01 JUL 2002 General News 400 m Hurdles

400 m Hurdles - Women Landmarks

400 metre hurdles Women Landmarks
First official world record: 56.51 Krystyna Kacperczyk POL 1974
First under 55 sec: 54.89 Tatyana Zelentsova URS 1978
First under 54 sec: 53.58 Margarita Ponomaryova URS 1984
First under 53 sec: 52.94 Marina Stepanova URS 1986
First under 52.50 sec: 52.34 Yuliya Pechonkina RUS 2003

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Most durable world record: 52.94 Marina Stepanova 1986 (6 years)
Most times under 53.20: Kim Batten 9 (as at 24 August 2000)

Superlatives
Most Olympic titles: 1 by 6 women
Most World titles: 2 Nezha Bidouane MAR 1997/2001 and Jana Rawlinson AUS 2003/2007
Youngest Olympic/World champion:Nawal El Moutawakel MAR 1984 (22)
Oldest: Nezha Bidouane MAR 1988 (31); Irina Privalova RUS 2000 (31)
 
Three all time greats
Marina Stepanova (URS): Won the 1986 European title in a world record 53.32, followed three weeks later by a barrier-breaking time of 52.94 ... at the age of 36!
Sally Gunnell (GBR): Stepanova's record survived until Gunnell, winner of the 1992 Olympic crown, captured the 1993 world title in 52.74 after an epic race with Sandra Farmer-Patrick (USA).
Kim Batten (USA): With Gunnell out injured, Batten and team-mate Tonja Buford fought out the 1995 world championship. Batten (52.61) won narrowly as both broke the Briton's world record.