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
1st, gold medalist(s) Sanya Richards-Ross  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Christine Ohuruogu  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) DeeDee Trotter  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 9 Francena McCorory  United States 50.33
7 3 Rosemarie Whyte  Jamaica 50.79
N/A 5 Antonina Krivoshapka  Russia 50.17 DSQ


  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.