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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 23, 2004
Date Finished: August 26, 2004

Gold: DOM Félix Sánchez
Silver: JAM Danny McFarlane
Bronze: FRA Naman Keïta

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Félix Sánchez 26 Dominican Republic DOM Gold
2 Danny McFarlane 32 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Naman Keïta 26 France FRA Bronze
4 James Carter 26 United States USA
5 Bayano Kamani 24 Panama PAN
6 Marek Plawgo 23 Poland POL
7 Alwyn Myburgh 23 South Africa RSA
8 Bennie Brazell 22 United States USA
3 h2 r2/3 Dai Tamesue 26 Japan JPN
4 h1 r2/3 Angelo Taylor 25 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Periklis Iakovakis 25 Greece GRE
4 h3 r2/3 Kemel Thompson 29 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r2/3 Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily 27 Saudi Arabia KSA
5 h2 r2/3 Llewellyn Herbert 27 South Africa RSA
5 h3 r2/3 Jiří Mužík 27 Czech Republic CZE
6 h1 r2/3 Mikhail Lipsky 22 Russia RUS
6 h2 r2/3 Eduardo Iván Rodríguez 26 Spain ESP
6 h3 r2/3 Ockert Cilliers 23 South Africa RSA
7 h1 r2/3 Edivaldo Monteiro 28 Portugal POR
7 h2 r2/3 Štěpán Tesařík 26 Czech Republic CZE
7 h3 r2/3 Boris Gorban 25 Russia RUS
8 h1 r2/3 Dean Griffiths 24 Jamaica JAM
8 h2 r2/3 Chris Rawlinson 32 Great Britain GBR
8 h3 r2/3 Yevgeny Meleshchenko 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h5 r1/3 Ibrahim Al-Hamaidi 18 Saudi Arabia KSA
6 h1 r1/3 Ken Yoshizawa 26 Japan JPN
6 h2 r1/3 Alaa Motar 23 Iraq IRQ
6 h3 r1/3 Ibrahima Maiga 25 Mali MLI
6 h4 r1/3 Cédric El-Idrissi 27 Switzerland SUI
6 h5 r1/3 Matt Douglas 27 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r1/3 Kurt Couto 19 Mozambique MOZ
7 h3 r1/3 Michael Aguilar 24 Belize BIZ
7 h4 r1/3 Mowen Boino 24 Papua New Guinea PNG
7 h5 r1/3 Ibrahim Tondi 19 Niger NIG
AC h2 r1/3 Yacnier Luis 22 Cuba CUB