Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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ABC footage and interviews of crowds celebrating Cathy Freeman's win.

The Women's 400 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme was held at Stadium Australia on Friday 22 September, Saturday 23 September, Sunday 24 September, and Monday 25 September 2000.

The top three runners in each of the initial seven heats automatically qualified for the second round. The next eight fastest runners from across the heats also qualified for the second round. The top four runners in each of the four second round heats automatically qualified for the semi-final.

The top four runners in each semi-final automatically qualified for the final.

There were a total number of 59 participating athletes.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics.

World Record 47.60 Marita Koch East Germany Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic Record 48.25 Marie-José Pérec France Atlanta, Georgia, United States 29 July 1996

Medals[edit]

Gold: Med 1.png Silver: Med 2.png Bronze: Med 3.png
Cathy Freeman, Australia Lorraine Graham, Jamaica Katharine Merry, Great Britain

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Qualifying heats[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 9 La Tasha Colander-Richardson United States 5 0.212 51.75 Q
2 T14 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 6 0.242 51.88 Q
3 16 Heide Seyerling South Africa 3 0.428 51.92 Q
4 30 Foy Williams Canada 2 0.343 52.94 q
5 33 Christine Amertil Bahamas 4 0.254 53.12
6 47 Oksana Luneva Kyrgyzstan 8 0.403 54.98
7 48 Hazel-Ann Regis Grenada 7 55.11
Heat 2 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 10 Charity Opara Nigeria 4 0.204 51.77 Q
2 18 Natalya Nazarova Russia 2 0.297 52.05 Q
3 19 Damayanthi Darsha Sri Lanka 6 0.242 52.13 Q
4 T22 Nadjina Kaltouma Chad 2 0.202 52.34 q
5 32 Lee Naylor Australia 1 53.10 q
6 41 Svetlana Bodritskaya Kazakhstan 5 0.199 53.91
7 46 Lilian Bwalya Zambia 8 0.403 54.77
8 54 Maritza Figueroa Nicaragua 7 58.82
Heat 3 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 12 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 8 0.217 51.79 Q
2 22 Ana Guevara Mexico 5 0.315 52.34 Q
3 27 Otilia Silvia Ruicu Romania 4 52.65 Q
4 34 Karen Shinkins Ireland 2 0.258 53.27
5 T35 Norma Gonzalez Colombia 6 0.220 53.34
6 57 Safia Abukar Hussein Somalia 3 1:13.25
Heat 4 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 5 Cathy Freeman Australia 3 0.258 51.63 Q
2 7 Monique Hennagan United States 4 0.320 51.73 Q
3 8 Claudine Komgang Cameroon 8 0.551 51.74 Q
4 24 Norfalia Carabali Spain 7 52.36 q
5 38 Olena Rurak Ukraine 2 0.202 53.45
6 40 Kristina Perica Croatia 6 0.523 53.72
7 44 Awatef Ben Hassine Tunisia 5 0.308 54.50
Heat 5 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 T3 Katharine Merry Great Britain 7 0.336 51.61 Q
2 13 Sandie Richards Jamaica 4 0.294 51.86 Q
3 26 Nova Peris-Kneebone Australia 8 0.191 52.51 Q
4 28 Hana Benešová Czech Republic 6 52.85 q
5 31 Aliann Pompey Guyana 2 0.226 53.09 q
6 45 Verneta Lesforis Saint Lucia 5 0.520 54.67
7 52 Klodiana Shala Albania 1 56.41
8 Marie-José Pérec France 3 DNS
Heat 6 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 2 Jitka Burianová Czech Republic 4 0.302 51.69 Q
2 3T Olabisi Afolabi Nigeria 2 0.221 51.62 Q
3 6 Lorraine Graham Jamaica 5 51.65 Q
4 20 Allison Curbishley Great Britain 6 0.209 52.20 q
5 29 Barbara Petrahn Hungary 2 0.189 52.86 q
6 37 Tonique Williams Bahamas 7 0.174 53.43
7 53 Marcia Fernanda Daniel Dominica 8 0.222 58.20
8 56 Haissa Ali Garba Niger 1 1:07.49
Heat 7 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 K. M. Beenamol India 8 51.51 Q
2 17 Olga Kotlyarova Russia 6 0.190 51.99 Q
3 25 Zana Minina Lithuania 7 0.201 52.38 Q
4 39 Michelle Collins United States 4 0.295 53.66
5 42 Tanya Oxley Barbados 2 54.22
6 43 Daniela Georgieva Bulgaria 1 54.46
7 51 Dijana Kojic Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 55.61
8 55 Awmima Mohamed Sudan 5 1:02.94
Heat 8 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 11 Ladonna Antoine Canada 5 51.78 Q
2 T14 Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria 6 0.187 51.88 Q
3 21 Donna Fraser Great Britain 8 0.209 52.33 Q
4 T35 Svetlana Pospelova Russia 3 53.34
5 49 Elena Piskunova Uzbekistan 2 0.285 55.40
6 50 Ann Mooney Papua New Guinea 4 0.378 55.55
7 Brigita Langerholc Slovenia 7 DNS

