| Event type

400 metres Hurdles, Women

Date25 – 28 September 1988
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants35 from 25 countries

In 1987 Sabine Busch (GDR) had won the World Championships, defeating Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS), who placed second. The world record holder and 1986 European Champion was Soviet Marina Stepanova, but she was injured and did not compete in Seoul. In the final, the early leader was East Germany’s Ellen Fiedler who led through the first four hurdles. The lead was then taken by Tatyana Ledovskaya (USSR). At the halfway mark, Flintoff-King was no better than fifth, but she began closing the gap and caught Ledovskaya only in the last few metres, winning the gold by 1/100th of a second. Fiedler held on for the bronze, edging out Busch.

112Debbie Flintoff-KingAUS54.99 (1 h4)54.00 (1 h1)53.17 (1)GoldOR
2532Tatsiana LedauskayaURS55.91 (2 h1)54.01 (2 h1)53.18 (2)Silver
3264Ellen FiedlerGDR54.58 (1 h3)54.28 (1 h2)53.63 (3)Bronze
4259Sabine BuschGDR55.96 (1 h2)54.71 (4 h2)53.69 (4)
5219Sally GunnellGBR55.44 (3 h4)54.48 (4 h1)54.03 (5)
6182Gudrun AbtFRG55.72 (1 h5)54.52 (3 h2)54.04 (6)
7530Tatsiana KurochkinaURS55.04 (3 h3)54.46 (2 h2)54.39 (7)
8595LaTanya SheffieldUSA55.61 (4 h3)54.36 (3 h1)55.32 (8)
5 h1 r2/3481Anita ProttiSUI54.81 (2 h3)54.56 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3138Cristina PérezESP55.29 (2 h4)55.23 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3276Susanne LoschGDR55.90 (1 h1)55.56 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3233Elaine McLaughlinGBR56.11 (3 h1)55.91 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3447Genowefa BłaszakPOL56.18 (3 h2)56.76 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3601Schowonda WilliamsUSA55.98 (2 h5)56.71 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/3320Gretha TrompNED56.11 (2 h2)57.57 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3159Chantal BeaugeantFRA56.03 (3 h5)56.94 (8 h2)
4 h1 r1/3384Rose Tata-MuyaKEN56.18 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/316Jenny LaurendetAUS56.44 (4 h2)
4 h4 r1/3361Irmgard TrojerITA55.74 (4 h4)
4 h5 r1/313Sally Hamilton-FlemingAUS56.08 (4 h5)
5 h1 r1/3116Marie WomplouCIV57.35 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/369Rosey EdehCAN56.59 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3430Maria UsifoNGR55.99 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3586Leslie MaxieUSA57.60 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/3131Liliana ChaláECU57.15 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/384Christine WynnCAN58.00 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3507Ruth KyalisimaUGA59.62 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3345Helga HalldórsdóttirISL58.99 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/3339Barbara JohnsonIRL58.61 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3502Semra AksuTUR57.20 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/3336P. T. UshaIND59.55 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3443Nenita AdanPHI1:01.92 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3394Kim Sun-JaKOR59.78 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/3495Chang Feng-HuaTPE1:00.16 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3229Simone LaidlawGBR59.28 (7 h5)

Round One (25 September 1988)

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

Heat One (10:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Susanne LoschGDR55.90Q
23Tatsiana LedauskayaURS55.91Q
34Elaine McLaughlinGBR56.11Q
48Rose Tata-MuyaKEN56.18
55Marie WomplouCIV57.35
66Christine WynnCAN58.00
77P. T. UshaIND59.55

Heat Two (10:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Sabine BuschGDR55.96Q
25Gretha TrompNED56.11Q
36Genowefa BłaszakPOL56.18Q
47Jenny LaurendetAUS56.44
53Rosey EdehCAN56.59
62Ruth KyalisimaUGA59.62
78Nenita AdanPHI1:01.92

Heat Three (10:40)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18Ellen FiedlerGDR54.58QOR
25Anita ProttiSUI54.81Q
32Tatsiana KurochkinaURS55.04Q
43LaTanya SheffieldUSA55.61q
56Maria UsifoNGR55.99
64Helga HalldórsdóttirISL58.99
77Kim Sun-JaKOR59.78

Heat Four (10:45)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Debbie Flintoff-KingAUS54.99Q
28Cristina PérezESP55.29Q
36Sally GunnellGBR55.44Q
47Irmgard TrojerITA55.74
55Leslie MaxieUSA57.60
62Barbara JohnsonIRL58.61
74Chang Feng-HuaTPE1:00.16

Heat Five (10:50)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Gudrun AbtFRG55.72Q
22Schowonda WilliamsUSA55.98Q
34Chantal BeaugeantFRA56.03Q
45Sally Hamilton-FlemingAUS56.08
56Liliana ChaláECU57.15
68Semra AksuTUR57.20
77Simone LaidlawGBR59.28

Semi-Finals (26 September 1988)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Debbie Flintoff-KingAUS54.00QOR
22Tatsiana LedauskayaURS54.01Q
33LaTanya SheffieldUSA54.36Q
46Sally GunnellGBR54.48Q
55Anita ProttiSUI54.56
68Susanne LoschGDR55.56
77Genowefa BłaszakPOL56.76
81Gretha TrompNED57.57

Heat Two (12:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Ellen FiedlerGDR54.28Q
23Tatsiana KurochkinaURS54.46Q
35Gudrun AbtFRG54.52Q
47Sabine BuschGDR54.71Q
56Cristina PérezESP55.23
62Elaine McLaughlinGBR55.91
78Schowonda WilliamsUSA56.71
81Chantal BeaugeantFRA56.94

Final (28 September 1988 — 12:35)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Debbie Flintoff-KingAUS53.170.251OR
23Tatsiana LedauskayaURS53.180.245
36Ellen FiedlerGDR53.630.172
47Sabine BuschGDR53.690.283
52Sally GunnellGBR54.030.188
68Gudrun AbtFRG54.040.316
71Tatsiana KurochkinaURS54.390.231
84LaTanya SheffieldUSA55.320.201