Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer and Janieve Russell finished fifth and eighth respectively in the Women’s 400 Metres Hurdles Final on Day 5 of the World Championships in Beijing, China. Spencer was one of the favorites for a podium finish but said a “misstep” ruined the opportunity of winning her first major championship medal on her sixth attempt. “I’m not really too upset now, maybe when I look back at the tape. But I missed a step to a hurdle, and it threw off my momentum and I just couldn’t pull it back,” Spencer said.
She struggled to recover but finished the race in 55.47 seconds at the back of the field after clipping a few hurdles. However, Russell ran a strong race to record a new personal best of 54.64 seconds.
Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnová won the gold medal in World Leading time (53.50) on Wednesday while Shamier Little to the silver in 53.94 seconds.