Overall Results Round 1

Round 1
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 K. M. Beenamol India 7 8 1 51.51 Q
2 Jitka Burianová Czech Republic 6 4 1 51.59 Q
3 Olabisi Afolabi Nigeria 6 3 2 51.61 Q
Katharine Merry Great Britain 5 7 1 51.61 Q
5 Cathy Freeman Australia 4 3 1 51.63 Q
6 Lorraine Graham Jamaica 6 5 3 51.65 Q
7 Monique Hennagan United States 4 4 2 51.73 Q
8 Claudine Komgang Cameroon 4 8 3 51.74 Q
9 La Tasha Colander-Richardson United States 1 5 1 51.75 Q
10 Charity Opara Nigeria 2 4 1 51.77 Q
11 Ladonna Antoine Canada 8 5 1 51.78 Q
12 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 3 8 1 51.71 Q
13 Sandie Richards Jamaica 5 4 2 51.86 Q
14 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 1 6 2 51.88 Q
Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria 8 6 2 51.88 Q
16 Heide Seyerling South Africa 1 3 3 51.92 Q
17 Olga Kotlyarova Russia 7 6 2 51.99 Q
18 Natalya Nazarova Russia 2 2 2 52.05 Q
19 Damayanthi Darsha Sri Lanka 2 6 3 52.13 Q
20 Allison Curbishley Great Britain 6 6 4 52.20 q
21 Donna Fraser Great Britain 8 8 3 52.33 Q
22 Ana Guevara Mexico 3 5 2 52.34 Q
Nadjina Kaltouma Chad 2 3 4 52.34 q
24 Norfalia Carabali Spain 4 7 4 52.36 q
25 Zana Minina Lithuania 7 7 3 52.38 Q
26 Nova Peris-Kneebone Australia 5 8 3 52.51 Q
27 Otilia Silvia Ruicu Romania 3 4 3 52.65 Q
28 Hana Benešová Czech Republic 5 6 4 52.85 q
29 Barbara Petrahn Hungary 6 2 5 52.86 q
30 Foy Williams Canada 1 2 4 52.94 q
31 Aliann Pompey Guyana 5 2 5 53.09 q
32 Lee Naylor Australia 2 1 5 53.10 q
33 Christine Amertil Bahamas 1 4 5 53.12
34 Karen Shinkins Ireland 3 2 4 53.27
35 Norma Gonzalez Colombia 3 6 5 53.34
Svetlana Pospelova Russia 8 3 4 53.34
37 Tonique Williams Bahamas 6 7 6 53.43
38 Olena Rurak Ukraine 4 2 5 53.45
39 Michelle Collins United States 7 4 4 53.66
40 Kristina Perica Croatia 4 6 6 53.72
41 Svetlana Bodritskaya Kazakhstan 2 5 6 53.91
42 Tanya Oxley Barbados 7 3 5 54.22
43 Daniela Georgieva Bulgaria 7 1 6 54.46
44 Awatef Ben Hassine Tunisia 4 5 7 54.50
45 Verneta Lesforis Saint Lucia 5 5 6 54.67
46 Lilian Bwalya Zambia 2 8 7 54.77
47 Oksana Luneva Kyrgyzstan 1 8 6 54.98
48 Hazel-Ann Regis Grenada 1 7 7 55.11
49 Elena Piskunova Uzbekistan 8 2 5 54.40
50 Ann Mooney Papua New Guinea 8 4 6 55.55
51 Dijana Kojic Bosnia and Herzegovina 7 2 7 55.61
52 Klodiana Shala Albania 5 1 7 56.41
53 Marcia Fernanda Daniel Dominica 6 8 7 58.20
54 Maritza Figueroa Nicaragua 2 7 8 58.82
55 Awmima Mohamed Sudan 7 5 8 1:02.94
56 Haissa Ali Garba Niger 6 1 8 1:07.49
57 Safia Abukar Hussein Somalia 3 3 6 1:13.25
Brigita Langerholc Slovenia 3 7 DNS
Marie-José Pérec France 5 3 DNS

