Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metres

The women's 400 metres event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 13–15 August at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Women's 400 metres
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Interior view of the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, where the Women's 400m took place.
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates13 August 2016 (heats)
14 August 2016 (semifinals)
15 August 2016 (final)
Competitors57 from 36 nations
Winning time49.44
Shaunae Miller  Bahamas
Allyson Felix  United States
Shericka Jackson  Jamaica


Shaunae Miller of Bahamas was the world leading runner for 2016, followed by 2015 World Champion Allyson Felix. 2012 Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross had failed to make the American team due to a hamstring injury during the American trials.[2][3]

In qualifying, 2 athletes ran under 51 seconds, American Phyllis Francis and Oluwakemi Adekoya, who ran a Bahraini record. Another Nigerian born Bahraini, 18-year-old Salwa Eid Naser, won her heat in a personal best.[4]

In the final, Natasha Hastings made up most of the stagger on one of the favorites, Shaunae Miller and held the lead to the halfway point. Miller made up the stagger on Stephenie Ann McPherson in lane 8 to her outside. Starting about 150 metres into the race, Miller accelerated, passing Hastings before the halfway point in the far turn. In lane 4, Allyson Felix ran an even pace which saw her separate from the athletes inside of her and catching Shericka Jackson late in the second turn.[5] Coming off the turn, Miller held a clear 2 metre advantage over Hastings, with Felix gaining on Hastings and Jackson more than a metre behind Felix. Hastings was passed by Felix who continued to gain on Miller. In the last few metres as Felix gained on her, Miller started to lean forward trying to get to the finish line. As Felix looked to pass her in the final step, Miller made a last desperate headlong dive across the line. The photo finish revealed her shoulders had crossed the line seven hundredths of a second ahead of Felix. Jamaican Shericka Jackson finished 3 metres back for bronze.[6]

Felix's silver became her seventh Olympic medal. She would later earn two more Olympic gold medals as part of the winning 4x100 meters and 4x400 meters teams, tying her with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated woman in track and field history, with nine Olympic medals.


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

World record Marita Koch (GDR)47.60Canberra, Australia6 October 1985
Olympic record Marie-José Pérec (FRA)48.25Atlanta, Georgia, United States29 July 1996
Time (s) Athlete Nation
Africa (records)49.10Falilat Ogunkoya Nigeria
Asia (records)49.81Ma Yuqin China
Europe (records)47.60 WRMarita Koch East Germany
North, Central America
and Caribbean
48.70Sanya Richards United States
Oceania (records)48.63Cathy Freeman Australia
South America (records)49.64Ximena Restrepo Colombia


All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 13 August 201611:00Round 1
Sunday, 14 August 201620:35Semifinals
Monday, 15 August 201622:45Finals



Qualification rule: First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 8 fastest (q) advance to the Semifinals

Heat 1

1Stephenie Ann McPherson Jamaica51.36Q
2Patience Okon George Nigeria51.83Q
3Anneliese Rubie Australia51.92q, SB
4Yuliya Olishevska Ukraine52.45
5Djénébou Danté Mali52.85
6Nirmala Sheoran India53.03
7Gunta Latiševa-Čudare Latvia53.08SB

Heat 2

1Allyson Felix United States51.24Q
2Olha Zemlyak Ukraine51.40Q
3Tamara Salaški Serbia52.70
4Tsholofelo Thipe South Africa52.80
5Iveta Putálová Slovakia52.82SB
6Aauri Bokesa Spain53.51
7Seren Bundy-Davies Great Britain53.63

Heat 3

1Phyllis Francis United States50.58Q
2Kemi Adekoya Bahrain50.72Q
3Margaret Bamgbose Nigeria51.43q
4Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz Poland52.02q, SB
5Alicia Brown Canada52.27
6Jailma de Lima Brazil52.65
7Justine Palframan South Africa53.96

Heat 4

1Natasha Hastings United States51.31Q
2Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain51.40Q
3Maria Benedicta Chigbolu Italy52.06
4Lydia Jele Botswana52.24
5Olha Bibik Ukraine52.33
6Kendra Clarke Canada53.61
7Vijona Kryeziu Kosovo54.30

Heat 5

1Shaunae Miller Bahamas51.16Q
2Morgan Mitchell Australia51.30Q
3Ruth Spelmeyer Germany51.43q, PB
4Emily Diamond Great Britain51.76q
5Kanika Beckles Grenada52.41SB
6Bianca Răzor Romania52.42SB
7Kineke Alexander Saint Vincent and the Grenadines52.45

Heat 6

1Salwa Eid Naser Bahrain51.06Q, PB
2Libania Grenot Italy51.17Q
3Floria Gueï France51.29q
4Cátia Azevedo Portugal52.38
5Mariam Kromah Liberia52.79
6Nguyễn Thị Huyền Vietnam52.97
7Irini Vasiliou Greece54.37
8Maryan Nuh Muse Somalia1:10.14

Heat 7

1Shericka Jackson Jamaica51.73Q
2Kabange Mupopo Zambia51.76Q
3Justyna Święty Poland51.82q
4Christine Botlogetswe Botswana52.37
5Omolara Omotosho Nigeria53.22
6Elina Mikhina Kazakhstan53.83
7Dalal Mesfer Al-Harith Qatar1:07.12

Heat 8

1Christine Day Jamaica51.54Q
2Carline Muir Canada51.57Q
3Małgorzata Hołub Poland51.80q
4Geisa Coutinho Brazil52.05
5Aliyah Abrams Guyana52.79
6Mariama Mamoudou Ittatou Niger54.32
DQ (7)Anastassya Kudinova Kazakhstan56.03DQ (Doping)[7]


Semifinal 1

16Phyllis Francis United States0.18950.31Q
25Stephenie Ann McPherson Jamaica0.15850.69Q
34Olha Zemlyak Ukraine0.18950.75q, PB
43Kemi Adekoya Bahrain0.16150.88
57Christine Ohuruogu Great Britain0.14551.22
62Ruth Spelmeyer Germany0.15551.61
78Margaret Bamgbose Nigeria0.21251.92
81Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz Poland0.17452.51

Semifinal 2

16Shericka Jackson Jamaica0.18449.83Q, PB
25Natasha Hastings United States0.18849.90Q, SB
33Salwa Eid Naser Bahrain0.13950.88PB
48Floria Gueï France0.17851.08
57Carline Muir Canada0.22651.11
61Emily Diamond Great Britain0.17851.49
72Małgorzata Hołub Poland0.13651.93
84Morgan Mitchell Australia0.13652.68

Semifinal 3

13Allyson Felix United States0.17449.67Q, SB
24Shaunae Miller Bahamas0.16749.91Q
36Libania Grenot Italy0.15650.60q
45Christine Day Jamaica0.18651.53
51Justyna Święty Poland0.17151.62
62Anneliese Rubie Australia0.17251.96
78Kabange Mupopo Zambia0.15552.04
87Patience Okon George Nigeria0.16152.52


7Shaunae Miller Bahamas0.15549.44PB
4Allyson Felix United States0.17749.51SB
5Shericka Jackson Jamaica0.17649.85
46Natasha Hastings United States0.16150.34
53Phyllis Francis United States0.21950.41
68Stephenie Ann McPherson Jamaica0.13350.97
71Olha Zemlyak Ukraine0.18351.24
82Libania Grenot Italy0.14951.25


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