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400 metres, Women

Date22 – 25 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants57 from 42 countries
Olympic Record 48.25 / Marie-José Pérec FRA / 29 July 1996

The two-time defending champion, France’s Marie-José Pérec, was entered but left Sydney in the early days of the Olympics, slinking away to the airport in a mysterious sequence of events. But she was not favored in 2000, at any rate. That fell to the true native Australian Cathy Freeman, who had won the silver medal in 1996 and was World Champion in 1997 and 1999. The Australian Olympic Organizing Committee (ACOG) also chose her to light the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony. Further, with Australia attempting to make amends for its historically poor treatment of Aboriginals, Freeman was a symbol to her people. She had lost only one race since 1997 and was almost crushed by the expectations of the Australian people and media. But she came through. She trailed in the final through 200 metres, but closed on the final curve to pull almost even with Jamaica’s Lorraine Graham. But Freeman had the lead with 70 metres left, and pulled away to win easily, with four metres between her and Graham.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1QFSFFinal
11836Cathy FreemanAUS51.63 (1 h4)50.31 (1 h4)50.01 (1 h2)49.11 (1)Gold
22286Lorraine GrahamJAM51.65 (3 h6)50.66 (1 h3)50.28 (1 h1)49.58 (2)Silver
31836Katharine MerryGBR51.61 (1 h5)50.50 (1 h2)50.32 (2 h1)49.72 (3)Bronze
41827Donna FraserGBR52.33 (3 h8)50.77 (3 h4)50.21 (4 h2)49.79 (4)
52572Ana GuevaraMEX52.34 (2 h3)51.19 (2 h3)50.11 (2 h2)49.96 (5)
62859Heide SeÿerlingRSA51.92 (3 h1)50.87 (2 h2)51.06 (3 h1)50.05 (6)
72649Falilat OgunkoyaNGR51.88 (2 h8)50.49 (2 h4)50.18 (3 h2)50.12 (7)
82948Olga KotlyarovaRUS51.99 (2 h7)50.97 (3 h2)51.21 (4 h1)51.04 (8)
5 h1 r3/41335LaDonna AntoineCAN51.78 (1 h8)50.92 (2 h1)51.26 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/42294Sandie RichardsJAM51.86 (2 h5)51.00 (4 h2)50.42 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/42961Nataliya NazarovaRUS52.05 (2 h2)51.44 (4 h1)51.83 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/41530Jitka BurianováCZE51.59 (1 h6)50.85 (1 h1)51.15 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/41420Mireille NguimgoCMR51.88 (2 h1)51.08 (4 h4)52.03 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/43005Amy Mbacké ThiamSEN51.79 (1 h3)51.64 (3 h3)51.60 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/41824Nova Peris-KneeboneAUS52.51 (3 h5)51.28 (3 h1)52.49 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/42107K. M. BeenamolIND51.51 (1 h7)51.81 (4 h3)52.04 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/41414Claudine KomgangCMR51.74 (3 h4)51.57 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/42653Charity OparaNGR51.77 (1 h2)51.04 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/42638Bisi AfolabiNGR51.61 (2 h6)51.87 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/43337LaTasha Colander-RichardsonUSA51.75 (1 h1)52.07 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/43353Monique HennaganUSA51.73 (2 h4)51.85 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/42496Žana MininaLTU52.38 (3 h7)52.53 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/42830Otilia RuicuROU52.65 (3 h3)52.28 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/43054Damayanthi DharshaSRI52.13 (3 h2)52.35 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/41359Kaltouma NadjinaCHA52.34 (4 h2)52.60 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/41618Norfalia CarabalíESP52.36 (4 h4)52.63 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/41823Allison CurbishleyGBR52.20 (4 h6)52.50 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/41528Hana BenešováCZE52.85 (4 h5)52.70 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/42029Aliann PompeyGUY53.09 (5 h5)53.42 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/41352Foy WilliamsCAN52.94 (4 h1)52.68 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/41125Lee NaylorAUS53.10 (5 h2)53.83 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/42076Barbara PetráhnHUN52.86 (5 h6)52.72 (8 h4)
4 h3 r1/42159Karen ShinkinsIRL53.27 (4 h3)
4 h7 r1/43338Michelle CollinsUSA53.66 (4 h7)
4 h8 r1/42965Yelena PiskunovaUZB55.40 (4 h8)
5 h1 r1/41172Christine AmertilBAH53.12 (5 h1)
5 h3 r1/41430Norma GonzálezCOL53.34 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/43241Olena RurakUKR53.45 (5 h4)
5 h7 r1/41193Tanya OxleyBAR54.22 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/43407Ann MooneyPNG55.55 (5 h8)
6 h1 r1/42413Oksana LunevaKGZ54.98 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/42352Svetlana BodritskayaKAZ53.91 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/43045Safia Abukar HusseinSOM1:13.25 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/41461Kristina PericaCRO53.72 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/42479Vernetta LesforisLCA54.67 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/41181Tonique WilliamsBAH53.43 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/41293Daniela GeorgievaBUL54.46 (6 h7)
7 h1 r1/42014Hazel-Ann RegisGRN55.11 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/43453Lilian BwalyaZAM54.77 (7 h2)
7 h4 r1/43177Awatef Ben HassineTUN54.50 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/41004Klodiana ShalaALB56.41 (7 h5)
7 h6 r1/41548Marcia DanielDMA58.20 (7 h6)
7 h7 r1/41218Dijana KojićBIH55.61 (7 h7)
8 h2 r1/42610Maritza FigueroaNCA58.82 (8 h2)
8 h6 r1/42656Haissa Ali GarbaNIG1:07.49 (8 h6)
8 h7 r1/43063Awmima MohamedSUD1:02.94 (8 h7)
AC h8 r1/42703Svetlana PospelovaRUS53.34 (AC h8)
DNS1761Marie-José PérecFRA– (DNS h5)
DNS3036Brigita LangerholcSLO– (DNS h8)

