Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

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Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Women's 400m took place.
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates13 August 2016 (heats)
14 August 2016 (semifinals)
15 August 2016 (final)
Competitors57 from 36 nations
Winning time49.44
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Shaunae Miller  Bahamas
2nd, silver medalist(s) Allyson Felix  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Shericka Jackson  Jamaica
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The women's 400 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 13–15 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Summary[edit]

Shaunae Miller of Bahamas was the world leading runner for 2016, followed by 2015 World Champion Allyson Felix. 2012 Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross had failed to make the American team due to a hamstring injury during the American trials.[2][3]

In qualifying, 2 athletes ran under 51 seconds, American Phyllis Francis and Oluwakemi Adekoya, who ran a Bahraini record. Another Nigerian born Bahraini, 18-year-old Salwa Eid Naser, won her heat in a personal best.[4]

In the final, Natasha Hastings made up most of the stagger on one of the favorites, Shaunae Miller and held the lead to the halfway point. Miller made up the stagger on Stephenie Ann McPherson in lane 8 to her outside. Starting about 150 metres into the race, Miller accelerated, passing Hastings before the halfway point in the far turn. In lane 4, Allyson Felix ran an even pace which saw her separate from the athletes inside of her and catching Shericka Jackson late in the second turn.[5] Coming off the turn, Miller held a clear 2 metre advantage over Hastings, with Felix gaining on Hastings and Jackson more than a metre behind Felix. Hastings was passed by Felix who continued to gain on Miller. In the last few metres as Felix gained on her, Miller started to lean forward trying to get to the finish line. As Felix looked to pass her in the final step, Miller made a last desperate headlong dive across the line. The photo finish revealed her shoulders had crossed the line seven hundredths of a second ahead of Felix. Jamaican Shericka Jackson finished 3 metres back for bronze.[6]

Felix's silver became her seventh Olympic medal. She would later earn two more Olympic gold medals as part of the winning 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters teams, tying her with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated woman in track and field history, with nine Olympic medals.

Records[edit]

Prior to this 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, Georgia, United States 29 July 1996
Area
Time (s) Athlete Nation
Africa (records) 49.10 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria
Asia (records) 49.81 Ma Yuqin  China
Europe (records) 47.60 WR Marita Koch  East Germany
North, Central America
and Caribbean
(records)
48.70 Sanya Richards  United States
Oceania (records) 48.63 Cathy Freeman  Australia
South America (records) 49.64 Ximena Restrepo  Colombia

Schedule[edit]

All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 13 August 2016 11:00 Round 1
Sunday, 14 August 2016 20:35 Semifinals
Monday, 15 August 2016 22:45 Finals

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification rule: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 8 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Stephenie Ann McPherson  Jamaica 51.36 Q
2 Patience Okon George  Nigeria 51.83 Q
3 Anneliese Rubie  Australia 51.92 q, SB
4 Yuliya Olishevska  Ukraine 52.45
5 Djénébou Danté  Mali 52.85
6 Nirmala Sheoran  India 53.03
7 Gunta Latiševa-Čudare  Latvia 53.08 SB

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Allyson Felix  United States 51.24 Q
2 Olha Zemlyak  Ukraine 51.40 Q
3 Tamara Salaški  Serbia 52.70
4 Tsholofelo Thipe  South Africa 52.80
5 Iveta Putálová  Slovakia 52.82 SB
6 Aauri Bokesa  Spain 53.51
7 Seren Bundy-Davies  Great Britain 53.63

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Phyllis Francis  United States 50.58 Q
2 Kemi Adekoya  Bahrain 50.72 Q
3 Margaret Bamgbose  Nigeria 51.43 q
4 Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz  Poland 52.02 q, SB
5 Alicia Brown  Canada 52.27
6 Jailma de Lima  Brazil 52.65
7 Justine Palframan  South Africa 53.96

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Natasha Hastings  United States 51.31 Q
2 Christine Ohuruogu  Great Britain 51.40 Q
3 Maria Benedicta Chigbolu  Italy 52.06
4 Lydia Jele  Botswana 52.24
5 Olha Bibik  Ukraine 52.33
6 Kendra Clarke  Canada 53.61
7 Vijona Kryeziu  Kosovo 54.30

