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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.

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.

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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