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

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Women's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Women's 400m hurdles took place.
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates15 August 2016 (heats)
16 August 2016 (semifinals)
18 August 2016 (final)
Competitors48 from 33 nations
Winning time53.13
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Dalilah Muhammad  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sara Petersen  Denmark
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ashley Spencer  United States
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The women's 400 metres hurdles competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was held at the Olympic Stadium between 15–18 August.[1]

Summary[edit]

Muhammad celebrating

The 2012 Olympic champion Natalya Antyukh could not have entered due to Russia's team doping ban. Of the medallists from the 2012 Olympics and 2015 World Championships only Czech athlete Zuzana Hejnová was present, though her form had been lacking that season. The three American medallists of that period did not qualify at the American trials, which were headed by Dalilah Muhammad in a world-leading 52.88 seconds. Top-four ranked Shamier Little and Georganne Moline were beaten by Ashley Spencer and 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin there. Janieve Russell of Jamaica ranked third for the season but had fitness issues in preparation. Eilidh Doyle, Sara Slott Petersen and Wenda Nel were the only other entrants with times under 54.5 seconds that year.[2][3]

In the final, Dalilah Muhammad went out aggressively, with a clear lead over the first hurdle. She made up the stagger on Sara Petersen to her outside before the end of the first turn. When they hit the backstretch the positions revealed Peterson was clearly out second best. She continued to lead down the backstretch and through the turn, with Peterson trying to keep pace from behind with further to run around the turn. Its an all or nothing strategy, the only question is if she would tie up in the last 100. Muhammad had to stretch her strides to get over the eighth hurdle, a tip to Petersen that Muhammad might come back. Petersen made a run at Muhammad, perhaps achieving a slight gain between the ninth and tenth hurdle. But Muhammad didn't tie up, the gap didn't shrink and Muhammad had a clear victory. At the eight hurdle, two time world champion and the only returning medalist from 2012 Zuzana Hejnová and Janieve Russel were in a battle for bronze. Ashley Spencer and Eilidh Doyle were in a battle for dead last place, 3 metres behind the bronze medal battle. Over the last two hurdles, Russel faded, while Hejnová stayed about the same distance behind Petersen. But Spencer was in a different gear, running the last hundred like a 100-metre hurdler, passing three Jamaicans and Hejnová then continuing her rush, making a run at Petersen.

Petersen broke her own Danish National Record while winning silver.

The following evening the medals were presented by Nita Ambani, IOC member, India and Nawal El Moutawakel, Council Member of the IAAF.

Competition format[edit]

The women's 400 m hurdles competition had three rounds: a heats round with six races, three semi-finals, and a single final. The top three from each heat and the six fastest non-qualifiers progress to the semi-final stage. The top two of each semi-final and the two fastest non-qualifiers of that round compete in the final.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Yuliya Pechenkina (RUS) 52.34 Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Olympic record  Melaine Walker (JAM) 52.64 Beijing, China 20 August 2008
2016 World leading  Dalilah Muhammad (USA) 52.88 Eugene, United States 10 July 2016

The following national record was established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Time Notes
Denmark  Sara Petersen (DEN) Final 53.55 s

Schedule[edit]

All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Monday, 15 August 2016 21:30 Heats
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 21:10 Semifinals
Thursday, 18 August 2016 22:15 Finals

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Qualification rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 7 Ristananna Tracey  Jamaica 54.88 Q
2 4 Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic 55.54 Q
3 1 Ayomide Folorunso  Italy 55.78 Q
4 6 Stina Troest  Denmark 56.06 q
5 2 Sydney McLaughlin  United States 56.32 q
6 3 Petra Fontanive  Switzerland 56.80
7 8 Zurian Hechavarría  Cuba 57.28
8 5 Maureen Jelagat Maiyo  Kenya 57.97

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 7 Joanna Linkiewicz  Poland 56.07 Q
2 3 Janieve Russel  Jamaica 56.13 Q
3 6 Grace Claxton  Puerto Rico 56.40 Q
4 8 Tia-Adana Belle  Barbados 56.68
5 2 Sparkle McKnight  Trinidad and Tobago 56.80
6 4 Jackie Baumann  Germany 59.04
7 5 Drita Islami  Macedonia 1:01.18
8 1 Chanice Chase-Taylor  Canada 1:02.83

