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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's 400m

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 3 & 6 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 7)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 8)
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Although Williams-Darling and Richards had traded wins during the season, Richards was probably a slight favourite by dint of her faster seasonal best (49.28 versus 49.69). Pospelova was the only athlete under 51 seconds in the heats, with 50.80. The serious running began the next day. Richards and Williams-Darling pleased their supporters with Richards winning the first race in 50.05 after easing down, while the Olympic Champion swept away the opposition in the last heat, passing 300m in 35.5 before finishing in 49.69. Pospelova won the other semi in 50.34. For Thiam, Guevara and Zykina this was their third final. Richards was out fastest, and led at 200m 23.5, with Pospelova and WilliamsDarling her closest pursuers. At 300m Richards still led, but the margin was now only one metre as Williams-Darling began to edge closer to the lead.
 She caught Richards with 30m to go and won by 1½m from the American, with Guevara, the fastest over the last 100m, third just behind Richards. Pospelova placed fourth, nearly 10m ahead of Trotter, while Zykina was sixth – for the third championship in a row! An emotional Williams-Darling first shouted “what!” repeatedly after winning, before mouthing the words “thank you.”
 The women's 400 metres at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held on August 7, 8 and 10 at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.
 
  400m 10 August
  Final

Event Report - Women 400m Final

Olympic champion grabs world crown

Tonique Williams-Darling added the world 400m title to the Olympic crown she won last year in one of the most thrilling races of the world Championships so far on a rain soaked track at Helsinki’s Olympic stadium.

The Bahamian came from behind over the last 50 metres to overcome this year’s world leader and pre-event favourite Sanya Richards in 49.55, her best of the year.

Richards of the USA took the silver in 49.74 while defending champion Ana Guevara of Mexico claimed the bronze with her best run of the year, 49.81. Williams-Darling now joins Perec and Cathey Freeman in holding both titles simultaneously.

The race was expected to be a battle between the three eventual medallists, who have taken turns dominating this event over the last three years. Indeed, with the world champion, the Olympic champion and the top six women in the world this year, the final truly lived up to its billing, as the athletes refused to be washed by the increasingly heavy rain.

Williams-Darling, in lane six, went out hard, as did Richards in two while Guevara started slowly. Williams-Darling was marginally ahead at 200m, but Russia’s Svetlana Pospelova, in lane five then began to move up.

Richards ran the quickest bend and entered the home straight ahead as behind her Guevara began to fight back, desperate to defend her title. She caught Pospelova, but Williams-Darling had saved some strength and came again on the outside as the American faded for the first time this year.

The Bahamian crossed the line with a look of wonder and disbelief on her face before falling to her knees and kissing the sodden track.

1 Tonique Williams-Darling BAH 17 Jan 76 49.55
2 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 26 Feb 85 49.74
3 Ana Guevara MEX 4 Mar 77 49.81
4 Svetlana Pospelova RUS 24 Dec 79 50.11
5 Deedee Trotter USA 8 Dec 82 51.14
6 Olesya Zykina RUS 7 Oct 80 51.24
7 Monique Henderson USA 18 Feb 83 51.77
8 Amy Mbacké Thiam SEN 10 Nov 76 52.22
  Semifinals 8 August

Event Report - Women 400m Semi Finals

Champions lineup for allstar final
 
The semi-finals of any World Championship event are always going to be tough, but with just the first two in the three races plus the two fastest losers progressing to Wednesday's final, some hard running was going to be required to make the last eight.

The Clyde Hart-trained Sanya Richards, the fastest in the world this year, duly confirmed her status in the first semi-final, looking comfortable operating close to 50-second pace, the American clocking 50.05, as behind her the race for the second qualifying slot was a desperate battle down the straight, where Russia's Natalya Antyukh faded in the final 20 metres to be passed by Senegal's 2001 World champion, Amy Mbacke Thiam, who clocked her best performance of 2005, 50.83 to her rival's 50.99.

