2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 400 metres hurdles

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The women's 400 metres hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on 17, 18 and 20 August.

In the four major championships between 2004 and 2008, the twelve available medals were won by eleven different athletes. Yuliya Pechonkina was the only athlete to reach the podium twice in that period, having won the 2005 World Championships and won the silver at the same event two years later.[1] With such a quick turnover, it was expected that new athletes would again be possible medallists, especially as Pechonkina and reigning champion Jana Pittman-Rawlinson had withdrawn prior to the competition.[2][3] However, 2005 medallist Lashinda Demus appeared to be a likely contender, having set the world-leading time of 52.63 seconds a month before the competition (significantly faster than any other athlete at that point in the season). Angela Moroşanu, Josanne Lucas were amongst the season's fastest hurdlers, but the gold and silver medallists from the Beijing Olympics, Melaine Walker and Sheena Tosta had not shown strong form.[1]

Demus and Moroşanu recorded the fastest times on the first day of the competition, which saw no surprise eliminations. Kaliese Spencer was the third fastest, making her seem a possible finalist.[4] Reigning Olympic champion Walker was the fastest in the semi-finals, with Lucas the second fastest in a national record time. Spencer, winner of the second race, was initially disqualified but was reinstated upon review.[5][6] Amaka Ogoegbunam, a Nigerian athlete, tested positive for metenolone (an anabolic steroid) after the semi-finals, becoming the second athlete of the competition to fail a drugs test after Jamel Chatbi.[7]

In the final race, Demus and Walker started fastest, with Lucas and Spencer not far behind. Demus took the lead near the final stretch but took the last two hurdles badly, allowing Walker to pass her to take the gold medal. Walker's time of 52.42 s was a Championship record and North American record, and only 0.08 seconds away from Pechonkina's world record. Bronze medallist Lucas had improved her national record by a significant amount (0.78 seconds) and fourth placed Spencer had set a new personal best.[8]

Walker had won despite modest performances in the season prior to the competition, while Demus failed to match her world-leading time she had set at the Herculis meeting in Monaco. Walker's run, which capped an Olympic and World double, was the second fastest in the history of the event. Josanne Lucas had significantly improved over the course of a year, knocking two seconds off her personal best, demonstrating her potential as a future medallist.[8][9][10]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Melaine Walker
 Jamaica (JAM)
Lashinda Demus
 United States (USA)
Josanne Lucas
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)

Records before the Championships[edit]

World record  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 52.34 Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Championship record  Kim Batten (USA) 52.61 Gothenburg, Sweden 11 August 1995
World leading  Lashinda Demus (USA) 52.63 Monaco 28 July 2009
African record  Nezha Bidouane (MAR) 52.90 Sevilla, Spain 25 August 1999
Asian record  Han Qing (CHN) 53.96 Beijing, China 9 September 1993
North American record  Kim Batten (USA) 52.61 Gothenburg, Sweden 11 August 1995
South American record  Lucimar Teodoro (BRA) 55.84 Belém, Brazil 24 May 2009
European record  Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 52.34 Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Oceanian record  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 53.17 Seoul, South Korea 28 September 1988

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
55.50 56.55

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 17, 2009 18:15 Heats
August 18, 2009 20:15 Semifinals
August 20, 2009 20:15 Final

