Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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ABC footage and interviews of crowds celebrating Cathy Freeman's win.

The Women's 400 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics programme was held at Stadium Australia on Friday 22 September, Saturday 23 September, Sunday 24 September, and Monday 25 September 2000.

The top three runners in each of the initial seven heats automatically qualified for the second round. The next eight fastest runners from across the heats also qualified for the second round. The top four runners in each of the four second round heats automatically qualified for the semi-final.

The top four runners in each semi-final automatically qualified for the final.

There were a total number of 59 participating athletes.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics.

World Record 47.60 Marita Koch East Germany Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic Record 48.25 Marie-José Pérec France Atlanta, Georgia, United States 29 July 1996

Medals[edit]

Gold: Med 1.png Silver: Med 2.png Bronze: Med 3.png
Cathy Freeman,  Australia Lorraine Graham,  Jamaica Katharine Merry,  Great Britain

Results[edit]

All times shown are in seconds.

  • Q denotes qualification by place in heat.
  • q denotes qualification by overall place.
  • DNS denotes did not start.
  • DNF denotes did not finish.
  • DQ denotes disqualification.
  • NR denotes national record.
  • OR denotes Olympic record.
  • WR denotes world record.
  • PB denotes personal best.
  • SB denotes season best.

Qualifying heats[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Heat 1 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 9 La Tasha Colander-Richardson  United States 5 0.212 51.75 Q
2 T14 Mireille Nguimgo  Cameroon 6 0.242 51.88 Q
3 16 Heide Seyerling  South Africa 3 0.428 51.92 Q
4 30 Foy Williams  Canada 2 0.343 52.94 q
5 33 Christine Amertil  Bahamas 4 0.254 53.12
6 47 Oksana Luneva  Kyrgyzstan 8 0.403 54.98
7 48 Hazel-Ann Regis  Grenada 7 55.11
Heat 2 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 10 Charity Opara  Nigeria 4 0.204 51.77 Q
2 18 Natalya Nazarova  Russia 2 0.297 52.05 Q
3 19 Damayanthi Darsha  Sri Lanka 6 0.242 52.13 Q
4 T22 Nadjina Kaltouma  Chad 2 0.202 52.34 q
5 32 Lee Naylor  Australia 1 53.10 q
6 41 Svetlana Bodritskaya  Kazakhstan 5 0.199 53.91
7 46 Lilian Bwalya  Zambia 8 0.403 54.77
8 54 Maritza Figueroa  Nicaragua 7 58.82
Heat 3 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 12 Amy Mbacke Thiam  Senegal 8 0.217 51.79 Q
2 22 Ana Guevara  Mexico 5 0.315 52.34 Q
3 27 Otilia Silvia Ruicu  Romania 4 52.65 Q
4 34 Karen Shinkins  Ireland 2 0.258 53.27
5 T35 Norma Gonzalez  Colombia 6 0.220 53.34
6 57 Safia Abukar Hussein  Somalia 3 1:13.25
Heat 4 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 5 Cathy Freeman  Australia 3 0.258 51.63 Q
2 7 Monique Hennagan  United States 4 0.320 51.73 Q
3 8 Claudine Komgang  Cameroon 8 0.551 51.74 Q
4 24 Norfalia Carabali  Spain 7 52.36 q
5 38 Olena Rurak  Ukraine 2 0.202 53.45
6 40 Kristina Perica  Croatia 6 0.523 53.72
7 44 Awatef Ben Hassine  Tunisia 5 0.308 54.50
Heat 5 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 T3 Katharine Merry  Great Britain 7 0.336 51.61 Q
2 13 Sandie Richards  Jamaica 4 0.294 51.86 Q
3 26 Nova Peris-Kneebone  Australia 8 0.191 52.51 Q
4 28 Hana Benešová  Czech Republic 6 52.85 q
5 31 Aliann Pompey  Guyana 2 0.226 53.09 q
6 45 Verneta Lesforis  Saint Lucia 5 0.520 54.67
7 52 Klodiana Shala  Albania 1 56.41
8 Marie-José Pérec  France 3 DNS
Heat 6 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 2 Jitka Burianová  Czech Republic 4 0.302 51.59 Q
2 3T Olabisi Afolabi  Nigeria 2 0.221 51.62 Q
3 6 Lorraine Graham  Jamaica 5 51.65 Q
4 20 Allison Curbishley  Great Britain 6 0.209 52.20 q
5 29 Barbara Petrahn  Hungary 2 0.189 52.86 q
6 37 Tonique Williams  Bahamas 7 0.174 53.43
7 53 Marcia Fernanda Daniel  Dominica 8 0.222 58.20
8 56 Haissa Ali Garba  Niger 1 1:07.49
Heat 7 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 K. M. Beenamol  India 8 51.51 Q
2 17 Olga Kotlyarova  Russia 6 0.190 51.99 Q
3 25 Zana Minina  Lithuania 7 0.201 52.38 Q
4 39 Michelle Collins  United States 4 0.295 53.66
5 42 Tanya Oxley  Barbados 2 54.22
6 43 Daniela Georgieva  Bulgaria 1 54.46
7 51 Dijana Kojic  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 55.61
8 55 Awmima Mohamed  Sudan 5 1:02.94
Heat 8 of 8
Date: Friday 22 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 11 Ladonna Antoine  Canada 5 51.78 Q
2 T14 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 6 0.187 51.88 Q
3 21 Donna Fraser  Great Britain 8 0.209 52.33 Q
4 T35 Svetlana Pospelova  Russia 3 53.34
5 49 Elena Piskunova  Uzbekistan 2 0.285 55.40
6 50 Ann Mooney  Papua New Guinea 4 0.378 55.55
7 Brigita Langerholc  Slovenia 7 DNS

