Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Medalists
Gold medal    Bahamas
Silver medal    Mexico
Bronze medal    Russia
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2004 Summer Olympics
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The women's 400 m. at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium.

Coming into the final, the fastest qualifiers were Monique Hennagan and Natalya Antyukh challenging each other in their semi final, Tonique Williams-Darling racing DeeDee Trotter in theirs, with world champion Ana Guevara cruising her semi final just staying ahead of Christine Amertil. In the final, Hennagan again went for the lead with Amertil and Natalya Nazarova each taking their shot at her in the first 200, only to fade after. Starting slightly slower, Williams came on strongly on the backstretch, marked by Guevara around the second turn. Coming off the turn Guevara had Williams where she wanted her, and Sanya Richards about even with Hennigan a couple of steps behind, with Antyukh and Trotter another step behind. Less than 50 meters from the finish, Guevara moved into the lead, but Williams kicked it into a different gear and pulled away to finish with gold. On the inside Trotter rocketed past Richards and was gaining on Hennagan. Hennagan tried to fight, long striding with a slowing cadence to the finish, losing ground to a fast closing Antyukh. Defeated, Guevara gave up the fight and glided across the finish line with silver. 3 meters back, Antyukh clearly beat a wilting Hennagan, who still managed to hold off the fast closing Trotter.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics.

World record East GermanyMarita Koch (GDR) 47.60 s Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record  Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25 s Atlanta, USA 29 July 1996

Heats[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.
Q denotes automatic qualification.
q denotes fastest losers.
DNS denotes did not start.
DNF denotes did not finish.
NR denotes national record.
PB denotes personal best.
SB denotes seasons best.

In the initial six heats the first three from each plus the six fastest losers progressed through to the three semi-finals. Here the first two from each went to the final along with the two fastest losers.

Round 1[edit]

Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 6 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals.

Rank Heat Athlete Country Time Notes
1 6 Sanya Richards United States 50.11 Q
2 6 Christine Amertil Bahamas 50.23 Q, PB
3 6 Christine Ohurougu Great Britain 50.50 Q, PB
4 4 Natalya Antyukh Russia 50.54 Q
5 4 DeeDee Trotter United States 50.56 Q
6 4 Novlene Williams Jamaica 50.59 Q, PB
7 3 Natalya Nazarova Russia 50.82 Q
8 1 Ana Guevara Mexico 50.93 Q
9 2 Monique Hennagan United States 51.02 Q
10 6 Tiandra Ponteen Saint Kitts and Nevis 51.17 q
11 1 Lee McConnell Great Britain 51.19 Q
11 3 Donna Fraser Great Britain 51.19 Q
13 5 Tonique Williams-Darling Bahamas 51.20 Q
14 1 Grażyna Prokopek Poland 51.29 Q, PB
14 2 Mariyana Dimitrova Bulgaria 51.29 Q
16 4 Aliann Pompey Guyana 51.33 q
17 5 Svetlana Usovich Belarus 51.37 Q
18 2 Kaltouma Nadjina Chad 51.50 Q
19 5 Antonina Yefremova Ukraine 51.53 Q
20 3 Hazel-Ann Regis Grenada 51.66 Q
21 1 Fatou Bintou Fall Senegal 51.87 q
22 3 Estie Wittstock South Africa 51.89 q
23 5 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 51.90 q
24 4 Egle Uljas Estonia 51.91 q, NR
25 2 Nadia Davy Jamaica 52.04
26 2 Maria Laura Almirao Brazil 52.10
27 1 Hortense Bewouda Cameroon 52.11
28 6 Geisa Aparecida Coutinho Brazil 52.18
29 3 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 52.44
30 2 Kirsi Mykkanen Finland 52.53
31 5 Allison Beckford Jamaica 52.85
32 5 Sandrine Thiebaud-Kangni Togo 52.87
33 1 Oksana Luneva Kyrgyzstan 52.94
34 4 Svetlana Bodritskaya Kazakhstan 53.35
35 6 Makelesi Bulikiobo Fiji 53.58
36 3 Amantle Montsho Botswana 53.77 NR
37 3 Zamira Amirova Uzbekistan 54.43
38 5 Damayanthi Dharsha Sri Lanka 54.58
39 2 Bo Fanfang China 56.01
40 4 Shifana Ali Maldives 1:00.92 NR
41 6 Salamtou Hassane Niger 1:03.28 NR
42 1 Ruwida El Hubti Libya 1:03.57 NR

