| Event type

400 metres, Women

Date16 – 19 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants50 from 40 countries
Olympic Record 48.25 / Marie-José Pérec FRA / 29 July 1996

The best 400 runner in 2005-2006 had been Jamaican-born American Sanya Richards. She was world ranked #1 in 2005-2007, and was a heavy favorite in 2007 to win the World Championships, but did not even make the US team at the Trials, that title going to Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu. It turned out that she had been ill, diagnosed with Behçet’s Syndrome, a variant of an inflammatory arthritis. After receiving treatment she was healthier in 2008 and looked good early in the year, winning the US Olympic Trials easily. In the final in Beijing she started out as expected, going thru 300 metres in 35.8 with a big lead. But that was it. She tied up on the final straight, possibly with a tight hamstring, and was passed by both Ohuruogu and Jamaica’s Shericka Williams. Ohuruogu barely held off Williams for the gold medal and Richards had to hang on to get bronze. Ohuruogu was a somewhat controversial choice for the British team. She had served a one-year ban from the IAAF for missing three doping tests but the British Olympic Association by-laws mandate a life ban from the Olympic Games for any doping offense. The same by-laws allow an appeal to be made against this ban and the appeal panel decided in her favour in November 2007.

11819Christine OhuruoguGBR51.00 (1 h4)50.14 (1 h1)49.62 (1)Gold
22170Shericka WilliamsJAM50.57 (1 h7)50.28 (2 h1)49.69 (2)Silver
33222Sanya Richards-RossUSA50.54 (1 h5)49.90 (1 h2)49.93 (3)Bronze
42746Yuliya GushchinaRUS51.18 (2 h4)50.48 (1 h3)50.01 (4)
52180Rosemarie WhyteJAM51.00 (1 h1)50.63 (3 h3)50.68 (5)
61198Amantle MontshoBOT50.91 (2 h2)50.54 (2 h3)51.18 (6)
2 h2 r2/32169Novlene Williams-MillsJAM51.52 (1 h6)51.06 (2 h2)
3 h1 r2/31984Aliann PompeyGUY50.99 (2 h5)50.93 (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/31091Christine AmertilBAH51.25 (2 h1)51.51 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/33154Mary WinebergUSA51.46 (1 h3)51.13 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/32508Joy EzeNGR51.97 (3 h7)51.87 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/31832Nicola SandersGBR51.81 (2 h6)50.71 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/31480Indira TerreroCUB51.56 (4 h2)51.80 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/31815Lee McConnellGBR51.87 (2 h3)52.11 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/32127Libania GrenotITA50.87 (1 h2)50.83 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/32527AJ OdumosuNGR51.39 (3 h1)52.45 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/31303Carline MuirCAN51.55 (3 h2)52.37 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32515Shade AbuganNGR51.45 (3 h5)51.30 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32448Gabriela MedinaMEX51.96 (3 h4)52.97 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/33314Rachael NachulaZAM51.62 (2 h7)52.67 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/33247DeeDee TrotterUSA51.41 (4 h1)51.87 (7 h3)
8 h3 r2/32911Nawal El-JackSUD52.77 (3 h6)54.18 (8 h3)
3 h3 r1/32009Barbara PetráhnHUN53.06 (3 h3)
4 h3 r1/32683Carol RodríguezPUR53.08 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/31076Tamsyn LewisAUS52.38 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/32193Asami TannoJPN52.60 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/33311Kineke AlexanderVIN52.87 (4 h6)
4 h7 r1/32569Monika BejnarPOL52.80 (4 h7)
5 h1 r1/32871Tiandra PonteenSKN52.41 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/31685Makelesi Bulikiobo-BatimalaFIJ52.24 (5 h2)
5 h4 r1/31239Maria Laura AlmirãoBRA53.26 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/31946Dimitra DovaGRE52.69 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/31971Trish BartholomewGRN52.88 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/32999Sandrine Thiébaud-KangniTOG54.16 (5 h7)
5 h3 r1/31986Ginou EtienneHAI53.94 (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/33074Antonina YefremovaUKR53.22 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32027Mandeep KaurIND52.88 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/32529Rachidatou Seini MaikidoNIG1:03.19 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/32042Joanne CuddihyIRL53.32 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/32229Olga TereshkovaKAZ53.36 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/32736Tsholofelo ThipeRSA54.11 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/32964Temalangeni DlaminiSWZ59.91 (6 h7)
7 h2 r1/33057Justine BayigaUGA54.15 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/32347Ghada AliLBA1:06.19 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/32348Kia DavisLBR53.99 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/31004Klodiana ShalaALB54.84 (7 h6)
8 h6 r1/32458Batgereliin MöngöntuyaaMGL58.14 (8 h6)
AC1507Alissa KallinikouCYP52.40 (AC h7)DQ1
AC2816Tatyana FirovaRUS50.59 (AC h7)50.31 (AC h1)50.11 (AC)DQ2
AC2826Anastasiya KapachinskayaRUS51.32 (AC h3)50.30 (AC h2)50.03 (AC)DQ3

