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Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

The women's 400 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 13–15 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Engenhão vista atrás do gol.jpg
Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Women's 400m took place.
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 13 August 2016 (heats)
14 August 2016 (semifinals)
15 August 2016 (final)
Competitors 57 from 36 nations
Winning time 49.44
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Shaunae Miller  Bahamas
2nd, silver medalist(s) Allyson Felix  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Shericka Jackson  Jamaica
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SummaryEdit

Shaunae Miller of Bahamas was the world leading runner for 2016, followed by 2015 World Champion Allyson Felix. 2012 Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross had failed to make the American team due to a hamstring injury during the American trials.[2][3]

In qualifying, 2 athletes ran under 51 seconds, American Phyllis Francis and Oluwakemi Adekoya, who ran a Bahraini record. Another Nigerian born Bahraini, 18-year-old Salwa Eid Naser, won her heat in a personal best.[4]

In the final, Natasha Hastings made up most of the stagger on one of the favorites, Shaunae Miller and held the lead to the halfway point. Miller made up the stagger on Stephenie Ann McPherson in lane 8 to her outside. Starting about 150 metres into the race, Miller accelerated, passing Hastings before the halfway point in the far turn. In lane 4, Allyson Felix ran an even pace which saw her separate from the athletes inside of her and catching Shericka Jackson late in the second turn.[5] Coming off the turn, Miller held a clear 2 metre advantage over Hastings, with Felix gaining on Hastings and Jackson more than a metre behind Felix. Hastings was passed by Felix who continued to gain on Miller. In the last few metres as Felix gained on her, Miller started to lean forward trying to get to the finish line. As Felix looked to pass her in the final step, Miller made a last desperate headlong dive across the line. The photo finish revealed her shoulders had crossed the line seven hundredths of a second ahead of Felix. Jamaican Shericka Jackson finished 3 metres back for bronze.[6]

Felix's silver became her seventh Olympic medal. She would later earn two more Olympic gold medals as part of the winning 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters teams, tying her with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated woman in track and field history, with nine Olympic medals.

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record   Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25 Atlanta, Georgia, United States 29 July 1996
Area
Time (s) Athlete Nation
Africa (records) 49.10 Falilat Ogunkoya   Nigeria
Asia (records) 49.81 Ma Yuqin   China
Europe (records) 47.60 WR Marita Koch   East Germany
North, Central America
and Caribbean
(records)
48.70 Sanya Richards   United States
Oceania (records) 48.63 Cathy Freeman   Australia
South America (records) 49.64 Ximena Restrepo   Colombia

ScheduleEdit

All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 13 August 2016 11:00 Round 1
Sunday, 14 August 2016 20:35 Semifinals
Monday, 15 August 2016 22:45 Finals

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Qualification rule: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 8 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals

Heat 1Edit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Stephenie Ann McPherson   Jamaica 51.36 Q
2 Patience Okon George   Nigeria 51.83 Q
3 Anneliese Rubie   Australia 51.92 q, SB
4 Yuliya Olishevska   Ukraine 52.45
5 Djénébou Danté   Mali 52.85
6 Nirmala Sheoran   India 53.03
7 Gunta Latiševa-Čudare   Latvia 53.08 SB

Heat 2Edit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Allyson Felix   United States 51.24 Q
2 Olha Zemlyak   Ukraine 51.40 Q
3 Tamara Salaški   Serbia 52.70
4 Tsholofelo Thipe   South Africa 52.80
5 Iveta Putálová   Slovakia 52.82 SB
6 Aauri Bokesa   Spain 53.51
7 Seren Bundy-Davies   Great Britain 53.63

Heat 3Edit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Phyllis Francis   United States 50.58 Q
2 Kemi Adekoya   Bahrain 50.72 Q
3 Margaret Bamgbose   Nigeria 51.43 q
4 Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz   Poland 52.02 q, SB
5 Alicia Brown   Canada 52.27
6 Jailma de Lima   Brazil 52.65
7 Justine Palframan   South Africa 53.96

Heat 4Edit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Natasha Hastings   United States 51.31 Q
2 Christine Ohuruogu   Great Britain 51.40 Q
3 Maria Benedicta Chigbolu   Italy 52.06
4 Lydia Jele   Botswana 52.24
5 Olha Bibik   Ukraine 52.33
6 Kendra Clarke   Canada 53.61
7 Vijona Kryeziu   Kosovo 54.30

