Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Dates 21–24 August
Competitors 42 from 31 nations
Winning time 49.42
Medalists
Gold medal    Bahamas
Silver medal    Mexico
Bronze medal    Russia
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2004 Summer Olympics
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The women's 400 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 21 to 24.

The first round had split a full roster of runners into eight heats with the first three gaining a direct qualification and then the next six fastest across all heats advancing to the semifinals. The top two runners in each of the three semifinal heats moved on directly to the final, and they are immediately joined by the next two fastest from any of the semifinals.

Coming into the final, the fastest qualifiers were Monique Hennagan and Natalya Antyukh challenging each other in their semi final, Tonique Williams-Darling racing DeeDee Trotter in theirs, with world champion Ana Guevara cruising her semi final just staying ahead of Christine Amertil. In the final, Hennagan again went for the lead with Amertil and Natalya Nazarova each taking their shot at her in the first 200, only to fade after. Starting slightly slower, Williams came on strongly on the backstretch, marked by Guevara around the second turn. Coming off the turn Guevara had Williams where she wanted her, and Sanya Richards about even with Hennigan a couple of steps behind, with Antyukh and Trotter another step behind. Less than 50 meters from the finish, Guevara moved into the lead, but Williams kicked it into a different gear and pulled away to finish with gold.[1][2] On the inside, Trotter rocketed past Richards and was gaining on Hennagan. Hennagan tried to fight, long striding with a slowing cadence to the finish, losing ground to a fast closing Antyukh. Defeated, Guevara gave up the fight and glided across the finish line with silver. 3 meters back, Antyukh clearly beat a wilting Hennagan, who still managed to hold off the fast closing Trotter.

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 s Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record  Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25 s Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996

No new records were set during the competition.

Qualification[edit]

The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's 400 metres, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 51.50 seconds or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 52.30 seconds or faster could be entered.

Schedule[edit]

All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 21 August 2004 09:50 Round 1
Sunday, 22 August 2004 22:20 Semifinals
Tuesday, 24 August 2004 22:50 Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Qualification rule: The first three finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next six fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the semifinals.[3]

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 Ana Guevara Mexico 50.93 Q
2 5 Lee McConnell Great Britain 51.19 Q
3 4 Grażyna Prokopek Poland 51.29 Q, PB
4 7 Fatou Bintou Fall Senegal 51.87 q
5 2 Hortense Bewouda Cameroon 52.11
6 6 Oksana Luneva Kyrgyzstan 52.94
7 3 Ruwida El-Hubti Libya 1:03.57 NR

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Monique Hennagan United States 51.02 Q
2 8 Mariyana Dimitrova Bulgaria 51.29 Q
3 7 Kaltouma Nadjina Chad 51.50 Q
4 3 Nadia Davy Jamaica 52.04
5 2 Maria Laura Almirão Brazil 52.10
6 6 Kirsi Mykkänen Finland 52.53
7 5 Bo Fanfang China 56.01

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Natalya Nazarova Russia 50.82 Q
2 7 Donna Fraser Great Britain 51.19 Q
3 2 Hazel-Ann Regis Grenada 51.66 Q
4 5 Estie Wittstock South Africa 51.89 q
5 6 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 52.44
6 8 Amantle Montsho Botswana 53.77 NR
7 4 Zamira Amirova Uzbekistan 54.43

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 7 Natalya Antyukh Russia 50.54 Q
2 5 DeeDee Trotter United States 50.56 Q
3 6 Novlene Williams Jamaica 50.59 Q, PB
4 3 Aliann Pompey Guyana 51.33 q
5 8 Egle Uljas Estonia 51.91 q, NR
6 2 Svetlana Bodritskaya Kazakhstan 53.35
7 4 Shifana Ali Maldives 1:00.92 NR

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 Tonique Williams-Darling Bahamas 51.20 Q
2 5 Sviatlana Usovich Belarus 51.37 Q
3 3 Antonina Yefremova Ukraine 51.53 Q
4 2 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 51.90 q
5 4 Allison Beckford Jamaica 52.85
6 7 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni Togo 52.87
7 6 Damayanthi Dharsha Sri Lanka 54.58

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 2 Sanya Richards United States 50.11 Q
2 3 Christine Amertil Bahamas 50.23 Q, PB
3 7 Christine Ohurougu Great Britain 50.50 Q, PB
4 8 Tiandra Ponteen Saint Kitts and Nevis 51.17 q
5 4 Geisa Coutinho Brazil 52.18
6 5 Makelesi Bulikiobo Fiji 53.58
7 6 Salamtou Hassane Niger 1:03.28 NR

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification rule: The first two finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall runners (q) moved on to the final.[4]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Ana Guevara Mexico 50.15 Q
2 3 Christine Amertil Bahamas 50.17 Q, PB
3 5 Sanya Richards United States 50.54 q
4 1 Christine Ohurougu Great Britain 51.00
5 2 Tiandra Ponteen Saint Kitts and Nevis 51.33
6 6 Sviatlana Usovich Belarus 51.42
7 7 Hazel-Ann Regis Grenada 51.47
8 8 Egle Uljas Estonia 53.13

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Tonique Williams-Darling Bahamas 50.00 Q
2 5 DeeDee Trotter United States 50.14 Q, PB
3 3 Natalya Nazarova Russia 50.63 q
4 1 Fatou Bintou Fall Senegal 51.21
5 8 Kaltouma Nadjina Chad 51.57
6 2 Estie Wittstock South Africa 51.77
7 6 Donna Fraser Great Britain 51.94
8 7 Grażyna Prokopek Poland 51.96

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 5 Monique Hennagan United States 49.88 Q
2 4 Natalya Antyukh Russia 50.04 Q
3 1 Novlene Williams Jamaica 50.85
4 6 Mariyana Dimitrova Bulgaria 51.20 PB
5 7 Aliann Pompey Guyana 51.61
6 2 Antonina Yefremova Ukraine 51.90
7 8 Mireille Nguimgo Cameroon 52.21
8 3 Lee McConnell Great Britain 52.63

Final[edit]

[5]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Tonique Williams-Darling Bahamas 49.42
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Ana Guevara Mexico 49.56 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Natalya Antyukh Russia 49.89
4 5 Monique Hennagan United States 49.97
5 1 DeeDee Trotter United States 50.00 PB
6 2 Sanya Richards United States 50.19
7 8 Christine Amertil Bahamas 50.37
8 7 Natalya Nazarova Russia 50.65

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tonique Williams-Darling Wins Gold Medal". The Bahamas Post. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Williams claims 400m gold". BBC Sport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Semifinals". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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