Overall Results Round 1

Round 1
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 K. M. Beenamol  India 7 8 1 51.51 Q
2 Jitka Burianová  Czech Republic 6 4 1 51.59 Q
3 Olabisi Afolabi  Nigeria 6 3 2 51.61 Q
Katharine Merry  Great Britain 5 7 1 51.61 Q
5 Cathy Freeman  Australia 4 3 1 51.63 Q
6 Lorraine Graham  Jamaica 6 5 3 51.65 Q
7 Monique Hennagan  United States 4 4 2 51.73 Q
8 Claudine Komgang  Cameroon 4 8 3 51.74 Q
9 La Tasha Colander-Richardson  United States 1 5 1 51.75 Q
10 Charity Opara  Nigeria 2 4 1 51.77 Q
11 Ladonna Antoine  Canada 8 5 1 51.78 Q
12 Amy Mbacke Thiam  Senegal 3 8 1 51.71 Q
13 Sandie Richards  Jamaica 5 4 2 51.86 Q
14 Mireille Nguimgo  Cameroon 1 6 2 51.88 Q
Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 8 6 2 51.88 Q
16 Heide Seyerling  South Africa 1 3 3 51.92 Q
17 Olga Kotlyarova  Russia 7 6 2 51.99 Q
18 Natalya Nazarova  Russia 2 2 2 52.05 Q
19 Damayanthi Darsha  Sri Lanka 2 6 3 52.13 Q
20 Allison Curbishley  Great Britain 6 6 4 52.20 q
21 Donna Fraser  Great Britain 8 8 3 52.33 Q
22 Ana Guevara  Mexico 3 5 2 52.34 Q
Nadjina Kaltouma  Chad 2 3 4 52.34 q
24 Norfalia Carabali  Spain 4 7 4 52.36 q
25 Zana Minina  Lithuania 7 7 3 52.38 Q
26 Nova Peris-Kneebone  Australia 5 8 3 52.51 Q
27 Otilia Silvia Ruicu  Romania 3 4 3 52.65 Q
28 Hana Benešová  Czech Republic 5 6 4 52.85 q
29 Barbara Petrahn  Hungary 6 2 5 52.86 q
30 Foy Williams  Canada 1 2 4 52.94 q
31 Aliann Pompey  Guyana 5 2 5 53.09 q
32 Lee Naylor  Australia 2 1 5 53.10 q
33 Christine Amertil  Bahamas 1 4 5 53.12
34 Karen Shinkins  Ireland 3 2 4 53.27
35 Norma Gonzalez  Colombia 3 6 5 53.34
Svetlana Pospelova  Russia 8 3 4 53.34
37 Tonique Williams  Bahamas 6 7 6 53.43
38 Olena Rurak  Ukraine 4 2 5 53.45
39 Michelle Collins  United States 7 4 4 53.66
40 Kristina Perica  Croatia 4 6 6 53.72
41 Svetlana Bodritskaya  Kazakhstan 2 5 6 53.91
42 Tanya Oxley  Barbados 7 3 5 54.22
43 Daniela Georgieva  Bulgaria 7 1 6 54.46
44 Awatef Ben Hassine  Tunisia 4 5 7 54.50
45 Verneta Lesforis  Saint Lucia 5 5 6 54.67
46 Lilian Bwalya  Zambia 2 8 7 54.77
47 Oksana Luneva  Kyrgyzstan 1 8 6 54.98
48 Hazel-Ann Regis  Grenada 1 7 7 55.11
49 Elena Piskunova  Uzbekistan 8 2 5 54.40
50 Ann Mooney  Papua New Guinea 8 4 6 55.55
51 Dijana Kojic  Bosnia and Herzegovina 7 2 7 55.61
52 Klodiana Shala  Albania 5 1 7 56.41
53 Marcia Fernanda Daniel  Dominica 6 8 7 58.20
54 Maritza Figueroa  Nicaragua 2 7 8 58.82
55 Awmima Mohamed  Sudan 7 5 8 1:02.94
56 Haissa Ali Garba  Niger 6 1 8 1:07.49
57 Safia Abukar Hussein  Somalia 3 3 6 1:13.25
Brigita Langerholc  Slovenia 3 7 DNS
Marie-José Pérec  France 5 3 DNS

