Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
OhuruoguBeijing.jpg
Christine Ohuruogu after her victory
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 16 August 2008 (heats)
17 August 2008 (semi-finals)
19 August 2008 (final)
Competitors 50 from 40 nations
Winning time 49.62 s
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Jamaica
Bronze medal    United States
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The Women's 400 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 16–19 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

The qualifying standards were 51.55 s (A standard) and 52.35 s (B standard).[2]

Favourites for the event included Sanya Richards-Ross and the reigning world champion, Christine Ohuruogu. In the final, Richards-Ross made a rapid start and quickly took the lead, while Ohuruogu ran a more even-paced race, but was well down the field entering the final straight. However in the last 100 metres Richard-Ross, clearly tired from her earlier effort, began to tie up badly, while Ohuruogu began to surge through the field. At the line, Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu won in 49.62 seconds to add the Olympic title to her World title, just pipping Shericka Williams by 0.07 seconds to take gold. Richards-Ross faded to third, and bronze, in 49.92.[3]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record East Germany Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 s Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record  Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25 s Atlanta, U.S. 29 July 1996

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

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

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Richards, SanyaSanya Richards United States 50.54 Q
2 7 Williams, SherickaShericka Williams Jamaica 50.57 Q
3 7 Firova, TatianaTatiana Firova Russia 50.59 Q
4 2 Grenot Martinez, LibaniaLibania Grenot Martinez Italy 50.87 Q, NR
5 2 Montsho, AmantleAmantle Montsho Botswana 50.91 Q
6 5 Pompey, AliannAliann Pompey Guyana 50.99 Q, SB
7 1 Whyte, RosemarieRosemarie Whyte Jamaica 51.00 Q
7 4 Ohuruogu, ChristineChristine Ohuruogu Great Britain 51.00 Q
9 4 Gushchina, YuliaYulia Gushchina Russia 51.18 Q
10 1 Amertil, ChristineChristine Amertil Bahamas 51.25 Q, SB
11 3 Kapachinskaya, AnastasiaAnastasia Kapachinskaya Russia 51.32 Q
12 1 Odumosu, AjokeAjoke Odumosu Nigeria 51.39 Q, PB
13 1 Trotter, DeedeeDeedee Trotter United States 51.41 q
14 5 Abugan, FolashadeFolashade Abugan Nigeria 51.45 Q
15 3 Wineberg, MaryMary Wineberg United States 51.46 Q
16 6 Williams, NovleneNovlene Williams Jamaica 51.52 Q
17 2 Muir, CarlineCarline Muir Canada 51.55 Q, PB
18 2 Terrero, IndiraIndira Terrero Cuba 51.56 q
19 7 Nachula, RachaelRachael Nachula Zambia 50.62 Q
20 6 Sanders, NicolaNicola Sanders Great Britain 51.81 Q
21 3 McConnell, LeeLee McConnell Great Britain 51.87 Q
22 4 Medina, GabrielaGabriela Medina Mexico 51.96 Q
23 7 Eze, Joy AmechiJoy Amechi Eze Nigeria 51.97 q
24 2 Bulikiobo, MakelesiMakelesi Bulikiobo Fiji 52.24 SB
25 4 Lewis, TamsynTamsyn Lewis Australia 52.38
26 7 Kallinikou, AlissaAlissa Kallinikou Cyprus 52.40
27 1 Ponteen, TiandraTiandra Ponteen Saint Kitts and Nevis 52.41
28 5 Tanno, AsamiAsami Tanno Japan 52.60
29 5 Ntova, DimitraDimitra Ntova Greece 52.69
30 6 El Jack, NawalNawal El Jack Sudan 52.77 Q
31 7 Bejnar, MonikaMonika Bejnar Poland 52.80
32 6 Alexander, KinekeKineke Alexander Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 52.87
33 2 Kaur, MandeepMandeep Kaur India 52.88
33 6 Bartholomew, TrishTrish Bartholomew Grenada 52.88
35 3 Petrahn, BarbaraBarbara Petrahn Hungary 53.06
36 3 Rodriguez, CarolCarol Rodriguez Puerto Rico 53.08
37 1 Yefremova, AntoninaAntonina Yefremova Ukraine 53.22
38 4 Almirao, Maria LauraMaria Laura Almirao Brazil 53.26
39 4 Cuddihy, JoanneJoanne Cuddihy Ireland 53.32
40 5 Tereshkova, OlgaOlga Tereshkova Kazakhstan 53.36
41 3 Etienne, GinouGinou Etienne Haiti 53.94
42 5 Davis, KiaKia Davis Liberia 53.99
43 6 Thipe, TsholofeloTsholofelo Thipe South Africa 54.11
44 2 Bayigga, JustineJustine Bayigga Uganda 54.15
45 7 Thiébaud-Kangni, SandrineSandrine Thiébaud-Kangni Togo 54.16
46 6 Shala, KlodianaKlodiana Shala Albania 54.84
47 6 Batgerel, MunguntuyaMunguntuya Batgerel Mongolia 58.14
48 7 Dlamini, TemalangeniTemalangeni Dlamini Swaziland 59.91
49 3 Seini Maikido, RachidatouRachidatou Seini Maikido Niger 1:03.19 NR
50 4 Ali, GhadaGhada Ali Libya 1:06.19

