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Walker wins women's 400-meter hurdles

Walker wins women's 400-meter hurdles

Melaine Walker of Jamaica won the gold medal in the women's 400-meter hurdles in an Olympic record time Wednesday.
Walker won in 52.64 seconds in Wednesday's final, with Sheena Tosta of the United States taking silver in 53.70 and Tasha Danvers of Britain third in 53.84.
Walker's win came minutes after Usain Bolt completed a sprint double by winning the men's 200 in world-record time.
"Jamaica is great right now. I'm proud of every single soul," said Walker, who broke the mark of 52.82 set by Deon Hemmings of Jamaica in 1996.
The hurdles final was wide open with world record-holder Yulia Pechonkina of Russia skipping the Olympics because of a heart problem and two-time world champion Jana Rawlinson of Australia out with an injury. Reigning Olympic champion Fani Halkia of Greece was expelled last week after a positive drug test.
Walker made it a one-woman race, going out strong, then turning it on down the stretch as Tosta struggled to the finish.
"I made sure that I kicked all the way home," Walker said before taking a call from Jamaica's prime minister, whose phone has been busy with his country's repeated triumphs on the track in Beijing.
After barely surviving the qualifying round, Tosta got stronger in the semifinals and was even better in the final.
"After getting through the first round, I just knew I had a medal," said Tosta, formerly Sheena Johnson before her marriage in March. "I tried to catch Melaine, but she was just really strong coming home."
Walker said she started running at age 3 or 4. She blossomed early in Jamaica's highly successful track and field development program.
"I played (this race) like a million times in my head when I went to bed at night," she said. "I just had to do it."


Updated : 2021-05-11 07:13 GMT+08:00