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Shaunae Miller  Bahamas 51.16 Q
2 Morgan Mitchell  Australia 51.30 Q
3 Ruth Spelmeyer  Germany 51.43 q, PB
4 Emily Diamond  Great Britain 51.76 q
5 Kanika Beckles  Grenada 52.41 SB
6 Bianca Răzor  Romania 52.42 SB
7 Kineke Alexander  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 52.45

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Salwa Eid Naser  Bahrain 51.06 Q, PB
2 Libania Grenot  Italy 51.17 Q
3 Floria Gueï  France 51.29 q
4 Cátia Azevedo  Portugal 52.38
5 Mariam Kromah  Liberia 52.79
6 Nguyễn Thị Huyền  Vietnam 52.97
7 Irini Vasiliou  Greece 54.37
8 Maryan Nuh Muse  Somalia 1:10.14

Heat 7[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Shericka Jackson  Jamaica 51.73 Q
2 Kabange Mupopo  Zambia 51.76 Q
3 Justyna Święty  Poland 51.82 q
4 Christine Botlogetswe  Botswana 52.37
5 Omolara Omotosho  Nigeria 53.22
6 Elina Mikhina  Kazakhstan 53.83
7 Dalal Mesfer Al-Harith  Qatar 1:07.12

Heat 8[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Christine Day  Jamaica 51.54 Q
2 Carline Muir  Canada 51.57 Q
3 Małgorzata Hołub  Poland 51.80 q
4 Geisa Coutinho  Brazil 52.05
5 Aliyah Abrams  Guyana 52.79
6 Mariama Mamoudou Ittatou  Niger 54.32
DQ (7) Anastassya Kudinova  Kazakhstan 56.03 DQ (Doping)[7]

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Phyllis Francis  United States 0.189 50.31 Q
2 5 Stephenie Ann McPherson  Jamaica 0.158 50.69 Q
3 4 Olha Zemlyak  Ukraine 0.189 50.75 q, PB
4 3 Kemi Adekoya  Bahrain 0.161 50.88
5 7 Christine Ohuruogu  Great Britain 0.145 51.22
6 2 Ruth Spelmeyer  Germany 0.155 51.61
7 8 Margaret Bamgbose  Nigeria 0.212 51.92
8 1 Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz  Poland 0.174 52.51

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Shericka Jackson  Jamaica 0.184 49.83 Q, PB
2 5 Natasha Hastings  United States 0.188 49.90 Q, SB
3 3 Salwa Eid Naser  Bahrain 0.139 50.88 PB
4 8 Floria Gueï  France 0.178 51.08
5 7 Carline Muir  Canada 0.226 51.11
6 1 Emily Diamond  Great Britain 0.178 51.49
7 2 Małgorzata Hołub  Poland 0.136 51.93
8 4 Morgan Mitchell  Australia 0.136 52.68

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 3 Allyson Felix  United States 0.174 49.67 Q, SB
2 4 Shaunae Miller  Bahamas 0.167 49.91 Q
3 6 Libania Grenot  Italy 0.156 50.60 q
4 5 Christine Day  Jamaica 0.186 51.53
5 1 Justyna Święty  Poland 0.171 51.62
6 2 Anneliese Rubie  Australia 0.172 51.96
7 8 Kabange Mupopo  Zambia 0.155 52.04
8 7 Patience Okon George  Nigeria 0.161 52.52

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 7 Shaunae Miller  Bahamas 0.155 49.44 PB
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Allyson Felix  United States 0.177 49.51 SB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Shericka Jackson  Jamaica 0.176 49.85
4 6 Natasha Hastings  United States 0.161 50.34
5 3 Phyllis Francis  United States 0.219 50.41
6 8 Stephenie Ann McPherson  Jamaica 0.133 50.97
7 1 Olha Zemlyak  Ukraine 0.183 51.24
8 2 Libania Grenot  Italy 0.149 51.25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's 400m". Rio 2016 Organisation. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ Landells, Steve (10 August 2016). Preview: women's 400m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ Senior outdoor 2016 400 Metres women. IAAF. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  4. ^ Landells, Steve (13 August 2016). Report: women's 400m heats – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Shaunae Miller's dive denies Allyson Felix 400m gold in dramatic final". The Guardian. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Shaunae Miller dives over line to win controversial Olympic gold in 400 metres". Daily Telegraph. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. ^ "IAAF News Issue 176, Positive cases in athletics Sanctioned according to information received by the IAAF as of 21 September 2016". iaaf.org. IAAF. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.