| Event type

400 metres Hurdles, Women

Date15 – 18 August 2016
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants48 from 33 countries
Olympic Record 52.64 / Melaine Walker JAM / 20 August 2008

Czech athlete Zuzana Hejnová had won the 2013 and 2015 World Championships and came to Rio as the favorite. She won the first semi-final but the other two semis were won by Americans Ashley Spencer (semi 2) and Dalilah Muhammad (semi 3). Muhammad had won silver behind Hejnová at the 2013 Worlds, and won the 2016 US Olympic Trials, but had done little in between. Until 2016, Spencer had been known more as an open 400 runner, winning the 2012 World Junior Championships in the 400, and taking silver at the 2016 World Indoor Championships.

Rain fell as the final started, with Muhammad going out hard and making up the stagger by the fourth hurdle. She led throughout and won gold in 53.13, followed by Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen, who had run in second place most of the race. Spencer was fourth behind Hejnová as they came to hurdle 10, but Spencer passed her on the run-in to take bronze, Hejnová missing the podium in fourth.

11361Dalilah MuhammadUSA55.33 (1 h5)53.89 (1 h3)53.13 (1)Gold
2603Sara Slott PetersenDEN55.2 (1 h4)54.55 (2 h3)53.55 (2)Silver
31373Ashley SpencerUSA55.12 (1 h3)54.87 (1 h2)53.72 (3)Bronze
4591Zuzana HejnováCZE55.54 (2 h1)54.55 (1 h1)53.92 (4)
5904Ristananna TraceyJAM54.88 (1 h1)54.8 (2 h1)54.15 (5)
6896Leah NugentJAM55.66 (2 h3)54.98 (3 h3)54.45 (6)
7910Janieve RussellJAM56.13 (2 h2)54.92 (2 h2)54.56 (7)
8701Eilidh DoyleGBR55.46 (1 h6)54.99 (3 h2)54.61 (8)
3 h1 r2/31111Joanna LinkiewiczPOL56.07 (1 h2)55.35 (3 h1)
4 h1 r2/3604Stina TroestDEN56.06 (4 h1)56.00 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/31311Hanna TitimetsUKR56.24 (3 h5)55.27 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/3499Sage WatsonCAN55.93 (2 h6)55.44 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/31357Sydney McLaughlinUSA56.32 (5 h1)56.22 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3870Yadisleidy PedrosoITA55.91 (4 h4)55.78 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/31141Grace ClaxtonPUR56.4 (3 h2)55.85 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/3483Noelle MontcalmCAN56.07 (2 h5)56.28 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/31165Wenda NelRSA55.55 (2 h4)55.83 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/31247Janeil BellilleTTO56.25 (5 h4)56.06 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/3862Ayomide FolorunsoITA55.78 (3 h1)56.37 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31091Emilia AnkiewiczPOL55.89 (3 h4)56.99 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/3345Laura WellsAUS56.26 (4 h5)56.83 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/31284Olena KolesnichenkoUKR56.61 (3 h6)56.77 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3596Denisa RosolováCZE56.36 (4 h3)57.39 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/31312Viktoriya TkachukUKR56.14 (3 h3)56.87 (8 h3)
4 h2 r1/3367Tia-Adana BelleBAR56.68 (4 h2)
4 h6 r1/31058Amaka OgoegbunamNGR56.96 (4 h6)
5 h2 r1/31250Sparkle McKnightTTO56.80 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/31214Lea SprungerSUI56.58 (5 h3)
5 h5 r1/3665Phara AnacharsisFRA56.64 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/3917Satomi KubokuraJPN57.34 (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/31205Petra FontaniveSUI56.80 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3737Jackie BaumannGER59.04 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/31070Amalie IuelNOR56.75 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3387Katsiaryna BelanovichBLR56.55 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/31126Vera BarbosaPOR57.28 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/3859Marzia CaravelliITA57.77 (6 h6)
7 h1 r1/3579Zurian HechavarríaCUB57.28 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/31016Drita IslamiMKD1:01.18 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3997Hayat LambarkiMAR1:00.83 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3375Axelle DauwensBEL57.68 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/31401Nguyễn Thị HuyềnVIE57.87 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/3560Sharolyn ScottCRC58.27 (7 h6)
8 h1 r1/3952Maureen Jelagat MaiyoKEN57.97 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/3470Chanice Chase-TaylorCAN1:02.83 (8 h2)
8 h3 r1/3314Lilit HarutyunyanARM1:03.13 (8 h3)
8 h4 r1/31233Ghfran MouhamadSYR58.85 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/31385Nataliya AsanovaUZB1:02.37 (8 h5)
8 h6 r1/3934Aleksandra RomanovaKAZ59.36 (8 h6)

