Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

The Women's 400 metres competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3–5 August.[1]

Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date3–5 August
Competitors49 from 40 nations
Winning time49.55
Sanya Richards-Ross  United States
Christine Ohuruogu  Great Britain
DeeDee Trotter  United States

London rains became a part of the qualifying round, where the favorites tried to make the final with minimum effort. 52.11 was the slowest time qualifier, though Tjipekapora Herunga managed a 52.31 for the slowest automatic qualifier.

In the semi-final, the weather was better. In the first semi, Sanya Richards-Ross was matched with the defending champion Christine Ohuruogu, with only two automatic qualifiers. At the gun, Richards-Ross took off, making up most of the stagger on Krivoshapka to her immediate outside. Relaxing the backstretch but exploding on the second turn, Richards-Ross had built up a huge lead, then slowed considerably on the home stretch letting Ohuruogu gain almost all the lead back. The second semi turned into a match race between Francena McCorory and world champion Amantle Montsho, running stride for stride together far ahead of the others until Montsho dipped to place first. The third semi was a much faster affair. 2012 World leader Antonina Krivoshapka took the race out as if it were the final, making up the stagger during the first turn and coming off the turn with a huge lead. She also slowed on the homestretch and looked to struggle to hold off DeeDee Trotter and Novlene Williams-Mills. Third place Williams-Mills became a time qualifier faster than the previous two heats.

In the final, unlike the memorable race four years earlier, where Richards-Ross burned herself out building a huge lead, this time Krivoshapka had the large lead through the halfway mark and held it to the home stretch, with the three Americans spread across the track a step behind. McCorory and Krivoshapka began to struggle as first Trotter, then Richards-Ross seized the lead which she would not relinquish. Before the home crowd, Ohuruogu approached the finish line with a trademark late surge, coming from several steps off the pace to catch Deedee Trotter for the silver medal, Trotter holding on for the bronze.[2]

Competition format

The Women's 400m competition consisted of heats (Round 1), Semifinals and a Final.[3]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60 Canberra, Australia 6 October 1985
Olympic record  Marie-José Pérec (FRA) 48.25 Atlanta, United States 29 July 1996
2012 World leading  Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS) 49.16 Cheboksary, Russia 5 July 2012


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 201212:00Round 1
Saturday, 4 August 201220:05Semifinals
Sunday, 5 August 201221:10Finals


  • Entrants as of 27 July 2012.[4]

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 3 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1

1Francena McCorory United States50.78Q
2Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain50.80Q
3Joy Nakhumicha Sakari Kenya51.85Q, SB
4Joanne Cuddihy Ireland52.09q
5Geisa Aparecida Coutinho Brazil53.43
6Marina Maslenko Kazakhstan53.66
7Zamzam Mohamed Farah Somalia1:20.48

Heat 2

1Amantle Montsho Botswana50.40Q
2Christine Day Jamaica51.05Q
3Shana Cox Great Britain52.01Q
4Aliann Pompey Guyana52.10q, =SB
5Afia Charles Antigua and Barbuda54.25
6Ingrid Yahoska Narvaez Nicaragua59.55=SB
N/AShaunae Miller BahamasN/ADNF

Heat 3

1DeeDee Trotter United States50.87Q
2Rosemarie Whyte Jamaica50.90Q
3Jenna Martin Canada51.98Q
4Omolara Omotosho Nigeria52.11q
5Raysa Sánchez Dominican Republic52.47
6Aauri Bokesa Spain53.67
7Zourah Ali Djibouti1:05.37

Heat 4

1Sanya Richards-Ross United States51.78Q
2Carol Rodríguez Puerto Rico52.19Q
3Tjipekapora Herunga Namibia52.31Q
4Pınar Saka Turkey52.38
5Sviatlana Usovich Belarus52.40
6Phumlile Ndzinisa Swaziland53.95
7Hristina Risteska Macedonia1:00.86

Heat 5

DSQAntonina Krivoshapka Russia50.75Q
2Alina Lohvynenko Ukraine52.08Q
3Lee McConnell Great Britain52.23Q
4Moa Hjelmer Sweden52.86
5Ambwene Simukonda Malawi54.20NR
6Danielle Alakija Fiji56.77
N/AKanika Beckles GrenadaN/ADNS

Heat 6

1Novlene Williams-Mills Jamaica50.88Q
2Nataliya Pyhyda Ukraine51.09Q, PB
3Libania Grenot Italy52.13Q
4Joelma Sousa Brazil52.69
5Bianca Răzor Romania52.83
6Maziah Mahusin Brunei59.28NR
N/AKineke Alexander Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesN/ADNF

Heat 7

1Regina George Nigeria51.24Q
2Yuliya Gushchina Russia51.54Q
3Marlena Wesh Haiti51.98Q
4Amy Mbacke Thiam Senegal53.23
5Olesea Cojuhari Moldova53.64
6Graciela Martins Guinea-Bissau58.30
N/AJennifer Padilla ColombiaN/ADQ
  • Jennifer Padilla originally finished in third place with a time of 51.74, but was disqualified due to lane infringement. As a result, Marlena Wesh moved up to third position to qualify for the semi-finals.


Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.

Heat 1

1Sanya Richards-Ross United States50.07Q
2Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain50.22Q, SB
3Rosemarie Whyte Jamaica50.98q
4Yuliya Gushchina Russia51.66
5Joanne Cuddihy Ireland51.88
6Tjipekapora Herunga Namibia52.53
7Jenna Martin Canada52.83
8Joy Nakhumicha Sakari Kenya52.95

Heat 2

1Amantle Montsho Botswana50.15Q
2Francena McCorory United States50.19Q
3Libania Grenot Italy51.18
4Christine Day Jamaica51.19
5Regina George Nigeria51.35
6Alina Lohvynenko Ukraine51.38
7Aliann Pompey Guyana52.58
8Shana Cox Great Britain52.58

Heat 3

DSQAntonina Krivoshapka Russia49.81Q
2DeeDee Trotter United States49.87Q, SB
3Novlene Williams-Mills Jamaica49.91q
4Omolara Omotosho Nigeria51.41
5Nataliya Pyhyda Ukraine51.41
6Carol Rodríguez Puerto Rico52.08
7Lee McConnell Great Britain52.24
8Marlena Wesh Haiti52.49


6Sanya Richards-Ross United States49.55
8Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain49.70SB
4DeeDee Trotter United States49.72SB
47Amantle Montsho Botswana49.75
52Novlene Williams-Mills Jamaica50.11
69Francena McCorory United States50.33
73Rosemarie Whyte Jamaica50.79
N/A5Antonina Krivoshapka Russia50.17 DSQ


  1. Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  3. "Women's 400m". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  4. Entry List by Event. IAAF (2012-07-27). Retrieved on 2012-07-29.
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