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification: First 4 in each heat(Q) and the next 4 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Lashinda Demus  United States (USA) 54.66 Q
2 4 Angela Moroşanu  Romania (ROM) 54.70 Q
3 1 Kaliese Spencer  Jamaica (JAM) 55.12 Q
4 3 Melaine Walker  Jamaica (JAM) 55.17 Q
5 4 Tiffany Ross-Williams  United States (USA) 55.25 Q
6 2 Nickiesha Wilson  Jamaica (JAM) 55.37 Q
7 3 Natalya Antyukh  Russia (RUS) 55.40 Q
8 1 Josanne Lucas  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 55.41 Q
9 1 Huang Xiaoxiao  China (CHN) 55.52 Q, SB
10 2 Anna Jesień  Poland (POL) 55.57 Q
11 5 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk  Ukraine (UKR) 55.63 Q
12 4 Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic (CZE) 55.68 Q
13 2 Eilidh Child  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 55.96 Q
14 2 Sheena Tosta  United States (USA) 56.00 Q
15 1 Vania Stambolova  Bulgaria (BUL) 56.01 Q
16 2 Ieva Zunda  Latvia (LAT) 56.05 q, SB
17 5 Natalya Ivanova  Russia (RUS) 56.11 Q
18 4 Elena Churakova  Russia (RUS) 56.13 q
19 3 Perri Shakes-Drayton  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 56.49 Q
20 3 Sara Petersen  Denmark (DEN) 56.51 Q
21 4 Élodie Ouédraogo  Belgium (BEL) 56.60 q, SB
22 5 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu  Nigeria (NGR) 56.62 Q
23 5 Jonna Tilgner  Germany (GER) 56.73 q
24 1 Satomi Kubokura  Japan (JPN) 56.91
25 3 Michelle Carey  Ireland (IRL) 56.91
26 2 Aurore Kassambara  France (FRA) 57.25
29 3 Kou Luogon  Liberia (LBR) 57.70
30 1 Tatyana Azarova  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 57.90
31 5 Carole Kaboud Mebam  Cameroon (CMR) 58.10
32 1 Hanna Titimets  Ukraine (UKR) 58.22
33 3 Laia Forcadell  Spain (ESP) 58.57
34 4 Yolanda Osana  Dominican Republic (DOM) 59.18
35 4 Aïssata Soulama  Burkina Faso (BUR) 59.20 SB
36 1 Déborah Rodríguez  Uruguay (URU) 59.21 NR
37 3 Merjen Ishangulyyeva  Turkmenistan (TKM) 1:00.75
38 2 Sayaka Aoki  Japan (JPN) 1:03.56
2 Tsvetelina Kirilova  Bulgaria (BUL) DQ
4 Amaka Ogoegbunam  Nigeria (NGR) DQ
5 Muna Jabir Adam  Sudan (SUD) DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification: First 2 in each semifinal (Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Melaine Walker  Jamaica (JAM) 53.26 Q, SB
2 1 Josanne Lucas  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 53.98 Q, NR
3 1 Angela Moroşanu  Romania (ROM) 54.15 q
4 3 Lashinda Demus  United States (USA) 54.25 Q
5 2 Kaliese Spencer  Jamaica (JAM) 54.37 Q
6 2 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk  Ukraine (UKR) 54.49 Q, SB
7 2 Tiffany Ross-Williams  United States (USA) 54.79 q
8 2 Anna Jesień  Poland (POL) 54.82
9 3 Natalya Antyukh  Russia (RUS) 54.86 Q
10 3 Nickiesha Wilson  Jamaica (JAM) 54.89 SB
11 3 Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic (CZE) 54.99
12 1 Huang Xiaoxiao  China (CHN) 55.40 SB
13 1 Natalya Ivanova  Russia (RUS) 56.08
14 2 Elena Churakova  Russia (RUS) 56.11
15 3 Vania Stambolova  Bulgaria (BUL) 56.12
16 3 Eilidh Child  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 56.21
17 1 Sheena Tosta  United States (USA) 56.31
18 2 Ieva Zunda  Latvia (LAT) 56.66
19 1 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu  Nigeria (NGR) 56.80
20 3 Sara Petersen  Denmark (DEN) 56.99
21 3 Jonna Tilgner  Germany (GER) 57.11
22 2 Perri Shakes-Drayton  Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 57.57
23 1 Élodie Ouédraogo  Belgium (BEL) 57.58
2 Amaka Ogoegbunam  Nigeria (NGR) 58.56 DQ

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Melaine Walker  Jamaica (JAM) 52.42 CR, AR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lashinda Demus  United States (USA) 52.96
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Josanne Lucas  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 53.20 NR
4 Kaliese Spencer  Jamaica (JAM) 53.56 PB
5 Tiffany Ross-Williams  United States (USA) 53.83 SB
6 Natalya Antyukh  Russia (RUS) 54.11 PB
7 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk  Ukraine (UKR) 54.78
8 Angela Moroşanu  Romania (ROM) 55.04

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-09). Women's 400m Hurdles - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.
  2. ^ Hurdler Pechonkina to miss Berlin. BBC Sport (2009-08-08). Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  3. ^ Pittman-Rawlinson out of Worlds. BBC Sport (2009-07-26). Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  4. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-17). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  5. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-19). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Semi-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  6. ^ Tucker, Elton (2009-08-19). Shericka does it again - 400-metre runner produces her best for a silver medal. Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.
  7. ^ Turner, Chris (2009-08-21). IAAF DAILY MEDIA BRIEFING - Aug 21 - Berlin 2009. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-22. Archived 2009-09-08.
  8. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-20). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Final Archived 2009-08-22 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  9. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-08-20). Berlin 2009 - Day 6 SUMMARY - 20 Aug Archived 2009-08-26 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  10. ^ Biography Lucas Josanne. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.