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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

The Women's 400 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 16–19 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
OhuruoguBeijing.jpg
Christine Ohuruogu after her victory
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates16 August 2008 (heats)
17 August 2008 (semi-finals)
19 August 2008 (final)
Competitors50 from 40 nations
Winning time49.62 s
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Christine Ohuruogu  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Shericka Williams  Jamaica
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sanya Richards  United States
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The qualifying standards were 51.55 s (A standard) and 52.35 s (B standard).[2]

Favourites for the event included Sanya Richards-Ross and the reigning world champion, Christine Ohuruogu. In the final, Richards-Ross made a rapid start and quickly took the lead, while Ohuruogu ran a more even-paced race, but was well down the field entering the final straight. However, in the last 100 metres Richard-Ross, clearly tired from her earlier effort, began to tie up badly, while Ohuruogu began to surge through the field. At the line, Great Britain's Christine Ohuruogu won in 49.62 seconds to add the Olympic title to her World title, just pipping Shericka Williams by 0.07 seconds to take gold. Richards-Ross faded to third, and bronze, in 49.93.[3]

RecordsEdit

Prior to this 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, U.S. 29 July 1996

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Qualification: First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 3 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Sanya Richards   United States 50.54 Q
2 7 Shericka Williams   Jamaica 50.57 Q
3 7 Tatiana Firova   Russia 50.59 DSQ
4 2 Libania Grenot Martinez   Italy 50.87 Q, NR
5 2 Amantle Montsho   Botswana 50.91 Q
6 5 Aliann Pompey   Guyana 50.99 Q, SB
7 1 Rosemarie Whyte   Jamaica 51.00 Q
7 4 Christine Ohuruogu   Great Britain 51.00 Q
9 4 Yulia Gushchina   Russia 51.18 Q
10 1 Christine Amertil   Bahamas 51.25 Q, SB
11 3 Anastasia Kapachinskaya   Russia 51.32 DSQ
12 1 Ajoke Odumosu   Nigeria 51.39 Q, PB
13 1 Deedee Trotter   United States 51.41 q
14 5 Folashade Abugan   Nigeria 51.45 Q
15 3 Mary Wineberg   United States 51.46 Q
16 6 Novlene Williams   Jamaica 51.52 Q
17 2 Carline Muir   Canada 51.55 Q, PB
18 2 Indira Terrero   Cuba 51.56 q
19 7 Rachael Nachula   Zambia 50.62 Q
20 6 Nicola Sanders   Great Britain 51.81 Q
21 3 Lee McConnell   Great Britain 51.87 Q
22 4 Gabriela Medina   Mexico 51.96 Q
23 7 Joy Amechi Eze   Nigeria 51.97 q
24 2 Makelesi Bulikiobo   Fiji 52.24 SB
25 4 Tamsyn Lewis   Australia 52.38
26 7 Alissa Kallinikou   Cyprus 52.40
27 1 Tiandra Ponteen   Saint Kitts and Nevis 52.41
28 5 Asami Tanno   Japan 52.60
29 5 Dimitra Ntova   Greece 52.69
30 6 Nawal El Jack   Sudan 52.77 Q
31 7 Monika Bejnar   Poland 52.80
32 6 Kineke Alexander   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 52.87
33 2 Mandeep Kaur   India 52.88
33 6 Trish Bartholomew   Grenada 52.88
35 3 Barbara Petráhn   Hungary 53.06
36 3 Carol Rodriguez   Puerto Rico 53.08
37 1 Antonina Yefremova   Ukraine 53.22
38 4 Maria Laura Almirao   Brazil 53.26
39 4 Joanne Cuddihy   Ireland 53.32
40 5 Olga Tereshkova   Kazakhstan 53.36
41 3 Ginou Etienne   Haiti 53.94
42 5 Kia Davis   Liberia 53.99
43 6 Tsholofelo Thipe   South Africa 54.11
44 2 Justine Bayigga   Uganda 54.15
45 7 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni   Togo 54.16
46 6 Klodiana Shala   Albania 54.84
47 6 Munguntuya Batgerel   Mongolia 58.14
48 7 Temalangeni Dlamini   Swaziland 59.91
49 3 Rachidatou Seini Maikido   Niger 1:03.19 NR
50 4 Ghada Ali   Libya 1:06.19

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest {q} advance to the Final.

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Sanya Richards   United States 49.90 Q
2 1 Christine Ohuruogu   Great Britain 50.14 Q, SB
3 1 Shericka Williams   Jamaica 50.28 Q, SB
4 2 Anastasia Kapachinskaya   Russia 50.30 DSQ
5 1 Tatiana Firova   Russia 50.31 DSQ
6 3 Yulia Gushchina   Russia 50.48 Q
7 3 Amantle Montsho   Botswana 50.54 Q
8 3 Rosemarie Whyte   Jamaica 50.63 q
9 3 Nicola Sanders   Great Britain 50.71 SB
10 3 Libania Grenot Martinez   Italy 50.83 NR
11 1 Aliann Pompey   Guyana 50.93 =NR
12 2 Novlene Williams   Jamaica 51.06
13 1 Mary Wineberg   United States 51.13
14 3 Folashade Abugan   Nigeria 51.30
15 2 Christine Amertil   Bahamas 51.51
16 1 Indira Terrero   Cuba 51.80
17 2 Joy Amechi Eze   Nigeria 51.87
17 3 Deedee Trotter   United States 51.87
19 2 Lee McConnell   Great Britain 52.11
20 2 Carline Muir   Canada 52.37
21 1 Ajoke Odumosu   Nigeria 52.45
22 2 Rachael Nachula   Zambia 52.67
23 1 Gabriela Medina   Mexico 52.97
24 3 Nawal El Jack   Sudan 54.18

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Christine Ohuruogu   Great Britain 49.62 WL
  6 Shericka Williams   Jamaica 49.69 PB
  7 Sanya Richards   United States 49.93
4 5 Yulia Gushchina   Russia 50.01 PB
5 2 Rosemarie Whyte   Jamaica 50.68
6 8 Amantle Montsho   Botswana 51.18
DSQ 9 Anastasia Kapachinskaya   Russia 50.03 PB
DSQ 3 Tatiana Firova   Russia 50.11 SB

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  3. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/2587119/Christine-Ohuruogu-the-star-of-golden-day-for-Britain-at-Beijing-Olympics-Olympics.html