| Event type

400 metres, Women

Date1 – 5 August 1992
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants41 from 29 countries

The defending champion, Olga Bryzgina, now of the Unified Team and Ukraine, was back, but the favorite was the 1991 World Champion, Marie-José Pérec. Pérec was French but had been born in Guadeloupe. Both Bryzgina and Pérec qualified easily for the final. The leader around the bend was Phylis Smith of Great Britain. But Bryzgina had taken over by 200 metres. Pérec closed slightly around the final curve but pulled even with 60 metres to go and crept ahead for the gold medal, Bryzgina coming in second. The bronze medal went to Ximena Restrepo, who won the first medal ever for Colombia in athletics and the first by a woman from that country.

1651Marie-José PérecFRA53.64 (2 h5)50.89 (3 h4)49.48 (1 h1)48.83 (1)Gold
2488Olga BryzginaEUN52.44 (2 h3)50.68 (2 h1)49.76 (3 h1)49.05 (2)Silver
3324Ximena RestrepoCOL52.34 (2 h1)50.63 (1 h1)49.76 (2 h1)49.64 (3)Bronze
4536Olga NazarovaEUN52.09 (2 h4)51.30 (3 h2)50.31 (2 h2)49.69 (4)
5243Jill Richardson-BriscoeCAN51.99 (1 h4)50.95 (1 h2)50.02 (1 h2)49.93 (5)
61767Rochelle StevensUSA52.42 (1 h6)50.70 (1 h4)50.37 (4 h2)50.11 (6)
71060Sandie RichardsJAM52.56 (1 h2)50.76 (2 h4)50.35 (3 h2)50.19 (7)
8759Phylis SmithGBR53.59 (1 h5)51.32 (1 h3)50.40 (4 h1)50.87 (8)
5 h1 r3/41737Jearl MilesUSA52.79 (2 h2)51.27 (2 h2)50.57 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4321Norfalia CarabalíCOL52.18 (3 h4)51.65 (4 h4)51.75 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/41723Natasha Kaiser-BrownUSA51.41 (1 h1)50.71 (3 h1)50.60 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4700Sandra DouglasGBR52.91 (3 h2)51.41 (4 h1)51.96 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/454Michelle LockAUS52.49 (3 h3)51.71 (4 h2)50.78 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/461Renée PoetschkaAUS52.85 (2 h6)52.05 (3 h3)52.09 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4555Yelena RuzinaEUN52.94 (3 h6)52.23 (4 h3)51.30 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4625Elsa DevassoigneFRA52.07 (1 h3)51.75 (2 h3)52.85 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/445Cathy FreemanAUS53.70 (3 h5)51.52 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4846Anja RückerGER52.24 (4 h4)52.05 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4435Julia MerinoESP52.90 (3 h1)52.43 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/41430Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR53.75 (4 h5)53.37 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/41504Aïssatou N'DiayeSEN52.29 (5 h4)52.39 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/41040Juliet CampbellJAM53.69 (4 h1)52.12 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/41068Claudine WilliamsJAM52.97 (4 h6)52.84 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4718Lorraine HansonGBR52.66 (4 h3)53.60 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/41537Jayamini IlleperumaSRI54.14 (4 h2)53.55 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/41259Tina PaulinoMOZ52.93 (5 h3)52.34 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4318Susie TanéfoCMR53.37 (6 h4)53.78 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4332Zoila StewartCRC53.72 (6 h3)53.60 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4918Judit ForgácsHUN54.87 (5 h5)54.24 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4979Ruth MorrisISV54.37 (5 h1)54.92 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/41623Noodang PimpolTHA54.28 (6 h6)54.90 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/4304Alimata KonéCIV53.76 (5 h6)53.80 (8 h4)
5 h2 r1/421Charmaine GilgeousANT55.48 (5 h2)
6 h1 r1/4102Prisca PhilipBAR55.09 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/4890Shermaine RossGRN55.49 (6 h2)
6 h5 r1/41816Ngozi MwanamwambwaZAM54.88 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/41252Fanta DaoMLI1:01.97 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/41788Mary-Estelle KapaluVAN55.75 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/4130Jacqueline SolizBOL56.78 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/41516Melrose MansaraySLE55.67 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/4777Ruth MangueGEQ1:03.32 (7 h6)

Round One (1 August 1992 — 11:00)

