BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 23: Ristananna Tracey of Jamaica competes in the Women's 400 metres hurdles heats during day two of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 23, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF) *** Local Caption *** Ristananna Tracey

Personal best runs from Ristananna Tracey and Leah Nugent were not enough for a medal in tonight’s (Aug 18) Rio Olympics women’s 400m hurdles.

In the hotly contested final, American Dalilah Muhammad, had everyone chasing from the second hurdle.

Jamaicans Tracey and Janieve Russell were right there with the chasing pack up to the final curve before Denmark’s Sara Slott Petersen and Ashley Spencer, also of the US, pulled away.

But while Russell, who was slightly ahead of Tracey entering the homestretch, tried to keep apace, the latter finished strong in a personal best 54.15 for 5th.
Nugent, who also finished strong, placed 6th in a personal best 54.45.

Russell was 7th in 54.56.

Muhammad was the race winner in 53.13 ahead of Petersen, who ran a national record 53.55 and Spencer, a personal best 53.72

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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