Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metres hurdles
|Men's 400 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Men's 400m hurdles took place.
|Dates||15 August 2016 (heats)
16 August 2016 (semifinal)
18 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||48 from 33 nations|
There were several major absences from the competition: the 2012 Olympic champion Félix Sánchez did not return to defend his title as he had retired, Johnny Dutch (the world-leading athlete that season) had faltered at the American Olympic Trials, and the 2015 World Championships runner-up Denis Kudryavtsev was ineligible due to the Russian team ban for doping. The top contender was Kerron Clement – the 2008 Olympic medallist showing a return of form to place second on the world rankings. The 2012 Olympic minor medallists Javier Culson of Puerto Rico and American Michael Tinsley were other strong entrants, as was the 2016 European Champion Yasmani Copello of Turkey. Nicholas Bett (Kenya's reigning world champion) was present but ranked outside the world's top forty.
The final started with a false start. Javier Culson realized his mistake and walked off the track in tears before the disqualification card could be shown to him. On the restart, Yasmani Copello, the Cuban free agent running for Turkey in lane 2 was the first over the first hurdles. By the third barrier, Kerron Clement in 5, Annsert Whyte in 6 and Boniface Mucheru Tumuti in 7 had pulled even. Through the next two hurdles, Clement edged ahead with Whyte just marginally behind him. Through the final turn, Clement pushed his lead out to half a stride over Whyte, with Tumuti very close to Whyte on the outside. By the ninth barrier, Tumuti pulled even with Whyte. Clement was already on the ground after the hurdle before Copello began to rise. Another stride back in a battle to stay out of last place was Thomas Barr. But through what remained of the home straight, Clement began to come back to the field as Tumuti pulled ahead of Whyte, while Barr and Copello was making a final charge at all three. In the run in, Clement strained to successfully hold off Tumuti, to take the gold, while Copello closed strongly, barely holding off a late rush by Barr for bronze as Whyte faded.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Kevin Young (USA)||46.78||Barcelona, Spain||6 August 1992|
|2016 World leading||Johnny Dutch (USA)||48.10||Kingston, Jamaica||11 June 2016|
|Africa (records)||47.10||Samuel Matete||Zambia|
|Asia (records)||47.53||Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily||Saudi Arabia|
|Europe (records)||47.37||Stephane Diagana||France|
|North, Central America
and Caribbean (records)
|46.78 WR||Kevin Young||United States|
|Oceania (records)||48.28||Rohan Robinson||Australia|
|South America (records)||47.84||Bayano Kamani||Panama|
The following national records were established during the competition:
|Algeria||Abdelmalik Lahoulou (ALG)||Heats||48.62 s|
|Norway||Karsten Warholm (NOR)||Heats||48.49 s|
|Finland||Oskari Mörö (FIN)||Heats||49.04 s|
|Seychelles||Ned Justeen Azemia (SEY)||Heats||50.74 s|
|Ireland||Thomas Barr (IRL)||Semifinals||48.39 s|
|Kenya||Boniface Mucheru Tumuti (KEN)||Final||47.78 s|
|Turkey||Yasmani Copello (TUR)||Final||47.92 s|
|Ireland||Thomas Barr (IRL)||Final||47.97 s|
|Estonia||Rasmus Mägi (EST)||Final||48.40 s|
|Monday, 15 August 2016||11:35||Heats|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2016||21:35||Semifinals|
|Thursday, 18 August 2016||12:00||Finals|
Qualification rules: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 6 fastest times (q) qualified.
|1||8||Abdelmalik Lahoulou||Algeria||48.62||Q, NR|
|2||7||Boniface Mucheru Tumuti||Kenya||48.91||Q|
|3||2||Kerron Clement||United States||49.17||Q|
|2||6||Eric Alejandro||Puerto Rico||49.54||Q|
|1||2||Karsten Warholm||Norway||48.49||Q, NR|
|2||3||Javier Culson||Puerto Rico||48.53||Q, SB|
|3||8||Rasmus Mägi||Estonia||48.55||Q, SB|
|4||7||Roxroy Cato||Jamaica||48.56||q, SB|
|7||5||José Luis Gaspar||Cuba||50.58|
|8||4||Ned Justeen Azemia||Seychelles||50.74||NR|
|1||7||Keisuke Nozawa||Japan||48.62||Q, PB|
|2||3||Thomas Barr||Ireland||48.93||Q, SB|
|6||5||Sebastian Rodger||Great Britain||49.54|
|7||6||Le Roux Hamman||South Africa||49.72|
|8||2||Jehue Gordon||Trinidad and Tobago||49.90||SB|
|1||1||Annsert Whyte||Jamaica||48.37||Q, PB|
|2||7||Jack Green||Great Britain||48.96||Q, SB|
|3||4||Byron Robinson||United States||48.98||Q|
|4||5||Oskari Mörö||Finland||49.04||q, NR|
|5||2||Michael Bultheel||Belgium||49.37||q, SB|
|7||6||Lindsay Hanekom||South Africa||50.22|
|–||8||Nicholas Kiplagat Bett||Kenya||DQ||R168.7b|
|1||4||Haron Koech||Kenya||48.77||Q, PB|
|2||8||L.J. Van Zyl||South Africa||49.12||Q|
|3||5||Andres Silva||Uruguay||49.21||Q, SB|
|4||7||Jordin Andrade||Cape Verde||49.35||q|
|6||1||Michael Tinsley||United States||50.18|
|7||3||Chen Chieh||Chinese Taipei||50.65|
Qualification rules: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.
|1||8||Kerron Clement||United States||48.26||Q, SB|
|2||6||Boniface Mucheru Tumuti||Kenya||48.85||Q, SB|
|8||4||Jack Green||Great Britain||49.54|
|1||4||Annsert Whyte||Jamaica||48.32||Q, PB|
|2||5||Javier Culson||Puerto Rico||48.46||Q, SB|
|5||3||L.J. Van Zyl||South Africa||49.00|
|6||1||Jordin Andrade||Cape Verde||49.32|
|1||4||Thomas Barr||Ireland||48.39||Q, NR|
|2||6||Haron Koech||Kenya||48.49||Q, PB|
|3||7||Byron Robinson||United States||48.65||PB|
|7||3||Eric Alejandro||Puerto Rico||49.95|
|5||Kerron Clement||United States||0.227||47.73||SB|
|7||Boniface Mucheru Tumuti||Kenya||0.165||47.78||NR|
|–||3||Javier Culson||Puerto Rico||N/A||DQ||R162.7|
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