2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 400 metres

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The finish of the women's 400 metres at Daegu, Allyson Felix straining to try to catch Amantle Montsho

The Women's 400 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on August 27, 28 and 29.

The defending champion was Sanya Richards-Ross and despite her poor form earlier in the season, she ran 49.66 seconds in London just three weeks before the championships. The only faster athlete that year was Russian champion Anastasiya Kapachinskaya, who had run a personal best of 49.35 sec. Two-time 200 m world champion, Allyson Felix, was also challenging for the 400 m title, while Amantle Montsho (ranked third that year) had five straight wins on the Diamond League circuit. Jamaica's Rosemarie Whyte, Novlene Williams-Mills and Shericka Williams were also contenders, as was 2009 third placer Antonina Krivoshapka.[1]

The event started in controversy when reigning Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu was disqualified in her preliminary race for a false start. 2011 was the first year of a new IAAF rule allowing no leniency for a false start.

In the final, Montsho was a clear leader off of the turn, with Felix closing fast at the end to make the race close. This was Felix's personal best. Not only was this Montsho's personal best, but also the national record for Botswana. For the bronze medal, Anastasia Kapachinskaya was faster down the final 80 metres to pull away from Francena McCorory, who had run her personal best in the semi-finals.[2][3]

After the championships, Kapachinskaya was disqualified for a doping violation for having stanozol and turinabol in tests held during the 2008 Olympics. She received a lifetime ban.[4] In 2017, McCorory was advanced to the bronze medal.[5]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
Amantle Montsho
 Botswana
Allyson Felix
 United States (USA)
Francena McCorory
 United States

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the records were as follows:

World record  Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Championship record  Jarmila Kratochvílová (TCH) 47.99 Helsinki, Finland 10 August 1983
World Leading  Anastasia Kapachinskaya (RUS) 49.35 Cheboksary, Russia 22 July 2011
African Record  Falilat Ogunkoya (NGR) 49.10 Atlanta, GA, United States 29 July 1996
Asian Record  Yuqin Ma (CHN) 49.81 Beijing, China 11 September 1993
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Sanya Richards-Ross (USA) 48.70 Athens, Greece 16 September 2006
South American record  Ximena Restrepo (COL) 49.64 Barcelona, Spain 5 August 1992
European Record  Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Oceanian record  Cathy Freeman (AUS) 48.63 Atlanta, GA, United States 29 July 1996

Qualification standards[edit]

A time B time
51.50 52.30

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 27, 2011 20:05 Heats
August 28, 2011 18:55 Semifinals
August 29, 2011 21:05 Final

Results[edit]

KEY: q Fastest non-qualifiers Q Qualified NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best

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 4 Amantle Montsho  Botswana 50.95 Q
2 1 Novlene Williams-Mills  Jamaica 51.30 Q
3 2 Antonina Yefremova  Ukraine 51.35 Q
4 5 Sanya Richards-Ross  United States 51.37 Q
5 3 Rosemarie Whyte  Jamaica 51.38 Q
6 2 Anastasiya Kapachinskaya  Russia 51.43 Q
7 1 Allyson Felix  United States 51.45 Q
8 3 Antonina Krivoshapka  Russia 51.52 Q
9 5 Shericka Williams  Jamaica 51.66 Q
10 3 Nataliya Pyhyda  Ukraine 51.67 Q
11 1 Joanne Cuddihy  Ireland 51.82 Q, SB
12 1 Marta Milani  Italy 51.94 Q, SB
13 1 Geisa Coutinho  Brazil 52.15 q
14 4 Francena McCorory  United States 52.18 Q
15 2 Ndeye Fatou Soumah  Senegal 52.23 Q
15 3 Fantu Magiso  Ethiopia 52.23 Q
17 5 Moa Hjelmer  Sweden 52.26 Q
18 2 Jessica Beard  United States 52.40 Q
19 5 Denisa Rosolová  Czech Republic 52.51 Q
20 5 Nicola Sanders  Great Britain 52.65 q
21 4 Lee McConnell  Great Britain 52.75 Q
22 4 Maris Mägi  Estonia 52.93 Q
23 4 Norma González  Colombia 53.35 q
24 3 Racheal Nachula  Zambia 53.49 q, SB
25 1 Pınar Saka  Turkey 53.59
25 2 Aliann Pompey  Guyana 53.59
27 4 Aymée Martínez  Cuba 53.67
28 3 Daisurami Bonne  Cuba 53.69
29 2 Tjipekapora Herunga  Namibia 54.08
30 5 Kseniya Karandyuk  Ukraine 54.10
31 4 Ambwene Simukonda  Malawi 54.81
32 2 Alaa Hikmat Al-Qaysi  Iraq 55.62
33 5 Betty Burua  Papua New Guinea 56.98
34 1 Graciela Martins  Guinea-Bissau 58.22 PB
35 1 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni  Togo 59.68
36 3 Evodie Lydie Saramandji  Central African Republic 1:05.10 SB
99 3 Christine Ohuruogu  Great Britain DSQ

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 3 Amantle Montsho  Botswana 50.13 Q
2 2 Francena McCorory  United States 50.24 Q, PB
3 1 Allyson Felix  United States 50.36 Q
4 3 Anastasiya Kapachinskaya  Russia 50.41 Q
5 2 Shericka Williams  Jamaica 50.46 Q, SB
6 1 Novlene Williams-Mills  Jamaica 50.48 Q
7 1 Antonina Krivoshapka  Russia 50.55 q
8 2 Sanya Richards-Ross  United States 50.66 q
9 2 Antonina Yefremova  Ukraine 50.88
10 3 Rosemarie Whyte  Jamaica 50.90
11 3 Jessica Beard  United States 51.27
12 1 Nataliya Pyhyda  Ukraine 51.61
13 2 Marta Milani  Italy 51.86 PB
14 2 Geisa Coutinho  Brazil 51.87
15 2 Lee McConnell  Great Britain 51.97
16 3 Ndeye Fatou Soumah  Senegal 52.10
17 2 Norma González  Colombia 52.29
18 1 Moa Hjelmer  Sweden 52.35
19 1 Nicola Sanders  Great Britain 52.47
20 3 Denisa Rosolová  Czech Republic 52.53
21 1 Maris Mägi  Estonia 53.27
22 3 Racheal Nachula  Zambia 53.30 SB
23 1 Fantu Magiso  Ethiopia 53.41
99 3 Joanne Cuddihy  Ireland DSQ

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Amantle Montsho  Botswana 49.56 NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Allyson Felix  United States 49.59 PB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Francena McCorory  United States 50.45
4 2 Antonina Krivoshapka  Russia 50.66
5 7 Shericka Williams  Jamaica 50.79
6 1 Sanya Richards-Ross  United States 51.32
7 8 Novlene Williams-Mills  Jamaica 52.89

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Len (2011-08-23). Women's 400m - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-23.
  2. ^ "Montsho scoops 400m title". Irish Independent. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "World Athletics 2011: Day two as it happened". BBC Sport. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "IOC strips Russia's 2008 4x400 silver medal in doping case". espn.com. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/medal-reallocations-iaaf-world-championships

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