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Olympic champion Walker not feeling the 400m hurdles

3 October 2008

By Gary Smith


Despite dominating the 400-metres hurdles all season and going all to the way to winning the Olympic title in Beijing in August, Melaine Walker admits she is not a huge fan of running the event.

In fact, the Jamaican who was converted by her high school coach, following a series of injuries during her sprint days is hoping to make a return to the sprints, but said she will only do so if her coach Stephen Francis thinks it is wise.

"I am victorious in it (the 400m hurdles), but I notice I am not fired up when I win an event," Walker said.

"I want to celebrate but I always forget to. Probably it's not the passion for me... that's why you don't see the whole victory celebration or enjoyment coming out.

"Probably somewhere along the line I might sprint again, (but) "I just have to continue doing what I am good at... until I find something else along the way," she added.

Walker timed her run to perfection in Beijing to sprint home in the closing metres and win the Olympic title in a Games record of 52.64.

Only world record holder Yuliya Pechenkina of Russia (52.34) and Americans Kim Batten (52.61) and Tonja Buford-Bailey (52.62) have gone faster than the new Jamaican 400m hurdles queen.

Walker’s victorious run in Beijing saw her becoming the second Jamaican woman to win the event, following Deon Hemmings-McCatty’s sizzling run for gold at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.

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