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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 1984

Gold: USA Valerie Brisco-Hooks
Silver: USA Chandra Cheeseborough
Bronze: GBR Kathy Smallwood-Cook
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The top 400 metre runners in the world were the 1980 gold medalist, Marita Koch (GDR), who had also won the 1978 and 1982 European titles, and Czechoslovakian Jarmila Kratochvílová, who had won the 1983 World Championship. But the Soviet-led boycott kept them from competing and the field was much weaker as a result. In their absence the favorites were Americans Valerie Brisco-Hooks and Chandra Cheeseborough, who had won the US Olympic Trials, with Briscoe-Hooks second. In the final, the early leader was Britain’s Kathy Smallwood-Cook, but Brisco-Hooks took over at 250 metres, and maintained her lead to become the first woman from a non-East European nation to break 49 seconds. The Soviets sponsored a competing meet at around the time of the Los Angeles Olympics and Koch won that in 48.16, with the first five runners breaking 50.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valerie Brisco-Hooks 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Chandra Cheeseborough 25 United States USA Silver
3 Kathy Smallwood-Cook 24 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Marita Payne Wiggins 23 Canada CAN
5 Lillie Leatherwood 20 United States USA
6 Ute Thimm 26 West Germany FRG
7 Charmaine Crooks 21 Canada CAN
8 Ruth Waithera 25 Kenya KEN
5 h1 r2/3 June Griffith 27 Guyana GUY
5 h2 r2/3 Molly Killingbeck 25 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Cathy Rattray-Williams 20 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r2/3 Michelle Probert-Scutt 24 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Marie Mathieu 27 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h2 r2/3 Ilrey Oliver 21 Jamaica JAM
8 h2 r2/3 Helen Barnett-Burkart 26 Great Britain GBR
1 h2 r1/3 Gaby Bußmann 24 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r1/3 Heike Schulte-Mattler 26 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r1/3 Gail Emmanuel 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h3 r1/3 Emma Tahapari 23 Indonesia INA
5 h4 r1/3 Cynthia Green Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r1/3 Erica Rossi 28 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/3 Elanga Buala 20 Papua New Guinea PNG
6 h3 r1/3 Reawadee Srithoa 15 Thailand THA
6 h4 r1/3 Carlon Blackman 19 Barbados BAR
7 h1 r1/3 Jocelyn Joseph 20 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h2 r1/3 Mercy Addy 20 Ghana GHA
7 h4 r1/3 Zeina Mina 21 Lebanon LIB
8 h1 r1/3 Zonia Meigham 30 Guatemala GUA