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Exciting clash expected between young generation and elders - Paris Golden League

1 July 2007

The 400m Hurldes is once again one of the most anticipated race of the evening. The best of the discipline all meet up on the parisian track for what promises to be a sublime opposition of styles between the veterans and a young generation driven to succeed.

James Carter needs to hold his own. The Silver Medallist at the last world championships in Helsinki and best performance holder this season probably won’t be alone in Paris on July 6th. A horde of specialists of the lap and its ten hurdles will be eager to record strong performances on Friday night with the Worlds in Osaka, Japan, right in their line of fire.

The magic and beauty of this discipline, which combines power, endurance and technique, lies nonetheless on the spirit that surrounds it. The veterans Angelo Taylor, gold medallist in Sydney, Japanese Dai Tamesue, third at the last world championships or James Carter will all guarantee a race highly charged on emotions and above all a wonderful show and for this second Golden League stage in Paris.

This show, it is South African Alwyn Myburgha who took it away last year in Paris when he edged the favorites Clement, Van Zyl or other Carter. In a stadium that magnifies his performances, Myburgha strongly intends to repeat his exploit even though many newcomers are following his steps and they can all pretend to become the discipline household names in the years to come.

If the bookies were to bet on the next 400m hurdles king, Kerron Clement would most likley be pretty high on the list. Just 22 years of age, his records are already quite impressive. He stole the 400m Indoor record to the reference Michael Johnson and he is standing on top of charts at the 400m Hurldes for the past two years clocking a 47.24, a best since 1998. Enough warning to his rivals.

Clement won’t be the only representative of this starving new generation in a discipline that usually smiles to more experienced athletes.

Americans Ferguson and Tinsley both recorded very steady performances at the US Nationals along with the young Narisako from Japan with a personal best at 47.93, they are all coming to the French capital aiming to give some real trouble to their older counterparts. That’s enough ingredients to light the Stade de France on fire for under 50 seconds.

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