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Finally! Richards takes women's 400m world crown

By Miranda Mitchell, World-Track

BERLIN — Sanya Richards’ wait for a major championships title ended on Tuesday after she successfully landed the women’s 400 metres crown at the World Championships in Berlin.

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Running a very smart race from the get go, the American powered home to victory in world leading 49.00 seconds to beat Jamaica’s Shericka Williams, who ran a personal best of 49.32 and Russian Antonina Krivoshapka (49.71).

Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica just missed winning a medal after taking fourth in 49.77.

Meanwhile, another American Kerron Clement successfully defended his 400m hurdles title with towering run that pushed him to a world leading 47.91seconds.

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He was not a real contender for a medal, though he was seen as a dark horse, but Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson clocked a lifetime best and national record of 48.09 for silver. 

American champion and pre-race favourite Bershawn Jackson ran back to take the bronze in 48.23, just getting ahead of TrinidadianJehue Gordon, who set a national record of 48.26.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. walter fitzpatrick

    August 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    i was really impressed tonight by a 17 year old youngster from trinidad named jehue gordon, in his first big meet he made it to the finals of the mens 400 metres hurdles and finished a very close fourth, had a shot for the gold with 20 metres to go ,but ran out of steam.

  2. PC

    August 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Congrats Sanya….you are one of the many Jamaican gifts to the world. Well done too Shericka…you time will come soon. I can see the improvement.

  3. elizabeth

    August 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Go Sanya, I was rooting for you. …well done my J’can US girl.

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