While the evening was, thankfully, dry, the blustery wind that had blown away the rain clouds was also proving something of a problem for the one-lap runners in gauging their pace, and in the second semi-final, it appeared for a while that Svetlana Pospelova might have made a terrible misjudgement, as she overcame the stagger on the three lanes outside her, including the United States' DeeDee Trotter, before the race was half over.

And wile the Russian clearly tied up in the closing stages, sh was strong enough to bring the race home in 50.34, with Trotter cutting back her advantage all the way home (50.73), with Christine Amertil, the world indoor silver medallist from Bahamas, being left to wait to see if she would o through as a fast loser.

She would not, for what followed in the third semi-final was a quite dazzling run from Olympic champion Tonique Williams-Darling.

The Bahamas runner came into the home straight some even or eight metres clear, and was able to brake across the finishing line as the clock stopped at 49.69sec - matching the 29-year-old's season's best.

Behind her, Ana Guevera, Mexico's 2003 World champion, was demonstrating typically strong running, charging through from fourth to second down the home straight, passing Olesya Zykina and Monique Henderson before crossing the line in 50.33, to her clear delight. Zykina and Henderson both gained consolation in their identical finishing times: 50.73 qualified them for the final as fastest losers.

  Heat 1
1 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 26 Feb 85 50.05 Q
2 Amy Mbacké Thiam SEN 10 Nov 76 50.83 Q
3 Natalya Antyukh RUS 26 Jun 81 50.99
4 Nawal Al-Jak SUD 17 Oct 88 51.85
5 Tiandra Ponteen SKN 9 Nov 84 51.88
6 Shericka Williams JAM 17 Sep 85 52.44
7 Donna Fraser GBR 7 Nov 72 52.48
8 Anna Kozak BLR 22 Jun 74 52.73
  Heat 2
1 Svetlana Pospelova RUS 24 Dec 79 50.34 Q
2 Deedee Trotter USA 8 Dec 82 50.73 Q
3 Christine Amertil BAH 18 Aug 79 51.03
4 Christine Ohuruogu GBR 17 May 84 51.43
5 Lorraine Fenton JAM 8 Sep 73 51.48
6 Kaltouma Nadjina CHA 16 Nov 76 52.07
7 Fatou Binetou Fall SEN 23 Aug 81 52.35
8 Anna Guzowska POL 15 Jan 80 52.45
  Heat 3
1 Tonique Williams-Darling BAH 17 Jan 76 49.69 Q
2 Ana Guevara MEX 4 Mar 77 50.33 Q
3 Olesya Zykina RUS 7 Oct 80 50.73 q
4 Monique Henderson USA 18 Feb 83 50.73 q
5 Ilona Usovich BLR 14 Nov 82 50.96
6 Lee McConnell GBR 9 Oct 78 51.15
7 Lucimar Teodoro BRA 1 May 81 51.98
8 Karen Shinkins IRL 15 Oct 76 52.17
  Heats 7 August

Event Report - Women 400 metres Heats

Top names dominate women’s 400m heats

Three different women have dominated the 400m over the last three seasons and all three sailed through this morning’s heats at Helsinki’s Olympic stadium. Mexico’s Ana Guevara, Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas and Sanya Richards of the United States all made impressive starts to their World Championships campaigns, winning their heats and clocking the fourth, third and second fastest times of the day respectively.

Guevara was unbeatable two years ago and ended the 2003 season as a world champion with 29 successive wins behind her. She began her title defence this morning just as the overnight downpour cleared and Finnish-blue skies crept out from behind the clouds.

It may not have been Mexican weather but Guevara was hot enough. Running in the outside lane of the first heat, she cruised through her opening race in 51.14. In complete control, she had time to look around at her opponents 50 metres from the line and jog home.

Guevara was followed across the line by Christine Amertil, the world indoor silver medallist from Bahamas. But it was another Bahaman who replaced Guevara as world number one last year. Williams-Darling pipped the Mexican to the Olympic title and won all the IAAF’s Golden League meetings in 2004.

The Bahamas runner has been in great form again this season and won heat four this morning in 51.04. Williams-Darling ran conservatively over the first 300m, but changed up a gear in the home straight to pull well clear of the field, with Russia’s Olesya Zykina in second.

