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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Women's 400m Hurdles

 

 

Host City: Athens. Greece Format: First round (First 3 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Aug 5)
Dates: August 1–10. 1997 Format: Semi-finals (First 4 to final) (Aug 6)
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
The form book pointed to a battle royal between defending champion and world record holder Batten and her Olympic conqueror Hemmings. They did indeed battle it out far ahead of the rest until Batten made a serious mistake at the eighth hurdle and the Jamaican appeared to have the race locked up. However. Bidouane – who had pulled off a shock win over Batten and Hemmings in Rome in June – had other ideas. Buoyed up by an African record of 53.48 in winning her semi. the Moroccan took no notice of her rivals’ furious pace – touching down after the sixth hurdle in 28.44 as against Hemmings’ 27.76 – and consequently found herself with plenty left for the closing stages. A distant fourth entering the finishing straight. she drew level with Batten at the last hurdle and edged past an astonished Hemmings in the final few strides for victory in 52.97. Until this race Bidouane’s international championship career had hardly set the world aflame. A semi-finalist at the 1991 Worlds and 1992 Olympics. she failed to finish her heat at the 1993 World Championships. was disqualified in her heat two years later and had to miss the Atlanta Olympics because of Achilles tendon surgery. She became the second Moroccan woman to win a major 400m hurdles title. Nawal El Moutawakel having triumphed at the 1984 Olympics. A sad footnote: Making an encouraging comeback after injury. Gunnell (the 1993 champion in world record time) clocked her best time for three years with 54.53 in her heat only to re-injure herself warming down and being forced to withdraw from her semi-final. It was the end of a brilliant career.
 These are the results of the Women's 400 metres hurdles event at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics in Athens. Greece.
 
  400m Hurdles 8 August

Event report women 400 m hurdles final

Moroccan Nezha Bidouane won the first women’s gold medal in the World Championships for her country by winning the 400 metres hurdles in a new African record of 52.97. Running from lane 3, Bidouane seemed out of contention in the initial stages, and by the 200 metres mark she was a well back in 4th place. The 1996 Olympic champion, Jamaican Deon Hemmings was the early leader, with the defending champion, 1997 world leader and world record holder, American Kim Batten, also moving fast. At the 300 metres mark, Hemmings was 1st, Batten 2nd and Bidouane 3rd, still some 5 metres behind the others. At the last hurdle Bidouane caught Batten and went after Hemmings. With an amazing closing drive, she took the lead in the final steps and celebrated at the finish line. Hemmings’s time, 53.09 was a season best. Batten finished in 53.52. The victor joins her countrywoman, Nawal El Moutawakel now a member of the IAAF Council, in winning gold in the 400 hurdles in a major championship. El Moutawakel won at the 1984 Olympics.
  Final
1 Nezha Bidouane MAR 18 Sep 69 52.97
2 Deon Hemmings JAM 9 Oct 68 53.09
3 Kim Batten USA 29 Mar 69 53.52
4 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 53.81
5 Debbie Parris-Thymes JAM 24 Mar 73 54.19
6 Tonja Buford-Bailey USA 13 Dec 70 54.77
7 Susan Smith-Walsh IRL 14 Sep 71 55.25
8 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 55.63
 
  Semifinals 6 August
  Heat 1
1 Kim Batten USA 29 Mar 69 53.67
2 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 54.02
3 Debbie Parris-Thymes JAM 24 Mar 73 54.72
4 Susan Smith-Walsh IRL 14 Sep 71 54.72
5 Yekaterina Bakhvalova RUS 29 Oct 72 55.02
6 Silvia Rieger GER 14 Nov 70 55.08
7 Karlene Haughton CAN 18 Oct 72 55.33
8 Miriam Alonso ESP 6 Jun 70 55.49
  Heat 2
1 Nezha Bidouane MAR 18 Sep 69 53.48
2 Deon Hemmings JAM 9 Oct 68 53.82
3 Tonja Buford-Bailey USA 13 Dec 70 54.48
4 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 54.74
5 Gudrún Arnardóttir ISL 24 Sep 71 54.93
6 Anna Knoroz RUS 30 Jul 70 55.28
7 Ester Goossens NED 21 Feb 72 56.17
- Sally Gunnell GBR DNS
 
