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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

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

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: First round (First 4 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 10)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005 Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Aug 11)
Nations participating: 196  
Athletes participating: 1,891  
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
In previous championships Pechonkina had often under-performed when it came to finals. In Helsinki she was much the quickest in the heats before running the fastest time of the semis with 53.86, beating Demus handily. There was drama at the start of the final when twice Pechonkina was warned that her foot was illegally placed in her blocks at the “set” stage. Out in lane eight, Demus led for the first half of the race, and then Pechonkina’s power began to tell, and she won by 3m from Demus, who had to close strongly to take the silver from 36 year-old Sandra Glover. A United States protest that Pechonkina’s lead leg had gone round the first hurdle was rejected.
 The women's 400 metres hurdles event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 10, 11 and 13.
 
  400m Hurdles     13 August    
  Final          

Event - Report - Women 400m Hurdles Final

Third Time Lucky for Pechonkina

Although acknowledged as one of the top exponents of the women’s 400 hurdles the last three years, it was not until tonight that Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) could display tangible evidence of her superiority with a gold medal to hang on the wall of her Moscow flat.

Despite owning the world record since midway through the 2003 season, the 27-year-old had since missed out on two opportunities in global championships, winning only the bronze in Paris later that season and then finishing eighth at the Athens Olympics, both efforts being hampered by sudden physical ailments. 

Tonight, Pechonkina refused to accept anything but the top step on the victory platform, as she finished strongly over the final five hurdles, overtaking early leader Lashinda Demus (USA) and speeding to the finish in a world-leading 52.90. 

Not able to respond to the Russian’s late attack, Demus finished in a PB 53.27 for the silver medal, while the Paris silver medallist, Sandra Glover (USA), dropped one place to take the bronze in 53.32, also a career best.

Demus, who had run conservatively in the semifinals and had drawn lane eight tonight as a result, was forced to return to her usual fast-starting tactics since the rest of the field was out of her view. 

The 22-year-old American sailed down the backstretch in the lead, as Pechonkina and Glover matched each other well until the fourth barrier when the Russian began to move ahead of Glover. 

Pechonkina’s radar quickly locked in on Demus in the middle of the curve, and that’s when the Russian may have had flashback reminders of Paris and Athens.  She didn’t fall short this time.   With her arms swinging wildly like windmills, she finally was able to cross the finish line a winner as she dipped under 53 seconds for the only time other than in her world record.

“I have been waiting for this gold medal for two years now,” a relieved Pechonkina said afterwards.  “I did not run a perfect race.  There were some technical aspects I could have done better, and I feel like thre is still a lot left in me.” 

The Russian didn’t seem concerned that Demus blazed to an early lead, possibly because she knew that this was frequently the American’s style.  “My tactic was to start easy and finish strong,” she said, and it was the correct recipe for success tonight. 

For Demus, tonight’s silver medal wiped out the bad memory of her semifinal elimination last year in Athens.   The winner of the world junior championships three years ago, Demus found solace in her personal-best time and a silver medal.  “It was difficult to run in lane eight where I could not see the others,” she admitted.  “If I had been in any other lane, I could seen someone else.  It would have been easier.  I could have run smarter.” 

Regarding Pechonkina’s final kick which led to the gold, Demus critiqued, “I think I started my kick a little too early.  Otherwise, I might had had more to give at the finish.”

For the nearly 37-year-old Glover, the bronze medal was an award with which “I cannot be disappointed, since I ran a personal best.  I still think there is a lot more to come.” 

Winning the secondary race behind the medallists was Anna Jesien (POL) with 54.17, ahead of Huang Xiaoxiao (CHN) in 54.57. 

1 Yuliya Pechonkina RUS 21 Apr 78 52.90    
2 Lashinda Demus USA 10 Mar 83 53.27    
3 Sandra Glover USA 30 Dec 68 53.32    
4 Anna Jesień POL 10 Dec 78 54.17    
5 Huang Xiaoxiao CHN 3 Mar 83 54.57    
6 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 55.06    
7 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 55.09    
8 Małgorzata Pskit POL 25 May 76 55.58    
  Semifinals     11 August    

Event Report - Women 400m Hurdles Semi Finals

The opening race was a virtual dead heat between Anna Jesien (POL) and Huang Xiaoxiao (CHN).  The Pole overtook the Chinese hurdler at the last moment as both were given identical 54.34 times.  For the extremely elated Huang, it was a personal best and only her second lifetime performance under 55 seconds.    She had held the lead for most of the second half of the race, losing it only in the last metre. 

Andrea Blackett (BAR), running in an outside lane, sprinted hard on the run-in to take third in a season-best 54.79, as one of the early leaders, Athens bronze winner Tetiana Tereschuk-Antipova (UKR), faded in the final metres to finish fourth with 55.13.  Both Blackett and Tereschuk-Antipova ultimately advanced to the final based on their times. 

