Rushell Clayton has qualified for the women’s 400m hurdles final at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
The Jamaican was third off the bend but had enough in the tank for a late burst to win in 54.17. She looks like a genuine medal contender in this, her first-ever world champs. She also won her 400m Hurdles heat comfortably yesterday in a time of 55.23.
American Ashley Spencer started the fastest but began to suffer for it when the penultimate hurdle beckoned. She had to shift down, killing her rhythm.
Although the American dug in, she started to tie up with the line in sight. Zuzana Hejnova, the 2015 champion, beat her with a dip to clock 54.41, getting a place in the final by just 0.01.