Aug. 28, 2004
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The United States finally captured its first relay gold Saturday night, when the women's 1,600-meter team won in a season-best 3 minutes, 19.01 seconds.
The team of DeeDee Trotter, UCLA senior Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards and Monique Hennagan easily beat Russia, which took silver in 3:20.16. Jamaica won bronze in 3:22.
After crossing the line, the four women hugged and posed for photos with an American flag.
"After the Olympic trials, I made the team as an alternate so I came here thinking maybe I'd get a chance to run," said Henderson. "Little did I know I'd be here on the final relay team getting a gold medal. It's something I didn't expect, and it's a wonderful, amazing feeling right now."
The victory makes up for the disappointment of the heavily favored 400-meter relay teams.
On Friday night, the U.S. women messed up a baton handoff and didn't finish the race. Earlier Saturday, the men's 400 team took silver behind Great Britain after a sloppy exchange between Justin Gatlin and Coby Miller.
Crystal Cox and Moushaumi Robinson ran for the United States in the 1,600 semifinals Friday, giving them gold as well.
Trotter, Richards and Hennagan made the 400 final, but none of them medaled.