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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Women's 400m

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 3 & 9 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 24)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 25)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Guevara had been unbeaten in 21 finals since her Edmonton bronze. In Paris, she not only won again but moved into the world all-time top 10 at 48.89, the world’s quickest since 1996. It was defending champion Thiam (lane 6) who started fastest in the final before Guevara (lane 3) went ahead to reach 200m in 23.2. Edmonton runner-up Fenton closed on the second bend before the Mexican pulled clear in the straight. Thiam barely held off Nazarova for the bronze. This was Mexico’s first woman’s gold and their first ever in these championships outside of the men’s walks.
 These are the official results of the Women's 400 metres event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 37 participating athletes, with five qualifying heats, three semi-finals and the final held on Wednesday 27 August 2003 at 21:50h.
 
  400m 27 August
  Final

Women 400m Final

Ana GUEVARA fulfilled all the predictions tonight by winning the women's 400m final, and she did so in the kind of time not run by a woman for seven years.

The Mexican, who is the first woman from her country ever to win a World Championship title, clocked 48.89, the first sub-49 seconds 400m since France's Marie Jose Perec and Australia's Cathy Freeman finished first and second at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, running 48.25 and 48.63 respectively.
 
The perennial silver medallist Lorraine FENTON (JAM) finished second again, as she did at the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2001 World Championships, running her fastest race of the year. She recorded 49.43, while the defending champion Amy Mbacke THIAM of Senegal had to be satisfied with the bronze this time, also in a season's best, 49.95.
 
Unlike in previous rounds, and recent races, Thiam, in lane six, went out hard from the start. Guevara, in two, was also away well and had made up the stagger on lanes four (Tonique WILLIAMS of the Bahamas) and lane five (Fenton) by half way. She and Thiam ran the bend hard, as did Russia's World Indoor champion Natalya NAZAROVA, while Fenton was also fighting back.
 
But the Mexican's strength has carried through an unbeaten run stretching back 21 finals before this one, and it wasn't about to desert her now. She came home some five metres clear, with Fenton finishing strongly for second. Thiam tried to kick but her early work had sapped her usual finishing energy. She began to fade,lost touch with Fenton, but hung on to beat Nazarova on the line by three hundredths.

1 Ana Guevara MEX 4 Mar 77 48.89 AR
2 Lorraine Fenton JAM 8 Sep 73 49.43  
3 Amy Mbacké Thiam SEN 10 Nov 76 49.95  
4 Natalya Nazarova RUS 26 May 79 49.98  
5 Tonique Williams-Darling BAH 17 Jan 76 50.38  
6 Olesya Zykina RUS 7 Oct 80 50.59  
7 Lee McConnell GBR 9 Oct 78 51.07  
8 Svetlana Pospelova RUS 24 Dec 79 51.30  
  Semifinals 25 August

Event Report Women 400m Semi Finals

All the favourites progressed to the final from the women's 400m semifinals. 18-year-old American, Sanya RICHARDS, with a personal best of 50.58, was the best name to miss the final.

In the first heat it was Richards and Svetlana POSPELOVA (RUS), who lead the runners to the home straight. With Richards fading quickly, Pospelova seemed set for the win, before reigning world champion, Amy Mbacke THIAM (SEN), made her usual move in the final 50 metres. Thiam strolled easily past the others slowing down before the finish waving with her arms at the same time. She finished in 50.78 with Pospelova second in 50.84. Lee MCCONNELL (GBR) passed Richards to take a place in the final, qualifying with her time of 51.06.

In the second heat, both Tonique WILLIAMS (BAH) and Lorraine FENTON (JAM), the two fastest runners in this heat, handled the race as expected and took the two qualifying spots easily. Olesya ZYKINA (RUS) was fastest behind them in 50.96, enough for her to qualify for the final on times.

Ana GUEVARA (MEX), the favourite to win the final, had no trouble whatsoever in her semifinal. Guevara was able to ease down in the front straight. Natalya NAZAROVA (RUS) followed her for the second automatic spot for the final. Guevara's winning time was 50.68, Nazarova second in 50.92 and Mirelle NGUIMGO (CMR) time of 51.19 was not enough for her to enter the final.

