Sanya Richards-Ross Takes the Gold! Her first Olympic Gold Medal!!

Medalists:
Gold - Sanya Richards-Ross (USA)
Silver - Christine Ohurougu (Great Britain)
Bronze - Dee Dee Trotter (USA)


The women's 400 final was an incredible performance as all of the favorites battled it out until the final moments of the race. USA's Sanya Richards-Ross would be the one to bring home the gold in an amazing last 20 meters where she powered through to the line in 49.55! The defending champion from Great Britain, Christine Ohurougu secured her podium spot with silver in 49.70 and was followed by USA's Dee Dee Trotter for bronze in a season's best of 49.72!


Full Results here


updated: August 5, 10:47am CT

Final lane assignments: 

Lane Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
2 2213 Novlene Williams-Mills  JAM 49.78 49.63
3 2209 Rosemarie Whyte  JAM 50.62 49.84
4 3321 Deedee Trotter  USA 49.87 49.64
5 2873 Antonina Krivoshapka  RUS 49.16 49.16
6 3313 Sanya Richards-Ross  USA 49.28 48.70
7 1214 Amantle Montsho  BOT 49.54 49.54
8 1866 Christine Ohuruogu  GBR 50.22 49.61
9 3307 Francena McCorory  USA 50.06 50.06
 


updated: Aug 4, 2:45pm CT


Women's 400m Finalists Named!


All Three Americans into the Final!

(First 2 automatically advance)

Heat 1 - Sanya Richards-Ross got the job done in heat 1 with a very comfortable looking win of 50.07. Christina Ohouogou of Great Britain chased her down in a very strong 2nd place with a season's best of 50.22. 
Heat 1
04 August 2012 - 20:05
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 4 3313 Sanya Richards-Ross  USA 50.07 Q . 0.149
2 7 1866 Christine Ohuruogu  GBR 50.22 Q (SB) 0.222
3 6 2209 Rosemarie Whyte  JAM 50.98 q . 0.197
4 5 2862 Yulia Gushchina  RUS 51.66 . 0.166
5 2 2104 Joanne Cuddihy  IRL 51.88 . 0.209
6 3 2536 Tjipekapora Herunga  NAM 52.53 . 0.200
7 9 1313 Jenna Martin  CAN 52.83 . 0.185
8 8 2343 Joy Nakhumicha Sakari  KEN 52.95 . 0.196

Heat 2 - Amantle Montsho of Botswana and Francena McCorory of USA battled it out together away from the rest of the pack to grab 1st and 2nd in heat 2. Montsho just edged out McCorory at the line for a 50.15 followed by McCorory in 50.19. 
Heat 2
04 August 2012 - 20:13
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 5 1214 Amantle Montsho  BOT 50.15 Q . 0.205
2 6 3307 Francena McCorory  USA 50.19 Q . 0.246
3 2 2154 Libania Grenot  ITA 51.18 . 0.163
4 7 2195 Christine Day  JAM 51.19 . 0.194
5 4 2581 Regina George  NGR 51.35 . 0.151
6 9 3172 Alina Lohvynenko  UKR 51.38 . 0.194
7 8 1851 Shana Cox  GBR 52.58 . 0.185
8 3 2026 Aliann Pompey  GUY 52.58 . 0.147

Heat 3 - Anontina Krivoshapka of Russia took heat 3 out like a bullet through the first 200 meters in sub 23 seconds to lead the pack. The Russian payed for it though in the final fifty meters as she was chased down by USA's Dee Dee Trotter and Jamaica's Noviene Williams-Mills. Trotter almost edged out Krivoshapka (49.81) for first but came through in 2nd with a 49.87 and 49.91 for Williams-Mills. 
Heat 3
04 August 2012 - 20:21
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 5 2873 Antonina Krivoshapka  RUS 49.81 Q . 0.198
2 4 3321 Deedee Trotter  USA 49.87 Q (SB) 0.187
3 7 2213 Novlene Williams-Mills  JAM 49.91 q . 0.247
4 3 2585 Omolara Omotosho  NGR 51.41 . 0.195
5 6 3182 Nataliya Pyhyda  UKR 51.41 . 0.176
6 8 2750 Carol Rodríguez  PUR 52.08 . 0.210
7 2 1864 Lee McConnell  GBR 52.24 . 0.219
8 9 2030 Marlena Wesh  HAI 52.49 . 0.251



