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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

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

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: First round (First 3 & 4 fastest to Semi-finals) (Aug 24)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 24)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Three weeks before the final Pechonkina (née Nosova) had surprisingly cut the world record to 52.34. In the preliminaries, she went off hard, then eased to fast clockings of 54.01 and 53.57. In the final the Russian raced off again in lane 5, making up the stagger on Glover (lane 6) by the fourth hurdle. The other protagonist, Pittman, was drawn inside Pechonkina. The Russian continued to look set for a sub-53 clocking until faltering at the eighth hurdle. She was 5m ahead at the ninth but slowing. DOHA 2019  PAST RESULTS/WORLD CHAMPS WOMEN’S 400mH 307 Pittman and the smooth-striding Glover were closing the gap. The young Australian caught the Russian with 30m to go then Glover also nipped ahead of Pechonkina, who revealed “at the ninth I felt some pressure on my hip muscles and decided not to sprint flat out to avoid injury.”
 These are the official results of the Men's 400 metres hurdles event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 29 participating athletes, with four qualifying heats, two semi-finals and the final held on Thursday 2003-08-28 at 22:00h.
 
  400m Hurdles 28 August
  Final

Event Report Women 400m Hurdles Finals

The World Championships witnessed its biggest upset so far in the final of the women's 400m hurdles when the recent world record breaker Yuliya PECHONKINA of Russia was beaten into third place by Australia's 20 year-old Commonwealth Games champion Jana PITTMAN and USA's Sandra GLOVER.
 
Pechonkina's 52.34 at the Russian championships was more than a second faster than anyone else has run this year, and so dominant had the Russian been throughout the rounds here that all the talk prior to the final was whether we would see the championships' first world record. That would have been remarkable, but perhaps not as remarkable as her actually losing, let alone finishing third.
 
Pittman's winning time, 53.22, was a personal best by four tenths of a second and only five hundredths slower than the winning time her compatriot Debbie Flintoff-King ran when winning this event at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Pittman is now coached by Flintoff-King's husband, Phil King.
 
Sandra GLOVER ran her quickest race of the year, 53.65, robbing the Russian of a silver medal by six hundredths of a second.
 
It was clear the world record wasn't going to be on from the start as Pechonkina took the initial bend much more conservatively than she has in recent races. But she turned on the heat down the back straight, with Pittman a lane inside her, struggling to maintain contact, and Glover, a lane outside, some way off the pace.
 
Pechonkina came in the finishing straight some five metres ahead but, amazingly, she was tiring. Pittman stuttered at hurdle nine, but she could see her chance. She cleared the last, gritted her teeth and powered her way past the Russian. Glover was also finishing strongly and, as Pechonkina's strength deserted her, she dipped at the line for her silver.
1 Jana Rawlinson AUS 9 Nov 82 53.22
2 Sandra Glover USA 30 Dec 68 53.65
3 Yuliya Pechonkina RUS 21 Apr 78 53.71
4 Ionela Tîrlea ROU 9 Feb 76 54.41
5 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 54.61
6 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 54.79
7 Heike Meißner GER 29 Jan 70 55.60
8 Surita Febbraio RSA 27 Dec 73 55.90
  Semifinals 25 August

Event Report Women 400m Hurdles Semi Finals

Russia's latest world record holder Yuliya PECHONKINA looks an odds on bet for the gold medal as she cruised through the second semi-final of the women's 400m hurdles in awesome style in 53.57, two tenths of a second quicker than anyone else in the round.

Australia's Commonwealth Games champion Jana PITTMAN looks likely to be her closest challenger, as she took the first semi in 53.77, but not without a struggle as USA's Sandra GLOVER also went under 54 seconds.

Pechonkina, running in lane four, went out hard from the gun chasing Ionela TIRLEA. The Romanian led over the first couple of barriers but Pechonkina was taking it easy. By the half way mark she?d made up the stagger and as they entered the home straight she was striding out, some five metres ahead of the field. Behind her, Raasin MCINTOSH of the USA clipped her trail leg on hurdle eight and crashed to the track.

