Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3–5 August
Competitors 49 from 40 nations
Winning time 49.55
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    United States
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The Women's 400 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3–5 August.[1]

London rains became a part of the qualifying round, where the favorites tried to make the final with minimum effort. 52.11 was the slowest time qualifier, though Tjipekapora Herunga managed a 52.31 for the slowest automatic qualifier.

In the semi-final, the weather was better. In the first semi, Sanya Richards-Ross was matched with the defending champion Christine Ohuruogu, with only two automatic qualifiers. At the gun, Richards-Ross took off, making up most of the stagger on Krivoshapka to her immediate outside. Relaxing the backstretch but exploding on the second turn, Richards-Ross had built up a huge lead, then slowed considerably on the home stretch letting Ohuruogu gain almost all the lead back. The second semi turned into a match race between Francena McCorory and world champion Amantle Montsho, running stride for stride together far ahead of the others until Montsho dipped to place first. The third semi was a much faster affair. 2012 World leader Antonina Krivoshapka took the race out as if it were the final, making up the stagger during the first turn and coming off the turn with a huge lead. She also slowed on the homestretch and looked to struggle to hold off DeeDee Trotter and Novlene Williams-Mills. Third place Williams-Mills became a time qualifier faster than the previous two heats.

In the final, unlike the memorable race four years earlier, where Richards-Ross burned herself out building a huge lead, this time Krivoshapka had the large lead through the halfway mark and held it to the home stretch, with the three Americans spread across the track a step behind. McCorory and Krivoshapka began to struggle as first Trotter, then Richards-Ross seized the lead which she would not relinquish. Before the home crowd, Ohuruogu came from several steps off the pace to catch Trotter for the silver medal, while Deedee Trotter held on for the bronze.[2]

Competition format[edit]

The Women's 400m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final.[3]


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

World record  Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record  Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996
2012 World leading  Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS) 49.16 Cheboksary, Russia 5 July 2012


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 12:00 Round 1
Saturday, 4 August 2012 20:05 Semifinals
Sunday, 5 August 2012 21:10 Finals


  • Entrants as of 27 July 2012.[4]

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Francena McCorory United States 50.78 Q
2 Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain 50.80 Q
3 Joy Nakhumicha Sakari Kenya 51.85 Q, SB
4 Joanne Cuddihy Ireland 52.09 q
5 Geisa Aparecida Coutinho Brazil 53.43
6 Marina Maslenko Kazakhstan 53.66
7 Zamzam Mohamed Farah Somalia 1:20.48

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Amantle Montsho Botswana 50.40 Q
2 Christine Day Jamaica 51.05 Q
3 Shana Cox Great Britain 52.01 Q
4 Aliann Pompey Guyana 52.10 q, =SB
5 Afia Charles Antigua and Barbuda 54.25
6 Ingrid Yahoska Narvaez Nicaragua 59.55 =SB
N/A Shaunae Miller Bahamas N/A DNF

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 DeeDee Trotter United States 50.87 Q
2 Rosemarie Whyte Jamaica 50.90 Q
3 Jenna Martin Canada 51.98 Q
4 Omolara Omotosho Nigeria 52.11 q
5 Raysa Sánchez Dominican Republic 52.47
6 Aauri Bokesa Spain 53.67
7 Zourah Ali Djibouti 1:05.37

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Sanya Richards-Ross United States 51.78 Q
2 Carol Rodríguez Puerto Rico 52.19 Q
3 Tjipekapora Herunga Namibia 52.31 Q
4 Pınar Saka Turkey 52.38
5 Sviatlana Usovich Belarus 52.40
6 Phumlile Ndzinisa Swaziland 53.95
7 Hristina Risteska Macedonia 1:00.86

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Antonina Krivoshapka Russia 50.75 Q
2 Alina Lohvynenko Ukraine 52.08 Q
3 Lee McConnell Great Britain 52.23 Q
4 Moa Hjelmer Sweden 52.86
5 Ambwene Simukonda Malawi 54.20 NR
6 Danielle Alakija Fiji 56.77
N/A Kanika Beckles Grenada N/A DNS

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Novlene Williams-Mills Jamaica 50.88 Q
2 Nataliya Pyhyda Ukraine 51.09 Q, PB
3 Libania Grenot Italy 52.13 Q
4 Joelma Sousa Brazil 52.69
5 Bianca Răzor Romania 52.83
6 Maziah Mahusin Brunei 59.28 NR
N/A Kineke Alexander Saint Vincent and the Grenadines N/A DNF

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Regina George Nigeria 51.24 Q
2 Yuliya Gushchina Russia 51.54 Q
3 Marlena Wesh Haiti 51.98 Q
4 Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal 53.23
5 Olesea Cojuhari Moldova 53.64
6 Graciela Martins Guinea-Bissau 58.30
N/A Jennifer Padilla Colombia N/A DQ
  • Jennifer Padilla originally finished in third place with a time of 51.74, but was disqualified due to lane infringement. As a result, Marlena Wesh moved up to third position to qualify for the semi-finals.


Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Sanya Richards-Ross United States 50.07 Q
2 Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain 50.22 Q, SB
3 Rosemarie Whyte Jamaica 50.98 q
4 Yuliya Gushchina Russia 51.66
5 Joanne Cuddihy Ireland 51.88
6 Tjipekapora Herunga Namibia 52.53
7 Jenna Martin Canada 52.83
8 Joy Nakhumicha Sakari Kenya 52.95

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Amantle Montsho Botswana 50.15 Q
2 Francena McCorory United States 50.19 Q
3 Libania Grenot Italy 51.18
4 Christine Day Jamaica 51.19
5 Regina George Nigeria 51.35
6 Alina Lohvynenko Ukraine 51.38
7 Aliann Pompey Guyana 52.58
8 Shana Cox Great Britain 52.58

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Antonina Krivoshapka Russia 49.81 Q
2 DeeDee Trotter United States 49.87 Q, SB
3 Novlene Williams-Mills Jamaica 49.91 q
4 Omolara Omotosho Nigeria 51.41
5 Nataliya Pyhyda Ukraine 51.41
6 Carol Rodríguez Puerto Rico 52.08
7 Lee McConnell Great Britain 52.24
8 Marlena Wesh Haiti 52.49


Rank Lanes Athlete Nation Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 6 Sanya Richards-Ross United States 49.55
2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain 49.70 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 DeeDee Trotter United States 49.72 SB
4 7 Amantle Montsho Botswana 49.75
5 2 Novlene Williams-Mills Jamaica 50.11
6 5 Antonina Krivoshapka Russia 50.17
7 9 Francena McCorory United States 50.33
8 3 Rosemarie Whyte Jamaica 50.79


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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  3. ^ "Women's 400m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Entry List by Event. IAAF (2012-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.