  Heat 1
1 Amy Mbacké Thiam SEN 10 Nov 76 50.78 Q  
2 Svetlana Pospelova RUS 24 Dec 79 50.84 Q  
3 Lee McConnell GBR 9 Oct 78 51.06 q  
4 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 26 Feb 85 51.32  
5 Bisi Afolabi NGR 31 Oct 75 51.38  
6 Ronetta Smith JAM 2 May 80 51.39  
7 Heide Seyerling RSA 19 Aug 76 51.89  
8 Hazel-Ann Regis-Buckels GRN 1 Feb 81 51.95  
  Heat 2
1 Tonique Williams-Darling BAH 17 Jan 76 50.43 Q  
2 Lorraine Fenton JAM 8 Sep 73 50.45 Q  
3 Olesya Zykina RUS 7 Oct 80 50.96 q  
4 Demetria Davis USA 31 Dec 79 51.31  
5 Deedee Trotter USA 8 Dec 82 51.68  
6 Grażyna Prokopek-Janáček POL 20 Apr 77 51.89  
7 Makelesi Batimala FIJ 23 Oct 77 52.27  
8 Antonina Yefremova UKR 19 Jul 81 53.19  
  Heat 3
1 Ana Guevara MEX 4 Mar 77 50.68 Q  
2 Natalya Nazarova RUS 26 May 79 50.92 Q  
3 Mireille Nguimgo CMR 7 Nov 76 51.19  
4 Sviatlana Usovich BLR 14 Oct 80 51.46  
5 Sandie Richards JAM 6 Nov 68 51.80  
6 Christine Amertil BAH 18 Aug 79 51.85  
7 Anna Tkach ISR 17 Apr 75 52.25  
8 Karen Shinkins IRL 15 Oct 76 52.74  
  Heats 24 August

Women 400 metres Heats

World leader and overwhelming favourite Ana Guevara of Mexico took a mid-morning stroll in the Paris sunshine this morning as she cruised through the opening round of the women’s 400m at the Stade de France.

The Mexican, who hasn’t lost all season, led off hard in heat one and had three metres on the rest of the field as they entered the home straight. The hard work done, she eased down and crossed the line in 51.14. Svetlana Usovich (BLR) ran a personal best 51.39 for second with Nigeria’s Olabisi Afolabi third in 51.65.

Guevara’s wasn’t the fastest time of the day, though. That went to the reigning champion Amy Mbacke Thiam of Senegal who again appears to be running herself into form at the right time. Thiam seemed to be taking it easy in the fifth and final heat of the round. She entered the home straight in third place, but cruised past Jamaica’s Ronetta Smith and crossed the line in 50.86, followed by USA’s Sanya Richards in 51.00 and Poland’s Grazyna Prokopek who ran a season’s best 51.36.

Thiam’s was one of only two sub 51-second times. The other went to the world’s second fastest runner this year, Olympic silver medallist Lorraine Fenton. Running in heat four, the Jamaican chased the fast starting Russian Svetlana Pespelova down the home straight, passing her on the line to clock 50.90. Pospelova ran 51.00 for second, while Britain’s European bronze medallist Lee McConnell worked hard to claim the third automatic qualifying spot in 51.67.

The World Indoor champion Natalya Nazarovaof Russia also looked in impressive form as she strode through heat two, clocking an easy 51.09. And USA’s Tonique Williams won a close tussle with Russia’s Olesya Zykina in heat three, 51.24 to 51.32.

Two runners produced new national records to qualify for Monday’s semi-finals – Makelesi Bulikiobo of Fiji, with 52.01, and Anna Tkachof Israel with 52.06.

