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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

The men's 400 metres hurdles at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 23 to 26.[1]

Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Date23–26 August
Competitors35 from 24 nations
Winning time47.63
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Félix Sánchez
 Dominican Republic
2nd, silver medalist(s) Danny McFarlane
 Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Naman Keïta
 France
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The first round had split a full roster of runners into eight heats with the first four gaining a direct qualification and then the next four fastest across all heats advancing to the semifinals. The top two runners in each of the three semifinal heats moved on directly to the final, and they were immediately joined by the next two fastest from any of the semifinals.

In the final, a false start had been accredited to at least three athletes including Dominican Republic's Félix Sánchez, a solid pre-race favorite in this event. Nonetheless, he sped out of the blocks, and quickly opened his lead over the American and fastest pre-Olympic entrant James Carter on the sixth hurdle. The two had chased against each other towards the final bend with Carter pulling ahead into the lead. As Carter went backwards in the last two hurdles, Sanchez left the field trailing to quickly move again to the front and maintained it to a blazing finish in his seasonal best at 47.63 seconds, extending his winning streak on his forty-third race since the previous defeat in 2001.[2] Behind him, Jamaican hurdler Danny McFarlane and delighted Frenchman Naman Keïta edged Carter out to a ragged fourth to deny the American supremacy on the podium for the first time at a non-boycotted Games since 1968, giving both of them the silver and bronze respectively.[3][4]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Kevin Young (USA) 46.78 s Barcelona, Spain 6 August 1992
Olympic record   Kevin Young (USA) 46.78 s Barcelona, Spain 6 August 1992

No new records were set during the competition.

QualificationEdit

The qualification period for athletics was 1 January 2003 to 9 August 2004. For the men's 400 metres hurdles, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 49.20 seconds or faster during the qualification period. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had run the race in 49.50 seconds or faster could be entered.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)

Date Time Round
Monday, 23 August 2004 19:30 Round 1
Tuesday, 24 August 2004 21:05 Semifinals
Thursday, 26 August 2004 22:30 Final

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Qualification rule: The first four finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next four fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the semifinals.[5]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 Angelo Taylor   United States 48.79 Q
2 6 Jiří Mužík   Czech Republic 48.85 Q, SB
3 3 Chris Rawlinson   Great Britain 48.94 Q
4 5 Boris Gorban   Russia 49.25 Q
5 2 Yevgeniy Meleshenko   Kazakhstan 49.43 q
6 4 Ken Yoshizawa   Japan 50.95
7 7 Kurt Couto   Mozambique 51.18 NR

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 2 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 48.53 Q, SB
2 3 Bennie Brazell   United States 48.57 Q
3 5 Marek Plawgo   Poland 48.67 Q, SB
4 4 Llewellyn Herbert   South Africa 48.70 Q
5 6 Štěpán Tesařík   Czech Republic 49.44 q
6 7 Alaa Motar   Iraq 51.97
8 Yacnier Luis   Cuba DSQ

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 James Carter   United States 48.64 Q
2 6 Periklis Iakovakis   Greece 48.69 Q, SB
3 7 Dai Tamesue   Japan 48.80 Q
4 4 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez   Spain 49.25 Q
5 2 Bayano Kamani   Panama 49.37 q
6 3 Ibrahima Maïga   Mali 50.63
7 5 Michael Aguilar   Belize 51.21

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 2 Félix Sánchez   Dominican Republic 48.51 Q
2 5 Alwyn Myburgh   South Africa 48.84 Q
3 4 Mikhail Lipsky   Russia 49.00 Q
4 3 Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily   Saudi Arabia 49.15 Q, SB
5 7 Dean Griffiths   Jamaica 49.41 q
6 6 Cédric El-Idrissi   Switzerland 49.44
7 8 Mowen Boino   Papua New Guinea 50.97 NR

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 Kemel Thompson   Jamaica 48.66 Q, SB
2 3 Naman Keïta   France 48.88 Q
3 2 Ockert Cilliers   South Africa 49.12 Q
4 4 Edivaldo Monteiro   Portugal 49.53 Q
5 6 Ibrahim Al-Hamaidi   Saudi Arabia 49.64
6 5 Matthew Douglas   Great Britain 49.77
7 7 Ibrahim Tondi   Niger 52.62

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification rule: The first two finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall runners (q) moved on to the final.[6]

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 5 Félix Sánchez   Dominican Republic 47.93 Q
2 3 Marek Plawgo   Poland 48.16 Q, NR
3 6 Alwyn Myburgh   South Africa 48.21 q, SB
4 4 Angelo Taylor   United States 48.72
5 7 Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily   Saudi Arabia 48.98 SB
6 2 Mikhail Lipskiy   Russia 49.10
7 1 Edivaldo Monteiro   Portugal 49.26
8 8 Dean Griffiths   Jamaica 49.51

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 48.00 Q, PB
2 5 Bennie Brazell   United States 48.19 Q
3 4 Dai Tamesue   Japan 48.46 SB
4 6 Periklis Iakovakis   Greece 48.47 SB
5 2 Llewellyn Herbert   South Africa 48.57
6 8 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez   Spain 49.77
7 7 Štěpán Tesařík   Czech Republic 49.87
8 1 Chris Rawlinson   Great Britain 50.89

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 James Carter   United States 48.18 Q
2 7 Bayano Kamani   Panama 48.23 Q, NR
3 6 Naman Keïta   France 48.24 q
4 4 Kemel Thompson   Jamaica 48.25 SB
5 5 Jiří Mužík   Czech Republic 48.88
6 1 Ockert Cilliers   South Africa 49.01
7 2 Boris Gorban   Russia 49.46
8 8 Yevgeniy Meleshenko   Kazakhstan 49.48

FinalEdit

[7]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
  6 Félix Sánchez   Dominican Republic 47.63 SB
  5 Danny McFarlane   Jamaica 48.11
  7 Naman Keïta   France 48.26
4 4 James Carter   United States 48.58
5 2 Bayano Kamani   Panama 48.74
6 3 Marek Plawgo   Poland 49.00
7 1 Alwyn Myburgh   South Africa 49.07
8 8 Bennie Brazell   United States 49.51

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Men's 400 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Sanchez storms to gold". BBC Sport. 27 August 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ Barclay, Bill (27 August 2004). "Invincible Sanchez storms to gold". Rediff.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  4. ^ Tucker, Elton (27 August 2004). "McFarlane wins third medal for Jamaica". Gleaner Company. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 400m Hurdles Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 400m Hurdles Semifinals". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  7. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Men's 400m Hurdles Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.

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