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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Women's 400 m hurdles

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top four in each heat advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 25, 1988 Format: Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: September 28, 1988
(Competitors: 35; Countries: 25; Finalists: 8)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF  1988_olympic_stadium.jpg
Fiedler was the fastest in the heats, setting an Olympic record of 54.58, but Flintoff-King improved that mark to 54.00 in the semis, edging Ledovskaya by 0.01. Anita Protti (SUI) missed the final, despite beating the old Olympic record with 54.52. Ledovskaya and Fiedler started the final quickly, and were 2m clear of the field by 100m. Fiedler lost ground over the fourth hurdle, and the Belarussian was a metre clear by halfway, with Flintoff-King fourth some 5m back. From the fifth hurdle the Australian began to gain, but was still more than 2m behind Ledovskaya at the final hurdle. Flintoff- King passed Fiedler with 30m to go, and leaning sharply at the line she caught the upright Ledovskaya in the last stride. As in the semi-final the margin was just 0.01 seconds, with the two protagonists running the second and third fastest times ever.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
In 1987 Sabine Busch (GDR) had won the World Championships, defeating Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS), who placed second. The world record holder and 1986 European Champion was Soviet Marina Stepanova, but she was injured and did not compete in Seoul. In the final, the early leader was East Germany’s Ellen Fiedler who led through the first four hurdles. The lead was then taken by Tatyana Ledovskaya (USSR). At the halfway mark, Flintoff-King was no better than fifth, but she began closing the gap and caught Ledovskaya only in the last few metres, winning the gold by 1/100th of a second. Fiedler held on for the bronze, edging out Busch.
 

Records

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

World Record 52.94 Soviet Union Marina Stepanova Stuttgart (FGR) September 17, 1986
Olympic Record 54.61 Morocco Nawal El Moutawakel Los Angeles (USA) August 8, 1984

The following Olympic records were set during this competition.

DateEventAthleteTimeORWR
September 25, 1988 Quarterfinal  Ellen Fiedler (GDR) 54.58 s OR  
September 26, 1988 Semifinal  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 54.00 s OR  
September 28, 1988 Final  Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS) 53.17 s OR  
 
Results
400 m hurdles Women Final 28 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 53.17 Debbie Flintoff-King Australia AUS 20 Apr 60 AR
3 53.63 Ellen Fiedler East Germany GDR 26 Nov 58
4 53.69 Sabine Busch East Germany GDR 21 Nov 62
5 54.03 Sally Gunnell Great Britain GBR 29 Jul 66 NUR
6 54.04 Gudrun Abt West Germany FRG 3 Aug 62
7 54.39 Tatyana Kurochkina Soviet Union URS 15 Sep 67
8 55.32 LaTanya Sheffield United States USA 11 Oct 63
400 m hurdles Women Semifinal 1 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 54.00 Debbie Flintoff-King Australia AUS 20 Apr 60
2 54.01 Tatyana Ledovskaya Soviet Union URS 21 May 66
3 54.36 LaTanya Sheffield United States USA 11 Oct 63
4 54.48 Sally Gunnell Great Britain GBR 29 Jul 66
5 54.56 Anita Protti Switzerland SUI 4 Aug 64
6 55.56 Susanne Losch East Germany GDR 12 Jun 66
7 56.76 Genowefa Blaszak Poland POL 22 Aug 57
8 57.57 Gretha Tromp Netherlands NED 21 Feb 64
400 m hurdles Women Semifinal 2 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 54.28 Ellen Fiedler East Germany GDR 26 Nov 58
2 54.46 Tatyana Kurochkina Soviet Union URS 15 Sep 67
3 54.52 Gudrun Abt West Germany FRG 3 Aug 62
4 54.71 Sabine Busch East Germany GDR 21 Nov 62
5 55.23 Cristina Pérez Spain ESP 30 Oct 65 NR
6 55.91 Elaine McLaughlin Great Britain GBR 17 Nov 63
7 56.71 Schowonda Williams United States USA 3 Dec 66
8 56.94 Chantal Beaugeant France FRA 16 Feb 61
400 m hurdles Women Heat 1 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 55.90 Susanne Losch East Germany GDR 12 Jun 66
2 55.91 Tatyana Ledovskaya Soviet Union URS 21 May 66
3 56.11 Elaine McLaughlin Great Britain GBR 17 Nov 63
4 56.18 Rose Tata Muya Kenya KEN 12 Jun 60
5 57.35 Marie Womplou Cote d'Ivoire CIV 20 Dec 69
6 58.00 Christine Wynn Canada CAN 10 Aug 61
7 59.55 P.T. Usha India IND 20 May 64
400 m hurdles Women Heat 2 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 55.96 Sabine Busch East Germany GDR 21 Nov 62
2 56.11 Gretha Tromp Netherlands NED 21 Feb 64
3 56.18 Genowefa Blaszak Poland POL 22 Aug 57
4 56.44 Jenny Laurendet Australia AUS 5 Jul 62
5 56.59 Rosey Edeh Canada CAN 16 Aug 66
6 59.62 Ruth Kyalisima Uganda UGA 21 Nov 55
7 61.92 Nenita Adan Philippines PHI 4 Jul 65
400 m hurdles Women Heat 3 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 54.58 Ellen Fiedler East Germany GDR 26 Nov 58
2 54.81 Anita Protti Switzerland SUI 4 Aug 64
3 55.04 Tatyana Kurochkina Soviet Union URS 15 Sep 67
4 55.61 LaTanya Sheffield United States USA 11 Oct 63
5 55.99 Maria Usifo Nigeria NGR 1 Aug 64
6 58.99 Helga Halldórsdóttir Iceland ISL 22 Apr 63
7 59.78 Kim Soon-Ya South Korea KOR 16 Jun 66
400 m hurdles Women Heat 4 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 54.99 Debbie Flintoff-King Australia AUS 20 Apr 60
2 55.29 Cristina Pérez Spain ESP 30 Oct 65
3 55.44 Sally Gunnell Great Britain GBR 29 Jul 66
4 55.74 Irmgard Trojer Italy ITA 16 Mar 64
5 57.60 Leslie Maxie United States USA 4 Jan 67
6 58.61 Barbara Johnson Ireland IRL 5 Dec 62
7 60.16 Chang Feng-Hua Chinese Taipei TPE 11 Apr 68
400 m hurdles Women Heat 5 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 55.72 Gudrun Abt West Germany FRG 3 Aug 62
2 55.98 Schowonda Williams United States USA 3 Dec 66
3 56.03 Chantal Beaugeant France FRA 16 Feb 61
4 56.08 Sally Fleming Australia AUS 14 May 61
5 57.15 Liliana Chalá Ecuador ECU 7 Jun 65
6 57.20 Semra Aksu Turkey TUR 31 May 62
7 59.28 Simone Gandy Great Britain GBR 28 Jul 65
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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