Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres hurdles

The women's 100 metres hurdles event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 16–17 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Women's 100 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Women's 100m hurdles took place.
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates16 August 2016
17 August 2016
(semifinals & final)
Competitors48 from 34 nations
Winning time12.48
1st, gold medalist(s) Brianna Rollins  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nia Ali  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kristi Castlin  United States
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The United States came into this event with the top 25 performances and top 7 athletes in the world in 2016. But only three athletes can come from one country. World #1 Kendra Harrison failed to qualify at the United States Olympic Trials. Three weeks after the trials, she set the world record, surpassing Yordanka Donkova's 28 year old mark. World #4 Jasmin Stowers, #6 Queen Harrison and #7 Sharika Nelvis also were beaten at the Trials.[2]

The semi-finals foretold the dominance of the American team as they each won one of the three semi finals. In the final, Brianna Rollins had already achieved the lead by the first hurdle and by the second hurdle it was clear her closest pursuer was Nia Ali. Sisters Cindy Ofili and Tiffany Porter, American born but competing for Great Britain, their mother's homeland, were even in the third-place position. By the fourth barrier, Kristi Castlin was in a battle for last place with Phylicia George and Cindy Roleder, half a stride behind Rollins. Between the fourth and sixth hurdles, Castlin got rolling, gaining and then passing Pedrya Seymour, Porter and finally over the last hurdle, Ofili. Rollins had a clear one metre victory. On the run in, Castlin came very close to Ali as Ofili gave her best desperate lean.

It was an American sweep. The United States has swept the men's 110 metres hurdles six times, this was the first time for women and the first time the women's event has been swept by any country. It was also the first time that the United States has swept the medals in an Olympic women's track and field event.

The following evening the medals were presented by Paul Tergat, IOC member, Kenya and Stephanie Hightower, Council Member of the IAAF.

Competition formatEdit

The women's 100m Hurdles competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final. The fastest competitors from each race in the heats qualified for the Semifinals along with the fastest overall competitors not already qualified that were required to fill the available spaces in the Semifinals. A total of eight competitors qualified for the Final from the Semifinals.


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

World record   Kendra Harrison (USA) 12.20 London, United Kingdom 22 July 2016
Olympic record   Sally Pearson (AUS) 12.35 London, United Kingdom 7 August 2012
2016 World leading   Kendra Harrison (USA) 12.20 London, United Kingdom 22 July 2016


All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:05 Heats
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 20:45



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

Heat 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Kristi Castlin   United States 12.68 Q
2 Anne Zagré   Belgium 12.85 Q
3 Nooralotta Neziri   Finland 12.88 Q
4 Shermaine Williams   Jamaica 12.95 q
5 Susanna Kallur   Sweden 13.04
6 Caridad Jerez   Spain 13.26
7 Katy Sealy   Belize 15.79
Mulern Jean   Haiti DQ R168.7b

Heat 2Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Nia Ali   United States 12.76 Q
2 Phylicia George   Canada 12.83 Q
3 Pedrya Seymour   Bahamas 12.85 Q
4 Wu Shuijiao   China 13.03
5 Maila Machado   Brazil 13.09
6 Michelle Jenneke   Australia 13.26
7 Ekaterina Poplavskaya   Belarus 13.45
8 Beate Schrott   Austria 13.47

Heat 3Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Cindy Ofili   Great Britain 12.75 Q
2 Nadine Hildebrand   Germany 12.84 Q
3 Isabelle Pedersen   Norway 12.86 Q, PB
4 Andrea Ivančević   Croatia 12.90 q, SB
5 Brigitte Merlano   Colombia 13.09
6 Angela Whyte   Canada 13.09
7 Elisavet Pesiridou   Greece 13.10
8 Anastassiya Pilipenko   Kazakhstan 13.29

Heat 4Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Cindy Roleder   Germany 12.86 Q
2 Tiffany Porter   Great Britain 12.87 Q
3 Nickiesha Wilson   Jamaica 12.89 Q, SB
4 Clélia Reuse   Switzerland 12.91 q
5 Cindy Billaud   France 12.98 q
6 Kierre Beckles   Barbados 13.01
7 Hanna Plotitsyna   Ukraine 13.12
8 Marthe Koala   Burkina Faso 13.41

Heat 5Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Jasmine Camacho-Quinn   Puerto Rico 12.70 Q
2 Alina Talay   Belarus 12.74 Q
3 Pamela Dutkiewicz   Germany 12.90 Q
4 Nikkita Holder   Canada 12.92 q, SB
5 Oluwatobiloba Amusan   Nigeria 12.99 q
6 Karolina Kołeczek   Poland 13.04
7 Oksana Shkurat   Ukraine 13.22
8 Yvette Lewis   Panama 13.35

Heat 6Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Brianna Rollins   United States 12.54 Q
2 Megan Simmonds   Jamaica 12.81 Q
3 Sandra Gomis   France 13.04 Q
4 Nadine Visser   Netherlands 13.07
5 Fabiana Moraes   Brazil 13.22
6 Valentina Kibalnikova   Uzbekistan 13.29
7 Olena Yanovska   Ukraine 13.32
Reïna-Flor Okori   Equatorial Guinea DNS


Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Brianna Rollins   United States 12.47 Q
2 Pedrya Seymour   Bahamas 12.64 Q, NR
3 Cindy Roleder   Germany 12.69 q
4 Tiffany Porter   Great Britain 12.82 q
5 Shermaine Williams   Jamaica 12.86
6 Andrea Ivančević   Croatia 12.93
7 Sandra Gomis   France 13.23
8 Alina Talay   Belarus 13.66

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Nia Ali   United States 12.65 Q
2 Phylicia George   Canada 12.77 Q
3 Oluwatobiloba Amusan   Nigeria 12.91
4 Nadine Hildebrand   Germany 12.95
5 Clélia Reuse   Switzerland 12.96
6 Nooralotta Neziri   Finland 13.04
7 Nickiesha Wilson   Jamaica 13.14
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn   Puerto Rico DQ R168.7b

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
1 Kristi Castlin   United States 12.63 Q
2 Cindy Ofili   Great Britain 12.71 Q
3 Isabelle Pedersen   Norway 12.88
4 Pamela Dutkiewicz   Germany 12.92
5 Megan Simmonds   Jamaica 12.95
6 Cindy Billaud   France 13.03
Nikkita Holder   Canada DQ
Anne Zagré   Belgium DQ


Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
  Brianna Rollins   United States 12.48
  Nia Ali   United States 12.59
  Kristi Castlin   United States 12.61
4 Cindy Ofili   Great Britain 12.63 SB
5 Cindy Roleder   Germany 12.74
6 Pedrya Seymour   Bahamas 12.76
7 Tiffany Porter   Great Britain
8 Phylicia George   Canada 12.89


  1. ^ "Women's 100m hurdles". Rio 2016 Organisation. Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
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