Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles

The Men's 400 metres hurdles competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom took place on 3–6 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Felix Sanchez 2012.JPG
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date3–6 August
Competitors50 from 34 nations
Winning time47.63
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Felix Sanchez  Dominican Republic
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Michael Tinsley  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Javier Culson  Puerto Rico
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In the qualifying round, local favorite Dai Greene ran the fastest ever opening round race in the third heat, only to see that mark passed by three athletes in the following heat, led by an eased up Javier Culson. The slowest time qualifier was Kenneth Medwood in 49.78, though Stanislav Melnykov managed to get into the semis automatically with a 50.13 in the slow fifth heat.

With only two automatic qualifiers going to the final from each heat, the first semi-final stacked three former World Champions into one race. Less than a month before his 35th birthday, Félix Sánchez, the 2001 and 2003 World Champion showed he was still in the game, running a season best 47.76. Jehue Gordon upset the form setting the Trinidad and Tobago national record 47.96 in second, leaving 2007 and 2009 World Champion Kerron Clement in 3rd and 2011 World Champion Dai Greene in 4th to hope to qualify on time. The second semi was dominated by world leader Javier Culson and defending champion Angelo Taylor. In the third semi, American trials champion Michael Tinsley and Leford Green separated from the rest of the field. After a nervous wait Clement and Greene made the final on time.

In the final, Taylor, Culson and Sanchez led the way, arriving at the 8th hurdle about even. Taylor took the hurdle awkwardly and started losing ground. While Culson looked to struggle, Sanchez powered away down the stretch for the win, in exactly the same time as his 2004 victory. Tinsley came back from a couple steps back to pass Culson over the last hurdle for the silver, with Greene also trying to make a stretch run to finish fourth.

This was the second ever Olympic medal in Athletics, and the third gold medal overall for the Dominican Republic, the first being Sanchez' in 2004.

In repeating as Olympic champion non-consecutively, Sánchez joined a rare club including Paavo Nurmi, Volodymyr Holubnychy, Heike Drechsler, Nina Romashkova, Edwin Moses (caused by the boycott) and Angelo Taylor. Both Moses and Taylor were in this same event. Ulrike Meyfarth did it remarkably 12 years apart. Ezekiel Kemboi completed such a double the day before and Meseret Defar would complete one four days later.

Competition formatEdit

The Men's 400m Hurdles competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semi-finals and a Final.[2] The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semi-finals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the available spaces in the Semi-finals.[3] 24 competitors qualified from the heats for the Semi-finals.

ScheduleEdit

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 11:15 Round 1
Saturday, 4 August 2012 19:00 Semifinals
Monday, 6 August 2012 20:45 Finals

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Kevin Young (USA) 46.78 Barcelona, Spain 6 August 1992
Olympic record
2012 World leading   Javier Culson (PUR) 47.78 Paris, France 6 July 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading   Félix Sánchez (DOM) 47.63 London, United Kingdom 6 August 2012

The following National records were set during this competition.

Serbia National Record   Emir Bekrić (SRB) 49.21 s
Trinidad and Tobago National Record   Jehue Gordon (TRI) 47.96 s

ResultsEdit

Round 1Edit

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[4]
1 Amaurys Valle   Cuba 49.19 Q, PB
2 Brendan Cole   Australia 49.24 Q, PB
3 Amaechi Morton   Nigeria 49.34 Q
4 Kenneth Medwood   Belize 49.78 q
5 Roxroy Cato   Jamaica 50.22
6 Chen Chieh   Chinese Taipei 50.27
7 Li Zhilong   China 50.36
N/A Takayuki Kishimoto   Japan N/A DQ

Heat 2Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Michael Tinsley   United States 49.13 Q
2 Leford Green   Jamaica 49.30 Q
3 Kurt Couto   Mozambique 49.31 Q
4 Eric Alejandro   Puerto Rico 49.39 q
5 Rasmus Mägi   Estonia 50.05
6 Winder Cuevas   Dominican Republic 50.15 SB
N/A Akihiko Nakamura   Japan N/A DQ
N/A Kariem Hussein   Switzerland N/A DNS