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest {q} advance to the Final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Richards, SanyaSanya Richards United States 49.90 Q
2 1 Ohuruogu, ChristineChristine Ohuruogu Great Britain 50.14 Q, SB
3 1 Williams, SherickaShericka Williams Jamaica 50.28 Q, SB
4 2 Kapachinskaya, AnastasiaAnastasia Kapachinskaya Russia 50.30 Q, PB
5 1 Firova, TatianaTatiana Firova Russia 50.31 q
6 3 Gushchina, YuliaYulia Gushchina Russia 50.48 Q
7 3 Montsho, AmantleAmantle Montsho Botswana 50.54 Q
8 3 Whyte, RosemarieRosemarie Whyte Jamaica 50.63 q
9 3 Sanders, NicolaNicola Sanders Great Britain 50.71 SB
10 3 Grenot Martinez, LibaniaLibania Grenot Martinez Italy 50.83 NR
11 1 Pompey, AliannAliann Pompey Guyana 50.93 =NR
12 2 Williams, NovleneNovlene Williams Jamaica 51.06
13 1 Wineberg, MaryMary Wineberg United States 51.13
14 3 Abugan, FolashadeFolashade Abugan Nigeria 51.30
15 2 Amertil, ChristineChristine Amertil Bahamas 51.51
16 1 Terrero, IndiraIndira Terrero Cuba 51.80
17 2 Eze, Joy AmechiJoy Amechi Eze Nigeria 51.87
17 3 Trotter, DeedeeDeedee Trotter United States 51.87
19 2 McConnell, LeeLee McConnell Great Britain 52.11
20 2 Muir, CarlineCarline Muir Canada 52.37
21 1 Odumosu, AjokeAjoke Odumosu Nigeria 52.45
22 2 Nachula, RachaelRachael Nachula Zambia 52.67
23 1 Medina, GabrielaGabriela Medina Mexico 52.97
24 3 El Jack, NawalNawal El Jack Sudan 54.18

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Ohuruogu, ChristineChristine Ohuruogu Great Britain 49.62 SB
2 6 Williams, SherickaShericka Williams Jamaica 49.69 PB
3 7 Richards, SanyaSanya Richards United States 49.93
4 5 Gushchina, YuliaYulia Gushchina Russia 50.01 PB
5 9 Kapachinskaya, AnastasiaAnastasia Kapachinskaya Russia 50.03 PB
6 3 Firova, TatianaTatiana Firova Russia 50.11 SB
7 2 Whyte, RosemarieRosemarie Whyte Jamaica 50.68
8 8 Montsho, AmantleAmantle Montsho Botswana 51.18

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