By the last hurdle the Russian was a good ten metres ahead, and eased off on the run-in. Tirlea won the battle between the chasers, finishing second in 54.84 ahead of Surita FEBRAIO (RSA), who ran 55.18. Andrea BLACKETT (BAR)claimed the last qualifying spot with 55.18 in fourth, while a personal best 55.35 from Germany's Stephanie KAMPF wasn't good enough for the final.

In the first heat, Pittman in lane three, and Glover, in four, went out hard from the start, as did Britain's Natasha DANVERS in the outside lane. Pittman reached half way marginally ahead, and these three came into the home straight together. Glover edged herself in front, but Pittman hung on and overhauled her on the run-in. Glover clocked a season's best 53.90 in second.

Danvers hit the last barrier hard, lost her balance and almost stumbled into lane seven, allowing Russia?s Tetiana TERESCHUK-ANTIPOVA to come through for third in a season?s best 54.26. Germany's Heike MEISSNER appeared to take the fourth qualifying place, running her best of the year, 55.00, but was later disqualified for her trail leg below the height of the hurdle, allowing Kazakhstan's Natalya TORSHINA a place in the final. Danvers finished seventh in 55.48, later upgraded to sixth.

  Heat 1
1 Jana Rawlinson AUS 9 Nov 82 53.77 Q
2 Sandra Glover USA 30 Dec 68 53.90 Q
3 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 54.26 Q
4 Natalya Alimzhanova KAZ 4 Oct 68 55.24 Q
5 Joanna Hayes USA 23 Dec 76 55.35
6 Tasha Danvers GBR 19 Sep 77 55.48
7 Cora Olivero ESP 28 Aug 78 55.82
Heike Meißner GER 29 Jan 70 DQ
  Heat 2
1 Yuliya Pechonkina RUS 21 Apr 78 53.57 Q
2 Ionela Tîrlea ROU 9 Feb 76 54.84 Q
3 Surita Febbraio RSA 27 Dec 73 55.18 Q
4 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 55.33 Q
5 Stephanie Kampf GER 25 Apr 78 55.35
6 Allison Beckford JAM 8 May 79 55.76
7 Małgorzata Pskit POL 25 May 76 56.21
Raasin McIntosh USA 29 Apr 82 DNF
  Heats 24 August

Women 400m Hurdles Heats

Russian world record holder, Yuliya Pechonkina, looks untouchable in the women's 400m hurdles, after a strong heat this morning run in 54.01.

Pechonkina, returning to competition after a period of illness, ran a smooth and controlled race and may challenge her recent world record time of 52.34 at these Championships.

Her main rivals all made it through the heats but not without some nervous moments.

Australian Jana Pittman was good in the early stages of the race but struggled with her stride pattern in the final stretch to clock 54.80. While she always seemed sure of victory, she can't afford to lose those precious seconds if she wants to challenge Pechonkina.

Britain's world number four, Natasha Danvers, was lucky to scrape into the semi-finals as a fastest loser. Running out very hard, she faded in the final stages to finish fourth in her heat with 56.02. Surita Febbraio (RSA), who is having her best season, was the winner in 55.41.

