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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Hurdles

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Phases:

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 36 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