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400 metres Hurdles, Women

Date31 July – 4 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants39 from 25 countries

On 3 August Norway’s Karsten Warholm had stunned the track world by winning the gold medal in 45.94 over American Rai Benjamin, shattering the world record. The next day the women ran the 400 hurdles final, and nobody expected anything to match the men’s race. They would be wrong.

The two favorites were the Americans Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad. Muhammad was the defending gold medallist, and had won the 2019 World Championship, in which she set the world record of 52.16, as McLaughlin finished second. McLaughlin was younger, and had competed at Rio, where she was barely 17-years-old, failing to make the final. At the US Olympic Trials in July, McLaughlin finally defeated Muhammad, running a world record of 51.90. A third runner, Dutchwoman Femke Bol, had also had an outstanding summer, but she was only expected to challenge for the bronze medal.

Everybody made the final as expected, with Muhammad, McLaughlin, and Bol winning the three semi-finals. Muhammad got off to the fastest start and led to the eighth hurdle, with McLaughlin and Bol about a step behind and almost together. As they approached the last barrier, McLaughlin had almost caught Muhammad, who had a slight stutter step before clearing.

On the run-in McLaughlin was the strongest, crossing the line in 51.46 to break the world record by almost ½-a-second. Muhammad was also well under the world mark, finishing in 51.58 for silver as Bol crossed in 52.03, a European record and a mark that would have been a world record until two months before the Games. The entire field was fast, as the first six finishers bettered 54 seconds, the first time that had ever happened in a women’s 400 hurdle race. Jamaica’s Janieve Russell finished fourth in 53.08, the fastest ever fourth-place.

13870Sydney McLaughlinUSA54.65 (1 h3)53.03 (1 h2)51.46 (1)Gold
23876Dalilah MuhammadUSA53.97 (1 h5)53.30 (1 h1)51.58 (2)Silver
32987Femke BolNED54.43 (1 h4)53.91 (1 h3)52.03 (3)Bronze
42513Janieve RussellJAM54.81 (2 h2)54.10 (2 h1)53.08 (4)
53757Hanna RyzhkovaUKR54.56 (1 h2)54.23 (3 h2)53.48 (5)
63766Viktoriya TkachukUKR54.80 (1 h1)54.25 (3 h3)53.79 (6)
73122Gianna WoodruffPAN55.49 (2 h3)54.22 (2 h2)55.84 (7)
AC r3/33836Anna CockrellUSA55.37 (3 h1)54.17 (2 h3)– (DQ)
3 h1 r2/31176Paulien CouckuytBEL54.90 (3 h2)54.47 (3 h1)
4 h1 r2/32114Carolina KrafzikGER54.72 (2 h5)54.96 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/31584Zurian HechavarríaCUB54.99 (5 h5)55.21 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/33516Lea SprungerSUI54.74 (3 h5)55.12 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/31414Sage WatsonCAN55.54 (4 h1)55.51 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/33172Joanna LinkiewiczPOL54.93 (4 h5)55.67 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/32405Yadisleidy PedrosoITA55.57 (5 h1)55.80 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/34015Quách Thị LanVIE55.71 (4 h3)56.78 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/33538Emma ZapletalováSVK55.00 (6 h5)55.79 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/31536Melissa GonzálezCOL55.32 (2 h1)57.47 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32403Linda OlivieriITA55.54 (4 h2)57.03 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/33383Wenda NelRSA56.06 (3 h4)56.35 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/32028Jess TurnerGBR56.83 (4 h4)1:00.36 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/33075Amalie IuelNOR55.65 (6 h1)57.61 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31149Tia-Adana BelleBAR55.69 (2 h4)59.26 (8 h2)
AC h3 r2/31659Sara Slott PetersenDEN55.52 (3 h3)– (DQ h3)
5 h2 r1/31896Viivi LehikoinenFIN55.67 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/32400Eleonora MarchiandoITA56.82 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/31049Sarah CarliAUS56.93 (5 h4)
6 h2 r1/31402Noelle MontcalmCAN55.85 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/33751Mariya MykolenkoUKR57.86 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/33502Yasmin GigerSUI57.03 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/31347Aminat JamalBRN55.90 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/31996Meghan BeesleyGBR55.91 (7 h2)
7 h5 r1/33076Line KlosterNOR56.45 (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/31175Hanne ClaesBEL56.38 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/31288Chayenne da SilvaBRA57.55 (8 h2)
8 h5 r1/31005Loubna BenhadjaALG57.19 (8 h5)
AC h3 r1/32009Jessie KnightGBR– (DNF h3)
AC h3 r1/32508Leah NugentJAM– (DQ h3)
AC h4 r1/32525Ronda WhyteJAM– (DQ h4)
DNS3619Sparkle McKnightTTO– (DNS h4)

