Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres hurdles
|Women's 400 metres hurdles|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Women's 400m hurdles took place.
|Dates||15 August 2016 (heats)|
16 August 2016 (semifinals)
18 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||48 from 33 nations|
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.
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 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.
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:
|Denmark||Sara Petersen (DEN)||Final||53.55 s|
|Monday, 15 August 2016||21:30||Heats|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2016||21:10||Semifinals|
|Thursday, 18 August 2016||22:15||Finals|
Qualification rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.
|2||4||Zuzana Hejnová||Czech Republic||55.54||Q|
|5||2||Sydney McLaughlin||United States||56.32||q|
|8||5||Maureen Jelagat Maiyo||Kenya||57.97|
|3||6||Grace Claxton||Puerto Rico||56.40||Q|
|5||2||Sparkle McKnight||Trinidad and Tobago||56.80|
|1||5||Ashley Spencer||United States||55.12||Q|
|3||8||Denisa Rosolova||Czech Republic||56.36||q|
|2||1||Wenda Nel||South Africa||55.55||Q|
|5||3||Janeil Bellille||Trinidad and Tobago||56.25||q|
|1||3||Dalilah Muhammad||United States||55.33||Q|
|7||5||Thị Huyền Nguyễn||Vietnam||57.87|
|1||6||Eilidh Doyle||Great Britain||55.46||Q|
|7||7||Sharolyn Scott||Costa Rica||58.27|
Qualification rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.
|1||4||Zuzana Hejnová||Czech Republic||54.55||Q, SB|
|5||2||Sydney McLaughlin||United States||56.22|
|1||5||Ashley Spencer||United States||54.87||Q|
|3||3||Eilidh Doyle||Great Britain||54.99||q|
|6||6||Wenda Nel||South Africa||55.83|
|8||2||Denisa Rosolová||Czech Republic||57.39|
|1||3||Dalilah Muhammad||United States||53.89||Q|
|3||6||Leah Nugent||Jamaica||54.98||q, PB|
|5||7||Grace Claxton||Puerto Rico||55.85||PB|
|6||2||Janeil Bellille||Trinidad and Tobago||56.06||SB|
|3||Dalilah Muhammad||United States||53.13|
|5||Ashley Spencer||United States||53.72||PB|
|4||6||Zuzana Hejnová||Czech Republic||53.92||SB|
|8||1||Eilidh Doyle||Great Britain||54.61|
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