2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 400 metres hurdles
|Events at the
2011 World Championships
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4 × 100 m relay||men||women|
|4 × 400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
Kaliese Spencer had the fastest time of the year before the competition and led in the Diamond League rankings. Fellow Jamaican Melaine Walker (the reigning world and Olympic champion) was also present, as was Lashinda Demus, the runner-up in 2009. Czech athlete Zuzana Hejnová was the second fastest entrant and was second in the rankings in the Diamond League. The three medallists from the 2010 European Championships – Natalya Antyukh, Vania Stambolova, and Perri Shakes-Drayton – were the other athletes in contention for a medal.
Lashinda Demus in lane 3, broke quickly from the start, quickly making up the stagger on lane 4 Zuzana Hejnová. In lane 8, defending champion Melaine Walker was also out fast. Demus maintained her advantage as Kaliese Spencer made a run at her, but Spencer faltered. The stretch run was the top two finishers from the previous championship, but the medals were reversed as Demus set a new National Record for the United States and the number three all time mark in the event.
|World record||Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS)||52.34||Tula, Russia||8 August 2003|
|Championship record||Melaine Walker (JAM)||52.42||Berlin, Germany||20 August 2009|
|World leading||Kaliese Spencer (JAM)||52.79||London, Great Britain||5 August 2011|
|African record||Nezha Bidouane (MAR)||52.90||Sevilla, Spain||25 August 1999|
|Asian record||Qing Han (CHN)||53.96||Beijing, China||9 September 1993|
|Yinglan Song (CHN)||Guangzhou, China||22 November 2001|
|North, Central American and Caribbean record||Melaine Walker (JAM)||52.42||Berlin, Germany||20 August 2009|
|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|
|A time||B time|
|August 29, 2011||12:20||Heats|
|August 30, 2011||19:00||Semifinals|
|September 1, 2011||21:15||Final|
|KEY:||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||Q||Qualified||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
Qualification: First 4 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the semifinals.
Qualification: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the final.
|1||3||Lashinda Demus||United States||53.82||Q|
|4||3||Zuzana Hejnová||Czech Republic||54.76||Q|
|9||3||Perri Shakes-Drayton||Great Britain||55.07|
|12||2||Queen Harrison||United States||55.44|
|15||1||Eilidh Child||Great Britain||55.89|
|16||1||Jasmine Chaney||United States||55.97|
|17||2||Muizat Ajoke Odumosu||Nigeria||56.41|
|23||2||Wenda Theron||South Africa||57.06|
|3||Lashinda Demus||United States||52.47||WL, NR|
|7||4||Zuzana Hejnová||Czech Republic||54.23|
- Martin, David (2011-08-23). Women's 400m Hurdles – PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-25.
- 400 Metres Hurdles 2011. IAAF (2011-08-23). Retrieved on 2011-08-25.
- 400 metres hurdles results at IAAF website