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2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 400 metres hurdles

The women's 400 metres hurdles at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on 17, 18 and 20 August.

In the four major championships between 2004 and 2008, the twelve available medals were won by eleven different athletes. Yuliya Pechonkina was the only athlete to reach the podium twice in that period, having won the 2005 World Championships and won the silver at the same event two years later.[1] With such a quick turnover, it was expected that new athletes would again be possible medallists, especially as Pechonkina and reigning champion Jana Pittman-Rawlinson had withdrawn prior to the competition.[2][3] However, 2005 medallist Lashinda Demus appeared to be a likely contender, having set the world-leading time of 52.63 seconds a month before the competition (significantly faster than any other athlete at that point in the season). Angela Moroşanu, Josanne Lucas were amongst the season's fastest hurdlers, but the gold and silver medallists from the Beijing Olympics, Melaine Walker and Sheena Tosta had not shown strong form.[1]

Demus and Moroşanu recorded the fastest times on the first day of the competition, which saw no surprise eliminations. Kaliese Spencer was the third fastest, making her seem a possible finalist.[4] Reigning Olympic champion Walker was the fastest in the semi-finals, with Lucas the second fastest in a national record time. Spencer, winner of the second race, was initially disqualified but was reinstated upon review.[5][6] Amaka Ogoegbunam, a Nigerian athlete, tested positive for metenolone (an anabolic steroid) after the semi-finals, becoming the second athlete of the competition to fail a drugs test after Jamel Chatbi.[7]

In the final race, Demus and Walker started fastest, with Lucas and Spencer not far behind. Demus took the lead near the final stretch but took the last two hurdles badly, allowing Walker to pass her to take the gold medal. Walker's time of 52.42 s was a Championship record and North American record, and only 0.08 seconds away from Pechonkina's world record. Bronze medallist Lucas had improved her national record by a significant amount (0.78 seconds) and fourth placed Spencer had set a new personal best.[8]

Walker had won despite modest performances in the season prior to the competition, while Demus failed to match her world-leading time she had set at the Herculis meeting in Monaco. Walker's run, which capped an Olympic and World double, was the second fastest in the history of the event. Josanne Lucas had significantly improved over the course of a year, knocking two seconds off her personal best, demonstrating her potential as a future medallist.[8][9][10]

Contents

MedalistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
Melaine Walker
  Jamaica (JAM)
Lashinda Demus
  United States (USA)
Josanne Lucas
  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)

Records before the ChampionshipsEdit

World record   Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 52.34 Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Championship record   Kim Batten (USA) 52.61 Gothenburg, Sweden 11 August 1995
World leading   Lashinda Demus (USA) 52.63 Monaco 28 July 2009
African record   Nezha Bidouane (MAR) 52.90 Sevilla, Spain 25 August 1999
Asian record   Han Qing (CHN) 53.96 Beijing, China 9 September 1993
North American record   Kim Batten (USA) 52.61 Gothenburg, Sweden 11 August 1995
South American record   Lucimar Teodoro (BRA) 55.84 Belém, Brazil 24 May 2009
European record   Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) 52.34 Tula, Russia 8 August 2003
Oceanian record   Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 53.17 Seoul, South Korea 28 September 1988

Qualification standardsEdit

A time B time
55.50 56.55

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
August 17, 2009 18:15 Heats
August 18, 2009 20:15 Semifinals
August 20, 2009 20:15 Final

