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Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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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 6, 2012

Gold: DOM Félix Sánchez
Silver: USA Michael Tinsley
Bronze: PUR Javier Culson


This event had a star-studded field. The 2000 and 2008 gold medalist was back, American [Angelo Taylor], as was the 2004 gold medalist, Dominican [Félix Sánchez]. Also highly considered were the other two Americans – [Kerron Clement] had been World Champion in 2007 and 2009, while [Michael Tinsley] had won the US Olympic Trials. The 2011 World Champion had been Britain's [Dai Greene], and these five would be joined in the final by three other Caribbean hurdlers – [Javier Culson] of Puerto Rico, [Jehue Gordon] of Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaican [Leford Green]. Culson had been the strongest early in 2012, had been silver medalist at the Worlds in both 2009 and 2011, and was considered a slight favorite.

The early leaders were Sánchez, Culson, and Taylor with Taylor leading over hurdle seven. But he switched to a right-leg lead at the next hurdle and had difficulty with his steps coming home. Sánchez took the lead at the ninth hurdle, just ahead of Culson. Tinsley was not in it for the gold but had the fastest finish to come home for silver, just behind Sánchez, who won gold, with Culson taking bronze, Greene in fourth, and Taylor fifth.

Féliz Sánchez became the third intermediate hurdler to win the title twice without defending his title, following Taylor in 2000 and 2008, and [Edwin Moses] in 1976 and 1984. [Glenn Davis] (USA) also won the event twice, consecutively in 1956-60.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Félix Sánchez 34 Dominican Republic DOM Gold
2 Michael Tinsley 28 United States USA Silver
3 Javier Culson 28 Puerto Rico PUR Bronze
4 Dai Greene 26 Great Britain GBR
5 Angelo Taylor 33 United States USA
6 Jehue Gordon 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 Leford Green 25 Jamaica JAM
8 Kerron Clement 26 United States USA
3 h2 r2/3 Omar Cisneros 22 Cuba CUB
3 h3 r2/3 Brent Larue 25 Slovenia SLO
4 h2 r2/3 Emir Bekrić 21 Serbia SRB
4 h3 r2/3 Rhys Williams 28 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Mamadou Kasse Hanne 25 Senegal SEN
5 h2 r2/3 Kenneth Medwood 24 Belize BIZ
5 h3 r2/3 Brendan Cole 31 Australia AUS
6 h1 r2/3 Michael Bultheel 26 Belgium BEL
6 h2 r2/3 Stanislav Melnykov 25 Ukraine UKR
6 h3 r2/3 José Reynaldo Bencosme de Leon 20 Italy ITA
7 h1 r2/3 Eric Alejandro 26 Puerto Rico PUR
7 h2 r2/3 Tristan Thomas 26 Australia AUS
7 h3 r2/3 Amaurys Valle 22 Cuba CUB
8 h1 r2/3 Kurt Couto 27 Mozambique MOZ
AC h2 r2/3 Jack Green 20 Great Britain GBR
AC h3 r2/3 Amaechi Morton 22 Nigeria NGR
4 h5 r1/3 Silvio Schirrmeister 23 Germany GER
4 h6 r1/3 Tetsuya Tateno 20 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/3 Roxroy Cato 24 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r1/3 Rasmus Mägi 20 Estonia EST
5 h3 r1/3 Jamele Mason 22 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h5 r1/3 Periklis Iakovakis 33 Greece GRE
5 h6 r1/3 Josef Robertson 25 Jamaica JAM
6 h1 r1/3 Chen Chieh 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
6 h2 r1/3 Winder Cuevas 23 Dominican Republic DOM
6 h3 r1/3 Cheng Wen 23 China CHN
6 h5 r1/3 L. J. van Zyl 27 South Africa RSA
6 h6 r1/3 Boniface Tumuti 20 Kenya KEN
7 h1 r1/3 Li Zhilong 24 China CHN
7 h3 r1/3 Vincent Kiplangat Kosgei 26 Kenya KEN
7 h4 r1/3 Vyacheslav Sakayev 24 Russia RUS
7 h5 r1/3 Josef Prorok 24 Czech Republic CZE
7 h6 r1/3 Artyom Dyatlov 23 Uzbekistan UZB
8 h3 r1/3 Cornel Fredericks 22 South Africa RSA
8 h4 r1/3 Jorge Paula 27 Portugal POR
8 h5 r1/3 Viktor Leptikov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
8 h6 r1/3 Andrés Silva 26 Uruguay URU
9 h4 r1/3 Maoulida Daroueche 22 Comoros COM
AC Takayuki Kishimoto 22 Japan JPN DQ
AC Akihiko Nakamura 21 Japan JPN DQ
AC Lankantien Lamboni 22 Togo TOG DQ