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Event Report Women 4x100m Final

To the delight of the thunderously vocal French crowd there was a major upset in the final of the women's 4 x 100m relay. Rarely beaten when they get the baton around, Christine ARRON drove her team home for France's first title in this event.
 
Controversy hit the event with 100m champion Kelli WHITE (USA) embroiled in a doping investigation and accordingly dropped from the relay team. This clearly weakened the US line up but a French upset still seemed only an outside chance.
 
Four time NCAA champion Angela WILLIAMS (USA) got the defending champions away to a great start. 100m hurdles finalist Patricia GIRARD lost little for the home team although had to stretch to get the baton in the hand of European 200m champion Muriel HURTIS (FRA). Hurtis held her American rival Chryste GAINES. At the end of the second leg Gaines passed to 1999 world 200m champion Inger MILLER (USA), while Hurtis handed off to 1996 world junior 200m champion Sylviane FELIX (FRA). It was here that the race was decided as Felix closed the two metre gap to Miller running a slashing bend.
 
At the final change the teams were even and it was up to the raucous Paris crowd to get the statuesque Arron home. Arron took 50m to get an advantage on Torri EDWARDS (USA), the 100m silver medallist last Sunday. Arron pulled away to erase any disappointment from her sixth placing in the 100m. The team's time was a new national record 41.78, lowering the 42.04 run in the semi-final. The USA were .05 away in second, 41.83.
 
It was a tumultuoùus half hour with the iconic Eunice BARBER (FRA) clinching the long jump with her final leap.
 
Behind the emotion up front Russia were clearly the next best team finishing in 42.66. Ukraine and Germany filled the next two places. The Jamaicans failed to finish with final runner, silver medallist in the 100m hurdles, Brigitte FOSTER falling to the track injured just short of the line.