Jamaica entered the finals of the Women’s 400m hurdles with three hopeful finalists: Shiann Salmon, Rushell Clayton, and defending champion Janieve Russell. Russell floated down the track and reclaimed her title, but team Jamaica was denied a clean sweep by South Africa.
Russell was knocked out of the semi-finals of the World Championships recently held in Eugene, Oregon, but redeemed herself after claiming second place in her heat on Thursday with 55.79 seconds. Now Russell has become the fourth woman in the event to successfully defend her title, finishing with 54.14 seconds.
World Under-20 champion, Shiann Salmon, blazed to a well-earned second-place finish. Improving on her 55.30-second finish in the heats, Salmon claimed silver crossing the finish line in 54.47 seconds.
A third-place finish was nearly in grasp for 29-year-old Rushell Clayton, but the Westmoreland native was denied by South Africa’s Zeney Van Der Walt, who streaked past her over the last 20 meters and will take home the bronze medal.
Watch the race below.