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Qualification: First 4 in each heat(Q) and the next 4 fastest(q) advance to the semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Lashinda Demus   United States (USA) 54.66 Q
2 4 Angela Moroşanu   Romania (ROM) 54.70 Q
3 1 Kaliese Spencer   Jamaica (JAM) 55.12 Q
4 3 Melaine Walker   Jamaica (JAM) 55.17 Q
5 4 Tiffany Ross-Williams   United States (USA) 55.25 Q
6 2 Nickiesha Wilson   Jamaica (JAM) 55.37 Q
7 3 Natalya Antyukh   Russia (RUS) 55.40 Q
8 1 Josanne Lucas   Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 55.41 Q
9 1 Huang Xiaoxiao   China (CHN) 55.52 Q, SB
10 2 Anna Jesień   Poland (POL) 55.57 Q
11 5 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk   Ukraine (UKR) 55.63 Q
12 4 Zuzana Hejnová   Czech Republic (CZE) 55.68 Q
13 2 Eilidh Child   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 55.96 Q
14 2 Sheena Tosta   United States (USA) 56.00 Q
15 1 Vania Stambolova   Bulgaria (BUL) 56.01 Q
16 2 Ieva Zunda   Latvia (LAT) 56.05 q, SB
17 5 Natalya Ivanova   Russia (RUS) 56.11 Q
18 4 Elena Churakova   Russia (RUS) 56.13 q
19 3 Perri Shakes-Drayton   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 56.49 Q
20 3 Sara Petersen   Denmark (DEN) 56.51 Q
21 4 Élodie Ouédraogo   Belgium (BEL) 56.60 q, SB
22 5 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu   Nigeria (NGR) 56.62 Q
23 5 Jonna Tilgner   Germany (GER) 56.73 q
24 1 Satomi Kubokura   Japan (JPN) 56.91
25 3 Michelle Carey   Ireland (IRL) 56.91
26 2 Aurore Kassambara   France (FRA) 57.25
29 3 Kou Luogon   Liberia (LBR) 57.70
30 1 Tatyana Azarova   Kazakhstan (KAZ) 57.90
31 5 Carole Kaboud Mebam   Cameroon (CMR) 58.10
32 1 Hanna Titimets   Ukraine (UKR) 58.22
33 3 Laia Forcadell   Spain (ESP) 58.57
34 4 Yolanda Osana   Dominican Republic (DOM) 59.18
35 4 Aïssata Soulama   Burkina Faso (BUR) 59.20 SB
36 1 Déborah Rodríguez   Uruguay (URU) 59.21 NR
37 3 Merjen Ishangulyyeva   Turkmenistan (TKM) 1:00.75
38 2 Sayaka Aoki   Japan (JPN) 1:03.56
2 Tsvetelina Kirilova   Bulgaria (BUL) DQ
4 Amaka Ogoegbunam   Nigeria (NGR) DQ
5 Muna Jabir Adam   Sudan (SUD) DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification: First 2 in each semifinal (Q) and the next 2 fastest(q) advance to the final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 1 Melaine Walker   Jamaica (JAM) 53.26 Q, SB
2 1 Josanne Lucas   Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 53.98 Q, NR
3 1 Angela Moroşanu   Romania (ROM) 54.15 q
4 3 Lashinda Demus   United States (USA) 54.25 Q
5 2 Kaliese Spencer   Jamaica (JAM) 54.37 Q
6 2 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk   Ukraine (UKR) 54.49 Q, SB
7 2 Tiffany Ross-Williams   United States (USA) 54.79 q
8 2 Anna Jesień   Poland (POL) 54.82
9 3 Natalya Antyukh   Russia (RUS) 54.86 Q
10 3 Nickiesha Wilson   Jamaica (JAM) 54.89 SB
11 3 Zuzana Hejnová   Czech Republic (CZE) 54.99
12 1 Huang Xiaoxiao   China (CHN) 55.40 SB
13 1 Natalya Ivanova   Russia (RUS) 56.08
14 2 Elena Churakova   Russia (RUS) 56.11
15 3 Vania Stambolova   Bulgaria (BUL) 56.12
16 3 Eilidh Child   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 56.21
17 1 Sheena Tosta   United States (USA) 56.31
18 2 Ieva Zunda   Latvia (LAT) 56.66
19 1 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu   Nigeria (NGR) 56.80
20 3 Sara Petersen   Denmark (DEN) 56.99
21 3 Jonna Tilgner   Germany (GER) 57.11
22 2 Perri Shakes-Drayton   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) 57.57
23 1 Élodie Ouédraogo   Belgium (BEL) 57.58
2 Amaka Ogoegbunam   Nigeria (NGR) 58.56 DQ

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
  Melaine Walker   Jamaica (JAM) 52.42 CR, AR
  Lashinda Demus   United States (USA) 52.96
  Josanne Lucas   Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 53.20 NR
4 Kaliese Spencer   Jamaica (JAM) 53.56 PB
5 Tiffany Ross-Williams   United States (USA) 53.83 SB
6 Natalya Antyukh   Russia (RUS) 54.11 PB
7 Anastasiya Rabchenyuk   Ukraine (UKR) 54.78
8 Angela Moroşanu   Romania (ROM) 55.04

ReferencesEdit

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-09). Women's 400m Hurdles - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.
  2. ^ Hurdler Pechonkina to miss Berlin. BBC Sport (2009-08-08). Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  3. ^ Pittman-Rawlinson out of Worlds. BBC Sport (2009-07-26). Retrieved on 2009-08-09.
  4. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-17). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Heats. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  5. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-19). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Semi-Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  6. ^ Tucker, Elton (2009-08-19). Shericka does it again - 400-metre runner produces her best for a silver medal. Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.
  7. ^ Turner, Chris (2009-08-21). IAAF DAILY MEDIA BRIEFING - Aug 21 - Berlin 2009. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-22. Archived 2009-09-08.
  8. ^ a b Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-20). Event Report - Women's 400m Hurdles - Final Archived 2009-08-22 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  9. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-08-20). Berlin 2009 - Day 6 SUMMARY - 20 Aug Archived 2009-08-26 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  10. ^ Biography Lucas Josanne. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. Archived 2009-09-08.