Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres
|Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
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.
These were the standing world and Olympic records prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics.
|World record||Marita Koch (GDR)||47.60 s||Canberra, Australia||6 October 1985|
|Olympic record||Marie-José Pérec (FRA)||48.25 s||Atlanta, USA||29 July 1996|
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.
Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 6 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals.
|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|
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.
|2||DeeDee Trotter||United States||50.14||Q, PB|
|4||Fatou Bintou Fall||Senegal||51.21|
|6||Estie Wittstock||South Africa||51.77|
|7||Donna Fraser||Great Britain||51.94|
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.
|1||Monique Hennagan||United States||49.88||Q|
|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.
|1||3||Monique Hennagan||United States||49.88||Q|
|4||2||DeeDee Trotter||United States||50.14||Q, PB|
|6||1||Christine Amertil||Bahamas||50.17||Q, PB|
|7||1||Sanya Richards||United States||50.54||q|
|10||1||Christine Ohurougu||Great Britain||51.00|
|12||2||Fatou Bintou Fall||Senegal||51.21|
|13||1||Tiandra Ponteen||Saint Kitts and Nevis||51.33|
|18||2||Estie Wittstock||South Africa||51.77|
|20||2||Donna Fraser||Great Britain||51.94|
|23||3||Lee McConnell||Great Britain||52.63|
|4||Monique Hennagan||United States||49.97|
|5||DeeDee Trotter||United States||50.00||PB|
|6||Sanya Richards||United States||50.19|
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)