2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 400 metres hurdles

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The women's 400 metres hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on 17, 18 and 20 August.

In the four major championships between 2004 and 2008, the twelve available medals were won by eleven different athletes. Yuliya Pechonkina was the only athlete to reach the podium twice in that period, having won the 2005 World Championships and won the silver at the same event two years later.[1] With such a quick turnover, it was expected that new athletes would again be possible medallists, especially as Pechonkina and reigning champion Jana Pittman-Rawlinson had withdrawn prior to the competition.[2][3] However, 2005 medallist Lashinda Demus appeared to be a likely contender, having set the world-leading time of 52.63 seconds a month before the competition (significantly faster than any other athlete at that point in the season). Angela Moroşanu, Josanne Lucas were amongst the season's fastest hurdlers, but the gold and silver medallists from the Beijing Olympics, Melaine Walker and Sheena Tosta had not shown strong form.[1]

Demus and Moroşanu recorded the fastest times on the first day of the competition, which saw no surprise eliminations. Kaliese Spencer was the third fastest, making her seem a possible finalist.[4] Reigning Olympic champion Walker was the fastest in the semi-finals, with Lucas the second fastest in a national record time. Spencer, winner of the second race, was initially disqualified but was reinstated upon review.[5][6] Amaka Ogoegbunam, a Nigerian athlete, tested positive for metenolone (an anabolic steroid) after the semi-finals, becoming the second athlete of the competition to fail a drugs test after Jamel Chatbi.[7]

In the final race, Demus and Walker started fastest, with Lucas and Spencer not far behind. Demus took the lead near the final stretch but took the last two hurdles badly, allowing Walker to pass her to take the gold medal. Walker's time of 52.42 s was a Championship record and North American record, and only 0.08 seconds away from Pechonkina's world record. Bronze medallist Lucas had improved her national record by a significant amount (0.78 seconds) and fourth placed Spencer had set a new personal best.[8]

Walker had won despite modest performances in the season prior to the competition, while Demus failed to match her world-leading time she had set at the Herculis meeting in Monaco. Walker's run, which capped an Olympic and World double, was the second fastest in the history of the event. Josanne Lucas had significantly improved over the course of a year, knocking two seconds off her personal best, demonstrating her potential as a future medallist.[8][9][10]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Melaine Walker
 Jamaica
Lashinda Demus
 United States
Josanne Lucas
 Trinidad and Tobago

Records before the Championships[edit]

World record  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 52.34 Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Championship record  Kim Batten (USA) 52.61 Gothenburg, Sweden 11 August 1995
World leading  Lashinda Demus (USA) 52.63 Monaco 28 July 2009
African record  Nezha Bidouane (MAR) 52.90 Sevilla, Spain 25 August 1999
Asian record  Han Qing (CHN) 53.96 Beijing, China 9 September 1993
North American record  Kim Batten (USA) 52.61 Gothenburg, Sweden 11 August 1995
South American record  Lucimar Teodoro (BRA) 55.84 Belém, Brazil 24 May 2009
European record  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 52.34 Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Oceanian record  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 53.17 Seoul, South Korea 28 September 1988

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
55.50 56.55

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 17, 2009 18:15 Heats
August 18, 2009 20:15 Semifinals
August 20, 2009 20:15 Final