Olympic and World Championship finalist, Ionela Tirlea (ROM) went out at a blistering pace in her heat but was run down in the final stages by seasoned performer, Sandra Glover (USA). Tirlea, the world number three, having run 53.87 this year, clocked 54.95 to Glover's 54.48s. Poland's Malgorzata Pskit ran a season best 55.18 to finish third.
  Heat 1
1 Yuliya Pechonkina RUS 21 Apr 78 54.01 Q
2 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 55.28 Q
3 Joanna Hayes USA 23 Dec 76 56.10 Q
4 Andri Sialou CYP 27 Jan 73 56.11
5 Rebecca Wardell NZL 21 Dec 77 56.51
6 Monika Niederstätter ITA 2 Mar 74 56.62
7 Salhate Djamalidine COM 23 Dec 78 58.91
  Heat 2
1 Surita Febbraio RSA 27 Dec 73 55.41 Q
2 Heike Meißner GER 29 Jan 70 55.80 Q
3 Natalya Alimzhanova KAZ 4 Oct 68 55.86 Q
4 Tasha Danvers GBR 19 Sep 77 56.02 q
5 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 56.05 q
6 Tacko Diouf SEN 17 Oct 76 56.22
7 Jessica Miller URU 24 Dec 85 61.03
8 Diala Al Chabi LIB 2 Jan 79 62.90
  Heat 3
1 Jana Rawlinson AUS 9 Nov 82 54.80 Q
2 Raasin McIntosh USA 29 Apr 82 55.53 Q
3 Stephanie Kampf GER 25 Apr 78 55.79 Q
4 Anna Jesień POL 10 Dec 78 56.07
6 Ieva Zunda LAT 20 Jul 78 63.55
6 Velveth Moreno PAN 28 Sep 80 63.55
Yvonne Harrison PUR 2 Dec 75 DNF
  Heat 4
1 Sandra Glover USA 30 Dec 68 54.48 Q
2 Ionela Tîrlea ROU 9 Feb 76 54.98 Q
3 Małgorzata Pskit POL 25 May 76 55.18 Q
4 Allison Beckford JAM 8 May 79 55.75 q
5 Cora Olivero ESP 28 Aug 78 55.95 q
6 Makiko Yoshida JPN 16 Jul 76 57.08
7 Aïssata Soulama BUR 11 Feb 79 61.86

Heat 1 24 AUG 2003 10:00

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 573 Monika Niederstatter ITA ITA 55.10 55.41
3 215 Salhate Djamaldine COM COM 57.97 57.97
4 808 Rebecca Wardell NZL NZL 56.25 56.25
5 933 Yuliya Pechonkina RUS RUS 52.34 52.34
6 1134 Joanna Hayes USA USA 54.57 54.66
7 1102 Tetiana Tereschuk-Antipova UKR UKR 53.40 54.96
8 248 Androula Sialou CYP CYP 55.25 55.42

Heat 2 24 AUG 2003 10:07

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 893 Surita Febbraio RSA RSA 54.05 54.05
2 980 Mame Tacko Diouf SEN SEN 54.75 55.67
3 686 Diala El Chab LBN LBN 1:00.96  
4 450 Heike Meissner GER GER 54.03 55.22
5 640 Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova KAZ KAZ 54.50 55.86
6 389 Tasha Danvers GBR GBR 54.02 54.02
7 75 Andrea Blackett BAR BAR 53.36 55.24
8 1115 Jessica Miller URU URU 1:00.45 1:00.99

Heat 3 24 AUG 2003 10:14

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 1145 Raasin McIntosh USA USA 54.60 54.60
3 442 Stephanie Kampf GER GER 55.46 55.46
4 814 Velveth Moreno PAN PAN 58.67 58.67
5 43 Jana Pittman AUS AUS 53.62 53.62
6 835 Anna Jesien POL POL 55.11 55.38
7 677 Ieva Zunda LAT LAT 56.11 56.11
8 864 Yvonne Harrison PUR PUR 55.03 55.03

Heat 4 24 AUG 2003 10:21

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
2 141 Aïssata Soulama BUR BUR 59.20 59.20
3 1132 Sandra Glover USA USA 53.33 54.15
4 887 Ionela Târlea ROU ROU 53.25 53.87
5 589 Allison Beckford JAM JAM 55.12 55.12
6 839 Malgorzata Pskit POL POL 55.04 55.29
7 623 Makiko Yoshida JPN JPN 55.89 55.89
8 301 Cora Olivero ESP ESP 55.65 55.65
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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