Round 2[edit]

Heat 1 of 4
Date: Saturday 23 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 6 Jitka Burianová Czech Republic 3 0.274 50.85 Q PB
2 8 Ladonna Antoine Canada 5 0.179 50.92 Q PB
3 14 Nova Peris-Kneebone Australia 2 0.196 51.28 Q PB
4 15 Natalya Nazarova Russia 6 0.198 51.44 Q
5 16 Claudine Komgang Cameroon 7 51.57
6 19 Monique Hennagan United States 4 0.478 51.85
7 26 Nadjina Kaltouma Chad 1 0.215 52.60
8 31 Aliann Pompey Guyana 8 0.212 53.42
Heat 2 of 4
Date: Saturday 23 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 3 Katharine Merry Great Britain 2 0.270 50.50 Q
2 7 Heide Seyerling South Africa 7 0.163 50.87 Q PB
3 9 Olga Kotlyarova Russia 6 0.182 50.97 Q
4 10 Sandie Richards Jamaica 5 0.209 51.00 Q
5 11 Charity Opara Nigeria 4 0.206 51.04
6 25 Zana Minina Lithuania 8 0.300 52.53
7 27 Norfalia Carabali Spain 1 52.63
8 28 Foy Williams Canada 2 0.337 52.68
Heat 3 of 4
Date: Saturday 23 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 4 Lorraine Graham Jamaica 8 0.216 50.66 Q
2 13 Ana Guevara Mexico 5 51.19 Q
3 17 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 6 0.217 51.64 Q
4 18 K. M. Beenamol India 4 51.81 Q
5 20 Olabisi Afolabi Nigeria 3 0.263 51.87
6 22 Otilia Silvia Ruicu Romania 1 52.28
7 24 Allison Curbishley Great Britain 1 0.193 52.50
8 32 Lee Naylor Australia 7 53.83
Heat 4 of 4
Date: Saturday 23 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Cathy Freeman Australia 4 0.464 50.31 Q
2 2 Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria 6 0.196 50.49 Q
3 5 Donna Fraser Great Britain 8 0.194 50.77 Q PB
4 12 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 5 0.200 51.08 Q
5 21 La Tasha Colander-Richardson United States 2 0.202 53.45
6 23 Damayanthi Darsha Sri Lanka 1 0.234 52.35
7 29 Hana Benešová Czech Republic 2 0.209 52.70
8 30 Barbara Petrahn Hungary 7 0.224 52.72

