2019 World Athletics Championships – Women's 400 metres
|Women's 400 metres |
at the 2019 World Championships
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Dates||30 September (heats)|
1 October (semi-final)
3 October (final)
|Competitors||48 from 32 nations|
The 2019 season saw only four women break 50 seconds. World leader Shaunae Miller-Uibo did it three times. Salwa Eid Naser broke it once, coming back against a challenge from Aminatou Seyni. Naser was consistently under 51, five times during the 2019 IAAF Diamond League season. Seyni was not allowed to compete in the 400 metres because of the new IAAF testosterone rule. Shericka Jackson was the fourth to break 50 at the Jamaican championships.
Those athletes were the ones to watch in the final. With multi-toned hair, the tall Miller-Uibo started like she meant business, gaining on the stagger against defending champion Phyllis Francis to her outside and by the backstretch, Francis had already made up the stagger on Justyna Święty-Ersetic to her outside. In the center of the track, Naser had also already made up the stagger on Wadeline Jonathas to her outside. Miller-Uibo and Naser hit the 200 meter split marks virtually even. Through the final turn, Naser was moving faster, opening up 4 metres by the home straight. The first time Miller-Uibo was able to see Naser, she was already behind. That final straight is usually Miller-Uibo's territory. She began stretching out her long strides to reel Naser in. Miller-Uibo steadily gained on Naser, pulling in three metres, but it wasn't enough. Miller-Uibo set a new personal best, 48.37, which became the #6 400 metre race of all time. Naser beat her with 48.14, the #3 400 of all time. Jackson held off the American duo of Jonathas and Francis, all personal bests under 50 seconds. Like all previous top 10 women's races, there were two close competitors battling to the line.
Before the competition records were as follows:
|World||47.60||Marita Koch||GDR||6 Oct 1985||Canberra, Australia|
|Championship||47.99||Jarmila Kratochvílová||TCH||10 Aug 1983||Helsinki, Finland|
|World Leading||49.05||Shaunae Miller-Uibo||BAH||27 Apr 2019||Gainesville, United States|
|African||49.10||Falilat Ogunkoya||NGA||29 Jul 1996||Atlanta, United States|
|Asian||49.08||Salwa Eid Naser||BHR||20 Jul 2018||Monaco|
|North, Central American and Caribbean||48.70||Sanya Richards-Ross||USA||16 Sep 2006||Athens, Greece|
|South American||49.64||Ximena Restrepo||COL||5 August 1992||Barcelona, Spain|
|European||47.60||Marita Koch||GDR||6 Oct 1985||Canberra, Australia|
|Oceanian||48.63||Cathy Freeman||AUS||29 Jul 1996||Atlanta, United States|
The following records were set at the competition:
|World Leading||48.14||Salwa Eid Naser||BHR||3 Oct 2019|
|North, Central American and Caribbean||48.37||Shaunae Miller-Uibo||BAH|
The event schedule, in local time (UTC+3), was as follows:
The first three in each heat (Q) and the next six fastest (q) qualified for the final.
The first two in each heat (Q) and the next two fastest (q) qualified for the final.
The final was started on 3 October at 23:50.
|5||Salwa Eid Naser||Bahrain (BHR)||48.14||AR, WL|
|7||Shaunae Miller-Uibo||Bahamas (BAH)||48.37||AR|
|3||Shericka Jackson||Jamaica (JAM)||49.47||PB|
|4||6||Wadeline Jonathas||United States (USA)||49.60||PB|
|5||8||Phyllis Francis||United States (USA)||49.61||PB|
|6||4||Stephenie Ann McPherson||Jamaica (JAM)||50.89|
|7||9||Justyna Święty-Ersetic||Poland (POL)||50.95|
|8||2||Iga Baumgart-Witan||Poland (POL)||51.29|
- Start list
- "400 Metres Women − Records". IAAF. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Women's 400 Metres − Timetable". IAAF. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- Heats results
- Semi-finals results
- "400 Metres Women − Final − Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.