| Event type

400 metres, Women

Date3 – 5 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants48 from 38 countries

Sanya Richards-Ross was the favorite but she had a history of struggling to get gold in the biggest meets, although she had won gold in the event at the 2009 World Championships. But at the 2004 Olympics she had placed sixth, winning a bronze in 2008, and at the World Championships, she was fifth in 2007 and seventh in 2011, winning a silver medal in 2005. The 2011 World Champion was Botswana runner Amantle Montsho, the first international-class female runner from that African nation. Defending champion Christine Ohuruogu also qualified for the final and would be cheered on by the British fans. The best time of the year belonged to Russian Antonina Krivoshapka, with 49.16. She posted the fastest semi-final, winning the third heat in 49.81, just ahead of American DeeDee Trotter.

The final saw Krivoshapka take the lead at 100 metres in 11.8, barely up on Richards-Ross. The Russian kept it up through 200 metres, passing that in 23.2, leading Richards-Ross by 0.5 seconds, followed by Trotter, Francena McCorory (USA), and Montsho. But Richards-Ross was running a patient race and reeled in Krivo just past 300 metres to take the lead, with her teammates close behind. Ohuruogu was well back in fifth as they entered the straight. On the homestretch, Richards-Ross maintained her lead, increasing it slightly over Trotter, as Krivoshapka faded, eventually placing sixth. Ohuruogu closed the fastest, but was a metre back of Richards-Ross at the line, with Trotter just edged out for silver, and Montsho barely missing the podium.

13313Sanya Richards-RossUSA51.78 (1 h4)50.07 (1 h1)49.55 (1)Gold
21866Christine OhuruoguGBR50.80 (2 h1)50.22 (2 h1)49.70 (2)Silver
33321DeeDee TrotterUSA50.87 (1 h3)49.87 (1 h3)49.72 (3)Bronze
41214Amantle MontshoBOT50.40 (1 h2)50.15 (1 h2)49.75 (4)
52213Novlene Williams-MillsJAM50.88 (1 h6)49.91 (2 h3)50.11 (5)
63307Francena McCororyUSA50.78 (1 h1)50.19 (2 h2)50.33 (6)
72209Rosemarie WhyteJAM50.90 (2 h3)50.98 (3 h1)50.79 (7)
3 h2 r2/32154Libania GrenotITA52.13 (3 h6)51.18 (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/32585Omolara OmotoshoNGR52.11 (4 h3)51.41 (3 h3)
4 h1 r2/32104Joanne CuddihyIRL52.09 (4 h1)51.88 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/32195Christine DayJAM51.05 (2 h2)51.19 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/33182Nataliya PyhydaUKR51.09 (2 h6)51.41 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/32536Tjipekapora HerungaNAM52.31 (3 h4)52.53 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/32581Regina GeorgeNGR51.24 (1 h7)51.35 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/32750Carol RodríguezPUR52.19 (2 h4)52.08 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/31313Jenna MartinCAN51.98 (3 h3)52.83 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/33172Alina LohvynenkoUKR52.08 (1 h5)51.38 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/31864Lee McConnellGBR52.23 (2 h5)52.24 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32343Joy Nakhumicha SakariKEN51.85 (3 h1)52.95 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31851Shana CoxGBR52.01 (3 h2)52.58 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/32030Marlena WeshHAI51.98 (2 h7)52.49 (7 h3)
8 h2 r2/32026Aliann PompeyGUY52.10 (4 h2)52.58 (8 h2)
3 h5 r1/33006Moa HjelmerSWE52.86 (3 h5)
4 h5 r1/32481Amber SimukondaMAW54.20 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/31249Joelma SousaBRA52.69 (4 h6)
3 h7 r1/32913Amy Mbacké ThiamSEN53.23 (3 h7)
5 h1 r1/31235Geisa CoutinhoBRA53.43 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/31018Afia CharlesANT54.25 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/31568Raysa SánchezDOM52.47 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/31205Sviatlana VusovichBLR52.40 (4 h4)
5 h5 r1/31717Danni AlakijaFIJ56.77 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/32772Bianca RăzorROU52.83 (5 h6)
4 h7 r1/32488Olesea CojuhariMDA53.64 (4 h7)
6 h1 r1/32284Marina MaslyonkoKAZ53.66 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32540Ingrid YahoskaNCA59.55 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/31644Aauri BokesaESP53.67 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/33011Phumlile NdzinisaSWZ53.95 (5 h4)
6 h6 r1/31263Maziah MahusinBRU59.28 (6 h6)
5 h7 r1/31883Graciela MartinsGBS58.30 (5 h7)
7 h1 r1/32946Zamzam Mohamed FarahSOM1:20.48 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/31555Zourah AliDJI1:05.37 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/32520Hristina RisteskaMKD1:00.86 (6 h4)
AC h2 r1/31118Shaunae MillerBAH– (DNF h2)
AC h6 r1/33361Kineke AlexanderVIN– (DNF h6)
AC h7 r1/31440Yenifer PadillaCOL– (DQ h7)
DQ3100Pınar SakaTUR[52.38] (DQ h4)1
DQ2873Antonina KrivoshapkaRUS[50.75] (DQ h5)[49.81] (DQ h3)[50.17] (DQ)2
DQ2862Yuliya GushchinaRUS[51.54] (DQ h7)[51.66] (DQ h1)3
DNS2008Kanika BecklesGRN– (DNS h5)