Round One (22 September 2000)

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

Heat #1 (19:24)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15LaTasha Colander-RichardsonUSA51.750.212Q
26Mireille NguimgoCMR51.880.242Q
33Heide SeÿerlingRSA51.920.428Q
42Foy WilliamsCAN52.940.343q
54Christine AmertilBAH53.120.254
68Oksana LunevaKGZ54.980.403
77Hazel-Ann RegisGRN55.11

Heat #2 (19:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Charity OparaNGR51.770.204Q
22Nataliya NazarovaRUS52.050.207Q
36Damayanthi DharshaSRI52.130.242Q
43Kaltouma NadjinaCHA52.340.202q
51Lee NaylorAUS53.10q
65Svetlana BodritskayaKAZ53.910.199
78Lilian BwalyaZAM54.770.403
87Maritza FigueroaNCA58.82

Heat #3 (19:36)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Amy Mbacké ThiamSEN51.790.217Q
25Ana GuevaraMEX52.340.315Q
34Otilia RuicuROU52.65Q
42Karen ShinkinsIRL53.270.258
56Norma GonzálezCOL53.340.220
63Safia Abukar HusseinSOM1:13.25

Heat #4 (19:42)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Cathy FreemanAUS51.630.258Q
24Monique HennaganUSA51.730.320Q
38Claudine KomgangCMR51.740.551Q
47Norfalia CarabalíESP52.36q
52Olena RurakUKR53.450.202
66Kristina PericaCRO53.720.523
75Awatef Ben HassineTUN54.500.308

Heat #5 (19:48)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
17Katharine MerryGBR51.610.336Q
24Sandie RichardsJAM51.860.294Q
38Nova Peris-KneeboneAUS52.510.191Q
46Hana BenešováCZE52.85q
52Aliann PompeyGUY53.090.226q
65Vernetta LesforisLCA54.670.520
71Klodiana ShalaALB56.41
DNS3Marie-José PérecFRA