Top four in each heat and next eight fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Natasha Kaiser-BrownUSA51.41Q
21Ximena RestrepoCOL52.34Q
36Julia MerinoESP52.90Q
43Juliet CampbellJAM53.69Q
57Ruth MorrisISV54.37q
62Prisca PhilipBAR55.09
74Fanta DaoMLI1:01.97

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Sandie RichardsJAM52.56Q
26Jearl MilesUSA52.79Q
31Sandra DouglasGBR52.91Q
45Jayamini IlleperumaSRI54.14Q
52Charmaine GilgeousANT55.48
63Shermaine RossGRN55.49

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Elsa DevassoigneFRA52.07Q
23Olga BryzginaEUN52.44Q
32Michelle LockAUS52.49Q
45Lorraine HansonGBR52.66Q
54Tina PaulinoMOZ52.93q
61Zoila StewartCRC53.72q
77Mary-Estelle KapaluVAN55.75

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Jill Richardson-BriscoeCAN51.99Q1
24Olga NazarovaEUN52.09Q
35Norfalia CarabalíCOL52.18Q2
42Anja RückerGER52.24Q
51Aïssatou N'DiayeSEN52.29q
63Susie TanéfoCMR53.37q
77Jacqueline SolizBOL56.78

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Phylis SmithGBR53.59Q
25Marie-José PérecFRA53.64Q
36Cathy FreemanAUS53.70Q
41Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR53.75Q
57Judit ForgácsHUN54.87q
63Ngozi MwanamwambwaZAM54.88
74Melrose MansaraySLE55.67

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Rochelle StevensUSA52.42Q
24Renée PoetschkaAUS52.85Q
37Yelena RuzinaEUN52.94Q
43Claudine WilliamsJAM52.97Q
51Alimata KonéCIV53.76q
62Noodang PimpolTHA54.28q
75Ruth MangueGEQ1:03.32

Quarter-Finals (2 August 1992 — 19:55)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Ximena RestrepoCOL50.63Q
26Olga BryzginaEUN50.68Q
35Natasha Kaiser-BrownUSA50.71Q
47Sandra DouglasGBR51.41Q
52Cathy FreemanAUS51.52
64Aïssatou N'DiayeSEN52.39
71Jayamini IlleperumaSRI53.55
88Judit ForgácsHUN54.24

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Jill Richardson-BriscoeCAN50.95Q
21Jearl MilesUSA51.27Q
36Olga NazarovaEUN51.30Q
44Michelle LockAUS51.71Q
55Anja RückerGER52.05
67Juliet CampbellJAM52.12
72Tina PaulinoMOZ52.34
88Ruth MorrisISV54.92

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Phylis SmithGBR51.32Q
24Elsa DevassoigneFRA51.75Q
36Renée PoetschkaAUS52.05Q
43Yelena RuzinaEUN52.23Q
55Julia MerinoESP52.43
62Claudine WilliamsJAM52.84
71Susie TanéfoCMR53.78
87Noodang PimpolTHA54.90

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Rochelle StevensUSA50.70Q
23Sandie RichardsJAM50.76Q
38Marie-José PérecFRA50.89Q
46Norfalia CarabalíCOL51.65Q
51Myra Mayberry-WilkinsonPUR53.37
65Lorraine HansonGBR53.60
72Zoila StewartCRC53.60
87Alimata KonéCIV53.80

Semi-Finals (3 August 1992 — 19:10)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Marie-José PérecFRA49.48Q
23Ximena RestrepoCOL49.76Q
35Olga BryzginaEUN49.76Q
42Phylis SmithGBR50.40Q
57Jearl MilesUSA50.57
66Natasha Kaiser-BrownUSA50.60
71Michelle LockAUS50.78
88Yelena RuzinaEUN51.30

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Jill Richardson-BriscoeCAN50.02Q
24Olga NazarovaEUN50.31Q
35Sandie RichardsJAM50.35Q
43Rochelle StevensUSA50.37Q
58Norfalia CarabalíCOL51.75
67Sandra DouglasGBR51.96
72Renée PoetschkaAUS52.09
81Elsa DevassoigneFRA52.85

Final (5 August 1992 — 20:50)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Marie-José PérecFRA48.83
23Olga BryzginaEUN49.05
36Ximena RestrepoCOL49.64
48Olga NazarovaEUN49.69
54Jill Richardson-BriscoeCAN49.93
61Rochelle StevensUSA50.11
72Sandie RichardsJAM50.19
87Phylis SmithGBR50.87