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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012

Gold: USA Sanya Richards-Ross
Silver: GBR Christine Ohuruogu
Bronze: USA DeeDee Trotter

Summary

Sanya Richards-Ross was the favorite but she had a history of struggling to get gold in the biggest meets, although she had won gold in the event at the 2009 World Championships. But at the 2004 Olympics she had placed sixth, winning a bronze in 2008, and at the World Championships, she was fifth in 2007 and seventh in 2011, winning a silver medal in 2005. The 2011 World Champion was Botswana runner Amantle Montsho, the first international-class female runner from that African nation. Defending champion Christine Ohuruogu also qualified for the final and would be cheered on by the British fans. The best time of the year belonged to Russian Antonina Krivoshapka, with 49.16. She posted the fastest semi-final, winning the third heat in 49.81, just ahead of American DeeDee Trotter.

The final saw Krivoshapka take the lead at 100 metres in 11.8, barely up on Richards-Ross. The Russian kept it up through 200 metres, passing that in 23.2, leading Richards-Ross by 0.5 seconds, followed by Trotter, Francena McCorory (USA), and Montsho. But Richards-Ross was running a patient race and reeled in Krivo just past 300 metres to take the lead, with her teammates close behind. Ohuruogu was well back in fifth as they entered the straight. On the homestretch, Richards-Ross maintained her lead, increasing it slightly over Trotter, as Krivoshapka faded, eventually placing sixth. Ohuruogu closed the fastest, but was a metre back of Richards-Ross at the line, with Trotter just edged out for silver, and Montsho barely missing the podium.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sanya Richards-Ross 27 United States USA Gold
2 Christine Ohuruogu 28 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 DeeDee Trotter 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Amantle Montsho 29 Botswana BOT
5 Novlene Williams-Mills 30 Jamaica JAM
6 Antonina Krivoshapka 25 Russia RUS
7 Francena McCorory 23 United States USA
8 Rosemarie Whyte 25 Jamaica JAM
3 h2 r2/3 Libania Grenot 29 Italy ITA
4 h1 r2/3 Yuliya Gushchina 29 Russia RUS
4 h2 r2/3 Christine Day 25 Jamaica JAM
4 h3 r2/3 Omolara Omotosho 19 Nigeria NGR
5 h1 r2/3 Joanne Cuddihy 28 Ireland IRL
5 h2 r2/3 Regina George Grause 21 Nigeria NGR
5 h3 r2/3 Nataliya Pyhyda 31 Ukraine UKR
6 h1 r2/3 Tjipekapora Herunga 24 Namibia NAM
6 h2 r2/3 Alina Lohvynenko 22 Ukraine UKR
6 h3 r2/3 Carol Rodríguez 26 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h1 r2/3 Jenna Martin 24 Canada CAN
7 h2 r2/3 Shana Cox 27 Great Britain GBR
7 h3 r2/3 Lee McConnell 33 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Joy Nakhumicha Sakari 26 Kenya KEN
8 h2 r2/3 Aliann Pompey 34 Guyana GUY
8 h3 r2/3 Marlena Wesh 21 Haiti HAI
4 h4 r1/3 Pınar Saka 26 Turkey TUR
4 h5 r1/3 Moa Hjelmer 22 Sweden SWE
4 h6 r1/3 Joelma Sousa 28 Brazil BRA
4 h7 r1/3 Amy Mbacké Thiam 35 Senegal SEN
5 h1 r1/3 Geisa Coutinho 32 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r1/3 Afia Charles 20 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
5 h3 r1/3 Raysa Sánchez 24 Dominican Republic DOM
5 h4 r1/3 Svetlana Usovich 31 Belarus BLR
5 h5 r1/3 Amber Simukonda 28 Malawi MAW
5 h6 r1/3 Bianca Răzor 17 Romania ROU
5 h7 r1/3 Olesea Cojuhari 22 Moldova MDA
6 h1 r1/3 Marina Maslyonko 30 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 h2 r1/3 Ingrid Yahoska 18 Nicaragua NCA
6 h3 r1/3 Aauri Bokesa 23 Spain ESP
6 h4 r1/3 Phumlile Ndzinisa 19 Swaziland SWZ
6 h5 r1/3 Danni Alakija 16 Fiji FIJ
6 h6 r1/3 Maziah Mahusin 19 Brunei BRU
6 h7 r1/3 Graciela Martins 25 Guinea Bissau GBS
7 h1 r1/3 Zamzam Mohamed Farah 21 Somalia SOM
7 h3 r1/3 Zourah Ali 17 Djibouti DJI
7 h4 r1/3 Hristina Risteska 20 Macedonia MKD
AC h2 r1/3 Shaunae Miller 18 Bahamas BAH
AC h6 r1/3 Kineke Alexander 26 Saint Vincent VIN
AC h7 r1/3 Yennifer Padilla 22 Colombia COL