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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Hurdles

Athletics at the 1984 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 5, 1984
Date Finished: August 8, 1984

Gold: MAR Nawal El-Moutawakel
Silver: USA Judi Brown
Bronze: ROU Christeana Cojocaru

Summary

Women had competed in the 400 hurdles in 1978 and 1982 at the European Championships. In 1980, the IAAF arranged a special “World Championship” in the 400 hurdles for women after it was not included on the Olympic Program. The event was also conducted at the 1st World Athletics Championships in 1983, but 1984 was the first time the event was included on the Olympic Program. The East Germans and Soviets had dominated this event to date and their absence in 1984 made the event wide open. The surprise winner was Morocco’s Nawal El-Moutawakel. By winning, she became the first Muslim woman and the first woman from an Islamic nation to win a medal at the Olympics. Although she at first was a hero to the Moroccan people, with celebrations in the streets of Casablanca on the night of her victory, she later was subjected to criticism and intimidation by Islamic fundamentalists. El-Moutawakel later became the first Muslim woman to be asked to join the International Olympic Committee.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nawal El-Moutawakel 22 Morocco MAR Gold OR
2 Judi Brown 23 United States USA Silver
3 Christeana Cojocaru 22 Romania ROU Bronze
4 P. T. Usha 20 India IND
5 Ann-Louise Skoglund 22 Sweden SWE
6 Debbie Flintoff-King 24 Australia AUS
7 Tuija Helander 23 Finland FIN
8 Sandra Farmer-Patrick 21 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r2/3 Sharrieffa Barksdale 23 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Gladys Taylor 31 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Giuseppina Cirulli 25 Italy ITA
6 h2 r2/3 Olga Commandeur 25 Netherlands NED
7 h1 r2/3 Sue Morley 24 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/3 Ruth Kyalisima 28 Uganda UGA
8 h1 r2/3 Andrea Page 27 Canada CAN
8 h2 r2/3 Maria Usifo 19 Nigeria NGR
5 h1 r1/3 Lai Lee-Chiao 29 Chinese Taipei TPE
5 h2 r1/3 Lyn Grime 21 New Zealand NZL
5 h3 r1/3 Overill Dwyer-Brown 23 Jamaica JAM
5 h4 r1/3 M. D. Valsamma 23 India IND
6 h1 r1/3 Alma Vázquez 20 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/3 Dana Wright 24 Canada CAN
6 h3 r1/3 Angie Wright-Scott 22 United States USA
6 h4 r1/3 Cheryl Blackman 27 Barbados BAR
7 h3 r1/3 Agrippina de la Cruz 23 Philippines PHI
7 h4 r1/3 Mary Parr 22 Ireland IRL