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World Athletics Final

Walker wins WAF 400m hurdles title in meeting record

By Gary Smith, World-Track

Melaine_walkerTHESSALONIKI, Greece —

Melaine Walker won her second World Athletics Final 400m hurdles title by a wide margin on Sunday when she ran away from a strong field to set a meeting record.

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The Jamaican world and Olympic champion clocked 53.36seconds to lead a Caribbean sweep, as her fellow countrywoman Kaliese Spencer and Trinidad & Tobago’s rising star Josanne Lucas finished second and third, respectively.

"I never expected such a fast time today because I am really tired," said Walker, who broke away from the field with 150m to go in the race. "But every time I step on the track I always try to do my best."

Spencer, a finallist at the Berlin World Championships last month came home second in 53.99 with Lucas, the Berlin bronze medal winner taking third in 54.31.

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American world silver medallist Lashinda Demus, who was a very strong candidate to challenged Walker for the top honours took only two strides before limping out of the race.

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Put together by a member of the World-Track and Field Website team members. This is usually done by an in house member with able assistance from someone or an agency reporting from outside.

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