| Event type

400 metres Hurdles, Women

Date28 – 31 July 1996
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants30 from 21 countries

At the 1995 World Championships, Kim Batten (USA) won the gold with her teammate Tonja Buford in second, and Jamaica’s Deon Hemmings in third. Batten had also broken the world record in 1995, running 52.61 in Göteborg, Sweden. The defending champion, Sally Gunnell, was back and was a threat, but she was slightly injured and did not finish her semi-final. Hemmings and Batten led the qualifiers in the semi-finals, and Tonja Buford-Bailey also qualified easily. Hemmings took the lead from the second hurdle. Batten was in the lane outside her and she almost made up the stagger on her on the backstretch. But by the eighth hurdle, Batten, Hemmings and Buford-Bailey were virtually even. Hemmings then put the hammer down, pulling away on the run-in, and won the race by 2-3 metres, with Batten getting the silver medal over her teammate.

13473Deon HemmingsJAM54.70 (1 h4)52.99 (1 h1)52.82 (1)GoldOR
23817Kim BattenUSA54.92 (1 h3)53.65 (1 h2)53.08 (2)Silver
33822Tonja BufordUSA55.23 (1 h2)53.38 (2 h1)53.22 (3)Bronze
43479Debbie-Ann ParrisJAM55.64 (2 h1)54.72 (4 h2)53.97 (4)
53365Heike MeißnerGER55.05 (2 h4)54.27 (3 h1)54.03 (5)
63131Rosey EdehCAN55.64 (4 h2)54.49 (3 h2)54.39 (6)
73666Ionela TârleaROU55.42 (4 h4)54.41 (4 h1)54.40 (7)
83373Silvia RiegerGER55.33 (3 h2)54.27 (2 h2)54.57 (8)
5 h1 r2/33426Susan SmithIRL55.22 (3 h4)54.93 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/33427Guðrún ArnardóttirISL54.88 (1 h1)54.81 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/33066Ann MerckenBEL55.88 (3 h3)54.95 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/33758Michèle SchenkSUI55.70 (3 h1)55.96 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/33084Tatsiana LedauskayaBLR55.82 (4 h1)54.99 (7 h1)
8 h1 r2/33811Tetiana TereshchukUKR55.82 (2 h3)55.34 (8 h1)
AC h2 r2/33309Sally GunnellGBR55.29 (2 h2)– (AC h2)
4 h3 r1/33690Anna KnorozRUS56.21 (4 h3)
5 h4 r1/33530Lana JēkabsoneLAT56.18 (5 h4)
5 h2 r1/33507Nataliya TorshinaKAZ55.94 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/33483Catherine Pomales-ScottJAM56.21 (5 h3)
5 h1 r1/33442Virna De AngeliITA57.12 (5 h1)
6 h1 r1/33891Mary-Estelle KapaluVAN58.68 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/33761Martina StoopSUI56.32 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/33671Karen van der VeenRSA57.00 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/33091Neli VorankavaBLR56.97 (6 h4)
7 h1 r1/33781Hsu Pei-ChinTPE58.80 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/33223Miriam AlonsoESP56.53 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/33083Tatsiana KurochkinaBLR57.28 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/33243Eva PaniaguaESP58.10 (7 h4)
8 h2 r1/33589Lade AkinremiNGR56.83 (8 h2)
AC3831Sandra Farmer-PatrickUSA55.55 (AC h1)54.73 (AC h2)DQ1

Round One (28 July 1996)

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

Heat One (11:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
11Guðrún ArnardóttirISL54.880.247Q
22Debbie-Ann ParrisJAM55.640.252Q
38Michèle SchenkSUI55.700.391q
45Tatsiana LedauskayaBLR55.820.334q
54Virna De AngeliITA57.120.582
66Mary-Estelle KapaluVAN58.680.564
73Hsu Pei-ChinTPE58.800.276
AC7Sandra Farmer-PatrickUSA55.550.334QDQ2

Heat Two (11:37)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Tonja BufordUSA55.230.210Q
28Sally GunnellGBR55.290.337Q
33Silvia RiegerGER55.330.300Q
47Rosey EdehCAN55.640.366q
54Nataliya TorshinaKAZ55.940.291
66Martina StoopSUI56.320.257
75Miriam AlonsoESP56.530.289
81Lade AkinremiNGR56.83

Heat Three (11:44)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Kim BattenUSA54.920.340Q
22Tetiana TereshchukUKR55.82Q
33Ann MerckenBEL55.880.251Q
44Anna KnorozRUS56.210.245
58Catherine Pomales-ScottJAM56.210.443
66Karen van der VeenRSA57.000.345
75Tatsiana KurochkinaBLR57.280.404

Heat Four (11:51)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Deon HemmingsJAM54.700.437Q
25Heike MeißnerGER55.050.411Q
32Susan SmithIRL55.220.278Q
43Ionela TârleaROU55.420.229q
54Lana JēkabsoneLAT56.180.219
67Neli VorankavaBLR56.970.276
76Eva PaniaguaESP58.10

Semi-Finals (29 July 1996)

Top in each heat and next fastest advanced to the .

Heat One (21:24)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Deon HemmingsJAM52.990.314QOR
26Tonja BufordUSA53.380.303Q
34Heike MeißnerGER54.270.316Q
42Ionela TârleaROU54.410.218Q
58Susan SmithIRL54.930.275
61Ann MerckenBEL54.950.191
77Tatsiana LedauskayaBLR54.990.358
85Tetiana TereshchukUKR55.34

Heat Two (21:40)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Kim BattenUSA53.650.351Q
27Silvia RiegerGER54.270.383Q
32Rosey EdehCAN54.490.240Q
41Debbie-Ann ParrisJAM54.720.384Q
54Guðrún ArnardóttirISL54.810.297
68Michèle SchenkSUI55.960.327
AC3Sally GunnellGBR0.276DNF
AC5Sandra Farmer-PatrickUSA54.730.305DQ3

Final (31 July 1996 — 19:40)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Deon HemmingsJAM52.820.348OR
26Kim BattenUSA53.080.283
34Tonja BufordUSA53.220.274
42Debbie-Ann ParrisJAM53.970.217
51Heike MeißnerGER54.030.272
67Rosey EdehCAN54.390.324
78Ionela TârleaROU54.400.343
83Silvia RiegerGER54.570.297