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

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Athletics at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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The women's 400 metres hurdles was one of 23 track events of the athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece. It was contested at the Athens Olympic Stadium, from August 21 to August 25, by a total of 34 athletes from 25 nations.

In the first round, the first two runners from each of the five heats, together with the six fastest losing runners from all heats (5×2+6=16), automatically qualified for the semifinals. In the semifinals, these 16 runners competed in two heats, with the first four from each heat advancing to the final (2×4=8).

Greek sprinter Fani Halkia was the surprising winner despite having broken the Olympic record in her semifinal heat (52.77 seconds).

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Fani Halkia
Greece (GRE)
Silver  Ionela Târlea-Manolache
Romania (ROU)
Bronze  Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova
Ukraine (UKR)

Qualification[edit]

The Olympic qualification period for the athletics ran from January 1, 2003 to August 9, 2004. For this event, each National Olympic Committee (NOC) was permitted to enter up to three athletes, provided they had run below 55.60 seconds during this period in IAAF-sanctioned meetings or tournaments. If a NOC had no athletes qualified under this standard, it could enter up to one athlete that had run below 56.25 seconds.

Records[edit]

These are the standing world and Olympic records.

World Record 52.34 Russia Yuliya Pechenkina Tula (RUS) 8 August 2003
Olympic Record 52.82 Jamaica Deon Hemmings Atlanta, Georgia (USA) 31 July 1996

The following records were set during the competition.

Date Event Athlete Time OR WR
August 22, 2004 Semifinal  Faní Halkiá (GRE) 52.77 OR

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds. The following abbreviations are used:

  • Q denotes qualification by place
  • q denotes qualification by time
  • DNS denotes "did not start"
  • OR denotes "Olympic record"
  • NR denotes "national record"
  • PB denotes "personal best"
  • SB denotes "season best"

First round[edit]

The first round was held on August 21. The first two runners of each heat plus the six fastest losing runners qualified for the semifinals.

Heat Athlete Nation Time Rank
1 Pechenkina, YuliyaYuliya Pechenkina Russia 53.57 SB 1 Q
1 Tereshchuk-Antipova, TetyanaTetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova Ukraine 54.63 4 Q
1 Urbansky, UlrikeUlrike Urbansky Germany 55.15 SB 13 q
1 Niederstätter, MonikaMonika Niederstätter Italy 55.57 17
1 Olivero, CoraCora Olivero Spain 56.19 22
1 Allen, PatriciaPatricia Allen Jamaica 56.40 25
1 Soulama, AissataAissata Soulama Burkina Faso 57.60 PB 30
2 Rawlinson, JanaJana Rawlinson Australia 54.83 10 Q
2 Bikert, YekaterinaYekaterina Bikert Russia 54.95 11 Q
2 Torshina-Alimzhanova, NatalyaNatalya Torshina-Alimzhanova Kazakhstan 55.22 SB 16 q
2 Zunda, IevaIeva Zunda Latvia 56.21 23
2 Ceccarelli, BenedettaBenedetta Ceccarelli Italy 56.28 24
2 Febbraio, SuritaSurita Febbraio South Africa 56.49 26
3 Târlea-Manolache, IonelaIonela Târlea-Manolache Romania 54.41 3 Q
3 Taylor, BrendaBrenda Taylor United States 54.72 6 Q
3 Bidouane, NezhaNezha Bidouane Morocco 55.69 18
3 Jesień, AnnaAnna Jesień Poland 56.03 21
3 Stoddart, ShevonShevon Stoddart Jamaica 56.61 28
3 Shala, KlodianaKlodiana Shala Albania 60.00 33
3 Kampf, StephanieStephanie Kampf Germany DNS
4 Halkiá, FaníFaní Halkiá Greece 53.85 NR 2 Q
4 Demus, LashindaLashinda Demus United States 54.66 5 Q
4 Bakhvalova, YekaterinaYekaterina Bakhvalova Russia 55.16 14 q
4 Parris-Thymes, Debbie-AnnDebbie-Ann Parris-Thymes Jamaica 55.21 SB 15 q
4 Harrison, YvonneYvonne Harrison Puerto Rico 55.84 19
4 Diouf, Mame TackoMame Tacko Diouf Senegal 57.25 29
4 Djamalidine, SalhateSalhate Djamalidine Comoros 59.72 32
5 Pskit, MalgorzataMalgorzata Pskit Poland 54.75 PB 7 Q
5 Johnson, SheenaSheena Johnson United States 54.81 8 Q
5 Huang, XiaoxiaoXiaoxiao Huang China 54.81 PB 8 q
5 Sialou, AndroulaAndroula Sialou Cyprus 55.02 12 q
5 Pernía, DaimíDaimí Pernía Cuba 55.91 20
5 Blackett, AndreaAndrea Blackett Barbados 56.49 26
5 Pedan, GalinaGalina Pedan Kyrgyzstan 59.02 31

Semifinals[edit]

The semifinals were held on August 22. The first four runners of each heat qualified for the final.

Heat Athlete Nation Time Rank
1 Pechenkina, YuliyaYuliya Pechenkina Russia 53.31 SB 2 Q
1 Rawlinson, JanaJana Rawlinson Australia 54.05 6 Q
1 Johnson, SheenaSheena Johnson United States 54.32 7 Q
1 Taylor, BrendaBrenda Taylor United States 55.02 11 Q
1 Torshina-Alimzhanova, NatalyaNatalya Torshina-Alimzhanova Kazakhstan 55.08 SB 12
1 Pskit, MalgorzataMalgorzata Pskit Poland 55.24 13
1 Urbansky, UlrikeUlrike Urbansky Germany 56.44 15
1 Sialou, AndroulaAndroula Sialou Cyprus 65.72 16
2 Halkiá, FaníFaní Halkiá Greece 52.77 OR 1 Q
2 Târlea-Manolache, IonelaIonela Târlea-Manolache Romania 53.32 SB 3 Q
2 Tereshchuk-Antipova, TetyanaTetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova Ukraine 53.37 NR 4 Q
2 Bikert, YekaterinaYekaterina Bikert Russia 53.79 5 Q
2 Demus, LashindaLashinda Demus United States 54.32 8
2 Bakhvalova, YekaterinaYekaterina Bakhvalova Russia 54.98 9
2 Parris-Thymes, Debbie-AnnDebbie-Ann Parris-Thymes Jamaica 54.99 SB 10
2 Huang, XiaoxiaoXiaoxiao Huang China 55.53 14

Final[edit]

The final was held on August 25.

Rank Athlete Time
Gold medal icon.svg  Fani Halkia (GRE) 52.82
Silver medal icon.svg  Ionela Târlea-Manolache (ROU) 53.38
Bronze medal icon.svg  Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova (UKR) 53.44
4  Sheena Johnson (USA) 53.83
5  Jana Rawlinson (AUS) 53.92
6  Yekaterina Bikert (RUS) 54.18
7  Brenda Taylor (USA) 54.97
8  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 55.79

References[edit]