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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date3 – 6 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants49 from 33 countries

This event had a star-studded field. The 2000 and 2008 gold medalist was back, American Angelo Taylor, as was the 2004 gold medalist, Dominican Félix Sánchez. Also highly considered were the other two Americans – Kerron Clement had been World Champion in 2007 and 2009, while Michael Tinsley had won the US Olympic Trials. The 2011 World Champion had been Britain’s Dai Greene, and these five would be joined in the final by three other Caribbean hurdlers – Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, Jehue Gordon of Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaican Leford Green. Culson had been the strongest early in 2012, had been silver medalist at the Worlds in both 2009 and 2011, and was considered a slight favorite.

The early leaders were Sánchez, Culson, and Taylor with Taylor leading over hurdle seven. But he switched to a right-leg lead at the next hurdle and had difficulty with his steps coming home. Sánchez took the lead at the ninth hurdle, just ahead of Culson. Tinsley was not in it for the gold but had the fastest finish to come home for silver, just behind Sánchez, who won gold, with Culson taking bronze, Greene in fourth, and Taylor fifth.

Féliz Sánchez became the third intermediate hurdler to win the title twice without defending his title, following Taylor in 2000 and 2008, and Edwin Moses in 1976 and 1984. Glenn Davis (USA) also won the event twice, consecutively in 1956-60.

11563Félix SánchezDOM49.24 (1 h6)47.76 (1 h1)47.63 (1)Gold
23258Michael TinsleyUSA49.13 (1 h2)48.18 (1 h3)47.91 (2)Silver
32743Javier CulsonPUR48.33 (1 h4)47.93 (1 h2)48.10 (3)Bronze
41812Dai GreeneGBR48.98 (1 h3)48.19 (4 h1)48.24 (4)
53255Angelo TaylorUSA49.29 (1 h5)47.95 (2 h2)48.25 (5)
63043Jehue GordonTTO49.37 (2 h5)47.96 (2 h1)48.86 (6)
72176Leford GreenJAM49.30 (2 h2)48.61 (2 h3)49.12 (7)
83212Kerron ClementUSA48.48 (2 h4)48.12 (3 h1)49.15 (8)
3 h2 r2/31465Omar CisnerosCUB48.63 (3 h4)48.23 (3 h2)
3 h3 r2/32932Brent LarueSLO49.38 (4 h3)49.45 (3 h3)
4 h2 r2/32947Emir BekrićSRB49.21 (2 h3)49.62 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/31843Rhys WilliamsGBR49.17 (5 h4)49.63 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/32910Mamadou Kassé HanneSEN49.63 (3 h6)48.80 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/31155Kenneth MedwoodBIZ49.78 (4 h1)49.87 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/31039Brendan ColeAUS49.24 (2 h1)49.65 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/31135Michael BultheelBEL49.18 (6 h4)49.10 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/33140Stanislav MelnykovUKR50.13 (3 h5)50.19 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32128José Reynaldo Bencosme de LeonITA49.35 (3 h3)50.07 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32741Eric AlejandroPUR49.39 (4 h2)49.15 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31065Tristan ThomasAUS49.13 (4 h4)50.55 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/31483Amaurys ValleCUB49.19 (1 h1)50.48 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/32528Kurt CoutoMOZ49.31 (3 h2)51.55 (8 h1)
AC h2 r2/31811Jack GreenGBR49.49 (2 h6)– (DNF h2)
AC h3 r2/32571Amaechi MortonNGR49.34 (3 h1)– (DQ h3)
4 h5 r1/31921Silvio SchirrmeisterGER50.21 (4 h5)
4 h6 r1/32239Tetsuya TatenoJPN49.95 (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/32172Roxroy CatoJAM50.22 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/31666Rasmus MägiEST50.05 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/32746Jamele MasonPUR49.89 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/31981Periklis IakovakisGRE50.27 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/32186Josef RobertsonJAM49.98 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/33032Chen ChiehTPE50.27 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/31559Winder CuevasDOM50.15 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/31345Cheng WenCHN50.38 (6 h3)
6 h5 r1/32791L. J. van ZylRSA50.31 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/32312Boniface TumutiKEN50.33 (6 h6)
7 h1 r1/31353Li ZhilongCHN50.36 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/32309Vincent Kiplangat KosgeiKEN50.80 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/32826Vyacheslav SakayevRUS50.36 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/31522Josef ProrokCZE50.33 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/33329Artyom DyatlovUZB51.55 (7 h6)
8 h3 r1/32782Cornel FredericksRSA52.29 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/32714Jorge PaulaPOR51.40 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/32270Viktor LeptikovKAZ51.67 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/33201Andrés SilvaURU53.38 (8 h6)
9 h4 r1/31444Maoulida DarouecheCOM53.49 (9 h4)
DQ2225Takayuki KishimotoJPN– (DQ h1)
DQ2231Akihiko NakamuraJPN– (DQ h2)
DQ3028Lankantien LamboniTOG– (DQ h3)
DNS2970Kariem HusseinSUI– (DNS h2)1

