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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Women's 400 m

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 23, 1988 Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 26, 1988 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the quarter-finals.
(Competitors: 46; Countries: 33; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF 1988_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Nazarova was the most impressive in the early rounds, clocking the fastest times ever in a quarter-final (50.26) and semi-final (49.11) with Jillian Richardson (CAN) suffering the misfortune of running 49.91 without making the final. The second semi was slower, with only World Champion Bryzgina (49.33) and reigning champion Brisco (49.90) ducking under 50 seconds. In the final Brisco went off in a hurry, leading by 2m at 100m, and by more than twice that margin at 200m. Operating at 45.88 pace, this was not surprising. By 300m fatigue, and Bryzgina, had caught up with her, and the defending champion began to fade. Bryzgina went away and won by nearly 7m from Müller, who gained slightly on the Ukrainian in the last 100m, but started her drive too far back to dent Bryzgina’s lead. Nazarova was 0.01 faster at 300m in the final than in her 49.11 run, but the final was one race too many, and she managed only the bronze medal.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The greatest 400 runner ever, Marita Koch, had retired and the favorites role fell to Soviet Olga Bryzgina, who had won the 1987 World Championship. The defending champion was back, now as Valerie Brisco. Also present was the runner-up at the 1987 Worlds, Petra Müller of the GDR. Brisco led the final for the first 200 metres, but by 300 Bryzgina had nearly closed the gap. Bryzgina pulled ahead on the final turn and won going away, by 8/10ths of a second. Müller had the strongest finish of the other runners and got up for second, with Brisco nipped for the bronze medal by Soviet Olga Nazarova.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 47.60 East Germany Marita Koch Canberra (AUS) October 6, 1985
Olympic Record 48.83 United States Valerie Brisco-Hooks Los Angeles (USA) August 6, 1984

The following Olympic record was set during this competition.

