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400 metres Hurdles, Women

Date5 – 8 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants43 from 34 countries

The favorite coming into London was American Lashinda Demus, the 2011 World Champion. She had competed at the 2004 Olympics, failing to make the final, and then failed to make the US team for the 2008 Olympics. However, she was world ranked #1 in both 2010 and 2011. The best time of the year had been posted by Russian Nataliya Antyukh, but her teammate Irina Davydova was more highly considered before the Games. However, Davydova did not get out of the semis, placing fifth in the second heat. Defending champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica was also considered a contender, but she also flopped in the semis, placing sixth in her heat.

The final came down to Demus against Antyukh, with Demus leading through the first five hurdles. But Antyukh had more at the end and took the lead just before the ninth hurdle. The two ran closely to the finish but Demus could not gain back ground and Antyukh won the gold medal. The bronze went to Czech Zuzana Hejnová, a consistent hurdler in 2012, who finished quickly on the final straight. Antyukh had started her career as a 400 hurdler but then switched to the open 400, only to return to the intermediates after failing to make the 2008 Olympic team.

However, in December 2022 re-tests of Antyukh’s urine samples from 2012 caused her to be disqualified by the Athletics Integrity Unit, and her gold medal was rescinded. As of January 2023 there has been no announcement from the IOC concerning advancement of Demus or Hejnová to the gold or silver medals, although it is expected that that will occur.

13285Lashinda DemusUSA54.6 (1 h3)54.08 (1 h2)52.77 (1)Silver
21532Zuzana HejnováCZE53.96 (1 h1)53.62 (1 h1)53.38 (2)Bronze
32206Kaliese SpencerJAM54.02 (1 h2)54.20 (2 h2)53.66 (3)
43310Georganne MolineUSA54.31 (1 h4)54.74 (2 h3)53.92 (4)
53272T'erea BrownUSA54.72 (2 h1)54.21 (2 h1)55.07 (5)
61540Denisa RosolováCZE55.42 (3 h3)54.87 (3 h3)55.27 (6)
72583AJ OdumosuNGR54.93 (2 h2)54.4 (1 h3)55.31 (7)
3 h1 r2/31146Élodie OuédraogoBEL55.89 (3 h4)55.20 (3 h1)
3 h2 r2/31877Perri Shakes-DraytonGBR54.62 (1 h5)55.19 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/32214Nickiesha WilsonJAM55.53 (2 h4)55.77 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/33197Hanna YaroshchukUKR54.81 (3 h5)55.51 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/32208Melaine WalkerJAM54.78 (2 h5)55.74 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/32473Hayat LambarkiMAR55.58 (4 h5)56.18 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/31551Sara Slott PetersenDEN56.01 (4 h3)56.21 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/31850Eilidh ChildGBR56.14 (3 h1)56.03 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/32720Vera BarbosaPOR55.22 (2 h3)56.27 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/32688Anna JesieńPOL55.44 (3 h2)56.28 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32256Satomi KubokuraJPN55.85 (5 h5)56.25 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/31068Laura BodenAUS56.27 (4 h2)56.66 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31322Sarah WellsCAN56.47 (4 h1)56.71 (7 h2)
5 h1 r1/32441Eglė StaišiūnaitėLTU57.79 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/32414Raasin McIntoshLBR57.39 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/31581Lucy JaramilloECU57.74 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/32768Angela MoroșanuROU56.64 (4 h4)
6 h1 r1/32276Tatyana AzarovaKAZ58.53 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/33332Nataliya AsanovaUZB58.05 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/31438Princesa OliverosCOL58.95 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/31450Sharolyn ScottCRC57.03 (5 h4)
6 h5 r1/31375Huang XiaoxiaoCHN56.29 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/32339Maureen Jelagat MaiyoKEN1:02.16 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/32479Noraseela Mohd KhalidMAS1:00.16 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/33056Janeil BellilleTTO57.27 (6 h4)
7 h5 r1/33202Déborah RodríguezURU57.04 (7 h5)
8 h4 r1/31457Nikolina HorvatCRO58.49 (7 h4)
8 h5 r1/31237Jailma LimaBRA57.05 (8 h5)
9 h5 r1/32963Christine Sonali MerrillSRI57.15 (9 h5)
AC1270Vanya StambolovaBUL– (DNF h1)
DQ3088Nagihan KaradereTUR– (DQ h4)1
DQ3013Ghfran MouhamadSYR[58.09] (DQ h2)2
DQ3195Hanna TitimetsUKR[55.08] (DQ h3)[55.10] (DQ h3)3
DQ2852Irina DavydovaRUS[55.55] (DQ h4)[55.86] (DQ h2)4
DQ2843Nataliya AntyukhRUS[53.90] (DQ h2)[53.33] (DQ h1)[52.70] (DQ)5
DQ2851Yelena ChurakovaRUS[55.26] (DQ h3)[55.70] (DQ h3)6

