Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

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Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Felix Sanchez 2012.JPG
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3–6 August
Competitors 50 from 34 nations
Winning time 47.63
Medalists
Gold medal    Dominican Republic
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Puerto Rico
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The Men's 400 metres hurdles competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom took place on 3–6 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

In the qualifying round, local favorite Dai Greene ran the fastest ever opening round race in the third heat, only to see that mark passed by three athletes in the following heat, led by an eased up Javier Culson. The slowest time qualifier was Kenneth Medwood in 49.78, though Stanislav Melnykov managed to get into the semis automatically with a 50.13 in the slow fifth heat.

With only two automatic qualifiers going to the final from each heat, the first semi-final stacked three former World Champions into one race. Less than a month before his 35th birthday, Félix Sánchez, the 2001 and 2003 World Champion showed he was still in the game, running a season best 47.76. Jehue Gordon upset the form setting the Trinidad and Tobago national record 47.96 in second, leaving 2007 and 2009 World Champion Kerron Clement in 3rd and 2011 World Champion Dai Greene in 4th to hope to qualify on time. The second semi was dominated by world leader Javier Culson and defending champion Angelo Taylor. In the third semi, American trials champion Michael Tinsley and Leford Green separated from the rest of the field. After a nervous wait Clement and Greene made the final on time.

In the final, Taylor, Culson and Sanchez led the way, arriving at the 8th hurdle about even. Taylor took the hurdle awkwardly and started losing ground. While Culson looked to struggle, Sanchez powered away down the stretch for the win, in exactly the same time as his 2004 victory. Tinsley came back from a couple steps back to pass Culson over the last hurdle for the silver, with Greene also trying to make a stretch run to finish fourth.

This was the second ever Olympic medal in Athletics, and the third gold medal overall for the Dominican Republic, the first being Sanchez' in 2004.

Competition format[edit]

The Men's 400m Hurdles competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semi-finals and a Final.[2] The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semi-finals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the available spaces in the Semi-finals.[3] 24 competitors qualified from the heats for the Semi-finals.

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 11:15 Round 1
Saturday, 4 August 2012 19:00 Semifinals
Monday, 6 August 2012 20:45 Finals

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Kevin Young (USA) 46.78 Barcelona, Spain 6 August 1992
Olympic record
2012 World leading  Javier Culson (PUR) 47.78 Paris, France 6 July 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Félix Sánchez (DOM) 47.63 London, United Kingdom 6 August 2012

The following National records were set during this competition.

Serbia National Record  Emir Bekrić (SRB) 49.21 s
Trinidad and Tobago National Record  Jehue Gordon (TRI) 47.96 s

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[4]
1 Amaurys Valle Cuba 49.19 Q, PB
2 Brendan Cole Australia 49.24 Q, PB
3 Amaechi Morton Nigeria 49.34 Q
4 Kenneth Medwood Belize 49.78 q
5 Roxroy Cato Jamaica 50.22
6 Chen Chieh Chinese Taipei 50.27
7 Li Zhilong China 50.36
Takayuki Kishimoto Japan DQ

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Michael Tinsley United States 49.13 Q
2 Leford Green Jamaica 49.30 Q
3 Kurt Couto Mozambique 49.31 Q
4 Eric Alejandro Puerto Rico 49.39 q
5 Rasmus Magi Estonia 50.05
6 Winder Cuevas Dominican Republic 50.15 SB
Akihiko Nakamura Japan DQ
Kariem Hussein Switzerland DNS

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Dai Greene Great Britain 48.98 Q
2 Emir Bekrić Serbia 49.21 Q, NR
3 José Reynaldo Bencosme de Leon Italy 49.35 Q
4 Brent Larue Slovenia 49.38 q, PB
5 Jamele Mason Puerto Rico 49.89
6 Cheng Wen China 50.38
7 Vincent Kiplangat Koskei Kenya 50.80
8 Cornel Fredericks South Africa 52.29
Lankantien Lamboni Togo DQ

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Javier Culson Puerto Rico 48.33 Q
2 Kerron Clement United States 48.48 Q, SB
3 Omar Cisneros Cuba 48.63 Q, SB
4 Tristan Thomas Australia 49.13 q, SB
5 Rhys Williams Great Britain 49.17 q, SB
6 Michael Bultheel Belgium 49.18 q, PB
7 Viacheslav Sakaev Russia 50.36
8 Jorge Paula Portugal 51.40
9 Maoulida Daroueche Comoros 53.49

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Angelo Taylor United States 49.29 Q
2 Jehue Gordon Trinidad and Tobago 49.37 Q
3 Stanislav Melnykov Ukraine 50.13 Q
4 Silvio Schirrmeister Germany 50.21
5 Periklis Iakovakis Greece 50.27
6 L. J. van Zyl South Africa 50.31
7 Josef Prorok Czech Republic 50.33
8 Viktor Leptikov Kazakhstan 51.67

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Félix Sánchez Dominican Republic 49.24 Q
2 Jack Green Great Britain 49.49 Q
3 Mamadou Kasse Hanne Senegal 49.63 Q
4 Tetsuya Tateno Japan 49.95
5 Josef Robertson Jamaica 49.98
6 Boniface Mucheru Kenya 50.33
7 Artem Dyatlov Uzbekistan 51.55
8 Andrés Silva Uruguay 53.38

Notes: Q- Qualified by place
q - Qualified by performance (time)
PB - Personal Best
NR - National Record
SB - Seasonal Best
DQ - DisQualified
DNS - Did Not Start

Semifinals[edit]

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[4]
1 Félix Sánchez Dominican Republic 47.76 Q, SB
2 Jehue Gordon Trinidad and Tobago 47.96 Q, NR
3 Kerron Clement United States 48.12 q, SB
4 Dai Greene Great Britain 48.19 q
5 Mamadou Kasse Hanne Senegal 48.80 PB
6 Michael Bultheel Belgium 49.10 PB
7 Eric Alejandro Puerto Rico 49.15
8 Kurt Couto Mozambique 51.55

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Javier Culson Puerto Rico 47.93 Q
2 Angelo Taylor United States 47.95 Q, SB
3 Omar Cisneros Cuba 48.23 SB
4 Emir Bekrić Serbia 49.62
5 Kenneth Medwood Belize 49.87
6 Stanislav Melnykov Ukraine 50.19
7 Tristan Thomas Australia 50.55
Jack Green Great Britain DNF

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Michael Tinsley United States 48.18 Q, SB
2 Leford Green Jamaica 48.61 Q, SB
3 Brent Larue Slovenia 49.45
4 Rhys Williams Great Britain 49.63
5 Brendan Cole Australia 49.65
6 José Reynaldo Bencosme de Leon Italy 50.07
7 Amaurys Valle Cuba 50.48
Amaechi Morton Nigeria DQ

Notes: Q- Qualified by place
q - Qualified by performance (time)
PB - Personal Best
NR - National Record
SB - Seasonal Best
DQ - DisQualified
DNS - Did Not Start

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[5]
1st Félix Sánchez Dominican Republic 47.63 WL, SB
2nd Michael Tinsley United States 47.91 PB
3rd Javier Culson Puerto Rico 48.10
4 Dai Greene Great Britain 48.24
5 Angelo Taylor United States 48.25
6 Jehue Gordon Trinidad and Tobago 48.86
7 Leford Green Jamaica 49.12
8 Kerron Clement United States 49.15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Men's 400m Hurdles". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Men's 400m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "400 Metres Hurdles - M. Heats". london2012.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles - M. Final". london2012.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012.