Heat 5Edit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Shaunae Miller   Bahamas 51.16 Q
2 Morgan Mitchell   Australia 51.30 Q
3 Ruth Spelmeyer   Germany 51.43 q, PB
4 Emily Diamond   Great Britain 51.76 q
5 Kanika Beckles   Grenada 52.41 SB
6 Bianca Răzor   Romania 52.42 SB
7 Kineke Alexander   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 52.45

Heat 6Edit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Salwa Eid Naser   Bahrain 51.06 Q, PB
2 Libania Grenot   Italy 51.17 Q
3 Floria Gueï   France 51.29 q
4 Cátia Azevedo   Portugal 52.38
5 Mariam Kromah   Liberia 52.79
6 Nguyễn Thị Huyền   Vietnam 52.97
7 Irini Vasiliou   Greece 54.37
8 Maryan Nuh Muse   Somalia 1:10.14

Heat 7Edit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Shericka Jackson   Jamaica 51.73 Q
2 Kabange Mupopo   Zambia 51.76 Q
3 Justyna Święty   Poland 51.82 q
4 Christine Botlogetswe   Botswana 52.37
5 Omolara Omotosho   Nigeria 53.22
6 Elina Mikhina   Kazakhstan 53.83
7 Dalal Mesfer Al-Harith   Qatar 1:07.12

Heat 8Edit

Rank Name Nationality Time Notes
1 Christine Day   Jamaica 51.54 Q
2 Carline Muir   Canada 51.57 Q
3 Małgorzata Hołub   Poland 51.80 q
4 Geisa Coutinho   Brazil 52.05
5 Aliyah Abrams   Guyana 52.79
6 Mariama Mamoudou Ittatou   Niger 54.32
DQ (7) Anastassya Kudinova   Kazakhstan 56.03 DQ (Doping)[7]

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Phyllis Francis   United States 0.189 50.31 Q
2 5 Stephenie Ann McPherson   Jamaica 0.158 50.69 Q
3 4 Olha Zemlyak   Ukraine 0.189 50.75 q, PB
4 3 Kemi Adekoya   Bahrain 0.161 50.88
5 7 Christine Ohuruogu   Great Britain 0.145 51.22
6 2 Ruth Spelmeyer   Germany 0.155 51.61
7 8 Margaret Bamgbose   Nigeria 0.212 51.92
8 1 Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz   Poland 0.174 52.51

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 6 Shericka Jackson   Jamaica 0.184 49.83 Q, PB
2 5 Natasha Hastings   United States 0.188 49.90 Q, SB
3 3 Salwa Eid Naser   Bahrain 0.139 50.88 PB
4 8 Floria Gueï   France 0.178 51.08
5 7 Carline Muir   Canada 0.226 51.11
6 1 Emily Diamond   Great Britain 0.178 51.49
7 2 Małgorzata Hołub   Poland 0.136 51.93
8 4 Morgan Mitchell   Australia 0.136 52.68

Semifinal 3Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
1 3 Allyson Felix   United States 0.174 49.67 Q, SB
2 4 Shaunae Miller   Bahamas 0.167 49.91 Q
3 6 Libania Grenot   Italy 0.156 50.60 q
4 5 Christine Day   Jamaica 0.186 51.53
5 1 Justyna Święty   Poland 0.171 51.62
6 2 Anneliese Rubie   Australia 0.172 51.96
7 8 Kabange Mupopo   Zambia 0.155 52.04
8 7 Patience Okon George   Nigeria 0.161 52.52

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Reaction Time Notes
  7 Shaunae Miller   Bahamas 0.155 49.44 PB
  4 Allyson Felix   United States 0.177 49.51 SB
  5 Shericka Jackson   Jamaica 0.176 49.85
4 6 Natasha Hastings   United States 0.161 50.34
5 3 Phyllis Francis   United States 0.219 50.41
6 8 Stephenie Ann McPherson   Jamaica 0.133 50.97
7 1 Olha Zemlyak   Ukraine 0.183 51.24
8 2 Libania Grenot   Italy 0.149 51.25

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's 400m". Rio 2016 Organisation. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Landells, Steve (10 August 2016). Preview: women's 400m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ Senior outdoor 2016 400 Metres women. IAAF. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  4. ^ Landells, Steve (13 August 2016). Report: women's 400m heats – Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Shaunae Miller's dive denies Allyson Felix 400m gold in dramatic final". The Guardian. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Shaunae Miller dives over line to win controversial Olympic gold in 400 metres". Daily Telegraph. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "IAAF News Issue 176, Positive cases in athletics Sanctioned according to information received by the IAAF as of 21 September 2016". iaaf.org. IAAF. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.