2013 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 400 metres
|Women's 400 metres
at the 2013 World Championships
Gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu
|Dates||10 August (heats)
11 August (semifinals)
12 August (final)
|Competitors||36 from 28 nations|
|Events at the
2013 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|
Heats started with Christine Ohuruogu leading 6 others under 51 with an exceptionally fast 50.20. 50 seconds was the order of the semifinal day. Six finalists dipped under 50, and Kseniya Ryzhova was lucky Amantle Montsho had gapped the first semi with the leading qualifier of 49.56. Ryzhova cruised in with a 50.48 to be the second automatic qualifier. Five others ran personal bests attempting to qualify.
The fast semifinals slowed the majority of the field. Only the medalists improved their times. From the gun Natasha Hastings and defending champion Amantle Montsho took it out, Hastings in lane 3 making up the stagger on Christine Ohuruogu in 4. Francena McCorory held her own and came off the final turn with Montsho but as Montsho aimed at the finish, the others went backward. With 50 metres to go, Christine Ohuruogu had worked her way from several metres down in the turn and had pulled even, looking like a good bet for silver. But she had other ideas. A steady stretch run put both a diving Ohuruogu and Montsho on the line at the same time. And that was what was posted 49.41, the same time for both. It took a look at the photo finish to determine that Ohuruogu had won by 4 thousandths of a second. Running a more even pace Russian Antonina Krivoshapka came off the turn even with Ohuruogu and made a stretch run of her own, overtaking the Americans and Stephanie McPherson to get the bronze.
In the process of running a personal best to win the championship, Ohuruogu also got Kathy Smallwood-Cook's 29-year-old British national record (from the 1984 Olympics) that had so far evaded her through her career; a career that had included two Olympic medals including the gold in 2008, and a previous World Championship.
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||Amantle Montsho (BOT)||49.33||Monaco||19 July 2013|
|African Record||Falilat Ogunkoya (NGR)||49.10||Atlanta, GA, United States||29 July 1996|
|Asian Record||Ma Yuqin (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|
|A time||B time|
|10 August 2013||18:05||Heats|
|11 August 2013||20:05||Semifinals|
|12 August 2013||21:15||Final|
All times are local times (UTC+4)
|KEY:||Q||Qualified||q||Fastest non-qualifiers||NR||National record||PB||Personal best||SB||Seasonal best|
The final was held at 21:15.
|4||Christine Ohuruogu||Great Britain||49.41||NR|
|5||3||Natasha Hastings||United States||50.30|
|6||6||Francena McCorory||United States||50.68|
- Start list
- "Christine Ohuruogu wins 400m gold in epic race". ESPN. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "Christine Ohuruogu wins 400m World Championship gold in stunning style". Guardian. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "Ohuruogu wins 400m gold by just FOUR-THOUSANDTHS of a second after unbelievable performance in Moscow". Daily Mail. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "Records & Lists – 400 meters". IAAF. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013 – Standards, All Russia Athletic Federation, 2012, retrieved 8 August 2013
- Heats Results
- Lane infringement
- Semifinals Results
- Final Results
- 400 metres results at IAAF website