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification: First 4 in each heat(Q) and the next 4 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Lashinda Demus  United States 54.66 Q
2 4 Angela Moroşanu  Romania 54.70 Q
3 1 Kaliese Spencer  Jamaica 55.12 Q
4 3 Melaine Walker  Jamaica 55.17 Q
5 4 Tiffany Ross-Williams  United States 55.25 Q
6 2 Nickiesha Wilson  Jamaica 55.37 Q
7 3 Natalya Antyukh  Russia 55.40 Q
8 1 Josanne Lucas  Trinidad and Tobago 55.41 Q
9 1 Huang Xiaoxiao  China 55.52 Q, SB
10 2 Anna Jesień  Poland 55.57 Q
11 5 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk  Ukraine 55.63 Q
12 4 Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic 55.68 Q
13 4 Amaka Ogoegbunam  Nigeria 55.80 Q, PB
14 2 Eilidh Child  Great Britain 55.96 Q
15 2 Sheena Tosta  United States 56.00 Q
16 1 Vania Stambolova  Bulgaria 56.01 Q
17 2 Ieva Zunda  Latvia 56.05 q, SB
18 5 Natalya Ivanova  Russia 56.11 Q
19 4 Elena Churakova  Russia 56.13 q
20 3 Perri Shakes-Drayton  Great Britain 56.49 Q
21 3 Sara Petersen  Denmark 56.51 Q
22 4 Élodie Ouédraogo  Belgium 56.60 q, SB
23 5 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu  Nigeria 56.62 Q
24 5 Jonna Tilgner  Germany 56.73 q
25 1 Satomi Kubokura  Japan 56.91
25 3 Michelle Carey  Ireland 56.91
27 2 Aurore Kassambara  France 57.25
28 3 Kou Luogon  Liberia 57.70
29 1 Tatyana Azarova  Kazakhstan 57.90
30 5 Carole Kaboud Mebam  Cameroon 58.10
31 1 Hanna Titimets  Ukraine 58.22
32 3 Laia Forcadell  Spain 58.57
33 4 Yolanda Osana  Dominican Republic 59.18
34 4 Aïssata Soulama  Burkina Faso 59.20 SB
35 1 Déborah Rodríguez  Uruguay 59.21 NR
36 3 Merjen Ishangulyyeva  Turkmenistan 1:00.75
37 2 Sayaka Aoki  Japan 1:03.56
2 Tsvetelina Kirilova  Bulgaria DQ
5 Muna Jabir Adam  Sudan DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification: First 2 in each semifinal (Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Melaine Walker  Jamaica 53.26 Q, SB
2 1 Josanne Lucas  Trinidad and Tobago 53.98 Q, NR
3 1 Angela Moroşanu  Romania 54.15 q
4 3 Lashinda Demus  United States 54.25 Q
5 2 Kaliese Spencer  Jamaica 54.37 Q
6 2 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk  Ukraine 54.49 Q, SB
7 2 Tiffany Ross-Williams  United States 54.79 q
8 2 Anna Jesień  Poland 54.82
9 3 Natalya Antyukh  Russia 54.86 Q
10 3 Nickiesha Wilson  Jamaica 54.89 SB
11 3 Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic 54.99
12 1 Huang Xiaoxiao  China 55.40 SB
13 1 Natalya Ivanova  Russia 56.08
14 2 Elena Churakova  Russia 56.11
15 3 Vania Stambolova  Bulgaria 56.12
16 3 Eilidh Child  Great Britain 56.21
17 1 Sheena Tosta  United States 56.31
18 2 Ieva Zunda  Latvia 56.66
19 1 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu  Nigeria 56.80
20 3 Sara Petersen  Denmark 56.99
21 3 Jonna Tilgner  Germany 57.11
22 2 Perri Shakes-Drayton  Great Britain 57.57
23 1 Élodie Ouédraogo  Belgium 57.58
2 Amaka Ogoegbunam  Nigeria DQ

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Melaine Walker  Jamaica 52.42 CR, AR
2 Lashinda Demus  United States 52.96
3 Josanne Lucas  Trinidad and Tobago 53.20 NR
4 Kaliese Spencer  Jamaica 53.56 PB
5 Tiffany Ross-Williams  United States 53.83 SB
6 Natalya Antyukh  Russia 54.11 PB
7 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk  Ukraine 54.78
8 Angela Moroşanu  Romania 55.04

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-09). Women's 400m Hurdles - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.
  2. ^ Hurdler Pechonkina to miss Berlin. BBC Sport (2009-08-08). Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  3. ^ Pittman-Rawlinson out of Worlds. BBC Sport (2009-07-26). Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  4. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-17). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  5. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-19). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Semi-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  6. ^ Tucker, Elton (2009-08-19). Shericka does it again - 400-metre runner produces her best for a silver medal. Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.
  7. ^ Turner, Chris (2009-08-21). IAAF DAILY MEDIA BRIEFING - Aug 21 - Berlin 2009. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-22. Archived 2009-09-08.
  8. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-20). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  9. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-08-20). Berlin 2009 - Day 6 SUMMARY - 20 Aug. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  10. ^ Biography Lucas Josanne. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.