  Heats 5 August
  Heat 1
1 Deon Hemmings JAM 9 Oct 68 54.42
2 Sally Gunnell GBR 29 Jul 66 54.53
3 Ester Goossens NED 21 Feb 72 54.84
4 Andrea Blackett BAR 24 Jan 76 55.26
5 Tatyana Ledovskaya BLR 56.88
6 Rebecca Russell-Buchanan USA 57.79
7 Christina Panagou GRE 1.01.14
  Heat 2
1 Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova UKR 11 Oct 69 55.17
2 Tonja Buford-Bailey USA 13 Dec 70 55.25
3 Anna Knoroz RUS 30 Jul 70 55.34
4 Miriam Alonso ESP 6 Jun 70 55.57
5 Gudrún Arnardóttir ISL 24 Sep 71 55.76
6 Donalda Duprey CAN 56.73
7 Inicia C. Da Fonseca STP 1.01.39
  Heat 3
1 Kim Batten USA 29 Mar 69 54.56
2 Susan Smith-Walsh IRL 14 Sep 71 54.61
3 Yekaterina Bakhvalova RUS 29 Oct 72 55.08
4 Karlene Haughton CAN 18 Oct 72 55.27
5 Judit Szekeres HUN 18 Nov 66 55.99
6 Carla Barbarino ITA 57.05
7 Rikke Ronholt DEN 57.26
  Heat 4
1 Nezha Bidouane MAR 18 Sep 69 55.53
2 Silvia Rieger GER 14 Nov 70 55.64
3 Debbie Parris-Thymes JAM 24 Mar 73 55.84
4 Irina Lenskiy UKR 12 Jun 71 56.05
5 Natalya Torshina KZK 56.64
6 Ryan Tolbert USA 56.67

Heat 1 05 AUG 1997 08:35

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Andrea Blackett BAR BAR 57.35  
2 Ester Goossens NED NED    
3 Christína Panágou GRE GRE    
4 Deon Hemmings JAM JAM 52.82 53.18
5 Tatyana Ledovskaya BLR BLR 53.11 58.19
6 Rebecca Russell-Buchanan USA USA 55.61 55.61
7 Sally Gunnell GBR GBR 52.74 55.30

Heat 2 05 AUG 1997 08:41

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Inicia C. Da Fonseca STP STP 1:01.36 1:01.36
2 Anna Chuprina-Knoroz RUS RUS 54.11 55.02
3 Gudrún Arnardóttir ISL ISL 54.81 55.02
4 Tetiana Tereschuk-Antipova UKR UKR 54.41 54.41
5 Tonja Buford-Bailey USA USA 52.62 54.25
6 Miriam Alonso ESP ESP 55.45 56.89
7 Donalda Duprey CAN CAN 55.42 56.23

Heat 3 05 AUG 1997 08:47

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
  Rikke Rønholt-Albertsen DEN DEN 57.04 57.04
1 Karlene Haughton JAM JAM 55.66 55.66
2 Carla Barbarino ITA ITA 56.66 56.66
3 Kim Batten USA USA 52.61 52.97
4 Yekaterina Bakhvalova RUS RUS 54.69 54.69
5 Susan Smith-Walsh IRL IRL 54.93 55.26
6 Judit Szekeres HUN HUN 55.46 55.46

Heat 4 05 AUG 1997 08:53

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
2 Natalya Torshina-Alimzhanova KAZ KAZ 54.53  
3 Nezha Bidouane MAR MAR 54.05 54.05
4 Ryan Tolbert-Jackson USA USA 54.21 54.21
5 Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes JAM JAM 53.97 55.79
6 Silvia Rieger GER GER 54.27 55.09
7 Irina Lenskiy UKR UKR 55.69 56.26

 

 

 

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