Overall Results Round 2

Round 2
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Cathy Freeman Australia 4 4 1 50.31 Q
2 Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria 4 6 2 50.49 Q
3 Katharine Merry Great Britain 2 3 1 50.50 Q
4 Lorraine Graham Jamaica 3 8 1 50.66 Q
5 Donna Fraser Great Britain 4 8 3 50.77 Q PB
6 Jitka Burianová Czech Republic 1 3 1 50.85 Q PB
7 Heide Seyerling South Africa 2 7 2 50.87 Q PB
8 Ladonna Antoine Canada 1 5 2 50.92 Q PB
9 Olga Kotlyarova Russia 2 6 3 50.97 Q
10 Sandie Richards Jamaica 2 5 4 51.00 Q
11 Charity Opara Nigeria 2 4 5 51.04
12 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 4 5 4 51.08 Q
13 Ana Guevara Mexico 3 5 2 51.19 Q
14 Nova Peris-Kneebone Australia 1 2 3 51.28 Q
15 Natalya Nazarova Russia 1 6 4 51.44 Q
16 Claudine Komgang Cameroon 1 7 5 51.57
17 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 3 6 3 51.64 Q
18 K. M. Beenamol India 3 4 4 51.81 Q
19 Monique Hennagan United States 1 4 6 51.85
20 Olabisi Afolabi Nigeria 3 3 5 51.87
21 La Tasha Colander-Richardson United States 4 3 5 52.07
22 Otilia Silvia Ruicu Romania 3 1 6 52.28
23 Damayanthi Darsha Sri Lanka 4 1 6 52.35
24 Allison Curbishley Great Britain 3 2 7 52.50
25 Zana Minina Lithuania 2 8 6 52.53
26 Nadjina Kaltouma Chad 1 1 7 52.60
27 Norfalia Carabali Spain 2 1 7 52.63
28 Foy Williams Canada 2 2 8 52:68
29 Hana Benešová Czech Republic 4 2 7 52.70
30 Barbara Petrahn Hungary 4 7 8 52.72
31 Aliann Pompey Guyana 1 8 8 53.42
32 Lee Naylor Australia 3 7 8 53.83

Semi-Finals[edit]

Heat 1 of 2
Date: Sunday 24 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 5 Lorraine Graham Jamaica 4 0.444 50.28 Q
2 6 Katharine Merry Great Britain 3 0.301 50.32 Q
3 8 Heide Seyerling South Africa 5 51.06 Q
4 10 Olga Kotlyarova Russia 7 0.243 51.21 Q
5 11 Ladonna Antoine Canada 6 0.273 51.26
6 13 Natalya Nazarova Russia 2 0.191 51.83
7 14 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 1 0.213 52.03
8 16 Nova Peris-Kneebone Australia 8 0.263 52.49
Heat 2 of 2
Date: Sunday 24 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Cathy Freeman Australia 3 0.261 50.01 Q
2 2 Ana Guevara Mexico 5 0.370 50.11 Q
3 3 Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria 4 0.416 50.18 Q
4 4 Donna Fraser Great Britain 7 0.188 50.21 Q PB
5 7 Sandie Richards Jamaica 2 0.253 50.42 SB
6 9 Jitka Burianová Czech Republic 6 0.255 51.15
7 12 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 1 0.238 51.60
8 15 K. M. Beenamol India 8 52.04

Overall Results Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Cathy Freeman Australia 2 3 1 50.01 Q
2 Ana Guevara Mexico 2 5 2 50.11 Q
3 Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria 2 4 3 50.18 Q
4 Donna Fraser Great Britain 2 7 4 50.21 Q PB
5 Lorraine Graham Jamaica 1 4 1 50.28 Q
6 Katharine Merry Great Britain 1 3 2 50.32 Q
7 Sandie Richards Jamaica 2 2 5 50.42 SB
8 Heide Seyerling South Africa 1 5 3 51.06 Q
9 Jitka Burianová Czech Republic 2 6 6 51.15
10 Olga Kotlyarova Russia 1 7 4 51.21 Q
11 Ladonna Antoine Canada 1 6 5 51.26
12 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 2 1 7 51.60
13 Natalya Nazarova Russia 1 2 6 51.83
14 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 1 1 7 52.03
15 K. M. Beenamol India 2 8 8 52.04
16 Nova Peris-Kneebone Australia 1 8 8 52.49

Final[edit]

Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Record
1 Cathy Freeman Australia 6 0.227 49.11 SB
2 Lorraine Graham Jamaica 4 0.452 49.58 PB
3 Katharine Merry Great Britain 3 0.270 49.72 PB
4 Donna Fraser Great Britain 2 0.174 49.79 PB
5 Ana Guevara Mexico 5 0.261 49.96
6 Heide Seyerling South Africa 7 0.175 50.05 NR
7 Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria 8 0.254 50.12
8 Olga Kotlyarova Russia 1 0.254 51.04

References[edit]