Round One

Date31 July 2021 — 9:00
FormatTop four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
19Viktoriya TkachukUKR54.800.256Q
23Melissa GonzálezCOL55.320.146Q
37Anna CockrellUSA55.370.213Q
48Sage WatsonCAN55.540.176Q
56Yadisleidy PedrosoITA55.570.186q
65Amalie IuelNOR55.650.129q
72Aminat JamalBRN55.900.208
84Hanne ClaesBEL56.380.174

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
12Hanna RyzhkovaUKR54.560.191Q
27Janieve RussellJAM54.810.159Q
39Paulien CouckuytBEL54.900.182Q
48Linda OlivieriITA55.540.130Q
56Viivi LehikoinenFIN55.670.155
63Noelle MontcalmCAN55.850.197
75Meghan BeesleyGBR55.910.165
84Chayenne da SilvaBRA57.550.165

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
15Sydney McLaughlinUSA54.650.180Q
27Gianna WoodruffPAN55.490.268Q
39Sara Slott PetersenDEN55.520.161Q
48Quách Thị LanVIE55.710.150Q
53Eleonora MarchiandoITA56.820.166
64Mariya MykolenkoUKR57.860.2001
DNF2Jessie KnightGBR0.160
DQ6Leah NugentJAM[0.240]2

Heat #4

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
18Femke BolNED54.430.194Q
27Tia-Adana BelleBAR55.690.166Q
33Wenda NelRSA56.060.194Q
45Jess TurnerGBR56.830.186Q
56Sarah CarliAUS56.930.167
69Yasmin GigerSUI57.030.165
DQ2Ronda WhyteJAM3
DNS4Sparkle McKnightTTO

Heat #5

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
13Dalilah MuhammadUSA53.97Q
25Carolina KrafzikGER54.720.189Q
39Lea SprungerSUI54.740.186Q
48Joanna LinkiewiczPOL54.930.130Q
56Zurian HechavarríaCUB54.990.181q
67Emma ZapletalováSVK55.000.166q
72Line KlosterNOR56.450.151
84Loubna BenhadjaALG57.190.200


Date2 August 2021 — 20:35
FormatTop two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
17Dalilah MuhammadUSA53.300.186Q4
26Janieve RussellJAM54.100.151Q5
35Paulien CouckuytBEL54.470.1646
44Carolina KrafzikGER54.960.1727
58Sage WatsonCAN55.510.163
63Quách Thị LanVIE56.780.188
79Linda OlivieriITA57.030.120
82Amalie IuelNOR57.610.121

Heat #2

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
15Sydney McLaughlinUSA53.030.204Q
24Gianna WoodruffPAN54.220.207Q
36Hanna RyzhkovaUKR54.230.162q
43Zurian HechavarríaCUB55.210.167
59Joanna LinkiewiczPOL55.670.157
62Emma ZapletalováSVK55.790.136
78Wenda NelRSA56.350.189
87Tia-Adana BelleBAR59.260.146

Heat #3

PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
15Femke BolNED53.910.215Q
28Anna CockrellUSA54.170.174Q
37Viktoriya TkachukUKR54.250.224q
46Lea SprungerSUI55.120.140
52Yadisleidy PedrosoITA55.800.181
64Melissa GonzálezCOL57.470.191
73Jess TurnerGBR1:00.360.185
DQ9Sara Slott PetersenDEN[0.165]8


Date4 August 2021 — 11:30
PosLaneCompetitorNOCTime (Automatic)Reaction Time
14Sydney McLaughlinUSA51.460.163WR
27Dalilah MuhammadUSA51.580.200
35Femke BolNED52.030.165
46Janieve RussellJAM53.080.136
52Hanna RyzhkovaUKR53.480.177
63Viktoriya TkachukUKR53.790.206
79Gianna WoodruffPAN55.840.235
DQ8Anna CockrellUSA[0.167]9