1983 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 400 metres

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These are the official results of the Women's 400 metres event at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total number of 35 participating athletes, with five qualifying heats and the final held on Wednesday 10 August 1983.

Jarmila Kratochvílová in lane 3 spent much of the race chasing Mariya Kulchunova-Pinigina to her outside, while Taťána Kocembová quickly made up the stagger on Rosalyn Bryant between the two Czech teammates. Kratochvílová finally made up the stagger on Pinigina in the middle of the final turn and came onto the home stretch barely two metres up on the Soviet and a metre up on her teammate. She widened that to four metres by the finish and Kocembová opened up a similar gap on Pinigina.

Each of the top four competitors in this race set their lifetime best, Kratochvílová only being beaten once with 1985's still standing world record 47.60 by Marita Koch. In addition to Kratochvílová remaining the #2 performer in history, Kocembová is #5, Pinigina is #15. Almost forgotten is #56 Gaby Bußmann, still under 50 seconds.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Czechoslovakia Jarmila Kratochvílová
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Silver Czechoslovakia Taťána Kocembová
Czechoslovakia (TCH)
Bronze Soviet Union Mariya Kulchunova-Pinigina
Soviet Union (URS)

Records[edit]

Existing records at the start of the event.

World Record  Marita Koch (GDR) 48.16 Athens, Greece September 8, 1982
Championship Record New event

Final[edit]

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 47.99 WR
Med 2.png  Taťána Kocembová (TCH) 48.59 PB
Med 3.png  Mariya Kulchunova-Pinigina (URS) 49.19
4.  Gaby Bußmann (FRG) 49.75
5.  Marita Payne-Wiggins (CAN) 50.06
6.  Irina Baskakova (URS) 50.48
7.  Dagmar Rübsam-Neubauer (GDR) 50.48
8.  Rosalyn Bryant (USA) 50.66

Semifinals[edit]

  • Held on Tuesday 9 August 1983
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 51.08
2.  Gaby Bußmann (FRG) 51.22
3.  Irina Baskakova (URS) 51.26
4.  Dagmar Rübsam-Neubauer (GDR) 51.52
5.  Charmaine Crooks (CAN) 51.96
6.  Denean Howard-Hill (USA) 52.06
7.  Judit Forgács (HUN) 52.74
8.  Rositsa Stamenova (BUL) 53.09


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Mariya Kulchunova-Pinigina (URS) 50.07
2.  Taťána Kocembová (TCH) 50.45
3.  Marita Payne-Wiggins (CAN) 50.78
4.  Rosalyn Bryant (USA) 51.04
5.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 51.09
6.  Michelle Scutt (GBR) 51.88
7.  Molly Killingbeck (CAN) 51.97
8.  Katya Ilieva (BUL) 52.34

Quarterfinals[edit]

  • Held on Mopnday 8 August 1983
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Mariya Kulchunova-Pinigina (URS) 51.05
2.  Rosalyn Bryant (USA) 51.44
3.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 51.46
4.  Charmaine Crooks (CAN) 51.57
5.  Denise Robertson-Boyd (AUS) 52.03
6.  Cathy Rattray-Williams (JAM) 53.78
 Margarita Grun (URU) DNS
 Cornelia Baptiste (LCA) DNS


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Irina Baskakova (URS) 51.07
2.  Gaby Bußmann (FRG) 51.15
3.  Dagmar Rübsam-Neubauer (GDR) 51.62
4.  Molly Killingbeck (CAN) 52.25
5.  Roberta Belle (USA) 53.43
6.  Elanga Buala (PNG) 56.96
7.  Iyiechia Petrus (ISV) 57.24
 Hala El Moughrabi (SYR) DNS


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Marita Payne-Wiggins (CAN) 52.23
2.  Katya Ilieva (BUL) 52.37
3.  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 52.40
4.  Michelle Scutt (GBR) 52.70
5.  June Griffith (GUY) 53.47
6.  Leticia Athanas (TAN) 56.92
7.  Irina Ambulo (PAN) 58.33
 Sandra Liburd (SKN) DNS


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Taťána Kocembová (TCH) 51.88
2.  Judit Forgács (HUN) 52.18
3.  Rositsa Stamenova (BUL) 52.22
4.  Denean Howard-Hill (USA) 52.34
5.  Erica Rossi (ITA) 53.88
6.  Patricia Meigha (GUA) 59.85
 Eucaris Caicedo (COL) DNS
 Fatalmoudou Touré (MLI) DNS

Qualifying heats[edit]

  • Held on Sunday 7 August 1983
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 52.42
2.  Molly Killingbeck (CAN) 52.62
3.  Roberta Belle (USA) 53.01
4.  Michelle Scutt (GBR) 53.30
5.  Erica Rossi (ITA) 53.51
6.  Hala El Moughrabi (SYR) 59.58
7.  Marjorie Gentle (BIZ) 1:04.00


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Rositsa Stamenova (BUL) 53.81
2.  Gaby Bußmann (FRG) 53.93
3.  June Griffith (GUY) 54.02
4.  Eucaris Caicedo (COL) 55.09
5.  Judit Forgács (HUN) 55.15
6.  Leticia Athanas (TAN) 56.54
7.  Sandra Liburd (SKN) 1:02.46


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Taťána Kocembová (TCH) 52.74
2.  Denean Howard-Hill (USA) 52.78
3.  Katya Ilieva (BUL) 53.21
4.  Cathy Rattray-Williams (JAM) 53.40
5.  Elanga Buala (PNG) 57.37
6.  Fatalmoudou Touré (MLI) 59.37
 Florence Gaza (SOL) DNS


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Mariya Kulchunova-Pinigina (URS) 52.49
2.  Charmaine Crooks (CAN) 53.83
3.  Dagmar Rübsam-Neubauer (GDR) 54.47
4.  Denise Robertson-Boyd (AUS) 54.70
5.  Iyiechia Petrus (ISV) 55.87
6.  Margarita Grun (URU) 56.84
7.  Cornelia Baptiste (LCA) 1:00.79


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 53.16
2.  Irina Baskakova (URS) 53.45
3.  Rosalyn Bryant (USA) 53.64
4.  Marita Payne-Wiggins (CAN) 53.96
5.  Irina Ambulo (PAN) 56.08
6.  Patricia Meigha (GUA) 58.07
 Rose Tata-Muya (KEN) DNS

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