Trying to get caught up with the Games just closing, so have been extremely busy. Still a lot more to address – I think I will take a closer look at either the sprints or middle distances next. To add to it all the next Diamond League meet is up in a day and a half in Stockholm! Wow.
Before I get more in depth with the sprints, I did want to take a look at women’s 4×4 splits. If you remember the split announced during the relay in London for Allyson Felix was 47.8 – a fantastic leg. The one thing I knew immediately is that I haven’t heard a split below 48 seconds since the 1988 Olympics, so I decided to take a look at relay splits to see just how many times anyone has run under 48 seconds. That answer is: only a handful. Here are the female splits under 48.0 in the 4×4.
47.70 – Marita Koch (GDR) – Erfurt 6/3/84
47.75 – Jarmila Kratochvilova (CZE) – Helsinki 8/14/83
47.80 – Olga Bryzgina (UKR) – Seoul 10/1/88
47.82 – Olga Nazarova (RUS) – Seoul 10/1/88
47.6 – Jarmila Kratochvilova (CZE) – Athens 9/11/82
47.8 – Jarmila Kratochvilova (CZE) – London 8/21/83
47.9 – Jarmila Kratochvilova (CZE) – Pescara 8/2/81
47.9 – Marita Koch (GDR) – Athens 9/11/82
47.9 – Marita Koch (GDR) – Canberra 10/4/85
First take note that Allyson is the first non Eastern Bloc woman to accomplish the feat! Second she is only the 5th woman in history to split under 48! So her leg was a bit more outstanding than originally stated. A few bits of “trivia”.
The fastest team with a sub 48 – WR 3:15.17 [USSR) also the only race with two sub 48s on the same team Bryzgina (47.80), Nazarova (47.82).
The slowest team with a sub 48 – 3:28.72 (CZE) Kratochvilova (47.9).
The only race with sub 48s on opposing teams – Athens 9/11/82: GDR 3:19.04, Koch (47.9), CZE 3:22.17, Kratochvilova (47.6).
Here are the 400 meter PR’s of the women that have broken 48 in the relay:
47.60 – Marita Koch (GDR)
47.99 – Jarmila Kratochvilova (CZE)
48.27 – Olga Bryzgina (UKR)
49.11 – Olga Nazarova (RUS)
Looking at the PR’s of these women I will go with what I said previously, that I think the 400 may be Allyson’s best event. Now, time to look at some other events.