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Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

The women's 400 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program were held at the Athens Olympic Stadium from August 21 to 24.[1]

Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Stadium
Dates21–24 August
Competitors42 from 31 nations
Winning time49.42
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tonique Williams-Darling  Bahamas
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ana Guevara  Mexico
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Natalya Antyukh  Russia
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The first round had split a full roster of runners into eight heats with the first three gaining a direct qualification and then the next six 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 are immediately joined by the next two fastest from any of the semifinals.

Coming into the final, the fastest qualifiers were Monique Hennagan and Natalya Antyukh challenging each other in their semi final, Tonique Williams-Darling racing DeeDee Trotter in theirs, with world champion Ana Guevara cruising her semi final just staying ahead of Christine Amertil. In the final, Hennagan again went for the lead with Amertil and Natalya Nazarova each taking their shot at her in the first 200, only to fade after. Starting slightly slower, Williams came on strongly on the backstretch, marked by Guevara around the second turn. Coming off the turn Guevara had Williams where she wanted her, and Sanya Richards about even with Hennigan a couple of steps behind, with Antyukh and Trotter another step behind. Less than 50 meters from the finish, Guevara moved into the lead, but Williams kicked it into a different gear and pulled away to finish with gold.[2][3] On the inside, Trotter rocketed past Richards and was gaining on Hennagan. Hennagan tried to fight, long striding with a slowing cadence to the finish, losing ground to a fast closing Antyukh. Defeated, Guevara gave up the fight and glided across the finish line with silver. 3 meters back, Antyukh clearly beat a wilting Hennagan, who still managed to hold off the fast closing Trotter.

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RecordsEdit

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

World record   Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 s Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record   Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25 s Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996

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, each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had run the race in 51.50 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 52.30 seconds or faster could be entered.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 21 August 2004 09:50 Round 1
Sunday, 22 August 2004 22:20 Semifinals
Tuesday, 24 August 2004 22:50 Final

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Qualification rule: The first three finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next six fastest overall runners (q) advanced to the semifinals.[4]

Heat 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 Ana Guevara   Mexico 50.93 Q
2 5 Lee McConnell   Great Britain 51.19 Q
3 4 Grażyna Prokopek   Poland 51.29 Q, PB
4 7 Fatou Bintou Fall   Senegal 51.87 q
5 2 Hortense Bewouda   Cameroon 52.11
6 6 Oksana Luneva   Kyrgyzstan 52.94
7 3 Ruwida El-Hubti   Libya 1:03.57 NR

Heat 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Monique Hennagan   United States 51.02 Q
2 8 Mariyana Dimitrova   Bulgaria 51.29 Q
3 7 Kaltouma Nadjina   Chad 51.50 Q
4 3 Nadia Davy   Jamaica 52.04
5 2 Maria Laura Almirão   Brazil 52.10
6 6 Kirsi Mykkänen   Finland 52.53
7 5 Bo Fanfang   China 56.01

Heat 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 3 Natalya Nazarova   Russia 50.82 Q
2 7 Donna Fraser   Great Britain 51.19 Q
3 2 Hazel-Ann Regis   Grenada 51.66 Q
4 5 Estie Wittstock   South Africa 51.89 q
5 6 Amy Mbacke Thiam   Senegal 52.44
6 8 Amantle Montsho   Botswana 53.77 NR
7 4 Zamira Amirova   Uzbekistan 54.43

Heat 4Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 7 Natalya Antyukh   Russia 50.54 Q
2 5 DeeDee Trotter   United States 50.56 Q
3 6 Novlene Williams   Jamaica 50.59 Q, PB
4 3 Aliann Pompey   Guyana 51.33 q
5 8 Egle Uljas   Estonia 51.91 q, NR
6 2 Svetlana Bodritskaya   Kazakhstan 53.35
7 4 Shifana Ali   Maldives 1:00.92 NR

Heat 5Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 8 Tonique Williams-Darling   Bahamas 51.20 Q
2 5 Sviatlana Usovich   Belarus 51.37 Q
3 3 Antonina Yefremova   Ukraine 51.53 Q
4 2 Mireille Nguimgo   Cameroon 51.90 q
5 4 Allison Beckford   Jamaica 52.85
6 7 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni   Togo 52.87
7 6 Damayanthi Dharsha   Sri Lanka 54.58

Heat 6Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 2 Sanya Richards   United States 50.11 Q
2 3 Christine Amertil   Bahamas 50.23 Q, PB
3 7 Christine Ohuruogu   Great Britain 50.50 Q, PB
4 8 Tiandra Ponteen   Saint Kitts and Nevis 51.17 q
5 4 Geisa Coutinho   Brazil 52.18
6 5 Makelesi Bulikiobo   Fiji 53.58
7 6 Salamtou Hassane   Niger 1:03.28 NR

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification rule: The first two finishers in each heat (Q) plus the next two fastest overall runners (q) moved on to the final.[5]

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Ana Guevara   Mexico 50.15 Q
2 3 Christine Amertil   Bahamas 50.17 Q, PB
3 5 Sanya Richards   United States 50.54 q
4 1 Christine Ohuruogu   Great Britain 51.00
5 2 Tiandra Ponteen   Saint Kitts and Nevis 51.33
6 6 Sviatlana Usovich   Belarus 51.42
7 7 Hazel-Ann Regis   Grenada 51.47
8 8 Egle Uljas   Estonia 53.13

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 4 Tonique Williams-Darling   Bahamas 50.00 Q
2 5 DeeDee Trotter   United States 50.14 Q, PB
3 3 Natalya Nazarova   Russia 50.63 q
4 1 Fatou Bintou Fall   Senegal 51.21
5 8 Kaltouma Nadjina   Chad 51.57
6 2 Estie Wittstock   South Africa 51.77
7 6 Donna Fraser   Great Britain 51.94
8 7 Grażyna Prokopek   Poland 51.96

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
1 5 Monique Hennagan   United States 49.88 Q
2 4 Natalya Antyukh   Russia 50.04 Q
3 1 Novlene Williams   Jamaica 50.85
4 6 Mariyana Dimitrova   Bulgaria 51.20 PB
5 7 Aliann Pompey   Guyana 51.61
6 2 Antonina Yefremova   Ukraine 51.90
7 8 Mireille Nguimgo   Cameroon 52.21
8 3 Lee McConnell   Great Britain 52.63

FinalEdit

[6]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Result Notes
  4 Tonique Williams-Darling   Bahamas 49.42
  3 Ana Guevara   Mexico 49.56 SB
  6 Natalya Antyukh   Russia 49.89
4 5 Monique Hennagan   United States 49.97
5 1 DeeDee Trotter   United States 50.00 PB
6 2 Sanya Richards   United States 50.19
7 8 Christine Amertil   Bahamas 50.37
8 7 Natalya Nazarova   Russia 50.65

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Women's 400 metres". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Tonique Williams-Darling Wins Gold Medal". The Bahamas Post. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Williams claims 400m gold". BBC Sport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Heats". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  5. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Semifinals". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ "IAAF Athens 2004: Women's 400m Final". Athens 2004. IAAF. Retrieved 12 October 2015.

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