This year number one status has passed to Richards, a former Jamaican who has benefited from switching coaches last November to Clyde Hart, the man who guided Michael Johnson and now steers the career of Jeremy Wariner, the men’s Olympic Champion.

Having won world and Olympic relay golds while still a teenager, Richards has taken one-lap running by storm in her first year on the senior circuit, running the quickest time in the world, 49.28, more than four tenths of a second faster than her nearest rival.

She didn’t need that sort of speed here, and ran a relaxed race to win heat five in 51.00 ahead of the 2001 World Champion Amy Mbacke Thiam of Senegal. That was the second fastest time of the round and looked extremely easy.

The quickest was set by Svetlana Pospelova who also looked very strong. The Russian strode through to the next round without trouble, winning heat three in 50.80, a full second outside her best time of the year.

The European indoor champion, Pospelova has been undefeated in 2005, clocking a sub-50 second time for the first time in her life at the Russian Championships. She looks capable of doing so again whenever it’s needed.

Pospelova’s compatriot Natalya Antyukh won the final heat in 51.38, ahead of USA’s Monique Henderson. Henderson is one of the five women who have broken 50 seconds this year and another of those, fellow-American Dee Dee Trotter, won the second heat in 51.44.

A time of 52.20 was needed to qualify for Monday’s semi-finals.

  Heat 1
1 Ana Guevara MEX 4 Mar 77 51.14 Q
2 Christine Amertil BAH 18 Aug 79 51.35 Q
3 Fatou Binetou Fall SEN 23 Aug 81 51.45 Q
4 Donna Fraser GBR 7 Nov 72 51.68 q
5 Anna Guzowska POL 15 Jan 80 52.20 q
6 Dímitra Dóva GRE 2 Jul 74 52.29
7 Egle Uljas EST 18 Dec 84 52.94
8 Kou Luogon LBR 11 Jun 84 54.85
  Heat 2
1 Deedee Trotter USA 8 Dec 82 51.44 Q
2 Christine Ohuruogu GBR 17 May 84 51.76 Q
3 Karen Shinkins IRL 15 Oct 76 51.82 Q
4 Kaltouma Nadjina CHA 16 Nov 76 51.88 q
5 Lucimar Teodoro BRA 1 May 81 52.19 q
6 Asami Chiba JPN 25 Sep 85 52.80
7 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni TOG 21 Apr 76 53.39
8 Gayane Bulghadaryan ARM 15 Mar 86 59.46
  Heat 3
1 Svetlana Pospelova RUS 24 Dec 79 50.80 Q
2 Tiandra Ponteen SKN 9 Nov 84 51.37 Q
3 Nawal Al-Jak SUD 17 Oct 88 51.61 Q
4 María Laura Almirão BRA 20 Sep 77 52.69
5 Libania Grenot CUB 12 Jul 83 53.05
6 Barbara Petráhn HUN 16 Sep 78 53.09
7 Kirsi Mykkänen FIN 7 Feb 78 53.10
8 Shifana Ali MDV 6 Jun 84 61.55
  Heat 4
1 Tonique Williams-Darling BAH 17 Jan 76 51.04 Q
2 Olesya Zykina RUS 7 Oct 80 51.59 Q
3 Shericka Williams JAM 17 Sep 85 52.07 Q
4 Anna Kozak BLR 22 Jun 74 52.19 q
5 Grażyna Prokopek-Janáček POL 20 Apr 77 52.39
6 Solen Désert-Mariller FRA 2 Aug 82 52.94
7 Amantle Montsho BOT 4 Jul 83 53.97
  Heat 5
1 Sanya Richards-Ross USA 26 Feb 85 51.00 Q
2 Amy Mbacké Thiam SEN 10 Nov 76 51.66 Q
3 Lorraine Fenton JAM 8 Sep 73 52.07 Q
4 Hazel-Ann Regis-Buckels GRN 1 Feb 81 52.51
5 Antonina Yefremova UKR 19 Jul 81 52.89
6 Aliann Pompey GUY 9 Mar 78 53.12
7 Estie Wittstock RSA 15 Sep 80 53.28
  Heat 6
1 Natalya Antyukh RUS 26 Jun 81 51.38 Q
2 Monique Henderson USA 18 Feb 83 51.65 Q
3 Ilona Usovich BLR 14 Nov 82 51.66 Q
4 Lee McConnell GBR 9 Oct 78 52.00 q
5 Ronetta Smith JAM 2 May 80 52.26
6 Kineke Alexander VIN 21 Feb 86 54.45
7 Mounira Al-Saleh SYR 18 May 86 55.83
Hortense Béwouda CMR 19 Oct 78 DNF

