Russian Just Barely Edges out World Champ Demus for Gold!



Women's 400H Final Update:

The women's 400H was a tight race until the end when USA's 2011 World Champion Lashinda Demus battled it out from the gun with Russia's Natalya Antyukh.  It was a nail-biter coming into the final homestretch as Demus and Antyukh fought for every inch until Demus' final hurdle that caused her to loose momentum heading into the finish. Antyukh edged her out at the line for the gold and a new personal best of 52.70. Demus followed her in a season's best of 52.77.  Bronze was won in a season's best by Czech Republic's Zuzana Hejnova in 53.38. 
Final
 
Official

Rk Bib Athlete Mark   +
1 2843 Russian Federation ANTYUKH Natalya 52.70 PB +
2 3285 United States of America DEMUS Lashinda 52.77 SB +
3 1532 Czech Republic HEJNOVA Zuzana 53.38 SB +
4 2206 Jamaica SPENCER Kaliese 53.66 SB +
5 3310 United States of America MOLINE Georganne 53.92 PB +
6 3272 United States of America BROWN T'Erea 55.07   +
7 1540 Czech Republic ROSOLOVA Denisa 55.27   +
8 2583 Nigeria ODUMOSU Muizat Ajoke 55.31

Final Start Lists:

Lane

Bib

Athlete

Country

SB 2012

PB

2

3272

T'erea Brown

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54.21

54.21

3

1540

Denisa Rosolová

CZE.gif CZE

54.24

54.24

4

1532

Zuzana Hejnová

CZE.gif CZE

53.62

53.29

5

2843

Natalya Antyukh

RUS.gif RUS

53.33

52.92

6

2583

Muizat Ajoke Odumosu

NGR.gif NGR

54.40

54.40

7

3285

Lashinda Demus

USA.gif USA

53.98

52.47

8

3310

Georganne Moline

USA.gif USA

54.31

54.31

9

2206

Kaliese Spencer

JAM.gif JAM

54.02

52.79



400H Semi's are Up and Running

Heat 1 - Heat 1 started things off with a bang as Natalya Antyukh of Russia won the heat in a season's best of 53.33 and was followed by Zuzana Hejnova of Czech Republic in another season's best of 53.62. 

Heat 2 - It was USA's Lashinda Demus' race as she powered through from the gun and took the win to make her first Olympic final.  She was followed by Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer. Both will qualify for the final. 

Heat 3 - It was an impressive performance for USA's Georganne Moline who just barely pushed to the line for 2nd place to make the 400H final. This is the first Olympic Games for the 22 year-old. 

The XXX Olympic Games 
London (GBR) - Monday, Aug 06, 2012
400 Metres Hurdles - W SEMI-FINAL
Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified.
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Heat 1
06 August 2012 - 20:15
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 5 2843 Natalya Antyukh RUS 53.33 Q (SB) 0.149
2 7 1532 Zuzana Hejnová CZE 53.62 Q (SB) 0.159
3 4 3272 T'erea Brown USA 54.21 (PB) 0.193
4 3 1146 Elodie Ouédraogo BEL 55.20 (PB) 0.178
5 6 2214 Nickiesha Wilson JAM 55.77 . 0.174
6 8 2473 Hayat Lambarki MAR 56.18 . 0.208
7 9 2720 Vera Barbosa POR 56.27 . 0.160
. 2 1068 Lauren Boden AUS DQ . 0.156
Heat 2
06 August 2012 - 20:23
Position Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark . React
1 5 3285 Lashinda Demus USA 54.08 Q . 0.170
2 4 2206 Kaliese Spencer JAM 54.20 Q . 0.211
3 7 1877 Perri Shakes-Drayton GBR 55.19 . 0.190
4 6 3197 Hanna Yaroshchuk UKR 55.51 . 0.209
5 8 2852 Irina Davydova RUS 55.86 . 0.227
6 3 1551 Sara Petersen DEN 56.21 . 0.174
7 9 2688 Anna Jesien POL 56.28 . 0.231
8 2 1322 Sarah-Lynn Wells CAN 56.71 . 0.152


Women's 400 Meter Semi-Finals, Tough road for US Women

With all of the US Women through to the semi-finals the team has a great shot to have three women in the final, but it will be anything but easy. Demus, Moline and Brown all currently rank in the top 12 in the world, but other countries are unbelievably deep. In the semis, the Russians have the #1, #2 and #14th ranked women in the world; Czech Republic has the #4 and #8 ranked women; and Jamaican's represent the #6 and #10 athletes including 2008 Olympic Champ Melanie Walker. There are three sections with the top 2 qualifying and remaining 2 spots given to the top times outside of the autos, which will make for some exciting races.

Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q) qualified
Heat 1
Monday 06 August 2012 - 20:15
Lane Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
2 1068 Lauren Boden  AUS 55.45 55.25
3 1146 Elodie Ouédraogo  BEL 55.39 55.29
4 3272 T'erea Brown  USA 54.72 54.72
5 2843 Natalya Antyukh  RUS 53.40 52.92
6 2214 Nickiesha Wilson  JAM 55.50 53.97
7 1532 Zuzana Hejnová  CZE 53.96 53.29
8 2473 Hayat Lambarki  MAR 55.41 55.41
9 2720 Vera Barbosa  POR 55.22 55.22
 
Heat 2
Monday 06 August 2012 - 20:23
Lane Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
2 1322 Sarah-Lynn Wells  CAN 55.71 55.71
3 1551 Sara Petersen  DEN 55.68 55.68
4 2206 Kaliese Spencer  JAM 54.02 52.79
5 3285 Lashinda Demus  USA 53.98 52.47
6 3197 Hanna Yaroshchuk  UKR 54.35 54.35
7 1877 Perri Shakes-Drayton  GBR 53.77 53.77
8 2852 Irina Davydova  RUS 53.77 53.77
9 2688 Anna Jesien  POL 55.44 53.86
 
Heat 3
Monday 06 August 2012 - 20:31
Lane Bib Athlete Country SB 2012 PB
2 1540 Denisa Rosolová  CZE 54.24 54.24
3 2256 Satomi Kubokura  JPN 55.85 55.34
4 2208 Melaine Walker  JAM 54.44 52.42
5 3195 Hanna Titimets  UKR 54.98 54.69
6 2583 Muizat Ajoke Odumosu  NGR 54.75 54.59
7 3310 Georganne Moline  USA 54.31 54.31
8 2851 Elena Churakova  RUS 54.78 54.78
9 1850 Eilidh Child  GBR 54.96 54.96


last updated: August 5

Women's 400 Hurdles Take Off, USA Looking Good
FULL RESULTS HERE

Heat 1:
Zuzana Hejnová of the Czech Republic handily took heat one in 53.96 seconds ahead of T'erea Brown of the United States who was second and will automatically qualify for the semifinal. Vania Stambolova, the sixth place finisher at last year's world championships, fell and did not finish.

Heat 2: 
Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer went out in blazing form but ultimately slowed over the last 150 meters remaining, giving world leader Natalya Antyukh of Russia a chance to catch the Jamaican to win the section in 53.90 seconds.

Heat 3: 
Running out of the less-than-ideal lane two, world champion Lashinda Demus of the United States blew by her competition on the final turn and eased off in the final stretches of the race. Demus finished in an easy 54.60 seconds ahead of Ukraine's Hanna Titimets in 55.08 seconds.

Heat 4:
We haven't seen Arizona's Georganne Moline race since the Olympic Trials but there didn't seem to be any rust in her legs as Moline cruised through the line in a personal best 54.31 seconds.

Heat 5: 
Brit Perri Shakes-Drayton was relatively unknown prior to her win and massive personal best at the Crystal Palace Diamond League meet. Her Olympic debut was highly successful as she easily won her heat in 54.62 seconds. Reigning Olympic champion Melaine Walker struggled but got up for second place in the heat and will move on to the semifinal.




last updated: July 21st at 6:05pm CT


Women's 400m Hurdles Quick Hits
2012 London Olympic Games


400 Meter Hurdles Schedule:
Day 3, Aug 5th - Round 1 (1:00pm CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 4, Aug 6th - Semi-final (2:15pm CT) - qualifying procedure TBA
Day 6, Aug 8th - Finals (2:45pm CT)

400 Meter Hurdles Records:
World Record - 52.34 - Yuliya Penchonkina (Russia) 8/3/2008
Olympic Record - 52.64 - Melaine Walker (Jamaica) 8/20/2008
American Record - 52.47 - Lashinda Demus 9/1/2011

The Favorites: (personal best/season best)
1. Natalya Antyukh, Russia (52.92/53.40) - Bronze medalist at 2011 World Championships
2. Irina Davydova, Russia (53.77/53.77) - Gold medalist at 2012 European Championships
3. Perri Shakes-Drayton, Great Britain (53.77/53.77) - Semifinalist at 2011 World Championships

The Americans:
1. Lashinda Demus (52.47/53.98) - 2011 World Champion
2. Georganne Moline (54.33/54.33) - First Olympic Games
3. T'erea Brown (54.74/54.81) - First Olympic Games