Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres hurdles

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The Women's 400 metres Hurdles at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entrylist of 35 competitors, with five qualifying heats (38 runners) and two semifinals (16) before the final (8) took place on Wednesday September 28, 1988.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Debbie Flintoff-King
 Australia
Silver Tatyana Ledovskaya
 Soviet Union
Bronze Ellen Fiedler
 East Germany

Records[edit]

These were the standing World and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 52.94 Soviet Union Marina Stepanova Stuttgart (FGR) September 17, 1986
Olympic Record 54.61 Morocco Nawal El Moutawakel Los Angeles (USA) August 8, 1984

The following Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Time OR WR
September 25, 1988 Quarterfinal  Ellen Fiedler (GDR) 54.58 s OR
September 26, 1988 Semifinal  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 54.00 s OR
September 28, 1988 Final  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 53.17 s OR

Final[edit]

RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 53.17(OR)
Med 2.png  Tatyana Ledovskaya (URS) 53.18
Med 3.png  Ellen Fiedler (GDR) 53.63
4.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 53.69
5.  Sally Gunnell (GBR) 54.03
6.  Gudrun Abt (FRG) 54.04
7.  Tatyana Kourochkina (URS) 54.39
8.  LaTanya Sheffield (USA) 55.32

Semi finals[edit]

RANK FINAL HEAT 1
1.  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 54.00(OR)
2.  Tatyana Ledovskaya (URS) 54.01
3.  LaTanya Sheffield (USA) 54.36
4.  Sally Gunnell (GBR) 54.48
5.  Anita Protti (SUI) 54.56
6.  Susanne Losch (GDR) 55.56
7.  Genowefa Błaszak (POL) 56.76
8.  Gretha Tromp (NED) 57.57


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Ellen Fiedler (GDR) 54.28
2.  Tatyana Kourochkina (URS) 54.46
3.  Gudrun Abt (FRG) 54.53
4.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 54.71
5.  Cristina Pérez (ESP) 55.23
6.  Elaine McLaughlin (GBR) 55.91
7.  Schowonda Williams (USA) 56.71
8.  Chantal Beaugeant (FRA) 56.94

Qualifying heats[edit]

RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Susanne Losch (GDR) 55.90
2.  Tatyana Ledovskaya (URS) 55.91
3.  Elaine McLaughlin (GBR) 56.11
4.  Rose Tata-Muya (KEN) 56.18
5.  Marie Womplou (CIV) 57.35
6.  Christine Wynn (CAN) 58.00
7.  P.T. Usha (IND) 59.55


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Sabine Busch (GDR) 55.96
2.  Gretha Tromp (NED) 56.11
3.  Genowefa Błaszak (POL) 56.18
4.  Jennifer Laurendet (AUS) 56.44
5.  Rosey Edeh (CAN) 56.59
6.  Ruth Kyalisiima (UGA) 59.62
7.  Nenita Adan (PHI) 1:01.92


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Ellen Fiedler (GDR) 54.58(OR)
2.  Anita Protti (SUI) 54.81
3.  Tatyana Kourochkina (URS) 55.04
4.  Latanya Sheffield (USA) 55.61
5.  Maria Usifo (NGR) 55.99
6.  Helga Halldorsdottir (ISL) 58.99
7.  Kim Soon-Ja (KOR) 59.78


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 54.99
2.  Cristina Pérez (ESP) 55.29
3.  Sally Gunnell (GBR) 55.44
4.  Irmgard Trojer (ITA) 55.74
5.  Leslie Maxie (USA) 57.60
6.  Barbara Johnson (IRL) 58.61
7.  Chang Fen-Hwa (TPE) 1:00.16


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  Gudrun Abt (FRG) 55.72
2.  Schowonda Williams (USA) 55.98
3.  Chantal Beaugeant (FRA) 56.03
4.  Sally Hamilton-Fleming (AUS) 56.08
5.  Liliana Chalá (ECU) 57.15
6.  Semra Aksu (TUR) 57.20
7.  Simone Laidlow (GBR) 59.28

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