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

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Women's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
London 2012 Women 400m hurdles.jpg
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 5–8 August
Competitors 43 from 35 nations
Winning time 52.70
Gold medal    Russia
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Czech Republic
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The women's 400 metres hurdles competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 5–8 August.[1]

The opening round went largely to form, except 2012 world #7 Vania Stambolova took herself out crashing the first hurdle. Vera Barbosa set the national record for Portugal in advancing.

The first semi final loaded up Natalya Antyukh and Zuzana Hejnová who pushed each other to the finish and the top two qualifying times, plus taking T'erea Brown to the top time qualifier. In the second semi Lashinda Demus had a clear lead, slowing on the way home to just exert enough effort to finish first. The final semi was the slowest led by Muizat Ajoke Odumosu's Nigerian national record, Georganne Moline and Denisa Rosolova battled for second, with Rosolova taking the other time qualifier in the process.

In the final, Demus was first over the first two hurdles, then Antyukh steadily built her lead to a full stride at hurdle 9, with Demus the closest challenger. Antyukh stuttered the tenth hurdle, opening the door for Demus to chase her to the finish line, but Antyukh held on for gold, Demus disappointed with silver and Hejnová clearly in the bronze medal position.[2]

Antyukh's time brought her to the number 6 athlete of all time, defeating Demus who already held number 3.[3]

Competition format[edit]

The women's 400 m hurdles competition consisted of heats (Round 1), semifinals and a final.[4] The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the semifinals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the available spaces in the semifinals. 24 competitors qualified from the heats for the semifinals. A total of eight competitors qualified for the final from the semifinals.[5]


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

World record  Yuliya Pechenkina (RUS) 52.34 Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Olympic record  Melaine Walker (JAM) 52.64 Beijing, China 20 August 2008
2012 World leading  Natalya Antyukh (RUS) 53.40 Cheboksary, Russia 4 July 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Natalya Antyukh (RUS) 52.70 London, United Kingdom 8 August 2012


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 5 August 2012 19:00 Round 1
Monday, 6 August 2012 20:15 Semifinals
Wednesday, 8 August 2012 20:45 Finals



Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) plus the 4 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Zuzana Hejnová Czech Republic 53.96 Q, SB
2 T'erea Brown United States 54.72 Q, PB
3 Eilidh Child Great Britain 56.14 Q
4 Sarah Wells Canada 56.47 Q
5 Eglė Staišiūnaitė Lithuania 57.79
6 Tatyana Azarova Kazakhstan 58.53
7 Maureen Jelagat Maiyo Kenya 1:02.16
Vania Stambolova Bulgaria DNF

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Natalya Antyukh Russia 53.90 Q
2 Kaliese Spencer Jamaica 54.02 Q
3 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu Nigeria 54.93 Q
4 Anna Jesień Poland 55.44 Q, SB
5 Lauren Boden Australia 56.27 q
6 Raasin McIntosh Liberia 57.39
7 Natalya Asanova Uzbekistan 58.05
8 Noraseela Mohd Khalid Malaysia 1:00.16
Ghfran Almouhamad Syria DQ Drugs
  • Ghfran Almouhamad originally finished in eighth place with a time of 58.09, but was later disqualified for testing positive for methylhexaneamine.
  • Raasin McIntosh was originally disqualified for unknown reasons. It was later overturned.

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Lashinda Demus United States 54.60 Q
2 Hanna Titimets Ukraine 55.08 Q
3 Vera Barbosa Portugal 55.22 Q, NR
4 Elena Churakova Russia 55.26 Q
5 Denisa Rosolová Czech Republic 55.42 q
6 Sara Petersen Denmark 56.01 q
7 Lucy Jaramillo Ecuador 57.74
8 Princesa Oliveros Colombia 58.95

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Georganne Moline United States 54.31 Q, PB
2 Nickiesha Wilson Jamaica 55.53 Q
3 Irina Davydova Russia 55.55 Q
4 Elodie Ouédraogo Belgium 55.89 Q
5 Angela Moroșanu Romania 56.64
6 Sharolyn Scott Costa Rica 57.03
7 Janeil Bellille Trinidad and Tobago 57.27
8 Nikolina Horvat Croatia 58.49
Nagihan Karadere Turkey DQ R 162.7[6]
  • Nagihan Karadere was disqualified for false starting.

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Perri Shakes-Drayton Great Britain 54.62 Q
2 Melaine Walker Jamaica 54.78 Q
3 Hanna Yaroshchuk Ukraine 54.81 Q
4 Hayat Lambarki Morocco 55.58 Q
5 Satomi Kubokura Japan 55.85 q, SB
6 Huang Xiaoxiao China 56.29
7 Déborah Rodríguez Uruguay 57.04 NR
8 Jailma de Lima Brazil 57.05
9 Christine Sonali Merrill Sri Lanka 57.15 SB


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

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Natalya Antyukh Russia 53.33 Q, SB
2 Zuzana Hejnová Czech Republic 53.62 Q, SB
3 T'erea Brown United States 54.21 q, PB
4 Elodie Ouedraogo Belgium 55.20 PB
5 Nickiesha Wilson Jamaica 55.77
6 Hayat Lambarki Morocco 56.18
7 Vera Barbosa Portugal 56.27
8 Lauren Boden Australia 56.66
  • Lauren Boden was originally disqualified for unknown reasons, but it was later overturned.

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Lashinda Demus United States 54.08 Q
2 Kaliese Spencer Jamaica 54.20 Q
3 Perri Shakes-Drayton Great Britain 55.19
4 Hanna Yaroshchuk Ukraine 55.51
5 Irina Davydova Russia 55.86
6 Sara Petersen Denmark 56.21
7 Anna Jesień Poland 56.28
8 Sarah Wells Canada 56.71

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu Nigeria 54.40 Q, NR
2 Georganne Moline United States 54.74 Q
3 Denisa Rosolová Czech Republic 54.87 q
4 Hanna Titimets Ukraine 55.10
5 Elena Churakova Russia 55.70
6 Melaine Walker Jamaica 55.74
7 Eilidh Child Great Britain 56.03
8 Satomi Kubokura Japan 56.25
  • Denisa Rosolová and Hanna Titimets were originally disqualified for unknown reasons, but they were overturned. Denisa Rosolová therefore qualified for the final.


Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 5 Natalya Antyukh Russia 52.70 WL, PB
2 7 Lashinda Demus United States 52.77 SB
3 4 Zuzana Hejnová Czech Republic 53.38 SB
4 9 Kaliese Spencer Jamaica 53.66 SB
5 8 Georganne Moline United States 53.92 PB
6 2 T'erea Brown United States 55.07
7 3 Denisa Rosolová Czech Republic 55.27
8 6 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu Nigeria 55.31