  Heat 1
1 Ana Guevara MEX 4 Mar 77 51.14 Q  
2 Sviatlana Usovich BLR 14 Oct 80 51.39 Q  
3 Bisi Afolabi NGR 31 Oct 75 51.47 Q  
4 Mireille Nguimgo CMR 7 Nov 76 51.65 q  
5 Karen Shinkins IRL 15 Oct 76 52.06 q  
6 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni TOG 21 Apr 76 52.50 NR
7 Geisa Coutinho BRA 1 Jun 80 53.31  
  Heat 2
1 Natalya Nazarova RUS 26 May 79 51.09 Q  
2 Christine Amertil BAH 18 Aug 79 51.72 Q  
3 Sandie Richards JAM 6 Nov 68 51.86 Q  
4 Antonina Yefremova UKR 19 Jul 81 51.91 q  
5 Anna Tkach ISR 17 Apr 75 52.06 q NR
6 Deedee Trotter USA 8 Dec 82 52.17 q  
7 Irisca Kithouka CGO 60.04  
  Heat 3
1 Tonique Williams-Darling BAH 17 Jan 76 51.24 Q  
2 Olesya Zykina RUS 7 Oct 80 51.32 Q  
3 Demetria Davis USA 31 Dec 79 51.53 Q  
4 Hazel-Ann Regis-Buckels GRN 1 Feb 81 51.97 q  
5 Hrísa Goudenoúdi GRE 28 Mar 77 52.33  
6 Solen Désert-Mariller FRA 2 Aug 82 52.41  
7 Aida Torosyan GEO 2 Mar 74 58.02  
8 Hoi Wai Kuan MAC 31 Oct 85 60.75  
  Heat 4
1 Lorraine Fenton JAM 8 Sep 73 50.90 Q  
2 Svetlana Pospelova RUS 24 Dec 79 51.00 Q  
3 Lee McConnell GBR 9 Oct 78 51.67 Q  
4 Makelesi Batimala FIJ 23 Oct 77 52.01 q  
5 Aliann Pompey GUY 9 Mar 78 52.21  
6 Fatou Binetou Fall SEN 23 Aug 81 52.35  
7 Eliana Pacheco VEN 14 Jan 79 54.32  
  Heat 5
1 Amy Mbacké Thiam SEN 10 Nov 76 50.86 Q  
2 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 26 Feb 85 51.00 Q  
3 Grażyna Prokopek-Janáček POL 20 Apr 77 51.36 Q  
4 Ronetta Smith JAM 2 May 80 51.62 q  
5 Heide Seyerling RSA 19 Aug 76 52.18 q  
6 Claudia Marx GER 16 Sep 78 52.30  
7 Lilian Bwalya ZAM 28 Dec 74 56.84  
8 Shifana Ali MDV 6 Jun 84 61.74 NU20R

Heat 1 24 AUG 2003 11:20

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 124 Geisa Aparecida Coutinho BRA BRA 51.44 51.44
3 726 Ana Guevara MEX MEX 49.11 49.11
4 105 Sviatlana Usovich BLR BLR 51.48 51.48
5 547 Karen Shinkins IRL IRL 51.07 52.48
6 196 Mireille Nguimgo CMR CMR 50.69 50.79
7 1067 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni TOG TOG 52.55 52.55
8 777 Olabisi Afolabi NGR NGR 50.30 50.91

Heat 2 24 AUG 2003 11:26

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 1162 Deedee Trotter USA USA 50.66 50.66
3 608 Sandie Richards JAM JAM 49.79 52.20i
4 556 Anna Tkach ISR ISR 50.67 51.66
5 159 Irisca Kithouka CGO CGO 55.86 55.86
6 930 Natalya Nazarova RUS RUS 49.78 49.78
7 1109 Antonina Yefremova UKR UKR 50.70 51.36
8 61 Christine Amertil BAH BAH 50.82 51.11i

Heat 3 24 AUG 2003 11:32

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 1168 Demetria Washington USA USA 51.05 51.25
2 28 Aida Torosyan ARM ARM 57.82  
3 696 Wai Kuan Hoi MAC MAC 59.93 59.93
4 500 Hazel Regis-Buckels GRN GRN 51.32 51.32
5 350 Solene Désert-Mariller FRA FRA 52.05 52.05
6 469 Hrísoula Goudenoúdi GRE GRE 51.81 52.11
7 69 Tonique Williams-Darling BAH BAH 50.24 50.24
8 945 Olesya Zykina RUS RUS 50.15 50.39

Heat 4 24 AUG 2003 11:38

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 509 Aliann Pompey GUY GUY 51.34 51.48
3 332 Makelesi Batimala FIJ FIJ 52.66 52.66
4 981 Fatou Bintou Fall SEN SEN 51.12 51.12
5 593 Lorraine Fenton JAM JAM 49.30 49.71
6 934 Svetlana Pospelova RUS RUS 50.47 50.70
7 403 Lee McConnell GBR GBR 50.82 51.37
8 1193 Eliana Pacheco VEN VEN 52.43 52.43

Heat 5 24 AUG 2003 11:44

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 895 Heide Seyerling RSA RSA 50.05 51.30
2 436 Claudia Marx GER GER 51.41 51.68
3 1202 Lilian Bwalya ZAM ZAM 54.77 57.40
4 985 Amy Mbacke Thiam SEN SEN 49.86 50.14
5 609 Ronetta Smith JAM JAM 51.35 51.35
6 838 Grazyna Prokopek POL POL 51.34 52.21
7 1155 Sanya Richards-Ross USA USA 50.58 50.58
8 721 Shifana Ali MDV MDV 1:04.10
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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