Round One (3 August 2012 — 11:15)

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

Heat One (11:15)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Amaurys ValleCUB49.190.176Q
23Brendan ColeAUS49.240.200Q
35Amaechi MortonNGR49.340.295Q
44Kenneth MedwoodBIZ49.780.190q
57Roxroy CatoJAM50.220.158
68Chen ChiehTPE50.270.187
79Li ZhilongCHN50.360.146
DQ2Takayuki KishimotoJPN[0.144]2

Heat Two (11:22)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Michael TinsleyUSA49.130.185Q
24Leford GreenJAM49.300.194Q
36Kurt CoutoMOZ49.310.170Q
48Eric AlejandroPUR49.390.204q
59Rasmus MägiEST50.050.128
67Winder CuevasDOM50.150.184
DQ5Akihiko NakamuraJPN[0.153]3
DNS2Kariem HusseinSUI4

Heat Three (11:29)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
11Dai GreeneGBR48.980.167Q
28Emir BekrićSRB49.210.196Q
39José Reynaldo Bencosme de LeonITA49.350.220Q
46Brent LarueSLO49.380.182q
57Jamele MasonPUR49.890.173
62Cheng WenCHN50.380.176
75Vincent Kiplangat KosgeiKEN50.800.175
84Cornel FredericksRSA52.290.162
DQ3Lankantien LamboniTOG[0.334]5

Heat Four (11:36)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Javier CulsonPUR48.330.212Q
22Kerron ClementUSA48.480.175Q
37Omar CisnerosCUB48.630.206Q
43Tristan ThomasAUS49.130.152q
56Rhys WilliamsGBR49.170.217q
65Michael BultheelBEL49.180.147q
79Vyacheslav SakayevRUS50.360.181
88Jorge PaulaPOR51.400.160
91Maoulida DarouecheCOM53.490.213

Heat Five (11:43)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Angelo TaylorUSA49.290.187Q
29Jehue GordonTTO49.370.161Q
34Stanislav MelnykovUKR50.130.196Q
45Silvio SchirrmeisterGER50.210.226
58Periklis IakovakisGRE50.270.248
66L. J. van ZylRSA50.310.173
77Josef ProrokCZE50.330.184
82Viktor LeptikovKAZ51.670.249

Heat Six (11:50)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Félix SánchezDOM49.240.177Q
28Jack GreenGBR49.490.209Q
39Mamadou Kassé HanneSEN49.630.262Q
46Tetsuya TatenoJPN49.950.168
55Josef RobertsonJAM49.980.176
63Boniface TumutiKEN50.330.165
72Artyom DyatlovUZB51.550.185
84Andrés SilvaURU53.380.195

Semi-Finals (4 August 2012 — 19:00)

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

Heat One (19:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Félix SánchezDOM47.760.175Q
25Jehue GordonTTO47.960.148Q
36Kerron ClementUSA48.120.251q
47Dai GreeneGBR48.190.181q
59Mamadou Kassé HanneSEN48.800.172
63Michael BultheelBEL49.100.147
72Eric AlejandroPUR49.150.186
88Kurt CoutoMOZ51.550.179

Heat Two (19:08)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Javier CulsonPUR47.930.224Q
27Angelo TaylorUSA47.950.165Q
39Omar CisnerosCUB48.230.239
46Emir BekrićSRB49.620.204
52Kenneth MedwoodBIZ49.870.175
68Stanislav MelnykovUKR50.190.182
73Tristan ThomasAUS50.550.164
DNF4Jack GreenGBR0.194

Heat Three (19:16)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Michael TinsleyUSA48.180.179Q
24Leford GreenJAM48.610.176Q
32Brent LarueSLO49.450.172
43Rhys WilliamsGBR49.630.190
56Brendan ColeAUS49.650.178
68José Reynaldo Bencosme de LeonITA50.070.205
77Amaurys ValleCUB50.480.162
DQ9Amaechi MortonNGR[0.231]6

Final (6 August 2012 — 20:45)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Félix SánchezDOM47.630.158
26Michael TinsleyUSA47.910.184
35Javier CulsonPUR48.100.196
43Dai GreeneGBR48.240.150
54Angelo TaylorUSA48.250.158
68Jehue GordonTTO48.860.165
79Leford GreenJAM49.120.194
82Kerron ClementUSA49.150.148