last updated: August 3 at 7:54am CT

Richards-Ross, chief rivals ease through 400 meter prelims


All the favorites in the women's 400 meters cruised through the first round of their competition on Friday morning. U.S. Trials champion Sanya Richards-Ross walked across the finish line to easily win heat four in 51.78 seconds.

For as easy as Sanya looked, her chief competition ran similarly eased back effort to win their races. Defending world champion Amantle Montsho jogged the last straightaway to claim section two in 50.40 seconds while world leader Antonina Krivoshapka of Russia relaxed the second half of the race for a 50.75 effort to win heat five.

Americans Deedee Trotter and Francena McCorory also won their respective heats.
Full Results Page Here 

Heat 1
03 August 2012 - 12:00
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 6 3307 Francena McCorory  USA 50.78 Q . 0.299
2 5 1866 Christine Ohuruogu  GBR 50.80 Q . 0.282
3 7 2343 Joy Nakhumicha Sakari  KEN 51.85 Q (SB) 0.200
4 4 2104 Joanne Cuddihy  IRL 52.09 q . 0.175
5 8 1235 Geisa Aparecida Coutinho  BRA 53.43 . 0.187
6 3 2284 Marina Maslenko  KAZ 53.66 . 0.192
7 2 2946 Zamzam Mohamed Farah  SOM 1:20.48 . 0.405
 
Heat 2
03 August 2012 - 12:08
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 4 1214 Amantle Montsho  BOT 50.40 Q . 0.186
2 5 2195 Christine Day  JAM 51.05 Q . 0.178
3 2 1851 Shana Cox  GBR 52.01 Q . 0.181
4 8 2026 Aliann Pompey  GUY 52.10 q (=SB) 0.174
5 6 1018 Afia Charles  ANT 54.25 . 0.180
6 7 2540 Ingrid Yahoska Narváez  NCA 59.55 (=SB) 0.221
. 3 1118 Shaunae Miller  BAH DNF . 0.176
 
Heat 3
03 August 2012 - 12:16
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 8 3321 Deedee Trotter  USA 50.87 Q . 0.268
2 4 2209 Rosemarie Whyte  JAM 50.90 Q . 0.219
3 7 1313 Jenna Martin  CAN 51.98 Q . 0.174
4 3 2585 Omolara Omotosho  NGR 52.11 q . 0.221
5 6 1568 Raysa Sánchez  DOM 52.47 . 0.190
6 2 1644 Aauri Lorena Bokesa  ESP 53.67 . 0.158
7 5 1555 Zourah Ali  DJI 1:05.37 .  
 
Heat 4
03 August 2012 - 12:24
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 6 3313 Sanya Richards-Ross  USA 51.78 Q . 0.216
2 8 2750 Carol Rodríguez  PUR 52.19 Q . 0.187
3 4 2536 Tjipekapora Herunga  NAM 52.31 Q . 0.197
4 5 3100 Pinar Saka  TUR 52.38 . 0.199
5 3 1205 Sviatlana Usovich  BLR 52.40 . 0.206
6 7 3011 Phumlile Ndzinisa  SWZ 53.95 . 0.224
7 2 2520 Hristina Risteska  MKD 1:00.86 . 0.214
 
Heat 5
03 August 2012 - 12:32
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 8 2873 Antonina Krivoshapka  RUS 50.75 Q . 0.223
2 2 3172 Alina Lohvynenko  UKR 52.08 Q . 0.184
3 4 1864 Lee McConnell  GBR 52.23 Q . 0.222
4 5 3006 Moa Hjelmer  SWE 52.86 . 0.189
5 6 2481 Ambwene Simukonda  MAW 54.20 (NR) 0.241
6 7 1717 Danielle Alakija  FIJ 56.77 . 0.289
. 3 2008 Kanika Beckles  GRN DNS .  
 
