 2016
- 41.07s Jamaica ( Veronica Campbell-Brown , Natasha Morrison , Elaine Thompson , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ), Beijing , August 29, 2015
- 41.29s Jamaica ( Carrie Russell , Kerron Stewart , Schillonie Calvert , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ), Moscow , August 18, 2013
- 41.36s Jamaica ( Christania Williams , Elaine Thompson , Veronica Campbell-Brown , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ), Rio de Janeiro , August 19, 2016
- 41.37s GDR ( Silke Gladisch , Sabine Rieger , Ingrid Auerswald , Marlies Göhr ), Canberra , October 6, 1985
- 41.41s Jamaica ( Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce , Sherone Simpson , Veronica Campbell-Brown , Kerron Stewart ), London , August 10, 2012
- 41.44s Jamaica ( Natalliah Whyte , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce , Jonielle Smith , Shericka Jackson ), Doha , October 5, 2019
- 41.47s United States ( Chryste Gaines , Marion Jones , Inger Miller , Gail Devers ), Athens , August 9, 1997
- 41.49s Russia ( Olga Bogoslowskaja , Galina Maltschugina , Natalja Pomoschtschnikowa-Voronowa , Irina Priwalowa ), Stuttgart , August 22, 1993
- 41.49s United States ( Michelle Finn-Burrell , Gwen Torrence , Wendy Vereen , Gail Devers ), Stuttgart , August 22, 1993
- 41.52s United States ( Chryste Gaines , Marion Jones , Inger Miller , Gail Devers ), Athens , August 8, 1997
- 41.53s GDR ( Silke Gladisch , Marita Koch , Ingrid Auerswald , Marlies Göhr ), Berlin , July 31, 1983
- 41.55s United States ( Alice Brown , Diane Williams , Florence Griffith-Joyner , Pam Marshall ), Berlin , August 21, 1987
- 41.56s United States ( Bianca Knight , Allyson Felix , Marshevet Myers , Carmelita Jeter ), Daegu , September 4, 2011
- 41.58s United States ( Alice Brown , Diane Williams , Florence Griffith-Joyner , Pam Marshall ), Rome , September 6, 1987
- 41.58s America selection ( Lauryn Williams , Allyson Felix , Muna Lee , Carmelita Jeter ), Cottbus , August 8, 2009
- 41.60 s GDR ( Romy Müller , Bärbel Wöckel , Ingrid Auerswald , Marlies Göhr ), Moscow , August 1, 1980
- 41.60 s Jamaica ( Sherone Simpson , Natasha Morrison , Elaine Thompson , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ), Zurich , September 3, 2015
- 41.61s A United States ( Alice Brown , Diane Williams , Chandra Cheeseborough , Evelyn Ashford ), Colorado Springs , July 3, 1983
- 41.62s Germany ( Tatjana Pinto , Lisa Mayer , Gina Lückenkemper , Rebekka Haase ), Mannheim , July 29, 2016
- 41.63s United States ( Alice Brown , Diane Williams , Chandra Cheeseborough , Evelyn Ashford ), Los Angeles , June 25, 1983
- 41.64s United States ( Tianna Madison , Jeneba Tarmoh , Bianca Knight , Lauryn Williams ), London , August 9, 2012
- 41.65s United States ( Alice Brown , Jeanette Bolden , Chandra Cheeseborough , Evelyn Ashford ), Los Angeles , August 11, 1984
- 41.65s Jamaica ( Christania Williams , Elaine Thompson , Simone Facey , Veronica Campbell-Brown ), Zurich , September 1, 2016
- 41.67s United States ( LaTasha Colander , Lauryn Williams , Marion Jones , Angela Williams ), Athens , August 26, 2004
- 41.67s United States ( Barbara Pierre , Alexandria Anderson , Tiffany Townsend , Charonda Williams ), Zurich , August 29, 2013
- 41.68s GDR ( Silke Gladisch , Katrin Krabbe , Kerstin Behrendt , Sabine Rieger ), Split , September 1, 1990