Round One (3 August 2012 — 12:00)

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

Heat #1 (12:00)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Francena McCororyUSA50.780.299Q
25Christine OhuruoguGBR50.800.282Q
37Joy Nakhumicha SakariKEN51.850.200Q
44Joanne CuddihyIRL52.090.175q
58Geisa CoutinhoBRA53.430.187
63Marina MaslyonkoKAZ53.660.192
72Zamzam Mohamed FarahSOM1:20.480.405

Heat #2 (12:08)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Amantle MontshoBOT50.400.186Q
25Christine DayJAM51.050.178Q
32Shana CoxGBR52.010.181Q
48Aliann PompeyGUY52.100.174q
56Afia CharlesANT54.250.180
67Ingrid YahoskaNCA59.550.221
DNF3Shaunae MillerBAH0.176

Heat #3 (12:16)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18DeeDee TrotterUSA50.870.268Q
24Rosemarie WhyteJAM50.900.219Q
37Jenna MartinCAN51.980.174Q
43Omolara OmotoshoNGR52.110.221q
56Raysa SánchezDOM52.470.190
62Aauri BokesaESP53.670.158
75Zourah AliDJI1:05.37

Heat #4 (12:24)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Sanya Richards-RossUSA51.780.216Q
28Carol RodríguezPUR52.190.187Q
34Tjipekapora HerungaNAM52.310.197Q
43Sviatlana VusovichBLR52.400.206
57Phumlile NdzinisaSWZ53.950.224
62Hristina RisteskaMKD1:00.860.214
DQ5Pınar SakaTUR[52.38][0.199]4

Heat #5 (12:32)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Alina LohvynenkoUKR52.080.184Q
24Lee McConnellGBR52.230.222Q
35Moa HjelmerSWE52.860.189
46Amber SimukondaMAW54.200.241
57Danni AlakijaFIJ56.770.289
DQ8Antonina KrivoshapkaRUS[50.75][0.223]Q5
DNS3Kanika BecklesGRN

Heat #6 (12:40)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Novlene Williams-MillsJAM50.880.269Q
27Nataliya PyhydaUKR51.090.190Q
36Libania GrenotITA52.130.205Q
43Joelma SousaBRA52.690.182
55Bianca RăzorROU52.830.195
68Maziah MahusinBRU59.280.194
DNF2Kineke AlexanderVIN0.206

Heat #7 (12:48)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Regina GeorgeNGR51.240.175Q
24Marlena WeshHAI51.980.192Q
35Amy Mbacké ThiamSEN53.230.227
42Olesea CojuhariMDA53.640.183
53Graciela MartinsGBS58.300.237
DQ7Yenifer PadillaCOL[0.187]
DQ8Yuliya GushchinaRUS[51.54][0.190]Q6

Semi-Finals (4 August 2012 — 20:05)

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

Heat #1 (20:05)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Sanya Richards-RossUSA50.070.149Q
27Christine OhuruoguGBR50.220.222Q
36Rosemarie WhyteJAM50.980.197q
42Joanne CuddihyIRL51.880.209
53Tjipekapora HerungaNAM52.530.200
69Jenna MartinCAN52.830.185
78Joy Nakhumicha SakariKEN52.950.196
DQ5Yuliya GushchinaRUS[51.66][0.166]7

Heat #2 (20:13)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Amantle MontshoBOT50.150.205Q
26Francena McCororyUSA50.190.246Q
32Libania GrenotITA51.180.163
47Christine DayJAM51.190.194
54Regina GeorgeNGR51.350.151
69Alina LohvynenkoUKR51.380.194
78Shana CoxGBR52.580.185
83Aliann PompeyGUY52.580.147

Heat #3 (20:21)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14DeeDee TrotterUSA49.870.187Q
27Novlene Williams-MillsJAM49.910.247q
33Omolara OmotoshoNGR51.410.195
46Nataliya PyhydaUKR51.410.176
58Carol RodríguezPUR52.080.210
62Lee McConnellGBR52.240.219
79Marlena WeshHAI52.490.251
DQ5Antonina KrivoshapkaRUS[49.81][0.198]Q8

Final (5 August 2012 — 21:10)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Sanya Richards-RossUSA49.550.189
28Christine OhuruoguGBR49.700.174
34DeeDee TrotterUSA49.720.167
47Amantle MontshoBOT49.750.198
52Novlene Williams-MillsJAM50.110.258
69Francena McCororyUSA50.330.196
73Rosemarie WhyteJAM50.790.184
DQ5Antonina KrivoshapkaRUS[50.17][0.175]9