Sprint Relays at the Olympics

The 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m for both men and women are the two codes of short distance relay races that are conducted as part of the track and field events during the Olympics.

4 x 100 event

The men's event has been a part of the games since 1912 and the women's event was added in 1928. The men's relay was dominated by the United States up until 2000 winning the gold medal 15 out of 23 times. The event of late has been taken over by Jamaica that has won the gold medal in 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The Jamaicans also hold the Olympic record at 40.82 seconds, which is also the current world record, set at 2012 London Games.

The United States women have also been dominant in this event and have won the gold medal 10 out of 20 times it has been held. The Olympic record of 40.82 seconds, which is also the current world record, was set by the United States at the 2012 London Games.

4 x 400 event

The men's event has been a part of the games since 1912 and the women's event was added in 1972. The United States men have consistently dominated the event winning the gold medal in 16 out of 23 Olympics, and currently hold the Olympic record of 2:55.39 set at 2008 Beijing Games.

The women's Olympic record of 3:15.17, which is also the current world record, was set by  ex-Soviet Union at 1988 Seoul Games.

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