Heat #6 (19:54)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Jitka BurianováCZE51.590.302Q
23Bisi AfolabiNGR51.610.221Q
35Lorraine GrahamJAM51.65Q
46Allison CurbishleyGBR52.200.209q
52Barbara PetráhnHUN52.860.189q
67Tonique WilliamsBAH53.430.174
78Marcia DanielDMA58.200.222
81Haissa Ali GarbaNIG1:07.49

Heat #7 (20:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18K. M. BeenamolIND51.51Q
26Olga KotlyarovaRUS51.990.190Q
37Žana MininaLTU52.380.201Q
44Michelle CollinsUSA53.660.295
53Tanya OxleyBAR54.22
61Daniela GeorgievaBUL54.46
72Dijana KojićBIH55.61
85Awmima MohamedSUD1:02.94

Heat #8 (20:06)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15LaDonna AntoineCAN51.78Q
26Falilat OgunkoyaNGR51.880.187Q
38Donna FraserGBR52.330.209Q
42Yelena PiskunovaUZB55.400.285
54Ann MooneyPNG55.550.378
AC3Svetlana PospelovaRUS53.34DQ1
DNS7Brigita LangerholcSLO

Quarter-Finals (23 September 2000)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat #1 (19:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Jitka BurianováCZE50.850.274Q
25LaDonna AntoineCAN50.920.179Q
32Nova Peris-KneeboneAUS51.280.196Q
46Nataliya NazarovaRUS51.440.198Q
57Claudine KomgangCMR51.57
64Monique HennaganUSA51.850.478
71Kaltouma NadjinaCHA52.600.215
88Aliann PompeyGUY53.420.212

Heat #2 (19:37)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Katharine MerryGBR50.500.270Q
27Heide SeÿerlingRSA50.870.163Q
36Olga KotlyarovaRUS50.970.182Q
45Sandie RichardsJAM51.000.209Q
54Charity OparaNGR51.040.206
68Žana MininaLTU52.530.300
71Norfalia CarabalíESP52.63
82Foy WilliamsCAN52.680.337

Heat #3 (19:44)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Lorraine GrahamJAM50.660.216Q
25Ana GuevaraMEX51.19Q
36Amy Mbacké ThiamSEN51.640.217Q
44K. M. BeenamolIND51.81Q
53Bisi AfolabiNGR51.870.263
61Otilia RuicuROU52.28
72Allison CurbishleyGBR52.500.193
87Lee NaylorAUS53.83

Heat #4 (19:51)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Cathy FreemanAUS50.310.464Q
26Falilat OgunkoyaNGR50.490.196Q
38Donna FraserGBR50.770.194Q
45Mireille NguimgoCMR51.080.200Q
53LaTasha Colander-RichardsonUSA52.070.311
61Damayanthi DharshaSRI52.350.234
72Hana BenešováCZE52.700.209
87Barbara PetráhnHUN52.720.224

Semi-Finals (24 September 2000)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat #1 (20:00)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
14Lorraine GrahamJAM50.280.444Q
23Katharine MerryGBR50.320.301Q
35Heide SeÿerlingRSA51.06Q
47Olga KotlyarovaRUS51.210.243Q
56LaDonna AntoineCAN51.260.273
62Nataliya NazarovaRUS51.830.191
71Mireille NguimgoCMR52.030.213
88Nova Peris-KneeboneAUS52.490.263

Heat #2 (20:07)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Cathy FreemanAUS50.010.261Q
25Ana GuevaraMEX50.110.370Q
34Falilat OgunkoyaNGR50.180.516Q
47Donna FraserGBR50.210.188Q
52Sandie RichardsJAM50.420.253
66Jitka BurianováCZE51.150.255
71Amy Mbacké ThiamSEN51.600.238
88K. M. BeenamolIND52.04

Final (25 September 2000 — 20:10)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Cathy FreemanAUS49.110.227
24Lorraine GrahamJAM49.580.452
33Katharine MerryGBR49.720.270
42Donna FraserGBR49.790.174
55Ana GuevaraMEX49.960.261
67Heide SeÿerlingRSA50.050.175
78Falilat OgunkoyaNGR50.120.254
81Olga KotlyarovaRUS51.040.188