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Women's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 5, 2012
Date Finished: August 8, 2012

Gold: RUS Nataliya Antyukh
Silver: USA Lashinda Demus
Bronze: CZE Zuzana Hejnová


The favorite coming into London was American [Lashinda Demus], the 2011 World Champion. She had competed at the 2004 Olympics, failing to make the final, and then failed to make the US team for the 2008 Olympics. However, she was world ranked #1 in both 2010 and 2011. The best time of the year had been posted by Russian [Nataliya Antyukh], but her teammate [Irina Davydova] was more highly considered before the Games. However, Davydova did not get out of the semis, placing fifth in the second heat. Defending champion [Melaine Walker] of Jamaica was also considered a contender, but she also flopped in the semis, placing sixth in her heat.

The final came down to Demus against Antyukh, with Demus leading through the first five hurdles. But Antyukh had more at the end and took the lead just before the ninth hurdle. The two ran closely to the finish but Demus could not gain back ground and Antyukh won the gold medal. The bronze went to Czech [Zuzana Hejnová], a consistent hurdler in 2012, who finished quickly on the final straight. Antyukh had started her career as a 400 hurdler but then switched to the open 400, only to return to the intermediates after failing to make the 2008 Olympic team.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nataliya Antyukh 31 Russia RUS Gold
2 Lashinda Demus 29 United States USA Silver
3 Zuzana Hejnová 25 Czech Republic CZE Bronze
4 Kaliese Spencer 25 Jamaica JAM
5 Georganne Moline 22 United States USA
6 T'erea Brown 22 United States USA
7 Denisa Ščerbova-Rosolová 25 Czech Republic CZE
8 AJ Odumosu 24 Nigeria NGR
3 h2 r2/3 Perri Shakes-Drayton 23 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Élodie Ouédraogo 31 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r2/3 Hanna Yaroshchuk 22 Ukraine UKR
4 h3 r2/3 Hanna Titimets 23 Ukraine UKR
5 h1 r2/3 Nickiesha Wilson 25 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r2/3 Irina Davydova 24 Russia RUS
5 h3 r2/3 Yelena Churakova 25 Russia RUS
6 h1 r2/3 Hayat Lambarki 24 Morocco MAR
6 h2 r2/3 Sara Slott Petersen 25 Denmark DEN
6 h3 r2/3 Melaine Walker 29 Jamaica JAM
7 h1 r2/3 Vera Barbosa 23 Portugal POR
7 h2 r2/3 Anna Olichwierczuk-Jesień 33 Poland POL
7 h3 r2/3 Eilidh Child-Doyle 25 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Lauren Boden-Wells 23 Australia AUS
8 h2 r2/3 Sarah Wells 22 Canada CAN
8 h3 r2/3 Satomi Kubokura 30 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/3 Eglė Staišiūnaitė 23 Lithuania LTU
5 h4 r1/3 Angela Moroșanu 25 Romania ROU
6 h1 r1/3 Tatyana Azarova 26 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 h2 r1/3 Raasin McIntosh 30 Liberia LBR
6 h4 r1/3 Sharolyn Scott 28 Costa Rica CRC
6 h5 r1/3 Huang Xiaoxiao 29 China CHN
7 h1 r1/3 Maureen Jelagat Maiyo 27 Kenya KEN
7 h2 r1/3 Nataliya Asanova 22 Uzbekistan UZB
7 h3 r1/3 Lucy Jaramillo 29 Ecuador ECU
7 h4 r1/3 Janeil Bellille 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 h5 r1/3 Déborah Rodríguez 19 Uruguay URU
8 h3 r1/3 Princesa Oliveros 36 Colombia COL
8 h4 r1/3 Nikolina Horvat 25 Croatia CRO
8 h5 r1/3 Jailma de Lima 25 Brazil BRA
9 h2 r1/3 Noraseela Mohd Khalid 32 Malaysia MAS
9 h5 r1/3 Christine Sonali Merrill 24 Sri Lanka SRI
AC h1 r1/3 Vania Stambolova 28 Bulgaria BUL
AC h4 r1/3 Nagihan Karadere 28 Turkey TUR
AC h2 r1/3 Ghfran Mouhamad 23 Syria SYR DQ