After finishing fourth at the recently held Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Rushell Clayton blazed to the finish line and claimed first place after running a new personal best at the Diamond League in Monaco.
Olympic champion Janieve Russell, 28, sought a winning finish after successfully defending her 400m hurdles title at the Commonwealth Games but was outrun by fellow Jamaican, 29-year-old Clayton, in the finals on Wednesday.
Clayton was denied a bronze medal finish in England by South Africa’s Zeney Van Der Walt but rebounded in today’s race setting a new personal best with a 53.33 seconds finish. Starting from lane three, Russell ran a new season’s best of 53.52 seconds and finished second. Russell and Clayton had shared identical season’s best times of 53.63 seconds prior to the race.
Gianna Woodruff of Panama, who has an identical season’s best and personal best time of 53.69 seconds, finished third in 54.13 seconds.
Watch race below.