Round One (16 August 2008)

Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1 (12:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Rosemarie WhyteJAM51.000.207Q
22Christine AmertilBAH51.250.189Q
35AJ OdumosuNGR51.390.214Q
48DeeDee TrotterUSA51.410.256q
53Tiandra PonteenSKN52.410.437
66Antonina YefremovaUKR53.220.204

Heat #2 (12:17)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Libania GrenotITA50.870.330Q
22Amantle MontshoBOT50.910.271Q
34Carline MuirCAN51.550.253Q
45Indira TerreroCUB51.560.396q
58Makelesi Bulikiobo-BatimalaFIJ52.240.216
63Mandeep KaurIND52.880.348
77Justine BayigaUGA54.150.325

Heat #3 (12:24)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Mary WinebergUSA51.460.197Q
25Lee McConnellGBR51.870.240Q
38Barbara PetráhnHUN53.060.202
44Carol RodríguezPUR53.080.183
53Ginou EtienneHAI53.940.322
62Rachidatou Seini MaikidoNIG1:03.19
AC6Anastasiya KapachinskayaRUS51.320.264Q DQ4

Heat #4 (12:31)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Christine OhuruoguGBR51.000.271Q
24Yuliya GushchinaRUS51.180.257Q
36Gabriela MedinaMEX51.960.261Q
47Tamsyn LewisAUS52.380.187
53Maria Laura AlmirãoBRA53.26
68Joanne CuddihyIRL53.320.196
75Ghada AliLBA1:06.190.289

Heat #5 (12:38)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Sanya Richards-RossUSA50.540.207Q
24Aliann PompeyGUY50.990.225Q
35Shade AbuganNGR51.450.276Q
46Asami TannoJPN52.600.231
52Dimitra DovaGRE52.690.219
63Olga TereshkovaKAZ53.360.217
77Kia DavisLBR53.990.307

Heat #6 (12:45)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Novlene Williams-MillsJAM51.520.202Q
23Nicola SandersGBR51.810.279Q
32Nawal El-JackSUD52.770.494Q
44Kineke AlexanderVIN52.870.266
55Trish BartholomewGRN52.880.162
67Tsholofelo ThipeRSA54.110.217
76Klodiana ShalaALB54.840.147
89Batgereliin MöngöntuyaaMGL58.140.247

Heat #7 (12:52)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Shericka WilliamsJAM50.570.242Q5
25Rachael NachulaZAM51.620.239Q
39Joy EzeNGR51.970.385q
44Monika BejnarPOL52.800.264
52Sandrine Thiébaud-KangniTOG54.160.248
63Temalangeni DlaminiSWZ59.910.278
AC6Alissa KallinikouCYP52.400.259DQ6
AC7Tatyana FirovaRUS50.590.245Q DQ7

Semi-Finals (17 August 2008)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat #1 (21:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Christine OhuruoguGBR50.140.233Q
25Shericka WilliamsJAM50.280.240Q
36Aliann PompeyGUY50.930.194
48Mary WinebergUSA51.130.203
53Indira TerreroCUB51.800.367
69AJ OdumosuNGR52.450.387
72Gabriela MedinaMEX52.970.250
AC7Tatyana FirovaRUS50.310.246DQ QC8

Heat #2 (21:07)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Sanya Richards-RossUSA49.900.190Q
25Novlene Williams-MillsJAM51.060.255
36Christine AmertilBAH51.510.222
42Joy EzeNGR51.870.375
53Lee McConnellGBR52.110.243
69Carline MuirCAN52.370.399
78Rachael NachulaZAM52.670.223
AC4Anastasiya KapachinskayaRUS50.300.249Q DQ9

Heat #3 (21:14)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Yuliya GushchinaRUS50.480.189Q
24Amantle MontshoBOT50.540.226Q
36Rosemarie WhyteJAM50.630.190q
49Nicola SandersGBR50.710.197
55Libania GrenotITA50.830.233
68Shade AbuganNGR51.300.343
72DeeDee TrotterUSA51.870.235
83Nawal El-JackSUD54.18

Final (19 August 2008 — 22:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Christine OhuruoguGBR49.620.237
26Shericka WilliamsJAM49.690.207
37Sanya Richards-RossUSA49.930.196
45Yuliya GushchinaRUS50.010.242
52Rosemarie WhyteJAM50.680.181
68Amantle MontshoBOT51.180.299
AC3Tatyana FirovaRUS50.110.196DQ10
AC9Anastasiya KapachinskayaRUS50.030.378DQ11