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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008

Gold: GBR Christine Ohuruogu
Silver: JAM Shericka Williams
Bronze: USA Sanya Richards-Ross

Summary

The best 400 runner in 2005-2006 had been Jamaican-born American Sanya Richards. She was world ranked #1 in 2005-2007, and was a heavy favorite in 2007 to win the World Championships, but did not even make the US team at the Trials, that title going to Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu. It turned out that she had been ill, diagnosed with Behçet’s Syndrome, a variant of an inflammatory arthritis. After receiving treatment she was healthier in 2008 and looked good early in the year, winning the US Olympic Trials easily. In the final in Beijing she started out as expected, going thru 300 metres in 35.8 with a big lead. But that was it. She tied up on the final straight, possibly with a tight hamstring, and was passed by both Ohuruogu and Jamaica’s Shericka Williams. Ohuruogu barely held off Williams for the gold medal and Richards had to hang on to get bronze. Ohuruogu was a somewhat controversial choice for the British team. She had served a one-year ban from the IAAF for missing three doping tests but the British Olympic Association by-laws mandate a life ban from the Olympic Games for any doping offense. The same by-laws allow an appeal to be made against this ban and the appeal panel decided in her favour in November 2007.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Christine Ohuruogu 24 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Shericka Williams 22 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Sanya Richards-Ross 23 United States USA Bronze
4 Yuliya Gushchina 25 Russia RUS
5 Anastasiya Kapachinskaya 28 Russia RUS
6 Tatyana Firova 25 Russia RUS
7 Rosemarie Whyte 21 Jamaica JAM
8 Amantle Montsho 25 Botswana BOT
3 h2 r2/3 Novlene Williams-Mills 26 Jamaica JAM
4 h1 r2/3 Aliann Pompey 30 Guyana GUY
4 h2 r2/3 Christine Amertil 28 Bahamas BAH
4 h3 r2/3 Nicola Sanders 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Mary Wineberg 28 United States USA
5 h2 r2/3 Joy Eze 20 Nigeria NGR
5 h3 r2/3 Libania Grenot 25 Italy ITA
6 h1 r2/3 Indira Terrero 22 Cuba CUB
6 h2 r2/3 Lee McConnell 29 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/3 Shade Abugan 17 Nigeria NGR
7 h1 r2/3 AJ Odumosu 20 Nigeria NGR
7 h2 r2/3 Carline Muir 20 Canada CAN
7 h3 r2/3 DeeDee Trotter 25 United States USA
8 h1 r2/3 Gabriela Medina 23 Mexico MEX
8 h2 r2/3 Rachael Nachula 18 Zambia ZAM
8 h3 r2/3 Nawal El-Jack 19 Sudan SUD
4 h3 r1/3 Barbara Petráhn 29 Hungary HUN
4 h4 r1/3 Tamsyn Lewis 30 Australia AUS
4 h5 r1/3 Asami Tanno 22 Japan JPN
4 h6 r1/3 Kineke Alexander 22 Saint Vincent VIN
5 h1 r1/3 Tiandra Ponteen 23 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
5 h2 r1/3 Makelesi Bulikiobo-Batimala 30 Fiji FIJ
5 h3 r1/3 Carol Rodríguez 22 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h4 r1/3 Maria Laura Almirão 30 Brazil BRA
5 h5 r1/3 Dimitra Dova 34 Greece GRE
5 h6 r1/3 Trish Bartholomew 21 Grenada GRN
5 h7 r1/3 Alissa Kallinikou 23 Cyprus CYP
6 h1 r1/3 Antonina Yefremova 27 Ukraine UKR
6 h2 r1/3 Mandeep Kaur 20 India IND
6 h3 r1/3 Ginou Etienne 23 Haiti HAI
6 h4 r1/3 Joanne Cuddihy 24 Ireland IRL
6 h5 r1/3 Olga Tereshkova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 h6 r1/3 Tsholofelo Thipe 21 South Africa RSA
6 h7 r1/3 Monika Bejnar 27 Poland POL
7 h2 r1/3 Justine Bayiga 29 Uganda UGA
7 h3 r1/3 Rachidatou Seini Maikido 19 Niger NIG
7 h4 r1/3 Ghada Ali 19 Libya LBA
7 h5 r1/3 Kia Davis 32 Liberia LBR
7 h6 r1/3 Klodiana Shala 28 Albania ALB
7 h7 r1/3 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni 32 Togo TOG
8 h6 r1/3 Batgereliin Möngöntuyaa 19 Mongolia MGL
8 h7 r1/3 Temalangeni Dlamini 21 Swaziland SWZ