Heat 3Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Dai Greene   Great Britain 48.98 Q
2 Emir Bekrić   Serbia 49.21 Q, NR
3 José Reynaldo Bencosme de Leon   Italy 49.35 Q
4 Brent Larue   Slovenia 49.38 q, PB
5 Jamele Mason   Puerto Rico 49.89
6 Cheng Wen   China 50.38
7 Vincent Kiplangat Koskei   Kenya 50.80
8 Cornel Fredericks   South Africa 52.29
N/A Lankantien Lamboni   Togo N/A DQ

Heat 4Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Javier Culson   Puerto Rico 48.33 Q
2 Kerron Clement   United States 48.48 Q, SB
3 Omar Cisneros   Cuba 48.63 Q, SB
4 Tristan Thomas   Australia 49.13 q, SB
5 Rhys Williams   Great Britain 49.17 q, SB
6 Michael Bultheel   Belgium 49.18 q, PB
7 Viacheslav Sakaev   Russia 50.36
8 Jorge Paula   Portugal 51.40
9 Maoulida Daroueche   Comoros 53.49

Heat 5Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Angelo Taylor   United States 49.29 Q
2 Jehue Gordon   Trinidad and Tobago 49.37 Q
3 Stanislav Melnykov   Ukraine 50.13 Q
4 Silvio Schirrmeister   Germany 50.21
5 Periklis Iakovakis   Greece 50.27
6 L. J. van Zyl   South Africa 50.31
7 Josef Prorok   Czech Republic 50.33
8 Viktor Leptikov   Kazakhstan 51.67

Heat 6Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Félix Sánchez   Dominican Republic 49.24 Q
2 Jack Green   Great Britain 49.49 Q
3 Mamadou Kasse Hanne   Senegal 49.63 Q
4 Tetsuya Tateno   Japan 49.95
5 Josef Robertson   Jamaica 49.98
6 Boniface Mucheru   Kenya 50.33
7 Artem Dyatlov   Uzbekistan 51.55
8 Andrés Silva   Uruguay 53.38

Notes: Q- Qualified by place
q - Qualified by performance (time)
PB - Personal Best
NR - National Record
SB - Seasonal Best
DQ - DisQualified
DNS - Did Not Start

SemifinalsEdit

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[4]
1 Félix Sánchez   Dominican Republic 47.76 Q, SB
2 Jehue Gordon   Trinidad and Tobago 47.96 Q, NR
3 Kerron Clement   United States 48.12 q, SB
4 Dai Greene   Great Britain 48.19 q
5 Mamadou Kasse Hanne   Senegal 48.80 PB
6 Michael Bultheel   Belgium 49.10 PB
7 Eric Alejandro   Puerto Rico 49.15
8 Kurt Couto   Mozambique 51.55

Heat 2Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Javier Culson   Puerto Rico 47.93 Q
2 Angelo Taylor   United States 47.95 Q, SB
3 Omar Cisneros   Cuba 48.23 SB
4 Emir Bekrić   Serbia 49.62
5 Kenneth Medwood   Belize 49.87
6 Stanislav Melnykov   Ukraine 50.19
7 Tristan Thomas   Australia 50.55
N/A Jack Green   Great Britain N/A

Heat 3Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Michael Tinsley   United States 48.18 Q, SB
2 Leford Green   Jamaica 48.61 Q, SB
3 Brent Larue   Slovenia 49.45
4 Rhys Williams   Great Britain 49.63
5 Brendan Cole   Australia 49.65
6 José Reynaldo Bencosme de Leon   Italy 50.07
7 Amaurys Valle   Cuba 50.48
N/A Amaechi Morton   Nigeria N/A

Notes: Q- Qualified by place
q - Qualified by performance (time)
PB - Personal Best
NR - National Record
SB - Seasonal Best
DQ - DisQualified
DNS - Did Not Start

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes[5]
  Félix Sánchez   Dominican Republic 47.63 WL, SB
  Michael Tinsley   United States 47.91 PB
  Javier Culson   Puerto Rico 48.10
4 Dai Greene   Great Britain 48.24
5 Angelo Taylor   United States 48.25
6 Jehue Gordon   Trinidad and Tobago 48.86
7 Leford Green   Jamaica 49.12
8 Kerron Clement   United States 49.15

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Men's 400m Hurdles". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Men's 400m competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b "400 Metres Hurdles - M. Heats". london2012.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  5. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles - M. Final". london2012.com. Retrieved 6 August 2012.