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400 metres Hurdles, Men

Date23 – 26 August 2004
LocationOlympiako Stadio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants35 from 24 countries

Félix Sánchez (DOM) was a solid favorite, having won the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. The semi-finals in Athina saw many top hurdlers eliminated, among them the 2000 medalists Angelo Taylor (USA), Hadj Soua’an Al-Somaily of Saudi Arabia, and South Africa’s Llewellyn Herbert. The semis were won by Sánchez, Danny McFarlane (JAM), and James Carter (USA), with Sánchez fastest in 47.93. In the final, both Carter and Sánchez false started. On the fair start Sánchez took an early lead, with Carter close through six hurdles. Carter then pulled ahead leading into the final straight, but he faded in the straight and would finish fourth for the second consecutive Olympics. Sánchez regained the lead at the ninth hurdle and would maintain it to the finish, winning comfortably by 0.48 over McFarlane. No American medaled for the first time since 1968, save the 1980 boycotted Olympics.

11539Félix SánchezDOM48.51 (1 h4)47.93 (1 h1)47.63 (1)Gold
22236Danny McFarlaneJAM48.35 (1 h2)48.00 (1 h2)48.11 (2)Silver
31748Naman KeïtaFRA48.88 (2 h5)48.24 (3 h3)48.26 (3)Bronze
43240James CarterUSA48.64 (1 h3)48.18 (1 h3)48.58 (4)
51648Bayano KamaniPAN49.37 (5 h3)48.23 (2 h3)48.74 (5)
62688Marek PlawgoPOL48.67 (3 h2)48.16 (2 h1)49.00 (6)
72829Alwyn MyburghRSA48.84 (2 h4)48.21 (3 h1)49.07 (7)
83228Bennie BrazellUSA48.57 (2 h2)48.19 (2 h2)49.51 (8)
3 h2 r2/32294Dai TamesueJPN48.80 (3 h3)48.46 (3 h2)
4 h1 r2/33347Angelo TaylorUSA48.79 (1 h1)48.72 (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/31982Periklis IakovakisGRE48.69 (2 h3)48.47 (4 h2)
4 h3 r2/32252Kemel ThompsonJAM48.66 (1 h5)48.25 (4 h3)
5 h1 r2/32404Hadi Soua'an Al-SomailyKSA49.15 (4 h4)48.98 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/32818Llewellyn HerbertRSA48.70 (4 h2)48.57 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/31507Jiří MužíkCZE48.85 (2 h1)48.88 (5 h3)
6 h1 r2/32908Mikhail LipskyRUS49.00 (3 h4)49.10 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/31622Eduardo Iván RodríguezESP49.25 (4 h3)49.77 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/32810Ockert CilliersRSA49.12 (3 h5)49.01 (6 h3)
7 h1 r2/32737Edivaldo MonteiroPOR49.53 (4 h5)49.26 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/31519Štěpán TesaříkCZE49.44 (5 h2)49.87 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/32877Boris GorbanRUS49.25 (4 h1)49.46 (7 h3)
8 h1 r2/32232Dean GriffithsJAM49.41 (5 h4)49.51 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/31832Chris RawlinsonGBR48.94 (3 h1)50.89 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/32321Yevgeny MeleshchenkoKAZ49.43 (5 h1)49.48 (8 h3)
5 h5 r1/32399Ibrahim Al-HamaidiKSA49.64 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/32304Ken YoshizawaJPN50.95 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/32143Alaa MotarIRQ51.97 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/32543Ibrahima MaïgaMLI50.63 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/33046Cédric El-IdrissiSUI49.44 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/31800Matt DouglasGBR49.77 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/32547Kurt CoutoMOZ51.18 (7 h1)
7 h3 r1/31167Michael AguilarBIZ51.21 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/32660Mowen BoinoPNG50.97 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/32618Ibrahim TondiNIG52.62 (7 h5)
AC h2 r1/31465Yacnier LuisCUB– (AC h2)

Round One (23 August 2004)

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

Heat One (19:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Angelo TaylorUSA48.790.170Q
26Jiří MužíkCZE48.850.250Q
33Chris RawlinsonGBR48.940.227Q
45Boris GorbanRUS49.250.279Q
52Yevgeny MeleshchenkoKAZ49.430.227q
64Ken YoshizawaJPN50.950.276
77Kurt CoutoMOZ51.180.391

Heat Two (19:38)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Danny McFarlaneJAM48.350.229Q
23Bennie BrazellUSA48.570.273Q
35Marek PlawgoPOL48.670.251Q
44Llewellyn HerbertRSA48.700.238Q
56Štěpán TesaříkCZE49.440.233q
67Alaa MotarIRQ51.970.329
AC8Yacnier LuisCUB0.340DQ1

Heat Three (19:46)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18James CarterUSA48.640.213Q
26Periklis IakovakisGRE48.690.267Q
37Dai TamesueJPN48.800.298Q
44Eduardo Iván RodríguezESP49.250.169Q
52Bayano KamaniPAN49.370.239q
63Ibrahima MaïgaMLI50.630.277
75Michael AguilarBIZ51.210.381

Heat Four (19:54)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
12Félix SánchezDOM48.510.228Q
25Alwyn MyburghRSA48.840.244Q
34Mikhail LipskyRUS49.000.266Q
43Hadi Soua'an Al-SomailyKSA49.150.233Q
57Dean GriffithsJAM49.410.210q
66Cédric El-IdrissiSUI49.440.233
78Mowen BoinoPNG50.970.373

Heat Five (20:02)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
18Kemel ThompsonJAM48.660.264Q
23Naman KeïtaFRA48.880.266Q
32Ockert CilliersRSA49.120.223Q
44Edivaldo MonteiroPOR49.530.229Q
56Ibrahim Al-HamaidiKSA49.640.310
65Matt DouglasGBR49.770.164
77Ibrahim TondiNIG52.620.166

Semi-Finals (24 August 2004)

Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One (21:05)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
15Félix SánchezDOM47.930.224Q
23Marek PlawgoPOL48.160.246Q
36Alwyn MyburghRSA48.210.242q
44Angelo TaylorUSA48.720.217
57Hadi Soua'an Al-SomailyKSA48.980.261
62Mikhail LipskyRUS49.100.229
71Edivaldo MonteiroPOR49.260.162
88Dean GriffithsJAM49.510.260

Heat Two (21:13)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13Danny McFarlaneJAM48.000.243Q
25Bennie BrazellUSA48.190.309Q
34Dai TamesueJPN48.460.273
46Periklis IakovakisGRE48.470.242
52Llewellyn HerbertRSA48.570.230
68Eduardo Iván RodríguezESP49.770.223
77Štěpán TesaříkCZE49.870.205
81Chris RawlinsonGBR50.890.176

Heat Three (21:21)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
13James CarterUSA48.180.214Q
27Bayano KamaniPAN48.230.225Q
36Naman KeïtaFRA48.240.356q
44Kemel ThompsonJAM48.250.257
55Jiří MužíkCZE48.880.313
61Ockert CilliersRSA49.010.175
72Boris GorbanRUS49.460.243
88Yevgeny MeleshchenkoKAZ49.480.196

Final (26 August 2004 — 22:30)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)Reaction Time
16Félix SánchezDOM47.630.2192
25Danny McFarlaneJAM48.110.256
37Naman KeïtaFRA48.260.268
44James CarterUSA48.580.2233
52Bayano KamaniPAN48.740.233
63Marek PlawgoPOL49.000.242
71Alwyn MyburghRSA49.070.150
88Bennie BrazellUSA49.510.390