Round 2[edit]

Heat 1 of 4
Date: Saturday 23 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 6 Jitka Burianová  Czech Republic 3 0.274 50.85 Q PB
2 8 Ladonna Antoine  Canada 5 0.179 50.92 Q PB
3 14 Nova Peris-Kneebone  Australia 2 0.196 51.28 Q PB
4 15 Natalya Nazarova  Russia 6 0.198 51.44 Q
5 16 Claudine Komgang  Cameroon 7 51.57
6 19 Monique Hennagan  United States 4 0.478 51.85
7 26 Nadjina Kaltouma  Chad 1 0.215 52.60
8 31 Aliann Pompey  Guyana 8 0.212 53.42
Heat 2 of 4
Date: Saturday 23 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 3 Katharine Merry  Great Britain 2 0.270 50.50 Q
2 7 Heide Seyerling  South Africa 7 0.163 50.87 Q PB
3 9 Olga Kotlyarova  Russia 6 0.182 50.97 Q
4 10 Sandie Richards  Jamaica 5 0.209 51.00 Q
5 11 Charity Opara  Nigeria 4 0.206 51.04
6 25 Zana Minina  Lithuania 8 0.300 52.53
7 27 Norfalia Carabali  Spain 1 52.63
8 28 Foy Williams  Canada 2 0.337 52.68
Heat 3 of 4
Date: Saturday 23 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 4 Lorraine Graham  Jamaica 8 0.216 50.66 Q
2 13 Ana Guevara  Mexico 5 51.19 Q
3 17 Amy Mbacke Thiam  Senegal 6 0.217 51.64 Q
4 18 K. M. Beenamol  India 4 51.81 Q
5 20 Olabisi Afolabi  Nigeria 3 0.263 51.87
6 22 Otilia Silvia Ruicu  Romania 1 52.28
7 24 Allison Curbishley  Great Britain 1 0.193 52.50
8 32 Lee Naylor  Australia 7 53.83
Heat 4 of 4
Date: Saturday 23 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Cathy Freeman  Australia 4 0.464 50.31 Q
2 2 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 6 0.196 50.49 Q
3 5 Donna Fraser  Great Britain 8 0.194 50.77 Q PB
4 12 Mireille Nguimgo  Cameroon 5 0.200 51.08 Q
5 21 La Tasha Colander-Richardson  United States 2 0.202 53.45
6 23 Damayanthi Darsha  Sri Lanka 1 0.234 52.35
7 29 Hana Benešová  Czech Republic 2 0.209 52.70
8 30 Barbara Petrahn  Hungary 7 0.224 52.72

