Sprintic Magazine

Subscribe to the Sprintic Magazine Newsletter and receive track and field news, articles, training descriptions, photo and video sections updates. We have 1800+ subscribers already!

News




Olympic Games 2008: Melanie Walker grabs another gold for Jamaica at 400-meters hurdles

20 August 2008
www.universalsports.com

Melaine Walker (JAM) takes a victory lap after winning the womens 400m hurdles in an Olympic record 52.64 at National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Image of Sport) Melaine Walker (JAM) takes a victory lap after winning the womens 400m hurdles in an Olympic record 52.64 at National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Image of Sport)
www.imageofsport.com
By Dave Ungrady

1. Melaine Walker (JAM) - 52.64
2. Sheena Tosta (USA) - 53.70
3. Tasha Danvers (GBR) - 53.84
4. Anastasiya Rabchenyuk (UKR) - 53.96
5. Anna Jesien (POL) - 54.29
6. Ekaterina Bikert (RUS) - 54.96
7. Zuzana Hejnova (CZE) - 54.97
8. Tiffany Williams (USA) - 57.55

Fresh off the energy of Usain Bolt’s world record victory in the 200 meters, Melanie Walker continued Jamaica’s prominence in the sprints Wednesday at the Beijing Olympics when she won the 400-meters hurdles in an Olympic record and personal best 52.64.

Walker’s win came in the event immediately following Bolt’s record run in the 200 meters. It was the first individual medal in a world championship or Olympics for the 25-year-old Walker, who entered the Games with the fastest time in the world this year.

Jamaican runners have won the 100 meters for both men and women, the men's 200 meters and are contending for gold in the women's 200 meters, which will be determined Thursday.

American Sheena Tosta won the silver medal in 53.70 and Tasha Danvers of Great Britain ran a personal best 53.84 to win the bronze medal. Tosta, 25 and Danvers, 30, also won individual medals in a world championship or Olympics for the first time.

Walker was slow out of the blocks and spent most of the race trying to make up her early deficit. She and Tosta arrived at the last 100 meters nearly even before Walker powered away.

American Tiffany-Ross Williams finished eighth in 57.55.

The hurdle race became an open contest earlier this summer after world record holder Yulia Pechonkina of Russia and reigning world champion Jana Rawlinson of Australia both pulled out of the Olympics due to illness or injury.



Bookmark and share this story:

 Facebook

 del.icio.us

 Netscape

 Digg


Complete Speed Training

The FIRST and ONLY All-Inclusive, Step by Step, Speed Development Program to Show You Exactly How to Make Your Athletes Faster and More a Athletic Than the Competition!



DVD #1: Pre Competition
DVD #2: Agility Training
DVD #3: Hardcore Conditioning
DVD #4: High Powered Training
DVD #5: Pure Speed Training


- Quick and easy methods for getting more done in less time so you can focus on the skills specific to your sport.

- Easy to understand and apply strategies for speed development.

- Clear progressions that can be used for beginner and advanced athletes at the same practice.

- Drills and exercises on video so you can see exactly how to perform and teach drills properly.

- Specific instructions detailing how, where and when to use each movement without having “to earn a degree in exercise science or biomechanics”

- Proven sample workouts and programs you can instantly bring to practice – the same day your program arrives


Order Now