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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 1984

Gold: USA Valerie Brisco-Hooks
Silver: USA Chandra Cheeseborough
Bronze: GBR Kathy Smallwood-Cook


The top 400 metre runners in the world were the 1980 gold medalist, [Marita Koch] (GDR), who had also won the 1978 and 1982 European titles, and Czechoslovakian [Jarmila Kratochvílová], who had won the 1983 World Championship. But the Soviet-led boycott kept them from competing and the field was much weaker as a result. In their absence the favorites were Americans [Valerie Brisco-Hooks] and [Chandra Cheeseborough], who had won the US Olympic Trials, with Briscoe-Hooks second. In the final, the early leader was Britain’s [Kathy Smallwood-Cook], but Brisco-Hooks took over at 250 metres, and maintained her lead to become the first woman from a non-East European nation to break 49 seconds. The Soviets sponsored a competing meet at around the time of the Los Angeles Olympics and Koch won that in 48.16, with the first five runners breaking 50.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valerie Brisco-Hooks 24 United States USA Gold OR
2 Chandra Cheeseborough 25 United States USA Silver
3 Kathy Smallwood-Cook 24 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Marita Payne Wiggins 23 Canada CAN
5 Lillie Leatherwood 20 United States USA
6 Ute Thimm 26 West Germany FRG
7 Charmaine Crooks 21 Canada CAN
8 Ruth Waithera 25 Kenya KEN
5 h1 r2/3 June Griffith 27 Guyana GUY
5 h2 r2/3 Molly Killingbeck 25 Canada CAN
6 h1 r2/3 Cathy Rattray-Williams 20 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r2/3 Michelle Probert-Scutt 24 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Marie Mathieu 27 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h2 r2/3 Ilrey Oliver 21 Jamaica JAM
8 h2 r2/3 Helen Barnett-Burkart 26 Great Britain GBR
1 h2 r1/3 Gaby Bußmann 24 West Germany FRG
5 h1 r1/3 Heike Schulte-Mattler 26 West Germany FRG
5 h2 r1/3 Gail Emmanuel 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h3 r1/3 Emma Tahapari 23 Indonesia INA
5 h4 r1/3 Cynthia Green Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r1/3 Erica Rossi 28 Italy ITA
6 h2 r1/3 Elanga Buala 20 Papua New Guinea PNG
6 h3 r1/3 Reawadee Srithoa 15 Thailand THA
6 h4 r1/3 Carlon Blackman 19 Barbados BAR
7 h1 r1/3 Jocelyn Joseph 20 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
7 h2 r1/3 Mercy Addy 20 Ghana GHA
7 h4 r1/3 Zeina Mina 21 Lebanon LIB
8 h1 r1/3 Zonia Meigham 30 Guatemala GUA