DateEventAthleteTimeORWR
September 26, 1988 Final  Olga Bryzgina (URS) 48.65s OR  
 
Results
400 m Women Final 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.65 Olga Bryzgina Soviet Union URS 30 Jun 63
2 49.45 Petra Schersing East Germany GDR 18 Jul 65
3 49.90 Olga V. Nazarova Soviet Union URS 1 Jun 65
4 50.16 Valerie Brisco-Hooks United States USA 6 Jul 60
5 50.72 Diane Dixon United States USA 23 Sep 64
6 51.12 Denean Howard-Hill United States USA 5 Oct 64
7 51.17 Helga Arendt West Germany FRG 24 Apr 64
8 51.25 Maree Holland Australia AUS 25 Jul 63
400 m Women Semifinal 1 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.11 Olga V. Nazarova Soviet Union URS 1 Jun 65 NR
2 49.50 Petra Schersing East Germany GDR 18 Jul 65
3 49.84 Diane Dixon United States USA 23 Sep 64
4 49.87 Denean Howard-Hill United States USA 5 Oct 64
5 49.91 Jillian Richardson Briscoe Canada CAN 10 Mar 65 NR
6 50.28 Ute Thimm West Germany FRG 10 Jul 58
7 50.29 Marita Payne Canada CAN 7 Oct 60
8 50.92 Dagmar Neubauer East Germany GDR 3 Jun 62
400 m Women Semifinal 2 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.33 Olga Bryzgina Soviet Union URS 30 Jun 63
2 49.90 Valerie Brisco-Hooks United States USA 6 Jul 60
3 50.24 Maree Holland Australia AUS 25 Jul 63
4 50.36 Helga Arendt West Germany FRG 24 Apr 64
5 50.39 Kirsten Emmelmann East Germany GDR 19 Apr 61
6 50.82 Cathy Rattray-Williams Jamaica JAM 19 Aug 63
7 51.63 Charmaine Crooks Canada CAN 8 Aug 62
8 52.65 Norfalia Carabalí Colombia COL 21 Jan 64
400 m Women Heat 1 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.90 Maree Holland Australia AUS 25 Jul 63
2 51.02 Kirsten Emmelmann East Germany GDR 19 Apr 61
3 51.02 Denean Howard-Hill United States USA 5 Oct 64
4 51.18 Ute Thimm West Germany FRG 10 Jul 58
5 51.32 Maria Magnólia Figueirêdo Brazil BRA 11 Nov 63
6 52.86 Airat Bakare Nigeria NGR 27 May 67
7 53.42 Loreen Hall Great Britain GBR 12 Oct 67
400 m Women Heat 2 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.90 Olga Bryzgina Soviet Union URS 30 Jun 63
2 51.98 Diane Dixon United States USA 23 Sep 64
3 52.08 Helga Arendt West Germany FRG 24 Apr 64
4 52.33 Jillian Richardson Briscoe Canada CAN 10 Mar 65
5 52.99 Sandie Richards Jamaica JAM 6 Nov 68
6 53.36 Evelyne Elien France FRA 24 Mar 64
7 53.58 Sun Sumei China CHN 6 Oct 68
8 54.22 Yolanda Straughn Barbados BAR 18 Mar 68
400 m Women Heat 3 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.45 Petra Schersing East Germany GDR 18 Jul 65
2 51.73 Marita Payne Canada CAN 7 Oct 60
3 51.76 Norfalia Carabalí Colombia COL 21 Jan 64
4 51.81 Cathy Rattray-Williams Jamaica JAM 19 Aug 63
5 51.91 Linda Staines Great Britain GBR 26 Dec 63
6 53.50 Yvonne van Dorp Netherlands NED 6 Jan 66
7 53.83 Liliana Chalá Ecuador ECU 7 Jun 65
8 53.93 Mercy Kuttan India IND 18 Aug 60
400 m Women Heat 4 24 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.26 Olga V. Nazarova Soviet Union URS 1 Jun 65
2 51.24 Valerie Brisco-Hooks United States USA 6 Jul 60
3 51.46 Dagmar Neubauer East Germany GDR 3 Jun 62
4 51.64 Charmaine Crooks Canada CAN 8 Aug 62
5 52.04 Celestine N'Drin Cote d'Ivoire CIV 20 Jul 63 NR
6 52.33 Aïssatou Tandian Senegal SEN 29 Aug 66
7 52.95 Fabienne Ficher France FRA 25 Apr 66
8 53.76 Blanca Lacambra Spain ESP 28 Aug 65
400 m Women Heat 1 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.18 Olga V. Nazarova Soviet Union URS 1 Jun 65
2 53.04 Blanca Lacambra Spain ESP 28 Aug 65
3 53.58 Charmaine Crooks Canada CAN 8 Aug 62
4 53.74 Liliana Chalá Ecuador ECU 7 Jun 65
5 54.39 Patricia Beckford Great Britain GBR 6 Aug 65
6 58.18 Yang Kyong-Hee South Korea KOR 25 Jan 71
7 67.58 Juliana Nzang Equatorial Guinea GEQ 23 May 66
400 m Women Heat 2 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.51 Dagmar Neubauer East Germany GDR 3 Jun 62
2 52.70 Marita Payne Canada CAN 7 Oct 60
3 52.83 Airat Bakare Nigeria NGR 27 May 67
4 53.42 Fabienne Ficher France FRA 25 Apr 66
5 57.85 Farida Kyakutewa Uganda UGA 6 Jun 62
6 57.85 Kungu Bakombo DR Congo COD 7 Aug 62
400 m Women Heat 3 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.74 Maria Magnólia Figueirêdo Brazil BRA 11 Nov 63
2 51.93 Petra Schersing East Germany GDR 18 Jul 65
3 52.19 Sandie Richards Jamaica JAM 6 Nov 68
4 53.13 Loreen Hall Great Britain GBR 12 Oct 67
5 53.46 Sun Sumei China CHN 6 Oct 68
6 53.62 Yolanda Straughn Barbados BAR 18 Mar 68
400 m Women Heat 4 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.45 Diane Dixon United States USA 23 Sep 64
2 52.79 Ute Thimm West Germany FRG 10 Jul 58
3 52.84 Yvonne van Dorp Netherlands NED 6 Jan 66
4 52.90 Evelyne Elien France FRA 24 Mar 64
5 54.76 Marlyn Dewarder Guyana GUY 2 Apr 60
6 60.01 May Sardouk Lebanon LIB 4 Jun 63
400 m Women Heat 5 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.96 Valerie Brisco-Hooks United States USA 6 Jul 60
2 52.29 Maree Holland Australia AUS 25 Jul 63
3 53.27 Norfalia Carabalí Colombia COL 21 Jan 64
4 54.02 Kirsten Emmelmann East Germany GDR 19 Apr 61
5 55.22 Assumpta Achuo Cameroon CMR 27 Apr 68
6 56.06 Josephine Singarayar Malaysia MAS 29 Jun 67
7 57.19 Lasnet Nkouka Congo CGO 28 Jan 70
400 m Women Heat 6 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 51.94 Olga Bryzgina Soviet Union URS 30 Jun 63
2 52.26 Linda Staines Great Britain GBR 26 Dec 63
3 52.39 Cathy Rattray-Williams Jamaica JAM 19 Aug 63
4 52.48 Celestine N'Drin Cote d'Ivoire CIV 20 Jul 63
5 53.41 Mercy Kuttan India IND 18 Aug 60
6 55.60 Ruth Morris United States Virgin Islands ISV 7 Oct 66
7 55.96 Barbara Selkridge Antigua and Barbuda ANT 7 Jun 71
400 m Women Heat 7 23 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 52.26 Denean Howard-Hill United States USA 5 Oct 64
2 52.69 Helga Arendt West Germany FRG 24 Apr 64
3 52.95 Aïssatou Tandian Senegal SEN 29 Aug 66
4 53.06 Jillian Richardson Briscoe Canada CAN 10 Mar 65
5 53.30 Nathalie Simon France FRA 14 Apr 62
6 56.10 Chang Feng-Hua Chinese Taipei TPE 11 Apr 68
7 57.09 Agnes Griffith Grenada GRN 6 Mar 69
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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