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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 1, 1992
Date Finished: August 5, 1992

Gold: FRA Marie-José Pérec
Silver: EUN Olha Bryzhina
Bronze: COL Ximena Restrepo


The defending champion, [Olga Bryzgina], now of the Unified Team and the Ukraine, was back, but the favorite was the 1991 World Champion, [Marie-José Pérec]. Pérec was French but had been born in Guadeloupe. Both Bryzgina and Pérec qualified easily for the final. The leader around the bend was [Phylis Smith] of Great Britain. But Bryzgina had taken over by 200 metres. Pérec closed slightly around the final curve but pulled even with 60 metres to go and crept ahead for the gold medal, Bryzgina coming in second. The bronze medal went to [Ximena Restrepo], who won the first medal ever for Colombia in athletics and the first by a woman from that country.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marie-José Pérec 24 France FRA Gold
2 Olha Bryzhina 29 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Ximena Restrepo 23 Colombia COL Bronze
4 Olga Nazarova 27 Unified Team EUN
5 Jill Richardson-Briscoe 27 Canada CAN
6 Rochelle Stevens 25 United States USA
7 Sandie Richards 23 Jamaica JAM
8 Phylis Smith 26 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r3/4 Jearl Miles-Clark 25 United States USA
5 h2 r3/4 Norfalia Carabalí 28 Colombia COL
6 h1 r3/4 Natasha Kaiser-Brown 25 United States USA
6 h2 r3/4 Sandra Douglas 25 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r3/4 Michelle Lock 25 Australia AUS
7 h2 r3/4 Renée Poetschka 21 Australia AUS
8 h1 r3/4 Yelena Ruzina 28 Unified Team EUN
8 h2 r3/4 Elsa Devassoigne 22 France FRA
5 h1 r2/4 Cathy Freeman 19 Australia AUS
5 h2 r2/4 Anja Rücker 19 Germany GER
5 h3 r2/4 Julia Merino 21 Spain ESP
5 h4 r2/4 Myra Mayberry-Wilkinson 27 Puerto Rico PUR
6 h1 r2/4 Aïssatou Tandian 25 Senegal SEN
6 h2 r2/4 Juliet Campbell 22 Jamaica JAM
6 h3 r2/4 Claudine Williams 16 Jamaica JAM
6 h4 r2/4 Lorraine Hanson 27 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/4 Jayamini Illeperuma 25 Sri Lanka SRI
7 h2 r2/4 Tina Paulino 19 Mozambique MOZ
7 h3 r2/4 Susie Tanéfo 23 Cameroon CMR
7 h4 r2/4 Zoila Stewart 23 Costa Rica CRC
8 h1 r2/4 Judit Forgács 33 Hungary HUN
8 h2 r2/4 Ruth Morris 29 United States Virgin Islands ISV
8 h3 r2/4 Noodang Pimpol 23 Thailand THA
8 h4 r2/4 Alimata Koné 27 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
5 h2 r1/4 Charmaine Gilgeous 20 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h1 r1/4 Prisca Philip 24 Barbados BAR
6 h2 r1/4 Shermaine Ross 20 Grenada GRN
6 h5 r1/4 Ngozi Mwanamwambwa 21 Zambia ZAM
7 h1 r1/4 Fanta Dao 19 Mali MLI
7 h3 r1/4 Mary-Estelle Kapalu 25 Vanuatu VAN
7 h4 r1/4 Jacqueline Solíz 27 Bolivia BOL
7 h5 r1/4 Melrose Mansaray 20 Sierra Leone SLE
7 h6 r1/4 Ruth Mangue 17 Equatorial Guinea GEQ