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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 24, 2000
Date Finished: September 27, 2000

Gold: RUS Irina Privalova
Silver: JAM Deon Hemmings
Bronze: MAR Nezha Bidouane


Irina Privalova started out her career as a sprinter, running in the sprints at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. She only began hurdling earlier in 2000 and the first round of the 400 hurdles in Sydney was only her sixth race in this event. The semi-finals were won by Privalova and the defending champion, Deon Hemmings. In the final, they led thru seven hurdles, running a near dead heat, but Privalova pulled away as they neared the eighth hurdle. She had much more left and won easily, by almost four metres over Hemmings.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Irina Privalova 31 Russia RUS Gold
2 Deon Hemmings 31 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Nezha Bidouane 30 Morocco MAR Bronze
4 Daimí Perniá 23 Cuba CUB
5 Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antypova 30 Ukraine UKR
6 Ionela Târlea-Manolache 24 Romania ROU
7 Guðrún Arnardóttir 28 Iceland ISL
8 Tasha Danvers 22 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Ulrike Urbansky 23 Germany GER
5 h1 r2/3 Heike Meißner 30 Germany GER
6 h1 r2/3 Kim Batten 31 United States USA
6 h2 r2/3 Sandra Glover 31 United States USA
7 h1 r2/3 Nataliya Torshina-Alimzhanova 31 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 h2 r2/3 Andrea Blackett 24 Barbados BAR
8 h1 r2/3 Yuliya Nosova-Pechonkina 22 Russia RUS
8 h2 r2/3 Catherine Pomales-Scott 27 Jamaica JAM
3 h3 r1/3 Jana Pittman 17 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/3 Sinead Dudgeon 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/3 Anna Olichwierczuk-Jesień 21 Poland POL
4 h4 r1/3 Susan Smith-Walsh 28 Ireland IRL
4 h5 r1/3 Tonja Buford-Bailey 29 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Mary-Estelle Kapalu 34 Vanuatu VAN
5 h3 r1/3 Monika Niederstätter 26 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/3 Irēna Žauna 19 Latvia LAT
5 h5 r1/3 Keri Maddox 28 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/3 Tetiana Debela 30 Ukraine UKR
6 h3 r1/3 Mame Tacko Diouf 23 Senegal SEN
6 h4 r1/3 Lauren Poetschka 25 Australia AUS
6 h5 r1/3 Stephanie Price 28 Australia AUS
7 h2 r1/3 Cherry 26 Myanmar MYA
7 h4 r1/3 Khrysoula Goudenoudi 23 Greece GRE
7 h5 r1/3 Patrina Allen 25 Jamaica JAM
AC h1 r1/3 Nataliya Chulkova 22 Russia RUS