by Amoh

August 9, 2017

Drama as USA’s Phyllis Francis wins 400mW

USA’s Phyllis Francis ensured that her country defended the medal

It was a race to forget for Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo after leading for well over 300m in the women’s 400m final at the world athletics championship.

The Bahamian was in a commanding lead to win gold but pulled a muscle with about 20m to go, dropping to fourth at the end.

Favourite Allyson Felix had the 23-year-old to beat but she also seemed to have straggled in the final meters.

Her compatriot Phyllis Francis took advantage to win Wednesday night’s final race in a personal best time of 49.92s.

Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, who appears to be in an impressive form at the worlds having broken her national record at least twice at the championships, beat the defending champion to come second.

She clocked 50.06s to win Silver and set a new national record for Bahrain.

Miller-Uibo completed the race just behind the medallists with Jamaican duo of Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson coming in fifth and sixth respectively.

African champion and Zambian youngster Kabange Mupopo managed to beat the third Jamaican – Novlene Williams-Mills – among the finalists to place seventh.

400m hurdles ‘jolt’

Prior to the women’s 400m final, there was a similar jolt to Qatar’s Abderrahaman Samba charge for a medal.

His inability to successfully go past his last hurdle slowed him down, allowing all but one to run past him in the final 20m of the men’s 400m hurdles final.

Norway’s Karsten Warholm won the race in 48.35s, much to his own surprise.

Turkey’s Yasmani Copello and USA’s Kerron Clement came second and third respectively.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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