Overall Results Round 2

Round 2
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Cathy Freeman  Australia 4 4 1 50.31 Q
2 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 4 6 2 50.49 Q
3 Katharine Merry  Great Britain 2 3 1 50.50 Q
4 Lorraine Graham  Jamaica 3 8 1 50.66 Q
5 Donna Fraser  Great Britain 4 8 3 50.77 Q PB
6 Jitka Burianová  Czech Republic 1 3 1 50.85 Q PB
7 Heide Seyerling  South Africa 2 7 2 50.87 Q PB
8 Ladonna Antoine  Canada 1 5 2 50.92 Q PB
9 Olga Kotlyarova  Russia 2 6 3 50.97 Q
10 Sandie Richards  Jamaica 2 5 4 51.00 Q
11 Charity Opara  Nigeria 2 4 5 51.04
12 Mireille Nguimgo  Cameroon 4 5 4 51.08 Q
13 Ana Guevara  Mexico 3 5 2 51.19 Q
14 Nova Peris-Kneebone  Australia 1 2 3 51.28 Q
15 Natalya Nazarova  Russia 1 6 4 51.44 Q
16 Claudine Komgang  Cameroon 1 7 5 51.57
17 Amy Mbacke Thiam  Senegal 3 6 3 51.64 Q
18 K. M. Beenamol  India 3 4 4 51.81 Q
19 Monique Hennagan  United States 1 4 6 51.85
20 Olabisi Afolabi  Nigeria 3 3 5 51.87
21 La Tasha Colander-Richardson  United States 4 3 5 52.07
22 Otilia Silvia Ruicu  Romania 3 1 6 52.28
23 Damayanthi Darsha  Sri Lanka 4 1 6 52.35
24 Allison Curbishley  Great Britain 3 2 7 52.50
25 Zana Minina  Lithuania 2 8 6 52.53
26 Nadjina Kaltouma  Chad 1 1 7 52.60
27 Norfalia Carabali  Spain 2 1 7 52.63
28 Foy Williams  Canada 2 2 8 52:68
29 Hana Benešová  Czech Republic 4 2 7 52.70
30 Barbara Petrahn  Hungary 4 7 8 52.72
31 Aliann Pompey  Guyana 1 8 8 53.42
32 Lee Naylor  Australia 3 7 8 53.83

Semi-Finals[edit]

Heat 1 of 2
Date: Sunday 24 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 5 Lorraine Graham  Jamaica 4 0.444 50.28 Q
2 6 Katharine Merry  Great Britain 3 0.301 50.32 Q
3 8 Heide Seyerling  South Africa 5 51.06 Q
4 10 Olga Kotlyarova  Russia 7 0.243 51.21 Q
5 11 Ladonna Antoine  Canada 6 0.273 51.26
6 13 Natalya Nazarova  Russia 2 0.191 51.83
7 14 Mireille Nguimgo  Cameroon 1 0.213 52.03
8 16 Nova Peris-Kneebone  Australia 8 0.263 52.49
Heat 2 of 2
Date: Sunday 24 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Qual. Record
Heat Overall
1 1 Cathy Freeman  Australia 3 0.261 50.01 Q
2 2 Ana Guevara  Mexico 5 0.370 50.11 Q
3 3 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 4 0.416 50.18 Q
4 4 Donna Fraser  Great Britain 7 0.188 50.21 Q PB
5 7 Sandie Richards  Jamaica 2 0.253 50.42 SB
6 9 Jitka Burianová  Czech Republic 6 0.255 51.15
7 12 Amy Mbacke Thiam  Senegal 1 0.238 51.60
8 15 K. M. Beenamol  India 8 52.04

Overall Results Semi-Finals

Semi-Finals
Overall Results
Place Athlete Nation Heat Lane Place Time Qual. Record
1 Cathy Freeman  Australia 2 3 1 50.01 Q
2 Ana Guevara  Mexico 2 5 2 50.11 Q
3 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 2 4 3 50.18 Q
4 Donna Fraser  Great Britain 2 7 4 50.21 Q PB
5 Lorraine Graham  Jamaica 1 4 1 50.28 Q
6 Katharine Merry  Great Britain 1 3 2 50.32 Q
7 Sandie Richards  Jamaica 2 2 5 50.42 SB
8 Heide Seyerling  South Africa 1 5 3 51.06 Q
9 Jitka Burianová  Czech Republic 2 6 6 51.15
10 Olga Kotlyarova  Russia 1 7 4 51.21 Q
11 Ladonna Antoine  Canada 1 6 5 51.26
12 Amy Mbacke Thiam  Senegal 2 1 7 51.60
13 Natalya Nazarova  Russia 1 2 6 51.83
14 Mireille Nguimgo  Cameroon 1 1 7 52.03
15 K. M. Beenamol  India 2 8 8 52.04
16 Nova Peris-Kneebone  Australia 1 8 8 52.49

Final[edit]

Cathy Freeman after the race
Date: Monday 25 September 2000
Place Athlete Nation Lane Reaction Time Record
1Gold medal icon.svg Cathy Freeman  Australia 6 0.227 49.11 SB
2Silver medal icon.svg Lorraine Graham  Jamaica 4 0.452 49.58 PB
3Bronze medal icon.svg Katharine Merry  Great Britain 3 0.270 49.72 PB
4 Donna Fraser  Great Britain 2 0.174 49.79 PB
5 Ana Guevara  Mexico 5 0.261 49.96
6 Heide Seyerling  South Africa 7 0.175 50.05 NR
7 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 8 0.254 50.12
8 Olga Kotlyarova  Russia 1 0.254 51.04

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