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Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 18, 2008

Gold: USA Angelo Taylor
Silver: USA Kerron Clement
Bronze: USA Bershawn Jackson


In 1960 at Roma, the United States swept the medals in the 400 hurdles. No medal sweep had occurred in the event since that year, until Beijing. The favorite prior to Beijing was [Kerron Clement], the 2007 World Champion. But the US team was formidable, as he was backed up by [Angelo Taylor], the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, and [Bershawn Jackson], the 2005 World Champion. But the event was dominated by Taylor, who added his second gold medal, using his great 400 flat speed – he was bronze medalist in that event at the 2007 World Championships. He had the fastest time in the first round (48.67) and the semi-finals (47.94). In the final he was in lane six with Jackson outside him in seven, and Clement in lane three. Taylor chased down Jackson and caught him on the backstretch. Clement was well back early but gathered strength on the final curve and was able to catch Jackson on the run-in to win the silver medal. Clement was closing very strongly when he had to cut his stride at the last hurdle, but by then Taylor had a comfortable lead. The defending Olympic Champion, [Félix Sánchez], second at the 2007 Worlds, was injured and did not get out of the heats.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Angelo Taylor 29 United States USA Gold
2 Kerron Clement 22 United States USA Silver
3 Bershawn Jackson 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Danny McFarlane 36 Jamaica JAM
5 L. J. van Zyl 23 South Africa RSA
6 Marek Plawgo 27 Poland POL
7 Markino Buckley 22 Jamaica JAM
8 Periklis Iakovakis 29 Greece GRE
5 h1 r2/3 Isa Phillips 24 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r2/3 Alwyn Myburgh 27 South Africa RSA
6 h1 r2/3 Aleksandr Derevyagin 29 Russia RUS
6 h2 r2/3 Jonathan Williams 24 Belize BIZ
7 h1 r2/3 Pieter de Villiers 26 South Africa RSA
7 h2 r2/3 Mahau Suguimati 23 Brazil BRA
8 h1 r2/3 Javier Culson 24 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h2 r2/3 Bayano Kamani 28 Panama PAN
4 h4 r1/3 Dai Tamesue 30 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/3 Kenji Narisako 24 Japan JPN
5 h3 r1/3 Meng Yan 27 China CHN
5 h4 r1/3 Félix Sánchez 30 Dominican Republic DOM
6 h1 r1/3 Edivaldo Monteiro 32 Portugal POR
6 h2 r1/3 Ibrahima Maiga 29 Mali MLI
6 h3 r1/3 Aleksey Pogorelov 25 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
6 h4 r1/3 Mowen Boino 28 Papua New Guinea PNG
7 h1 r1/3 Harouna Garba 22 Niger NIG
AC h4 r1/3 Yevgeny Meleshchenko 27 Kazakhstan KAZ