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

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Women's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Stadium
Date 21–25 August
Competitors 34 from 25 nations
Winning time 52.82
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Faní Halkiá  Greece
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ionela Târlea-Manolache  Romania
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova  Ukraine
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The women's 400 metres hurdles at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 21 to 25.

The first round had split a full roster of runners into five heats with the first two gaining a direct qualification and then the next six fastest across all heats advancing to the semifinals. The top four runners in each of the three semifinal heats moved on directly to the final.

The final was expected to witness four early-season favorites, U.S. top runner Sheena Johnson, 1999 world champion Jana Pittman, current world record holder Yuliya Pechenkina, and two-time European champion Ionela Târlea-Manolache, challenging each other for the Olympic title. Inside the stadium, however, the raucous Greek crowd turned their attention on home favorite Faní Halkiá, who had previously lowered the Olympic record by 0.05 of a second in the semifinals. From the start in lane four, Halkia drew level with Pittman outside her at the halfway turn, until she quickly pulled away from the field on the last hundred metres and cleared the final hurdle. With none of the pre-race favorites willing to chase her on the home stretch, Halkia raced comfortably to an Olympic gold.[1][2] Behind her, Târlea-Manolache and Ukraine's Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova came through on the inside to take the silver and bronze medals respectively.[3] Running bravely against a tore knee injury, Pittman managed to finish the race in fifth place, while Pechenkina stumbled behind on a wretched run to round out the field in last.[1]

Halkia's triumph proved to be a redemption for the host nation Greece in track and field, after the anti-doping scandal and suspicious affair on 2000 Olympic medalists and sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Ekaterini Thanou that tainted the start of the Games.[3]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Yuliya Pechenkina (RUS) 52.34 s Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Olympic record  Deon Hemmings (JAM) 52.82 s Atlanta, United States 31 July 1996

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Result Record
22 August Semifinal 2 Faní Halkiá  Greece 52.77 OR

Qualification[edit]

The qualification period for Athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the women's 400 metres hurdles, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 55.60 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 56.25 seconds or faster could be entered.

Schedule[edit]

All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 21 August 2004 09:05 Round 1
Sunday, 22 August 2004 21:20 Semifinals
Wednesday, 25 August 2004 21:55 Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

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

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 2 Yuliya Pechenkina  Russia 53.57 Q, SB
2 7 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova  Ukraine 54.63 Q
3 8 Ulrike Urbansky  Germany 55.15 q, SB
4 4 Monika Niederstätter  Italy 55.57
5 6 Cora Olivero  Spain 56.19
6 5 Patrina Allen  Jamaica 56.40
7 3 Aïssata Soulama  Burkina Faso 57.60 PB

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 2 Jana Pittman  Australia 54.83 Q
2 3 Yekaterina Bikert  Russia 54.95 Q
3 5 Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova  Kazakhstan 55.22 q, SB
4 4 Ieva Zunda  Latvia 56.21
5 7 Benedetta Ceccarelli  Italy 56.28
6 6 Surita Febbraio  South Africa 56.49

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 5 Ionela Târlea-Manolache  Romania 54.41 Q
2 4 Brenda Taylor  United States 54.72 Q
3 2 Nezha Bidouane  Morocco 55.69
4 8 Anna Jesień  Poland 56.03
5 6 Shevon Stoddart  Jamaica 56.61
6 3 Klodiana Shala  Albania 1:00.00
7 Stephanie Kampf  Germany DNS

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 5 Faní Halkiá  Greece 53.85 Q, NR
2 7 Lashinda Demus  United States 54.66 Q
3 2 Yekaterina Bakhvalova  Russia 55.16 q
4 8 Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes  Jamaica 55.21 q, SB
5 4 Yvonne Harrison  Puerto Rico 55.84
6 3 Mame Tacko Diouf  Senegal 57.25
7 6 Salhate Djamalidine  Comoros 59.72

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Małgorzata Pskit  Poland 54.75 Q, PB
2 3 Sheena Johnson  United States 54.81 Q
3 8 Huang Xiaoxiao  China 54.81 q, PB
4 5 Androula Sialou  Cyprus 55.02 q
5 2 Daimí Pernía  Cuba 55.91
6 6 Andrea Blackett  Barbados 56.49
7 7 Galina Pedan  Kyrgyzstan 59.02

Semifinals[edit]

Qualification rule: The first four finishers in each heat (Q) moved on to the final.[5]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 6 Yuliya Pechenkina  Russia 53.31 Q, SB
2 3 Jana Pittman  Australia 54.05 Q
3 1 Sheena Johnson  United States 54.32 Q
4 4 Brenda Taylor  United States 55.02 Q
5 8 Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova  Kazakhstan 55.08 SB
6 5 Małgorzata Pskit  Poland 55.24
7 7 Ulrike Urbansky  Germany 56.44
8 2 Androula Sialou  Cyprus 1:05.72

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Faní Halkiá  Greece 52.77 Q, OR
2 3 Ionela Târlea-Manolache  Romania 53.32 Q, SB
3 6 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova  Ukraine 53.37 Q, NR
4 8 Yekaterina Bikert  Russia 53.79 Q
5 5 Lashinda Demus  United States 54.32
6 7 Yekaterina Bakhvalova  Russia 54.98
7 2 Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes  Jamaica 54.99 SB
8 1 Huang Xiaoxiao  China 55.53

Final[edit]

[6]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Faní Halkiá  Greece 52.82
2nd, silver medalist(s) 3 Ionela Târlea-Manolache  Romania 53.38
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova  Ukraine 53.44
4 8 Sheena Johnson  United States 53.83
5 5 Jana Pittman  Australia 53.92
6 7 Yekaterina Bikert  Russia 54.18
7 2 Brenda Taylor  United States 54.97
8 6 Yuliya Pechenkina  Russia 55.79

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Halkia win sends Athens crowd wild". CNN. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Halkia gold gives Greeks a heroine to cheer". The Telegraph. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Halkia sends Greece wild". BBC Sport. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Hurdles Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Hurdles Semifinals". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Hurdles Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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