Shauna Smith (USA), pinned to the curb in lane one, never could get into the race, and despite her relatively high position on the year list she finished seventh in 55.97. 

Paris silver medallist Sandra Glover (USA), competing in the second heat, ran a even race and was rewarded with a lopsided 54.16 win, as Malgorzata Pskit (POL) took the important second-place (and auto-qualifying) spot with a distant 55.20. 

Tawa Dortch (CAN), from her position on the outside, had led the race up through the eighth barrier, but she ran out of energy and finished fourth in 55.58, still a PB, being pipped just before the finish by Benedetta Ceccarelli (ITA) in 55.41. 

World-leader and world-record holder, Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS), stutter-stepped the first hurdle, giving an ephemeral lead to Marta Chrust-Rozej (POL) running on the outside of the Russian.  However, by the third barrier, Pechonkina was back in synch and sailed to a 53.86 win, the fastest of the day.

Lashinda Demus dispensed with her usual hell-bent tactics, going instead for a certain qualifying spot by easily finishing second in 55.00, ahead of Surita Febbraio (RSA) with 55.74 and Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes (JAM) at 55.96.   Chrust-Rozej, after her momentary lead, faded to sixth in 56.80.

  Heat 1          
1 Anna Jesień POL 10 Dec 78 54.34   Q
2 Huang Xiaoxiao CHN 3 Mar 83 54.34   Q
3 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 54.79   q
4 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 55.13   q
5 Claudia Marx GER 16 Sep 78 55.64    
6 Marjolein de Jong NED 12 Jun 81 55.92    
7 Shauna Smith USA 10 Sep 83 55.97    
8 Monika Niederstätter ITA 2 Mar 74 56.14    
  Heat 2          
1 Sandra Glover USA 30 Dec 68 54.16   Q
2 Małgorzata Pskit POL 25 May 76 55.20   Q
3 Benedetta Ceccarelli ITA 23 Jan 80 55.41    
4 Tawa Dortch CAN 19 Dec 79 55.58    
5 Oksana Gulumyan RUS 8 Dec 82 56.12    
6 Shevon Stoddart JAM 21 Nov 82 56.49    
7 Hristína Hantzí-Neag GRE 26 Dec 76 57.11    
  Nicola Sanders GBR 23 Jun 82 DQ    
  Heat 3          
1 Yuliya Pechonkina RUS 21 Apr 78 53.86   Q
2 Lashinda Demus USA 10 Mar 83 55.00   Q
3 Surita Febbraio RSA 27 Dec 73 55.74    
4 Debbie Parris-Thymes JAM 24 Mar 73 55.96    
5 Cora Olivero ESP 28 Aug 78 56.47    
6 Marta Chrust-Rożej POL 29 Sep 78 56.80    
7 Zuzana Hejnová CZE 19 Dec 86 57.29    
  Louise Gundert SWE 31 Jul 80 DQ    
  Heats     10 August    

Event Reports - Women 400m Hurdles Heats

For all her fast times, world record holder Yulia Pechonkina RUS has yet to win a big championship. She came closest in 2001 when she took silver in Edmonton and followed that with bronze in Paris. In the Olympics she was a disappointing eighth.

She came to these championships with a best of 53.01 seconds from her win in the Russian championships. Nothing new there and nothing new in the way she attacked her opening race in the Finnish capital. In the first heat of the morning she ran with her usual extravagance, hitting the line yards ahead in 53.77 seconds.

On a cold, windy morning no one else was to come close. Not even Lashinda Demus USA, the pre-championships favourite, who was almost two seconds slower and who could blame her? This was no time for heroics, more containment and then back into the warmth.

One athlete who has been quietly pegging away in her accustomed organised way, Sandra Glover USA, had the second fastest qualifying time of 55.31.

Glover has played a waiting game this summer of peaking at just the right time. Only third in the US champs and third in Rome, she went to the final Golden League meeting before these championships in Oslo and destroyed Demus’s unbeaten record who could manage no better than third in a race she completely misjudged.