Heat 6
03 August 2012 - 12:40
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 4 2213 Novlene Williams-Mills  JAM 50.88 Q . 0.269
2 7 3182 Nataliya Pyhyda  UKR 51.09 Q (PB) 0.190
3 6 2154 Libania Grenot  ITA 52.13 Q . 0.205
4 3 1249 Joelma Sousa  BRA 52.69 . 0.182
5 5 2772 Bianca Razor  ROU 52.83 . 0.195
6 8 1263 Maziah Mahusin  BRU 59.28 (NR) 0.194
. 2 3361 Kineke Alexander  VIN DNF . 0.206
 
Heat 7
03 August 2012 - 12:48
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 6 2581 Regina George  NGR 51.24 Q . 0.175
2 8 2862 Yulia Gushchina  RUS 51.54 Q . 0.190
3 4 2030 Marlena Wesh  HAI 51.98 Q . 0.192
4 5 2913 Amy Mbacke Thiam  SEN 53.23 . 0.227
5 2 2488 Olesea Cojuhari  MDA 53.64 . 0.183
6 3 1883 Graciela Martins  GBS 58.30 . 0.237
. 7 1440 Jennifer Padilla  COL DQ . 0.187





last updated: July 20th at 6:05pm CT


Women's 400 Quick Hits
2012 London Olympic Games


400 Meter Schedule:
Day 1, Aug 3rd - Round 1 (6:00am CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 2, Aug 4th - Semi-final (2:05pm CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 3, Aug 5th - Finals (3:10pm CT)

400 Meter Records:
World Record - 47.60 - Marita Koch (EGR) 10/6/1985
Olympic Record - 48.25 - Marie Josie Merec (FRA) 7/29/1996
American Record - 48.70 - Sanya Richards-Ross 9/17/2006

The Favorites: (personal best/season best)
1. Antonina Krivoshapka, Russia (49.16/49.16) - Bronze medalist at 2010 European Championships, bronze medalist at 2009 World Championships
2. Sanya Richards-Ross, United States (48.70/49.28) - Two-time Olympian, bronze medalist at 2008 Olympic Games
3. Yulia Gushchina, Russia (49.28/49.28) - Fourth place finish at 2008 Olympic Games

The Americans:
1. Sanya Richards-Ross (48.70/49.28) - Two-time Olympian, bronze medalist at 2008 Olympic Games
2. Deedee Trotter (49.64/50.02) - Two-time Olympian, semi-finalist in Beijing
3. Francena McCorory (50.06/50.06) - Fourth place finish at 2011 World Championships

Past 400m Olympic Results: (from wiki)

2000 Olympic Games
1 Cathy Freeman  Australia 6 0.227 49.11 SB
2 Lorraine Graham  Jamaica 4 0.452 49.58 PB
3 Katharine Merry  Great Britain 3 0.270 49.72 PB
4 Donna Fraser  Great Britain 2 0.174 49.79 PB
5 Ana Guevara  Mexico 5 0.261 49.96  
6 Heide Seyerling  South Africa 7 0.175 50.05 NR
7 Falilat Ogunkoya  Nigeria 8 0.254 50.12  
8 Olga Kotlyarova  Russia 1 0.254 51.04

2004 Olympic Games
1 Tonique Williams-Darling  Bahamas 49.42  
2 Ana Guevara  Mexico 49.56 SB
3 Natalya Antyukh  Russia 49.89  
4 Monique Hennagan  United States 49.97  
5 DeeDee Trotter  United States 50.00 PB
6 Sanya Richards  United States 50.19  
7 Christine Amertil  Bahamas 50.37  
8 Natalya Nazarova  Russia 50.65

2008 Olympic Games