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ana Guevara Mexico 50.15 Q
2 Christine Amertil Bahamas 50.17 Q, PB
3 Sanya Richards United States 50.54 q
4 Christine Ohurougu Great Britain 51.00
5 Tiandra Ponteen Saint Kitts and Nevis 51.33
6 Svetlana Usovich Belarus 51.42
7 Hazel-Ann Regis Grenada 51.47
8 Egle Uljas Estonia 53.13

Richards was fastest away but was caught by Guevara at the 300 m. mark who was then joined by Amertil who improved her personal best for the second time in two days. Guevara eased comfortably through the last fifty, just doing enough to ensure Amertil didn't cross the line first. Richards held on to third from Ohurougu who could not reproduce her personal best of round one and cost herself a fastest losers place in the final by easing off considerably with 20 metres to go.

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Tonique Williams-Darling Bahamas 50.00 Q
2 DeeDee Trotter United States 50.14 Q, PB
3 Natalya Nazarova Russia 50.63 q
4 Fatou Bintou Fall Senegal 51.21
5 Kaltouma Nadjina Chad 51.57
6 Estie Wittstock South Africa 51.77
7 Donna Fraser Great Britain 51.94
8 Grażyna Prokopek Poland 51.96

The Bahamian, Williams-Darling, was always in control and easily kept in front of the below par Nazarova who was fighting hard to run her down. The Russian claimed a fastest losers place as she was overtaken in the home straight by a fast finishing DeeDee Trotter.

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Monique Hennagan United States 49.88 Q
2 Natalya Antyukh Russia 50.04 Q
3 Novlene Williams Jamaica 50.85
4 Mariyana Dimitrova Bulgaria 51.20 PB
5 Aliann Pompey Guyana 51.61
6 Antonina Yefremova Ukraine 51.90
7 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 52.21
8 Lee McConnell Great Britain 52.63

The easiest of the semis for Hennagan and Antyukh who were in a different class from the rest though the Jamaican, Williams, might have got closer to them if she had not left all her running until the last hundred metres.

Semifinals summary[edit]

Rank Heat Athlete Country Time Notes
1 3 Monique Hennagan United States 49.88 Q
2 2 Tonique Williams-Darling Bahamas 50.00 Q
3 3 Natalya Antyukh Russia 50.04 Q
4 2 DeeDee Trotter United States 50.14 Q, PB
5 1 Ana Guevara Mexico 50.15 Q
6 1 Christine Amertil Bahamas 50.17 Q, PB
7 1 Sanya Richards United States 50.54 q
8 2 Natalya Nazarova Russia 50.63 q
9 3 Novlene Williams Jamaica 50.85
10 1 Christine Ohurougu Great Britain 51.00
11 3 Mariyana Dimitrova Bulgaria 51.20 PB
12 2 Fatou Bintou Fall Senegal 51.21
13 1 Tiandra Ponteen Saint Kitts and Nevis 51.33
14 1 Svetlana Usovich Belarus 51.42
15 1 Hazel-Ann Regis Grenada 51.47
16 2 Kaltouma Nadjina Chad 51.57
17 3 Aliann Pompey Guyana 51.61
18 2 Estie Wittstock South Africa 51.77
19 3 Antonina Yefremova Ukraine 51.90
20 2 Donna Fraser Great Britain 51.94
21 2 Grażyna Prokopek Poland 51.96
22 3 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 52.21
23 3 Lee McConnell Great Britain 52.63
24 1 Egle Uljas Estonia 53.13

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Tonique Williams-Darling Bahamas 49.42
2 Ana Guevara Mexico 49.56 SB
3 Natalya Antyukh Russia 49.89
4 Monique Hennagan United States 49.97
5 DeeDee Trotter United States 50.00 PB
6 Sanya Richards United States 50.19
7 Christine Amertil Bahamas 50.37
8 Natalya Nazarova Russia 50.65

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

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