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Ashley Spencer  United States 55.12 Q
2 7 Leah Nugent  Jamaica 55.66 Q
2 6 Viktoriya Tkachuk  Ukraine 56.14 Q
3 8 Denisa Rosolova  Czech Republic 56.36 q
4 1 Lea Sprunger  Switzerland 56.58
5 3 Amalie Iuel  Norway 56.75
6 4 Hayat Lambarki  Morocco 1:00.83
7 2 Lilit Harutyunyan  Armenia 1:03.13

Heat 4[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Sara Petersen  Denmark 55.20 Q
2 1 Wenda Nel  South Africa 55.55 Q
3 4 Emilia Ankiewicz  Poland 55.89 Q
4 7 Yadisleidy Pedroso  Italy 55.91 q
5 3 Janeil Bellille  Trinidad and Tobago 56.25 q
6 2 Katsiaryna Belanovich  Belarus 56.55
7 8 Axelle Dauwens  Belgium 57.68
8 6 Ghofrane Mohammad  Syria 58.85

Heat 5[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Dalilah Muhammad  United States 55.33 Q
2 7 Noelle Montcalm  Canada 56.07 Q
3 6 Hanna Titimets  Ukraine 56.24 Q
4 1 Lauren Wells  Australia 56.26 q
5 2 Phara Anacharsis  France 56.64
6 4 Vera Barbosa  Portugal 57.28
7 5 Thị Huyền Nguyễn  Vietnam 57.87
8 8 Natalya Asanova  Uzbekistan 1:02.37

Heat 6[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Eilidh Doyle  Great Britain 55.46 Q
2 1 Sage Watson  Canada 55.93 Q
3 3 Olena Kolesnychenko  Ukraine 56.61 Q
4 2 Amaka Ogoegbunam  Nigeria 56.96
5 5 Satomi Kubokura  Japan 57.34
6 8 Marzia Caravelli  Italy 57.77
7 7 Sharolyn Scott  Costa Rica 58.27
8 4 Aleksandra Romanova  Kazakhstan 59.36

Semifinals[edit]

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

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic 54.55 Q, SB
2 5 Ristananna Tracey  Jamaica 54.80 Q
3 6 Joanna Linkiewicz  Poland 55.35
4 1 Stina Troest  Denmark 56.00 SB
5 2 Sydney McLaughlin  United States 56.22
6 3 Noelle Montcalm  Canada 56.28
7 7 Ayomide Folorunso  Italy 56.37
8 8 Olena Kolesnychenko  Ukraine 56.77

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Ashley Spencer  United States 54.87 Q
2 4 Janieve Russel  Jamaica 54.92 Q
3 3 Eilidh Doyle  Great Britain 54.99 q
4 7 Hanna Titimets  Ukraine 55.27
5 1 Yadisleidy Pedroso  Italy 55.78 SB
6 6 Wenda Nel  South Africa 55.83
7 8 Emilia Ankiewicz  Poland 56.99
8 2 Denisa Rosolová  Czech Republic 57.39

Semifinal 3[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Dalilah Muhammad  United States 53.89 Q
2 5 Sara Petersen  Denmark 54.55 Q
3 6 Leah Nugent  Jamaica 54.98 q, PB
4 4 Sage Watson  Canada 55.44
5 7 Grace Claxton  Puerto Rico 55.85 PB
6 2 Janeil Bellille  Trinidad and Tobago 56.06 SB
7 1 Lauren Wells  Australia 56.83
8 8 Viktoriya Tkachuk  Ukraine 56.87

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 3 Dalilah Muhammad  United States 53.13
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Sara Petersen  Denmark 53.55 NR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Ashley Spencer  United States 53.72 PB
4 6 Zuzana Hejnová  Czech Republic 53.92 SB
5 7 Ristananna Tracey  Jamaica 54.15 PB
6 2 Leah Nugent  Jamaica 54.45 PB
7 8 Janieve Russel  Jamaica 54.56
8 1 Eilidh Doyle  Great Britain 54.61

References[edit]

  1. ^ Women's 400m Hurdles - Standings Archived 5 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. Rio2016. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  2. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2016-08-10). Preview: women's 400m hurdles – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  3. ^ Senior outdoor 2016 400 Metres Hurdles women. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.