Outstanding Kaliese wins 400 hurdles in record time
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Birmingham, England (Jamaica Observer): Kaliese Spencer set one of four new meet records on her way to an unbeatable lead in the IAAF Diamond League women's 400m series, while Nickel Ashmeade and Rosemarie Whyte both had maiden Diamond League wins at the Aviva Birmingham Diamond League meeting held in front of a sold-out Alexander stadium yesterday.
Spencer, who won the Diamond and the US$40,000 prize last year, had to wait for about 45 minutes as after winning the event, she was disqualified but then reinstated after a successful appeal by MVP president Bruce James. Repeat Olympic women's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Olympic triple jump finalist Kimberly Williams were both second in their respective events in what was a good day for Jamaicans.
Spencer, who was winning back-to-back Diamond League races and third overall to move to 16 points — nine clear of compatriot Melaine Walker with just two races to go — had crossed the line first in 53.78 seconds to beat Deon Hemmings' 15-year-old meeting record of 53.82 seconds. She was, however, disqualified soon after for what officials said was a breach of IAAF rule 168.7s, which stipulates that no part of the body can pass below the plane of the hurdle.
An appeal by James saw the Olympic Games finalist re-instated, bumping Great Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton who was promoted to the top position, but was reverted to second place in 54.00 seconds and Zuzanna Hejnova of the Czech Republic was third in 54.14 seconds.
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