Other heat winners were Anna Jesien POL, 55.79, Demus, 56.63, and Tatiana Tereschuk-Antipova UKR, 56.16.
  Heat 1          
1 Yuliya Pechonkina RUS 21 Apr 78 53.77   Q
2 Małgorzata Pskit POL 25 May 76 55.72   Q
3 Hristína Hantzí-Neag GRE 26 Dec 76 56.15   Q
4 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 56.32   Q
5 Claudia Marx GER 16 Sep 78 56.60   q
6 Nicola Sanders GBR 23 Jun 82 56.83   q
7 Norasheela Mohd Khalid MAS 27 Sep 79 57.58    
  Heat 2          
1 Anna Jesień POL 10 Dec 78 55.79   Q
2 Benedetta Ceccarelli ITA 23 Jan 80 56.00   Q
3 Louise Gundert SWE 31 Jul 80 56.53   Q
4 Tawa Dortch CAN 19 Dec 79 56.54   Q
5 Shevon Stoddart JAM 21 Nov 82 56.55   q
6 Jessica Aguilera NCA 26 Jun 85 64.43    
  Wang Xing CHN 30 Nov 86 DQ    
  Heat 3          
1 Sandra Glover USA 30 Dec 68 55.31   Q
2 Surita Febbraio RSA 27 Dec 73 55.89   Q
3 Marta Chrust-Rożej POL 29 Sep 78 56.35   Q
4 Zuzana Hejnová CZE 19 Dec 86 56.86   Q
5 Cora Olivero ESP 28 Aug 78 56.96   q
6 Natalya Alimzhanova KAZ 4 Oct 68 58.26    
7 Salhate Djamalidine COM 23 Dec 78 60.33    
  Heat 4          
1 Lashinda Demus USA 10 Mar 83 56.63   Q
2 Marjolein de Jong NED 12 Jun 81 56.95   Q
3 Oksana Gulumyan RUS 8 Dec 82 57.21   Q
4 Debbie Parris-Thymes JAM 24 Mar 73 58.27   Q
5 Josanne Lucas TTO 14 May 84 58.99    
6 Aïssata Soulama BUR 11 Feb 79 59.28    
7 Ilona Punkkinen FIN 28 Oct 82 59.42    
  Heat 5          
1 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 56.16   Q
2 Huang Xiaoxiao CHN 3 Mar 83 56.56   Q
3 Monika Niederstätter ITA 2 Mar 74 57.18   Q
4 Shauna Smith USA 10 Sep 83 58.33   Q
5 Vania Stambolova BUL 28 Nov 83 58.99    
- Yevgeniya Isakova RUS   DNS    
- Thi Nu Nguyen VIE   DNS    

 Startlist

 

 
Heat 1
Wednesday 10 August 2005 - 13:00
Lane Bib Athlete Country 2005 Personal
2 28 Andrea Blackett BAR 54.79 53.36
3 561 Malgorzata Pskit POL 55.03 54.75
4 650 Yuliya Pechenkina RUS 52.90 52.34
5 294 Claudia Marx GER 55.59 54.80
6 322 Hristína Hantzí-Neag GRE 56.15 55.94
7 489 Noraseela Mohd Khalid MAS 56.39 56.02
8 282 Nicola Sanders GBR 55.61 55.32
 
Heat 2
Wednesday 10 August 2005 - 13:08
Lane Bib Athlete Country 2005 Personal
2 371 Benedetta Ceccarelli ITA 54.79 54.79
3 418 Shevon Stoddart JAM 54.47 54.47
4 551 Anna Jesien POL 53.96 53.86
5 119 Xing Wang CHN 54.40 54.40
6 707 Louise Gundert SWE 56.20 56.20
7 94 Tawa Dortch CAN 55.58 55.58
8 508 Jessica Aguilera NCA 1:04.43 1:04.43
 
Heat 3
Wednesday 10 August 2005 - 13:16
Lane Bib Athlete Country 2005 Personal
2 194 Cora Olivero ESP 55.27 55.27
3 606 Surita Febbraio RSA 54.60 54.05
4 140 Salhate Djamaldine COM 58.27 57.97
5 795 Sandra Glover USA 53.32 53.32
6 447 Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova KAZ 56.43 54.50
7 546 Marta Chrust-Rozej POL 55.49 55.49
8 163 Zuzana Hejnová CZE 55.89 55.04
 
Heat 4
Wednesday 10 August 2005 - 13:24
Lane Bib Athlete Country 2005 Personal
2 90 Aïssata Soulama BUR 56.45 55.49
3 510 Marjolein de Jong NED 55.64 55.64
4 415 Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes JAM 54.96 53.88
5 221 Ilona Ranta FIN 57.24 56.48
6 786 Lashinda Demus USA 53.27 53.02
7 628 Oksana Gulumyan RUS 55.16 55.16
8 732 Josanne Lucas TRI 55.59 55.29
 
Heat 5
Wednesday 10 August 2005 - 13:32
Lane Bib Athlete Country 2005 Personal
2 87 Vania Stambolova BUL 56.29 54.55
3 758 Tetiana Tereschuk-Antipova UKR 55.09 53.37
4 845 Thi Nu Nguyen VIE   58.44
5 389 Monika Niederstatter ITA 55.95 55.10
6 631 Yevgeniya Isakova RUS 54.39 53.93
7 111 Xiaoxiao Huang CHN 54.18 54.00
8 828 Shauna Smith USA 54.21 54.21

 

 

 

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