Natalya Antyukh of Russia won the gold medal in the women's 400-meter hurdles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a time of 52.70 seconds. She edged out American Lashinda Demus by just 0.07 seconds for the win as both runners blew away the rest of the eight-runner field. Zuzana Hejnova took bronze with a time of the Czech Republic took bronze with a time of 53.38 seconds.
Antyukh appeared to be on her way to an easy victory, but she stutter-stepped going into the last set of hurdles, allowing Demus to race back and set up a near photo finish. Antyukh ran the in the 400-meter and 4x400m events at the 2004 Olympics but did not medal.
Two more Americans raced, but did not medal. Georgane Moline set a personal best with time of 53.92 seconds, good for fifth place. T'Erea Brown took sixth with a time of 55.07 seconds.
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