Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles
|Men's 400 metres hurdles|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Stadium|
|Competitors||35 from 24 nations|
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. 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.
Prior to the competition[update], 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.
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.
All times are Greece Standard Time (UTC+2)
|Monday, 23 August 2004||19:30||Round 1|
|Tuesday, 24 August 2004||21:05||Semifinals|
|Thursday, 26 August 2004||22:30||Final|
Qualification rule: The first four finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next four fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the semifinals.
|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|
|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|
|1||8||James Carter||United States||48.64||Q|
|2||6||Periklis Iakovakis||Greece||48.69||Q, SB|
|4||4||Eduardo Iván Rodríguez||Spain||49.25||Q|
|1||2||Félix Sánchez||Dominican Republic||48.51||Q|
|2||5||Alwyn Myburgh||South Africa||48.84||Q|
|4||3||Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily||Saudi Arabia||49.15||Q, SB|
|7||8||Mowen Boino||Papua New Guinea||50.97||NR|
|1||8||Kemel Thompson||Jamaica||48.66||Q, SB|
|3||2||Ockert Cilliers||South Africa||49.12||Q|
|5||6||Ibrahim Al-Hamaidi||Saudi Arabia||49.64|
|6||5||Matthew Douglas||Great Britain||49.77|
Qualification rule: The first two finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall runners (q) moved on to the final.
|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|
|1||3||Danny McFarlane||Jamaica||48.00||Q, PB|
|2||5||Bennie Brazell||United States||48.19||Q|
|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|
|1||3||James Carter||United States||48.18||Q|
|2||7||Bayano Kamani||Panama||48.23||Q, NR|
|5||5||Jiří Mužík||Czech Republic||48.88|
|6||1||Ockert Cilliers||South Africa||49.01|
|6||Félix Sánchez||Dominican Republic||47.63||SB|
|4||4||James Carter||United States||48.58|
|7||1||Alwyn Myburgh||South Africa||49.07|
|8||8||Bennie Brazell||United States||49.51|
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