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Women's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 28, 1996
Date Finished: July 31, 1996

Gold: JAM Deon Hemmings
Silver: USA Kim Batten
Bronze: USA Tonja Buford-Bailey

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Deon Hemmings 27 Jamaica JAM Gold OR
2 Kim Batten 27 United States USA Silver
3 Tonja Buford-Bailey 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Debbie-Ann Parris 23 Jamaica JAM
5 Heike Meißner 26 Germany GER
6 Rosey Edeh 29 Canada CAN
7 Ionela Târlea-Manolache 20 Romania ROU
8 Silvia Rieger 25 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/3 Susan Smith-Walsh 24 Ireland IRL
5 h2 r2/3 Guðrún Arnardóttir 24 Iceland ISL
6 h1 r2/3 Ann Mercken 22 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r2/3 Michèle Schenk 22 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r2/3 Tatyana Ledovskaya 30 Belarus BLR
8 h1 r2/3 Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antypova 26 Ukraine UKR
AC h2 r2/3 Sally Gunnell 29 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/3 Anna Knoroz 25 Russia RUS
5 h1 r1/3 Virna De Angeli 20 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/3 Nataliya Torshina-Alimzhanova 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h3 r1/3 Catherine Pomales-Scott 22 Jamaica JAM
5 h4 r1/3 Lana Jēkabsone 21 Latvia LAT
6 h1 r1/3 Mary-Estelle Kapalu 29 Vanuatu VAN
6 h2 r1/3 Martina Stoop 23 Switzerland SUI
6 h3 r1/3 Karen van der Veen 30 South Africa RSA
7 h1 r1/3 Hsu Pei-Chin 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h4 r1/3 Nelli Voronkova 24 Belarus BLR
7 h2 r1/3 Miriam Alonso 26 Spain ESP
7 h3 r1/3 Tatyana Kurochkina 28 Belarus BLR
7 h4 r1/3 Eva Paniagua 22 Spain ESP
8 h2 r1/3 Lade Akinremi 21 Nigeria NGR
AC Sandra Farmer-Patrick 33 United States USA DQ