Heat 1 07 AUG 2005 11:55

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 548 Anna Guzowska POL POL 51.29 51.29
2 471 Kou Luogon LBR LBR 54.11 54.11
3 680 Fatou Bintou Fall SEN SEN 50.62 51.81
4 320 Dímitra Dóva GRE GRE 51.89 51.89
5 18 Christine Amertil BAH BAH 50.17 50.32
6 199 Egle Uljas EST EST 51.91 53.60
7 266 Donna Fraser GBR GBR 49.79 51.27
8 493 Ana Guevara MEX MEX 48.89 50.05

Heat 2 07 AUG 2005 12:02

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 277 Christine Ohuruogu GBR GBR 50.50 50.73
2 728 Sandrine Thiébaud-Kangni TOG TOG 52.50 53.34
3 834 Deedee Trotter USA USA 49.88 49.88
4 364 Karen Shinkins IRL IRL 51.07 51.59
5 106 Kaltouma Nadjina CHA CHA 50.38 51.33
6 8 Gayane Bulghadaryan ARM ARM 58.60 58.60
7 430 Asami Chiba JPN JPN 51.93 51.93
8 71 Lucimar Teodoro BRA BRA 51.23 51.23

Heat 3 07 AUG 2005 12:09

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 696 Nawal El Jack SUD SUD 51.19 51.19
2 64 Maria Laura Almirão BRA BRA 51.30 51.30
3 223 Kirsi Mykkänen FIN FIN 52.27 52.64
4 153 Libania Grenot CUB CUB 51.53 51.53
5 351 Barbara Petráhn HUN HUN 51.85 52.06
6 653 Svetlana Pospelova RUS RUS 49.80 49.80
7 686 Tiandra Ponteen SKN SKN 50.83 50.83
8 492 Shifana Ali MDV MDV 1:00.92 1:03.08

Heat 4 07 AUG 2005 12:16

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 62 Amantle Montsho BOT BOT 52.59 52.59
3 413 Shericka Williams JAM JAM 50.97 50.97
4 45 Anna Kozak BLR BLR 51.36 51.36
5 242 Solene Désert-Mariller FRA FRA 51.52 51.52
6 657 Olesya Zykina RUS RUS 50.15 50.85
7 27 Tonique Williams-Darling BAH BAH 49.07 49.69
8 560 Grazyna Prokopek POL POL 51.29 52.09

Heat 5 07 AUG 2005 12:23

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
2 401 Lorraine Fenton JAM JAM 49.30 50.95
3 767 Antonina Yefremova UKR UKR 50.70 51.40
4 344 Aliann Pompey GUY GUY 50.93 51.43
5 684 Amy Mbacke Thiam SEN SEN 49.86 50.92
6 819 Sanya Richards-Ross USA USA 49.28 49.28
7 339 Hazel Regis-Buckels GRN GRN 50.64 50.92i
8 611 Estie Wittstock RSA RSA 51.48 52.21

Heat 6 07 AUG 2005 12:30

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 48 Ilona Usovich BLR BLR 51.30 51.30
2 128 Hortense Bewouda CMR CMR 51.04 53.60
3 720 Munira Saleh SYR SYR 55.30 55.30
4 799 Monique Henderson USA USA 49.96 49.96
5 409 Ronetta Smith JAM JAM 51.23 51.23
6 274 Lee McConnell GBR GBR 50.82 51.72
7 615 Natalya Antyukh RUS RUS 49.85 50.67
8 846 Kineke Alexander VIN VIN 51.71 51.71
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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