- 41.68s United States ( English Gardner , Allyson Felix , Jenna Prandini , Jasmine Todd ), Beijing , August 29, 2015
- 41.69s GDR ( Silke Gladisch , Marita Koch , Ingrid Auerswald , Marlies Göhr ), Potsdam , July 21, 1984
- 41.70s Jamaica ( Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce , Kerron Stewart , Sherone Simpson , Veronica Campbell-Brown ), Daegu , September 4, 2011
- 41.73s GDR ( Silke Gladisch , Kerstin Behrendt , Ingrid Auerswald , Marlies Göhr ), Berlin , September 13, 1988
- 41.73s Jamaica ( Tayna Lawrence , Sherone Simpson , Aleen Bailey , Veronica Campbell ), Athens , August 27, 2004
- 41.75s America picks ( Octavious Freeman , Allyson Felix , English Gardner , Carmelita Jeter ), Monaco , July 19, 2013
- 41.76s GDR ( Silke Gladisch , Marita Koch , Ingrid Auerswald , Marlies Göhr ), Helsinki , August 10, 1983
- 41.77s United States ( Tianna Bartoletta , Allyson Felix , English Gardner , Morolake Akinosun ), Rio de Janeiro , August 18, 2016
- 41.77s United Kingdom ( Asha Philip , Desiree Henry , Dina Asher-Smith , Daryll Neita ), Rio de Janeiro , August 19, 2016
- 41.78s France ( Patricia Girard , Muriel Hurtis-Houairi , Sylviane Félix , Christine Arron ), Saint-Denis , August 30, 2003
- 41.78s United States ( Angela Daigle-Bowen , Muna Lee , Me'Lisa Barber , Lauryn Williams ), Helsinki , August 13, 2005
- 41.78s America picks ( Jeneba Tarmoh , Alexandria Anderson , Barbara Pierre , Aurieyall Scott ), Monaco , July 19, 2013
- 41.78s Jamaica ( Carrie Russell , Kerron Stewart , Natasha Morrison , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ), Monaco , August 29, 2013
- 41.79s GDR ( Silke Gladisch , Heike Drechsler , Ingrid Auerswald , Marlies Göhr ), Karl-Marx-Stadt , June 20, 1987
- 41.79s Mixed Team ( Mandy White , Carmelita Jeter , Lauryn Williams , Blessing Okagbare ), Walnut , April 20, 2013
- 41.79s Jamaica ( Simone Facey , Sashalee Forbes , Veronica Campbell-Brown , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ), Rio de Janeiro , August 18, 2016
- 41.81s United Kingdom ( Asha Philip , Desiree Henry , Dina Asher-Smith , Daryll Neita ), London , July 22, 2016
- 41.82s United States ( Jeneba Tarmoh , Alexandria Anderson , English Gardner , Octavious Freeman ), Moscow , August 18, 2013
- 41.83s United States ( Angela Williams , Chryste Gaines , Inger Miller , Torri Edwards ), Saint-Denis , August 30, 2003
- 41.83s Jamaica ( Kerron Stewart , Veronica Campbell-Brown , Schillonie Calvert , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ), Glasgow , 2nd August 2014
- 41.83s United States ( Barbara Pierre , Candyce McGrone , Jeneba Tarmoh , Tori Bowie ),
- 41.84s GDR ( Silke Gladisch , Cornelia Oschkenat , Sabine Rieger , Marlies Göhr ), Stuttgart , August 31, 1986
- 41.84s Jamaica ( Sherone Simpson , Natasha Morrison , Kerron Stewart , Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ), Beijing , August 29, 2015
- German record: 41.37 s GDR (Silke Gladisch, Sabine Rieger, Ingrid Auerswald, Marlies Göhr), Canberra, October 6, 1985
- Austrian record: 44.63 s AUT national relay (Dagmar Hölbl, Sabine Tröger, Doris Auer, Karin Mayr ), Linz , July 4, 1994
- Swiss record: 42.29 s SUI national team ( Ajla Del Ponte , Sarah Atcho , Mujinga Kambundji , Salomé Kora ), Lausanne , July 5, 2018
- Progression of World best performances and official IAAF World Records. 2003 Edition, Monaco, 2003, p. 131 ff. And P. 289 ff. (English)