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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.

12843Nataliya AntyukhRUS53.90 (1 h2)53.33 (1 h1)52.70 (1)Gold
23285Lashinda DemusUSA54.6 (1 h3)54.08 (1 h2)52.77 (2)Silver
31532Zuzana HejnováCZE53.96 (1 h1)53.62 (2 h1)53.38 (3)Bronze
42206Kaliese SpencerJAM54.02 (2 h2)54.20 (2 h2)53.66 (4)
53310Georganne MolineUSA54.31 (1 h4)54.74 (2 h3)53.92 (5)
63272T'erea BrownUSA54.72 (2 h1)54.21 (3 h1)55.07 (6)
71540Denisa RosolováCZE55.42 (4 h3)54.87 (3 h3)55.27 (7)
82583AJ OdumosuNGR54.93 (3 h2)54.4 (1 h3)55.31 (8)
3 h2 r2/31877Perri Shakes-DraytonGBR54.62 (1 h5)55.19 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/31146Élodie OuédraogoBEL55.89 (4 h4)55.20 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/33197Hanna YaroshchukUKR54.81 (3 h5)55.51 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/32851Yelena ChurakovaRUS55.26 (3 h3)55.7 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/32214Nickiesha WilsonJAM55.53 (2 h4)55.77 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/32852Irina DavydovaRUS55.55 (3 h4)55.86 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/32208Melaine WalkerJAM54.78 (2 h5)55.74 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/32473Hayat LambarkiMAR55.58 (4 h5)56.18 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/31551Sara Slott PetersenDEN56.01 (5 h3)56.21 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/31850Eilidh ChildGBR56.14 (3 h1)56.03 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32720Vera BarbosaPOR55.22 (2 h3)56.27 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/32688Anna JesieńPOL55.44 (4 h2)56.28 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/32256Satomi KubokuraJPN55.85 (5 h5)56.25 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/31068Laura BodenAUS56.27 (5 h2)56.66 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31322Sarah WellsCAN56.47 (4 h1)56.71 (8 h2)
5 h1 r1/32441Eglė StaišiūnaitėLTU57.79 (5 h1)
5 h4 r1/32768Angela MoroșanuROU56.64 (5 h4)
6 h1 r1/32276Tatyana AzarovaKAZ58.53 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32414Raasin McIntoshLBR57.39 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/31581Lucy JaramilloECU57.74 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/31450Sharolyn ScottCRC57.03 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/31375Huang XiaoxiaoCHN56.29 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/32339Maureen Jelagat MaiyoKEN1:02.16 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/33332Nataliya AsanovaUZB58.05 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/31438Princesa OliverosCOL58.95 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/33056Janeil BellilleTTO57.27 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/33202Déborah RodríguezURU57.04 (7 h5)
8 h4 r1/31457Nikolina HorvatCRO58.49 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/31237Jailma LimaBRA57.05 (8 h5)
9 h2 r1/32479Noraseela Mohd KhalidMAS1:00.16 (8 h2)
9 h5 r1/32963Christine Sonali MerrillSRI57.15 (9 h5)
AC1270Vanya StambolovaBUL– (AC h1)
AC3088Nagihan KaradereTUR– (AC h4)1
AC3013Ghfran MouhamadSYR58.09 (AC h2)DQ2
AC3195Hanna TitimetsUKR55.08 (AC h3)55.10 (AC h3)DQ3

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
AC5Vanya StambolovaBUL0.222DNF

Heat Two (19:08)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Nataliya AntyukhRUS53.900.144Q
22Kaliese SpencerJAM54.020.184Q
38AJ OdumosuNGR54.930.235Q
46Anna JesieńPOL55.440.198Q
51Laura BodenAUS56.270.163q
69Raasin McIntoshLBR57.390.189
74Nataliya AsanovaUZB58.050.218
83Noraseela Mohd KhalidMAS1:00.160.220
AC5Ghfran MouhamadSYR58.090.283DQ4

Heat Three (19:16)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Lashinda DemusUSA54.60.156Q
24Vera BarbosaPOR55.220.162Q
37Yelena ChurakovaRUS55.260.199Q
46Denisa RosolováCZE55.420.229q
59Sara Slott PetersenDEN56.010.144q
63Lucy JaramilloECU57.740.183
78Princesa OliverosCOL58.950.159
AC5Hanna TitimetsUKR55.080.217DQ Q5

Heat Four (19:24)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Georganne MolineUSA54.310.185Q
26Nickiesha WilsonJAM55.530.213Q
31Irina DavydovaRUS55.550.210Q
45Élodie OuédraogoBEL55.890.156Q
58Angela MoroșanuROU56.640.175
63Sharolyn ScottCRC57.030.173
77Janeil BellilleTTO57.270.204
89Nikolina HorvatCRO58.490.211
AC4Nagihan KaradereTURDQ6

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
15Nataliya AntyukhRUS53.330.149Q
27Zuzana HejnováCZE53.620.159Q
34T'erea BrownUSA54.210.193q
43Élodie OuédraogoBEL55.200.178
56Nickiesha WilsonJAM55.770.174
68Hayat LambarkiMAR56.180.208
79Vera BarbosaPOR56.270.160
82Laura BodenAUS56.660.1567

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
58Irina DavydovaRUS55.860.227
63Sara Slott PetersenDEN56.210.174
79Anna JesieńPOL56.280.231
82Sarah WellsCAN56.710.152

Heat Three (20:31)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16AJ OdumosuNGR54.40.234Q
27Georganne MolineUSA54.740.205Q
32Denisa RosolováCZE54.870.191q8
48Yelena ChurakovaRUS55.70.172
54Melaine WalkerJAM55.740.262
69Eilidh ChildGBR56.030.187
73Satomi KubokuraJPN56.250.199
AC5Hanna TitimetsUKR55.100.234DQ9

Final (8 August 2012 — TO:DO)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Nataliya AntyukhRUS52.700.167
27Lashinda DemusUSA52.770.170
34Zuzana HejnováCZE53.380.163
49Kaliese SpencerJAM53.660.191
58Georganne MolineUSA53.920.177
62T'erea BrownUSA55.070.201
73Denisa RosolováCZE55.270.244
86AJ OdumosuNGR55.310.270