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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 20, 2008

Gold: JAM Melaine Walker
Silver: USA Sheena Johnson-Tosta
Bronze: GBR Tasha Danvers

Summary

This event was quite open as no runner had dominated it in the past few years. The defending champion was Greek [Fani Khalkia] but she had recently tested positive for steroids (methyltrienolone) and was not on the Greek team. The semi-finals in Beijing were won by American [Sheena Tosta] in 54.07, and Jamaican [Melaine Walker] in 54.20. In the final, Tosta led early, but Walker had taken the lead by the seventh hurdle. She was not pressed in the final straight, winning by over a second from Tosta. Britain’s [Tasha Danvers], who had overcome numerous injuries, was a solid third throughout and won bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Melaine Walker 25 Jamaica JAM Gold
2 Sheena Johnson-Tosta 25 United States USA Silver
3 Tasha Danvers 30 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Anastasiya Rabcheniuk 24 Ukraine UKR
5 Anna Olichwierczuk-Jesień 29 Poland POL
6 Yekaterina Bikert 28 Russia RUS
7 Zuzana Hejnová 21 Czech Republic CZE
8 Tiffany Ross-Williams 25 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Nickiesha Wilson 22 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r2/3 Aïssata Soulama 29 Burkina Faso BUR
6 h1 r2/3 Anastasiya Ott 19 Russia RUS
6 h2 r2/3 Irina Obedina 23 Russia RUS
7 h1 r2/3 Satomi Kubokura 26 Japan JPN
7 h2 r2/3 Queen Harrison 19 United States USA
8 h1 r2/3 Angela Moroşanu 22 Romania ROU
8 h2 r2/3 Tsvetelina Kirilova 31 Bulgaria BUL
4 h1 r1/3 Shevon Stoddart 25 Jamaica JAM
4 h4 r1/3 Tatyana Azarova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
5 h1 r1/3 Ieva Zunda 30 Latvia LAT
5 h4 r1/3 Muna Jabir Adam 21 Sudan SUD
6 h1 r1/3 Lucimar Teodoro 27 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r1/3 Nikolina Horvat 21 Croatia CRO
6 h3 r1/3 Carole Kaboud Mebam 30 Cameroon CMR
6 h4 r1/3 Josanne Lucas 24 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 h2 r1/3 Michelle Carey 27 Ireland IRL
7 h3 r1/3 Galina Pedan 25 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
7 h4 r1/3 Laia Forcadell 26 Spain ESP