Round One (15 August 2016)

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

Heat One (21:50)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Ristananna TraceyJAM54.880.214Q
24Zuzana HejnováCZE55.540.152Q
31Ayomide FolorunsoITA55.780.200Q
46Stina TroestDEN56.060.153q
52Sydney McLaughlinUSA56.320.180q
63Petra FontaniveSUI56.800.148
78Zurian HechavarríaCUB57.280.161
85Maureen Jelagat MaiyoKEN57.970.210

Heat Two (21:58)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Joanna LinkiewiczPOL56.070.159Q
23Janieve RussellJAM56.130.133Q
36Grace ClaxtonPUR56.40.190Q
48Tia-Adana BelleBAR56.680.155
52Sparkle McKnightTTO56.800.214
64Jackie BaumannGER59.040.245
75Drita IslamiMKD1:01.180.192
81Chanice Chase-TaylorCAN1:02.830.161

Heat Three (22:06)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Ashley SpencerUSA55.120.163Q
27Leah NugentJAM55.660.289Q
36Viktoriya TkachukUKR56.140.205Q
48Denisa RosolováCZE56.360.182q
51Lea SprungerSUI56.580.134
63Amalie IuelNOR56.750.173
74Hayat LambarkiMAR1:00.830.143
82Lilit HarutyunyanARM1:03.130.177

Heat Four (22:14)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Sara Slott PetersenDEN55.20.189Q
21Wenda NelRSA55.550.193Q
34Emilia AnkiewiczPOL55.890.133Q
47Yadisleidy PedrosoITA55.910.200q
53Janeil BellilleTTO56.250.197q
62Katsiaryna BelanovichBLR56.550.165
78Axelle DauwensBEL57.680.141
86Ghfran MouhamadSYR58.850.208

Heat Five (22:22)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Dalilah MuhammadUSA55.330.150Q
27Noelle MontcalmCAN56.070.204Q
36Hanna TitimetsUKR56.240.210Q
41Laura WellsAUS56.260.153q
52Phara AnacharsisFRA56.640.206
64Vera BarbosaPOR57.280.227
75Nguyễn Thị HuyềnVIE57.870.171
88Nataliya AsanovaUZB1:02.370.192

Heat Six (22:30)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Eilidh DoyleGBR55.460.216Q
21Sage WatsonCAN55.930.186Q
33Olena KolesnichenkoUKR56.610.178Q
42Amaka OgoegbunamNGR56.960.166
55Satomi KubokuraJPN57.340.169
68Marzia CaravelliITA57.770.202
77Sharolyn ScottCRC58.270.220
84Aleksandra RomanovaKAZ59.360.144

Semi-Finals (16 August 2016)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (21:10)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Zuzana HejnováCZE54.550.145Q
25Ristananna TraceyJAM54.80.237Q
36Joanna LinkiewiczPOL55.350.150
41Stina TroestDEN56.000.167
52Sydney McLaughlinUSA56.220.196
63Noelle MontcalmCAN56.280.222
77Ayomide FolorunsoITA56.370.183
88Olena KolesnichenkoUKR56.770.181

Heat Two (21:17)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Ashley SpencerUSA54.870.162Q
24Janieve RussellJAM54.920.162Q
33Eilidh DoyleGBR54.990.188q
47Hanna TitimetsUKR55.270.196
51Yadisleidy PedrosoITA55.780.199
66Wenda NelRSA55.830.180
78Emilia AnkiewiczPOL56.990.133
82Denisa RosolováCZE57.390.164

Heat Three (21:24)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Dalilah MuhammadUSA53.890.158Q
25Sara Slott PetersenDEN54.550.148Q
36Leah NugentJAM54.980.224q
44Sage WatsonCAN55.440.199
57Grace ClaxtonPUR55.850.210
62Janeil BellilleTTO56.060.197
71Laura WellsAUS56.830.134
88Viktoriya TkachukUKR56.870.192

Final (18 August 2016 — 22:15)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Dalilah MuhammadUSA53.130.143
24Sara Slott PetersenDEN53.550.161
35Ashley SpencerUSA53.720.172
46Zuzana HejnováCZE53.920.157
57Ristananna TraceyJAM54.150.213
62Leah NugentJAM54.450.226
78Janieve RussellJAM54.560.140
81Eilidh DoyleGBR54.610.171