Round One (5 August 2012)

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

Heat One (19:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Zuzana HejnováCZE53.960.136Q
24T'erea BrownUSA54.720.199Q
36Eilidh ChildGBR56.140.222Q
47Sarah WellsCAN56.470.152Q
53Eglė StaišiūnaitėLTU57.790.217
68Tatyana AzarovaKAZ58.530.158
79Maureen Jelagat MaiyoKEN1:02.160.206
DNF5Vanya StambolovaBUL0.222

Heat Two (19:08)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Kaliese SpencerJAM54.020.184Q
28AJ OdumosuNGR54.930.235Q
36Anna JesieńPOL55.440.198Q
41Laura BodenAUS56.270.163q
59Raasin McIntoshLBR57.390.189
64Nataliya AsanovaUZB58.050.218
73Noraseela Mohd KhalidMAS1:00.160.220
DQ5Ghfran MouhamadSYR[58.09][0.283]7
DQ7Nataliya AntyukhRUS[53.90][0.144]Q8

Heat Three (19:16)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Lashinda DemusUSA54.60.156Q
24Vera BarbosaPOR55.220.162Q
36Denisa RosolováCZE55.420.229q
49Sara Slott PetersenDEN56.010.144q
53Lucy JaramilloECU57.740.183
68Princesa OliverosCOL58.950.159
DQ5Hanna TitimetsUKR[55.08][0.217]Q9
DQ7Yelena ChurakovaRUS[55.26][0.199]Q10

Heat Four (19:24)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Georganne MolineUSA54.310.185Q
26Nickiesha WilsonJAM55.530.213Q
35Élodie OuédraogoBEL55.890.156Q
48Angela MoroșanuROU56.640.175
53Sharolyn ScottCRC57.030.173
67Janeil BellilleTTO57.270.204
79Nikolina HorvatCRO58.490.211
DQ4Nagihan KaradereTUR11
DQ1Irina DavydovaRUS[55.55][0.21]Q12

Heat Five (19:32)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Perri Shakes-DraytonGBR54.620.193Q
26Melaine WalkerJAM54.780.190Q
34Hanna YaroshchukUKR54.810.214Q
41Hayat LambarkiMAR55.580.193Q
57Satomi KubokuraJPN55.850.167q
65Huang XiaoxiaoCHN56.290.174
78Déborah RodríguezURU57.040.177
82Jailma LimaBRA57.050.303
99Christine Sonali MerrillSRI57.150.182

Semi-Finals (6 August 2012)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (20:15)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Zuzana HejnováCZE53.620.159Q
24T'erea BrownUSA54.210.193q
33Élodie OuédraogoBEL55.200.178
46Nickiesha WilsonJAM55.770.174
58Hayat LambarkiMAR56.180.208
69Vera BarbosaPOR56.270.160
72Laura BodenAUS56.660.15613
DQ5Nataliya AntyukhRUS[53.33][0.149]Q14

Heat Two (20:23)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Lashinda DemusUSA54.080.170Q
24Kaliese SpencerJAM54.200.211Q
37Perri Shakes-DraytonGBR55.190.190
46Hanna YaroshchukUKR55.510.209
53Sara Slott PetersenDEN56.210.174
69Anna JesieńPOL56.280.231
72Sarah WellsCAN56.710.152
DQ8Irina DavydovaRUS[55.86][0.227]15

Heat Three (20:31)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16AJ OdumosuNGR54.40.234Q
27Georganne MolineUSA54.740.205Q
32Denisa RosolováCZE54.870.191q16
44Melaine WalkerJAM55.740.262
59Eilidh ChildGBR56.030.187
63Satomi KubokuraJPN56.250.199
DQ5Hanna TitimetsUKR[55.10][0.234]17
DQ8Yelena ChurakovaRUS[55.70][0.172]18

Final (8 August 2012 — TO:DO)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Lashinda DemusUSA52.770.170
24Zuzana HejnováCZE53.380.163
39Kaliese SpencerJAM53.660.191
48Georganne MolineUSA53.920.177
52T'erea BrownUSA55.070.201
63Denisa RosolováCZE55.270.244
76AJ OdumosuNGR55.310.270
DQ5Nataliya AntyukhRUS[52.70][0.167]19